We did our fireworks on the 3rd of July, but on the 4th we stayed home and had company. Grandma Toni and Aunt Sarah visited, and Greg made homemade burgers and fries for dinner.
Nick and I, well, we made cookies. It's just what we do. I'm pretty sure when he is an adult, he'll have very distinctive cookie-baking memories. Recently, I've been reading a book called Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, by Michael Ruhlman. It breaks down cooking and baking into simple ratios, and shows you how to cook without a recipe. I like the way it's written, and I've been wanting to try some of the un-recipes in the book. You see, they're not really recipes, just ratios of how much fat/sugar/flour to add to make different things.
The cookies we made for the 4th of July are probably closest to shortbread cookies. They are called "The Essence of a Cookie Coookie" or 1-2-3 Cookies, because of their ratio: 1 part sugar, two parts fat, and three parts flour. I also added just a bit of vanilla and salt. They were delicious.
Basically, we mixed the ingredients by hand, then rolled the dough and put it in the refrigerator. I let Nick cut the cookies (with a butter knife, of course. I'm not crazy) and put on all the sprinkles. He did add a lot of sprinkles.
Henry, unfortunately, is not big enough to help bake cookies. See how upset he looks about that? What a face.
Henry didn't last too long without peeing in his holiday onesie. I'm not sure how he does it, but he pees outside of his diaper all the time. In the picture below he peed in the front, but lately he's been doing this weird trick where he skips getting his diaper wet and somehow pees up his back, near his shoulder. Seriously, how does a baby pee on the back of his shoulder without getting his diaper wet? It is a mystery to me.
Anyway, Nick and Henry had some quality time with their Aunt Sarah, too.
Then, for dessert, we got to enjoy 4th of July cookies made by a two-year-old. They were pretty good, if not exactly uniform in shape or sprinkles.