Also, you all led me to believe that I would have all this extra time, and freedom, and that it would be easier to go grocery shopping and I could get all these crazy cookies made and that my middle child would somehow develop the ability to read and solve complex math problems while neatly and quietly eating her nutritious afternoon snack. None of that happened today. I'm giving it until Friday.
Here's the thing -- school is completely stressing me out. Its all I can think about at night. I have to make sure he goes to bed early enough to not be cranky in the morning and that he has actual clean clothing for the next day and that his sister hasn't slipped her favorite doll into his backpack while he wasn't looking because secretly she's jealous that he has a backpack and she doesn't and she wants to make him think it belongs to her by loading it full of pink. And then I worry that my own alarm won't go off. And that his won't go off. And that we will miss the bus. And there are two buses that pick up at the same stop. And what if I think its not his bus, but it really is, and he doesn't get on it and then he's late for school and when he walks in everyone will stare at him and then someone will point their finger and he'll be all shy and hate school and me for the rest of his life. And then, even if we get up on time and he gets on the right bus and magically has a backpack full of honest-to-goodness schoolwork instead of pink and glitter, then I have to worry about being at the bus stop when it brings him home at the end of the day. If I'm not there, they won't let him get off and basically they'll hold him hostage until the bus gets back to the school and they call me and tell me where I can pick up my sobbing kindergartner who is sure his mother never really loved him.
I'm not really sure I can handle this whole "school" thing. How do kids do it?
Luckily, I'm not a stress eater. Otherwise.... I would be one giant bowl of frosting bigger than I was this morning. As it is...I am now one half of a giant bowl of frosting bigger than I was this morning. Please tell me you will make this and eat it and not forget your children at the bus stop.
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Butter Cream
1 cup softened butter (I use salted, but you can use what you like.)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Cream butter until it is light and airy. This should take at least 5 annoying minutes. Add the whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar and stir gently for 1 minute to combine. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy again. (It took me about 10 minutes and went through some weird stage where it closely resembled scrambled eggs before pulling itself together and becoming a beautiful whipped version of itself.) Add the pumpkin and spices and mix on high speed for 30 seconds or until combined. Serve with your favorite sugar cookie. Or just use a spoon. I won't judge.
PS -- If you come back later this week, I'll show you how my children and I made these SUPER EASY leaf cookies with our final few hours of summer.