Exciting news in my world: I got a job! I have been a stay-at-home mom since we moved to California two months ago, and I’m not a huge fan of it. I love my daughter to pieces, but I think we’re all a lot happier when I am working. I crave being busy and being around adults, Dave wants back in as the equal parent, and we know that Alice misses friends, activities, and the schedule of school (even for a two-year-old!). Huge kudos to all of you stay-at-home moms who somehow stay sane and motivated!
I start my job in three weeks, so now I have this sweet vacation time to enjoy with Alice before everything gets busybusybusy again. Now that I have a job lined up, I have a million projects I want to finish. Why didn’t I just work on them the last two months? Ha!
Today we combined four of Alice’s favorite things: helping in the kitchen, using cookie cutters in play dough, cheese, and crackers. We made homemade animal- and heart-shaped cheese crackers!
I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make! And they really do taste like Cheez-Its! Seriously, give this recipe a try. It’s quick, fun, and super delicious.
(recipe from Shopgirl by way of BHG)
- 8oz shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like!)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 tbs unsalted butter, softened
- 3 – 4 tbs ice water
- Mix together the shredded cheese, 1/2 tsp of salt and the softened butter.
- Add in the flour and mix until combined.
- With the mixer running, begin adding the ice water and mix until a soft dough forms. Use as much ice water as you need for a dough to form.
- Divide the dough in two, form each into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 375* F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface into about an 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 1″ squares with a pizza cutter or fluted pastry cutter, or cut into fun shapes using tiny cookie cutters.
- Transfer your crackers onto the baking pans and sprinkle them with salt.
- Bake for about 7 – 10 minutes, or until they have puffed up and the edges begin to brown. Let cool before eating.
Warning: these will go fast! I swear all I heard Alice say today was “More cracker?”.