I remember being round at a friends house for a play date and she was whipping up some scones. I told her I was well impressed and that she made this ‘whole Mum thing look effortless’. I was slightly in awe – I mean why not just buy a pack at the shops? Was she not busy enough? I felt very grateful but she really didn’t have to go to all that effort.
Then one day I was fed up. Bonnie had just drawn all over the chairs and then blamed it on her poor wee brother – I had to laugh and snap a picture.
I decided I would give this baking thing a shot – I would be ‘super Mum’ and get my apron out. What did I have to lose? It might save our little Picasso from letting loose on further household objects.
Actually, it turns out that making scones is pretty basic stuff. It is also a great way of keeping my 3 year old quiet and occupied for a good 20 minutes. If she is playing up (or in the mood for a tantrum) then making scones can actually provide some serious light relief and distraction. Honestly, the girl is like a dog with a bone when she gets an idea in her head. She is SO determined and will go on and on until she gets what she wants. The thing is – I apparently drove my parents crazy by being exactly the same. We really do reap what we sow.
I love the fact that scones are so basic – flour and butter, a big sugar, a bit milk and a bit vanilla essence to sweeten them up. Some days we go for some grated cheese and sun-dried tomatoes if I want to kill two birds with one stone and cover both my 3 year old’s entertainment and her pre nursery lunch. Let’s face it – anything to keep the dishes down. That is the only difficult thing about baking scones – the dishes. Does anyone actually enjoy doing the dishes? One of my current pet hates is trying to do them as my 1 year old pulls on my legs wanting up.
We had friends round recently and as I whacked a batch of scones in the oven I heard that same familiar line ‘wow you are making this whole Mum thing look effortless’. Don’t get me wrong – who doesn’t love a wee compliment? It is lovely to have friends say such nice things. I had to be honest though and replied ‘letting Bonnie make scones was the only way I could enjoy a cup of tea in peace – because being a Mum is rarely effortless where wee people are concerned’.
So: if you are one of those people (like I was) that puts other parents on a pedestal for baking – just remember xx