They were mad scientists, pouring things into the bowls, mixing, no regard to proportion, just pour and stir till it looks right. I was thankful I had all the ingredients they were asking for. Brown sugar was preferred over white sugar but they used both. Serving spoons used for scooping and measuring and stirring.
I was a little aghast at their process - butter added very last, for instance. But I was just an observer (and mess cleaner upper.) They didn't want or need my help.
and tested for consistency - Elizabeth was making cookies, she needed a firm dough!
The most surprising thing to me was these creations were truly good! The cupcakes were tender, light, (I explained the baking powder was so they didn't end up with hockey pucks and then had to explain what a hockey puck was.) and delicious. Truly! This isn't grandma talking. Elizabeth's cookies were soft and pillowy. No one was more surprised than I was. They were just confident their creations would be wonderful and they were right!