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Friday, October 28, 2011

SOME HALLOWEEN FUN!

When my children were little, we always did holiday theme crafts and coloring. I loved when I could find some free online things to do with the kids. I have gather up some links to share with you, so you can do some fun things with your kids or grandchildren. Please enjoy!


Printable Coloring Pages:
http://www.grandparents.com/gp/content/activitiesandevents/coloring-activity-pages/article/halloween-coloring-pages.html

Printable Stencil (For older kids):
http://www.bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-carving/pumpkins-from-stencils-to-carved/#page=1

13 Free Halloween Fonts: http://mashable.com/2011/10/25/free-halloween-fonts/

Halloween Printable's (greeting cards, coloring pages, signs, puzzles, and more):http://www.halloweenprintables.net/

Loads of Halloween Fun:http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/

Here are some cute recipes to do with your kids:

Ghostly Snack Treats

Kids can help shape these simple, spooky specters

With just a little butter and some old-fashioned elbow grease, you can turn traditional Rice Krispies Treats into these cute Halloween specters. Not a fan of phantoms? Mold the treats into other fiendish shapes, like bats, snakes, or cats. The Rice Krispies Treats® Cookbook (Weldon Owen, 2011) has even more ideas. 

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows OR 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal
Flaked coconut
Canned frosting or
decorating gel
Assorted candies

Directions:
1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using 1⁄2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands, shape each portion into ghost shape. Cool. Decorate with coconut, frosting, and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

Microwave Directions:
In microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave
cooking times may vary.

Serves 12

Halloween Cookies

Cookies are a favorite for any occasion. Make these for trick-or-treaters, take them to a school or church bazaar or fill a tin for a neighbor. Add names to the ghosts to use at place settings. 

You Will Need Halloween cookie cutters: 
Tube of black icing gel, to outline cookies and add features to ghosts Orange and black paste food colors to color dough
Royal Icing for ghost cookies (see recipe, Step 11) Pastry brush
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour Egg yolk for solid orange cookies

What to Do 
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.
3. Add baking powder and then flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff. Blend last flour in by hand. (If necessary add a little water to dough if crumbly.) Do not chill dough.
4. Divide dough into three balls. Set one aside and leave uncolored. Knead or mix orange food color in the second ball and black food color into the third. Cover each ball with plastic wrap and keep covered when not working with it.
5. For all cookies, roll dough slightly thinner than the cutter.
6. To make uncolored cookies, roll dough and cut various shapes.
7. To make striped cookies, roll sections of colored and uncolored dough together, side by side, and then cut out cookies. (They will look like the orange, black and white BOO and EEK cookies in photo, above.)
8. For the orange BOO and EEK cookies, use uncolored dough. After cutting out shapes, mix orange food color with egg yolk and “paint” cookies with pastry brush before baking.
9. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a rack.

Recipe makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

Icing the Cookies 
10. To decorate BOO and EEK cookies, outline baked cookies with black icing gel as shown in photo.
11. For ghost cookies, leave uncolored and add features with black icing gel or color white with Royal Icing made as follows:
3 egg whites, 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. Beat all ingredients at high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing forms stiff peaks. To thin, add 3 to 4 tablespoons water, a small amount at a time until icing is the consistency of heavy cream.
“Paint” icing on ghost shapes with a pastry brush.

Recipe will ice 2 dozen cookies.

Orange Witches’ Brew Punch

Ginger ale sparkles with pineapple juice, apricot nectar and orange gelatin

Ingredients

1 package (6 ounces) orange gelatin
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
1 can (46 ounces) apricot nectar
1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
4 liters ginger ale, chilled

    How to make it  10 minutes

1
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin and sugar in water. Stir in the apricot nectar, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Freeze in two 2-quart freezer containers. Remove from the freezer 2-3 hours before serving.
2
Place contents of one container in a punch bowl; mash with potato masher. Stir in ginger ale just before serving. Repeat. Serves 32.

I hope you enjoy some Halloween Fun!


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