Sunday, October 20, 2013

I have a guest blogger here sharing some Halloween fun!

Today, for the first time ever in my blog I have a guest blogger! Keri, a homeschool mom from Adventures of a Home-School Mom, is here to share some spooky Halloween fun!

October, has always been one of my favorite times of the year!
Now, that I am a Mom and home-school to boot, I find that I enjoy it even more! Besides the wonderful cool weather, and beautiful changing of the leaves. I find that the festive ,Holiday months, make for more Creative learning opportunities.
So far this month, Fall/Halloween has helped me to create some Fun themed worksheets, crafts, etc. As well, as doing a very interesting Unit Study on the Human Skeleton.

During this past week’s schooling, we have kept on with our Holiday theme, by incorporating in some Spooky cooking lessons.
Both of my children really enjoy cooking. Besides, figuring out how to make the recipe, I think eating their Spooky Creations were their favorite part :)
( Below you will find the recipes and photos of what the foods should look like when completed.)


  Recipe makes 60 cookies


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 & 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond & Vanilla extract
1 Egg
¾ cup of Almonds
1 (.75 ounce) tube red decorating gel or you can use jelly


1. Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
* You can also put green food coloring in the cookie dough, for a more spooky looking cookie.*

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). &  Lightly grease baking sheets.

3. Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut  slits into the dough to help give a more finger-like appearance. * If the cookies have warmed, you need to put them back into the fridge to re-cool before baking*

4. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.

5. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes.

6. Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.
Here is a great link to a video on making these spooky cookies!

I hope you all enjoy making and eating these cookies as much as we did.

Please check out my Blog, “Adventures Of A Home-School Mom”,  next week for more Fall/ Halloween Themed Fun!

Until Next Time...


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