Oh it's been a Happy Halloween here today :-)
We spent much of it in the kitchen making very good use of a pumpkin:
We made chorizo and pumpkin soup:
and we also made pumpkin cakes.this book, which is one of my favourites and while they were baking in the oven we read the stories, poems and songs that are in the chapter on Halloween. The recipe is very simple:
3 cups of raw pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla essence
1.5 cups brown sugar (you could use less than this, it was quite sweet)
2 tblsp water
1 tsp each of cinnamon, mixed spice and salt
3 tbsp oil
When this is smooth add in 2 and a bit cups of s/r flour and a tsp of bicarb of soda, half cup of raisins and half cup of mixed seeds and nuts
Mix and plop into cake tins and bake in a medium oven foir about an hour.
When ours cooled we iced it with cream cheese and icing sugar...
For a lover of carrot cake this is a good alternative.
We made 2 cakes, one as a thank you present for friends of ours who very kindly treated us to a trip to the theater yesterday and lunch out.
The other was to take with us when we went out trickle treating (as Benny calls it).
So while all the baking was baking and cooling and not being eaten there was lots of time for drawing:
and also a little crafting:
To try and balance our time between indoors and out we put on our woolies and hats and went out to make witches potions in the garden:
my dear little witch, pumpkin and cat!
Happy Halloween :-)