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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, and as a way to unwind from a very stressful couple of weeks at school. Nate and I had a really fun FHE. Right after I was done with my last class, we headed over to the store and bought some pumpkins (Reams in Provo right now, they're only $0.09 a pound). We had to dig through them to find some that were small-ish, as most of them were quite large, but we managed to come away with some really good ones. After all the carving was done, and our neighbors gave us some votive candles, This was the end result:

Can you guess who carved which pumpkin? We both went for the "Cute" theme.

After pumpkins, we both used the cookies we had cooked the night before (thanks for the recipe Mom!) and mixed up the food coloring to decorate. Our end results were, if I do say so myself, quite lovely...even if there was a little too much excitement with the red food coloring and the pumpkins ended up a little more red-orange than orange.

Our Creations--on festive holiday plates!

All-in-all, it was an awesome Family Home Evening. We even had pizza and radioactive-looking green punch. I think I have an awesome family.

Also, if you want an amazing sugar-cookie recipe, you should try this one. Seriously, the cookies are firm enough for decorating, but still soft-ish, and the cookies don't burn on the bottom at all. Also, they taste good, with no funny aftertaste.

Courtesy of Kerry Murray: Amazing Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup Shortening
1 cup Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (I had pumpkin pie spice on hand, so I used that, it was still good)
3 1/4 Cups Flour

Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add sour cream. Mix in dry ingredients. Mix well. Roll out 1/4" thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake 6-8 minutes (I would definitely start with 6) at 350 degrees. Don't overbake, cookies will not look that much different from when you put them in. Cool and frost. Eat...and enjoy.

Happy Halloween everyone.

Note: Nicole wrote this post...not Nate. Nicole failed to check who was logged in.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! Thanks for allowing anonymous comments! Nathan's pumpkin is on the right, and yours, Nicole, is on the left. Love you guys! -Karly