Today is a lazy day. The house is already decorated ready for Halloween and the children are really in the mood. It will be so easy to keep them excited by involving them in different baking projects that I have running around in my head.  The children have homework to do but trying to persuade them to get it done has involved myself suggesting that if it is all done soon we can do some scary baking. This has worked, so now they are all seated at the table working diligently. They have already spotted me mixing the doughs for the cookies so they know that the fun is about to begin. Not only do they love eating the cookies but they love making them too. As we are concentrating on scary baking their imaginations are running wild. I just don’t know what they are going to end up making but I am sure it will be interesting.

I am trying to use up some ingredients too, so the husband is going to get some oat and coconut cookies which I am basing on another cookie recipe that he knows he likes but changing the ingredients to suit. I am sure they will be edible. As long as there is a steady supply of cookies in the house which I have baked I do not need to buy any from the supermarkets and I feel like I am making something special for the family as well as trying things out on them.

Shortbread Skeleton
Scary Skeleton

My husband carved this skeleton freehand from some shortbread dough which he managed to pinch from the children. I think he did a rather good job and it made a great centrepiece on the table at teatime. This will be good practice for the pumpkin carving which he will have to do soon.

I am going to have to make some royal icing to decorate the cookies with as they are already talking about how to decorate the cookies to make them really scary. The colours and piping bags are going to have to be used. We could be in for a busy afternoon. Homework first though and then the fun will commence. This is a final picture of what the children baked and decorated. Needless to say they didn’t last long. 🙂