|H and P at B and J's! |
(That's chocolate ice cream smeared on Pete's cheek!)
So, about Halloween -- we live in the middle of a sparsely populated forest here in MG, and it is more a home here and a home way over there than a typical neighborhood, so the boys will trick-or-treat tomorrow at Skidmore College where Henry goes to pre-school (and where I work in Admissions). Pete will join him and, as Darth Vader and Yoda, the duo will go with their Mom and Henry's class office-to-office, building-to-building, in what will be their primary trick-or-treating experience. I'll try to sneak out to run an errand at just the right time, and maybe catch my little Star Warriors as they parade around campus. I can't wait to see them all decked out!
To top it all off, I won a raffle (I seldom win contests!) and will pick up pizza, beverages, and cupcakes for Halloween dinner at Mama Mia's in Saratoga Springs. I was one of four lucky winners, and so was my friend Karen. The funny thing is, we both went to MM's for lunch with our friend Liz, on different occasions, and we both won, but Liz didn't! I'll make it up to her. She's a winner in my book of very best friends!
Following are photos of my time with H and P this weekend, as well as pics of the cookies that I'm in the middle of making right now. In fact, you can't see it, but I have flour all over my navy blue cardigan, since I always think of wearing an apron, but a little too late.
Happy Halloween everyone. Maybe I'll dress up as a baker! That'd be a stretch! I hope you capture the spirit of little goblins and have a wonderful fright night!
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(and that's Hank and Pete's friend Lynn DiMenna in the center pic)
|Cookies for my lil punkins...|
ALTON BROWN'S SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough (I use flour)
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours. (I didn't refrigerate - used it right after mixing, and it was great.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar (I used flour). Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice* as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.
*Use Royal Icing to ice cookies (any good recipe will do - here's one from Joy of Baking: http://www.joyofbaking.com/RoyalIcing.html
Original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_25187_RECIPE-PRINT-FULL-PAGE-FORMATTER,00.html