Thursday, October 25, 2012

Countdown to Halloween - Owl Theme

Today's theme in the Countdown to Halloween was "Owls." I found quite a few great ideas for owls - food treats, art projects, service projects, and science activities.

The reality was that I have been sick for most of the month and on the 25th I didn't have the energy to do much of anything. Sophia and Olivia also were focused on homeschooling and want to keep on schedule, so they were okay with not doing a lot of activities related to owls. We concentrated on the core subjects instead to stay on track.

So, we ended up homeschooling from about 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Within that time frame, Olivia went to the local elementary school to get some help with reading, math, and speech. Then the girls had equestrian vaulting lessons while I did some errands and picked up books at the library.

When we came home, I made dinner while they frosted cupcakes we made this past Saturday (for the monster cupcakes) and decorated them to look like owls.

The idea comes from Reel Mama who made the cupcakes with her daughter. They are simple to make. Simply frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

Add two Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at the top of the cupcake. Put a dab of frosting in the center of each candy and then place an M&M on top of that.

Sophia's cupcakes she decorated. 
She enjoyed adding the white frosting detail - like eyelashes and glasses.

Add a Mike & Ike candy for the beak...and you're done.

The cupcakes Olivia decorated.
The eyes and beaks all match on her cupcakes.

It's a simple dessert and one that the girls enjoyed making.

Olivia and Sophia with the owl cupcakes they decorated.

I'm hoping that before Halloween we have a chance to go to the local nature center that has a couple of rescued owls that live there. There will be some days where it will be warmer and not raining, so we will try to get there on one of those days.

We may even make the owl-shaped pancakes one day too.