Friday, October 30, 2015

Countdown to Halloween - Day 5 - Mummy Theme + Volunteering at the Nursing Home

For the fifth day of the Countdown to Halloween, we did a Mummy theme. I found a pin on Pinterest that led to Your Home Based Mom.

The recipe is an easy one - just little powdered sugar doughnuts that are drizzled with white chocolate. The original recipe suggested melting white Wilton melts. I used almond bark that comes in the big blocks. It was the first thing I found at the store and it basically is the same thing.

After melting the almond bark, we took a spoon or knife and drizzled it onto the doughnuts.

For a more precise look, you can put the melted chocolate in a Ziploc bag and snip off the corner to apply it.

The last step is adding googly eyes. I couldn't find them in the store and I didn't want to spend time making hundreds of googly eyes. So, we just used sprinkles in the shapes of bats and pumpkins for the eyes. It was fine. Not something that we would photograph closely for people to be inspired by...but fun to make and eat.

At some point, if I am so inclined to make googly eyes, this is the recipe for them from Your Home Based Mom.

Royal Icing

4 egg whites
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract, optional
Water as needed


Beat egg whites large bowl with mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar and lemon extract. Beat at high speed until thickened and desired consistency. If it is too thick add a few drops a water, a little at a time. If it is too runny add some more sugar.

Also at breakfast, we made Colorful Fruit Skewers. This idea also came from a pin on Pinterest that led to Buzz Feed.

Melon, cubed
Black grapes


Take pieces of fruit and place them on a skewer.

In the afternoon, we went to the nursing home - just like we did last year - for the costume contest. Some of the staff and volunteers dress up, and then the residents vote for their favorite costume.

Olivia dressed up as a pioneer girl and Sophia was a vampire.

Everyone went around and talked to the residents.

There was a wide variety of costumes and the residents enjoyed seeing and talking with everyone who dressed up for the party.

The girls had fun talking with the residents - especially those who they've known for many years now.

After the costume contest, the girls and I served root beer and puff corn to the residents.

It was a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon; and we know that those who went to the party had a fun time.

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