Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012 {and a Sugar Cookie recipe}

Well, one more month has come and gone. Another Halloween is in the books and my little girl keeps growing and growing. Tim and I are always in such awe as she gets smarter and bigger everyday.  It's nice on those rare evenings when she tells me she wants to cuddle with me on the couch. I miss those days when she fit in my arms and I could hold her til she fell asleep....

Anyway, come with us as I recap our Halloween adventures for 2012!
Earlier this week we carved the couple pumpkins we picked up this season. Last year, Tim has her on video carving her pumpkin and being so excited she actually got to use a plastic knife since any other day all knives are off limits. This year, as we were preparing and laying out the newspaper I found a plastic knife by the pumpkins. I thought Tim got it out for her to be funny and reminisce about her proud proclamation of being able to use that knife one year earlier. But she actually got it out for herself! She remembered and was prepared to get those pumpkins carved! :)

Of course, it's not Halloween without enjoying a pumpkin shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's!
And it's also not Halloween without some spooky shaped sugar cookies! I changed up Mom's sugar cookie recipe to make it a little healthier and it still tastes great! (Recipe below)

It's been our tradition since her first Halloween to decorate cookies and have one with her name and year on it that she gets to eat the night of trick-or-treating.

See her past year's costumes and cookies in this post.

Going along with her theme of dolphin loving she chose to be Hazel from her favorite movie Dolphin Tale. We found an athletic shirt that she pointed out was exactly what Hazel wore (a wetsuit top) and Uncle Joshie helped glue some letters on. She wore her swim shoes and she brought her inflatable dolphin, named Winter, of course along for Trick-or-Treating. We put some gauze around its tail for an even bigger effect. Now Hazel is a little red head. We couldn't find a strawberry blonde wig so we decided just to straighten her hair and add some freckles to her face.

For those that don't know, Winter was a dolphin found in Florida in 2005. Her tail was caught in wire and and then eventually fell off. After some time she was fitted for a prosthetic tail to help her swim correctly and not damage her tail. Since seeing the movie and visiting Sea World, Kaydin has been absolutely obsessed with the movie and anything dolphin. She came up with her costume idea herself. I think it was pretty original and fit her well.
This year her joke of choice was, "Why do dolphins live in the ocean? Because they're ocean animals!" She was out there telling facts instead of jokes this year. ;)

After we got home she dumped her loot on the floor and started digging through. I presented her with an opportunity to make a little money- for every piece of candy she gave up, she could trade it for a quarter. So far she's made $2.00! Try it with your kids and see how much they earn! No need for em to eat a whole bag full of candy.

Sugar Cookies

2 cups raw cane sugar (This is pretty coarse so to get a better texture for cookies, I put it in my magic bullet blender. It turned it into close to a powder but worked really well.)
1 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
5 cups whole wheat white flour

Blend sugar, oil, butter, and eggs until fluffy. Add vanilla. Add in soda, cream of tartar, and flour and mix until incorporated. Chill dough for one hour before rolling out to cut with cookie cutters.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

Did you go Trick-or-Treating this year?


  1. love the costume! My niece is her age, and loves that movie. I will have to remember the money for candy idea!

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