Halloween is generally a fun time of year at any school, but this year, my daughter's teachers took it to a whole new level. I already shared about how they tied their Egyptian Studies in with an appropriately timed Mummy Party, but they didn't stop there. A week later, there was a Skeleton Party in celebration of their anatomy studies in science. As usual, I offered to provide sweets, so that my daughter wouldn't feel left out. There were a few other parents helping with this, as well...one brought fruit cups and the other a brilliantly clever veggie platter that looked like a skeleton. I didn't see it, but I believe it was based off this idea:
I was feeling pretty good about the whole thing, knowing my daughter would be able to eat everything, except for the fact that the teacher specifically wanted skeleton cookies as the sweet because it tied into a book they were reading. Had to be skeleton cookies. Truthfully, I'm not much of a baker and I loathe rolling out dough...especially nut-flour doughs because they are impossible to work with. And on the heels of my miserable Mummy Cookie experience, this was not a project I was looking forward to.
I decided to try a new sugar cookie recipe and add some cocoa powder to make tiny chocolate "gingerbread man" shapes, that I hoped I could pipe some kind of skeleton-looking icing onto. I was VERY nervous about this b/c I felt like I was setting myself up for failure from the get-go. Why do I do this to myself??? Oh yes, love.... ;)
The dough rolling and cookie cutting went better than expected and I had a huge tray of tiny little people which I stuck in the oven and promptly BURNED! Oh yes, burned the crap out of them. It was hard to tell how dark they were getting because they were chocolate, but when I took them out, they tasted like they had been scraped off the side of my chimney. That lead to my making a second batch of dough without cocoa powder which I managed to bake without burning...problem was, they tasted like chipboard. Gah!! So, there went 5 cups of my precious blanched almond flour and several hours of my life that I'll never get back. And I was no closer to having an SCD-legal treat that I could take to this party.
It was getting late, so I ultimately decided I would call around to grocery stores the next day and just get some kind of cookies to take and would send something else for my daughter. I couldn't let the whole class down because of my mistakes. Well, easier said than done. NO ONE had skeleton cookies or bone cookies of any kind. Whaaat?? Back to the drawing board...or Pinterest, to be totally accurate. I ended up finding a cute little bone "cookie" made from two mini-marshmallows stuck on the ends of a pretzle stick and dipped in white chocolate. Looked easy enough, so I hit the store, got what I needed and made them just in time for the party. But my daughter couldn't eat them, so it defeated the whole purpose!!! I still had to send her something different. (They did turn out pretty cute though, no??)
As an aside, I was determined to make an SCD-legal version of these cookies, so I played around when I got home and came up with a pretty good alternative. The recipe still needs some work, but hopefully, I'll be able to share this with you in time for next year...
Now I just had to get through making cupcakes for the school Halloween party the next day...oh ya, we're moving on to school party number THREE. But not before a visit to the ER...cause x-rays seemed appropriate on Skeleton Day.
As if my day hadn't been stressful enough, my little one somehow managed to choke on (and then swallow) a penny while I was making dinner. This resulted in a frantic trip to the ER where they scanned her with a metal detector just like at the airport...OMG. It got to her tummy and started beeping...I died.
She was still wearing her skeleton pj's from Skeleton Day at school, so the nurses and doctor's could barely keep a straight face with her. Fortunately, no lasting damage was done and we were told the penny would pass straight through with no problems. I am guessing pennies are not SCD-legal, but it did indeed pass through. I was laughing that night about needing to get a stool sample for my daughter's next calprotectin test and thought it would be funny if I left a note telling the lab techs they could keep anything they found in the poo...kind of like a tip...LOL!
So, that's how Skeleton Day went down. Never a dull moment! I will wrap up my 2014 Halloween coverage in my next post where I share some final thoughts about our annual Halloween party and how things went on Halloween night...then it's on to some new topics and some awesome recipes for the holidays. Thanks so much for hanging out and reading along. I love getting your comments and feedback, so don't be shy. XOXO, Cindi