Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones - Halloween treat from A Pinch of Joy
Dirty Bones - Halloween treat from A Pinch of Joy

Meringues are really very easy to make. You just need to be aware of a few facts before starting. No big deal, because everything in life is easier when you know a few facts ahead of time.

  • Room temperature eggs are easier to separate and will whip faster than cold eggs. If you don’t have time to let them set – or if like me, you forget to set them out – you can set them in a bowl of warm water to speed up the process.  
  • Separate eggs very carefully one at a time over small bowl. When separation is successful, place yolks in one bowl to set aside for another use. Put egg whites one at a time into larger bowl for whipping. If there is the slightest bit of yolk in a separated white, do not add it to the larger bowl. THROW IT OUT. Or better yet, put it aside for another use. Even the slightest trace of yolk will keep the whole batch from forming peaks.
  • Soft peaks mean that you can see the tracks of the beater in the beaten egg whites. Egg whites are no longer yellowish and foamy but turn white and more on the fluffy side. If you lift the beater and it makes a little lift that “droops” you have a soft peak. A stiff peak will stand in sharp points when the beater is lifted. Another way to determine stiff peak is to draw the flat of a knife or the handle of a wooden spoon through the beaten egg whites. If they stay separated, stiff peaks. If they run back together, keep beating.
  • Add sugar slowly, but continuously. It helps the sugar to dissolve for crispy meringues. You can also run the sugar through the food processor to make smaller granules to help it dissolve more thoroughly. It will seem like you are taking forever to get all the sugar in, but the time also counts toward making stiff peaks. Oh yeah, mind games will get you through :-)
  • Slip cookies into oven preheated to 225 degrees, bake thirty minutes, turn off oven and go to bed. Do not open oven door from the time you put the cookies in until you get up the next morning. If you must do something, you can check by turning oven light on and peering through the door about 20-25 minutes into baking time to see if meringues are turning brown. If they are, turn the oven off.

H A P P Y   H A U N T I N G

Dirty Bones

Yield: 24 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Dirty Bones

A crunchy, chewy, creepy Halloween treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 2 chocolate cookies, such as Oreos with middles removed, crushed

Instructions

  1. Let eggs set for 30 minutes to reach room temperature.
  2. Separate white from yolk and set yolks aside for another purpose.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in large bowl at medium speed until soft peaks form.
  4. Continue beating at high speed and begin adding sugar very slowly, two or three tablespoons at a time. This may take three minutes or more.
  5. Continue beating at high speed until stiff peaks are formed. This may take 15-20 minutes. Meringue should be shiny and smooth.
  6. While egg whites are beating, preheat oven to 225 degrees and prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment paper. Prepare pastry bag with #10 or #12 plain tip. (OR zipper bag with corner cut off to make half inch opening.)
  7. When meringue reaches stiff peaks, add extract and beat just until blended.
  8. Fill pastry bag. Pipe a figure eight or s-shape and move tip to form straight line of meringue about 2-3 inches long and finish by moving tip to pipe a second figure eight or s-shape at the bottom. Lift piping bag with swirling motion to break flow at end while keeping meringue fluffy. Repeat until both cookie sheets are filled.
  9. Crush chocolate cookies and sprinkle over “bones” to give illusion of dirt clinging to bones.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR. Leave cookies in oven overnight.
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Need more Halloween ideas?  Check these links:  Preschool Party Snacks and Games      How to Make Pom Pom Spider   How to Make a Halloween Wreath  Elegant Halloween    Fun Foods for Kids Halloween Party    Grasshopper Guts     Smashed Frogs    Zombie Brains   Candy Corn Fudge 

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Zombie Brains

Zombie Brains -- A Pinch of Joy Surprisingly tasty Halloween treat!
Zombie Brains -- A Pinch of Joy   Surprisingly tasty Halloween treat!

Zombie Brains are surprisingly tasty Halloween treats!  Bwhahahaha!    They are sorta cute – but the name gives them the eeewww factor that makes little boys growl with delight.

This is a very easy Halloween treat. The biggest problem I had was that it was very rainy day and the bottom of the brains were still sticky after setting an hour. (Now THERE is a sentence I never thought I would type!) A little sprinkling of powdered sugar on a new piece of waxed paper to which I then moved the candy pieces before adding the candy melts seemed to solve the problem. You can dip the chow mein brain into the candy melt, coating about half of each piece.  But given my record with dipping candy here and here, I just spooned the soft candy melt into place over half the brain and skipped the dipping.  You could use chocolate chips or a squeeze of chocolate frosting to make the eyes, but the candy eyes are a great touch!

Zombie Brains

Yield: 24 pieces

Serving Size: 1 piece

Zombie Brains

A surprisingly tasty Halloween treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 7 ounce container marshmallow crème
  • 1 6 ounce bag chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup orange candy melts
  • Green food coloring
  • Candy eyes
  • Approximately 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar for sprinkling on waxed paper, if needed

Instructions

  1. Prepare ahead of time because you will be working quickly: Line baking sheet with waxed paper, sprinkle lightly with confectioner’s sugar and set aside. Pour chow mein noodles in medium mixing bowl.
  2. Scoop marshmallow crème into microwave safe bowl. Add food coloring without stirring. Microwave for approximately 30 seconds and stir. Marshmallow should be easy to stir. Microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds, if needed.
  3. Quickly pour marshmallow over chow mein noodles and stir well.
  4. Drop by spoonful on prepared waxed paper.
  5. Let set until firm about 30-60 minutes.
  6. Melt orange candy melts in microwave according to package directions.
  7. Dip each candy half way into the orange candy coating. OR spoon candy melt over half the candy.
  8. Let set approximately five minutes to slightly firm the candy melt and add two candy eyes to each piece. Let set another 10-15 minutes till firm to touch.
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Need more Halloween ideas?  Check these links:  Preschool Party Snacks and Games      How to Make Pom Pom Spider   How to Make a Halloween Wreath  Elegant Halloween    Fun Foods for Kids Halloween Party    Grasshopper Guts     Smashed Frogs    Zombie Brains   Candy Corn Fudge   Dirty Bones

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Autumn Porch Welcome

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Autumn Porch Welcome from A Pinch of Joy
A beautiful fall day — perfect for creating a welcoming porch for the season.  For the door, a simple sign proclaiming fall and hung with brown satin ribbon.

cSunlit Pumpkin
A huge pumpkin, kissed by late afternoon sunlight and nestled in autumn leaves and berries atop a black urn.  Bytes has dibs on carving a jack o lantern.   Imagine coming at this dimpled brilliant beauty with a sharp knife — not me.

Autumn Porch West A Pinch of Joy
Beautiful pumpkin’s companions.  That’s a swan gourd at the end.  Looks just like a swan, doesn’t it?  If swans were green and spotted.  It’s shaped like a swan I meant to say.   The stem looks like the beak — even though you can’t find it for the scarecrow’s twine ties.

Other side
On the other side, shooting into the morning sun, Mr. Strawman rests his foot on the little pumpkin.  My dad always stood with one foot up on something in the rare moments he stopped moving and this makes me laugh.  There are little tiny  lights in the leaves beneath the larger pumpkin to twinkle at twilight.   The cat was a song at a garage sale last summer.  He brings height and quirkiness to the assemblage.  Even the fairy door is celebrating autumn.    How do the fairies get in your house? 

Front Porch
                                                        And there it is — beautiful bright fall colors to welcome you! 

Oh, yes.  You are right.  The corner did change.  I took this picture last night in the evening.  And this morning went looking for some more pumpkins I KNOW I put away last year.  Instead I found Mr. Strawman and Quirky Cat.  I went out to take another photo and discovered  the shadows are really strange on our porch mid-morning. The bright sun makes it almost impossible to photograph.  But you won’t hear me complaining about too much sun in Ohio!  So that’s why you’ll have to imagine the corner photo superimposed over the lone pumpkin above!  

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