October is a month filled with spooky stories, tasty treats and creepy costumes as the Kingdom enjoys all things scary during Halloween!
Princess Odette is dressing up as a wicked witch, Prince Derek has decided to be a wolf whilst Alise and Lucas have been working on their swashbuckling pirate costumes!
Who or what will you be dressing up as this Halloween season?
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Lime Slime Pies
These lime slime pies are a treat for all the family! Check out how you can make some meringue ghosts to accompany them by only adding one more ingredient to your checklist too!
320g shop-bought ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
4 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 2/3 cups (400ml) milk
1 tablespoon (35g) golden caster sugar
1 heaped tbsp plain flour
5 cubes green jelly
2-3 green and golden kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
1. Heat the oven to 375F (190C/170C fan/gas 5).
2. Divide the pastry into eight equal pieces.
3. Roll each piece out until they are large enough to line deep 3-4 in (7-8cm) fluted tartlet tins or eight holes of a large muffin tin.
4. Line the tins with the pastry, leaving a little sticking up above the rims, then line with paper cases and baking beans.
5. Put the tins on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins. Remove the paper and beans, brush with the egg white and bake for 5-10 mins more until crisp and golden.
6. Leave to cool for 5 mins, then remove from the tins and leave them to cool completely.
7. Put the milk in a pan and bring almost to the boil, then remove from the heat.
8. Put the egg yolks, sugar and flour in a bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.
9. Pour a third of the hot milk into the bowl, slowly whisking all the time, until it has all been mixed in. Whisk in the remaining milk.
10. Return the mixture to the pan and bring slowly to the boil, stirring, until the custard is thick, smooth and glossy (at first, it will look a bit lumpy, but keep stirring and it will become smooth).
11. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 mins, gently stirring the mixture.
12. Stir in the jelly until the cubes have dissolved.
13. Leave the mixture to cool until just warm, then divide it between the baked tart cases.
14. Top each with a slice of kiwi and leave to cool completely.
You can use the remaining egg whites to make the delicious meringues below and serve them with your lime slime pies as spooky ghosts!
Add some spooky ghosts to your slime pies or enjoy the tasty ghosts with some refreshing fruit!
3 egg whites
3/4 cup (150g) golden caster sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 275F (140C/Gas 1) and line two flat baking sheets with baking parchment.
2. Using an electric hand whisk, whisk the whites until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed.
3. Add one tablespoon of the sugar to the egg whites, and continue to whisk until the mixture comes back to stiff peaks. Add the sugar one tablespoon at a time until it has all been used, and the meringue is thick and glossy.
4. Scoop the meringue into ball shapes and place them on the baking sheet. You can make them as big or as small as you like, just make sure to leave plenty of space between each one.
5. Bake the meringues for an hour until the meringues are pale, golden-brown, crisp and lift away easily from the baking paper before opening the oven door slightly and leaving the meringues to cool in the oven.
6. Serve with your lime slime pies or another of your favorite deserts!
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This is a one of Lucas' all time favorite Autumn games and all you need is a tub of water (or a bowl or bucket depending on how much space you have or a huge tub if you are outside!) and some delicious apples!
Simply fill the tub with water and add the apples - now for the fun part - take turns bobbing your head into the water with your hands behind your back and grab an apple using just your mouth! Take turns or bob at the same time (you can use two tubs of water if your tub isn't bug enough for two people to bob together) and see who retrieves an apple first!
Make your very own picture of Number Nine using paint and your feet!
You Will Need:
1. Paint a yellow moon shape on your piece of paper/card and let dry or maybe you can think of a spookier background!
2. Carefully paint the sole of your foot with black paint.
3. Rotate your paper 180 degrees (painted background still facing up) so you are looking at an upside down version of your background.
4. Place your foot on the paper so that your toes become the cat's feet and press down (try not to move too much). Carefully remove your foot and let the paint dry.
3. Paint on black cat ears and a tail.
4. Glue the small googly eyes on the top of the footprint (the heel is Number Nine's head).
5. When it is dry, use pink paint with a fine tipped paintbrush to add on a nose and the pink part of the ears before using white paint to draw on the mouth, whiskers, and claws.
You can use these footprint paintings as keepsakes and paint one each year to see how much your family members have grown!
Why not make some friends for Number Nine and make some other cats? You could do a white cat, a tabby cat or perhaps you have a cat at home you could use as inspiration!