Monday, October 31, 2005

Christmas Cookies Recipe Swap


8 ounces almond paste (1 cup plus 2 teaspoons)
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs separated
20 drops red food coloring
12 drops green food coloring
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/4 cup apricot preserves
Chocolate Coating
6 ounces semisweet chips melted according
to package directions
Mash paste; add butter and egg yolks, beat till fluffy and add flour, set aside. Beat egg whites till soft peaks and add to butter mixture, mix thoroughly by hand. Divide batter into three parts, approximately 1 1/2 cups each. Add red to one part, green to the second part and leave third part yellow.
Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool 5 minutes, inverted on rack.
Remove wax paper and trim edges if necessary. Spread raspberry on green layer, top with yellow, spread apricot and top with pink layer. Cover with plastic and set in fridge for several hours until set. Cut short side 2 inches wide and pour chocolate over strips and let dry. Slice 3/4 inch thick frozen!

What's your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?

Important and Fun Links for Kids and Mom

NY State Sex Offender Registry
Do you know your neighbors?

New York Public Interest Research Group

NYPIRG Fuel Buyers Group
This is a non-for profit fuel buying group that can help you lower your oil heating bills this winter.

Franklin Square School District

The Long Island Childrens Museum
Check out the Ghostly Gala at Halloween.

Saint Catherine of Sienna

Camp Sienna
Great and affordable 4 week summer camp program.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Don't forget about the IMAX theater.

Lionel Trains
Free train printables

The Bronx Zoo
Bundle up and go see the Holiday Zoo Lights

The NY Botanical Gardens
Bring your camera and check out the Holiday Train Show November 19, 2005-January 8,2006. Wear layered clothing. Iit's a green house and very warm.

Harbes Family Farms
Great place to go pumpkin picking for the whole family and they have a corn maze.

NYC Transit Museum
My son is a train buff.

Franklin Square Theater
In the summer they offer an 8 weeks free movie program on Thursdays for kids at 10:30 a.m.

Franklin Square Library
Check out the free childrens programs

Do you have little green lizards around your house?

They are called "Italian Wall Lizards". They were introduced to Long Island by accident in Garden City according to a member of CSTL. CSTL or the Center for Science Teaching and Learning is located at Tanglewood road in RVC . They are a non-for profit group that rescues reptiles and educates kids in science. They also offer programs in science and rocketry for elementry and middle school kids at a reasonable fee. For more info go to
Participate in an interactive map and help Hofstra researchers!