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October has always been a kid-friendly time of year in my mind. Maybe it's the promise of Halloween at the end of the month, or the thought of jumping into a pile of newly raked leaves, or just the fact that there's a nip in the air....I don't know. But I find myself prompted in this month's newsletter to focus on some kid-friendly ideas (both recipe and non-recipe :)

I'm taking the strawberry theme up a notch this e-zine with some new additions that I hope you'll like. (I'd love your feedback!)

In this issue you will find:

1. Strawberry themes for Halloween--Simple costume suggestions.

2. This month's recipe selection

3. ** A special cartoon feature-courtesy of our resident "starving" artist, Omri Eshel

Strawberry Themes for Halloween--Simple Costume Suggestions

When my kids were growing up, they all had a knack for coming up with some pretty unusual costume ideas. I found myself faced with the task of creating anything from rhinocerous costumes (thank goodness for paper mache), tigers, black cats, Care Bears to highways! Yes, you heard me....my daughter, Maya, once dressed up as a highway (and won a prize for originality to boot)!

It didn't take me long to discover that the best starting point when making a kid's costume was your average sweatshirt and sweatpants! Aside from providing extra warmth for your children (isn't it always freezing on Halloween eve?), the sweats can be used afterwards. So here is my suggestion for making a very EASY, practical strawberry Halloween costume for your youngsters.

All you"ll need are the following:

A green baseball cap
A red sweatshirt and pants
Black and green felt pieces
Scissors and white glue

Using the scissors, cut small teardrop shapes from the black felt to resemble the seeds found on the outside of the strawberry. Glue them in place on both front and back of the sweatshirt.

Cut leaf shaped pieces from the green felt and glue to the collar of the sweatshirt. (You could also add this to the baseball cap). Add a bit of padding under the sweatshirt and.....Oila! Your child has now been transformed into a strawberry.

(You might consider painting your child's face with appropriate red face paint or simply paint small strawberry drawings on each cheek).

After the trick or treat-ing is over, just pop the "costume" in the washer....the felt will detatch itself from the shirt and you'll have your sweatsuit ready for everyday use!

If any of you try this idea, send me a photo (costumes@easy-strawberry-recipes.com) and I'll publish it in the next newsletter and on the website.

October Recipe Idea

Fall weather presents us with great opportunities to plan outdoor activities. Pack up a picnic basket and head out to explore your favorite neck of the woods. Enjoy an outing and take in the changing leaves of autumn...there's no better time than now. The following recipe can be easily transported with you for a tangy dessert to your picnic meal. Enjoy!

Lemon Squares with Jam Filling


2 cups plus 3 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, plus extra for dusting
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 oz.) butter, cut into pieces
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons gated lemon rind
3/4 cup strawberry or raspberry jam


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 11 x 7-inch baking pan.

Crust: In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups of the flour, 1/3 cup of the confectioners' sugar, and the salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes, or just until firm.

Meanwhile, make the lemon topping. In a medium bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, baking powder, and the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and grated lemon rind. Mix until well blended.

Remove the pan from the oven and spread the jam over the crust. Spread the lemon topping over the jam and bake for another 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is set.

Let cool in the pan on a rack. Dust the top lightly with confectioner's sugar before cutting into squares.

Makes 15 squares.

Omri's Cooking Cartoons--Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween

That wraps it up for this edition of Susie's Strawberry Jammin' Ezine. I want to wish you all a Happy Halloween and hope this year brings you more treats that tricks. Next month I'll be focusing on Thanksgiving Feasts with a strawberry twist :)

In the meantime, don't forget to log on to easy-strawberry-recipes.com , your one-stop source for all things strawberry.

"See" you next month!