November 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
December 2008 Theme
Craftsman and Scientist
Edible Treats for Birds
(NOT for people)
Use your old Christmas tree or
your backyard shrubs as a bird feeder. Decorate them by making Orange Slice
Ornaments and Cookie Cutter Bird treats. This not only makes a festive feeder,
but also provides shelter for small birds like sparrows and juncos.
This activity can be a 1 week or
2 week Den Meeting. This would depend on the size of the den.
Orange Slice Ornaments
Materials: Oranges, paring knife, cutting
boards, yarn, raffia or ribbon, and pencils.
Give each Cub Scout his own
orange and experiment slicing his orange, along with knife safety instructions.
When it’s time to deck the tree or shrub, tie each slice to a branch.
Cookie Cutter Bird Treats
Materials: Mixing bowls, measuring cups,
measuring spoons, mixers-electric or manual, rolling pin, drinking straws, and
unsalted butter, softened
cups all-purpose flour, sifted
teaspoon baking soda,
teaspoons cream of tartar
teaspoon salt, mixed birdseed
Cream the butter, then beat in the
Sift together the flour, baking soda,
cream of tartar, and salt.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to
the butter and egg mixture.
When well mixed, cover and chill.
Flour surface of cabinet top and roll
out the dough to about a 1/4 in thickness.
Cut out shapes with the cookie cutters;
At the top of each cookie, make a hole
with a drinking straw.
Press in a coating of the birdseed.
Preheat oven to 350 and bake for about
When cookies are cool, insert a length
of ribbon through each and tie.
Since the cookie dough will need to chill, make
dough first and chill. Then try the Orange Slice Ornaments while waiting for
Snowy Trail Mix
3 cups pretzel sticks
1 ½ cup corn cereal
¾ cup pecan halves
½ cup cashews
½ cup dried cranberries
12 oz white chocolate
In large bowl, mix together the pretzel sticks, corn cereal,
pecans, cashews, and dried cranberries.
Melt the white chocolate according to the package directions
and slowly pour it over the mix, stirring gently.
Scoop the mix onto waxed paper to cool, about 20 minutes,
Then break it in to bite sized pieces.
Makes about 10 cups.
Apple – Raspberry Spiced Cider
A sweet nonalcoholic alternative, this
splendid spiced cider blends refreshing raspberry and apple in a pretty punch
that's sure to bring some holiday cheer to your Christmas party. Serve with
additional cinnamon sticks for stirring, if desired.
2 quarts apple
1 can (12 oz)
thawed raspberry cocktail concentrate
cinnamon sticks, broken in half
2 cups frozen
In a saucepan, stir together apple cider,
raspberry cocktail concentrate and cinnamon sticks.
Bring to a boil over medium heat,
Then lower the heat to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Stir in raspberries and
Serve directly from the saucepan or transfer to a
Crock-Pot to keep warm.
Servings: 8 to 10
African Groundnut Stew
Peanuts, called groundnuts in Africa, are
used in a lot of African cooking But be careful
Lots of ingredients, but a simple vegetarian dish!
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Large onion,
2 cloves garlic,
1-2 fresh hot
1 Tbsp. grated
fresh ginger root
1 Tbsp. light
1 tsp. Cumin
1-1/2 lbs. (750
g) butternut or other winter squash,
1-1/4 cups (300
mL) hot water
1 tsp. (5 mL)
1/4 tsp. (1 mL)
1/4 cup (50 mL)
1 can (19 oz./540
mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup (125 mL)
chopped roasted peanuts 1/4 cup
(50 mL) chopped
fresh parsley or cilantro
Peel and seed the squash. Then cut it into 1-inch
(2-cm) chunks. (You will have about 4 cups when prepared)
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over
Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened,
about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, chilies, ginger, brown sugar and
cumin and stir to mix.
Cook for a minute or two, then add the squash and
toss to coat everything evenly.
Add 1 cup (250 mL) of the hot water, the salt and
pepper and bring the mixture to a boil.
Meanwhile, stir the remaining 1/4 cup (50 mL) of
hot water into the peanut butter,
Then add to the squash mixture in the pot.
Mix well, cover and lower the heat to low.
Let cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the squash
is nearly tender.
Add chickpeas and roasted peanuts to the stew and
continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
Stir parsley or cilantro in just before taking it
off the heat. Serve immediately.
Brownies in a Jar – Great Christmas Gift!
These Christmas brownies make a gift that
tastes and looks great. You can add a nice touch by printing the recipe and
including it with the brownies so that the recipient can craft their own batch.
1 quart canning
jar and lid
Printer to print
a card and recipe
1/3 cup cocoa
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup chocolate
1/2 cup vanilla
2/3 cup brown
1 cup all-purpose
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped
Layer ingredients in order given in a quart glass
Place lid and ring on securely.
You can add a circle of holiday fabric underneath
the ring to add some color to the jar.
Try experimenting with multiple ingredient layers
to get a different look.
You can replace both the chocolate and vanilla
chips with one cup of M&M baking chips
Haviland thin mints
miniature Reese’s cups
black and orange gel frosting
Stack doughnuts large to small to make snowman.
You can use pretzel sticks to hold them together.
Use gel frosting to make face and buttons.
The mint with Reese’s cup placed upside down on top makes the hat
Cut Fruit Rollups to make a scarf around snowman’s neck.
thin pretzel sticks,
frosting or melted chocolate,
Optional melted chocolate and toasted coconut to dip the
Make a hole in the center of the marshmallow and
poke the pretzel stick through – make sure a little bit of the pretzel goes
through the other side.
Unwrap a Hershey’s kiss and bore a small hole in
the center of the flat side so it will fit the pretzel.
Fit the top of the dreidel to the kiss – you might
have to add a thin layer of melted chocolate or frosting to make them stick
You can decorate the marshmallow by coating it in
frosting or melted chocolate and sprinkles.
You can actually play with your dreidel, if you
paint the letters on the sides with frosting or food coloring. – But they could
also be a fun snack!
Easy Mexican Bunuelos
There must be hundreds of recipes for
bunuelos – but these are easy ones the boys can make during a den meeting for
Use canned biscuits, cut them in half, then drop into hot oil
and cook till both sides are golden.
You can also cut small flour tortillas into quarters, drop
them into hot oil and cook till slightly golden.
Now toss your bunuelos in a paper bag or plastic sealable bag
filled part way with cinnamon sugar. Another option is to just drizzle them
with maple syrup or honey.
Eat and enjoy!
Yule Log Cake
traditional Buche de Noel or Yule Log cake, is made by baking a cake in a jelly
roll pan, frosting it, then carefully rolling it up into a “log.” Usually, a
wedge is cut from one end and used to make a “knot” on one side, and the whole
thing is frosted. Sometimes, meringue mushrooms are added. You can find
recipes for this cake everywhere – but here are two easier versions the boys
could help make.
Version #1 -
Make a regular cake mix, but bake in a loaf pan.
Remove from pan, let cool thoroughly,
Then use a knife to round the top edges so you have a log
Cut one end at an angle to create a wedge shape – this can be
added to one side to make the “knot” where a “branch” would have been.
Now frost your cake and decorate with small plastic animals,
such as squirrels, or add artificial leaves or berries along the bottom.
Version #2 -
The second version is made like a cheese log –
Purchase a log or trim cheese to a log shape
Then “frost” with cream cheese and add decorations.
Serve with crackers for a great snack.
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.