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Tea Time for Kids: Little Valentines

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Tea time is a favorite thing in our house. The kids love that we have a little “mini party” in the middle of the day and I love that when I make things cute and bite-size they actually eat them and don’t complain about it. With Valentine’s Day sneaking up on us, we did raspberry tea with berry scones and little valentine tea sandwiches today. All told, it took about 20 minutes to put together and the resulting hour of peaceful munching was blissful. Three cheers for not hearing complaints about the lunch menu!

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Quick and Easy Berry Scones
1/3 cup cold butter
1 and 3/4 cup Flour
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 egg
6 Tbsp milk
minced fresh strawberries and blueberries (about 1/2 cup) with extra for garnish

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into thin slices and stir it into the flour mixture until it looks all crumbly. Combine egg and milk. Slowly pour milk mixture into dry mixture while mixing with a fork to combine. Gently mix in the minced berries. Spoon dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with sugar, and bake 10-13 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on these – you want them brown on top but you don’t want the bottoms to burn.

Serve warm with butter and fresh berries.

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Valentines Tea Sandwiches
Sandwich bread (we used Shepherd’s Bread from Trader Joes)
Cream cheese
Fresh strawberries and blueberries (plus cucumbers if you want variety)

Tea sandwiches are the easiest things in the world, because you just put cream cheese on bread and stick stuff to it. The secret to making them cute, however, is that you use a cookie cutter to cut out the bread shapes before you put any of the toppings on AND you microwave the cream cheese for a few seconds at a time until it hits that nice spreadable point so you don’t accidentally murder the bread before you can get the fruit on. I don’t know about your microwave, but my microwave seems to think 14 seconds is the perfect number.

Use a cookie cutter to cut heart shapes out of the bread slices. Warm up your cream cheese and spread a thin layer over the shapes. Thinly slice or mince your fruit and arrange on the slices. For cucumber sandwiches, don’t pre-cut the bread and slice the cucumbers as thin as you can and then layer on the bread like fish scales. Cut the finished sandwiches into squares and enjoy eating the crusts yourself because it’s your job as the non-kid in the house.

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