I have to admit the first thing I thought of when I heard United Kingdom was having a tea party. My kids love to drink tea, and I thought this would be a gentle introduction with things they are mostly familiar with.
We started mixing and baking, and having fun.
There was a lot of giggling, and spilling, and general fun in making these.
2 cups flour
7 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter (can also partially freeze)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons cream
* this particular time I used 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of each individual spice
Preheat oven to 425.
1. Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter (hint you can freeze the butter and then grate it with a cheese grater to combine more easily)
2. Fold in wet ingredients to form ball. ** this was a very sticky dough, so I coated my hands very thoroughly with flour.**
3. Form into log and cut dough into triangles. I formed it into several circles and cut them into wedges.
4. Bake about 10-12 minutes.
While that was busy baking and the kids were happily munching on their slices of cheese and crackers I made each of us a cucumber sandwich.
Slice cucumbers fairly thin, spread cream cheese over bread and then layer cucumbers. That’s it.
Buy flavored cream cheese, I got the garlic flavor, yum, yum, yum. Spread thickly over your bread. Slice a cucumber thinnly and layer a lot of them all over. Eat and ENJOY!
Orindarily our tea parties are at the dining room table with my fine china and good manners. However, February has been a month of sickness and Jeff working late many nights, and just generally being overly tired.
So, we, as in I because Jeff didn’t get home until after their bedtime, opted to watch the Max and Ruby episode set in London while we ate our tea party.
All in all, this month we didn’t learn super a lot about our country, so I’m setting a poor first example, but I plan to go back and have us learn more.