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Valentine’s Day Cooking Activity for Kids – Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

My boys love to help in the kitchen. Of course they overstay their welcome and dust a little extra flour on the floor, but they’re happy. And if they’re happy, mommy’s happy. After seeing numerous pictures of heart shaped pizzas on Pinterest, I thought it would be a fun activity for Valentine’s Day. Except, if you ever watch my oldest eat a pizza, he’ll take everything off and only eat the bread and as he calls it ‘the red sauce’. And I literally mean everything, including the cheese. So, instead we made just the bread, heart shaped Garlic Bread.

Before getting started I wanted to share a few tips that has helped me to stress free cooking with the kids. It’s important to be prepared prior to calling the little ones in the kitchen.  Set up and pre-measure ingredients, and if possible, give the kids separate stations with separate utensils. It might also help to assign jobs prior to starting. It’ll give them an overview on what to expect and who will do what. Now, that’s not saying there won’t be any questions, you’ll still get the 100 questions during each step. And lastly, my fellow mom, they will make a mess and it’s okay. It’s going to be okay because you will add a clean up step. Have them help you clean up.

This is a very quick and easy dough recipe that I’ve used for many pizza crusts and bread sticks. From start to finish, these heart shaped garlic breads will be ready in less than one hour. Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!

Quick and Easy Garlic Bread

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups of All Purpose Flour

1 tbsp. of Instant Dry Yeast

1/4 tsp. of Salt

1 tbsp. of Sugar

2/3 cup of Luke Warm Water

Topping:

3 tbsp butter, melted

1 tsp of garlic powder

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Here’s what you do:

In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add water and mix until well combined.

Garlic Bread Prep

Next, gradually add the second cup of flour until it forms a smooth and firm dough. Shape dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, dust flour on the board, mat, or counter where the dough will be rolled.Garlic Bread Prep2 Then preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease and sprinkle cornmeal on a sheet pan. (Cornmeal is optional) After 15 minutes, the dough will have risen, however, not quite doubled in size. Put dough on the surface dusted with flour to prevent sticking. Roll out dough into a flat rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Ivan Prep DoughUsing a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes. Re-roll scraps of dough and cut out more hearts until all of the dough is used. Place hearts on the greased sheet pan.Heart shaped Dough

Now for the butter topping. In a small microwaveable bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Mix in garlic powder.  Heart doughUsing a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of the dough with butter. Then generously sprinkle parmesan cheese over the tops as well. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, just until lightly golden on top. Once done, brush the tops with the remaining butter. Serve with your favorite marinara or alfredo sauce for dipping.

And don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie for two

 

Valentines Chocolate Chip CookieValentine’s Day is less than a week away. Do you celebrate this love holiday? I am a big fan. Flowers, chocolates, cookies, candy, jewelry, and romantic comedy movies. Why not? What’s your plans?

Before having the boys, David and I would eat out and catch a movie, maybe go dancing. Oh how those days are long gone. We are parents now. Some might say, so what if you’re parents, you can still go out. Sure. We could just take our 5, 3, and 2 year olds out with us, wait 45 minutes for a table while the boys are saying “I’m hungry” every 30 seconds, only to get to the table and wait even longer for our food to be served. Not so much a pleasant experience. OR we could pay a complete stranger to look after the boys, since we’re countries away with no grandma near, while having that annoying “I wonder if they’re okay” feeling during dinner. Not so pleasant either. So we prefer to spend Valentine’s at home with the kids. We do dinner with the boys, then after getting the boys in bed, our Valentine’s date begin. We share something sweet while watching a movie. It’s a perfect Valentine’s date for mommy and daddy.

What’s your plans? Need something sweet to share with your Valentine. How’s about a heart shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie for two? It’s sweet, soft and chewy.

Valentine’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie 

Yields: one large cookie

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of Butter, soften

1 large Egg

1/2 cup of Brown Sugar, packed

1/2 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract

1 & 1/8 cups of Flour

1/2 tsp of Baking Soda

1/2 tsp of Salt

3/4 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a heart-shaped pan or 9″ inch round pan with parchment paper for easy removal.

Cookie PrepIn a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Add vanilla and mix well. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips until combined. Cookie Prep2Spread cookie dough into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or just until lightly golden on top. It’s perfect for sharing!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Enjoy!

For more sweet recipes, try Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookie Bars, or Blueberry Cream Cheese Squares!