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Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party & Surprise for Helen

Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
Last Saturday, I had a lovely morning with Helen...


Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
After laying Jim down for his first nap, I put a kettle of water on the stove to boil. I set the table with teacups and saucers, milk, tea, and shortbread teabag-shaped cookies. Helen watched excitedly.




Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
I poured out the water and we waited for the tea to steep. I informed Helen that you must be proper and have good manners at a tea party. I'm not sure if real British people actually try to be proper while taking tea, but it was a fun sentiment that I learned growing up.



Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
It was a bit difficult for Helen to wait patiently to eat her cookie. When our tea was finally ready, we dug in. Helen chomped off the chocolate corner of her teabag cookie first (my girl). I dunked mine in my tea to get it a bit melty.

We savored our snacks and chatted. I asked Helen some questions about herself, like what her favorite colors are (pink and purple), and what her biggest fear is (people chopping off other people's arms, apparently).


Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen

Afterwards, I had a surprise up my sleeve for Helen...a book personalized just for her: The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name!




Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
The folks over at Lost My Name sent me one of their charming story books to give to Helen. It's about a little girl that misplaces her name, and goes on an adventure to find it again. Along the way, different animals give her the first letter of their names to help her on her quest.


Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
At the end of the story was a surprise: the little girl's name was the same as Helen's! She was a bit quiet and incredulous at first about the fact that the story had been about her.

But she had me read it to her two more times that day.


Teabag Shortbread Cookies + A Tea Party With Helen
I really like how the story is in rhyme. And because the book was designed by a group of international friends (from Israel, Portugal, and the UK), the words are different and interesting and not overly simple, which I appreciate.

Pssst: Stick around until the end of this post for a chance to win a personalized Lost My Name book for a little one in your life!

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But about these shortbread teabag cookies.



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Earlier that week, Helen and I had mixed them up.


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We again took advantage of naptime to have some mommy-daughter bonding time.

Helen was so proud to help out - she loves getting involved in the kitchen.



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These cute little teabag cookies are surprisingly easy to make. They only contain 6 ingredients (I used all organic, of course), and the shortbread dough holds together while you cut out the teabag shapes and transfer them to a cookie sheet.



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After they're finished baking and cooling, simply dip them in melted dark chocolate. The hardest part is waiting for them to set before devouring nibbling.



Clever Ideas Blog
Head over to the Clever Ideas blog to get the full recipe, plus a printable template for cutting out the cookies. 



And Now For a Giveaway!


The folks at Lost My Name are graciously allowing me to give away a personalized copy of The Little Girl/Boy Who Lost Their Name! See below for details on how to enter:
This giveaway is open to my international readers since Lost My Name ships worldwide! Giveaway ends Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12 AM Central Time.



Many thanks to Lost My Name for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own, as always. And thank you to Reuben for taking the photos of our tea party!




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41 comments

  1. The tea bag cookies are so cute! Would love to win a personalized book for my new granddaughter! Thanks for the chance.

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  2. Tea parties were almost a daily occurrence for me growing up! Actually, that is probably an exaggeration, but it surely seemed like it because I loved tea parties so much. I really hope I have a daughter someday so I can do it again. :)

    Side note: Your leggings (or tights?) look so cute and cozy! Were they second hand? Actually, I kinda like your whole outfit here, tbh.

    Merry Christmas!

    -Liz

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  3. i love how these cookies look and i know they are delicious!my granddaughter loves books. she's 5. this would be so nice for her to have.

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  4. The tea bags look wonderful. I will have to make them for my next tea party!!! I think personalized books are a wonderful idea. My good friend's daughter would love this.

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  5. What cute cookies! I have a personalized book from when I was young, what fun :)

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  6. I use my Nan's recipe for shortbread (from a 1944 scottish cookbook) but I've never thought of adding chocolate to them but these are adorable and my niece is obsessed with tea so I'm going to whip up a batch for her for Christmas as part of her gift.

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  7. Those cookies look delicious and seem so fun to make. I will have to give them a try as potential xmas gifts.

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  8. Super cute party! I love the cookies :).

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    1. My niece would be a great recipient! Also, I'm expecting my first in the spring, so if the baby is a girl I would probably just save the book for her :).

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  9. I would love to give this book to my niece.

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  10. I've heard about these books! So sweet. Shortbread is one of my favorite things, but I've never made fun shapes or dipped in chocolate (shocking since I'm a chocoholic). We grew up with tea parties being a fancy affair as well, and I'd like to use it soon to teach Jacqueline some manners more intentionally ;) we do often have special time during the boys' naps though!

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  11. These cookies look so cute, what a great idea. Thank you for sharing and thanks for the giveaway. The book would be a great gift for my nieces.

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  12. These cookies look so cute, what a great idea. Thank you for sharing and thanks for the giveaway. The book would be a great gift for my nieces.

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  13. I really love the look of those cookies..very clever idea to make them like dipping teabags. ;) The book sounds brilliant too - perfect for my little chap who's around the same age as Helen. x

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  14. I really love the idea of a tea party with my little guys :) The book is a great idea. Kids love to see their names in books and my Yusuf would love to see his name in a book.

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  15. my nieces little one

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  16. my little Amilea because nothing ever has her spelling on it x

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  17. Oh man! I can't wait until Junia is a wee bit older and has more of an understanding of helping in the kitchen. She does LOVE stirring, though she isn't very tidy about it. One of those books would be an ideal birthday gift.

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  18. I am eagerly awaiting the birth of my best friends child, 12 days late an counting...but SO excited! This would be for them.

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  19. This is so lovely, what a fun tea party! <3 My nephew James would love that book :)

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  20. My little girl is starting to learn her letters. I think this book would be great for learning her name.

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  21. I am going to give it to my son. He loves books.

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  22. My 2 daughters would love to read this, but especially my eldest daughter as she is just starting to read

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  23. My nephew Jack would love the book.

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  24. I've got these for my own two children and they're gorgeous, would love one for my little nephew Ethan.

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  25. I would love one for my little girl Emily.

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  26. Love the idea ! I already gave that sorts of books with personnalized names, but I didn't know this one ! I would like to offer it to my nephew Angelo :)

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