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UltimateMama and her children love making Ultimate Star Scones!  It is a quick and easy way to incorporate MATH (measuring) skills into your daily routine — not to mention fun and delicious.  It is as easy as this:

Ingredients

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon of baking powder

2 teaspoons of granulated pure cane sugar (plus another teaspoon for the topping)

3/4 cup of dried raspberries

1 cup of heavy cream (plus another teaspoon for topping)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and sugar (2 teaspoons).

Next, add the dried raspberries.

Then, add the heavy cream (1 cup).

Form the dough into a large ball with your hands.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface (use a rolling pin).  Dough should be about 3/4 inch thick.

Using a star shaped cookie cutter (or any other shape you fancy) cut the shapes in dough and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

When you have used all the dough up it is time for the topping.

For the topping use a pastry brush and paint the tops of the star shaped scones with the heavy cream.  Use your fingers and sprinkle sugar on top of each scone.

Put the stars in the oven to bake (about 8-11 minutes).

Serve warm (or at room temperature) either plain, with raspberry jam, or whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Depending on the size of your cookie cutter it makes around 10-12 scones.

 

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UltimateMama is always prepared with easy to pack gifts for kids when she is traveling during the holidays.  It is important to pack lightweight, non-breakable treats and items when traveling.  Also, do not forget that chocolate melts so try be careful and opt for well packaged chocolate, jelly beans, or marshmallow candies as opposed to sticky goods.  In terms of creating the Ultimate Easter Basket for kids, UltimateMama is a fan of combining fun little gifts with a small amount of sugary sweets.  Since the family will be in the Caribbean during Easter, UltimateMama already packed the following for her 2 girls:

– 2 cleverly designed paper party bags (from TJ Maxx at $1.79 each – one with a bunny and one with a chick)

– 2 Every Bunny 4 piece beauty sets (also from TJ Maxx at $4.99 each)

– 2 pairs of Candy Girl socks with Easter themes of chicks and bunnies (also from TJ Maxx at $1.99 each)

– Peeps Flavored Marshmallow in Cotton Candy (5 chicks)

– Cadbury Mini Eggs (milk chocolate)

– Russell Stover Maple Cream Eggs

– M&M Minis

A little shopping in advance will save you the headache later of having to find Easter goods while on vacation.  Additionally, you will save money by buying exactly what you want ahead of time as opposed to having to pay hotel or resort prices!

 

 

 

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UltimateMama loves using laminated learning placemats at mealtime.  A few years ago she found several placemats of US maps, World maps, and US Presidents for sale on Lexington Avenue near a midtown subway station and last night was happy to discover that the placemats can be purchased from Painless Learning.  Check out the website to find numerous placemats including salt water fish, weather, civil war, signers of the constitution, revolutionary war, declaration of independence, ice age mammals, fractions, butterflies, phonics, dogs, rocks & minerals, bugs & insects, great composers, roman numerals, metric system, famous artists, periodic table of elements, and more!

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