Poetry teatime ( I totally jumped on the bandwagon!) has been a really super awesome addition to our homeschool day! I think it would be a great addition to any family rhythm whether you homeschool or not. I mean, who can say no to steamy hot tea and homemade desserts ??? Yeah… that’s what I thought. You just HAVE to try it, you will be hooked, pinky promise.
So, I have been trying to incorporate poetry teatime for WEEKS into our routine. Time got away from me, and it was always something I pushed aside. This week ,I penciled it in for Wednesday. What do ya know, “Life happened” and we didn’t do it! Thursday I decided we will do poetry teatime no matter what.
To be completely honest, the kids just had candy ( We are potty training Scarlett and they keep dipping into her potty candy bribery bowl ) and I was not thrilled about giving them another sugary treat, but I am so glad I put my to-do list aside and announced ,
“Who wants to do Poetry teatime!?”
They were SO HAPPY!
We made a super quick recipe that I made up in my head for our desserts, I purchased filo dough cups earlier in the week in preparation for our fun.
Chocolate Chip Mousse Cups
- Heavy Whipping cream
- Cocoa Powder
- Filo cups
- Chocolate chips
- Honey or sugar ( just a smidge)
Pour 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into mixer. Add a little bit of cocoa at a time ( better to add a little than to much and it be TOO STRONG.)
Add one to two tablespoons of sugar or honey ( this is all to your taste, we do not like it too sweet , so we mix and add, mix and add.)
Whip that baby up!
Turn on your mixer to low, then slowly increase until high, keep on whipping it on high until the cream peaks and is a mousse constancy.
Add more sugar and cocoa until you get it as chocolaty and sweet as your family prefers. ( We like a very mild mousse with just a touch of chocolate and honey or sugar)
Have all the kiddos work together to scoop the mousse in the filo cups and top with chocolate chips ( I got picky and said 3 to be exact , because it looks all super cute and uniform, but if you are not a crazy like me, just dump however many you want on )
BOOM! AHHH- MAZINNGGGG
*** Note*** These little bowls of chocolaty goodness go fast! Your husband will thank you if you set a few aside, so when he comes home from work he has a treat. Or, I mean if you prefer… and you are hungry at naptime, take the remainder and hide in the bathroom STUFF FACE while checking pinterest, whatever floats your boat. ( Not that this is something I would do)
Let the fun begin!
We all gathered and read a poem each and discussed it. I started off with my favorite poem ,The Road Not Taken.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost
I really enjoyed hearing the point of view of each one of my kiddos. Then the baby started fussing, wriggling and over all throwing a fit and my three year old walked away from the table looking to watch an episode of Caillou ( kill.me.now.) My perfect poetry teatime bubble was BUSTED. And that is SO ok! I realized the kiddos LOVED the teatime even if it wasn’t perfect!
So we have decided on Thursdays every week ( Lord willing!) we will slow down and partake in Imperfectly perfect teatime. We will enjoy strong English breakfast tea , delicious treats, read and discuss poems.
Next week we are going with lighter fare, Where the Sidewalk Ends. ( A fave of this child of the 80’s and 90’s!)
What is your favorite poetry book? Do you do a regular tea time with your kiddos? I would love to hear about your traditions!