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Recipe: Strawberry Kisses
 by Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes

Janell reminded me of one of our all time favorite Valentine Parties. I had invited 3 girlfriends and their kids over for tea and an afternoon of sweet treats and conversation. We pulled out the silver tea service and doilies, and let the kids assemble strawberry meringue ice cream cookies. As we helped them make the cookies, an impromptu discussion began about how we had first met our husbands. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon--captured by a wonderful reminiscence for Valentines Day.

Ingredients
1 quart strawberry ice cream
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
A pinch of salt
Fresh strawberries and whipped cream for garnish
Parchment paper or foil
Heart shaped cookie cutter

Directions
1. Spread the ice cream evenly in a 9-inch square pan lined with plastic wrap. Freeze for 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 250.

3. To make the meringues, place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Use the cookie cutter and a pencil to trace a heart shape onto the paper. Space your hearts about 1 inches apart.

4. Separate the eggs, saving the yolks for another day. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the pinch of salt until stiff.

5. Beat in the sugar, one spoonful at a time, until the mixture is thick and shiny.

6. Spoon the mixture into a zip top bag and seal. Cut the bottom corner off of the bag. Use the bag to pipe the meringue onto the parchment paper, following the heart outlines.

7. Bake the meringues for 1 hour until crisp. (Time may vary based on humidity.) Let them cool completely and then carefully peel the meringues off of the parchment paper. The meringue cookies can be made several days in advance and stored in an air tight container.

8. To assemble, remove the ice cream from the freezer. Use the cookie cutter to make ice cream hearts. Place between 2 cookies and garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

About the Authors: Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes are the co-authors of the award winning book Together: Creating Family Traditions. To check out their website that's jam packed with family ideas, visit www.togetherparenting.com

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