Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recipes ~ Blueberry Tart & Mini Fruit Tarts

I have been feeling blue these days.. And must admit that I am very happy about it. Blueberries are plenty once again and my craving for the mildly tart and tangy fruit is a bit uncontrollable.

Most of the time I try to avoid making any complicated recipes in the summertime.  I do not want to spend too much time in the kitchen so my go to product for a quick dessert is the Pillsbury 's refrigerated pie crust.  I always keep a box or two in my refrigerator. And since blueberries are plentiful right now, I wanted to share this friendly little recipe to get your weekend started on a sweet note.  It's easy, no-fuss and been a regular at my home for quite some time now.

As a little bonus, I also prepared individual fruit tarts with the left over filling and pie crust.


    What You Need:

  • 1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust (softened as directed on box)
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb fresh blueberries
  • teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of apricot jam (For Glaze) with 2 Tbsp water
  • 8" tart pan


1.   Heat oven to 450°F. Remove pie crusts from pouches; place flat on work surface. Dust     with a little flour.  Spray non-stick spray on tart pan.

2.  Fit pie crust on tart pan.  Pinch crust equally around side of tart pan.  Prick generously with fork.

3.  Bake 9 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 

4.  Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.

5.  Spoon cream cheese filling into the tart shell and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 30 minutes.

6.  Remove from refrigerator and top with blueberries. 


Make apricot glaze by heating apricot jam and water together in a small saucepan.  Stir well to melt. Strain liquid and discard any pulp.  Place liquid back in saucepan and heat gently for 5 minutes to thicken.  Allow to cool slightly and spread over fruit.

Have fun with the design and enjoy.  Trust me, your friends and family will love it. 



Saturday, July 25, 2015

My Travels ~ Trip To New York

Happy weekend all.  Today I am sharing a few photos of our trip to New York last weekend.  It was so much fun.  Lots of eye candy, yummy food and way too much walking.  Can't wait to do it again.

The Iconic Plaza Hotel In New York

Beautiful Central Park

Side Entrance to The Plaza Hotel

Public Lobby At The Plaza Hotel

The Famous Palm Court At The Plaza.

Food Plaza At The Plaza Hotel

Lots of delicious goodies here.

The famous Bergdoff Goodman Restaurant where we enjoyed a fantastic and delicious dinner.  The view from here is spectacular.

An incredibly tasty lobster macaroni and cheese.

Chicken with mushrooms and white beans.  Amazing

Roasted octopus with melon salad.  I don't eat octopus but my husband love it.

Some eye candy from the shops on the 8th floor of Bergdorff Goodman.  Way too pricey for me but it is always nice to look and get inspiration.

A few shots of the city.  I always love walking the streets in New York.  There is always so much to see and way too many goodies to buy. 

Thank you for visiting sweet friends.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Creating a Cozy Guest Bedroom

Hello friends.  I hope your week is going well.

Today, I am sharing a few photographs I took in one of our guest rooms last Saturday.

I seldom play favorites when it comes to rooms in our home but I do have to admit that this guest rooms is one of my favorite rooms in the house.  I find it very peaceful and cozy because of the soft and soothing colors in the room.  Mostly creamy tones with relaxed fabrics that are pure comfort.  

So every now and then, you will find me enjoying a few private moments in this space.  Almost feeling like a guest in my own home.  Is that a silly thing?  So I added a few pretty hydrangeas from my garden and enjoyed the scenery.  Read a little, had a treat and even took a little nap.

It is no secret that I have a little obsession with pretty china.  Just looking at these beauties makes me smile.  It is all about simple pleasures and a bit of pampering. 

Most of the time, it is family and friends that enjoy this lovely room.  And they do get spoiled when they come to visit.  It is about creating a tucked-away retreat dressed with lots of vintage pieces, welcoming trays and pure comfort in the bedroom.

They often call our home their getaway, the pretty bed and breakfast.

I hope you had a few relaxing minutes with me here.  Thank you for visiting.