Strawberry Tarts

Last week the kids and I traveled east.  We first visited my sister Amber for my nephew Owen’s first birthday, and then we traveled on to North Carolina to visit my best friend

We lived in the Durham, North Carolina area a few years back, and one of my favorite activities each spring was strawberry picking. Eden had a slight memory of picking strawberries from when we lived there, but I thought it would be fun to give it a try again while we were back to maybe cement the memory a little more.

1photoEach time I asked Eden if she had enough (remember we were only there a couple days), she said she wanted to keep picking. She would keep moving her strawberries over to make room for more.

IMG_2301We love strawberries: fresh, in yogurt, on shortcake, as jelly, made into a pie but my favorite has to be as a tart.

If you are looking for a small bite size treat to take to your next event, try these little tarts. They are always a big hit and pretty easy to make.

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and sliced
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

IMG_2321For the crust: Combine the confectioners’ sugar, flour, and butter, and process until the mixture forms a ball. With your fingers, press the dough into individual tart pans or use a cupcake pan. Pat until the crust is even. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

For the filling and topping: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust.  Cluster the berries on top of the filling. 


Enjoying the Little Moments More

I pride myself on being a good momma. I feel very fortunate that I am able to stay home and focus my attention on the raising and caring for my little ones.  It is wonderful and joyous but at the same time it can be boring, lonely, unending, and draining. Between waking as many a four times a night to care for the baby, homeschool lessons, cloth diapering, the normal household chores, a side graphic design business, a growing children’s ministry at church, and all the other things that happen in a day, it is easy for my days to seem completely full.

Eden with Mommy shopping

I like shopping with mommy.

A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook from another blogger titled, “Dear Mom on the iPhone,” that encouraged and challenged readers to put down their electronics and really pay attention to the ones around them; to enjoy their little ones while they are still little. While I don’t feel consumed by my phone (actually I am sitting here wondering where it might be in the house), I do think I could do a better job at enjoying the beauty and wonder that comes from time with my littles.

Eden and Mommy go to Kenya

I like traveling with mommy to Kenya.

Those mundane days when I am tired and craving an adult conversation, it is harder to cherish the small moments. It is easy to focus on just getting through the day: change the diaper, read a book, and walk the dog. It is going to take discipline, but these things can be different. Change the diaper can be raspberries on the tummy and giggles by all. Reading a book can be drawn out to look at each picture together while cuddling. Walking the dog can be an extra minute together outside looking at a leaf or caterpillar.

Going on a walk with mommy

I like going on a walk with mommy.

I don’t think every minute of everyday should be about my kids, but I do think that they deserve to have all of me at sometimes.

Reading Together

I like my mommy reading to me.

Over the past couple days I have asked Eden to draw a few of her favorite things that we do together. I know what I enjoy doing with her but wanted to make sure that as we are doing her favorite things that I really pay attention and be completely present with her. The drawings in this post are her drawings that I have digitized.