Valentine’s Day Recipe: Heart Tarts

 

Valentine’s Day is a fabulous excuse to bake to your hearts content, from pink sprinkle cookies to red velvet cupcakes to chocolate truffles to strawberry pies. What better way to say ‘I love you!’ than with a homemade sweet treat! One of our favorite activities to do as a family is bake, and so we’ve had fun this month making all kinds of desserts. We even decorated Valentine’s Day cookies with C’s preschool class at a local bakery a couple of weeks ago, and the kids had a ball. They frosted X’s O’s, and hearts with pink and red icing and then covered the cookies in sugary sprinkles and conversation heart candies – yum!

We decided to make rich chocolate brownies on Valentine’s Day, and so I thought a lighter treat would be perfect for this past weekend. While perusing our favorite Weelicious for some healthy lunch ideas for the boys, I spotted a raspberry cream cheese tart recipe that fit the bill – what’s not to love about individual heart tarts? I made a couple small modifications to the recipe, and they turned out beautifully! Here is the recipe, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

 

Heart Tarts 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 packages of puff pastry or 1 double pie crust
  • Water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

 

Instructions 

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

2. Place the raspberries, cream cheese and honey in a small mixing bowl. Using a fork, gently mash the raspberries and mix them with the cream cheese and honey.

3. Roll the puff pastry (or pie crust) 1/4 inch thick. Use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts. You need two hearts per tart.

4. Set half of the hearts on a lightly floured work surface. Place 1-2 teaspoons of the raspberry and cream cheese mixture in the center of each heart (*you can add more or less of the raspberry cream cheese mixture depending upon how big your tarts are). Be sure to leave a 1/4″ border around the cut-out.

5. Next, brush the border of the hearts with the water, and then gently top each with another heart. Use a fork to press down along the edges sealing the tarts shut. With a toothpick, poke a few holes in the top of each tart so the air can escape when they bake.

7. Transfer the tarts to the baking sheet, and bake them for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

8. After the tarts have cooled, dust them with powdered sugar and enjoy!

 

Quick Tips
Etiquette

No. 1

“WHEN ATTENDING A WEDDING, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED.”

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Valentine’s Day Cards, Baking Goodies & Decor

 

 

 

 

I’m partial to the month of February because my birthday is in February, as well as the beloved Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day. How fun to have a holiday all about love! Whether celebrating this heart filled day with your sweetheart, children, family or friends, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show a little love. I adore Valentine’s Day for so many reasons – all of the pink, glitter, hearts, and endless excuses to bake, craft and decorate.

This year I’m going to surprise my husband with a special treat (sorry, I have to keep it a secret in case he’s reading!), and the boys with cards and matching Pjs, as well as a celebratory breakfast. I love to make heart shaped pancakes with berries and maple syrup, and I know that will be a meal all three of my boys will be over the moon for. A festive dinner will be in order for our family too, and of course a chocolate dessert, perhaps I’ll bake Ina’s indulgent brownie pudding.

We are also celebrating Valentine’s Day with C’s sweet preschool class, and so I ordered Paw Patrol themed Valentine’s  from our favorite Shop Love Lucy for all the kiddos – C loves those pups!

And so, whether you’re looking for Valentine’s Day cards to send to family and friends or for your kids classmates, decor or baking treats, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy these goodies and wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day!

Advice
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

No. 2

“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”

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Top 10 Etiquette Goals for 2018

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Now that we’re nearly a month in to the new year, I wanted to share my top 10 etiquette goals for 2018. As cliché as it may sound, the new year is a perfect time to hit the re-set button, and really focus on how to be the best version of yourself. While many new year’s resolutions often fall to the wayside by spring break, and by summer are a distant memory, consider making 2018 different. Consider goals that have meaning in your life, as well as ones that you want to work towards. I encourage you to find a quiet place to sit, and with pen and paper in hand, try jotting down a few goals. There is something about writing down your goals – in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of hand writing everything 🙂 – that makes them feel concrete, and will make you feel accountable.

And so, here are the top 10 etiquette goals for 2018, and I hope these offer you some inspiration!

 

Be Present: Calls, emails, texts, social media – they can all wait. Put your phone away when you’re with family and friends, and enjoy the moment. Be present!

Write Thank You Notes: There might be are a million reasons why you don’t have time to write a thank you note – life is busy! –  however I think we can all find five minutes to show a little gratitude. I promise it will mean the world to the recipient.

Practice Good Table Manners: It’s always a good idea to brush up on table manners, and table settings. That way you’re prepared and confident the next time you dine out with family and friends or entertain.

RSVP ASAP: Try to RSVP the day you receive the invitation. The hostess will really appreciate your quick response, and you can instantly check it off your to-do list. Done and done!

Golden Rule: Treat people the way you want to be treated, be it opening a door for someone when grabbing coffee, or giving a compliment to a friend. Small acts of kindness go a long way!

Trash the Trash Talk: Talking poorly about other people creates negative energy and what does it really accomplish? Nada! Your mama said it and I’ll say it again, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.

Listen and Question: Did you know a great way to get to know someone or strengthen your current relationships is to  listen? Listen, listen listen, because true wisdom is listening more than you talk. (I need to practice this!)

Dress for Success: Treat yourself to a couple new outfits. New clothes will make you feel confident and proud of the way you look, and that confidence will shine through. And chic new clothes don’t have to be expensive, buy within your budget!

Be Punctual: Punctuality is a sign of respect, so aim to be on time. Life happens and if you are running late, out of courtesy, call or text the person you’re meeting to let them know you’ll be tardy.

Give a Gift: Be it a hostess gift, thoughtful birthday gift, or gift for no reason, treat loved ones to something special. It will make their day!