Fruit Tart

One of the many things my husband and I like to do together is bake. The other day we made a fruit tart and I thought I’d share our success with you!

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Things You’ll Need For The Dough:

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt

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Ingredients


  Yields enough dough for two desserts.

  • 2 1/4 cups or 270g all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup or 60g sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Directions


 

  1. Mix flour, sugar, and salt until combined then add butterb_mix
  2. Whisk together egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Then add eggs; knead until dough begins to come together. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface; lightly knead to form a ball. b_ball
  3. Divide dough into 2 pieces, and gently press into flat disks. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. b_wrap

 

Next on to the Custard!

We used vanilla pudding and we made whipped cream. Below I’ll show you how we made the whipped cream, super easy and yummy.

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Things You’ll Need for the Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar

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Ingredients


  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar

 

Directions


  1. Place cream and sugar in a mixing bowl that has been chilled and mix for 1-2 minutes. Mix until soft peaks have formed. Tip: Don’t whip too much or you will end up will cottage cheese looking whipped cream…ew.

Super easy, right? Keep in mind most recipes say to add vanilla to the mix but we didn’t because the vanilla pudding was sweet, we didn’t want it too sweet.

Now to make the custard simply fold the pudding and whipped cream together

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Back to the fruit tart!

Preheat oven to 350

Once dough has chilled, roll the dough flat.

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Then place it into the tin and with a fork poke holes on bottom of dough. Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

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Look how beautifully golden brown!! YUM! Tip: There was so much extra dough we made cookies!!

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Once the dough has cooled put that delicious custard on top of the dough

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Now this is where your creativity comes into play. I’m a very particular eater so I just wanted Strawberries and blackberries on my tart but the world is your oyster!

Finished product:

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FYI I don’t like the glaze that is normally on top of the tart but if you want to add it I found this recipe via Martha Stewart:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup red currant jelly, seedless raspberry jam, quince jelly, or apricot jam

Place jelly or jam in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. Set glaze aside to cool slightly. Then brush on fruit. Easy peasy.

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You’ll notice you’ll have left over dough, custard and strawberries so there are a couple of things we ended up doing with our left overs. We made cookies and parfaits.

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Daphne & Scarlett’s Birth Story

On June 10th, 2017 Sophia Rose woke up at 4:00 am because she is sick (the day before we took her to the doctor and she has an ear infection). After she finally went back to bed I found myself struggling to go back to sleep, which often happens when something wakes me up at an ungodly hour. So, I start reading on my phone and in my head, I’m going back and forth if I should get up and pee, at this point I’m so pregnant that getting out of bed was like running a marathon, not easy. I don’t know about you but when I pee in the morning that is it, I’m up so I felt I was delaying the inevitable. So, I got up, waddled to the potty but the strangest thing, I heard a pop. Nothing alarming but during my pregnancy with Sophia Rose I had something called a mucus plug fall out so I thought the pop might have been that. If you don’t know what a mucus plug is, its gross and is exactly what it sounds like. Anyways, when your mucus plug falls out it doesn’t mean you’re in labor it just means your body is ready. So, thinking it was my mucus plug I go over in my head the list of things I still need to get done before the twins get here in a week. I need to get the car washed, I need to install the car seats, I need to wash their clothes, get the crib sheets on and then I got excited because I was going to eat a bagel for breakfast! Once I was done I got up and heard a gush! It seriously sounded like someone dumped a gallon of water in the toilet and I just knew, my water had just broke. During my last pregnancy the labor class said that if your water breaks it’s not like the movies, there is no need to rush unless it’s a yellow or a green color. With Sophia Rose my water broke as well but with her my water tuned yellowish-green color. So, I got my towel shoved it between my thighs and headed back into my bed room. Fun fact: not sure if you knew this but when your water breaks it breaks until you deliver your baby aka your body has a crazy amount of water stored in there. When I get back to the bedroom I can’t help but laugh because Sophia Rose was a week early and so are these twins also Sophia Rose is super sick, I have so much I wanted to get done today and I’m hungry!! Once your water breaks you can’t eat, I remember that from last time. I gently wake up my husband and I told him my water broke and he said “okay, give me 5 more minutes” …. I want five more minutes! If I can’t have it neither can you!! Since my vagina is still gushing water I had no idea where I should sit, can’t sit on my bed because I don’t want to get that wet. Can’t sit on the chair in my room as it’s all fabric and I don’t want to get that wet so I sit on my floor. I called my doctor and she asked me if I knew the last known position of Baby A (baby A is the baby lowest aka closest to the exit) I let her know the entire pregnancy Baby A has been face down but at yesterday’s appointment she was transverse (sideways) so she told me that I need to go to the hospital asap because something could be wrong if she isn’t in position but I’m in labor. So, I tell my husband your five minutes are up and I start to call the family. The only family member that is close is my brother-in-law, my mother in law was going to take my daughter and they live at least an hour away so we called my brother in law to come pick up Sophia Rose. I felt at this point I was in a rush so I told my brother- in- law to meet us at the hospital (he lived closer to the hospital than he did to us) We woke Sophia Rose up and told her that her sisters are coming and that we needed to go. She got up like a trooper and we headed out the door. The original plan for the day was that my husband and I were going to go the hospital and figure out where I need to go when I go into labor but since the twins came early we had to wing it! We finally get to the hospital an hour after talking to the doctor and we get lost (duh) while we were trying to find where to go a car cut us off and I yell out the window “ASSHOLE” and of course my daughter repeated it like 3 times but I couldn’t worry about it since I still had water gushing! I’m so uncomfortable that I just have my husband drop me off in front and to meet me upstairs.

I get checked in a changed into my gown and I’m having contractions consistently but I’m not really feeling them thank goodness! My husband gets to the room and everyone is very transparent about what’s about to happen. At this point it’s 8:00 am and they tell me at 8:30 am I should be going into surgery. The best news is that the twins were not in destress and delivery should go smoothly.

The anesthesiologist comes in and was the most kind, nicest and calmest person I ever met in my entire life. The entire delivery he would tell me all the sensation that I was about to feel. Once we got into the operating room he would constantly talk to me. He would say things like “okay now you’ll feel like you can’t breathe but don’t worry this is what the oxygen is for” etc. Even when my husband walked away to cut the umbilical cord he would come next to me and tell me how great I was doing and he reassured me that anything I feel to tell him and he would say something like “yes, that’s exactly how you should be feeling” or “that’s completely normal” I need this guy in my everyday life to validate my feelings. Once the babies got washed they brought them over to me to kiss and snuggle with and then they sewed me back together again and I went straight to recovery. The only down side about the first hours of recovery was I was so itchy and shaky from the drugs I was on. It was very distracting. Pretty immediately they brought the twins to me in recovery and we tried to breastfeed them and they immediately latched, it was love at first site. I’m proud of myself, I’m proud of my husband and I’m proud of these girls. I couldn’t have asked for a better delivery. All the nurses were so kind and empathetic. I definitely had a great experience at this hospital and I think the twins did too

Dirty Porcelain Sink?

When I moved in to my current place the porcelain sink in the kitchen wasn’t in the best shape it had scratches and was stained but this past weekend I had company over and cooked a lot and after washing my dishes I noticed the porcelain even more scratched and stained and since I’m nesting and obsessed with cleaning I decided to go to the internet for solutions! So I tried a couple of cleaning solutions using things I had around the house and found what really works! I experimented so you don’t have to! (You’re welcome)

Before

 

Need:

  • Bleach
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towels
  • Sponge

Prooducts

Step 1:

Coat your non abrasive side of the sponge in baking soda and scrub your sink.

Tip: use circular motions

Step 2:

Pour hydrogen peroxide on the sponge again using the non ebrasive side and scrub your sink.

Step 3:

Leave baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on your sink for 15 minutes.

Step 4:

With soap, water and sponge rinse your sink. I didn’t use a new sponge, I just rinsed off the sponge I was using with soap and water. Once your sink is rinsed you will notice a difference!! I on the other hand wanted a little more shine. So on to the next step! The shine!

Optional step 5:

Soak paper towels in bleach and lay them all over your sink for 30 minutes and vuala it’s almost as good as new!!!

After