Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

I’m just going to come right out and say it – I love pumpkin pie. I mean, I love most anything pumpkin, but I love pie the most because I only eat it around this time of year. It must be an absence makes the heart grow fonder type of deal.

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

There’s a certain warehouse store in my area that sells these ridiculously large pumpkin pies for $7 dollars a pop and I always gluttonously dream about having one all to myself. Since I know I have about zero self-control when it comes to this dessert, I found my perfect solution a few years ago – mini pumpkin pie tarts. 

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Favorites: Summer Berry Recipes

Greetings to all the foodies out there!

It’s hard for me to believe that there’s only about a month until the calendar once again turns to Autumn. To help me celebrate the offerings of the current season, I’ve decided to periodically post a collection of favorite recipes that I adore and I hope you will too. 

To kick things off – I bring you the Summer berry edition. Enjoy!


Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

I’m still waiting for the day that a strawberry recipe is going to disappoint me. Even this low-key strawberry cake got rave reviews when I baked it up for an Easter family gathering. Ever since that meal, it’s been put on the permanent list of items I MUST bake again!


Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit 

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit

Some of my favorite food items are from breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day after all! Even if I was skeptical how much I’d enjoy a quinoa breakfast cereal at first, the taste of this dish won me over. Plus, it’s low-fat, gluten-free, lactose-free, and a very healthy oatmeal alternative.


Fresh Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

This fruit tart has a special place in my heart. You see, I was on a mission when I started baking them and only until my third iteration did I taste success (quite literally). A couple of years later, this is still my go-to recipe for a lighter dessert for fruit lovers. It’s a show stopper and the compliments always flow!

Fresh Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

I love Asian bakeries. Period. If given the chance I would spend all day in one and sit in the corner eating pastry like a crazy person. I love them because they are highly influenced by European pastry, their products tend to be less sugary, and their presentation is impeccable. They also like to use fresh fruit and there is nothing I adore more in the summertime than a fruit tart from my favorite bakery.

Fruit Tart

A few years back I made it my mission to construct a fruit tart that would rival that bakery.  Why keep paying for it when I might be able to make it myself? I went through recipes ranging from Paula Deen to Joy of Baking until I found the perfect combination of crust and filling that I was looking for.

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