Adorable & Tasty Mini Pop Tarts

Today, I have a major case of the Mondays. I know I always do, but it dawned overcast and 53 degrees today. In May! Then there was the slight matter of Des getting his head stuck in our coffee table. He’s fine, save for a bruised ego and a red chin. Now I sit here, and realize it’s time to bring out the big guns. Homemade Pop Tarts.

Homemade MINI Pop Tarts.

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How could you not, right? We had an awesome weekend, as usual, but this one was bigger than most. On Friday night, we got a sitter for Des and took Scarlet to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I liked it even more than the original, and the original was pretty darn amazing. Remember when Cassidy made a DIY, homemade Groot costume, and Scarlet dressed up as Rocket Raccoon? Surely, you DO remember?

I’ll refresh your memory anyway.

pop tarts

No spoilers. Gosh, this is hard. Well, it’s AS funny as the original and quite possibly even more funny. I love that it got me in the heart. I have father issues, somewhat similar to Peter Quill’s, and also not AT ALL, but just work with me here. This movie made me laugh and cry and reach for Scarlet’s hand. What more do you need in life?

Also, there were Gummi Bears in her hand, so what more could you need? Well, Mini Pop Tarts.

On Saturday, we had our little city’s annual Pride Parade & Rally. There was nothing little about it, and I’ll update about that in an entirely different post. There will be as much color there, as there is here today. More!

Sunday was on the gloomier side with weather, but my father-in-law joined us for a delicious breakfast at Silver Spoon and helped Cassidy garden for hours. Then we all just.. got stuff done. Lots of home/work stuff.

Like Mini Pop Tarts!

The suspense has gone on long enough, so here’s the recipe. Let me know if you have any questions, and please show me pictures if you successfully make them! And, if they last long enough to take pictures. They go fast!

Mini Pop Tarts

Mini Pop Tarts

Ingredients

  1. 1 pkg. Pillsbury Pie Crusts
  2. 1 Can Strawberry Pie Filling
  3. 1 Can Vanilla Frosting
  4. Food Coloring
  5. Sprinkles and Jimmies

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • 2. Take both round pieces of pie crusts and trim off the edges so you have two square pieces the same size
  • 3. Divide the frosting into three small bowls and mix food coloring into two of the bowls with your choice of color, and leave one bowl of frosting white
  • 4. On one piece of your pie crust, take a teaspoon and put dollops of pie filling - you can fit 24-30 dollops on the crust
  • 5. Place the other piece of crust on top of this one and cut the dough in strips about ¼ inch from each edge of the dollops of pie filling
  • 6. You can see the pie filling through the dough so this is easy to do
  • 7. Using a fork, press along the edges to seal the two sheets of dough together around the edges of the filling
  • 8. Then cut strips the other direction so now you have individual little filled pieces, and press the fork along the other edges to seal together
  • 9. Place the little mini pop tarts on a cookie tray and put a tiny cut into the top of each tart
  • 10. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned
  • 11. Let cool
  • 12. Frost each pop tart and sprinkle with sprinkles
  • 13. Enjoy!
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Leftover Easter Eggs? Make Avocado Egg Salad!

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

First things first. Hi. Happy Easter. Happy Spring Break? This begins our week. I get excited, because I have big dreams for road trips and fun in the sun, but April in New England is rather tricky. We can have a blizzard. Or, it can be 86 degrees like it was yesterday for Easter. Cassidy’s birthday is in mid-April and he can remember hot/cold birthdays. Our anniversary is April 26th, and sure enough, I can remember wearing a winter coat as late as then, and I’ve worn sundresses on our anniversary too. We had our wedding in late April because the rates were off the chart cheaper than having a wedding in May – wedding season – but we tried to get it as close to May as possible. It snowed the weekend before and the weekend after our wedding.

Our wedding? It was overcast all morning and then beautifully 65 and partly sunny. Like this:

wedding in Vermont

Avocado Egg Salad

Easter was.. a little weird. We were winding up the “best week of our lives.” It was good. Best week of our lives? Maybe in some small and powerful ways. Getting baby chicks. Celebrating Cassidy’s birthday so closely, and without kids. Getting more page views for ONE POST than I swear I’ve gotten for several consecutive months. That leads to new opportunities, of course, in my dream career. Still, I woke up on Easter Sunday and I was off. I think it was a mix of allergies, dehydration, being overtired, and being nervous/stressed. I woke up dizzy. Do you ever wake up dizzy? It can be terrifying and nausea-inducing.

It used to happen to me about once a year. NOT bad. Now it’s about once every 2-4 years. Whooo! I’m now home free?

spring awakening

What do you do when you’re dizzy? For me, I drink water and put my head down. I also lean both hands on something solid. I take deep breaths, maybe even use a little lavender oil, and focus on just one thing. It might be as silly as a game on my phone, or editing a difficult photo. All I know is that nothing was going to stop me from watching and enjoying the kids opening their Easter baskets. They were SO happy. And we were happy we pulled off the magic for another year.

Here’s to many more!

Easter

By late morning I was feeling completely back to normal, although drowsy from dizzy and unsettled sleep. We hadn’t seen one of my mothers-in-law in FOUR months. She came over with my father-in-law and we set right to work dying Easter eggs.

leftover Easter Eggs

Then we celebrated all that we had missed in the last four months – birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. – with corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, homemade cole slaw, beet salad, snowflake rolls with homemade honey butter, and leftover birthday cake and ice cream. Then we played outside for hours, and played with the baby chicks for a bit. We don’t want to overstimulate them, but I think getting them comfortable with us is important too. One sat in my hand for five minutes today and I wasn’t holding her. I had my hand resting on the floor of the chicken nursery, and she sat companionably with/on me.

We get three more tomorrow!

baby chicks

So, tell me. What do you do for occasional dizziness? Or even constant dizziness? How do you bond with chickens? What did you eat for Easter dinner? What is your favorite recipe using leftover hard-boiled* Easter eggs. I’ll show you mine right now:

Avocado Egg Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Avocado Egg Salad

Ingredients

  1. 8 leftover Easter Egg Hard Boiled Eggs, peeled of course
  2. 2 whole Avocados, Pitted and without skin
  3. 4 Tbsp Mayo
  4. 1 Tbsp mustard of choice, or enough to taste
  5. 3 teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. Pepper To Taste
  8. 1/2 tsp Paptrika

Instructions

  • Combine your ingredients in a food processor
  • Pulse a few times until it reaches your desired consistency - smooth or chunky
  • You may need to scrape the bowl a few times
  • Taste egg salad and add more seasoning if desired
  • Serve on a sandwich and cut into neat triangles or finger sandwiches for fun
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Photo by Patty from "The PKP WAY"

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Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

*Special note. Make sure your dyed Easter eggs used food-grade or homemade dye before eating!