Poptart Love

poptart love 001Happy soon-to-be Valentines Day!!!

With the happy holiday right around the corner & a long weekend ahead the hub & I have decided to plan a last minute trip to Scottsdale, Arizona – helllooooo fun in the sun! Not sure what we are planning on doing but don’t you fret, I will have a great post about it coming up soon.

Anywho, with our flight leaving on valentines day I am not going to be able to whip up a four course meal like last vday (it was amazing to say the least). This time around I am treating him to a nostalgic gift – homemade poptarts! I mean, the hub is partial to this tasty treat from back in the day, but who doesn’t love a pastry that is filled with strawberry & chocolate!!!

…and with that obvious answer being no one, lets get baking!

  1. Preheat your over to 350degrees & line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 egg yolk & 1t water – set aside
  3. Roll out prepared pie crust til it is very thin, then cut into rectangles (~2.5×3.5)
  4. Keep re-rolling the dough when needed & continue to make rectangles till all the pastry dough is used up (you should end up with 8 cutouts)
  5. Take 4 of them – spread 1T of almond chocolate spread & 1T strawberry jam (make sure to leave a 1/4inch border for sealing)
  6. Grab 2 strawberries, slice them & then shape them into hearts with a knife – set aside
  7. Take the remaining half of the pastry cutouts, place a strawberry heart in the center & cut around it (to make a heart in the dough)
  8. Place the dough with the cutout on to the layered bottom half – set heart shaped strawberry in the cut out
  9. Seal the edges with a fork, brush with the egg wash & sprinkle generously with sugar
  10. Bake for 12-15minutes or until golden brown

Let cool & then treat your loved ones to this delicious valentines day surprise!

*Note to self, I am never buying store bought poptarts – these were so simple!

Nutritional Info Per Poptart (Makes 4): 235 calories – 14 grams of fat – 25 carbs – 2 grams of protein 

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made from love…momma love

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Christmas present of the year award goes to…Momma Lehrian! Seriously, she hit it out of the ballpark!

Weeks before Christmas my mom was being major sneaky about a “top secret” project she was working on for us kids as a holiday gift…always had to hang up the phone to run an errand for it or call us back cause she was busy with it. Nosy me thought of everything possible she could be doing – my bro was having a baby..so something with that? all three girls in the family got married in 2012…was that it? Maybe a trip?  Nope. None of it. She trumped all of my ideas!

On Christmas morning she was handing out gifts – sweaters, socks – really typical presents. Then she passed around a bag to each kids wife/hub – a bag full of legit WS  kitchen supplies – measuring cups, timers, hot pads, spatulas, slotted spoons..the list goes on.  We all looked at my mom, thanked her for the goodies, she said your welcome & began tearing up.  All of us confused, she placed three boxes on her kids laps – we opened it up at the same time…

It was a recipe binder. Not just any recipes – all of them hand written by our mom. Family recipes that we grew up with. Recipes from her dearest friends, my mom’s egg casserole that she makes every Christmas Eve, my stepdad’s coconut fish he makes during the summer & even my grandma’s meatloaf she always made when she was still here.

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All kids cried. My mom cried. A very emotional way to end our Christmas morning, but honestly the best way & I will never forget it.

I will no doubt be doing this for my kids (when I have them) & I can only say that any mother out there should do the same! It will always be cherished in our home.

Now I have to get to some cookin’ – there is a binder of mouth-watering recipes waiting for me!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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