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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Love Is In The Air!

I spent the better part of the day yesterday trying to get my video finished for my kickstarter business project.  I'm sure I could've just broken out my hubby's old video camera and tried to film myself, but any one that knows me knows that I REALLY dislike being on or otherwise.  I thought, what better way to show people what I do, than to make a slideshow of my work.  Simple, right?!?  HAHA.  I've made powerpoint presentations for classes before.  It's been a while, but I could figure it out.  Anyways, I'm not going to bore you with details, but after hours of frustrations with file extensions and types, etc I finally put it aside to enjoy time with my family for Valentine's Day.   This whole blog should've been uploaded yesterday, but I hope you will enjoy it a little late. 

I wanted to create something different for my son's teacher than sending in a cupcake.  I've been teetering on these personal mini pies for the longest time.  I've seen ones on sticks, ones in jars, handheld ones, etc.  These ones needed to be special.  I mean, they are for Valentine's Day after all.  So what better pie for VD than strawberry pie?  I took a few pics along the way...  
I started with some very sweet Florida strawberries and cooked half of them with a cornstarch/water mixture and sugar,  The other half were sliced and mixed in with the cooked mixture.  I wanted to make sure you tasted the strawberry pieces and not just a mush.

Then I made my dough.  I used a crisco based pie crust this time, but for future will stick with my trusty butter crust.

The hearts were filled with strawberries, sealed, and brushed with butter.  I also added a sprinkle of strawberry sugar.  The sugar is ABSOLUTELY fantastic.  I found it on our last trip to Disney World and can't wait to use it for some other treats. 

Here are my yummy "pocket pies".  Nicholas took one as a snack for school yesterday and the consensus was that all the other kids wanted one!  Ha!  With this type of pie crust, it fares more like a homemade poptart than pie.  Delicious either way!

And, my day wasn't over with the pies.  I also baked and decorated sugar cookies for my neighbor's class.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!  I am so thankful for my Valentine's... and was so happy to be able to spend the evening with them.  And in case you're wondering what sweets my sweet and I shared last night....  I dipped strawberries in dark chocolate, dressed some with white chocolate, and the others sprinkled with espresso sugar (also from our last trip to Disney World).  I also made Irish Cream Creme Brulee topped with the espresso sugar and torched until crusty.  My hubby loves creme brulee and I don't think I've ever really made it before, so I think he was pretty happy.  And of course we paired our desserts with Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco, which was delicious!


  1. I love those heart shapped pies/poptarts! You are so creative. I did't even eat any chocolate on Valentines Day but If I was there I probably would have had to try these.

  2. Thanks!!! I thought they turned out super cute! I'm definitely going to make some to sell at the farmers market this summer.