Monday, April 26, 2010


I have been wanting to make this lovely lemon tart.  This winter while it was very quiet at my shop, I spent hours researching recipes and going through 10 years of Southern Living Recipe Books.  I have a file just for the lemon tart recipes and I did a lot of comparing.  I am moving toward using some organic and natural ingredients.  This is difficult for me because I tend to look at the cost but I am sure it is much healthier.  Can you relate to this?  Of course you can! 

I don't like those photos of the
 chickens in the cages .

I found this recipe in Sharon O'Connor's "Bistro" the CD and Recipe Book combination which features recipes from great french hotels and outstanding french restaurants in America.  I thought the recipe sounded delicious and it certainly was!
You are going to need a 9" tart pan where the bottom comes out!

THIS RECIPE WAS ORIGINALLY FROM  "Bouchon", a French Bistro in Yountville, California.

 For the pastry shell: 1 2/3 cups of all purpose flour, 2/3 cup of powdered sugar, 2/3 cup cold butter, 1 egg beaten

For the filling:  5 large eggs and 1 more egg yolk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup butter and I also used the zest from
3 lemons- this is up to you!  IF YOU REDUCE THE SUGAR it will be more tart of course!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  For dough:  Combine dry ingredients and egg and cut in butter. Form a nice dough ball.

 It is suggested that you refrigerate this for 30 minutes before rolling out- you will have more than you need when you roll it out and put it in the tart pan.....

Bake it for about 15 minutes constantly pricking the tart with a fork to keep it down.  Sit aside to rest...

In a separate saucepan cook the filling ingredients which have already been mixed well.  I chose not to strain mine but had been careful to remove lemon seeds in the bowl. Simmer until thick.
Pour into the shell and bake 20 minutes.  Cool and serve.

Once you start baking you will be amazed how inexpensively you can make things that big $$$$ are charged for in bakeries and restaurants! 

Monday, April 12, 2010


Perhaps you are looking for an 
opportunity to get together with friends
 and do something
interesting and educational.

I can tell you that a Titanic Tea Party
or dinner is really fun and this book
will walk you right through the
entire event.

This is my salt

This book gives you menus from
the first, second and third class on
the ship and lots of recipes.  We did
this party before and we each picked 
who would like to "pretend to be" during
the party.  The food is really good and
can be assigned to different people to
bring to the party.  Even the third
class food is delicious.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


 I just had to show you these darling "Regency Period" girls who popped in yesterday at my store!  Aren't they cute and they made their outfits and Caitlin (2nd from the left) made their hats!

Left to right: Carissa Horton, Caitlin Horton, Elizabeth Barber and Amy Burch.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Yesterday we worshiped at Shepherd of Love
 Fellowship in Broomfield, Colorado and at the end of the service we participated in the Blossoming of the Cross which was a great celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.....