a friend showed me how to make a much unhealthier version of this years ago. it was good! it used pillsbury sugar cookie dough (most of the unhealthy part) and canned fruits (some fresh). it also used a ton of sugar in the cream cheese. i found this recipe and i dont think i will be looking back. the lemon is mild but you can adjust to taste. i used neufchatel cream cheese to save on some calories.

lemon berry tart

cookie crust

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 large egg


1/2 cup lemon curd
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 pint raspberries
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1/2 pint blueberries

preheat oven to 400 degrees

[1] in a small bowl mix together the flour, butter, brown sugar and egg until dough forms. press dough firmly and evenly against bottom and side of an ungreased 9 inch tart pan.

[2] bake for 15 minutes or until light golden brown. completely cool, about 45 minutes.

[3] in a small bowl beat lemon curd and cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. spread over crust. refrigerate at least one hour or until slightly firm. just before serving arrange fruits onto lemon mixture.



Jungle Green

it seemed to take forever. it seemed to be rushed. i keep finding imperfections. but the house is ours! not technically because we have a mortgage but ya know. im anxious because things aren't all in their places and we aren't completely unpacked yet but it is coming along.  we spent all of last weekend driving from furniture store to furniture store trying to find a bedroom suite for the master. i decided to defer our current bed to one of the guest rooms which unfortunately we have to sleep in--read on. so, after about 5 hours of non-stop furniture snooping we gave up and drove to the charlotte ikea in search of the hemnes chests and the lillesand bed. they had the chests, no nightstands, and no bed :( NO BED TIL DECEMBER! ok, so i want this bed i luuuv this bed. reminds me of beds in my grandmothers house (those were the real things though. of which my sister still has 3 and offered. unfortunately they are too small.) enough with beds back to chests. we bought both chests and they fit in the kia. yea!! not assembled. my husband is so handy. and look mr. trevor wants to help too! i think the ikea furniture was a pretty good deal considering it is solid pine. it should hold up for a good six months. i kid, i kid.