Homestead Blog Hop #46

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

My Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce got first place at the Alaska State Fair! (Get the recipe HERE.) Pretty good for the first time entering anything :) The hubby and I are already planning on entering more goodies next year. We were only at the Fair for a couple of hours, which works for us. Just enough time to get our favorite food, buy some goodies, and check out the barn animals. We also saw the Wall of Giant Zucchini by Bushes Bunches. Very cool!

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (That’s me!) (Facebook/Pinterest)

Lindsey – Chickadee Homestead (Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature.Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop -Harvesting, Curing, and Storing Onions from Grow a Good Life

1. Harvesting, Curing, and Storing Onions From Grow a Good Life

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - Triple Berry Cobbler from Medium Sized Family

2. Triple Berry Cobbler from Medium Sized Family

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - Is Homesteading Like Prepping? from The Homesteading Hippy

3. Is Homesteading Like Prepping? from The Homesteading Hippy

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on our social media.

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Fairy Garden Party Fruit Tarts

My cousin asked me to make fruit tarts for her little girl’s third birthday party. We spent a few weeks prior sending pins to each other on Pinterest of all the cute ones we found. I ended up mixing and matching different styles and ideas to come up with a tasty recipe and cute fruit tarts perfect for any garden party!

Fairy Garden Party Fruit Tarts - IdlewildAlaska

I originally planed to make my own little individual pie crusts all from scratch a week ahead of time and freeze them until the morning of the party. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I was going to make a homemade lemon curd to make a delicious lemon custard for the base of all the tarts. Yeah, the closest I got to that was buying a couple of organic lemons.

Thankfully, the morning of the party, I was able to miraculously pull out cream cheese from the fridge and a couple of puff pastry packages from the freezer.

I did make a batch of shortbread crusts for a few of the tarts, but quickly realized that they really didn’t like to stay together. (You’ll see these in the bottom pic.) Again, puff pastry to the rescue!

Fairy Garden Party Fruit Tarts

The Crusts

After thawing the puff pastry out until it was easy to unfold, I rolled it out to about a 12″x 12″ square, give or take an inch. I wasn’t too particular about the size here. Using a wide mouth canning ring, I cut out circles.

Mason Jar Lid Fruit Tarts - IdlewildAlaska

These were the perfect size for using the regular mouth canning lids and rings as individual-sized tart pans. I put the canning lids in the rings rubber-side down. I pricked the bottom of the crusts to hopefully keep them a bit flat, but after baking them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until just turning golden brown, they still puffed up quite a bit.

Mason Jar Tart Pans - IdlewildAlaska

Not a problem though. After I pulled them out of the oven and let them cool for a minute or two (not too long!), I pressed the middle down with a tablespoon. This made a perfect little indentation for the yummy cream filling.

Puff Pastry Fruit Tarts - IdlewildAlaska

But did I remember to get a picture after I made the indentations? Noooo…

The Creamy Filling

Like I said, I was going to go all fancy with a lemon curd custard filling, but that just didn’t happen. Thank goodness for cream cheese. This recipe filled about 26 tarts.

2 packages cream cheese, softened

4 teaspoons lemon juice

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

2/3 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. I put about a tablespoon of filling in each tart.

The Fruit

I used grapes (cut in half lengthwise), sliced strawberries, raspberries, mandarin oranges, and kiwis cut out like flowers (I highly recommend finding a small flower-shaped cookie cutter for this!) to decorate the tarts. I wish I had some blueberries, but there weren’t any a the the store at the time.

Garden Party Fruit Tarts - IdlewildAlaska

I found quite a few different pics on Pinterest for ideas of cute ways to decorate the tarts to make them look like flowers and such. Perfect for a Fairy Garden Party!

Flower Fruit Tarts - IdlewildAlaska

My cousin worked her tail off making it the cutest party ever. The food was all delicious and themed.

Fairy Garden Party Food Ideas - IdlewildAlaska

Left to right, jam and cream cheese butterfly-shaped sandwiches, fruit wands, veggies (with radishes cut to look like mushrooms), caprese sandwiches, cream cheese-filled strawberries, snail rolls, and pixie biscuits with jams.

 

Another cousin made her wonderful cupcakes to take the place of a birthday cake. Chocolate and vanilla with strawberry buttercream frosting! YUM!

Woodland Cupcakes - IdlewildAlaska

Cupcakes were made by my cousin, who owns and operates Baby Cakes. Delicious!

The kids all had a blast and the adults did too!

Fairy Hollow - IdlewildAlaska

The Birthday Girl wore fairy wings and a flower crown all day. :)

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Homestead Blog Hop #45

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

The State Fair is coming! The hubby and I entered some of our canned goods. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (Facebook/Pinterest) (That’s me!)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature.Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - Homeschooling, Is It Right For You?

1. Homeschooling Podcast with Dawn of Oh Sweet Mercy From Homesteading Hippy

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - Simple Delicious, Homemade Kombucha

2. Simple Delicious Homemade Kombucha from Stone Family Farmstead

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - Seed Saving

3. Seed Saving from Oak Hill Homestead

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

 
Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on our social media.

Let the Party Begin!

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