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A Delicious Mini Version of Your Favorite Cherry Pie!

 

Mini Cherry Pie - a fun fay to make a mini, adorable version of your favorite pie! These mini cherry pie are simple to make and dangerously simple to eat! 

So cute, so easy, and so delicious, and you can finally get a whole pie to yourself!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (15-ounce) Pillsbury Pie Crusts
  • 3 cups canned, drained tart cherries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 teaspoon cold butter, divided

* We used store-bought pie crust dough and canned cherry pie filling for this recipe, but those can easily be replaced with your favorite homemade crust and filling.

How to make Mini Cherry Pie - Step by step

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Cut eight 6-inch circles from the two packages of Pillsbury Pie Crusts (gather and reroll scraps as needed). Fit five 4 1/2-inch mini pie pans with 5 dough rounds. Cut 2 1/4-inch stars from center of remaining 3 dough rounds; set aside.

Step 3: Combine cherries with raspberries; then stir in sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cornstarch, and salt.

Step 4: Pour filling into prepared pie pans; dot each pie with 1 teaspoon cold butter. Cover 3 pies with reserved dough circles; crimp edges. Top remaining 2 pies with star cutouts (for perfect stars, bake separately on a parchment-lined pan until golden, 5 to 8 minutes). Bake pies until filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes.

Step 5: Let cool.

Step 6: Serve & enjoy!

 

Note: This delicious recipe can be jazzed up with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, or a few gratings of lemon zest.

Amazingly Creative And Stylish Place Card Holders DIY

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Fancy up your tables and impress all your guests with these amazingly creative and stylish place card holders! They are perfect for holding your tables numbers, photos menus, and other note cards, or even have one at each place setting with your guest name on - guests could take them home so they could double up as wedding favors too. These vintage-inspired place card holders would work great for almost any style of wedding, presenting a timeless piece that you could use at dinner parties for many years after your wedding as a reminder of our big special day!

The first time I saw these DIY fork place card holders, I KNEW I had to have them, and I had to have them the hard way - I had to make them myself. The total cost of the project was minimal considering - I used mismatched old silverware I picked up at Goodwill (my thrift shop addiction).

Materials: 

  • vintage forks
  • jewelry pliers
  • regular pliers
As you can see, I took a stab at three different styles for these.  The one on the right was the hardest, so if you're just starting, I definitely recommend trying one of the other two styles.  The thinner the metal on the forks the easier they are to bend.

 

 

Style #1 (far left):  This one is relatively straight forward. Simply bend the handle of the fork to an appropriate angle (wide enough for it to stand on its own) using your hands. Using jewelry pliers, curl the ends of all four prongs on the fork forward. Rinse, lather, repeat on as many forks as you'd like to have for place settings.

 

Style #2 (middle):  This is the most popular style I've seen around the internet and in a few local artist shops.  It's also relatively simple to recreate.  First, take your fork and bend it at the neck, just above the actual forky part ("forky" - that's a technical term).  You just want to bend it back a little bit so it will put more weight on it's hind-legs.  Next, bend the two middle prongs to the back and the two outside prongs to the front, creating an easel effect.  When the fork stands on its own, use your jewelry pliers to curl the ends of the two outer prongs forward and the two middle prongs to the back and voila.

 

 

Style #3 (right): 

This was the hardest one to create, mostly because the handle of this particular fork was pretty thick and exceptionally difficult to bend. It's still not as stable as I would like it to be, but serves it's purpose nevertheless. I had to break out a bigger pair of pliers to work on this one and it would be even better if I'd had a vice or some other metal-working contraption to hold the thing while I used a monkey wrench to attempt to bend the rest of it. In other words, you may not want to try this one at home. Start by bending the two middle prongs backward just slightly and then curling the ends backward with jewelry pliers. Curl the ends of the two outside prongs forward, allowing your place card to rest between them without bending. Next, you'll want to bend the fork handle at it's thinnest point (just above the "forky" part) backward as far as you can. When laying the handle down flat, the head of the fork should stand up and lean back slightly. Next, bend the fork handle at its midpoint at a 90-degree angle. This is where it got really difficult, and the last part, twisting the rest of the handle up and over until it touches the top of the table at the same level as the rest of the handle was really hard. I didn't quite get it there, actually, and instead settled for balancing it enough that it would stand up straight anyway. I would NOT want to do this to multiple forks. I probably could have made it easier on myself by first choosing a better fork with a thinner handle, but what can I say? I'm stubborn. The great part about these is that you can use them for a lot of other things besides place card holders. I use mine as food labels. They also look really cute with a small picture.

 

 

Complementary Smarty Products:   

Ivory with Gold Lace Rim Plastic Dinner Plates Ivory Flair Plastic Pastry Plates Ivory Paper Dinner Napkins

 

For more exciting DIY projects, follow our DIY board on Pinterest! Party on, Smarties! 

A Soup Both Healthy and Delicious

Potato and Broccoli Soup Recpe

Craving more life balance, less stress, and better health? Say hello to my new favorite soup! Just a few bites into this lusciously loaded broccoli potato soup and you will completely be in love!

Prep: 10 mins; Cook: 25 mins; Total: 35 mins; Yield: 4 - 6 servings; 

Bright green broccoli florets float prettily in this hearty soup, but it's broccoli stems that do the real work. They're cooked with the potatoes and then pureed to form a creamy base. I like to stir through grated Parmesan cheese at the very end for that little bonus cheesy goodness and to give the meal an Italian feel.

Ingredients:

  • tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4 pounds broccoli, thick stems peeled and diced (about 2 cups), tops cut into small florets (about 1 quart)
  • 1 1/2 pounds boiling potatoes (about 5), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 

 

How to make it:

This cheesy potato soup with broccoli comes together in under 35 minutes and takes little effort to make, but the flavor is amazing.

Step 1: In a large pot, melt the butter over moderately low heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Add the garlic, broccoli stems, potatoes, broth, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are almost tender about 10 minutes.

Step 4: In a food processor or blender, pulse the soup to a coarse puree. Return the soup to the pot and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli florets and simmer until they are tender about 5 minutes. Stir 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan into the soup, and serve the soup topped with the remaining cheese.

Notes:

If you'd prefer a completely smooth soup, add the broccoli florets to the pot after the potatoes have cooked for five minutes, and continue simmering until all of the vegetables are tender, about five minutes more. Puree the soup until smooth. This would also make a great first course for six people.


Wine Recommendation:

Pinot grigio is the all-purpose Italian white. Its full body matches the creaminess of this soup, while its high acidity offers contrast. The relatively neutral taste of the wine allows the soup's subtle flavors to come through. No wonder Pinot grigio is so popular. 

Sweeten Up Your Ho(me)liday

Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake

Prep: 35 min.; Cook: 1 hr., 10 min.; Other: 9 hr., 10 min.

Thick, rich, seriously delicious, and completely irresistible! If you are looking for the perfect cheesecake recipe to sweeten up your days at home, look no further! This Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake is one of those must-have recipes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 32 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4  (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1  (14-oz.) can sweeten condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies (about 18 candies)
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • Garnishes: 65 soft peppermint sticks (5 small bags), broken, and peppermint bark

Directions:

Step 1: Combine first 3 ingredients; stir well. Press mixture firmly on bottom of a lightly greased 9" springform pan. Bake at 325° for 14 minutes; let cool.

Step 2: Beat cream cheese at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, beating just until blended. Add 1/3 cup whipping cream and next 3 ingredients, beating just until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Stir in chocolate chunks and crushed candies.

Step 3: Pour batter into baked crust. Bake at 325° for 52 to 55 minutes or until edges are set and center is almost set. Turn off the oven. Immediately run a knife around the edge of the pan, releasing sides. With the oven door slightly open, let cheesecake stand in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Remove sides and bottom of pan; place cheesecake on a serving plate.

Step 4: Pour 3/4 cup whipping cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until hot. Add 1 1/2 cups semisweet morsels; stir until chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Pour ganache over chilled cheesecake, allowing ganache to spill over edges of cheesecake; smooth ganache with an offset spatula. Let stand 10 minutes before garnishing. Store in refrigerator.

Note:

For easy cleanup, place wax paper strips under edges of cheesecake on a serving plate. When you pour the ganache, it will drip onto the wax paper. Gently remove wax paper strips after the 10-minute standing time.

Makeahead and Storage Instructions:

  • Because the cheesecake needs to chill for at least 6 hours in the fridge, I typically make the cheesecake the day before I want to serve it. 
  • Store the cheesecake covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

*Photo by Oxmoor House

Be Responsible, Stay at Home!

Be responsible, stay at home!

This is our time! Time to think, fight, and hope...


As we speak thousands of people are being attacked by one of the most devastating monsters ever appeared on our planet since the beginning of time. The invisible assassin - unfortunately, worldwide well known Coronavirus. Still, it's never been easier to be a soldier, a fighter, a hero...

To prevent the onset of the Covid 19, the importance of responsible behavior and staying home is crucial to curbing the spread of the epidemic. The crisis about Covid 19 is changing how we work, travel, and shop.

And what can we do in this time of panic?

We can be responsible and stay home! We can slow down, and think of others. And the best way to start is to shop online and use disposables! Now is not the time you should wait in long lines to buy what you need. With more states encouraging people to avoid going out, to slow the spread of Covid 19, shopping online is about to become more popular, safer, and smarter than ever. By ordering online, you will reduce the risk of getting crowded and getting sick, staying hygienic, and safe. Not only does it give you peace of mind to know you are doing the right thing for your family, the community, and the environment, but staying home also contribute to your own health, and by being responsible, and doing everything that is in our power might just save our planet!

 

 

This time can be used to make positive changes in our lives that we always say we don't have time for. 

Yes, everything had changed - seemingly overnight - but that just means it's time to get creative. Work on yourself, clean your house, facetime your family, learn to cook something new, and order Smarty's dinnerware and tableware to ensure everybody has their piece because by using disposable dinnerware, you'll also reduce the chances to get infected.

With the ability to avoid crowded stores by shopping online and have essentials delivered to your door, it makes sense to stay at home and be smart with Smarty Had a Party!

Be a hero, stay at home!