September 17, 2015

Pink Lady® Rose Tarts

The September ingredients for the #ImprovCookingChallenge are apples & oatmeal. Yea! Now I can try a recipe I’ve been drooling over for years.EJrosetarts

I chose Pink Lady® apples so that the flesh would impart a nice tinge on the “rose petals”…EJrosetarts (10)

First thing I had to do was to transform the oatmeal into a flour. That was accomplished in about 50 seconds with my Blendtec.EJ-rosetarts

I made my tart dough and let it set for a bit while I prepared the apples. (I sliced them nice & thin with the mandoline.) EJrosetartI rolled out the pastry & cut out rounds to fit my muffin tin. Rolling up the petals was a pretty slick job; I had a little difficulty transferring them neatly to the pastry.EJtherosetartEJrosetarts (22)Mmmmmmmmm, they smelled so lovely whilst baking…EJrosetarts (28)Delicious!EJrosetarts (29)Here are the recipes:EJrosetartPASTRY

EJrosetartFILLINGEJrosetartGLAZECheck out what my Improv friends did with their apples & oatmeal:

September 16, 2015

Sweet Birthday Weekend

Last month we were thankful to spend Keith’s birthday out of the harsh Phoenix temperatures which neared 120° by the end of the week. hot!Tucson was a much cooler 104°! Winking smile

We were fortunate to get a reservation at the beautiful Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Loews-Ventana-entrance-sign

The tub,20150814_193323

the room,20150815_102357

the food,20150814_204021

& the views made for quite a lovely getaway!loews

Thanks for the great rates, Groupon!