How to Eat a Christmas Tree

I MANAGE A TOAST TO THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND ONE TO THE SWEET ABSURDITY IN THE MIRACLE OF THE VERB TO BE.  LUCKY YOU.  LUCKY ME.”  Miller Williams

How to Eat a Christmas Tree - A Dozen Ideas for Edible Ornaments | From My Sweet Heart

So how do you handle Christmas?  Do you plan months in advance? Are your decorations up the day after Thanksgiving?  Do you shop black Friday and cyber Monday?

I must admit I am a procrastinator and last minute shopper.  It’s not that I don’t care.  And it’s not that I can’t manage time.  But for me, the mood only hits around Thanksgiving.  And so any time before then, well I’m just not ready. 

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do for Christmas is to create an edible tree.  I’ve been thinking about it for years, actually and have more ideas for edible ornaments than I know what to do with!  What has always stopped me in the past is the planning ahead thing.  But this year.  This year, I decided to go for it!

So how do you eat a Christmas tree? [Read more...]

Pluot & Bacon Crumble

“A PERFECT SUMMER DAY IS WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, THE BREEZE IS BLOWING, THE BIRDS ARE SINGING, AND THE LAWNMOWER IS BROKEN.”  James Dent

Pluot & Bacon Crumble | From My Sweet Heart

Ok now.  Please don’t start throwing tomatoes at the screen but. . . . .I’m ready for fall!  Maybe if I could catch a breeze in this heat or my lawn mower WERE broken, I would feel otherwise.  And I am just craving something sweet and chocolately, but I feel guilty if I don’t continue to work with summer fruits!  Fortunately, I found a new summer obsession.  PLUOTS!  As if crumbles, crisps, and cobblers were not confusing enough, right?  Now we’ve got plums, pluots and plumcots!  Well don’t despair.  If you like plums but sometimes find them hard and lacking in sweetness; then you will LOVE . . . . . [Read more...]

Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup

“FOR MY PART I KNOW NOTHING WITH ANY CERTAINTY, BUT THE SIGHT OF THE STARS MAKE ME DREAM.”  Vincent van Gogh

Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

You may find it ironic that I write a dessert blog when I tell you that I am a former Weight Watcher!  What I have learned over time, about myself, is that over eating was never about hunger.  And for me to lose weight was a matter of eating less and moving more.  And to maintain good weight and good health, I need to eat well, eat the right things, and indulge in moderation.  But my passion for baking rarely allows me to cut corners and I always try to use the best ingredients to achieve the best product.

This holds true, even as I work with fruit.  Sometimes I just like to play on the lighter side of sweet.  And this starfruit and ginger recipe is a perfect example.  You may use sugar or substitute with Splenda.  Both are equally good.  But this exotic fruit is quite stunning, and a special way to serve fruit as dessert.  If you have never had starfruit before,  then you are in for a treat. . . . . [Read more...]

Peaches and Cream Brulee

“LIFE IS BETTER THAN DEATH, I BELIEVE, IF ONLY BECAUSE IT IS LESS BORING, AND IT HAS FRESH PEACHES IN IT.”  Alice Walker

Peaches and Cream Brulee | From My Sweet Heart

You like peaches, right?  I thought so! 

And how about crème brûlée?  YES!  Me, too!!! 

So it’s inevitable…..they have to come together!  Two simple flavors come together to create such a sweet medley in your mouth.  Just get yourself some of these fresh, ripe, juicy peaches…..mix a simple sweet vanilla custard on the stove.  A sprinkling of sugar….and a little caramelization!  This is going down as one of my all time favorite summer desserts!   Wait till you see what it looks like when you start scooping!!!…… [Read more...]

Fuzzy Summer

Fuzzy Summer | From My Sweet Heart