Wednesday, June 16, 2010


He's been the sugar to my spice for 3 whole years!

Today is my anniversary! Yea!! Three whole years of marital bliss...well...mostly bliss. I know three years isn't very long in the grand scheme of things, but boy have our lives changed in these three little years. In many ways (all good ways), I feel like I've been married forever. I can't even imagine life without my husband any more. It's a blessing when you can find someone with whom you share just enough similarities and just enough differences that you fit each other like a puzzle.

Last night I went to dinner with some of my girlfriends, and as we were all sharing stories and experiences from our lives I found myself dwelling on this whole concept of marriage. It's fascinating to me the give and take, the ebb and flow, and the resulting balance each couple finds in their own relationship. I feel very lucky to have found my missing piece and to now be building our life together. I know it will only get better and better with time.

I look back on this picture of us on our wedding day...we were so happy and in love and yet I don't think we had any clue what love really was, or what we were in for. I know we have a long journey ahead of us...and Arnold, I'm so glad I have you to hold my hand along the way! I love you!

So on my anniversary I had to post a honor of my sugar loving, or should I say sugar addict, man. I whipped this little dessert up on Sunday and I swear I could have eaten the whole thing myself! I didn't...I had to share it with my husband, brother and little r...dang it...they all loved it too.

If you're not a berry fan, you could also top this tart with chocolate chunks, swirl in some caramel sauce, or use any variety of fruit that you love. The creativity could be endless!

I had to post this particular picture. I love little r in the background. The truth is, every picture I take, little r is near inches off camera...patiently waiting for a bite. She is my little side kick and photography assistant. I just love that little face!

(Mindi Original)

1 sheet puff pastry
1 10 oz. bag frozen mixed berries (about 2 C.)
1 T. sugar
1 8 oz. pkg. Neufchatel low fat cream cheese; room temperature
2 T. lemon juice
½ C. sugar
¼ C. flour
1 egg

1. Bring the sheet of puff pastry to room temperature by letting it defrost on the counter for about 40 minutes.
2. In a small bowl, combine the berries with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Allow to defrost for at least 20 minutes or so.
3. In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar. Mix until well combined.
4. Add the egg and the flour and mix again for 2-3 minutes.
5. Roll out the puff pastry to about 16x11 inches.
6. Place the pasty on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
7. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the puff pastry, leaving about a 2 inch edge around the outside.
8. Dollop the berries on top of the cream cheese mixture.
9. Take the edges of the puff pasty and fold up and over the cream cheese mixture about 1 to 2 inches.
10. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minute or until the tart is golden brown.

I demoed this yummy desert on Studio 5, so if you like, you can click below and watch.

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Red Couch Recipes said...

This tart looks devine! Very cute little one in the background. Happy Anniversary! Joni

Intense Outdoors said...

Happy Anniversary my love. Thanks for all the sweet moments. May we have many more.

Love you.

Frieda Loves Bread said...

Happy Anniversary and here's to many more!

Lisa said...

excuse my lack of knowledge...but do you just buy a sheet of puff pastry at the grocery store? This receipe looks scrumdiddly and would love to try it. thanks for sharing your love/talent!!

Mindika said...

That's actually a very good question Lisa! You can buy puff pastry at the grocery store. It's in the freezer section beside all the frozen desserts/berries/coolwhip etc... It comes in a box with 2 sheets. I use the Pepperidge Farm brand. I've never know a grocery store not to carry it, so if for some reason you can't find it just ask a store associate and I'm sure they will lead you right to it.

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