Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SUMMER BERRY TART

 
 


Crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

1 1/3 cups sugar
zest of 2 lemons
2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream

1 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries or blackberries
 
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of the tart pan. Line bottom of tart pan with parchment paper, too.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together melted butter, graham cracker crumbs and 2 tbsp of sugar.
  • Press mixture evenly in a 10 inch tart pan across the bottom and up the sides. (I learned this trick from another blogger, use a small shot glass to help pack the crust easily.)
  • Bake crust for 5-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, using a whisk attachment, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside in the fridge..
  • In a separate large bowl, mix together the lemon zest and sugar until it becomes moist and fragrant. Add cream cheese, beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Fold in whipped topping until well blended.
  • Spoon the filling evenly into the crust. Smooth top using a spatula.
  • Top with berries and
  • Chill for at least 2 hours before serving, overnight is best.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.


Summer Berry Mini Tarts

Monday, May 25, 2015

MEMORIAL DAY 2015

 
 
"On this Memorial Day, we honor the sacrifices of prior generations.
We honor the sacrifices of the men and women next door who have served
or continue to serve our country.
And we pledge never to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day."
 

My MEMORIAL DAY
Triple Berry Tart
(recipe will follow soon)
 
 
 
Memorial Day, was originally called Decoration Day,
it's a day Americans remember those
who have died in service of the United States of America.
It is always observed on the last day of May.
Cemeteries across the country is grace with flowers and flags
for the departed.
 
Memorial Day,
now ingrained as the start of the summer season.
 
For some of us,
it is sometimes easy to forget what Memorial Day
actually means while lounging by the pool, the lake, or the beach
 on this three-day weekend. 
I am hoping that while we are enjoying the company of our friends and family,
we remember what this holiday truly means.
That this is a solemn day of remembrance,
 of those who have died serving our beloved country.
 
 
The drive to the lake is always a calming sight.
 
Relaxing time at the lake. 
 
Finger lickin' treats for our Memorial Day Celebration.
Burgers on the grill, ribs and Chinese Coleslaw with Almonds.
 
 
Here's a tip:
Dress up your plastic containers by wrapping a bandana around it.
This will save you from breaking those beautiful dishware
and this will be a great conversation piece as well.
 
Sweet Corn Guacamole (Just like CPK's)

 
 
My husband's Filipino Pork BBQ on a stick ( sorry can't share the recipe)
 
 

 
Bringing beach balls to the lake is not enough,
I found this 3 in 1 Lawn Games Set
(Ladderball, Bean Bag Toss, and Lawn Disc)
 it always brings great fun to kids, and the adults as well.
 
 
 
 
You know that your child had so much fun
when he comes back looking like this.
 
 
With my teen,
she's content reading on her electronic gadget
under a shady tree.
 

The best looking canoe at the lake.



 
Can never get enough of the sand.

 

 
 
Watching these gorgeous birds is not a bad way to end the day.
 
I hope you had a relaxing weekend,
just like we did.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MAGENS BAY - ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I.





Voted one of the world's best beaches.
A beauty indeed.
Magens Bay is a beautiful one mile stretch of public beach.
Donated to the Virgin Islands by Arthur Fairchild.




This stretch of beautiful white sand and crystal clear water beach should be
voted as one of the best kid friendly beach as well.
The bay deepens gradually, makes it perfect for children.
We chose to come on days that there were no cruise ship in port,
for this is quite a popular beach for tourist.


The water was always calm,
just perfect for the little swimmers and not so strong swimmer as I am.
Some enjoy to just float around,
with a cocktail on one hand,
 I simply enjoyed listening to the soothing sound
of the water hitting the beach,
watching the pelicans dive to feed,
others rented a paddle board, some kayaks, and sunfish.

A rental booth is available at the property.
You can also rent beach chairs, snorkeling gear, and floats.
And if your tummy needs to be filled, there's burgers, pizza, and other snacks,
and cocktails at the concession.
A waitress usually comes at the beach to take food or drink orders.
For souvenirs, there's a gift shop next to the concession,
where you can have your hair braided for a fee.

Of course, the trip to the island won't be complete without my coconut.
I was happy to learn that there was a coconut vendor
 a.k.a. Coconut Man
just right outside of the gate across the ticket booth.
If you see him, go and hurry,
because as soon as he runs out of his coconuts he is gone for the day.




Unlike Coki Beach,
there's not much fish to see when you snorkel along the beach.
You will have to go to the rocky area in both ends of the beach to enjoy snorkeling.
But if you're as lucky like us,
you will be able to swim with a sea turtle just a few feet from the beach.
Magens Bay is a habitat for sea turtles, conch, and other marine species.

My Husband trying to get a close look at the Sea Turtle feeding.


I Captured this image with my Go Pro Black 3.


There's ample parking, picnic tables, and picnic areas with bbq grills.
A good amount of showers in and outside of the restrooms.
For those who love camping,
 Magens Bay offers a safe overnight camping
on this beautiful beach which you can extend to 2 nights, 3 days.
This beach is a definite,
MUST SEE/GO TO
on everyone's travel list.



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Notes:
Entrance Fee: 
                                                    Locals                Non-residents:
            Adults -                            $2.00                       $4.00
            Children over 13              $2.00                       $2.00
            Children under 12/           Free                        Free
            Elderly/handicapped        Free                        Free   
            Vehicle Parking               $2.00                       $2.00
Beach Chairs:                             $5.00
Kayak  (per hour)                        $25.00 double          $20 single
Paddleboats (per hour)               $30
Sunfish (per hour)                       $35
Lifeguards on duty
Taxis are available in the property

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