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Spring Sweets: Mini Fruit Tarts

We have officially been invited to our first spring party! Our dear friends purchased a new home over the winter and they are finally ready to have everyone over to celebrate! The kids are ready to enjoy the large backyard and the adults are ready to visit in the fresh air! In order to make it less formal and more about enjoying everyone’s company in the nice weather our hosts have chosen to make the party potluck. Everyone is bringing a little something to share. Our youngest host has even requested that each of the kids bring their favorite game to share.

The kids have decided to bring their colorful parachute (you remember running under these as kids?) to share with their friends, and one large beach ball to try and float above the parachute. They love throwing the ball; high in the air and running under the parachute as fast as they can. Personally I think it is the perfect Spring activity. It is even great for a variety of age groups.

Now comes the food. I love dessert, and as we have food allergies in our home I tend to bring the items I want to eat the most so that I know I can partake without any issues. In our house that means no dairy and no gluten, and as most desserts have those as their main ingredients I try to bring a dessert that will allow us to indulge without fear. I have become a fan of Eat Your Hartt Out which is a fun blog featuring a foodie Dad that just wants to create family friendly recipes for his growing fam. I love that! While the recipes are not always allergy free they can be easily substituted to create allergy-friendly meal options.

This month I want to share the Easy Mini Fruit Tarts. These are a fun and simple treat that are easy to work with. While these recipe calls for cream cheese and sour cream they can be easily subbed out for Daiya Cream Cheese and Coconut Cream Yogurt. We also love Pamela’s Gluten Free Cookie Dough Mix. By swapping these ingredients for allergy-friendly ones we can all enjoy, and the flavor is still right on point!

Head on over to Eat Your Hartt Out for more fabulous recipes. You will love all the easy and fun recipes that they highlight. They even offer incredible videos! Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Potluck Appetizer

We are only days away from our Thanksgiving vacation at my kids’ school. This year the lower grades are having a potluck to celebrate and learn about the first Thanksgiving. I have to bring a potluck appetizer for my children to share. I usually bring something like a veggie tray, but that has already been promised by another family. Instead, I decided to branch out and try something fun. Thank you to Crafts A La Mode for this fun twist on the cheeseball. This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball will impress all of those elementary schoolers. It works because my kids and their friends are obsessed with cheese and crackers, the fact that it looks like a little turkey will make it even more of a hit! Thanksgiving potluck appetizer Head on over to Crafts A La Mode for the full recipe and tutorial. I really like this idea because it makes it look like I have really tried hard to do something for the potluck when in reality I am very behind this year and I have only just started planning for the potluck which is tomorrow afternoon. Sometimes simple and fun appetizers like this one work out perfectly. It has very little prep, and comes with a lot of pizazz! What are some go to things you bring for potlucks? Do you have a recipe that is simple and impressive?