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Mini French Apple Tart Recipe

April 8, 2015

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French Apple TartLike many of my recipes, I like easy, I like fast and I like no fuss but don’t get me wrong, I want flavor. One of my favorite chefs is Ina Garten but some of her recipes can call for weird ingredients and no shortcuts so it can be a little daunting. I decided to make her French Apple Tart and do it an easy, mini version that will take up less time and to do it in a way that is more practical to the everyday mother.

Apple Tart Ingredients

So for myself I went and picked up items of convenience. Of course there is the puff pastry sheets, the granny smith apples and the apricot jelly. Everything else I had on hand. If you wanted to prepare the apples ahead of time, go ahead and use a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice on them to prevent them from turning brown. Another one of my weapons is my Samsung Galaxy Avant that I just picked up for $149 on Walmart Family Mobile. It helped me follow Ina’s simple instructions to a T and was a total resource for my scattered mind.

Mini Apple French Tart Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 12 tarts
I’ve recreated Ina Garten’s classic French Apple Tart to meet today’s convenience for moms.
  • 1 pkg Puff Pastry Sheets
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples
  • Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Apricot Jelly
  • Lemon Juice if needed
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Thaw your Puff Pastry Sheets either overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for 40 minutes and unwrap.
  3. Use two sheet pans and lay out each sheet of dough onto each sheet pan.
  4. Cut each puff pastry into 6 sections. Once lengthwise and twice widthwise.
  5. *Be sure to keep dough as cold as possible until you are ready to put it in the oven.
  6. Cut your Granny Smith apples in half lengthwise and core. Now cut off the tops and bottoms to keep out any of the stems. Just like Ina says, she doesn’t use the ends because she likes to keep the tart looking beautiful.
  7. Slice your apples about 1/4″ thick and place them on the diagonal directly on the puff pastry.
  8. Once all your tarts are complete, sprinkle each tart with some granulated sugar and dot lightly with unsalted butter. Do not go heavy on the butter, you won’t get the crispy edges. šŸ™
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 min. watching to make sure that there are no bubbles forming in your dough. If there is, just poke it with a fork to release the air. Once your pastries are removed, just put some of the Apricot Jelly in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Brush that on your pastries and they are ready to serve.

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French Apple Tart Ina Garten

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Make these delicious and simple French Apple Tarts with only 5 minutes of prep time. Such a wonderful recipe and a must try. Get the recipe and many others on

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Homemade Funfetti Cake with Trix Cereal and Skylanders

March 26, 2015

Create this homemade funfetti cake using General Mills Trix cereal.

Nothing is better than taking something that you never thought was possible and turning it into something rad. That totally happened with this cake and some Trix cereal. Who doesn’t love funfetti cake? Whoever doesn’t is clearly losing in life! You have to try this cake and don’t forget to get the box that has the Skylanders on it. You get the Skystones game and it’s so fun to play with the kids. I’ll explain that in a bit.

Create this homemade funfetti cake using General Mills Trix cereal.

So for the cake, you’ll want to soak 1 1/2 cups of cereal in a small amount of milk for about 2-3 minutes just to soften the cereal so you don’t get chewy/gross pieces in your cake. Not drowned it, just moisten them.

Create this homemade funfetti cake using General Mills Trix cereal.

My secret and my best ever advice is to go to your favorite bakery and ask to buy some of their frosting. They’ll usually sell it by the pound. My local bakery sells it for $5/lb. and it’s much more time efficient and tastes much better than store bought frosting. I prefer the cream cheese frosting for this recipe and you could even add some softened Trix cereal into it as well. I wanted a cleaner look to the cake and added the Skylanders character, Spyro, to the top. I was almost tempted to paint him gold but I refrained. I added the Trix cereal all along the edge just for another extra touch.

Create this homemade funfetti cake using General Mills Trix cereal.Now for the best part, Skystones! Hidden inside select boxes of General Mills cereal, you’ll find it specially marked with Skylanders, is a special pack of Skystones. On the back of each box is the game board and you can collect up to 4 boxes of Skystones to unlock special characters in the mobile Skylanders game. If you’ve played the video game before, this is just a physical game of the card game. On the cards you have a character and each side has a number of ‘arrows’ and you want to put that card next to a card with less ‘arrows’. If you have more ‘arrows’, you’ll be able to turn that card around to either blue or red, depending on which team you are. The whole point is that you want to dominate the board. I really hope I explained this so that you parents understand it, lol. I do much better in laymen terms and I’m a visual learner.

With that being said, I had some of our neighbor boys come over with my boys and we opened our box that came in the mail. These boys were so excited. I let them take home an empty box of course, I can’t let them take my GM cereal! My boys were pretty funny afterwards and we’re trying to trade cards. I’m glad I got that civil moment on tape.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Desserts - Easter - Holiday Parties - Recipes

Rice Krispies Flowers

March 23, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KreateMyHappy #CollectiveBiasCreate these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on frenchiewraps.comI’m so excited for Easter and another treat I love are Kellogg’sĀ® Rice Krispies Treats. How fun are these Rice Krispies Spring Flowers? They were so quick to make and my daughter and I had a blast making them. All we needed were some additional mini marshmallows and M&M’s. Get your kids into the kitchen and start creating! Of course, you can’t start creating until you run to your nearest Target and get all the goodies first though…

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on frenchiewraps.comSo I grabbed a small biscuit cutter and cut some circles, really only the size of $.50 pieces. I placed some JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows into a small microwaveable cup and nuked them for 20 seconds. This was my glue! I just dipped one end into the cup and them places the M&M’s into a flower pattern onto the Rice Krispies Treat.

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on

So now you can create whatever shapes and letters however you’d like with Rice Krispies Treats because hey are having an awesome contest that everyone will be able to show off their creativity.Ā Head on over to the Kellogg’sĀ® Rice Krispies page for more recipes and inspiration. Check below for more details on the contest šŸ˜‰

Create these Rice Krispie Spring Flowers using the premade treat, mini marshmallows and some M&M's. Only on

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Desserts - Main Courses - Recipes

Chocolate Covered Cherry Breakfast Muffins

March 18, 2015

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Make these mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Cherry Breakfast Muffins using the new Dove Fruits, recipe only on frenchiewraps.comSo when I first thought about making this recipe, I thought about making them from scratch. You can most definitely find a quick bread recipe and add in the DOVEĀ® FruitĀ and create them that way but I need things easy in my life lately. I ran to Walmart and grabbed all three flavors and a box mix of blueberry muffins, any brand will do.


Make these mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Cherry Breakfast Muffins using the new Dove Fruits, recipe only on frenchiewraps.comMix everything according to package directions omitting the blueberries that they include and instead chop up some of the chocolate covered Whole Cherries by DOVEĀ® Fruit. I like using these rather than the included ‘fruit’ becauseĀ DOVEĀ® FruitĀ is actual fruit covered in Dove’s delicious chocolate rather than those tiny micro ‘blueberries’.

Make these mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Cherry Breakfast Muffins using the new Dove Fruits, recipe only on

Chocolate Covered Cherry Breakfast Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
Prep time:
Total time:
  • Boxed Muffin Mix
  • DOVEĀ® Fruit in Cherry
  1. Preheat oven according to package. Mix muffin mix according to package directions. Chop DOVEĀ® Fruit cherries and fold them into the batter. Scoop into lined cupcake pan and cook according to package directions.

Fold the cherries into your batter and cook according to your package directions. Cool then serve. Tastes delicious with some butter or better yet, serve it up with some eggs and bacon. Check out some more ofĀ DOVEĀ® Fruit recipe ideas here. Make sure you guys grab this special coupon to get $1 off a pouch 6.0oz or bigger, HUGE savings!

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Desserts - Holidays - Recipes - Valentine's Day

Valentine Cookie Gifts

February 13, 2015

Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulI had so much fun making these cookies. Super simple and such great tips from the fabulous Alison! All the instructions are in there to complete them step for step and even if you make mistakes. What more can you ask for?

Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulCreate these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulThe Alison Show is a crazy fun, creative blog and she put together a whole course about sugar cookies, this course cost $30 and it’s really worth every penny. I realized every mistake I was doing before. She really gives a comprehensive recipe that makes a dang good cookie. In my cookies I added almond extract and lots of lemon juice in the royal icing. I usually buy the Wilton colors for the dye but I used the Americana and I really liked the outcome and I recommend those. The cookies are delicious and last forever and figuring out what theme I wanted was even more fun. I know I’ll be making these in the future!Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and useful

Christmas - Desserts - Holidays - Recipes

Fleur De Sel Caramels

December 7, 2014

Make these delicious Fleur De Sel Caramels on Most delicious candy ever! #sweettreats #yummyDo you ever make something and just say ‘I am so awesome, I created awesomeness!’? Well, after you make theseĀ Fleur De Sel Caramel, you will absolutely be giving yourself a high-five. I am also really excited to be teaming up with other bloggers and showing you all different kinds of sweet treats for the holidays so be sure and scroll down to the bottom to check out all the recipes!

Supplies Needed:

  • Heavy Bottom Saucepan
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Wax or Parchment Paper
  • Knife and Food Scissors
  • Non-Stick Spray
  • 13″x9″ Casserole Pan

Make these delicious Fleur De Sel Caramels on Most delicious candy ever! #sweettreats #yummyThis is another one of my Grandma’s recipes that is a go to for my family. I’m really fortunate to have my sweet Grandma so close to me. She’s pretty funny and fun. She’s always making jokes and singing songs to us. I always remember as a child being able to go to the side of her house and pick raspberries and then she’d make us raspberries and cream. Those are the kind of memories I hope to pass on but for now, its blogging and I’ve got a permanent journal online!

Serves 24
2 Cups Sugar,
1 1/2 Cups Dark Corn Syrup,
1/2 lb. Butter,
1/2 Pint Cream,
2 tsp Vanilla Extract,
Fleur De Sel (French Salt),


Combine the sugar, corn syrup and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil up until 234 degrees. Boil for 5 minutes, keeping the temperature the same. Remove from heat and add your cream, vanilla and a pinch of fleur de sel. Mix well and pour into lined and greased casserole pan.

*I live in Utah, which is high altitude – the temperature that is ideal to heat to is 234 degrees. When we lived in Portland, closer to sea level – we found a temperature of 242 degrees was ideal. You want to heat it so that it will have a consistency of a soft ball. Another good way to check is put your hot sugar in a glass of cold water, scoop it out and taste it that way.
Make these delicious Fleur De Sel Caramels on Most delicious candy ever! #sweettreats #yummy

This was also my first time making caramel by myself so there were some tricks I learned. I poured my caramel into a half sheet pan and they were just too thin, so I’d recommend using a casserole pan. Also, line that pan with some wax or parchment paper that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Once your caramel have come to temperature, pour the mixture into the pan and let it cool in the fridge uncovered. Leave it in there about 2-3 hours and then after that, you can pull it out and lift your caramel straight out. Sprinkle with the Fleur De Sel and use your scissors to now cut up your caramel into squares.

Make these delicious Fleur De Sel Caramels on Most delicious candy ever! #sweettreats #yummyI’m going to be using this for neighbor gifts this year. I grabbed these empty paint gift jars from The Container Store but you can also grab them from Michaels. Tie with a cute ribbon and a gift tag and it’s one of the least expensive gifts you’ll ever give!

Again make sure you check out these awesome treats below and add yours to the link!


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Ooey Gooey White Chocolate Coconut Almond Chex Mix

December 4, 2014

Ooey Gooey White Chocolate Holiday Chex Mix  on |#holidaytreats | #yummy |#christmascrackThis is my fave and no wonder so many people call it Christmas Crack. There are so many variations of it but I thought I’d try it with white chocolate this year and wowzer, I was right on! I love it when I’m right! I’ve decided to make White Chocolate Coconut Almond Chex Mix! I would recommend a candy thermometer but you don’t need one. Just in general, they are a good idea to have around. Go to Walmart or Target and pay around $5-$10 and it’ll last you a good while. You don’t need to go to Williams-Sonoma but they do have fabulous things!

DSC_0011What You’ll Need
  • Rice and Corn Chex (off brand works just as well)
  • Sweetened Coconut
  • REAL Butter (or substitute margarine for dairy free)
  • Almonds (any kind you like)
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • White Chocolate Chips (I wanted to be decadent and so I chose Ghiradelli)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine
  • 1 cup almonds (any kind you prefer)
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 box each of Rice and Corn Chex or you may substitute for one whole box of any kind. I like the variation of flavor. I grab the largest box of Cgex cereal available. It usually ends up being 8 cups total.

In a large pot (spaghetti size here), add the water, corn syrup and butter and heat on high heat and bring to a boil. You’ll want to be stirring constantly so that you won’t burn your sugar. If you have a thermometer, you’ll heat to the soft ball temp. Ā If you don’t, you’ll want to look for the texture that you’re getting on the back of your spoon. When you lift your spoon up, when the mix falls it will fall off in a separated consistency, almost like an airhead being torn. Once it’s come to a rolling boil, turn the heat down to medium and you may have to move it off the burner once in a while to control the heat a bit. You’ll want to keep it at that consistent temperature and color for 5 minutes.

When you get to the thicker consistency, remove from the heat and add your cereal, coconut and almonds. Mix in the saucepan until everything is evenly coated. You could also have the dry ingredients already mixed in a non-stick sprayed bowl and then pour the sugar mixture on top if you don’t have a large enough saucepan.

Lay out some parchment or foil on your countertop so that you can spread the mixture on top to cool. When you’ve done that, just take a handful of your white chocolate chips and spread them out evenly. I didn’t want to mix it cause I wanted the chunks of chocolate. You can eat it right away with the gooey chocolate or let it sit for about 5 hours and the chocolate should retain its shape to bag it.

Ooey Gooey White Chocolate Holiday Chex Mix on |#holidaytreats | #yummy |#christmascrackYou can give this away for neighbor gifts or truth be told, I can eat this recipe by myself for the month! It stays well in ziploc bags and the sugar-coating keeps the cereal crunchy. Give this one a try. I love it when ideas work out and I love that you can pretty much make any Chex mix your own!

XOXO, Lindsay

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Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 1, 2014

40+ cookie exchange recipes
I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!Molasses Ginger Cookies for your Christmas Cookie Exchange on | #cookieswap | #cookies | cookieexchange

Here’s my recipe, some delicious Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies! Who doesn’t love these warm spices during the fall months? These are always so good with a tall glass of ice cold milk. The trick to getting them flat is to push your cookies down before they’re in the oven so they can be pretty flat or else you’ll just get a big ball of cookie!

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

  • 3/4 c. Shortening
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • additional bowl of granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375Ā°. Cream shortening and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add molasses and egg and beat well. In another bowl, sift together dry ingredients and add to sugar/shortening mixture and mix until just combined. Grab some saran wrap and place the mixture onto the center. Combine into a ball and wrap and place into the fridge for 30 minutes. Once it’s chilled, take the mixture and form it into 1″ balls and place into another bowl of granulated sugar and roll to cover. Place onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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Let me know if you tweaked this recipe in anyway. It’s always been a staple in our house for the holidays as well as my grandmas Chocolate Chip CookiesĀ and our Vegetable Dip! We’re pretty lucky to have a cook like her in the family! Check out below for more cookies in the cookie exchange!

XOXO, Lindsay


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