This is what the boys do when I go out on the weekend. It's a "bad habit" I started when Thatbaby and I were both sick. I asked if he wanted to nap on the couch with me. I wasn't expecting it to actually work. But he took it seriously, covering his little eyes with his little hand and taking a nice nap snuggled up against me.
When I told Thatboy how well it worked, he decided to give it a shot himself. And now the two of them take "couch naps" together. Of course, when Thatbaby naps with Thatboy the naps are incredibly long, lasting over 2 hours. Not so much with me, or by himself. This picture was taken when I got home from a picnic with my running group. I had been gone for hours!
As for that picnic, I wanted to bring something sweet and easy - something I could toss together quickly, since I've been so busy as of late. And since there is so much running around on the weekends, I didn't want to have to slave over something I was bringing to a park. With the arrival of spring, a fruit tart was calling my name.
Berry TartThe easiest pie you can make. Perfect for unexpected company, or a last minute invitation. And really, with sweet, plump berries, you don't need much else to make it a treat.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
3-4 Tbsp cold water
- Preheat oven to 375. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl.
- Cut the shortening in with 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Sprinkle water over the flour mixture, mixing with a fork, adding just enough for the dough to hold together.
- Roll out the dough and place in a tart pan. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.
- Toss 3 cups of berries with sugar and add to cooled shell.
- Melt 1 1/2 cups currant jelly in a pan over low heat.
- Pour the currant glaze over the berries.
And when the boys woke up, the shared a slice that I brought home for them. After all, when you're two, you need all the strength and energy you can get.