Every Valentines Day since Prince Charming and I began dating, I have made a “fancy” dinner (with side dishes, mind you) affectionately coined as “Cupid’s Cafe” by my little sister (who made the first “Cupid’s Cafe” sign when she was 12 and now SHE is getting married in May…time flies!).
This year our Cupid’s Cafe had to be put on hold because I came down with yet another round of the stomach flu late Sunday night. Yes, this is the THIRD time since Christmas and NO I am NOT pregnant (I’ve already been asked that by several people).
So today is the day for Cupid’s Cafe. And now it’s a family affair. On the menu is marinated steak and mushrooms, loaded mashed potatoes, mandarin spinach salad, and these Cherry Tarts (which are as much of a tradition as the dinner itself).
These are SUPER easy and only have 2 ingredients: refrigerated pie crust and canned cherry pie filling. They’re not the healthiest little desserts but they are simple, quick, and most of all—DELICIOUS!
|1. Let your refrigerated pie crust come to room temperature (about 15 minutes on the counter). Gently roll out.|
|2. Use a circular cookie cutter to cut out circles from the pie crust.|
|3. Place and arrange in a mini muffin pan.|
|4. Let your little helper put dollops of cherry pie filling in each muffin tin.|
|5. In the meantime, use a knife to cut out tiny hearts from the remaining pie crust.|
|6. Place hearts on top of the pie filling. Sprinkle with a little sugar and bake for 12-15 minutes at 435 degrees.|
|Our “fancified” kitchen table. Apparently the tablecloth needs to be adjusted…|
Big Brother used his Do-A-Dot Markers (A Valentines Day present) to create a “Cupid’s Cafe” sign. I just wrote the letters on a piece of paper and turned him loose. I was impressed!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go exchange my sweatpants for a little black dress. :)