Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sweet Treats


Hi Friends! I hope you're all doing well! I'm barely hanging on these days...I had such a bad few weeks. First the stomach flu; then we did the dreaded monthly shopping in -25C weather...then somehow I got a pet hair in my eye and it was two days before I could flush it out. I still have some irritation...Onwards and upwards right?

Yesterday we celebrated Alex's birthday and I made him this Fruit Tart with Custard. It was a great hit! I used the nectarines I'd canned in September. The rest of the fruit was frozen...I can only imagine how good this tart will be when I make it with fresh fruits!


Since we decided on no gifts until we manage to buy our property, I wanted to make him something as a gift! I found a recipe online for Kahlua Pecan Fudge. I'm not a fan of anything white chocolate but he said they are delicious. VERY sweet though!


I made him a Strawberry Gin Fizz as an apéro before dinner. It's a nice refreshing cocktail made with muddled strawberries and gin. It was such a great foodie day! :)

29 comments:

Leigh said...

Oh, that fruit tart looks divine! I've seen fruit dessert "pizza" but I really like the look of yours. Sounds like a wonderful day of celebration! Have you decided yet on an area to look for your new property?

Leftycrafter said...

You are marvelous in the kitchen. I think you missed your calling. You could teach classes on cooking from scratch. Or be a party planner or a catering business. Dang, I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at all the food. Alec is one lucky man.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

that all looks so wonderful! i had a horrible cold from new years until about 5 days ago and now i've come down with stomach flu. i rarely get sick so i am blaming it on the very warm weather we've been having. it finally gets cold later this week so maybe that will do the flu bug in!

Unknown said...

I need to can more fruit this summer. That looks great.Thanks for the recipe. I made salted caramel fudge this year and we love that one too. I'll be making this one next holiday for sure.

Susan Kane said...

Oh, so delicious. The fudge--that would be my thing.

Mama Pea said...

I thought you'd been very quiet lately! Ugh, having issues that sideline a body is no fun at all. Glad to hear you're on the mend now.

Happy Birthday (belated) greetings to your wonderful partner. What lovely (full of love!) birthday treats you made for him. I know it all takes time but goes to show one doesn't have to spend oodles of money on "gifts." Sending hugs to you both!

Share my Garden said...

Happy birthday Alex, your fudge looks delicious and Rain's fruit tart a triumph. You are a fortunate man!
Sorry to hear about your illness, Rain. Our household is the same, long drawn-out colds seem to have weakened our resistance to various bugs and we are rather forlorn just now with trips to the doctor and antibiotics to swallow. I hope you are starting to feel much better.

NanaDiana said...

Your food looks/sounds delicious, Rain. It is amazing what we can do without spending much money when we put our minds to it.
Have a lovely day- xo Diana

Jenn said...

Looks like a nice birthday celebration. Glad to hear you are on the mend.

The Happy Whisk said...

Strawberry fizzy and that fruit treat. Oh my gosh, I love it. What a fun day. You guys are perfect together. Happy Birthday Wishes to Alex!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh gawd, everything looks so delicious in the post! I'm drooling now.

Happy Birthday, Alex, you lucky guy!

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Rain!
I checked in on all your blogs and decided to comment on this one because the fruit tart with custard looks so delicious! Everything looks delicious! I hope that Alex had a great birthday yesterday. You live in an oasis of calm compared with me ~ so grounded! Our lives are up in the air right now ~ nothing bad! ~ just trying to make some decisions and downsize even if we stay in our house. How can I have reached this age and have no idea what's around the corner? Oh well, never a dull moment! Wishing you lots of success funding your property. Sending you a big hug!

Tammie Lee said...

I am sorry to read that you had a hard few weeks, no fun in those things.
But what a special celebration your made for your honey! Everything looks and sounds wonderful!

Christine said...

Happy Birthday to Alex, he has been spoiled! Sorry you have not been well.

Lisa said...

Food looks fabulous as always! Glad you are feeling better! Lisa

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

The tart looks amazing! Glad it tasted as good as it looked.

Becki said...

That picture of the tart looks like it's straight out of a cooking magazine. It looks amazing! And while I'm not particularly fond of fruits, I'd sure try that!!! So sorry to read that you've been under the weather, Rain. The flu can really wear a person down - even after you're feeling better. I hope you're climbing out of it by now.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

What a beautiful Happy Birthday tart for Alex. He is a lucky man to have such a caring partner who is also a great cook.

I hope your sick days are behind you and you will stay healthy during the too long winter.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Oh dear, stomach flu is no fun at all. That dessert looks so pretty!! Lucky husband! -Jenn

wyomingheart said...

Egads Rain! Sorry to hear you've been under the weather, but equally happy to know things are on the upside now. Happy belated to your man, and the only thing to say about that tart is...YUM! looks devine! When are you two going to start shopping for that property? Take care!

Martha said...

Here I am drooling. And my stomach is growling. Happens every time I visit your blog. LOL

I hope you are feeling much better!

And happy birthday wishes to Alex!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your fruit dish looks so delicious! Happy Birthday to Alex. Nancy

Nicole Thomas said...

Sorry to hear you havnt been well. Hope things continue to get better.
It looks like Alex had one delicious birthday celebration :)
Hugs to you ❤

Susan said...

Who needs gifts, when he has you! xoxo

Stefanie said...

I wanna come and stay with you, eat your yummy looking recipes, take snowy walks with you and your dogs, and learn by your side! HUGS!

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy Birthday Alex!! Everything looks amazing Rain! Wow!!
Please take care of yourself! Big Hugs!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

The fruit tart with custard looks very yummy, so does the fudge but I'm not a fan of alcohol flavored items. It's too sharp for my taste buds. Holy moly is it ever cold there! We're freezing this morning with 14ºF (-10ºC) at 6am. Our forecast isn't looking too promising for the next two weeks. Old Man winter is kicking up his heels in our parts for sure! Keep warm, my friend!

baili said...

Oh i am so sorry for the odds you been facing dear Rain!

this is nice that your eye is fine and inspite of all obstacles how wonderful that you manged to celebrate the birthday of your precious friend as impressive way
i absolutely LOVED this yum :)))

Happy Birthday to Alex! may you both be able to celebrate next one in your new home :)
amen)
my son brought white chocolate along with many others and yes it was extra sweet which feels good after spicy food though

-25 brrrr i hope you stay warm and cozy in your lovely home dear friend!

tons of positive energy to you !
hugs!

Sam I Am...... said...

Lucky Alex and belated Happy Birthday to him! I'd take good food any day as a present! Yum!