Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Wonderful Mother... and a Lemon-Lime Tart

I really can't think of any other way to begin this post other than to say, "I LOVE my mom!!"  My mother has been such a huge influence on my life.  I'm sure more than three-fourths of who I am is because of her.  I know this because I heard, "You are just like your mother!" most of my life.  :0) We often answer a question with the same exact words.  We even sigh the same way!  I am so thankful for my mother's wonderful influence by her exemplary love, character and faith.

One of the greatest gifts my mother has given me is the fact that she moved from another country to come live close to us when we needed her most.  About three years ago my husband was poisoned by Carbon Monoxide which significantly damaged his brain and nervous system.  When they realized the disabling change on my family, my parents offered to live close to us.  This meant that they would move from Brazil, South America all the way to Texas!  This created a life, job, and ministry change for them.  I cannot thank my parents enough for all their sacrifices for me, my husband and our three children.  Their sacrifice is a gift that we feel daily in our home.

Some of my fondest memories growing up are times my Mom and I spent together in the kitchen. We loved to bake cookies and cinnamon rolls.  We would puree our own applesauce, and make homemade ice cream.   Looking back, I'm amazed at how much she mentored and influenced me while in the kitchen!  She listened to me and laughed with me.  Her character and who she was as a person, would be on full display as we spent hours together.

When I was contacted by World Market for a Mother's Day promotion, I knew it would be just the thing for Mom and I to do together.  Shop and bake, how much better can it get!?   We started our special day with a shopping spree to World Market and ended it by tasting a new Brazilian recipe - Lemon-lime Tart.  Below, is the recipe and all about our day together.


What better way to pamper an "international" Mom than to shop at World Market.  The super fun part... she actually had never been there before!

Though we were on the look out for cooking utensils that we needed to make our dessert, we had fun seeing all that World Market had to offer.  There are so many cute and unique items from all around the world!  We walked around the entire store three times before we got "really serious" about our purchases.

We found some cute little white tart pans.  We also found a beautiful lemon squeezer and an adorable little cheese grater my Mom thought would be great for a zester.  We also wanted to make a larger tart, so we settled on a cheesecake pan.  It worked great!  Finally, we picked up a soft blue cutting board and a woven mat.


Next, we made this wonderful dessert together.  Here is the recipe....



1 3/4 cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup margarine

Mix the dough until it doesn't stick to your hands.  Put it in the refrigerator and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and spread it out in pan, pushing with your fingertips. Poke the crust with a fork and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  While the crust is baking, mix the filling.


1 1/2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

Mix it all together until it begins to thicken.  

After the crust has baked, fill the crust with the filling.  Use 1 teaspoon of lemon and lime zest and sprinkle the zest on top of the filling. 

Return the tart to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.  Refrigerate the tart at least 30 min. before eating, as it is best eaten cold.

Thanks Mom, for another fun day of shopping and baking.   I love you and am so thankful for you!

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