bite size confetti poptarts

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So I teased you guys with these little guys a couple weeks ago on Instagram and then got all caught up in brunch prep and totally forgot to share! Which is so selfish because these bite size poptarts were one of my fave recipes so far, and they’re literally perfect for every occasion! Now, my pastry skills aren’t as pro as I’d like, so we were super lucky to team up with Lindsey from Sufficiently Suffonsified catering and get some extra help making these adorable little treats!

I was having the biggest craving for poptarts and thought how fun it would be to serve them at a brunch, so I came up with this idea to make bite size version that are totally addicting and perfect for sharing!

We adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but we didn’t make any cinnamon filled poptarts because I hate cinnamon. I’m the worst.

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For the pastry, you will need: 

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into little chunks
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk

+ 1 more large egg for brushing the pastry (don’t worry, we’ll show you that too!)

Making the pastry:

Step 1: Mix!

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Mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. You don’t need a mixer for this mix you’re going to get dirty, so don’t bother with that. Just mix it all together and then add the butter, using your fingers to massage everything until there are just little balls of butter visible, and everything lumps together when you squeeze it. If you’re familiar with pastry, this is pretty general stuff.

Step 2: Egg and Milk

In a separate bowl whisk up the one egg and then and your milk. Stir this mixture into the bowl from step 1. Use your fingers and incorporate everything together. You can knead it if you want/need to, just make sure you flour your counter first!

Step 3: Divide and Cool

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Divide your dough into two halves. Lindsey suggests wrapping the dough in plastic wrap and popping it in the fridge for a bit. It’s easier to work with this way, especially if you’re working in a hot kitchen, and mine pretty much always is hot. While the dough was chilling, we got down to business with the jam filling.

For the filling you will need:

3/4 cup jam
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water (in case you’re confused by this, which I was, you have to create a bit of a ratio situation, so for every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch you want an equal amount of water to even everything out. you don’t have to do this in a separate bowl if you don’t want to, but it helps to understand what you’re trying to do)

Making the filling:

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Mix the jam and the cornstarch/water mixture in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer, stirring for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. It seems pretty liquid at first but it will thicken up as it cools so don’t stress. The best part about the filling is you can use any kind of jam you want. We used triple berry because why not be wild, but if you have a favourite go ahead! You could also make chocolate poptarts if you’re into that, just melt about 9 tablespoons of chocolate chips or even use Nutella if you want! The possibilities are endless.

Assembling the poptarts:

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Depending on how long you decide to chill your dough, you’re going to want to take it out of the fridge and let it sit until it softens up. Lightly flour your workspace and get to work kneading that ball of dough. When it’s more workable, roll it out into a large rectangle, about  1/8″ thick.

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Use a pizza cutter to slice your dough into small rectangles. You can vary your cuttings depending on how small your want your poptarts. Each rectangle will be a top/bottom for a tart, and remember you need room for filling, so cut accordingly.

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Once you have all your little rectangles, it’s time to get started assembling! Crack your extra egg into a small bowl and quickly beat it. Use a brush to apply the egg to the surface of your rectangle. This will make sure the top layer “glues” to the bottom layer. Add a spoonful of filling and lay the top rectangle on top. Press the edges together with your fingertips and go around the edges with the tines of a fork, lightly pressing them together. Brush some more egg onto the surface of the top layer. Use your fork to prick little air holes into the top of the tart so that the steam can escape and they won’t billow up and explode in the oven.

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Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place your tarts on a lightly greased cookie tray or on parchment paper.

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Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, until their a light golden brown. Let them cool while you make the icing.

For the icing: 

You can use pretty much any icing you want for these guys. We wanted to make more of a glaze, so we used some icing sugar, water, and meringue powder. We didn’t measure, we just aimed for the quantity we needed (maybe about 2 cups) and then added enough water to bring it to the right consistency, and then about a tablespoon of meringue powder. You can play with those quantities, just taste along the way to see how you’re doing.

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You don’t want there to be too much icing on the tart or it doesn’t seem breakfasty (although okay, maybe the confetti sprinkles also affect how breakfast-appropriate these guys are, but whatever), so aim for a liquid-like consistency. Basically liquid enough to look super sheer on the tart, but not too liquid that it rolls right off the pastry. Aim for about this:

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Now for the most fun part: decorate! I fell in love with the confetti sprinkles so thats what I used, and they ended up looking so fun, definitely party-like. You could use anything though, or even just some powdered sugar or cinnamon if you’re into that 🙂 So there you have it, the perfect bite size treat to make breakfast (okay, or any time!) feel like a mini party!

ImageHappy weekend Party Girls!

a very lucky brunch

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Party Girls! We’ve been crazy busy today (sadly without any green beer!) but we wanted to share some fun little details from our St. Patrick’s Day brunch this past Sunday!

There’s nothing we love better than sleeping in and sipping champagne before noon, so themed brunches are pretty much our favourite kind of party.

Here’s a little snapshot of our brunch table this year!

Image Flowers are the perfect way to brighten up any table, and I have a love affair with spring tulips, so these bold colours were a must have when I stumbled upon them at the market Saturday. I separated them into a few different vases like an old chalkboard candle holder and an old brandy decanter I picked up at a garage sale this weekend. We used glitter tape and some matte place cards to make little food labels. My favourite was “clouds” for the whipped cream can. I think I was the only one amused though!

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This year I decided to play up the whole leprechaun and pot of gold at the end of the rainbow theme, so I made a giant fruit platter using rainbow coloured fruits and rainbow jello shots, because it’s not St. Patrick’s Day brunch without a little spiked punch right?

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If you follow us on Facebook you might have seen how hard it was to choose the menu this year. I got super hung up on desserts and realized I couldn’t justify an entire brunch of cake (darn!) so I perused magazines and Pinterest and my entire family to share their favourite brunch dishes. We ended up with crunch maple bacon on skewers (so it was easier to load up without getting greasy, plus it looked extra cute!), homemade donuts, devilled eggs (green, of course!), pancakes, and mini pastries. We also tried a recipe from this month’s Chatelaine for egg and toast tartlets which you can see on the platter out front, and they turned out super well! A fun way to give everybody their own full breakfast in a muffin-sized portion!

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Of course we also had mimosas, because no brunch menu is complete unless you can slip a bit of completely appropriate champagne in there!

We decided to give everybody a little gift to make it feel extra special! We got really lucky because while I was out binge shopping I found the cutest little Lucky Clover grow kits for growing your own shamrocks right at home. It’s the perfect little gift because it suited the theme so well, but it’s also a fun token for people to DIY at home! I found some polka dot kraft bags at The Paper Place and tied little green tags with ribbon and wrote the names of our guests on them. I displayed them in my lap desk, which totally looks like a suitcase when open, but was super light and took up hardly any space on the table, which left more room for food!

All in all it was a super fun afternoon! It was nice to just veg out on the couch catching up with friends, making fun of hangovers, and pretending Monday wasn’t around the corner. Oh, and did I mention how nice the champagne was?

Hope you all had a fun St. Patrick’s Day!

pot of gold cupcakes

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So we all know how obsessed I am with cupcakes, and so I try to find a way to make every occasion cupcake friendly. When we brainstormed this sweet little St. Patrick’s Day topper we realized it was the perfect [last minute] decorating idea for making your day a little more Irish, without having to break the bank, or get crazy with those scissors cutting out intricate printables.

We wanted to share this little pot of gold/rainbow cupcake idea to give you a little inspiration!

We made really simple vanilla cupcakes with white icing (like a cloud!) and rainbow sprinkles to set the scene, and then made these really easy glitter pots of gold to go on top. It seemed almost too easy but we loved how it turned out!

Grab some glitter and make your own little pots of gold to hide at the end of those sweet cupcake rainbows Party Girls!

coffee and a donut

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Happy Wednesday!

We may not be able to see the streets of Toronto through all that white, but it’s feeling pretty green in here as we celebrate our inner Irish with these super cute coffee sleeves!

If you’re warming up with some Starbucks treats get one of these little St. Patrick’s Day downloads to brighten up your snowy afternoon!

Rotated Close Up Coffee

Choose your fave or give one to a friend and get into the weekend spirit early!

Remember to right click and open in a new tab to save. Print on card stock for best results.

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some extra tech swag

Good morning Party Girls!

I had someone ask if I could make a smaller iPhone lock screen calendar, more like February’s size. As someone who is super fickle with my backgrounds who am I to judge, so of course I said yes! And then when I was fidgeting with the size I realized I didn’t like how bleached the pink background turned when you set the lock screen, and so as such here is a completely new lock screen calendar a little smaller (which I have to admit I like better!) and a little mintier (because why not?).

Hope you like it!

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P.S. – I actually really love hearing from you guys, and your feedback has been so positive! I’m glad you guys are getting excited with me as we start what I hope will be a really long and exciting friendship on The Party Girl 🙂

tech makeover – march

Happy March! If any of you live in the Toronto area you know that March brought us a super fun little snowstorm Saturday night so I’m not feeling as “spring-y” as I was when I made this month’s calendar. Still, the little floral wreath is a pretty cheerful reminder of what’s to come!

Get your downloads for March and make your tech a little fancy too!

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*remember to right click and open in a new tab and save image from there for highest quality!

March Calendar

iPhone lock screen wallpaper

March iPhone Calendar Final

iPhone 5 lock screen wallpaper

Surprise! I felt a little bad because some helpful ladies mentioned the calendars wouldn’t stretch properly for the 5, so I had a little somebody test it out on her phone and this one should fit perfectly!

iPhone 5 March Calendar

Have a great March lovelies!