Tarts, Berries and Blooms

Well, here we are already with the first week of April coming to a close. Easter is drawing near, the sun is shining, things are looking greener and warmer weather is inching ever closer.
I’m enjoying the beauty of the season and see signs of spring all around me..in the grassy plumes of the daylilies, the joyful sing-song calling of the birds and the fresh little leaves on the trees. I can hardly wait for everything to burst out in its full splendor.

I’ve been feeling impatient for my flowers to start blooming so I picked up a few violas the other day to capture a little more of that springtime feel. My daughter was so excited to get her fingers in the dirt and start planting. Over and over, she said, “Please Mommy, is it time to start making our garden?” She got out her little shovel and watering can and was all set.

Once she had her fill of playing in the dirt, she noticed these blueberries that I had purchased the same day and wanted to get right into those too!

These big, blue, tasty berries were a key ingredient in some tarts I was making. And the left over berries? Well, she ate those faster than a wink!  
Our treat turned out quite delicious…and rather fattening too, since it had a cream cheese filling and an almond shortbread crust. Although sweets like that are a very occasional occurrence at our house, I’ve been thinking that I need to eliminate even more sugar from our diets.

Food-focused articles or documentaries are something that always capture my attention. Have you been hearing all the discussion lately about sugar? I worried about it before, but even more so now.
So, goodbye tarts…I bid you adieu. Blueberries, you can stay…and the flowers too. Oh look, that rhymed 🙂
I’m determined to be an even healthier eater…just enjoying all the delicious fruits and veggies that will soon be found springing up fresh from gardens all around town.  I can’t wait!
Well, I guess that’s all for now, sweet people. I hope you have a wonderful and joyous weekend. Happy Easter to you ♥
xo Tricia
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  • Tiffany

    Beautiful as always Tricia…Have a wonderful Easter.


    April 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Marge

    Tricia, these photos are sooo beautiful!!♥
    Happy Easter!
    Greetings from Finland,

    April 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm Reply
  • Jody and Stan

    What a beautiful post! Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I know everyone will love your photos! New Follower.


    April 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Ghirlanda di Popcorn

    Lovely post Tricia!
    Happy easter to you 🙂


    April 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Svenja

    Superlovely Post sweetie 🙂 i always Love your pictures!
    Wish you happy easter :)!!!
    The berrytarts Look sooo Good 🙂
    Hugs, Svenja

    April 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Your posts are always so pretty and up lifting!

    Those little tarts are so sweet…I wish I had the patience to make pretty little desserts.

    Happy Easter and Happy Spring ~

    April 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm Reply
  • Женя Joy_L

    so beautiful photos and yammy tarts

    April 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm Reply
  • Plateful

    I'm so in love with your photos, can't take my eyes off them, or stop pinning them!!

    April 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Home and Lifestyle

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures Tricia!

    Wish you and your family Happy Easter!!

    Hugs from Holland!


    April 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Sandra van Doorn

    stunning post again; i too am enjoying the first sign of spring. such a beautiful season. though i say that very season.
    your work is breathtakingly beautiful Tricia. i know i always say that too.

    April 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    I cannot wait for my Blueberries to start turning! You can make so many yummy creations with those little blue's!


    Hope you have a beautiful Easter Weekend!
    Just when you thought

    April 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Sílvia

    beautiful :)Happy easter!

    April 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Nely

    Dear Tricia your photos are so beautiful..
    Happy Easter!

    April 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Clara {Clover and Violet}

    Beautiful, I love the little violas! Your daughters dress is also so pretty!

    April 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • Ellie

    Your pictures are beautiful – your blueberry tarts look rather good too.

    April 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm Reply
  • A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    Such beautiful photos! I really really admire your food styling – it's SO hard to do – I struggle all the time with it! And did I mention how jealous I am that your spring actually looks like spring! No greenery or flowers in these parts! Just brown and winter storm warnings….ack!
    Happy Easter Weekend!

    April 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm Reply
  • Blueberry

    You inspire me to bake;)
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

    April 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Oh Tricia, another beautiufl post. your daughter's little hands filled with blueberries stole my heart. Have a blessed Easter.

    April 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Barb

    Oh no! please – I love seeing photos of the deliciously sweet things you create :)!! But then, any thing you do is pure eye candy *sigh*.

    April 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm Reply
  • lisa

    Tricia, these tarts look so yummy, and as always, your photographs are just beautiful!
    Sending you wishes for a wonderful Easter.

    April 6, 2012 at 8:08 pm Reply
  • Shabby Look

    Tricia, your pics are so beautiful!
    Have a happy Easter.
    Warm regards,

    April 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale

    oh yum! my daughter loves blueberries too…i think they are her fave. love the pic with your daughter holding the berries! well…of course i love all your pics though!! may i ask where the flowered spoon (or is it a fork?) came from? it's so cute!!!
    Happy Easter to you 🙂

    April 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • Deanne

    Your photos are gorgeous!
    If you change the sugar for dextrose you can still have your tart and eat it too!

    April 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    As usual these photos are divine! I love how you placed the violets in with the berries! And the one with the berries in your daughters hand…precious! Happy Easter to you! Xo

    April 7, 2012 at 12:07 am Reply
  • {OLIVIA}

    If I could jump right into your photos!! *sigh* you make everything look so lovely & beautiful & deeeeelish!

    April 7, 2012 at 1:28 am Reply
  • Low Tide High Style

    I've slowly been eliminating sugar from my diet and I do admit that I feel better. We don't keep too many sugary things in the house anyway, so it's been an easy transition…but those tarts could persuade me to indulge a little…yum!

    Happy Easter!


    April 7, 2012 at 1:49 am Reply
  • Dear Lillie

    Gorgeous, Tricia! Have a blessed Easter!

    April 7, 2012 at 5:12 am Reply
  • cathy @ma vie trouvee

    Oh I so wish I had one of those to eat right now with my afternoon tea! Beautiful photos! Happy Easter.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:29 am Reply
  • LizlovesVintage

    Where's your banner?? You need one my Friend!!
    Lovely photos of tarts! Yum
    Have a great Easter with your Family!
    xxx Liz

    April 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • unikorna

    Your little corner of the world is full of magic and beauty. Astonishing photos, your are very inspired :).

    April 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm Reply
  • Vickie @ Ranger 911

    Your blueberry tarts look too good to eat! They would make a beautiful centerpiece for an Easter brunch. happy Easter!

    April 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm Reply
  • SSM

    Dear Tricia,


    Have an even prettier weekend.


    April 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm Reply
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    April 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage

    Such fine photos today! Delicious! My grown son LOVES blueberiies. My DH too! Best thing for you! It's such a pleasure to visit your beautiful blog. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter, Tricia!

    April 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm Reply
  • Het Hoogerhuys

    Happy Easter to you Tricia.

    April 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm Reply
  • Tereza

    Love the pansies, I've just planted some yesterday because I was scared the frost might kill them, but hopefully they will be fine 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend, Tereza

    April 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    I just wanted to reach right into the computer and scoop that dessert right into my mouth, Tricia! Yum!

    Have a blessed and joyful Easter tomorrow, sweetie!

    xoxo laurie

    April 8, 2012 at 2:05 am Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    Another extra amazingly beautiful post. Have a wonderful Easter.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:25 am Reply
  • Georgianna

    Such a beautiful post, Tricia! I do understand your concerns about sugar. I love it but there's not much good that can be said about it.

    Happy Easter and enjoy at least a few chocolate eggs!

    xo – g

    April 8, 2012 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY

    tricia, wow!
    such breathtakingly beautiful shots!!

    i adore your divine photography!!
    happy easter to you and yours!

    April 8, 2012 at 10:20 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet Tricia, tarts, berries and blooms!! All my favorites!! 🙂 Those berries and the tarts are just soo yummiee! Happy Easter lovely friend! Have a lovely merry happy fullfilled day! Love to you!

    April 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

    I don't think I told you,but after I saw your post about the documentary: Fat, Sick and nearly Dead we're eating healthier ever since. I watched it and loved it!

    The pics are lovely.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Linda R

    Your photos always make me smile. So pretty my friend.. I do wish you and your family a Happy Easter.

    Hugs, Linda

    April 9, 2012 at 12:31 am Reply
  • michelle

    Beautiful photos! I can't wait to start planting and smell the flowers all around. I try to avoid sugar but I am really bad at it. I know I need to eat better.
    I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:58 am Reply
  • Michelle Renee

    Your photos are always delightful. I love them all..especially the hands holding the berries.

    Happy Easter!

    April 9, 2012 at 3:11 am Reply
  • tinajo

    Beautiful pics, I´m your newest Follower! 🙂

    April 9, 2012 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Donna

    Love the photos! Always beautiful…
    As to sugar, IF you use it in moderation there's nothing bad about it. We've heard SO many different reports over the years about eggs and butter…sigh…
    Moderation is the key…
    Those tarts look delicious Girl!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Val

    I can never tell you enough how much your photography makes me happy. Truly gorgeous.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:39 am Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Oh Tricia…exquisite photos…just makes me smile!

    April 10, 2012 at 3:03 am Reply
  • Sylvia

    Dear Trica,

    mmmmmh, what delicious pictures!

    Thank you for your kind words! I was very happy about it!

    hugs Sylvia

    April 10, 2012 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Cindy Garber Iverson

    I hope you had a lovely Easter. It's wonderful to hear that you've got signs of spring in your part of the country. I know they must be welcome right about now. I have to tell you that your photo of your daughters hands holding the blueberries has me mesmerized. I love how you shot it. Divine!

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

    April 10, 2012 at 11:33 am Reply
  • Danelle

    Your photos are always so beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Lara

    Hope you are having a great Tuesday. Such pretty pics – the viola one is so enchanting! Have you seen this Dr. Oz episode? It's about coconut sugar & how it doesn't spike blood sugar levels like white sugar does. I am the same way as you – anything health related catches my interest. I am sharing the link with you. I am going to buy some soon.. I bet WFM sells it.. but I only get out there once a month.. maybe TJ's has it? Take care!


    April 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Butterbean Row

    Beautiful photos as always! Yummmm…those tarts look so good! And blueberries are healthy, right?


    April 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Lorrie

    Your photos are stunning. And blueberries are so wonderful – they hardly need the work of a tart, delicious though that is! An occasional treat, as you say.

    April 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Pam

    That's so cute that your daughter is so excited to start making the garden! I went for quite a few years with eating very little sugar and no white flour and I really did feel better. Then they invented Coke Zero and I thought "What could one hurt?", now I've gone down the rabbit hole of sugary tasting things again. I need to get back to a more healthful lifestyle.

    April 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Rizzo

    Those blueberries look so yummy! I was so happy to see that spriqng is coming and that the blueberries are starting to bloom!

    April 11, 2012 at 2:23 am Reply
  • Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

    Just jaw-droppingly gorgeous, Tricia!
    Your photos make me smile.


    April 11, 2012 at 4:34 am Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    I have just a few blueberries growing on my bushes. But my neighbor has a huge bush, my just have to reach over the fence this year and grab some!

    I love the sweet shot of your daughter holding the berries. So very pretty!

    And I had not read anything recently about sugar. More bad news?

    April 11, 2012 at 4:42 am Reply
  • Dolce Vita

    Mmmmhhhhh!!! The tarte looks so good!

    April 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • very merry vintage style

    Gorgeous pictures! Stop by and link up if you have time-

    April 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm Reply
  • Kia

    Awww, how lovely! I'd love to try one of our little blueberry tarts, they looks so yummy. Love the little violas too. 🙂
    Your posts are always so pretty and up lifting! Thank you! ♥

    April 12, 2012 at 12:22 am Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    Funny, I was asked to
    bring dessert for Easter
    brunch and I made a
    blueberry tart, which
    I top with a bit of lemon
    zest and freshly whipped
    cream : ) I wish, now, I'd
    thought to take a picture
    of it! Your are gorgeous.
    I love your daughter's dress,

    xx Suzanne

    April 12, 2012 at 12:53 am Reply
  • Cindy

    This looks so yummy! Your photos are beautiful as usual, but I LOVE the blueberries in that sweet child's hands!

    April 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    Tricia my dear friend!!! I have missed your posts!!! So glad to be back on blogger now that my computer issues have been fixed!!! 🙂 Your photos are stunning, and those blueberry tarts are to die for!!! You've got me in a baking mood for sure!!! Too bad though…I have gained WAY TOO much weight and am now on a strict regimen! lol Anyway, looking forward to catching up on your posts!!! Happy Spring to you!!!


    April 13, 2012 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Between You and Me

    beautiful shots of your tart….your daughter's dress is precious!

    April 13, 2012 at 10:56 am Reply
  • Sandy

    I made a fruit covered tart not too long ago and it was pretty good, but I know that delicate crust was something I shouldn't indulge in either. Oh well, what's a person to do?

    Yours sure are special! just beautiful.

    Love your new header!

    have a wonderful and beautiful week-end!

    April 14, 2012 at 3:17 am Reply
  • Vintage Home

    oh my your desert looks yummy…but I think your daughters hands make a heart shape!…sweet pictures!

    April 14, 2012 at 4:41 am Reply
  • Brandi

    Your pictures are amazing! Always so beautiful!

    April 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm Reply
  • Stephani Cochran

    These photos are just gorgeous! I've started a new photo blog so I'm now following you under both of my blog accounts. Your photography is such an inspiration to me.

    April 16, 2012 at 2:50 am Reply
  • Blooming Rose Musings

    Trish, I hope you had a lovely Easter. Your blueberry tart looks delicious. I love the sight of your daughter's little hands and her sweet little dress. Have a wonderful week.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • Barefoot in Blue Jeans

    Oh those blueberries look so good. We have a blueberry farm around the corner from us and usually get some every year.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:23 am Reply
  • Mary Palumbo Collings

    I adore tarts… your photos are lovely…

    April 17, 2012 at 4:51 am Reply
  • Jody and Stan

    Your photos are amazing, the colors look so vibrant! Thanks for sharing…


    April 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Cherub Cottage

    Yes sugar is addicting I can a test to that, I am trying to do without that and salt…. Trying to taste the natural taste in the foods that I am preparing and eating and loving it 🙂 Loved the blueberry pics…

    April 27, 2012 at 5:01 am Reply
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