Raise your hand if late afternoon can sometimes be an “I wanna pull my hair out” experience? Oh, you too? Glad it’s not just me!
Sometimes 3:00 rolls around and I am just DONE. Whether I’ve had a full day with Vivi or a long day of shooting – it’s hard not to let that 3:00 slump affect the rest of my day and then letting it spill over into our evening. My sweet husband has walked into the lion’s den a few times – and I really don’t like setting the tone for the end of the day that way. I’ve tried to keep a few tricks up my sleeve to combat those mid afternoon blues – like grabbing a coffee from my favorite local brew house if I’m out or if I’m at home, lighting a candle in my work space.
Glade has a new line of spring scents available now including Blooming Peony and Cherry – a combination of blooming peony, pink roses and a touch of cherry – that is an instant uplifting mood booster. It’s a perfect turn-my-day-around scent and when this girl has a little extra boost, watch out!
Another one of my favorite things to do to change the way I’m feeling in the afternoon is to plan a dessert to share with my husband after Vivi goes to bed. I like to send him up to do the bedtime routine and surprise him with a little treat just for the two of us. A little mini dessert date, if you will. The flirty, sweet notes of Glade’s Blooming Peony and Cherry inspired these adorable and super easy hand pies and with Sarah’s recipe you can’t go wrong. I can’t think of a better way to my guy’s heart than through a surprise dessert.
Cherry Hand Pies
- 1 pckg refrigerated pie dough
- 2 c. frozen pitted cherries
- 3 c. granulated sugar
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 1/4 c. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. cherry flavoring (you can substitute almond flavoring)
- 1 pouch liquid pectin
- 1/4 c. powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
Start by making the filling:
- Chop cherries.
- Whisk granulated sugar and cocoa together.
- Combine cherries, sugar mixture and lemon juice in a large pot.
- Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often. When mixture begins to boil, add butter.
- When the mixture returns to a boil, add the pectin.
- Boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat, stir in cherry flavoring.
- Let cool.
To make the hand pies:
- Using a cookie cutter, cut an equal number of heat shapes out of the pie dough.
- Add about 1 Tbsp of the cherry preserves to the center of half of the hearts.
- Place a heart on top of every filled heart and use a fork to press and seal.
- Bake in a 425º oven for ten minutes. Reduce the heat to 350º for 5 minutes. If the pies are getting too brown, cover them with tinfoil.
- While the pies are cooling, prepare the glaze.
- Mix the powdered sugar and the milk. You can also add a little red food coloring if you want to tint the glaze pink.
I like to add the glaze when the pies are still a little warm so that it gets a nice sheen and it’s not too thick. If you want to be a little extra flirty with it, you can add some sprinkles!
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