Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Pink Lemonade Birthday Tartlets

"You know how I remember what day your birthday is?" my uncle asked me, fourteen years ago today.
"No, how?" I inquired, curious and excited about the fact that my uncle cared so much about my special day that he had actually developed a method for remembering it.

"You were born on the same day as Elvis," he announced. "So, when it's his birthday, that means it's yours, too."
Yea, it was a bit of a let-down - especially from the perspective of a slightly self-involved, 13-year-old girl.

Let's be honest: sharing your birthday with a celebrity who died before you were even born is about as exciting as the dual Christmas/Birthday gifts you're destined to receive as a penalty for popping out in such close proximity to the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year. (Sad, but true.)

Anyway, all joking aside, I have actually grown to appreciate my birthday (even if I am ready for the years to stop passing me by already!).

I like that it's usually snowy outside, and I love the fact that CH lets me celebrate "The Eve of My Birth," just because both of the nearby holidays have "Eve" celebrations as well...

I also appreciate the amazingly creative b-day activities that my parents initiated over the years, especially since pool parties weren't exactly an option. (Lip syncing to "Kokomo," going on a "peanut hunt," and cracking open a fish-shaped piƱata are just a few memories that come to mind.)

But that's enough reminiscing - let's get to dessert!

Since I'm not much of a cake person, and it's just me and CH this year, I decided to make "Pink Lemonade Tartlets." I found the recipe in Hannah's genius cookbook, "My Sweet Vegan."

And, not only were the tartlets super-easy to make, but they turned out to be both delicious and adorable. They also contained just the right amount of sweetness, and were really fresh and summery tasting.

Oh, and even though the recipe was supposed to make 24 mini-tartlets, I decided to go ahead and turn them into 12 giant tarts. Because, well... it is Elvis' birthday after all.


  1. Happy Birthday to you!!! (and elvis I guess, haha!) Those tartletts are so pretty! I am imagining tasting one right now.... yum. I would imagine there are lots of different combos you could come up with for them. Hope you had a fabulous birthday!!

  2. Happy Birthday! I hope that you have a full day of festivities planned, but those tartlets look like a fabulous way to get things started!

  3. Happy Birthday! Those look like a rewarding treat. =)

  4. Those are so adorable- they completely cheered me up after a bad day. Have a great birthday!

  5. These look tasty. I love raspberries!

  6. Happy, happy birthday! And what a great way to spend it - eating treats from My Sweet Vegan! I actually just received my copy in the mail today (and I ran home from the mailbox screaming happily). Since your tarts look so delicious, and because you said the recipe was easy (not all of Hannah's are), I am going to go look at the recipe again right now!

  7. Happy birthday!!!! (And happy birthday to Elvis haha.)

    Those tartlets are just beautiful!


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