The Owens Family

The Owens Family

Monday, March 14, 2011

Homemade Pop Tarts

My husband loves to eat pop tarts, but they aren't exactly the cheapest thing to buy. So I decided to make them myself. They actually turned out great! I got the recipe from Here's the recipe:
For the Pastry:
2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 large egg
2 tbsp milk

1 additional egg (to brush on pastry)

Cinnamon Filling
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp all-purpose flour

Whisk the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together.

To make the pastry:
Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter with your fingers or a pastry blender until pea-sized lumps of butter are still visible and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it. Whisk the first egg and milk together and stir them into the dough, mixing just until everything is cohesive, kneading briefly on a well-floured counter if necessary. Divide dough in half, shape each half into a smooth rectangle, about 3x5 inches. Place one piece on a lightly floured surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8" thick, large enough that you c an trim it to an even 9"x12". Repeat this with the second piece of dough. Set trimmings aside. Cut each piece of dough into thirds -you'll form nine 3"x4" rectangles.
Beat the additional egg and brush it over the entire surface of the first dough. This will be the inside of the tart; the egg is to help glue the lid on. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into center of each rectangle, keeping a bare 1/2" perimeter around it. Place a second rectangle of dough atop the first, using your fingertips to press firmly around the pocket of filling, sealing the dough well on all sides. Press the tines of a fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining tarts.
Gently place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork; you want to make sure the steam can escape, or the tarts will become billowy pillows rather than flat toaster pastries. Refrigerate the tarts for 30 minutes, while you preheat the oven to 350*F.
Remove the tarts from the fridge and bake them for 20-25 minutes, until they are a light golden brown. Cool in pan on rack.

They are super easy to make and taste delicious! And it is way cheaper than buying them. Another plus is you can try different fillings and put your own twist on them! Hope you all enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First Blog Post!

Ok so I have decided to start a blog to record all the fun and exciting things that happen as a Stay At Home Mom! I'm usually not very creative, but want to give it a try! So let me tell you a little bit about our family!
Scott and I had our first date on November 6, 2008. It definitely was far from normal. He took me out for some sightseeing in the desert at night. He took me out to Robbin's Butte, Arlington, north end of Watson Road, and ended the night by taking me to a little hilltop north of Miller Road. We stayed up all night just talking, listening to music, and getting to know each other. It was by far the best date ever! We married the following year on October 23, 2009. We had a small ceremony and reception with our family and friends. At this point I didn't think life could get any better! Little did I know that would quickly change.
February 2010 was a month that changed our lives! We found out we were pregnant with our first child! We were due September 22, 2010. Our hearts were filled with joy and excitement for what was in store! We found out we were having a girl and decided to name her Ryelynn Marie Svea Owens. I know it's a mouthful :), but we gave her my name as a middle name to carry on the name of my FarMor (father's mother).

Ryelynn graced us with her presence on September 16, 2010 at 11:03am. She weighed 6 lbs 2 oz and was 18 inches long! Tiny just like her mommy! We were elated with joy at the sight of our beautiful healthy daughter! Life truly couldn't get any better! Ever since I have had fun staying home with Ryelynn. I am truly blessed to have the ability to get to stay home with her!