So I am a VERY creative individual. Growing up everyone told me I should be an artist. Drawing was my thing. In high school, if something needed designed, I was the go-to-girl. Backdrop for the Homecoming float? I’m all about it. Run-through for the basketball game? Count me in! As I’ve grown into adulthood, though, I’ve found my time to sit down and draw has rapidly diminished (minus a 30 day sketch challenge with my granny two-years ago). Although, it has evolved in other directions. My creativity has spilled out into other arenas of my life. Into my fashion and wardrobe. My make-up. My hair. My apartment and interior design. Into my booth at the Farmer’s Market. And the biggest arena: my FOOD. My artsy, creativeness has flowed into my kitchen most of all, clearly since BAKER is my job-title. This week at work, my bosses gave me the green-light to make pies. I LOVE making pies, it seems like one of the most creative desserts to me. Making the crust. Fluting. Toppings. Flavors. I was in my own personal Heaven to say the least.
As I stood at the market two weeks ago, I kept seeing these gorgeous blueberries coming from Ernie’s booth. I was determined to get me some of them. My gears sped into over-drive with ideas on what I wanted to do with those blueberries. As the market went along the recipe kept evolving. As I talked to customers, I kept conceptualizing. Finally, last Tuesday, I made the recipe. WOW! There is this unbelievable high I get from creating food. From making something that I’d spent so long thinking up. From making something that I just KNOW is delicious and amazing! This photo is evidence of said amazingness. Just look at my mom and nephew. Look at the plate. Notice how the tart was absolutely destroyed and gone. So now my website, my booth, my job, and you reading this get to benefit from my creativity. Although, my artsiness has been on the upswing lately. I had my friend Julie over a few weeks ago to work on painting a table cloth. My other friend Mary had given me one to be a wind-blocker, but like my car, it looked boring so I decided to paint on it. Here is the result:
What’s been on my thought flow lately is about tribes and the people you surround yourself with. Surround yourself with people who represent where you are going. Who you want to be today. People who inspire you. Who make you want to be better. I personally, want to be around people who motivate me. Artsy, creative types. Passion driven people. People going for and obtaining their goals and dreams. Outdoorsy people. People who crave Nature. Who want to hike. Who want to camp.Who want to get lost in the mountains. Sustainable people. People who believe in possibilities. Positive vibe people. People who believe in magic and miracles. Active people. People you can hit the yoga mat with. People you can just be with effortlessly. People who you can turn off all the distractions with and have REAL conversations. Wild souls and free-spirits. Wanderers and thinkers. Dreamers. Lovers.
Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Tarts
- 2 cups Blueberries (mine were farm-fresh)
- Drizzle of honey (this too came from a local farmer)
- Shredded Basil
- 10 oz. Goat Cheese
- 2/3 cup Sour Cream
- 2 pasture-raised eggs (mine came from L & A Farms)
- 1/2 cup local honey
- 8 tbsp lard (mine came from the Bloomington Farmer’s Market)
- 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 pasture-raised egg
- a few basil leaves
- 2 cups quinoa flour
To Make: Process all the crust ingredients in a food processor. Pat into a tart pan. Put some fork holes in the bottom. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Process the filling ingredients. Bake for 30 minutes, or until it is no longer jiggly. Allow to cool.
Sprinkle top with blueberries. Add in some shredded basil. Drizzle honey on the top. Slice and enjoy!!!!