Good Things in Small Packages

This is our final birthday post of the summer. We’ve been finished celebrating for a few weeks now and are just about ready to get back to our international and stateside cooking…just in time for school to start. Where did this summer go?! (Well, maybe we have some idea where this summer went.)

Miss A’s swim lessons.

Anyway, as many of you may remember, the kids get to request a special birthday meal and dessert as part of their birthday celebrations. Mr. N requested Sesame Chicken and his rather elaborate homemade birthday cake. Well, Miss A took it a little easier on me this year. She wanted pasta in a cheesy sauce and a cherry crisp. Pasta sauce and pies/crisps are totally in my wheel house. They are the two food groups that I LOVE to cook and often do without a recipe. They are totally in my comfort zone.

Cowabunga Mr. N!

Now being as how we had been on dessert overload at this time – Mr. N’s cake, Miss A’s Barbie cake, 4th of July cupcakes, a strawberry rhubarb pie and we even had some of the Romanian sugar cream cake around still then too – I wanted to go for something a little more healthy and with a few less servings. So Miss A and I whipped together some Individual Cherry Crisps.

We started by greasing some ramekins with butter (Okay, so maybe it didn’t start out so healthy…).

Next we pitted the cherries.

Then Miss A pulsed the cherries in the food processor a few times.

We mixed the chopped cherries with some honey and lime zest and spooned them into the ramekins.

For the topping, Miss A used her trusty pastry blender (She’s so good she does this with her eyes closed now!) to mix together the oats, wheat flour, wheat germ, flax meal, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. She also cut in a little butter for us as well.

Finally we sprinkled the dry mixture over the cherries, placed the ramekins on a baking sheet and baked them at 350F for about 35 minutes.

The beauty of these crisps – they are easy and can really be customized to suit individual tastes. You could opt for white sugar instead of brown, white flour in place of wheat, skip the wheat germ and flax meal, add a little vanilla in place of lime, etc. Trust me, it’s hard to screw up a crisp. We also had Mike make some fresh lime infused whipped cream to top our crisps. Mmmmmm!

The individual cherry crisps were a success all around. Mike gave the crisps 3 spoons which was the lowest rating of the bunch, and since we had five ramekins that meant he didn’t get seconds. ;)

Mr. N and I gave them 3-1/2 spoons. He especially liked the whipped cream.

As for Miss A…well, she awoke that morning and asked, “Am I really four now?”

We assured her that yes, she really is four now. Then she said, “Yes! I’m almost five!”

Whoa Miss A! One year at a time. It’s already going way too fast…So for now, Miss A will stay four and give the cherry crisp 4 spoons too!

We’ve got a few more special recipes before we head to our next country, and we’ll be back later in the week with one that’s fast becoming a favorite meal for Mike and I. Until, then we’re going to finish another celebration…Mr. N’s theatrical debut. (Yes, it’s been a busy summer!) Have a great week everyone!

Mr. N as Shere Khan the tiger in The Jungle Book.

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42 comments on “Good Things in Small Packages

  1. [...] had remembered this post from Kristy’s blog, Eat, Play, Love, and thought it might be pretty darn amazing with some [...]

  2. Courtney says:

    Oh my gosh, Kristy – we just made these tonight (subbing in blackberries and lemon zest for cherries and lime zest) and it was absolutely amazing! It was a good thing I only made one serving each for us, or it would’ve been a gluttonous event! Hope you guys are doing well – I’m thinking I should be back this week, once I get my oldest off to kindergarten!

    • Kristy says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed these. And blackberries sound fabulous. I’ll have to whip that up sometime. :) Can’t wait for you to come back Courtney! Good luck with the first day of kindergarten!!!!

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Hehee I love how Ms. A thinks that she’s going to be five soon. REALLY cute! Isn’t that great that they want to be older and want to age? I don’t even know my age anymore but don’t want to gain any more age or wrinkle or white hair! lol. I love the cherry crisp. Just finished a bowl of fresh raw cherries. I still have some left so I should make this!

  4. Karista says:

    Awww… So absolutely precious! And love the cherry crisps too :)

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  6. Purely.. Kay says:

    Okay.. have I been gone that long, so where Mr. N and Miss A look so big? They will always be the cutest little people I ever met though :). I love these photos Kristy and of course I love this blog. So Congrats on being featured, tomorrow, on my blog! :). I missed you guys

  7. This is so cute! Your pictures are gorgeous!
    And this cherry treat looks so good, I need to make more things with cherries!

  8. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles says:

    I especially like the first photo – there’s a timeless almost ethereal quality to it; beautiful. Congratulations Mr. N on your performance in the Jungle Book – I know that you have been working hard in drama practise and I have no doubt that you were amazing on show day! Sounds like you and your sister had fabulous birthdays. You can sign me up for that lime infused whipped cream any day – how delicious!!

  9. Your kids are adorable! I love the cherry crisp! Looks so good.

  10. Karen says:

    A perfect ending to your birthday celebration.

  11. Oh how fun! Yes good things do come in small packages. your post just made me smile and so thankful for the moments I spend with my children. I love the pic of Miss A eating her ice cream! Girl after my own heart:) LOL!

  12. I remember those days when my kids were younger, it seems like just yesterday. Birthdays were HUGE and so special, although they still are but just without the birthday parties. We’re in the midst of celebrating our kids as well. My youngest turned 23 on the first and my oldest 26 on the 17th. I’m making one big cake this week to celebrate both so I hope you’ll stop by to check it out.

    All your birthday dishes look delicious. I love your cherry pitter!

    • Kristy says:

      Thank you Vicki! It goes so fast doesn’t it?! I’ll make sure to stop by and check out your cake. Many birthday wishes back to your family as well. :)

  13. spicegirlfla says:

    Summer is just not the same without little ones around!! I love that you share your family pics with us, it brings a smile to my face to see them having fun and being silly! Miss A is my kind of girl, Iove pasta too and the cherry crumble is awesome. Cherries were my dad’s favorite, so I would always try to come up with a dessert containing cherries for him. I’m always a fan of the individual desserts, helps to control 2nds (and 3rds) and always seems special, like a special dessert just for a 4 year old, soon to be 5…oh, boy!!

  14. Eva Taylor says:

    Great photos Kristy, I particularly like the swim lesson shot. Cherry crisp sounds incredible!

  15. rsmacaalay says:

    I so love that cute face. You have such a lovely kids

  16. Looks like you have been having a great summer :)
    This was a wonderful post to read Kristy, I am with Charles, I loved the picture with Mr. N behind Miss A, just precious! and I am in love with the individual cherry crisps. Indeed healthier and less portions to worry about when cravings hit late at night

  17. hotlyspiced says:

    Miss A is so cute. What a great dessert. We have the same cherry stoner. I love the gadget Miss A is using to cut in the butter. My mother used to have one of those in the days before food processors were invented. I’d like to get one of those. Haven’t seen one for years. Happy birthday to Miss A xx

  18. Dawn says:

    What adorable pictures!!! The crisp looks delicious, and nice job on getting out of another cake, even though you did so well last time!

  19. Your children are just beautiful, Kristy! What precious enthusiasm they have! Are you “ready” for school to begin, or dreading it just a little bit? I can remember having both feelings at exactly the same time! Ha! Miss A is so intent on pitting those cherries, and I think her birthday choices are just perfect for my special occasions, too! The photo of Miss A and her swim school friends is just precious…suitable for framing! :-) Debra

    • Kristy says:

      Oh it’s totally bittersweet Debra…going to absolutely miss having the kids around and the fun carefree times we’ve had all summer. Yet there is something about the comfortable routine of the school year. ;)

  20. ChgoJohn says:

    Such a great post, Kristy! Loved the action shot of Mr N and the swimming class pic is one that you’ll treasure in the years to come. And what a great — and simple — crisp recipe. Making individual servings was such a good idea and one perfectly suited to my house. I just might have to “borrow” it. :)

  21. Norma Chang says:

    You have such a knack of taking the best angle and cutest photos of your children.

  22. Miss A is the cutest my friend, her taste is awesome just like her mum :D
    This beautiful crisp has me drooling!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  23. joshuafagans says:

    We are approaching a birthday as well and the days are being counted down several times over any 24 hour period. Wonderfully fun!

  24. Charles says:

    First of all, I have to say – that third photo of Mr. N behind Miss. A… ahahahahahaha. I so wasn’t expecting that. I was scrolling down and reading along and then came across that and literally burst out laughing – such a cool photo :D

    Great photo of the guy playing it up on stage too. What sort of play was it? Musical?

    Lovely looking dessert and that whipped cream on top looks fantastic.

  25. I enjoyed your summery photos.. what a lovely cherry crisp! We’ve got some cherries here.. big fat ones that would be lovely in a crisp.. thanks for the inspiration! xx

  26. Ha, there’s no mistaking that hair, even from behind. Great photos. Looks like a great summer.

  27. sallybr says:

    It was worth the wait! Absolutely hearth-melting, this post should go to the Hall of Fame of All Things Food Bloggable

    love all photos, the shot of the swimming lessons was particularly beautiful

    Cherry crisp… I wouldn’t have guessed that one

  28. A_Boleyn says:

    Of course the best little packages are the ones like the three little girls waiting for their swimming lessons cause who knows what insightful, witty or just plain funny comments are inside THEM. :)

    Love the ramekins filled with cherries as well. I made cherry crumble bars with part of the 11 cups of pitted cherries I ended up with. Yummy. I really liked your cherry pitter. It’s newer and snazzy compared to my trusty old tool which I adore and never fully appreciated before this.

    Look forward to the theatrical news.

  29. Courtney says:

    You guys have been busy! I love that Miss A wants to be five already… my oldest counts down until his half birthday, just so he can say he’s — and a half years old. They all just need to stay little for a bit longer. :) I love how easy these crisps are and how you made them healthier… I might be able to swing some of those around here. :)

    • Kristy says:

      I’d love a way to keep them little for longer. I can’t believe Mr. N is 8 now! Your oldest is a doll! I remember counting down to my half birthdays too. In fact, I thought they should be celebrated. ;)

  30. What a lovely post Kristy.
    :-) Mandy
    PS. Sorry Mike that you only got one serving of this lovely pudding.

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