Happy Monday & a Yummy Summer Recipe

Monday, May 14, 2012

How was your weekend?  I hope you had time to do the things you enjoy.  Last night we celebrated Mother's Day at home.  I kept everything simple and most of the food was made ahead of time between sporting events.

I kept it simple because the important thing was spending time with this amazing woman.  Mom has shown me the true meaning of unconditional love and has always set the best example for me.  I love you Mom!

Have you ever had fruit pizza?  It is one of our family favorites - especially when made with fresh seasonal fruit.

Fruit Pizza

  • 18 oz. refrigerated cookie dough.  You can substitute with your favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe.
  • 8 oz.  package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring (almond, orange, or lemon)
  • fresh fruit (berries, kiwi, bananas, mandarin oranges, grapes)
  • 1/2 cup orange, peach, or apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line and ungreased 14" pizza pan with cookie dough.  Bake 12 minutes or until light brown.  Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract.  Spread over cookie crust.  Arrange fruit over cream cheese layer in any design you want.

In a small saucepan over low heat heat, make a glaze by heating preserves and water.  Brush glaze over fruit, making sure to cover the fruit that will turn dark.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I have wanted a charm necklace for as long as I can remember.  This year for Mother's Day my husband surprised me and I could not be happier!

Later this week, I hope to finally post on the stair runner.  Pinky swear.


  1. What a wonderful Mother's Day. You are a beautiful pair, and I adore your new charm!! Sounds like a perfect day...

  2. What a great photo of you and your mom! I also spied that pretty fiddle leaf fig in your dining room! Anxiously awaiting the stair reveal.... :)

  3. Your fruit pizza looks amazing! Looks like it was a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Such a cute post. WE are huge fans of fruit pizza over here as well. Although my mom always makes it. Maybe I need to give it a try. I love your new necklace and your outfit is adorable.

  5. What a perfect Mother's Day celebration, especially that you made the focus on spending time with your Mom. I was just looking for a dessert recipe for my book group which I am hosting this week, this fills the bill!

  6. Rene you look fantastic, and so does your mom...beautiful photos!
    I love your pretty dining room and it looks like you had a great weekend. And that dessert looks amazing too :)

  7. The perfect way to spend Mother's Day - with your mom! Thanks for the recipe - I have partaken of but never made a cookie dough fruit pizza before - it looks delicious.

  8. Sounds like a lovely Mother's Day for you and your Mom! Pretty photo of the two of you beautiful ladies! Can you believe I have never made a fruit pizza. That looks delicious....must try soon! I love your blouse Rene.

  9. I've made fruit pizza before, but it didn't have the preserves. I really like the sound of that and will try this.

  10. It looks like you had a wonderful Mother's day. Your fruit pizza looks incredible, I haven't tried one, but I think this is a must.

  11. Rene,
    I love the photo of you and your Mom! Looks by the smiles on your faces that in each other's company you are content!

  12. Happy Mothers Day Rene! You and your mom look so pretty, what a great picture. The fruit pizza looks delicious too, now I might need to go make some! Hope you had a wonderful day!

  13. Looks like you had a wonderful day celebrating Mom - I did the same. Just hung out and enjoyed the time with my Mom and my daughter. Life is good. And that fruit pie looks delicious!!

  14. Rene, your mom and you are so adorable!! And, I just have to say I am loving your dining room. The chandelier, the candelabras, paint color on the wall - so simple but elegant! So warm and inviting. Really super!

  15. Just wanted to say thank you for all the sweet comments! You all are the best!


  16. oh wow! cookie dough and fruit sounds amazing together!!



  17. Seems like a pretty perfect day for you and your mom. Simple is always best in my book. I wear my charm necklace every day!

  18. Great pic of you and your mom! P.S. Your dining room looks amazing!

  19. Looks delicious!! Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Janell

  20. You and your mom are so pretty!!! Love seeing the parents and the resemblance. The pizza looks delicious, and your Fiddle Leaf fig in the DR is so lovely!


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