Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Eat Dessert First

"Eat Dessert First"

Well, that's always been my motto!

offered a copy of her recently published family cookbook

to two of her readers.  I'm happy to say, I was one of the lucky two.

This beautiful book arrived in my mailbox.

Photos, Purple Chocolate Home

I'm a fan and long time follower of Purple Chocolate Home 

and admire Jacqueline's creative talents.

Not only is she an amazing cook, she is also very creative

and dramatic with the way she styles and presents food.

Jacqueline's talent also extends to the 

beautiful tablescapes she creates when she  

entertains her large family or friends.

Jacqueline's book is full of wonderful recipes 

collected from family and friends through the years.

It begins, as the title proclaims, with desserts.  

Lots of delicious desserts!

Recipes for appetizers, entrées, and soups and salads

 follow up to complete the book.

                             Hyacinths for the Soul                                           More Fun Less Laundry

My friend and fellow blogger, Linda @ More Fun Less Laundry,

also received a copy of Eat Dessert First.

We thought it would be fun to each share a special post on

one of the recipes in this fun cookbook.

My choice was Jackie's amazing

Key Lime Pie

Photo Collage, Purple Chocolate Home

You'll find Jacqueline's original post on this 

dessert complete with recipe here.

Noted as "a southern comfort food", Jacqueline used her recipe

to spotlight  her review of Michael Lee West's

Gone With A Handsomer Man.

The recipe works just as well for individual tarts.

Just make the graham cracker crusts in individual muffin tins.

Key Lime Tarts are the perfect summertime treat!

I took my tray of summer treats over to a friend's home.

She has a bright purple bench on her porch.

Perfect spot for honoring Purple Chocolate Home!

As Jacqueline points out in her post,

key limes are "tiny little devils".

One has to squeeze a bag full of key limes for the cup 

of fresh lime juice needed for the recipe.

Oh, the wonderful 

fragrance of fresh limes!

The stack of vintage porcelain plates are 

Wkdbrzych, made in Poland,

and the flatware is Sir Christopher by Wallace.

The reproduction jadeite cup and cake stand were

recent finds when shopping in the quaint village of Gruene, TX.

I wish I could tell you who makes these, but they are unmarked.

I found four of the cups and the cake stand on a sale table.

They were too charming to leave behind!

Sweet whipped cream and fresh lime slices

finish off these delectable little desserts.

To quote Jacqueline's husband,

"The texture ranks right up there with the flavor!"

Thank you, Jacqueline for the gift of this wonderful cookbook.

I'll make certain to Eat Dessert First!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Click here to view Linda's post @

More Fun Less Laundry.

Vist Jacqueline here @ Purple Chocolate Home.

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The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. How special, Sarah! Your dessert tarts presentation, along with your neighbor's purple bench and your jadeite (regardless of its pedigree, who cares?!) look outstanding. That's a choice dessert for me!

  2. How special, Sarah! Your dessert tarts presentation, along with your neighbor's purple bench and your jadeite (regardless of its pedigree, who cares?!) look outstanding. That's a choice dessert for me!

  3. Hi Sarah, Your key lime tarts look like the perfect dessert for a hot summer day! I thought about making these, but then I thought about those "tiny little devils" and how many would be needed, but I do think they are worth the trouble! The scent and taste are so refreshing. Your silver bowl is the perfect place to display these little green delights. I'll have a tart on a beautiful porcelain dish, please. I can imagine Teeny sitting down with one, comfort food while waiting for her handsomer man. Linda

  4. Sarah, you and Linda are certainly two lucky girls! This is a such a lovely cookbook, the photography is fabulous and the desserts look delicious. . I love key lime pie and I make it often. I will have to try this recipe, love your presentation of individual pies on the tray. Nice your neighbor has the purple bench, perfect! Now I'm off to visit Linda…..

  5. How lucky are you and Linda, Sarah! Your presentation is just so perfect, with the individual lime tarts. Serving them on a lovely tray, on your friend's purple bench is such a sweet way to honor Jacqueline.

  6. Your Key Lime Tarts look delicious Sarah and what a beautiful tray and presentation on your friend's purple bench! I'm coveting your pretty new jadeite, especially that gorgeous cake stand with the pattern on the underside! Congratulations on winning Jacqueline's cookbook. I love seeing a dessert duo from both you and Linda. ♥

  7. Well that looks really yummy and sounds like it too! I love your jadite type pieces.

    You always make things beautiful, Sarah. :)

  8. Wow - what a presentation!! Lucky you to receive this cookbook! I adore your fork, so unique....and the jadeite is lovely!

  9. I'm so glad you were lucky enough to win that fabulous book so you could create those delicious looking key lime tarts! My mouth is watering! Great presentation of the dessert and the book!

  10. What a luscious looking key lime pie/tart! Yum! The cookbook looks like it's full of tempting treats.

  11. OMG, that dessert looks so yummy, Sarah. So lucky of you to win Jacqueline's recipe book. Congrats!....Christine

  12. Sarah, what a "sweet" post! I would love to sample one of those luscious key lime tarts. Congratulations on your win! Your jadeite is so pretty.

  13. Well this dessert looks absolutely decadent! Your tray of goodies looks just perfect on the purple bench. Now I'm off to go visit Jacqueline!

  14. Well this was a delicious looking post and I am with you...dessert first!! Just don't tell my kids. Shhh! ;)

  15. Such a fabulous win and of course we should eat dessert first-especially this beauty of a recipe!
    Great to have you share this on TOHOT!

  16. I love key lime pie so this looks amazing. Now I'm going to find something special to eat on my birthday today! I know where they make wonderful cupcakes!!

  17. Sarah, what great post! The cookbook looks amazing. I love Jacqueline's blog; and her culinary skills are superb! What a lucky win for you! Key lime pie is one of my favorites; and I could almost smell and taste it through my computer!

  18. Oh, lucky you, sweet friend, it sounds such a charming, precious gift !!!
    Enjoy your book and have much fun making your desserts ... and tasting them too :) !!!

    Hope you're having a beautiful week I'm sending much love to you


  19. What a lovely review of Jacqueline's book! I love her blog!

  20. All I have to say is YUM!!!!! Your tart not only looks positively delicious, but also should grace the cover of a magazine!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, sweet Sarah.

  21. Sarah, your post is delightful! I just came back from a Florida vacation, and had, hands down, the best Key Lime Pie I've ever had! So fresh, and the lime flavor was balanced just right so that it didn't overpower the overall taste. I'm with you, there's nothing like the flavor of limes. Love your Wallace flatware and that dessert tray is utterly charming, as is that lovely pillow with embroidered fruit. Thank you for the entertaining and wonderful respite!

  22. I can almost taste those tarts. Loved the post!

  23. Lovin' your adorable little cake stand Sarah! The tarts sound great and I'm sure you'll enjoy the book:@)

  24. I am right there with you...Eat Desert First! And key lime pie is one of my favorites. sheila

  25. Key lime pie is one of my favorites so I can't wait to try these! Thank you for so faithfully joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You are a treasured blogging friend.

  26. Sarah- you always create a beautiful setting for wonderful treats-
    and key lime pie-
    oh my-
    Thank you for being at TOHOT!

  27. Congratulations on winning the book. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures with us.

    Your table setting is lovely.

  28. How fabulous, I am totally a dessert person and would happily eat it first and seconds too


  29. Sarah, what a lovely cookbook...of course the title had me. I have always loved desserts and the key lime pie looks amazing and the presentation is fabulous! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

  30. I like the idea of making the tarts and how you displayed this on your friend's bench. Jacqueline is very talented way above my abilities! That's wonderful that you received a copy of her book. I laughed at the title of your post because I just said that when we went out for dinner the other day!

  31. How lucky, Sarah! The tarts look scrumptious and would be my choice. There's just something extra-special about having one's own dessert ..... and sometimes a slice of pie doesn't cut just as one hopes it will! I don't know if we can find Key Limes up here, but I am sure this would work with regular limes, but lack that extra 'fillip' of flavour.

  32. Dearest Sarah,
    What a lovely post about this favorite dessert recipe from the lovely gifted book!
    Your photo styling is as always, exceptional magazine worthy!
    Sending you hugs and blessings for a lovely weekend.

  33. Sarah, I'm not sure if you are aware, but Jacqueline is in our craft group #1. I have known her for almost a year now. I can tell you at all of our birthday dinners she really does eat dessert first. lol! She is a super cook and has so much style! She gifted all of us with her gorgeous book as well. Hate to admit that I haven't made anything out of it yet. Will soon! Love your jadite!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  34. Yes, please! That looks sooooo yum, Sarah!! Next time bring the tray of goodies over here :)
    PS - I'm going to order that book for Tom as he's the chef in the house.

  35. The key lime tarts would be wonderful! I would so love to find a jade cake stand! On the sale table! Wow!

  36. They look amazing...yes, "Life is dessert first"...always

  37. Eating dessert first has more than once been a temptation to which I yielded. A key lime tart is one I'd be happy to eat first.

  38. OMG, all these desserts look so yummy. Congratulations on being selected to receive the cookbook. Looks like a winner.

  39. Sarah,
    These Key Lime Pies look divinely delicious, dear friend!
    You've made the grand by placing them atop your lovely china!
    Love your recent Jadite finds, too!

  40. Sarah, these look restaurant worthy! Stunning! And I swear I can just catch a breeze of the lime scent here. Please do come and share at Five Star Frou-Frou at A Tray of Bliss this week. Much Love, Mimi xxx

  41. Lucky you, this looks like a fabulous book and you have certainly done her recipe justice with your beautiful key lime cupcake tarts!

  42. What a lovely post, Sarah! Love all your styling with vintage-y goodness, like your gold-trimmed plates and the Jadeite, and with those gorgeous limes. I can almost taste the pie...

  43. Oh my gosh, Sarah! I'm a huge fan of Key Lime pie, great choice! Love your presentation, to! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  44. That Key Lime cupcake has me drooling! So yummy looking! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  45. Thanks for sharing with us at Five Star Frou-Frou Sarah. Love, Mimi xxx


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