Pop Tart Flower Pots

June 20, 2011

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It’s the end of the school year.  Where did this last year go?  Levi graduated from pre-school this week.  Eli is completing 7th grade.  And Isaac will be the big cheese on campus next year; he will be in 5th.

Levi’s graduation party included the most fabulous balloon artist, the reptile lady, and lots of face painting. His class was called the rainbow class.  Thus I made 12 dozen mini cupcakes – in the shape of a rainbow.  I used my basic vanilla cupcake recipe and made my favorite buttercream.  Isaac’s friend, Juliette, pointed out that I reversed the order of the colors in the rainbow.  I guess it has been a long time since I have painted a rainbow.  The 5 year old graduates didn’t seem to complain, nor did their parents.

I really wanted to keep the gift giving simple this year.  I am kind of distracted.  Eli is being Bar Mitzvah’d in September and I am in full plannig mode.  In the throws of designing the invite, pulling photos for the video montage(sniff, sniff), and a long list of other “to-do’s'”, I couldn’t be as creative as I normally am.

Lucky for me I had some pop tart dough in the freezer.  Also, lucky for me, I had just made a huge batch of roasted rubarb. I put the two together to create a pretty incredible treat – if I do say so myself.  Instead of just wrapping them in cute celophane bags, I did get a tad creative.  I honestly don’t recall when or where this idea came from, but I am grateful it had.  In our household, summer is a time to garden and plant.  These pop tarts are just the beginning of our gardening adventures!

Roasted Rhubarb
adapted from around my french table
yield: 1 cup

ingredients:
1 lb. fresh rhubarb, trimmed and chopped
1/3 cup sucanat or organic cane sugar
zest of 1/2 an organge

instructions:
• preheat oven to 400*.
• in a 9×13″ glass dish, combine the rhubarb, sucanat, and orange zest.  let flavors blend for 5 minutes.
• cover dish with foil. place in oven for 15 minutes.
• prick the fruit with a fork, if tender and juicy remove from the oven.  let cool ever so slightly.
• taste for sweetness. Dorie suggests adding a bit of honey if you want more sweetness.  I found it sweet enough and didn’t need the honey.  place in a glass jar and store in your fridge.

More Pastry ideas:
Rhubarb Hand Pies – Kitchen Confidante
Farmers Market Recipes – Dine and Dish
Peach Hand Pies - Annie Eats
Panini Happy – Panini Pop Tarts
Krissy’s Creations – Homemade Pop Tarts

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 marla June 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

Susan these flower pop tarts are so creative & adorable! So is that rainbow cupcake display. Your kids are soooo lucky to have such an awesome momma baker :)

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2 Susan June 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

ahhh- thanks, Marla! All of our kids are pretty lucky to have each and every one of us! x

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3 Lucy Lean June 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

I love this post – that rainbow is BEAUTIFUL – even upside down or inside out – and the flower pots are adorable too – look at you go. Happy end of school year to you. x

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4 Susan June 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

miss you. it has been way too long. when do you leave for europe. we need to sneak in coffee before you fly out of here!

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5 Nancy@acommunaltable June 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

Susan, these are so darling!! What a terrific gift idea – I miss those days of giving “teacher gifts” but these would be great as a hostess gift or darling at a baby/wedding shower – the possibilities are endless (especially if you have pop tart dough in the freezer!)
Know what you mean about distraction – high school graduation this week – yikes!!!

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6 Georgia Pellegrini June 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’m so impressed you made your own pop tarts! I’ll have to try that, so crafty you are!

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7 Amanda June 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

You made TWELVE DOZEN mini cupcakes?? You are my hero. SOOOOO adorable!! And those flower pop tarts are just about the cutest thing ever. This whole post is amazingly fantastic!

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8 Maria June 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

So adorable!

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9 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I love it!…”The Rainbow Class.” So sweet.

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10 Corinna June 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I’m loving the flower pots of “food” and they’re popping up everywhere! Another adorable idea!

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11 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies June 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

You have such lucky boys! What fun those rhubarb poptart flower pots are. I think they could overtake that fruit bouquet business in a New York minute!

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12 Susan June 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Amber – from your lips to “you know whos” ears!

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13 food librarian June 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I wish I was a teacher or student at your school! These look so cute!!!

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14 Susan June 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I wish you were their librarian! I make treats for everyone (coaches, art teacher, music teacher, librarian, etc!). You and I need to bake together this summer….let’s make a plan!

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15 Kristen June 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Oh my goodness…. these are so adorable! You are a busy bee…. hope things go smoothly for you!

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16 TidyMom June 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Home made poptarts have been on my list to make for some time…….these are just adorable!!!

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17 EmandM June 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

These look so fantastic! You’re so creative!!

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18 Fran June 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I want to have a party just to make these adorable pots of edible flowers. If I knew I wouldn’t eat them myself, I’d make them this weekend! I’m going to need guests to help eat them though. Looks like I need to plan a party — STAT! :)

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19 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Those poptarts are too cute! I love your cupcake rainbow too. You are just brimming with creativity!

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20 Susan June 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

oooo – thanks so much, Sylvie! x

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21 Kim June 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

These little pop tarts are really beautiful, I like these a lot!

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22 Linda June 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

What a wonderful idea! I am very happy to have found your blog via facebook…
Mazel Tov with the Bar Mitzvah planning, such a wonderful time!…Life flies so quickly after that. My baby graduates from high school on Thursday!

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23 Susan June 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

thanks so much, Linda! So nice to meet you. This BM is making me pull my hair out. So much work – but I know I will get through it!

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24 TidyMom June 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

Thanks for linking up! I featured you in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2011/great-ideas-2/ Have a GREAT weekend!

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25 Sue June 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

The pop tarts are adorable!

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