I hope you all have a fabulous week. Work has been so busy but it’s a good thing. This week I will be prepping for Cooper’s b-day on Saturday. It will be a day at the zoo and a party that night. Thankfully we are getting the food catered in so we don’t have to cook. We will cook some sweet corn though.  Will pick up his cake that is costing a fortune on Friday night. Even seen the cake shows on TV where they actually sculpt cakes? Yeah that I what I get Cooper. This year it’s Thomas the Train. It’s will be the number 3 with train tracks on it with Thomas coming out of a tunnel. I can’t wait to see it.

On the weight loss front I lost another lb this week which I am super excited for. I will take any loss I can get. This week I am back to bringing my lunch everyday so again, ideas would be great. I have noted the ones from last week and thanks, great ideas.

I am excited the blogging carnival is Earth Footwear. My pair are starting to break down so a new pair would be awesome. They help my plantar fasciitis so much it’s unreal.  They allow me to shop without pain. They are awesome. I really would like a black pair to wear with dress pants to work.  Thanks Earth Foot and Mamavation for opening my eyes.

Congrats to the Mamavation Moms for their success. I can’t beleive this is their last week. Wow where did the time go. I look forward to following you after this. Sorry I feel so out of the loop on Twitter because I am not able to get on as much and miss a lot of the conversations. I miss chatting with you all but please don’t forget me!!

Here is your recipe for the week.

Spring Fruit Tart

Celebrate the sweetness of spring with this stunning tart, bursting with the flavor of fresh, seasonal fruit.

With only five ingredients, including your favorite fruits such as red raspberries, sliced mango and kiwifruit, this recipe is a breeze to make.

Estimated Times
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 22 mins
Cooling Time: 1 hr refrigerating

Servings: 8

Ingredients 1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Bar Dough
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fruit (raspberries, sliced mango, kiwifruit and/or bananas)

Directions PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Grease bottom and side of 9-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom.*

PLACE whole bar of dough in prepared pan. Allow to soften for 5 to 10 minutes. Using fingertips, pat dough gently to cover bottom and side of tart pan.

BAKE for 22 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

BEAT cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Spread evenly over cooled cookie crust to within 1/2 inch of edge.

ARRANGE fruit as desired on top of cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove rim of pan; slice into wedges.

*If tart pan is not available, press cookie dough onto greased pizza pan or baking sheet to measure an 8-inch circle. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden. Nutritional Information

Calories: 200 Calories from Fat: 110 Total Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g Cholesterol: 35 mg Sodium: 130 mg
Carbohydrates: 21 g Dietary Fiber: 2 g Sugars: 14 g
Protein: 3 g

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Karla Bond

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love to chat and write about topics that matter to me in my life. My day has to starts with a cup of joe and usually ends with exhaustion. I have a passion for cross stitching and of course spending time with the kiddo. I am always on the look out for topics to write about like recipes, healthy living, and products I find fascinating.

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  1. Rachel says:

    I think you are such an amazing woman!! You have a heart of gold, and even though I don’t “know” you uber well… I still think you are awesome!!

    Want to know a dirty little secret? I have never even TRIED on a pair of Earth Footwear!! I have heard wonderful things… just never had first hand experience with their product! 🙂
    Rachel´s last blog post ..Cloth Diapered Bum

  2. kia says:

    Happy Bday for your little boy. I hope he has a memorable party. Congrats on your weight loss. Keep racking up that pound here and there, it will most likely stay off that way.
    kia´s last blog post ..mamavation monday 16 august 2010

  3. First, happy birthday to Cooper! I can’t wait to see pictures on FB of his birthday party and that cake.

    Glad work is going well!

    One pound lost is a great accomplishment – WOO HOO! Keep up the hard work Karla, it’s paying off. 🙂
    Ivette Muller´s last blog post ..Mamavation Monday Weekly Post

  4. Roxy says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COOPER! My dd LOOVES Thomas! She wore those footie jammies with him on it all winter. Didn’t wanna wear anything else. People would be like, “Oh, what a cute little boy!” Of course, I had to say… uhm…. she’s a girl. Yeah…

    You know…it’s crazy to see all of us agree on something (the love of Earth Footwear). Everyone always has a recommendation for a different brand of shoe. Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Asics… The comfort that Earth Footwear provides is unmatched!

    Congrats on your loss. You are doing it!!

  5. I LOVE LOVE my earth footwear as well! I’m actually wearing them at the moment (post morning workout haha).

    Great job on the pound this past week and on packing your lunch! I’ll be in class all day from now on, so I’ll be packing mine as well. So much better than fast food any day!

    Have a great week and happy birthday to the little man!
    Scarlett Black @MMScarlett´s last blog post ..Accountability Monday 8-23

  6. Awesome loss Karla! What is your total loss so far? keep up the hard work!
    Lori @My Kinda Rain´s last blog post ..Menu Plan Monday August 23rd

  7. Greta says:

    You sound so positive! Busy but happy! You’ll post a pic of the Thomas cake, right?
    Another pound lost, congrats!!

    So those shoes helped your PF? A friend has that. I’m going to recommend that she get some then. Do they kind of keep your foot stretched out?

  8. Marie says:

    LOL! My stomach is growling just looking at that yumminess! So need to make that tort! Congrats on another pound loss!
    Marie´s last blog post ..Mamavation Week 7-How Time Fly’s

  9. colleen says:

    mmm your recipes always sound so good! Have a great week, and enjoy that cool cake!
    colleen´s last blog post ..Rock Symphonies CD by violinist David Garrett review and giveaway

  10. Darn comment eater!

    Jeeze!

    Okay well I was going to say; I love taking lunch to work… it is a life saver… I eat better and for less!

    I take chicken taco meat to work…. I know it sounds weird but it is the only way I am okay with re-heating meat, and I HAVE to get my lean proteins! Anyways, sunday nights i will trim like 5 pounds and toss it in my food processor to make ground/shreaded chicken breast meat… then I cook it up taco style {http://www.foodrenegade.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/} and store it in a ziplock in the fridge… it is great for packing in lunches and for nights when I dont feel like cooking… I save so much $$ and calories by planning ahead!

    Good luck this week!
    Laura – Win Lose or Blog´s last blog post ..Mamavation Monday! – Another week later

  11. Joanna says:

    Have a great time at the birthday party! It sounds like it will be a blast.

    That tart sounds and looks fantastic! Congratulations on your weight loss, and I hope you have a great week!
    Joanna´s last blog post ..Mamavation Monday- Replan Weekends

  12. I can’t wait to see pics of your little guys cake, it sounds fantastic. I hope he has a great birthday!
    Steph (@fitmomtraining)´s last blog post ..Mamavation Monday-August 23-10 a little early

  13. Julie M says:

    congrats on another pound, sounds like the new job has been good for you!! 🙂

  14. Shannon says:

    Yumm that tart looks so good! I’m going to have to try it for sure. Congrats on your loss! Your doing so great, keep it up! Happy birthday to your DS!
    Shannon´s last blog post ..My last week and I hit a goal!!

  15. amanda says:

    congrats on your loss!!! Great job! And that tart looks fabulous!
    amanda´s last blog post ..Mamavation Monday

  16. Heather @ Not a DIY Life says:

    That tart looks amazing! Good job on the one pound gone. As far as lunch ideas, you can make healthy versions of tuna salad or chicken salad, layered with lettuce or spinach & a tomato slice on Flatout Fold-Its. (Can you tell what I’ve been eating lately? 😉

    Love ya, miss ya!!
    Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog post ..Mamavation Week 34

  17. yum-BO you got me salivating here karla! i found you through TSA… great to connect w/ you here.

    congrats on your weight loss success. it’s a HUGE DEAL to be losing weight, and wonderful that you are sharing your results here. i lost 25 lbs over 6 yrs ago and it was life-changing… and i’ve kept it off for good! =)
    Melissa McCloud´s last blog post ..Time Management For Dummies

  18. That looks like an AMAZING treat. I want to eat now. lol
    @PamelaMKramer – A Renaissance Woman´s last blog post ..5 Fingers of Thanks

  19. Kimberly @christlikemommy says:

    Mmmm, that recipe looks awesome! Congrats on losing a lb. Hope you have a good week, and Happy Birthday Cooper! We have a Thomas lover in our house as well!
    Kimberly @christlikemommy´s last blog post ..Mamavation Monday! I need new shoes!

  20. Yorinda says:

    Hi Karla,

    your of the fruit tart reminds me of Summer whem my mother used to make one like that, without the cream cheese.
    When I was a mother my boys loved it with a thin layer of chocolate and a layer of vanilla custard.
    Thanks for taking the effort of sharing your recipe.
    Yorinda

  21. I’m so proud of you for your pound! Did you hear the shout-out I gave you on Mamavation TV? XXOO
    Leah @bookieboo´s last blog post ..I know- right! Me too

  22. Dr. Adam Sheck says:

    Karla,
    I’m sure it’s a tough balancing act, buying great bd cakes and losing weight, so congratulations on making it happen! And that recipe sounds great, I’ll definitely share it.
    Adam
    Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog post ..Get Your Man To Share His Feelings

  23. lorrie says:

    congrats on the weight loss have a great week

  24. Howie Perks says:

    Mmmmm… that Spring Fruit Tart looks great , my mouth is already watering 😉

    Congrats on the lb loss Karla! You asked for any suggestions about food for your lunches since you are packing and I highly recommend Bill Phillips “Body for Life” for women.

    This program helps me get into the best shape of my life at 32. He has an approved food menu of great proteins and carbs.

    Hope this helps!

    In Success,
    Howie Perks
    Howie Perks´s last blog post ..Google Monster Gets Defeated By A Wizard!

  25. Excellent article and congrats on the weight loss.

    I am a big guy with a big appetite and I know as I get older I need to get more healthy.

    Peter
    Peter Fuller MBA´s last blog post ..Why Are You Making It So Hard For Me To Share Your Content

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