Hartstrings ~ Recipes and April Fun for the Kids!

April Fools comes but once a year, so we need to make a few things clear. Hartstrings has been around for quite some time, see if you can figure out what is wrong with this rhyme…

Hartstrings began in 1979 in a suburb of Philadelphia,

 but now we are headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

Over the years our company grew exponentially,

with the expansion of new clothing lines and shipping internationally.

Our tween line, kc parker, is really selling,

And little maven is our new celebrity line by Tori Spelling!

Each season we bring you the latest fashion,

our design team is dedicated with a passion.

Celebrating the gift of children is our dedication,

We keep a playground in our office for inspiration!

 The 1st of April only means one thing,

“April Fools” has a beautiful ring!

Now forget all this nonsense and look…

We have three great ways to make you a cook!

     ** Facts have been changed for April Fools 🙂 **


Fruity Pizza Pie

This recipe will definitely create some laughs in your kitchen. Let your kids make funny faces with the fruit on the pizza!

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust – ready to bake

Filling -1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1tablespoon sugar, ½ soft spread fat free or low-fat cream cheese, 1 tablespoon 1% milk

Toppings – A selection of berries and sliced fruits (choose your favorite: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, mandarin orange sections and pineapples) and shredded coconut.



1.       Let the piecrust come to room temperature per the package instructions, then unfold it onto a large cookie sheet or pizza pan.


2.       Roll up edges of the crust, crimping them slightly so that they’ll stay rolled up. Prick the crust lightly with a fork in about 20 places (allowing air to escape).


3.       Bake the crust in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 9 minutes or until it’s lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.


4.       As the crust bakes, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract, adding just enough milk to make it spreadable. When the crust has cooled, spread on the cream-cheese mixture with a rubber spatula, bringing it to the edge of the pizza.


Arrange the fruit on the pizza and don’t stint on the creativity. Your kids can make a wild mosaic or a fruit face. If they like, sprinkle the pizza with shredded coconut. Slice with a sharp knife and serve, or refrigerate.


Yummy Umbrella Cookies

Bake sweet, colorful, umbrella cookies on a rainy day!

Recipe Ingredients:

                                Sugar cookie dough

                                Cookie sticks (available at craft supply store)


Food Coloring

                                Tube of White Icing

                                Bendable Straws


1.       Roll out the cookie dough into a 1/4-inch-thick disk. Use a plastic cup or round cookie cutter to cut out dough circles.


2.       With a knife, cut each circle in half, then scallop the straight edge. Cut raindrop shapes from the dough scraps.


3.       Lay cookie sticks on an ungreased cookie sheet and gently press a half-circle of dough on top of each. Place the raindrops on the sheet and bake the cookies according to the recipe directions.


 Once the cookies have cooled, frost them. Pipe on icing lines and make vertical grooves by dragging a toothpick up to make one groove and down for the next, as shown.


Berry Delicious Kid Cocktails  

 Enjoy a berry cocktail with your kids tonight! Best when chilled.

Recipe Ingredients:

                                2 red grapefruit, halved, seeded, and sectioned

                                1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed and halved and quartered

                                1 (25-ounce) sparkling cider

                                Fresh mint sprigs (as a garnish)


1.       Alternately spoon the grapefruit sections and the sliced strawberries into 6 goblet glasses until you have enough fruit in each to make a nice serving.


2.       Slowly pour enough sparkling cider over the fruit to almost cover it. Add a sprig of mint to each goblet, and your treat is ready to eat. Makes 6 servings.

 Let us know how everything turned out! Email marketing@hartstrings.com

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