Saturday, April 11, 2015

goodbyes are hard...

"i have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start,  with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning". - joseph priestly.

this has been a super emotional week for sure.  a few weeks ago i resigned my job of 10 years to take on a new opportunity.   it's not often that you make such a big change in your life.  well, at least not often for me.  
there was a lot to consider but in the end it was the right decision.  i have mixed feelings of course but if we never take a leap we never know what lies ahead.  
i am trying to enjoy all the kind gestures from both sides as i move forward into this new adventure.
this week has been filled with dinners and lunches beautiful flowers, gorgeous gifts, so many kind sentiments 
(ones that make me cry) and i am really not a crier.... i got home last week and there was a beautiful fruit and cheese 
basket welcoming me to my new company. all the kindness is honestly amazing.  i can't thank everyone enough.

as i packed my office yesterday,  well, it took more than yesterday...and it took more than me. (thanks Maria for everything)
the memories were all laid out.  i had pictures and emails tucked aside from years past and it reminded me just how much really happens in 10 years.  everything i saw brought back a memory.  had i been grateful enough? nothing lasts forever but i could not have anticipated the speed at which the years flew by.  it's so important to pause now and then and take a look at where we have been.  it's time for me to move forward with a full heart and gratitude for all i have been given.  my goal is always to embrace the joys, the pain, the conflicts,  and all that is part of the human trip.

10 years is a long time.  
when i started this job my youngest was in elementary school - she is graduated from college now.
my dad was still alive.  my hair was a different color.  clearly my face had a different map to it.  all the floors in my house were carpeted not hard wood.  i had different neighbors. my friends were all healthy.  i had never been to europe. i was 10 pounds lighter. my house had a formal dining room. in 10 years  8 new little people joined our extended family.  2 of my favorite people still lived  in the state.   facebook was new and there was no instagram.  
and a million other events.  

lastly,  i had yet to meet some amazing people that would change my life in the best way.  xxoo

here's to new beginnings and all that is to come.  these are the discoveries we get to make with the moments we have been given.  



love sent, xo


Monday, April 6, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

what if i fall? but oh my darling what if you fly?

it has been a super busy couple of weeks.  i know i say that often but it truly has.  i am ready to totally leave winter in the dust. on to new adventures on every front. (i'll share more on that later)

it's easter weekend (not sure how that happened so fast) but in any case i wanted to share this super easy egg tart.


1 sheet puff pastry dough
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water
3 ounces crème fraîche
2 ounces shredded gruyère cheese
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 bacon slices, cooked until crisp
3 eggs
10 fresh chives, snipped into 1/2-inch lengths

directions

thaw the puff pastry dough according to the package instructions.
preheat oven to 425°. line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.
on lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into a 10-by-8-inch rectangle. transfer the pastry to the prepared baking sheet. using a paring knife, score a border 1/2 inch in from the edge of the pastry. using a fork, prick the center of the pastry. brush the border with the egg wash and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
in a small bowl, stir together the crème fraîche and cheese, and season with salt and pepper 

spread the crème fraîche mixture on the pastry, keeping the border clean. lay the bacon on top, slightly overlapping the slices. bake the tart for 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking.
remove the baking sheet from the oven, and place it on a level heatproof surface. using a fork, prick any large air pockets in the pastry. crack the eggs onto the tart, spacing them evenly over the pastry. 
put back into the oven and bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still soft, 7 to 10 minutes.

garnish with the chives, and serve immediately


love sent, xo
happy easter everyone!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

for this chilly night....

this really has been the longest winter.  i know we should be moving on to some beautiful spring recipes but it's still sooo cold out.  i thought i would share one more soup recipe.  it is super easy and tastes really good.  only 7 ingredients.

this past weekend i wasn't going to be home... except i was.  long story.  opening up our hearts to the unexpected frees us somehow.
in any case,  it turned out super productive.  i put the finishing touches on the new downstairs bath and i think it came out super cute.


we redid the photo wall on the stairs and i was happy with that too. it's a bit difficult to take a photo tho it's a strange angle,  i'll try again when its daylight.

 our new light fixture got installed which i love.  it can be super bright for projects or super low for cozy dinners.


i know this long winter is coming to an end, i can almost feel spring looming in the distance.
until then,  have one more bowl of steaming soup, you'll love it.


zuppa toscana
ingredients

1 pound of ground hot sausage.   i might 1/2 the hot portion next time
1 small white onion diced
4 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 ounce jar of roasted red peppers drained and diced.
1 bunch of kale chopped (stems removed) into bite size pieces
1 pd of potato gnocchi
1/2 c heavy cream
salt and pepper
optional topping (freshly grated parmesan cheese, crumbled bacon)




directions
add italian sausage and diced onion to the large stockpot.  cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is completely browned, stirring occasionally and breaking up the sausage with a spoon.  drain out as much of the excess grease as possible.
then add in the chicken stock and diced roasted red peppers, and bring the mixture to a simmer (still over medium-high heat).  once it reaches a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and add the kale and gnocchi and stir to combine.  continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the gnocchi are cooked through and tender.  stir in the heavy cream.  season to taste with salt and pepper.  (i used about 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper.)
serve warm with desired toppings.
highly recommend using "hot" italian sausage for this recipe, i found it to be quite spicy.   if you want you can use 1/2 pd hot italian sausage and 1/2 pd of regular.  with so few ingredients, the sausage is actually the ingredient that provides most of the seasoning for this soup, and much of the heat will be dispersed over the multiple servings.  so unless you're really averse to spicy food, take the chance and go hot with this one!

enjoy.

love sent, xo

Saturday, March 21, 2015

hope you are having a great weekend...

i love the internet.  a few interesting/random links i came across this week.

love this list

5 ways to decrease anxiety

great lingerie

ideas to slow down    we can all use a little more of this

how crazy is this?

looking forward to reading this   i just love food/love stories.

just love these casual dresses and can't wait for summer




pleeeeease stop snowing.....


love sent, xo

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Patricks Day!!!!!

                                  frozen in this lens of time - i miss you in this heart of mine.


finest irish man i've ever known.


love sent, xo

Saturday, March 7, 2015

weekending...

this was a mixed bag week.  lots of stuff going on.  our downstairs bathroom is totally torn up which in turn has turned the entire down stairs upside down.  i can never figure out how one small project can spill over into so many  other areas.  but... it's all worth it.
at least  i keep telling myself it will be.
it's easy to forget all the progress we have made if i focus on the mess....

so,  in the mean time i'll just keep cooking so the house smells good.  yesterday i made these sweet little heart shaped cinnamon rolls.  they were really good and they looked really cute....

find the recipe here   i stuck with plain vanilla drizzle rather than maple.  i just shaped the rolls into hearts.


                                                loving my new french press coffee pot.



i finally finished a book i have been reading for several weeks. it wasn't always easy reading as some of the story is so difficult to read.  "global mom" is a heart wrenching story of family, the sacrifices for a career, living in eight countries, acquiring sixteen addresses,  the joys, the hardships, and the journey itself.  it was written by the wife of one of our vp's in germany.  i found it really interesting. living in this global world has it's challenges for sure. remaining a loving intact family while maneuvering this global world takes your whole heart.

looking ahead....
what better way to combat this winter weather than by looking ahead to spring.  remember to put your clocks ahead one hour tonight.  one extra hour of day light starting tomorrow.
in celebration i am trying this beautiful spring cocktail tonight, if nothing else it looks beautiful.

pink lady cocktail

1 1/2 oz gin or vodka
3/4 oz apple jack
1/4 oz lemon juice
1-2 dashes of grenadine
1 egg white.

pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker. shake first with no ice then
add ice and shake vigorously. garnish with a lemon twist or a cherry.


here's to spring.  happy saturday.

love sent, xo