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 middle 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


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!!