spring break and a simple lunch

Can you guess where we were this week? Here’s a hint:


And here’s another:


I used to wonder what the attraction to Disney World was for adults, but now that I have children, I completely understand. There is nothing better than watching my daughter, Madeline, scream with excitement on Space Mountain and watching my son, Oliver, grin from ear to ear as we spin round and round on the teacups ride.

After spending a day at the Animal Kingdom and a couple of days at Magic Kingdom, we drove less than two hours over to St. Pete Beach for some much needed beach time.  I tried to do lots of this:


but I ended up doing lots of sand castle building and shell collecting. Not that I’m complaining. It was entirely relaxing and the perfect spring break trip.

This vacation was totally not about food. It’s hard to have the restaurant experiences that we like to have with a 6 year old and a 3 year old in tow. We put aside any hopes of great meals for our next grown-ups only vacation in June [Vegas, baby!]. We had lots of pizza, burgers, and other unhealthy things we don’t normally eat. Like this:


Yesterday was my first full day home from our trip, and I was still in recovery mode. Since I’m off work this entire week, I wanted to spend some quality time in my kitchen. And I really wanted something simple for lunch. Without meat. Without french fries.

tomato & goat cheese tart

I thawed some puff pastry and used part of it for this simple tomato tart with goat cheese and fresh basil from my herb garden. I wish I could say the tomatoes were from my garden, too, but not yet. Maybe later in the summer if my plants survive [fingers crossed].

tomato & goat cheese tart

It was the perfect light lunch. Or would have been, had I not eaten the entire thing.

tomato & goat cheese tart

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4 Responses to “spring break and a simple lunch”

  1. 1
    Liren — April 9, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    What beautiful pictures!! The kids must have had a blast. I know what you mean about food at Disney. Whenever we return, the first thing I do is make my smoothie!!!

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    Dinners & Dreams — April 10, 2010 @ 12:36 am

    Beatiful tomatoes and feta on puff pastry. It looks light and delicious. I’m glad fellow Floridian Mickey Mouse took good care of you.

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    merrygourmet — April 10, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    Liren – Thanks! The kids did have a blast. They’re already asking when we can go back. 🙂

    Dinners & Dreams – Mickey was very good to us. So glad you found my blog!

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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — April 10, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    GREAT post – lovely pictures (as always!) and Madeline and Oliver would have to be two of my favourite names ever!!! They are pretty cute too. Sounds like you had a great vacation and they did too!

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