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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5 Responses to “summer adventures, part 2: plain of six glaciers tea house hike”

  1. Beth (OMG! Yummy) — August 3, 2015 @ 12:59 am

    So glad you loved the Canadian Rockies! I loved this post. On our trip, we travelled w another family so there was a bit of peer pressure. We did the Lake Agnes hike thinking it was not too challenging and were so wrong – straight up  – nothing gradual about it. I think I was one of the ones you would have been smurking at who was panting on the side of the path 🙂

    Last summer in Burlington VT, I encouraged us to do the RT 20 mile bike ride – we were regretting that at about mile 7 but there was no turning back and we were glad we finished. But let’s just say there was a bit of complaining along the way (from the best athlete in the family: kid 2). My chocolate cake that day was a fabulous local beer at the end. Whatever it takes!

  2. Paula — August 3, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    Just awesome! The family, the photos, the accomplishment.

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  4. Daryl — August 7, 2016 @ 8:50 pm

    This looks awesome! My husband and I are going to Banff at the end of this month and we will definitely take this trail for the views and the cake. What type of camera did you take these photos with?

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — August 7th, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

      Hi Daryl. I use a Canon DSLR, but some photos were taken with my iPhone, too.

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