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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9 Responses to “new york city in (mostly) photos”

  1. Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon — October 28, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    So glad the stars aligned and you finally made it. My fav photo is the one of your converse. Something really sweet about that.

  2. Kathryn — October 28, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I’m so glad you finally were able to make the trip – your pictures really make me want to go back to NYC.

  3. so glad you were able to make this trip MJ. That hotel looks gorgeous.

  4. jwlucasnc — October 28, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    Good for you. You both really deserved this trip.

  5. SO glad you and Sam got to enjoy this – enfin XO

  6. Rima — October 28, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    Happy birthday, Merry Jennifer! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! 🙂

  7. Di — October 29, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    My city looks so much better through your lense than my everyday weary commuter eyes! So glad you got to enjoy it. It’s special this time of the year and especially what you needed!

  8. Michelle — October 29, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Happy birthday, MJ. So glad this trip worked out. Enjoyed your photos. They make me miss NYC.

  9. Paula — November 30, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    I’m happy that this long-planned trip finally came to pass for you and your husband. Your son was lucky not to have injured himself worse and I’m glad he was well enough to leave with his Grammy so you could travel.
    Your time in New York was very well spent, great photographs. I’ve never seen a hotel room decorated with so many pictures!

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