Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 ~ A New Beginning

Life is a journey of change ~ a constant flow of beginnings and endings.

One of the greatest lessons of 2010 was the importance of embracing change and realizing no matter how difficult it can be at times, it happens and finding a peace with the circumstance is far easier than resisting the path life offers.  

There is a reason for everything, and every moment of each day are tiny impressions upon life's grand overall scheme.  Ups and downs, dreams and worries, setbacks and giant leaps all combine to create the beautiful portrait of our individual journeys on this planet.  

We truly do have the power to make our lives what we want them to be, and this takes courage, hard work, persistence, and a passionate belief system in one's self.

So 2010, thank you for making me a stronger person.  You offered up a load of changes, and now I know they were all for the good.  I'm going to bundle up this year's memories and lessons learned and use them as stepping stones into 2011.   I am ready more than ever to take chances and try out new territory.  My creative juices are ready to flow, my reveries are going to blossom into realities, and my heart is going to embrace everything that comes my way.

Here's to happy endings and new beginnings!

[Alphonse Mucha ~ Reverie]

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dear Christmas ~

 Dear Christmas,

Thank you for always bringing good cheer and magic to the end of a year.

You have a way of making the young and old believe  ~

And you bring a much needed dose of hope to those who deserve it most.

Pretty presents, sparkling decor, and sweet treats are lovely accoutrements to the season,

Yet the things which warm my heart the most are not really things at all.

It's the memories of my mom giddy as a child to decorate for her favorite holiday of the year,

The way my lil' brother takes such time and care in choosing that special gift for his beloved,

How a complete stranger will break into an off-key rendition of Jingle Bells while standing in line,

Smell of Christmas breakfast being cooked in my grandmother's kitchen,

Waking up early to my dad saying, "Mornin'! Merry Christmas!"

My sweet crumb's excitement over Rudolph's red nose,

The extra kisses stole underneath the mistletoe.

An increase in exchanged smiles and friendly chit-chat with most everyone you pass,

The true goodness of humanity.

Goodwill, magical cheer, joyful spirits, loving hearts, helping hands, family and friends ~

Traditions new and old, a wish of peace, and believing that dreams do come true.

Christmas, thank you for the visit ~ you always leave behind a blissful heart.


[Paris 2010 image by my wonderful friend Sherry]

Friday, December 10, 2010

That Moment ~

Do you ever wish you would have followed a particular dream?  

There are times I find myself thinking a lot about 'what if', and then I have to refocus and flood my mind with all the dreams I have followed and all those I plan to keep chasing. 

But still, a girl can't be denied that pleasurable wonder of what that moment must feel like right before taking center stage.

[Image by Erik Tomasson]

Monday, November 22, 2010

Great and Small ~

I'm making a daily effort to truly appreciate the greatness in every little thing, and it feels really good.  
Here are just a few bits that keep my cup of gratitude running over:

the tiniest perfect persimmon I have ever seen,

the purple and pink hues spread throughout the sunset skies,

tickle fests amongst a pile of pillows,

joining friends for an impromptu coffee,

hearing the crows caw for their morning crackers,

receiving a card from someone special just because,

adding pink sprinkles to a cupcake,

smell of cloves,

warmth of a newly knitted scarf,

pomegranate seeds,

warm cotton flannel sheets,

a helping hand from a stranger.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude for all things great and small.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Friday, November 19, 2010

An Artist

Many of you know my beloved as the extraordinary photographer of Reverie images, but where his artistic soul truly comes alive is in his atelier. His palette of oils bring his inspirations to life.  To see his face after a day spent in his studio is one of the greatest gifts of my life, for his eyes dance with magic from beholding hours of brushstrokes, his contented smile lights up the room, and his soul resides in its sweetest peace. 

Le jardin de ma tante is his latest piece of beauty, and he finally gave me permission to share.  To view this magnificent work in all its glory, please visit here

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Art of Love ~

Love manifests in many forms ~ 

sculpting the heart, opening the mind, and embracing the soul.

[Pygmalion and Galatea, 1890, Jean-Léon Gérôme]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

l'automne à Paris

Three Autumns ago, we rented an apartment in Paris for 2+ months {while the crumb was 7 months in utero}, and it was absolutely incredible!  We didn't have a checklist of must-do-see while there.  Instead, we settled into our cozy Right Bank apartment and allowed our peripatetic souls to just to go with the flow.  Our days consisted of numerous visits to the Louvre, long walks amongst the leaf-changing Tuilieries, hours sitting at our favorite cafes, reading by the fountains under the golden autumn sun, choosing fresh produce from the farmers market, frequenting our favorite boulangerie, and picking up a few {or more} could-not-resist French bebe items.  I didn't think it was possible to fall deeper in love with this city than I already was, but this extended stay pushed me overboard into the 'madly in love' category, and just like a junkie, I need a fix badly. Fingers-crossed, I hope we return soon.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Monday, November 8, 2010


Pop! Pop! Pop! ~ don't you just love to hear the sound of popcorn popping?  The transformation of these little kernels filling up our bowls as we gather around for foreign film night {my vow to learn French one way or another} is definitely a fall/winter weekly ritual.

I'm old-fashioned when it comes to popcorn ~ stove-top popping is the only way {especially since I refuse to own a microwave, gasp!}.  Heat up organic coconut oil, add the golden corn, and let the magic begin!  Upon transferring to the bowl, add a  hefty sprinkle of Himalayan salt.  Voilà: a perfect snack!

Always looking for a few new tasty tricks, so what's your favorite way to add a bit of flavor to popcorn?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tink, Tink ~

 Our perfect package of tricks and treats!

~ Happy Halloween

[DIY Tinker Bell costume + images by Reverie-Daydream]

Monday, October 25, 2010

An Apple A Day ~

There is something really special about apple season and all the delicious local varietals offered for the picking!  During this time of year, my baskets are always filled with this adored fruit, and baking seems to outweigh all other forms of culinary experiences.  There are favorites such as the Apple Jack Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing, Apple Streusel Bread, and Raw Apple Cake, yet I always like to indulge in something new and this year's recipe proudly joins the must-bake annually ranks. 

Mom's Apple Cake
[adapted from Smitten Kitchen]
7 Small Apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
6 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup olive oil
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter/Grease a tube pan.  
Toss apples with cinnamon and sugar, set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients (slowly) into the dry ingredients, mix well.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan followed by half of apple mixture over it.
Pour remaining batter over the apples and place the other half of apples on top.  
Bake for approx. 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick comes out clean.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

The French Laundry {Garden}

There are not many things in life that I covet ~ but this garden brings out every shade of green with envy emotion imaginable!   Of course, I'm not surprised The French Laundry is the mastermind behind this incredible seven acres of organic goodness. 

For the record, we have yet to dine in this holy temple of gastronomy, but one day, I will mark this culinary experience off my bucket list.  Until then, I'll continue to visit  this garden wonderland in hopes of keeping  the green eyed monster satisfied!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Wishing Tree

This past weekend, I was honored to be asked by one of my dearest friends to create a Wishing Tree for a baby shower.  I'm not really the 'crafty' type, for normally, I have really large ideas, but they never can flow smoothly from the blueprint in my brain to reality.  Luckily, the blogging world is filled with inspiration, and these two fabulously creative ladies {here and here}started the ball rolling on what ultimately turned out to be a very successful DIY project!   

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Weekend Reverie

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves 
 that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

[Laguna Beach Image by Reverie-Daydream]

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fig Bounty

For the past few weeks, I have basically been living off figs.  This particular season, the fig bounty has been of such abundance that I had to come up with ways to use this glorious fruit (not a bad problem to have!).  Besides just eating them fresh off the tree or indulging in this decadent treat, I decided a bread of some sort would be the perfect recipient of my favorite 'end of Summer' fruit.  

And yes, I would be thrilled to know how you satisfy your fig fancy ~

Fig Banana Bread
2 Bananas (ripe)
4-5 Figs (ripe and cut into small pieces)
1/2 cup of melted butter
3/4 cup turbinado (raw sugar)
2 cups of all-purpose flour 
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamom*** (this is what puts it over-the-top)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix mashed bananas and butter in large mixing bowl.  Add the sugar, lightly beaten eggs, figs and vanilla.  Sprinkle baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom over the mixture and stir in.  Add the flour last, mix well.  Pour into a 4 x 8 loaf pan and bake for approx. 1 hour or until toothpick comes out dry.  Once removed from oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then slice and serve!     

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fast Forward to Fall

Now that Summer has officially signed off, our arms are wide-open in acceptance of Fall!  Is there anything better than the change of seasons?  Autumn provides such a golden crispness of color and harvest ~ a fresh start to looking at the world through a 'new lens'. 

Bring on the pumpkins, apple picking, chai tea lattes, cozy sweaters, and a kitchen filled with the aromas of roasting root vegetables and chunky soups.  Fall is here, so put on those boots and let's go!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pastries & Petals

Carmel-by-the-Sea is filled with magic around every corner, so it was a 'sweet' surprise to find the newest addition to this 'fairy land of perfection' ~ Pastries and Petals.  A lovely new bakery and cafe with outstanding treats (re: cheesecake cupcakes and champagne) prepared on-site by the pastry-chef co-owner.  The menu is filled with savory choices and sweet temptations all being served with a rosebud in a 'culinary boutique' atmosphere underneath an eye-catching antique crystal chandelier. Pastries and Petals is the ideal addition to one of my favorite 'villages' in the world, and I cannot wait to return and indulge!

Pastries And Petals
Mission St 2 NE of 5th
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
(831) 620-1400

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Crate of Goodness

A wooden crate filled with rhubarb and fresh herbs (including my favorite, lemon verbena) hand-picked by my lovely friend, Sherry, greeted us upon our return from the South.  You see, Sherry is a Southern Belle too, and she gets it ~ she knows just how wonderful it is to welcome someone home with a perfectly simple gift of home-grown goodness!  This crate was just what the doctor ordered to set my baking heart on fire again!

Lemon-Verbena Rhubarb Crumble

8-10 Stalks of Rhubarb cut into small 1/4 chunks 
12 Lemon Verbena leaves
1 cup of turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)
1-1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
6 tablespoons of butter

Place rhubarb in a non-reactive bowl/pan (I used a ceramic baking dish) and sprinkle with sugar.
Allow rhubarb and sugar to sit for approx. 3 hours., and then strain liquid contents of dish into a small saucepan.  Replace rhubarb in baking dish.  Bring 'sugary substance' to a boil and remove from heat.  Add lemon verbena and let steep for 15 minutes, then drain into bowl (discard leaves).

In a separate bowl, mix the remaining sugar, rolled oats and butter together forming a chunky mixture (you may wish more/less butter and/or oats).  Pour the infused sugar 'syrup' over the rhubarb and then add the 'crumble' topping.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes - 1 hour (or until the rhubarb mixture is bubbling and the topping is golden brown).  Serve warm with a dollop of ice cream or sorbet!

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Monday, September 6, 2010

Smoldering | guest post by SPM

It was the end of August, and it was as hot as a smoldering Cuban cigar in Tampa’s Ybor City, (pronounced EE-bore). The heat and the imminent late afternoon rain was the narcotic needed to get my reluctant model in front of my lens. 

After Georgia, it was my turn to spend quality time with my family and have the opportunity to show Mel and Gaia my favorite places near my home town in Florida. 

Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., this small corner café known for its Cuban coffee and authentic Cuban sandwiches, frequented by the local cigar workers is now in it's six generation of family ownership. Casimiro Jr. aspired to take the Columbia beyond its humble beginnings and envisioned an elegant dining room with music and dancing, the likes of which were unheard of in this part of the country at the time. The Columbia Restaurant has seen its share of change, but through its dedication of successive generations of family management, it has persevered as Florida's oldest and world's largest Spanish restaurant.

I was originally inspired by Columbia's architecture, but Melissa's values of quality food, supportive family and originality made me see the Columbia's true magnificence. Mel always helps me see things in a new light, and I was enchanted to capture her in mine.

Friday, September 3, 2010

1+1 = Masterpiece

This is what happens when two perfect worlds collide ~ a mini-masterpiece!

McDreamy's incredible photography 
paired with 
karey's ingenious words of magic. 

{via the sweeterie}

Monday, August 30, 2010

{Georgia} Grande Dame

Oh Savannah, you are the beautiful Grande Dame, The Hostess City of the South.  Your perfect twenty-one squares provide lush green vignettes to stroll through while soaking in the gorgeous architecture and design that began to form in 1733.  Even General Sherman must have been a bit smitten by you, for he left his flaming fury on the back-burner as he made his way through your stunning streets.  The older gentlemen and refined ladies mesmerize with their drawls as soft as velvet. Your history is as thick as the sobering humidity that surrounds your magnificence, and I look forward to being your guest again one day soon.

[images by Reverie-Daydream ]

Monday, August 23, 2010

{Georgia} Farm

Just as we seek out the current museum exhibitions when traveling, we always make sure to frequent our favorite local, organic delectable restaurants.  Farm 255 in Athens never disappoints with their make-your-tummy-happy offerings, and as you must know by now, I strongly support any artisan, company, or restaurant with a philosophy for making/keeping our beloved Mother Earth a blissful place of existence.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Friday, August 20, 2010

{Georgia} On My Mind

As we walk around the squares of little ol' towns, I'm reminded of history, Georgia's past ~ the good and the bad.  Deserted cotton gins, abandoned pianos, and empty brick buildings are forlorn objects that tell their own piece of the story. My thoughts find solace from Her motto of : Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation; words held dear to my heart and forever keeping Georgia on My Mind.   

[Images by Reverie-Daydream]

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

{Georgia} High

No matter where we travel, McDreamy and I always check the local art museum schedules to see what exhibit is currently on display, so you can just paint your own image of how excited we both were when we discovered Salvador Dalí's late works would be on display at the High Museum of Art.  

It goes without question that this incredibly talented man was a pure genius!  My mind is still trying to process the surreal 'worlds' I gazed upon for as long as I possibly could, and actually, my brain hurts from just trying to fathom the overall brilliance of Dalí.  Yes, my friends, this 'brain pain' equates to a great exhibit of one of the world's brightest individuals.

Thank you High Museum for adding such a bonus to our Georgia visit ~

[image by Reverie-Daydream]

Monday, August 16, 2010

{Georgia} Mansion

Ol' Southern Mansions are scattered all around Georgia ~ some are deserted with silent history as the only inhabitant while others are maintained and loved for generations.  We took a little drive through some quaint towns in Northeast Georgia, and this one particular mansion still stands with pride amongst grand pecan trees and flowering magnolias.  She's still a beauty, and I can only imagine her splendor during her prime ~ oh, if only those walls could talk!

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Friday, August 13, 2010

An Invocation

I'm sharing a bit of peace and harmony over here

[image: yoga in Paris at 28 weeks pregnant with the crumb]

Monday, August 9, 2010

{Georgia} Peach

Did I ever tell you I'm a Georgia Peach?  Yes ma'am, born and raised in the South ~ sweet tea, pecan pie, bless your hearts, and endless how-do-you-do's ~ I'm a Southern Belle through and through, and I need my juice-running-all-down-my-chin peach fix, so we are heading to my sweet home Atlanta for a dose of heat with a big dollop of humid on the side (a definite welcome after ten San Francisco Summers!).

The crumb will be spoiled by all her grandparents (and great-grandparents), play non-stop with her cousins, and learn to chase 'lightning bugs' like the best of them (her mama is a pro!).  I'm looking forward to the memories that will be made and re-living my favorite summer adventures with one cute little bumpkin by my side!

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

City of Light

Last week, we took an 'art break' and headed to the city for the Impressionist Paris: City of Light exhibit at the Legion of Honor which is concurrent with Birth of Impressionism at the de Young. 

Of the over 150 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and illustrations, this photograph above along with one of the most evocative passages in Emile Zola's novel L'oeuvre (The Masterpiece, 1886) really spoke to my heart the most ~

Claude was quivering with delight, "Ah! This Paris!" he cried.  It's ours!  All ours for the taking!  Each one of them was thrilled almost beyond words as they looked on the scene with eyes that shone with desire.  Did they not feel glory being wafted over the whole vast city from the top of that Avenue?  Paris was here, and they meant it to be theirs.

[photograph by Charles Marville]

Monday, August 2, 2010

SOL Food ~

Okay my lovely peeps, it's confession time ~ the Reverie trio is completely addicted to Sol Food!  I can't get enough of their lemon-garlic dressing and café helados, the crumb is all about the oregano and garlic marinated free range chicken, and McDreamy is head-over-heels for the atmosphere and its I-don't-feel-like-I'm-in-Northern California-vibe!  

Sol Hernandez began serving her delicious dishes at the local farmer's market, and she was an instant hit. After a few years, she opened up a cool little restaurant in San Rafael.  Sol has a very dedicated clientele thanks to her incredibly delectable cuisine (which also is sustainable, local, and organic), so it wasn't long before location numero dos opened its doors.  Both restaurants look and feel like Puerto Rico:  colorful shutters and chairs, green plantains holding down stacks of napkins, and lively Latin music adding a hint of happy energy in most everyone who enters through the doors.

If only I could box it up and send each of you a taste of this Puerto Rican perfection ~ it's that good!  
[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Friday, July 16, 2010

~ Simple Things ~

The Simple Things in life are the true beauty, hope, and love of our existence ~ the list can and will change daily, but what is important is the ability to appreciate and indulge in these moments.  The incredibly wonderful and beautiful Christina, of the magical and poetic Soul Aperture, is celebrating her birthday today, and in honor of all the glorious things which make her heart sing, I'm celebrating her with a few of the delightful moments which make my days brighter and my soul joyful ~ 

* laughs from the deepest depths of your belly

* sunshine warming your shoulders

* memorable moments made with friends

* a warm cup of smooth coffee

* the way your body absent-mindedly dances to the beat of your favorite song

* the gentle caress of your beloved's hand

* blue polish on my sweet crumb's toes

* the way a perfectly ripened peach drips down your chin

* the fresh scent of rain on a summer afternoon

* a breathtaking sunset while dining outdoors

*  closing your eyes and making a wish

*  warm sand between your toes

 [Gaia and Isa ~ Reverie-Daydream Images]

Monday, July 12, 2010

Blackberry Picking

"At first, just one, a glossy purple clot

among others, red, green, hard as a knot.

You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet

like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it

leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for picking."
~ Excerpt from "Blackberry Picking" by Seamus Heaney

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


All it takes is a vision, a group of like-minded people who put their thoughts, ideas, and plans of change into action.  A movement has started in the U.S. ~ one that not only benefits the environment but also improves health and socialization.  Europeans have proven this brilliant concept equates to a more civilized society, and now we are finally taking note.  

PUBLIC bikes is Rob Forbes' (founder of Design Within Reach) newest venture, and this design based business is on "a mission to help us reduce our dependency on cars and think more intelligently and artfully about the way we get around and connect with our cities and communities". 

I don't know about you, but this is one bandwagon I'm going to jump on ~ and yes, I've already picked out my PUBLIC M8 beauty (in Cream, please) and have added it to the top of my wish list.  

Friday, July 2, 2010

Laissez Faire

It's captured, the moment in time when she had her mama's gaze through her papa's eyes.

A moment when it doesn't matter what size bikini you are wearing, but just the fact that you are wearing one.

She rocks our world.

Our Summer will be fabulous.

Here's to a lovely holiday weekend filled with blissful laissez faire!

[Image by Reverie-Daydream]

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lavender Farm

Last week, we enjoyed outdoor adventures in Northern California with Sean's parents.  They have been traveling across country in their beautiful new RV (an eco-friendly, green machine by EverGreen), so we couldn't wait to rendezvous in the foothills of Mt. Shasta. 

One of the many highlights of our camping adventure was the Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm.  It opened to the public on June 12th, and although the lavender blooms were not at their peak of prime loveliness, the beauty of this seasonal destination was magnificent.  Truly, a gorgeous thumbprint of Mother Nature's glory!

[Images by Reverie-Daydream]

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Magical Wedding ~

There are weddings, and then there ARE weddings ~ Beth and Bill's special day of love uniting seriously takes the prize for the most magical and memorable wedding I have ever had the pleasure of attending (and being a part of!). 

Truly filled with organic bliss from the moment the invitation arrived until the bride and groom pedaled off into happily-ever-after.  Nature provided the backdrop to this perfect wedding ~ the ceremony took place within the organic vegetable garden which is grown with love by the Bride's mother and father [one of my favorite people in the entire world], a cellist playing the most beautiful music amidst the green bounty, turkeys and chickens adding their cheerful songs in the distant background, organic | local | seasonal food served underneath a 300-year-old Oak tree, and a stunning bride and groom so perfectly made for one another that one begins to believe that fairy-tales do exist. 

I was honored to bake the wedding cakes [3 vanilla cakes layered with lemon curd, 1 coconut cake, 1 chocolate cake with mocha frosting, and carrot cake cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting], and to see them beautifully displayed upon the Jadeite cake stands was a total delight!  Among the many details that made this love affair so special was the fact that everything was so natural, so real, so made-with-love | decorated with love | organized with love by the blissful couple and those who love them [and you must take a peek at the behind-the-scenes here]. 

[Images by Reverie-Daydream]

Friday, June 18, 2010

Through My Papa's Eyes ~

Dearest Papa,

I was given the blessed gift of your eyes,
To see this world around me,

My hope is that I will learn through you
The appreciation of all there is to see.

Will you teach me to see all the colors
In the world from an artist’s point of view?

And when I travel the world with you,
Will we share the joy of everything so beautiful and new?

Will you help me to understand and
Appreciate the differences among human kind?

Most importantly, will you please
Teach me to have a very open-mind?

As I take my journey along life’s path,
I hope you are beside me each step of the way,

To show me how to love, listen,
Dance, paint, laugh, and appreciate every day.

I look forward to the many times you will
Take me by the hand,

And show me all there is to see
Of foreign cities, seas, and land.

Because looking at the world
Through my Papa's eyes,

Must be this little girl's
Greatest prize.

Je t'aime,
Gaia Miette

[Reverie-Daydream Image]

Friday, June 11, 2010

Nature's Peace

"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.

Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows,

in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy,

while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed,

but nature's sources never fail."

~John Muir

[Mount Tallac, 1880 - Thomas Hill]

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tomato Tart

Tomato Tart

Summertime means delicious tomatoes in great abundance!  After a morning of being outdoors, I've always been a fan of a simple tomato sandwich for lunch.  Sprinkling sea salt upon the fresh slices of juicy redness, adding a bit of basil, and settling this fantastic grouping upon a chunky slab of olive oil drizzled wholegrain bread = the best! 

And now that the crumb has adopted her mama's love for tomatoes (especially the heirlooms), there is always a bowl of this hearty fruit on our kitchen counter.  The other evening, I prepared a delicious tart, and it was absolutely perfect paired with a side salad.  Easy, healthy, yummy and a big hit ~ my defining elements for a great recipe. 

Tomato Tart

One Organic Pie Shell
1 - 1 1/2 pounds of cherry tomatoes
6-8 oz. goat cheese (softened)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1-2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. fresh basil (roll like a cigar and cut into strips)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Toss the tomatoes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Spread goat cheese inside pie shell.
Arrange tomatoes atop the goat cheese.
Bake for an hour until tomatoes are soft.
Remove and let cool for 10 mins.
Sprinkle basil over tart and indulge while still warm.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

An Exhibition

Photography Exhibit ~ Sean Patrick McArdle
With great enthusiasm (and a heart full of loving pride), I am extremely excited to share the news of our first official photography exhibit! 

A collection of his favorite Italian images are now on display at our favorite local cafe, CIBO

Limited Edition prints from the Daydreaming in Italy exhibit can be purchased here.

Friday, May 21, 2010


~ What I dream of is an art of balance. ~

-Henri Matisse

[Palladio's Villa | Italy | Reverie-Daydream Image]


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