Lately, I've been in a healthy-food rut.  And by rut, I mean, I don't feel like eating anything remotely good for me.  Generally speaking, I stay away from fast food, breads and pastas, and only eat sweets on occasion, however, life gets busy and sometimes you JUST. WANT. THE PASTA.

There.  I said it.  Now, moving on.

I made this delicious berry and banana smoothie for breakfast, and I am happy to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Plus, it falls into the "healthy" category.  Yay me.  So, will it cancel out the handfuls of semi-sweet chocolate morsels I devoured while watching MasterChef last night?  Nay, nay.  But it's a good start!

Roasty Tomato Toasty

Hey folks!  Yes, it has been a few weeks (cough, months...cough), but I am finally back with a tasty post on toast – the go-to meal when everything else seems so complicated, takes forever, needs a bazillion ingredients, and, well, you get the point.  Simple.  Tasty.  Toast.

So how does one make a roasty tomato toasty?  Read on...


  • roma tomatos (1 tomato per slice of toast...cut them into quarters)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • goat cheese for schmearing
  • fresh basil or any fresh herb...chives are great here, too.
  • bread

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet (or a cake pan) with foil for easy cleanup.  Cut tomatoes into quarters length-wise (sounds fancy, right?).  Place tomatoes on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste – don't skimp!

Place in oven for 25 minutes or so.  Meanwhile, take the goat cheese out of the fridge to soften up.  This makes schmearing a lot easier.

Remove tomatoes from oven to let cool a minute.  Pop your toast in the toaster.  Once toast is done, schmear with cheese, add tomatoes, and top with fresh herbs of your choice.

Now that I have insulted your culinary abilities, let me remind you that no one is "above" eating toast.
Even Jesus likes toast.  BOOM.

Dot + Stripe

Hello, for the first time in a while!  I've been busy-busy with work (which is a blessing!), but I had to share my newest find: my china collection!

I never registered for "fine china" during the wedding months–I never found a set that really caught my eye.  Until now.   I found these lovelies at Homegoods this morning, and I scooped up every piece they had, which really wasn't much, BUT, it is a start.  It is Mikasa "Color Studio" bone china in Turquoise, and I was able to mix and match the polka dot pattern and chevron pattern.   Homegoods only had 8 salad plates and 8 teacups, however, after searching online, I found that they were available at the Mikasa site for about $10 more per set of 4 (not bad at all!).

Needless to say, I will be adding to the collection over the next few months, but for now, I'm excited to do fancy date nights and (small) dinner parties with friends on my new, lovely dinnerware.

Until next time!