Cream Puff is back! I had an amazing vacation in Italy. I spent three weeks enjoying my family and friends, all the while surrounded by the most incredible food and wine.

And best of all, I got to stay in our little house that we finished renovating last year.

It was truly a magical vacation.

Being away meant no activity on this blog and that was a good thing. I had a lot of time to recharge and restore myself so I’m looking forward to a new season of baking and cooking, and sharing it all with you.

Of course being away also meant that I missed a Daring Baker’s challenge and today, I’m also missing the Daring Cook’s challenge for September 2009. I promise, though, that I will catch up in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, I just wanted to take a moment to say hello again to all of you and to my sweet little blog. I missed you!


I blogged about the plum tart pictured above here. Now that we have our very own kitchen in Italy, I took a handful of recipes with me to try and this was one of them. I made two mini tarts instead of one big one. It was delicious.