About Me

Mother of three amazing boys who during the day hangs out at this place as the Director of Marketplace Systems.

Now, let’s get straight to the point though and move on onto my alter-ego.

Josie Tavares

I’m a Self-taught Pastry Queen with an innate ability to whip up one great batch of French Macarons after another, some would say I also mix up a great cocktail every now and again. When daylight and my camera cooperate, my pictures don’t turn up to shabby. Oh, one other fun fact… I LOVE a great glass of wine.

Random facts about this Daydreamer:


Mr. De La Grana (aka Papi) and I

  • The greatest man I’ve ever known was my father; he was completely selfless and had the biggest heart. He was the youngest of 7 boys and dedicated most of his young adulthood caring for his dying mother. Once she passed away, he began to live his life. He flew from Cuba to Miami with nothing but the shirt on his back. His brother introduced him to my mother when he was 47, a few months later they got married and the rest is history.

    The Amezcua Siblings

    Five out of the ten Amezcua Siblings.

  • My mom was the youngest of 10, at 41 she got married and at 42 she gave birth to me. What took her so long you may ask? Well, she was too busy being a nun.

    That’s me holding up the “5 A” sign…

  • I was born in the US and moved to Mexico when I was 10 so I could learn how to speak and write spanish properly. After high school I decided it was time to return to the US.
  • I spent one year in a Catholic boarding school while I was in Mexico. Take a wild guess who’s idea that was. We attended Mass and prayed the Rosary every single day…

  • I love to ride horseback. While living in Mexico I learned how to ride on a sidesaddle, and I also dreamed of being on an Escaramuza team.
  • I love to drive, I’m somewhat of a speed deamon (shhhh… it’s my dirty little secret.) Having a nice fast car is the only thing that’s kept me sane after almost 13 years of commuting a minimum of 80 miles per day.
  • Living in a house full of boys is the best when you are the only woman, and you don’t have to clean the bathrooms.

    Mmm… Ice Cream!!

  • If you were to ask me what food item I could eat for every meal every day for the rest of my life without getting sick of it. The answer would be: Ice Cream.
  • I grew up watching the Family Film Festival on KTLA, the movies I remember the most were Pippi Longstocking, my favorite of course was Pippi Goes On Board. It’s the one in which she bakes a room-full of cookies during Christmas.
  • I love to sing while driving… my car thinks I’m wonderful at it, it hasn’t complained yet.

  • I love hot summer sunny days, or crisp fall sunny days… boo on cloudy, overcast, cold, or rainy days.
  • I’m not a picky eater, I’m willing to try pretty much any type of food at least once.
  • Boolean hadCoffee = False;
    Boolean grumpyJosie = False;

    hadCoffee = DidJosieHaveCoffeeToday();

    grumpyJosie = True;

    //I think there might be a bug here, because sometimes the DidJosieHaveCoffeeToday method returns true, and somehow the grumpyJosie boolean gets set to true, when clearly it should remain false.

  • The previous fact was code for: “I’m a geek”.

French Macarons by Daydreamer Desserts

Thanks so much for stopping by!

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica May 31, 2010 at 9:25 am

Love your recipes and sense of humor! I bake a bit differently, but your recipes are great.


2 Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks May 31, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Hello there. Wanted to drop you a line and tell you that it was such a pleasure meeting you at Camp. You are a dangerous blog for me to follow, the inner sweet tooth is easily tempted.


3 Michael's Kitchen May 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Just dropped by and wanted to say hi. You have a wonderful blog, and a great sense of humor… Keep up the good work. Mike Long


4 Daydreamer Desserts June 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Thank you all so much for stopping by and for the great compliments!


5 experimentalcook July 21, 2010 at 1:02 am

You post amazing pictures! They make me drool …


6 Eeyoregirl39 (Marioly) September 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Hi!! I just found your recipes on Tasty Kitchen and can’t wait to try them. My family is also from Cuba and I was born in Spain. I grew up in Miami and now live here in South OC in Ladera Ranch. Just wanted to say hi and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this site!


7 Daydreamer Desserts September 10, 2010 at 6:13 am

Hi! Thank you so much, I’m glad you are enjoying my site. Well we are practically neighbors. I haven’t had an opportunity to visit Spain yet, I’m dying to visit!


8 Suzanne @ Continuing My Education November 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

LOVE that you are a software engineer…I am too…oh and love your recipes too!


9 Daydreamer Desserts November 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Thanks for stopping by Suzanne! How logical… that you love the fact that I’m a software engineer that is. ;)


10 Edible Rose December 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm


I couldnt see a trackback URL on your site but just wanted to say I’ve posted a link to your “demystifying french macarons” post on my own post about my favourite sources so thanks for the inspiration and helpful information!


11 Daydreamer Desserts December 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

It’s up now… the trackback was pending approval. :) Thank you so much for the link, I’m glad you found it inspirational and useful!


12 Bhavani Konings January 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Wow – great blog! I’m very curious about your post on the combination of garlic and chocolate. Will be back for more perusal!


13 ileana January 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

love the pasteles de guallava


14 Catherine January 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I know where I’m coming from now on when I need a dessert to really impress a crowd. Salivating over every recipe!


15 ileana January 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm

hello from new jersey , i just wanted to know if you have a cuban cake recipe. i have try few recipe, but not the same as from the bakery.. the dough,masa, grain..i dont know what you call it.texture is not the same… thank you for recipe i love them..


16 marita nogueiras March 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Do you live in L.A.? Do you give private classes? I’d love to have you come to my house for lessons for myself and my friends.


17 Patrick March 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

“I love to sing while driving… my car thinks I’m wonderful at it, it hasn’t complained yet.”
Hey, me too. Now I understand why my car keep breaking down every other month – it can’t stand my bad singing! I better shut up and just listen to the radio from now on.


18 Yvette March 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

Where have you been all my life? I just found you through our Latina Hermanas. So glad to read all about you and drool over your amazing desserts. LOVED reading about your mom being a nun – what a great story!!!


19 lisarenata March 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

Just found your fabulous blog through…YOU! (and blog hermanas). I can’t believe I did not know your blog existed. I love it! and I love everything and anything baking. YUM!


20 Bathroom Design April 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

This is the first time I comment on your site, but I’ve been reading it for about a few months. I admire the passion with which you tell your stories and dream that someday I can do the same. Love


21 Cupquake August 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Hey! I just stumbled on your blog and had to say (after reading a few recipes) you’re like my sweet tooth hero.

Keep up the amazing work! :)


22 Daydreamer Desserts August 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Welcome to the little blog Cupquake, thank you so much! :)


23 vera September 14, 2011 at 5:59 am

Hi! Your story is wonderfull and beautiful, you could be a writer too ))
Love your recepies and sense of humor.


24 Robyn Medlin Lindars September 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hi! I am always looking for different cocktail, desserts and tailgating recipes for my blog. I thought the Coconut Guava Martini sounded really yummy! Living in South Florida I will have no problem finding the ingredients! Would you like to be a guest post on my blog with this recipe? Robyn


25 Daydreamer Desserts September 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hi Robyn! Sure, I’d love to.


26 bryan November 20, 2011 at 4:53 am

Thanks fro sharing! I like learning a little about my blogger friends.


27 Sarah/Dreamers Joy Events & Design November 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Enjoyed reading this “about me”! Sounds like you a very interesting background and fun life! :)


28 Pat January 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

Love your story, your family so beautiful! Great recipes, too, and excellent photography. All the best in 2012.


29 Cindy January 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Awsome bio!


30 Angelina April 28, 2012 at 8:14 am


I bumped into your sight and love it. Love your story and your recipes and it made me homesick! Doesn’t happen often. I was born in Ecuador, moved to Miami and married a Dutch man with whom I live with in the Netherlands. Your site is inspiring and shows how amazingly versatile a person can be!



31 sharon May 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

sounds like you are an amazing human being thanks for being here for me!!!!!


32 Ffion May 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

What a fantastic website and an amazing background you have! Really enjoyed reading about your life. Can’t wait to start trying your ice cream recipes now.


33 Randa Money June 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

My son Josh sent me the link to your blog some time ago and came across it when I was cleaning out my mail box. He raves about your desserts so am anxious to see what this is all about.


34 Dawid Smietana June 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I love Cuba, I love food, I love drikns and I love your website!!! All the best greetings from Poland


35 Shana August 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hola! I love your famliy’s history especially the age your parents met. I can tell you cook from the heart and with love which is most important for dishes to come out the best. So glad I came across your website it is inspiring.


36 Natalie p December 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Love your blog and all the fun recipes. Your pictures are beautiful!


37 Daydreamer Desserts December 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Thank you Natalie!


38 Jean Wilson January 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm

What a GREAT blog!!! Something tells me we could be GREAT friends! Definitely following this blog! Keep up the good work!


39 Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

Josie, you’re amazing! I love your sass and incredible sense of humour. This is one of the best “about” sections that I’ve read on a blog in a long time. I loved reading about your fabulous parents and your journey so far. And needless to say, everything you make looks divine. You’ve got a new follower in me for sure.


40 Daydreamer Desserts March 8, 2013 at 8:40 am

Hi Nancy,

Welcome, and thank you so much for the complement!



41 popi Ginis March 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hello from Australia,
love your blogs & recipes by the way.
i have a question regarding your baklava martini. Can you please tell me what half-half means,is it alcohol or milk?



42 Daydreamer Desserts March 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hi Popi,

Thank you so much for the compliment. Half-half is a dairy product made up of half milk and half cream.



43 Javier Naranjo February 5, 2014 at 12:16 am

I have the wonder pleasure to meet you mom in a bus travel today and she told me about this page, and everything you do.
she loves you and is so proud of you.
she told me also a lot of recipes of wonder candys!
ill cook them soon and ill send it to you.


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