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December 17, 2008

From Our House to Yours

Wishing you
Peace, Love and Joy

We've Set up a Petite Tree
in Our Front Room

Enjoying Christmas Treasures
and Memories from Days Gone By...
Looking Forward to Making New Ones

New Christmas Wishes are Arriving...
And Being Sent Out

We're So Blessed...

All the Way
From My Petite Maison
to Your Home

See you After the Holidays

Now, Off to Make the Rounds...

Have a Merry Christmas!


December 15, 2008

Two Sleepy Heads Say...

For a Special Birthday Friend
Pour un ami spécial d'anniversaire

You mean we have to wake up to say...???

Originally uploaded by Painted White by Alice W.

Happy Birthday ~ Joyeux Anniversaire!!

I'm sure most of you know Alice
Artist of All Things Beautiful...

~ And ~
Fun, Giving, Kind

If you get a moment,
wish her a very happy birthday ;)
(and see all the goodies she received!)

If she happens to be in Paris,

Give the message to sweet Renoir!

Until tomorrow...

December 9, 2008

Whatever You're Doing

This Holiday Season...
Hoping it's full of joy, love and lots of happiness
and of course, lots of beauty!

Hope you're having loads of sweet fun!
What have you been up to?
We're in the midst of decorating our tree!

Au Revoir for now

December 4, 2008

A Tasty Recipe ~ Gougères

I'm thinking about food a lot
this holiday season...

A gougère is one of my favorites. A savory choux pastry made with a nutty flavored gruyere cheese. Gougères are delicious and so easy to make. I opened a catalog today and found 60 pre-made gougères offered for $55.00 ~ This didn't sit well, as I know how easy they are to make and wanted to share the recipe.

Please try the recipe if you like something tasty, savory and it warms the heart to make them yourself.

Here's the recipe I'm making this weekend - yum and we can all use the extra cash for something other than pre-made food that should be made fresh (in my opinion ;)

It is said that gougères were a favorite of Coco Chanel. Just a few won't do any harm, but it will be hard to stop munching with this wonderful hors d'oeuvre. Here's the recipe, I hope you enjoy... let me know if you give it a try!

1 cup milk
1 stick butter
Pinch of white pepper
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup flour
3 extra-large organic eggs
1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese (Cave Aged is the best in my book)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (Parmesano Reggiano)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Put milk, butter, salt, pepper & nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat until it scalds. Next, add flour and stir very quickly with wooden spoon until the mixture comes together (like a ball). Keep cooking, while quickly stirring for approximately one to two minutes. Once the mixture starts to coat the pan (it will look floury), take off heat and add in egg mixture, stirring very quickly as not to let the egg mixure scramble and enable it to combine with the flour mixture. Next add the cheese and stir until completely mixed. This is going to take a real work out for your arms, but it is well worth it!

If you choose to add the mixture to a food processor (and cheat ;), that's fine too - just start with the food processor at the mixing the eggs portion above.

Once mixture is complete, use a tablespoon to make little rounds about 1 inch in diameter and add to baking sheet, if you have a Silpat sheet that will work wonderfully on top a cookie sheet.

If you chose, you may use an egg wash to finish off puffs, but I don't use this method.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes (watch the bottoms). They should be golden brown.

Hope you enjoy this with your favorite glass of wine or perhaps a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine.

As Julia Child would say Bon Appétit...

From me, Au Revoir for Now!

December 1, 2008

Oh What a Holiday & Happy December

This is what I did over the long
Holiday Weekend...

Yes, this (eating a lot of delicious food)
and shopping.

The walking starts early Monday ;)

So, what did you do over the holiday?

Have a wonderfully active week!

Au Revoir for Now~