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February 26, 2009

Weekend Italian Recipe & A Swedish Find

What a combo, right?

First, I want to share a recipe from Italy
that I love (I hope you will too!)
It's for Shrimp with Orange Chili Glaze
and it's scrumptious... not many ingredients ;)
I'll share it at the end

The other day, I crawled around an old antique store floor
(that's where you find some of the best finds, right?)
Look what I found!
A vintage funnel from Sweden.
I fell in love instantly and brought it home.

I'm going to use it for my vintage bottle
projects and who knows what else!

Okay, here's the recipe
Let me know if you try it and how you like it.
Now you know what I'm making Friday night
Oh yes, I cut the recipe in half... but here's
the original recipe from my friend, Antonia

Shrimp with Orange Chili Glaze
1/2 c fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 c fresh cilantro
1 T Asian red chili paste (Sriracha)
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
3 scallions, green parts only
cut into 1 inch pieces
1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce
1/2 tsp salt
2 lbs large shrimp, shelled & deveined

Put orange juice, cilantro, chili paste, olive oil, garlic, scallions, chipotle and salt in blender and blend until smooth.
Put shrimp in sealable bag and pour the mixture above over the shrimp. Place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours but no longer.
Remove shrimp from bag and discard marinade.
Grill shrimp over medium heat until they are opaque (approx. 2 to 3 minutes per side). Remove from heat and serve immediately.

This is really good over salad greens too.

Have a great weekend, talk to you next week!

Au revoir for now~

February 23, 2009

Rainy Weekend

I've been playing with my camera this weekend
even though the raindrops have been coming down

We've been inside staying cozy and warm
Just dreaming what Spring will be like...

Then, I catch a glimpse... yes, blossoms
on the apricot tree!

I'm popping back into my little studio to create
little works of art...
and of course, taking photos to add
special things to my shop
(well, trying - I like natural light the best
and there's not a lot of it here right now ;)

What have you been working on
while staying warm, dry and cozy?

Happy, happy week to everyone!

Au Revoir for now~

February 17, 2009

Beautiful New Find

New find (new to me that is)...

Seems all the ladies in Texas know what's
Really happening with style, grace and great finds!

Photograph Courtesy © Carolyn Westbrook Home

No wonder I've been begging my husband to
take me there (to Texas that is ;)

Debbie of Talking Trash did a post of the ever talented
Carolyn Westbrook...

I had to run right over to see what it was all about
and she was so right. Thank you Debbie!
Click here to visit Carolyn's site.

Carolyn's got a newly revamped website, blog
and the best... online magazine.

Yes, it's beautiful ~ filled with inspiration!

Run on over and take a look!

Au revoir for now~

February 14, 2009

Romancing The Valentine's Day

Happy St. Valentine's Day

I'm participating in Lesley's Flatwoods Folkart
Romancing the Blog Party...

It's been raining here for days & days
Hurry, don't get wet!

Come in, get warm & enjoy yourself

I've lit candles for the party
(smells like vanilla ;)

Help yourself to some Italian candies - yum!

We'll have a glass of Elderflower water
my friend, Tina, sent me from Sweden
in glasses found on an antiquing trip

Don't you think special things
taste better in vintage containers?

Little bits of love all around the Maison

Make sure you say "hi" to Zeke
He's a real romantic & loves his photo ops
(he doesn't have a choice...)

Before you go, make sure to take a little gift
I've made for the shoppe...

Petite Marie Antoinette Vintage Bottles
(the middle one is off to cher ami ;)

And last, but not least...
A little necklace I've made just for you

This St. Valentine's Day
and remember...

The purpose of
life is to increase
the warm heart
-Dalai Lama

Thank you so much for visiting with
My Petite Maison!

Merci, Lesley for putting on the party!

Click below to visit Lesley's
beautiful blog

February 12, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th!

Just a Little Wish
From My Petite Maison to Your Home
This Friday the 13th

If you've followed my blog... you know

Friday the 13th is a special day
Birthdays galore in our family and a lucky number

My daughter, aunt and grandmother
Share birthdays on Friday the 13th
(none in February though)

So, here's to "Lucky 13"

Let's have a beautiful Friday the 13th

Until tomorrow (and Valentine's Day ;)


February 10, 2009

A Little Getaway ~ In Italy

Care to getaway... for a couple hours
along the streets in Italy?
We'll stop by the pizzeria and then
grab a gelato (I'm having coconut!)

Stop by the beautiful church

If you'd like, we'll take a Vespa ride
Along the Amalfi Coast ~ Hold on!

And if you want a little more Italy...
Here's a TiVo Alert

Enchanted April is on TCM tonight
7:00 p.m. PST
(Tuesday, 2/10 ;)

Have an enchanted day and week!

Au Revoir (or ciao) for now xoxo~

February 3, 2009

Room with a View & Wonderful Weather

Just like one of my favorite movies...
If you haven't seen A Room with a View ~
Please check it out

Woke up to church bells ringing a few blocks away

We're having wonderful weather
in the 70s here in California

Sending warm breezes your way
wherever you are~

Grabbed my new camera

Walked around the yard...
Now that reminded me of Howard's End
One of my lazy cats just lounging

A little bouquet I put on my front porch

My other silly cat trying to play Petanque
in the shade of the bistro table

Just wanted to send a little sunshine
Your Way ;)

Au Revoir for now~

February 1, 2009

Run! Don't Walk ~ A Thing of Beauty

© Photo Courtesy of Alice W. All Rights Reserved

You've got to run over to Jennifer's blog The Old Painted Cottage to see my dear friend Alice's home featured as February's Cottage of the Month.

It's all things lovely, beautiful and enchanting and even includes a photo of Zeke's best friend, Renoir just lounging around.

You can find the Cottage feature here

And of course, Alice's new address at Typepad here

I'm off to rearrange my kitchen, inspiration has hit!

Au Revoir for Now!