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July 13, 2010

White Wednesday ~ Bastille Day

Vintage French postcards for this special day
and a candle to light the way in our home for you!

I'm joining in Kathleen's Faded Charm
White Wednesday
to wish you a very happy

Bastille Day

from my little white, chippy cabinet
(French, of course, for this special occasion ;)

And a few other French inspired items
from my garden since everything
is thriving now!

Heirloom tomatoes ripening...

Loving all things fresh and new
from the garden
(some from my jardin, some from farmer's market)

How about a vintage game of petanque
to commemorate this special day too?

I'll leave you with this Bastille day bouquet
I just planted on the porch

and share

a simple French recipe of mine
for a Bastille Day tomato platter to
savor and serve with crusty chunks
of bread so you can soak up the delicious dressing.

4 large ripe tomatoes (sliced)
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 T minced fresh tarragon

Arrange tomato slices to overlap
Pour vinegar evenly over them, then olive oil.
Sprinkle w/salt, pepper and lastly... the aromatic tarragon

Let stand for 15 minutes and serve.

Enjoy and Happy Bastille Day!

Happiness to you


Blondie's Journal said...

I looked at the heirloom tomato plants this spring and because I had so little room, I didn't plant any. I have to buy some tomorrow at the farmer's market to get an idea of how they taste. I'll try your dressing, too. Then maybe next year I will give it a go!! ;-D


MyCraftedLife ♥ said...

That dressing sounds amazing! And I love all the fresh flowers and veggies from your garden! Happy Wednesday! ♥

~~Carol~~ said...

Happy Bastille Day to you too! I like the look of that petanque game, your flowers look lovely, and the fruit and veggies look so fresh and yummy!
Happy WW!

Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracie... and Happy Bastille Day to you too tomorrow! Love your pretty photos, and your new vinca you planted is so very pretty... this is my favorite time of year for fresh veggies and yours look delish! Thanks for the recipe, the tomato platter and crusty bread sounds sooo good! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Olive Cooper said...

Happy WW and Bastille Day! Your tomato plants and sunflowers are splendid. ♦olive

clustres said...

I love your vignette! And the recipe--I'm definitely trying! Thanks!

Debbie said...

It's my daughter's birthday late husband's family is from Kelly's birthday has always been special in more ways than one.
Thank you for sharing for Bastille Day.

cityfarmer said...

ahhh, the sweet memories of a French Cafe in the windy city, with Ang ...

can't wait to try this ... I have PLENTY of tomatoes at the moment

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

Happy Bastille Day, to you and I have enjoyed your post today.
The dressing sounds delicious and tomatoes with crusty bread is my favourite.
I like the heirloom tomatoes, sunflowers and the bouquet.


Anneli :o) said...

I almost feel like I'm in France while reading your post today ! I'm salubrating here in Sweden :-)

So happy day to you ! And I must say, I love your blog !

Vive la France !

// Best wishes from Anneli en Suede

Sandi said...

Hi Tracie,
I had to google to see what Bastille day was.{ I am a true french wanna be! LOL}
Happy Bastille day to you too and thanks for sharing your lovely photos!! That salad sounds so yummy. I will be right over for some! :)

June said...

Tracie this sounds so yummy! I am going out to pick some of my tarragon this morning and make this for lunch. My tomatoes are are still too green yet, but I got some nice ones at the market yesterday.
That sunflower is amazing!!! I hope you have a Happy Bastille Day...I love the way you choose to celebrate it...with all things beautiful!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

the same to you! I love your style and the recipe. so glad you stopped by- do you wanna be a Barn Chick?


Alicia ~ time worn style said...

I love that white chippy cabinet, too too gorgeous!

One Shabby Old House said...

Hello Tracie,
Happy Bastille Day to you too. You are always so kind to share such special things. I will have to try your recipe as I can only imagine it to be wonderful. Especially after following your advice when we were in CA and visited the wonderful places that you shared with us.
Hope all is well with you.
I missed the time for White Wednesday but did a post on my Lace and Lures blog. Hope you will visit me.

Pam Aries said...

Merci for all the lovely, bee u ti full photos....I adore all your Frenchness!I drank out of a *french* wine glass today...heh heh

Fete et Fleur said...

Yummy recipe, Tracie! We were in your neck of the woods today. I hope you had wonderful Bastille Day celebration.


Rosemary said...

Hi Tracie,
Happy Bastille day to you.
Love your white Wed photo, and your plants are amazing.
Glad you came by for a visit to see where I was.
I'm up to my ears in crowns right now.
In honor of Bastille Day there is a French Festival in Santa Barbara this weekend!!
Have a happy day!!!

Theresa said...

Hi Tracie! Thanks for stopping by... I love your vintage game, I know I will spell it wrong without looking, I would display that even though I don't know how to play! Thanks for the summer recipe, we make something similar and put basil and fresh mozzarella on it... yum! Theresa

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Sounds perfect! We do a tomato platter very much like that and also add slices of fresh mozzerella cheese too.

Haven't had it in so long -- you make me want to prepare it again! :)

Have a lovely weekend!


Faded Charm said...

Great white chippy cupboard! I'm also finally enjoying my garden with everything in full bloom. Yours all look wonderful.