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July 24, 2012

Summer Concoction ~ Mara des Bois at My Petite Maison

A happy hello from My Petite Maison today. 

Since many of my days are filled working on the garden, garden shed and when possible (when it's not too hot), working on my computer on the porch.  I wanted to share a little refreshment with you today.  

A little bit of coolness & deliciousness that takes barely any time at all.

I was fortunate to find French berries, called Mara des Bois here at Shelton's, our local natural foods store on Sunday.  I wanted to share some very simple libations or as they're happily referred to here - concoctions, using the berries:

Mara des Bois Berries • Sofia • Vintage French Juice Glasses
 Sofia sparkling wine can be used... or Prosecco - Would you like sweet or dry sparkling wine?

Above, here's Sofia in darling cans with a pink straw attached to the can.  I like them just like this... Ready to place in our picnic basket and walk to town concerts.  

Mara des Bois and little sprigs of our special garden mint of taste for this year:

You will see the berries are not perfect, they're organic.  Delicious and free from pesticides.  You know, the way nature intended - all different, all beautiful in their own way.

Now, if you don't care to use sparkling wine, you could go with your favorite bottled, sparkling water.  This is my favorite sparkling water of the moment:  Voss

It's so good, big bubbles, crisp and the bottle keeps it crisp until the last little bit.  That usually doesn't happen with other waters - I love that about this water.  Are you able to tell... I like my sparkling water absolutely crisp?!  It's true.

So our berries are ready to slice thinly, along with some organic, fresh lime mint from our garden:

French Vintage Cutting Board • Mara des Bois • French Porcelain

Berries... Ready to slice - yum!

The best things in life are truly the simplest:  One tiny sprig of lime mint and Mara des Bois (in a vintage glass, of course):

 I love how it sparkles!

I hope you'll look into getting some fresh berries in your area if you haven't already, and savor the little things in life.  

A little refreshment for the palate and for the soul!

That's it for today.  I'm off to wrap a few parcels for clients... Quickly but very pretty,  before the nicest mailman in the world arrives to pick them up.

Have a great week!

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Anne said...

YUM! I am going to have to try that!Where did you find those sweet glasses that say Eva?

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That looks so refreshing--perfect post for all the heat everybody has been experiencing!

helen tilston said...

Hi Tracie

I forgot how good Voss water is - thanks for reminding me and I love the glass you use to serve


Kris said...

The drink you prepared would be a very refreshing change on a hot day. :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Looks delicious!! I just enjoyed some strawberries this evening with dinner too~love them!

trash talk said...

And I'm off to google all the things you talked about to see if they're available in my area.
I love your presentations!

Kate said...

Love your summer fresh drink Tracie I am going to have to try that for my family! Have a great week and lots of hugs to you!


DEBBIE B. said...

YUM YUM Tracie!!! Ohh how I love strawberries...we have them almost every nite..would love to find some french berries..Will try the
Sofia & the Voss sparkling crisp water:) Its soo hot here..this sounds perfect! Love all your vintage pretties too sweets!
Have an awesome weekend...we're off on vacation..5 yr anniversary & hubby's BD! Can you see the big smile on my face:) :)
Deb:) xoxox