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April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day from My Petite Maison!


Have a wonderful day, we'll be planting and celebrating the day!



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April 13, 2012

My Petite Maison Visits Lambert Bridge Winery

Happy Friday from My Petite Maison.  Friday the 13th to be exact.  ALWAYS the luckiest days for us at our Maison.  Long history of birthdays, good times on this day. I can't say enough of making each day YOUR own.  No superstitions, just make it great ~ savor it!


I want to take you on a road trip today.  A trip just about 10 minutes from our Maison, very fortunate for us here in our little town.



This started as a story for Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine, but I wanted to elaborate on the article I did for Angela for my readers.  

So, without further adieu, we're off to visit Lambert Bridge Winery in Sonoma County.   Believe it or not, all the photos were taken in February in 70 degree weather.  We really lucked out on the weather and the extremely nice people and animals met on our adventure. 

One of the Winery's beautiful vintage trucks 
filled with wooden wine barrels (above).

View from afar:  Winery and ridge
of magnificent trees.  

At times, it amazes me,
we live in this back yard of beauty, filled with
huge pines all around us, mountain scenes as far
as the eye can view; and to be honest, when the trees
end, the ocean begins... A place of real beauty.

  The entrance to dual Mugnaini pizza ovens,
 outdoor kitchen at Lambert Bridge Winery


Alright, I knew I was going to take a few photos
for the blog, but upon entering: A huge "sign"
for myself and my husband...

 
Beautiful Great Pyrenees, named Wiley, was lying on the
floor and quickly jumped up (and checked us out to make sure he approved) upon our entering the winery.  Thank you, Wiley for welcoming us... meant more than you know - kind dog.


To us, there is no other dog that steals our hearts faster or better than a Great Pyr will, our Zeke made sure of that. 

 We were also greeted by Bernadette.  This Saint Bernard is amazing.  The Great Pyrenees and St. Bernard were perfect together.  We would love to own both of these big-hearted dogs at the same time, but My Petite Maison is petite (but we do have three yards... think, think, think?!).

Look at all the wines in gorgeous wood treasure troves (below):
We also met a beautiful lab, so kind and put up with our chatting while on our visit and how much we loved ALL dogs and wine, too.

So, how good is this?  Beautiful dogs and delicious wines beneath the ridge of trees.


Tasting wines for our French picnic:
  We tasted Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay

They were all amazing wines.  Delicious, fresh and bright -  we couldn't wait to try our herbed cheese from France with
one of them.  Wish it could have been all, but we chose
the Sauvignon Blanc.  They were ALL excellent.


Beautiful Riedel Crystal Glasses and Lambert Bridge Sauvignon Blanc





 Massive fireplace and sparkling chandelier (see reflection in mirror above).  We truly feel it takes many visits to take the beauty of the Winery in and see/notice all the elements of style, taste and nature.

We entered the picnic grounds through the gazebo covered by vines, surrounded by fleurs and lots of gravel.  (You know from my garden posts, I feel you can never have enough gravel.)

Old (30 year-old) Wisteria vines surround the gazebo and winery.  

Through the gazebo, you see lavender and herbs that await our picnic adventures.  We are amazed since it's February and yet, every plant is well manicured and loved.  We truly cannot wait to go back in a few weeks and see everything in full bloom.

A closer look:  
The outdoor kitchen where pizza & gourmet food 
classes are held at Lambert Bridge Winery.


I took loads of my antique French
Terre de Fer faience plates and bowls
with us to the winery.  

We wanted to enjoy our picnic in style as the 
French do with superb plates, glasses and utensils too.
We didn't use our glasses, as the winery was
kind to loan us beautiful crystal glasses
for our picnic on the grounds.

Notice my vintage forks given to me by 
my grandmother?  A little scratched with time,
but well-loved by our family. Each scratch
means a lot to me, it's all in love of style.

  Again, the dual Mugnaini ovens

 The view from our pique-nique table.

A little bit of delicious food, wine
and sparkling water for all.


Antique platters
Baguettes et Macarons
from our town's small French Bakery


 Pressed figues and French black olives,
they are quite delicious.
  The smaller olives are from
our trees at My Petite Maison.
We are truly blessed to have a friend
that cures them for us... our five little trees.

 A beautiful French patisserie box filled with Princess Cake from Costeaux a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and an orzo dish I made for the picnic.  

We purchased two bottles of wine.  One for our picnic 
and another for a special occasion to come soon. 

Hope you enjoyed our visit to the winery in Healdsburg, California.  Here's a link to the  website ~ 

Also, I promised to share a recipe with you this week. I decided to share the recipe from one of my favorite sites & the dish I made in the right hand corner of the photo (above).  It's Lemon Dill Baked Orzo with Gruyere.  Once you try it, you'll want to include it in all your picnics.  Let me know if you try it, I'd love to hear from you!


 Our view on the drive home... just 2 snaps from the window.

Beautiful drive too (And no worries, always a designated driver on our trips if there's wine involved).

 

Wanted to mention:  You may have noticed, I've had to take a break from listing new items in my store. My business here for local customers has taken off in the last couple months.  I hope to be able to list items again soon for my cherished friends and on-line clients.  Please be patient with me. Thank you so much!

Have a wonderful weekend. I have lots to do in the next couple weeks in my own garden too.  I've bought loads of plants and can't wait to share.


Oh, I've joined Instagram recently, look me up if you'd like... I'm TracieMyPetiteMaison !


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April 9, 2012

Monday, Monday & I Brake for Yard Sales

Or perhaps I should say... Busy, busy!  
Which is always a great thing here.

Quick photo taken w/iPhone of Spring Fleur Stock, Snapdragons and Tulips

I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday.  We did, low key but thankful and enjoyed the wonderful weather here in our little town. 

I also hope you don't mind my quick photo taken with iPhone.  I adore the stock, snapdragons and tulips mixed together - in all their pastel color glory.

I'll be back with my behind the scenes photos, (while I worked for Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine) as promised and a great recipe (one that's not in the article) tomorrow or Wednesday.   A little wait, as I need to package up a few parcels to wonderful clients of mine and put some finishing touches on a plan or two here at My Petite Maison.

Romantic fleurs, bistro table & French sign

By the way, have you picked up this book yet?  I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer.  It's a great book and filled with very clever tips on the whole antiquing, flea markets, auctions and hunting for treasures experience.  I've really enjoyed it and believe you will as well.  (You can find it on Amazon.com ~ just in case you don't have it already.)

I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer (on my flea mkt find table)


See you in a couple days!
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April 7, 2012

Easter Wishes

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April 5, 2012

Little Hello

Just a little hello from me today.



Bits of Easter prep here.  Vintage dishes, flowing fleurs and moving things around a bit.

Lilacs from our tree




 

Hope to post some photos before Easter.  It will be pretty simple here, keeping in mind what Easter is about.



I hope to be back here soon to post
some pics but want to take a moment
to thank everyone for their nice words
 about my article in 
The Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine!

I will be posting some "behind the scenes"
photos next week.  I really appreciate
all your emails & kind comments too! 

See you soon,
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