Sunday, August 29, 2010

Herbed Vinegar




Hello my friends!  I've missed you!!!  I thought I would get a jump start on the week and put a quick post up.  I can't really say that I got all that much accomplished during my little break from blogging, but at least my kids are settled back in to school and we are working on establishing a new routine for the year.  Caighton, of course, is still at home with me all day.


This little corner is technically in my studio, but it is really more a part of a pass through between the kitchen and dining room.  It changes all the time...like most of the rest of my house! :)





A few issues back, in the Jeanne d' Arc Living magazine, they featured make-your-own herbed vinegar.  It sounded interesting to me, and since I have an abundance of herbs in the garden, I thought I would give it a try...




It was so easy and you can use whatever herbs are plentiful at the time you make it...which for me, were basil and thyme. 

It has been such a hot summer here this year, so I have not been out in my garden nearly as much as I would have liked, but I can always count on my herbs to manage without a lot of fussing from me.

 I also added lemon and garlic for flavor.  All that is required, is adding your ingredients to a clean jar and letting it sit in a sunny windowsill for a few weeks.  Easy!


 






I am trying to enjoy all that the garden has to offer before summer is gone.  I love using the goodness of the garden in how I decorate as well...




...and naturally, that includes fresh flowers...



I think that is what I will miss the most when summer is over...being able to dash outside on any given day and pick fresh flowers for the house...



Oh, and this lovely vintage French bottle carrier...it's another item I snagged from my friend Maria's soon-to-open shop...I LOVE it! :)))



Happy new week!!!


Tracey

67 comments:

cityfarmer said...

I love that little corner ... I remember it well ..

have a great week

Jen said...

That corner is gorgeous!!!!
& the vinegar sounds so easy to make!

Dreamy Whites said...

I am so excited you posted again!
We have all missed you!!!
I LOVE all of your photographs.... I especially love that second photograph....
I hope you are having a great weekend!
Your friend,
Maria
p.s. Thank you for the shout out at the end of your post!! You are too sweet. I love how you have the french bottle carrier displayed on your table.

Creative Carmelina said...

Tracey..your home is lovely...and I adore the white fresh palette! Your ever changing vignette sounds just like me...I do that too....!!!

just beautiful...i made tomato sauce from yellow tomatoes last night...delish....good to try something new every now and again...

thanks for sharing!

ciao bella

CREATIVE CARMELINA

Linda said...

Beautiful photos, Tracey~ I just love your French bottle carrier, too!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I love to make herbed vinegar! YOur images are perfection!
Yvonne

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Tracey, Your photos are always so beautiful! I love the French bottle carrier and the blackboard.
Hugs, Sherry

Fearless Nester said...

How I love those images of your little corner, so much yummy inspired goodness here, just taking it all in! ~Lili

Chrissy said...

Hey you....how are you? Love what you have done(big surprise)...can not wait to get my pillow and mag.Have a great week! xoxo

Allison said...

Your corner is beautiful and your photos are gorgeous! I love that French bottle carrier. I'm with you....I love going in the backyard and picking fresh flowers every day. Have a great week!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

I've never tried to make herbed vinegar. It sounds easy enough. Can it be used with a little olive oil as a salad dressing? I LOVE that bottle carrier too! What a good find :)

Country Dreaming said...

Great area!
The vinegars sound good too.

Melinda

Debbie said...

Hi Tracey~~~~Your little corner is very nice!! I love making herbed vinagers too! Lavender really takes the pungeunt taste and smell out of the vingegar...and it's wonderful on salads!!
Debbie@houseatthelake

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Tracey,
Beautiful photos as usual!!
I understand how you feel about the ability to dash out to the garden for fresh flowers...I really miss that too during the colder months! Love your little pass through cart and arrangements! Take care, Laura

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I adore your beautiful little corner and all the gorgeous photos.
Can I ask you what type of camera do you use please?
The mauve flowers in the French bottle carrier look fabulous.
I also infuse herbs in my olive oil which is lovely too.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Ludid said...

i need to find a little shop that sells lovely things like these to decorate my home. yours looks so beautiful.

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

What a beautiful post - as always! Will have to try making a fabulous oil. Thanks for sharing:)

BLOOMING PARIS/ Jenn said...

Tracey, I have always wished to try the herbal vinegars! What inspiration is here. Thank you for this sneak peek & I just might make this my clear intention in the next summer! It feels wonderful to enjoy this experience here with you. I do love my herbs, and missed them dearly this year! I luv herbs too, Jenn

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Mmmmm, I can almost smell all of your divine herbs, Tracey!

Beautiful photos, and yes, Maria simply cannot get that shop open soon enough to suit me. Hurry, Maria! ;-)

Hugs,
Anne

p.s. LOVING my new JdA mag!

Irene b said...

I adore every single corner of your home tracey!thank you also for sharing this and now ...I'm waiting to prepare my own herbed vinegar too!

Tulipa said...

How lovely!!!

Looks so inspiring!

/Mariette

found and sewn said...

Great photo's. I'm going try the herb vinegar

manon 21 said...

Tes photos sont magnifiques,tu me donnes envie de jouer avec les herbes du jardin.

Bonne semaine

manon

rowena said...

Hello Tracey
Do you use plain vinegar or water as base for the herbed vinegar?
I hope you can tell me this so i can make the vinegar to.

Mette said...

Lovely pictures and corner! Thanks for the tip about the vinegar. Now is the season for doing it!

have a nice week!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Beautiful photos Tracey and the bottle carrier is gorgeous.. Lucky for me summer is on the way in!!! well spring.. in 1 more day!!

Hope you have a lovely week xxx Julie

It's me said...

Hi Tracey...i missed you...nice to read a normal post of you......eh i like thet cabinet !!! it is from jdl !!! we also sold that in our shop......nice to see this in your kitchen....you make lovely vinegar....wishing you a happy week.....love Ria...

Firefly Hill said...

The vinegar is a great idea...thanks for sharing! Everything looks just beautiful here..

xo,

annie

Dyche Designs said...

The photos are beautiful. Love the idea of making vinegar with herbs, wish I'd thought to do something before ours dried up and keeled over. :0)

La said...

Welcome back!

My basil went to seed quite a while ago. I do still have rosemary, thyme, and parsley.

I would love it if you would visit my newly finished French Rose Garden bedroom. You inspired one of the walls. http://amusingpotpourri.blogspot.com/2010/08/accueillir-ma-roseraie.html

I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. La

Val said...

I love this corner in your kitchen,filled with various little things which make me feel good!
Val

Theresa said...

OHHHH I love the industrial cart with all of the beautiful metals and linens on it! I have never made vinegars before but you make it sound easy, makes me want to try it! As always, thank you for the eye candy and inspiration! Theresa xoxo

Sandi said...

Hi Tracie,
I used to make herbed vinegars all the time, but haven't done that for several years. Yours look wonderful.
Blessings~

Leah C said...

I've been thinking about planting my own little herb garden...this is great incentive:) Drooling over that bottle carrier!

My Yellow House said...

Welcome back and what beautiful picture to share. I love that little pass through - what a gorgeous area to have and switch around all the time. I am definately going to try the recipe - my herb garden has taken over so it's nice to find new ways to use them.

I can hardly wait for Maria to open her shop! The bottle carrier is first on my list. :)

Enjoy your week with a quieter house ~ Sarah

*Ulrike* said...

That is one thing that I would like to try, and to give as gifts. Your little corner is so cute!

Jboo said...

How cool is that!! Love your photos!

Janet

Barbara said...

Lovely herbed vinegar, Tracey. I'm going to try it!

Olive Cooper said...

your little corner is BIG in ideas...hugs♥olive

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Air Kiss said...

Very pretty, Tracey!! Your herb oil looks fantastic. I love how you decorate the corners of your home. That vintage bottle carrier is great and I LOVE those photos of it - incredible light! I've been so busy here with the back to school thing.. but getting in the swing of things! Have a sweet week!
xo, Lara

Jo in New Prague, MN said...

Tracy - I started your blog at the very beginning and last night, oh, around 3:00 a.m. I got to today. One of those nights where I couldn't sleep...and I have to be at work at 7! Ugh. I love your blog. It is so extremely beautiful and so interesting! Thanks for brightening my day. I want to tell you how grateful i am that you so freely give out sources and ideas. I have a file on my computer where I save everything good. Most of what's there is from you. Thanks for everything. You make my day.

Beatnheart said...

your photography is gorgeous! How do you do it? Photoshop? Love your look...

Bohemian said...

Beautiful photography! What a lovely Home you have and I'm imagining your Herb and Veggie Garden is equally fabulous judging by the abundant Harvest!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Amy Kinser said...

I love that cart. You have it decorated beautifully! I also love growing herbs even though I do better with some than others.

Emma Burgess said...

Lovely to 'see' you- glad the children are settled. Hope you have a great week. Emma. xx

Mrs. Sutton said...

Oh that corner is magnificent - and your pictures simply BEAUTIFUL! Funnily enough I have just blogged about using the ingredients in my garden for jam and chutney's and such - I, however, am a COMPLETE beginner having only recently moved from the city to the British countryside, and this being my first proper garden. Your blog is an inspiration to me, and the vinegar will definitely be a future 'project'! xx

ANETTESHUS.COM said...

Looooove it!!!

xo
ANETTE:)

Shabby Chic Interiors said...

Hello Tracey, what an honor to have you on the blog! Your blog is a beautiful place full of beautiful photos and ideas to grasp! I would love to do a banner exchange and hosted as a guest on my blog so you know to my readers. Maybe along with a small interview, what do you think? Let me know soon!

A kiss
Sarah

traci said...

what a lovely little corner. and the bottle carrier - love it. are you getting all the good stuff first my dear? have a great day.

Chrissy said...

Hey darlin...got my magazine today! What a lovely issue,they all are I know but this one looks amazing!Thanks again! x0

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

OK, I am feeling left out. I want to see your house!
I just love these photographs Tracy - between you and Maria in these most recent posts they are perfect!
I make vinaigrette all the time from my garden, growing herbs brings me such pleasure and you are right, they are almost effortless and such a treat in this heat!
Speaking of treats, I have one for you! Created just for you! I need your address, shoot me an email when you have a moment!
Warmly,
Angela
Parisienne Farmgirl

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hey - welcome back, Tracey! I've missed you!!!!! Wow, I can not get over your photography. The light is just absolutely prefect. Just can't seem to find that in my own house when I'm taking photos. lol! I've made herbed vinegars before, too. They make great gifts! Oh, and I'm soooo drooling over that bottle carrier. The way you displayed it is so pretty! :)

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Tracey,
Love the recipe,
love the rusty metal cart in your kitchen,
love your kitchen,
also the scale.
Love your bottle rack with blooms from your garden.
Love visiting!
Lisa

Martha said...

It all is just beautiful and the herbed vinegar...great idea...I'm definitely making this as an add on to a birthday gift with cooking as the theme:)
thank you for that!

The spaces you create are always beautiful
xo

Laura said...

Everything here is so romantic and inspiring...I love your ideas and I always follow you!!!!
I know it'll be not easy for you to pass and visit me....but I can wait!
Kisses.
Laura@RicevereconStile

Lissa said...

that just may be my favorite corner of your home! Love it!

I wish we had a hot summer! I'm jealous. :)

Diana said...

What a great idea! I'm going out to the garden to pick herbs right now. Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing.
Tootles
Diana

Greenmare said...

I did chive vinegar and once it was nice and fragrant I put fresh chive flowers in the jar. so pretty, but not as pretty as your fabulous bottle carrier!!! I love that!!!!

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Hi Tracey, such a sweet corner, looks amazing with the old scales (love old scales) great new items in your shop too!
alicia

paperbird said...

Tracey do you ever rest? I was just wondering. Your little corners are so beautiful- I love your sweet touches. I will most definitely miss my garden flowers- they are starting to dwindle down already. sigh!

Style Sisters said...

Gorgeous! I love your photos and all your fun items. I especially love the metal milk jar holder!! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesdays on my blog and share your amazing ideas.

Karin

paige said...

tracey i always get so excited when i see a post from you!!
i must give this recipe a try too

and i must tell you, the way you design vignettes in your home are always so lovely. i could admire your home all day long!
love the little industrial table too
xo

Southern Queen Bee said...

I am just getting back to blogging as well. I have some basil growing on the patio and will have to try this. Your pictures are just beautiful. Looking forward to vistiing your blog again soon. Have a wonderful holiday, Missy

Julie Pishny said...

Hi Tracey, It's always a flurry of activity getting the kids back to school, isn't it? Love your shots, you just keep getting better and I love it! My favorite shot is close up of those lovely herbs floating in the vintage jar. Gorgeous. Thank you for the morning indulgence. Hugs - Julie

Susan said...

Welcome back!! I love that corner.
Everything looks so yummy! Susan

Lynnette Kraft said...

Hi! This is my first time to your blog and WHOA, I love it! I'm redecorating my dining room right now and am going for the mostly white, rustic look. I'm looking for a metal basket - can I have yours? :) hee hee

I know where to come for inspiration! Fun!
Lynnette
Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground