Tuesday, October 14, 2008


"The scope of the subject of wine is never ending, [as indeed,] so many other subjects lie within its boundaries. Without geography and topography it is incomprehensible; without history it is colorless; without taste it is meaningless; without travel it remains unreal. It embraces botany, chemistry, agriculture, carpentry, economics – any number of sciences whose names I do not even know. It leads you up paths of knowledge and by-ways of experience you would never glimpse without it."

~ Hugh Johnson

~ Early morning mystery

~ Vista and Vines


~ Chateau Chantal


"Think of it as your very own, perfectly charming, winery and Old World Inn. Offering breathtaking views of both East and West Grand Traverse Bay. Open all year, our gracious staff will offer wine tasting and sales-from dry to sweet to sparkling. Immerse yourself in our year-round B&B ~ stay a night or come for a wine seminar, cooking class, or plant private event ..."

~ Wineries of Old Mission



~ Delightful breakfast served complete with recipe (Autumn Pond Bed & Breakfast)


1 large loaf Cinnamon Raisin Bread

(chopped in 1/2 - inch cubes enough to fill 9 x 13 inch pan)

12 oz. softened cream cheese

6 oz. softened butter

3/4 cup real maple syrup, divided

10 eggs (prefer organic)

3 cups half & half

1/2 cup cinnamon sugar

(1/4 cup sugar & 1/4 cup cinnamon mixed together)

powdered sugar

additional warm maple syrup

  • Place chopped cinnamon raisin bread in 13 x 9 inch glass pan coated well with cooking spray.
  • Mix cream cheese, butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup until smooth. Spread mixture over top of bread, leaving some openings through which to pour egg mixture.
  • Beat eggs, half & half and 1/2 cup maple syrup. Pour egg mixture over bread and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Uncover and bake 50-55 minutes. Cut into 15 squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Drizzle with additional warm maple syrup, if needed. (15 servings)

~ 'God's gift'
... sunlight and the remains of the day
Note: for more photos including the last year harvest, click ...


Anonymous said...

We had a very misty morning in Nova Scotia today -- your first photo is simply beautiful! I ADORE this time of year!

marmee said...

oh my, these are incredible shots.
i love them all that sunset is stunning. all the vineyard photos makes me want to visit one. there is a local one i have been trying to get to. i think you have inspired me to just do it.

come over to my blog you have been tagged!

bg_garden said...

Last year at this time we were in Napa. I sure do miss it! These photos make me long to return. We enjoy Hess Vineyards.

Happy Tuesday Bloom Joey and Thank you for sharing.

joey said...

It was a memorable morning, Nancy. As you well know, fog is fellow photographer's best friend and why we keep our camera near ;)

Dear Marmee ... this is a journey we make every year, still to tap all the wonderous vineyards. Thanks for the honor ... I posted my reply, dear friend ;)

Sweet Bren ... it's been awhile since we visited Napa but love the many great offerings of Hess. Because of the economy and the fact many cannot travel, these posts perhaps will entice others to visit and taste the gift offered near. Michigan has grown leaps and bounds thoughout the years and I'm proud to introduce others to this beautiful piece of earth.

Anonymous said...

For just a "ho hum housewife" you really take some beautiful photographs.

joey said...

I delighted to see you again, dear Abraham. Thank you ... it is indeed an honor coming from you.

Anonymous said...

"Chateau Chantal." You know, Joey, the name alone makes me want to don my black beret and turtleneck sweater. Maybe grow a mustache like Salvador DalĂ­? Granted, he is not french, but I couldn't think of anyone else while under the influence of cold medicine.

Anyway, you already know I absolutely enjoy every one of your collages, but the first image looks like a fine oil painting to me.

joey said...

Thanks dear Marysol ... it is indeed a lovely scenic chateau that we have visited often. I'm so sad :( that you're not feeling well. Perhaps, a little hot spice wine might help!

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering about the recipe for CINNAMON RAISON FRENCH TOAST SOUFFLE. It states to beat the eggs - but the eggs are not listed?

joey said...

Yikes anonymous! I corrected the recipe and added the 10 eggs. FYI~ I made this again last weekend (actually 2 since I had a huge crowd). The kitchen smelled divine as guests salivated, waiting to devour the delightful brunch. While the souffle baked, we grilled sun-dried tomato chicken sausages, which tasted devine together.