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Hello World, it's me Julia.

Welcome to my humble little blog, La Petite Maison Verte.  In French, that translates to "the little green house."  This blog is where I share delicious, mostly healthy meals in addition to occasional indulgences.  I also share other wonderful things that inspire me on a daily basis, and my thoughts on a healthy lifestyle.

A little about me....

My name is Julia.  I live in Tampa, Florida with my husband Brian and our Italian Greyhound, Hudson.  Those two guys are the loves of my life.  

Yes, I really do live in a little green house.  And my last house was green too...I guess you could say I have a thing for green.

I'm a Physical Therapist, outpatient orthopedic PT to be exact.

But the reason I started this blog is because of my love of food! It's my life:  I love to cook, to bake, to read cookbooks, to peruse food blogs, to plan my next meal in my mind, to "healthify" recipes.  I like to cook and eat at home as often as I can.  I have a lot of philosophies on eating, nutrition, wellness, the food industry and on living life, in general.  Stay tuned, I'll be sharing some of those thoughts here on this blog.

And France.  I love the culture, the people, the landscape, the food (!) and let's not forget Paris, the city of lights, my favorite place in the whole world.  I'm always planing my return trip...

La Petite Maison Verte is a hobby and it's a major work in progress.  So is my photography, so please bear with me, I know the food photos aren't always the most appetizing BUT I wouldn't share a recipe here unless it was GOOD.  Sometimes you'll just have to trust me.

I try to track down recipe sources for everything I post.  Even if I change the recipe completely, I will always give credit to who/what inspired me.

Any questions?  Just ask!

our first green house:  Jacksonville, NC, October 2009
at Frog's Leap Winery, Napa, CA.  June 2009
i just love this face
...and I love this face too
our current little green house:  Tampa, FL, July 2011