February 28, 2011

Smoothies, Lists & Some Help

Happy Monday everyone! 
As I write the wind is screaming outside, and I have a sweet little pup snoring next to me. 
 Apparently more snow is in the way, too. Yikes.
I've got a big list for the week, but I'm feeling good. 
Europe is in less than 2 weeks, we just received our Eurorail Passes! 
But I really need some help: we had an apartment lined up for our time in Vienna, but it fell through. 
Have you been to Vienna? Suggestions?

Aside from trip planning, my sweetie's birthday is coming up next week and I've been doing some covert birthday planning...can't wait to surprise him! :)

I hope your Monday goes swimmingly.

February 27, 2011

Hey baby, I think I want to marry you

Yesterday we (La Lune Events) participated in the Custom Weddings Northwest event at the Lincoln Center in downtown Spokane. It was quite the event! Last night after we finished the  tear-down, my mind was full of the day's festivities:

Meeting  brides that shared our passion for rustic, DIY and personalized concepts...

Connecting with local (and regional) vendors - and planning some fun collaboration opportunities...

Sampling some seriously delicious appetizers thanks to the caterers involved...

Listening to the silky voice of Robby French and the fast paced jive of 6 Foot Swing...

But despite all the great things, I left a little crestfallen. The turnout was lower than expected, which in part may have been to the far-below freezing temperatures, but also because Custom Weddings is a fairly new event and people are still warming up to it. That, paired with the majority of the brides we met not quite understanding what we do - are you photographers? are you caterers? - I mean, yikes.

I left feeling even more puzzled about this thing called the Spokane Demographic. After hours of explaining that La Lune Events is an event design, planning and production company - and after hours of blank looks - we ended up just switching to the catch-all phrase: We're Wedding Planners. And this, to be honest, was a little disheartening. As a semi-outsider (and recent CA transplant) I am still learning what Inland brides and grooms are all about...here's to hoping we figure it out!

For some shots of our space, check them out here! Thanks CW Team for a beautiful, fun event. :)

February 24, 2011

We got married...Again

People, we are getting geared up for Custom Weddings - and we're getting excited! CW is a newish Spokane event that brings together some of the top wedding professionals in the Inland Northwest. We were lucky enough to be invited to participate, and we're prepping for a sweet show. 

Part of that prep is organizing photos for our online portfolio. This morning, as Alisa and I were going through the amazing photos of local photographer (and friend) Mary Banducci, I came across this new favorite of Matthew and I. For those of you that have known us for awhile, you're probably thinking:  wait a minute...that's not your wedding...

Awhile ago we were lucky enough to be part of a styled wedding photoshoot with Mary - with dresses from local dress shop Storybook Bridal. It was so fun! Matthew was such a good sport, and a very sexy groom, I must say. And my dress...I was swooning all day long. Although it wasn't our actual wedding day it was fun to get dressed up...and fun to remember the love and excitement of our special day.

So now - onward to help the ladies and gents of Spokane in their own love stories...we'll see you on the flipside!

February 23, 2011

Insert Clever Title Here

After sleepless nights, a number of things happen.
First, my crankiness level is elevated. 
My productivity, down. Way down. 
Inclination to surf the web, sleep and watch Glee re-runs? At an all time high. 
Cereal for lunch? Sure, why not.  
I've been reading about fellow bloggers and their new babies - 
and I must be having sympathy sleeplessness.
As Matthew informed me at 4:45 a.m., it's training for kids...

February 22, 2011

Only Good Things

Hello Tuesday! Well we're back after a fabulously long weekend, and it's a full week ahead.

Alisa and I are prepping our La Lune Events booth for the Custom Weddings event this upcoming weekend, Matthew is wrapping up this quarter before we depart for Europe, and oh yeah - we're getting ready to go to Europe!

During our restful past few days I made the most delicious cookies EVER. I was leafing through this month's Bon Appetit and stopped in my tracks when I came across these beauties. Seriously - these were the best. Although they weren't as pretty as their purple friends (from a local bakery here in Spokane) they were....dare I say, tastier. And despite our complete lack of finesse in the Following Directions Department, these came out perfectly. 
If you have 20 minutes (well, plus cooling time, which I've never been good at) - you have got to try out this recipe!

In other news, this morning I had the truck in 4 -Wheel drive to deal with the snow...and now? 
Sunny and not a speck of snow to be seen. 
What the what?!

February 20, 2011

Blog Update

Hey folks! We're updating a few things around the ol' blog this weekend...everything will (hopefully!) be spick n' span come Tuesday. We'll be back with some fun things...including fudgy French Macarons. (They were so good, I'm lucky MR let me take a picture...they were gone that fast.)

Enjoy your holiday weekend! 

February 18, 2011

Happy Weekend!

I just found out that this weekend is a holiday weekend. 
Yes, it's true.
Not having a TV or a desk job apparently means I'm out of the loop. 
I was already excited about the weekend, but now? 
Beyond thrilled - especially because it means that MR will be home for another whole day!
Every Friday morning we take a family walk to Rockwood Bakery for some coffee, 
then stroll through the pretty neighborhoods; 
catching up on the week's doings and what's to come next.
Right now we're putting the finishing touches on our Europe trip, 
so there's lots of foreign-language-learning talk. :)

For some fun weekend browsing...

You've probably seen this before, and I just found a fab new blog that I ADORE!

I'm in love and inspired by Angela's mission and photos...getting MR to go No Sugar? Dubious. 
Her blog is pure loveliness.

If you're fancying a French treat, try out Robin's Onion Bacon Tart. It looks so dang good! 
Or check out this lovely lady for some fabulous weekend recipes.

My bro is a Rincon Local! He's the one in the first picture. He's the best. 

Did you check out my recently finished project
I'm so proud - we were featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

Don't miss this killer download from Pugly Pixel, my FAVORITE design site out there. 

This looks YUMMY

Hope your weekend is the bees knees.

February 17, 2011

Summer Jam Tart

The past few days I have been craving Summer fruit like a crazy woman. Unfortunately, as you all know - it's February. So while I don't have tons of fresh fruit readily available, I do have a TON of homemade jam from last Summer. Jars of Gingered Lemon Blueberry (an ode to my all-time favorite jam), Apricot Raspberry, and Triple Berry are stacked in my pantry, awaiting toasty bread or an afternoon scone.

Hmmm...no Summer fruit, but lots of Summer jam. After rooting around my cupboards I came across Oat Flour, Walnuts, and Oats. So I figured it was time to whip up some sort of Oat-y, fruity goodness. This creation is a cross between an Oat Bar and a tart - leaning more towards an oat bar.

Click here to read the whole recipe!

February 16, 2011

Wednesday Happiness: A Completed Checklist

Today a magical thing happened: I completed my entire checklist.
Can't you believe it?
True, one of those things was sending out.....my Valentines.
Yes, I realize it's the sixteenth.

There is nothing better than that feeling of crossing things off - one at a time - and then gazing upon that miracle that is the Completed Checklist.
Bonus: I got a bunch of books from Amazon and spent 30 minutes diving into Sarah Addison Allen's new novel. (True, her novels are girly and magical and Southern - and I love them!)

I hope your Wednesday was a wonderful as mine. For tomorrow I've got a recipe for you that I wrote myself! Don't get too excited - I'm no Julia or Martha - but I had fun and it's really, really yummy!

February 15, 2011

Valentine's Afternoon Tea

There's nothing like spending the afternoon sipping tea with your love.

February 14, 2011

Nothing but LOVE

Love is in the air.
Or it might be a drizzly foggish rain.
No, no I'm going with LOVE.
Today is our sixth Valentine's Day together, my husband and I.
The first one included a monster sub, a tub of chocolate pudding and strawberries.
It was college - you can't really blame him.
Since then, it has only gotten better and better.
I couldn't be happier. 

I want to share with you a project I've just completed. La Lune Events (my business) has partnered with Easy Dreamer Photography, Artistic Expression Makeup & Emici Bridal to bring you a romantic and love-filled photo shoot, entitled: You're the Butter to My Bread.

I hope that this Monday (and everyday) is filled with love and happiness.

February 13, 2011

Green is Good

 Green smoothies are not pretty.
But man, are they good. 
It makes me feel so virtuous - starting the stay out with fruits and veggies? 
And it really does taste amazing.
You can customize it however you like - just make sure you have fruits, veggies, and some sort of thickening agent - yogurt, banana, etc. 
Sometimes if I'm feeling fancy I add some fresh ginger....or even some cilantro. 
Listen, don't knock it until you try it!

Here's a simple recipe for a super green and super yummy smoothie.

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 peeled orange
1/2 banana
handful of strawberries, blackberries, peach slices 
(this time of year, go with frozen)
5 large leaves of Kale, ribs removed
Water, as needed to thin out

Combine in blender. Pour into glass and enjoy!

February 11, 2011

Roy Joy Valentines

  I love the handmade. Making gifts by hand ensure they have that personal, authentic touch. This Valentine's Day I encourage all of you to make something for someone you love.

I hope your weekends are full of love!

Candied Orange Slices with Dark Chocolate Drizzles

This time of the month there are a bazillion recipes 
out there for Valentine's Day sweet treats. 
And they all look delicious.
Red layer cakes.
Chocolate in every form imaginable.
As much as I would like to bake and sample all of the above, 
after my recent foray into truffle making I am
in the mood for something a bit different.
Enter the orange. 
During sunnier times the orange may feel a bit mundane. 
But people - it's February in Spokane, and an orange is the 
closest thing we have to the Sun.
Plus I figure the extra vitamins are an added bonus too. 
Add a drizzle of dark chocolate...and huzzah!
Valentine's Day redux.

Recipe and step-by-step instructions for sunny goodness after the jump!

February 10, 2011

A tray problem

 I've been trying to purge lately. I'm calling it advanced Spring Cleaning. And while sorting through our belongings I discovered that I have an insane number of trays.
Serving Trays.
Display Trays.
Trays that stack on top of other trays.
I think I have a problem. 

February 8, 2011

No Vegetable Left Behind

A photo from a sunnier time.
 Over Christmas vacation, while on the plane to Southern CA to visit our family, I came across an article in Sunset Magazine that fascinated me: a woman and her family lived without garbage. Like, they threw away a handful of garbage each year. Everything else - recycled, composted, or re-used. She was like an earth superhero - she even brought glass jars to the market to store her meat, cheese, and bulk purchases. She, her husband, and her two boys had 7 outfits and 2 pairs of shoes each. They didn't get junk mail. They shopped locally. She didn't wear more than mascara and face moisturizer. (Did I mention that they also look like a bunch of Parisian models?!)

Wow, I thought. That's amazing! And it is amazing. And true, I did feel inspired - upon arriving home I began sorting through our piles of belongings, determined to make a considerable dent and reach my ever-present goal to simplify. I began ditching plastic bags at every chance, buying items in bulk to avoid cardboard boxes (i.e. flour, cereal, dried fruit etc. from bins vs. buying them in boxes/bags), and buying our fruits and veggies bagless and throwing them together into the crisper to live happily ever after.

But I soon began to feel disheartened. I still have so much stuff. I still throw out a considerable amount of garbage. Forget shopping at a farmer's market - hello, it's Spokane in February! - and that thing about having only 7 outfits? 

Okay, so I'm realizing I have a ways to go on my environmentally friendly journey. Will I end up like this woman and her family? Probably not. But I've found happiness in the small steps I do take to living a simpler, cleaner life. 

This morning I bought a few reusable bags from the site Reuseit and I'm excited to start incorporating them into our everyday lives. We've been without plastic sandwich bags for awhile now, so getting little reusable ones will be awesome! (And Matthew will probably enjoy taking his lunch again...toting three Tupperware containers on the bus?!) I'm also excited to start using their muslin produce bags - three cheers for the eradication of crisper drawer vegetable slime!

{Go check them out - their having a HUGE sale right now on a lot of their inventory!}

What are some steps that you take to live a greener, cleaner, or simpler life?

February 7, 2011

Tiny Cuteness

Oh Monday, here you are again.
Am I ready for you?
Not in the slightest.
But at the very least I have in my possession the cutest thing ever.

Little bow tie, you are fit for a tiny king.
You make me happy.

 What makes you happy this Monday?

February 6, 2011

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot: Inspiration

This weekend La Lune Events joined forces with Easy Dreamer Photography, Artistic Expressions and Emici Bridal to put together a vintage inspired Valentine's Day shoot. Our theme? The iconic and fabulously romantic quote from Paul Child:

You are the butter to my bread, the breath of my life - 
I love you my darling girl.

I can't wait to share the whole shoot with you all...it was beautiful and our models were PERFECT. (Thanks again Emily and James!)

We started out with some inspiration...

 I used some things I had around the house - some fun papers, twine, string, stamps and shipping tags to create some inspiration Valentines.

  I added the picnic basket and herbs to carry through our theme....wait until you see the mini loaves of bread that Alisa home-baked for the shoot - gorgeous!

  And the end result was just perfect.  Thanks again to all who participated...keep your eyes open for the whole shoot over at La Lune Events blog!


Thanks to everyone who entered our little giveaway! It is fun to meet new friends and discover some amazing new blogs.

The winner is 

She will receive an 8 x 10 "Under the Stars" print just in time for Valentine's Day :)

February 2, 2011

A Pause

Tonight I am taking a pause from the normally genial nature of this blog. My heart is heavy. Today the principal of my Elementary School was shot and killed during a school shooting in my hometown of Placerville, CA. The man, Sam LaCara, was my Vice Principal in Middle School and a well known member of our little town. He was a husband and father to three girls. He was a good man and a great educator.

Please join me in praying for this family, his school and the entire community.

February 1, 2011

Weeknight Veggie Enchiladas

This is the easiest recipe and perfect for a weeknight when things are busy and time for dinner is extra valuable! Adjust the ratios as needed depending on what sort of crowd you're serving. (Note: I love making my own enchilada sauce, but for these weeknight recipes I go for the can - it's so much faster!)

Green Veggie Enchiladas

Black Beans
Red Bell Pepper
Red Onion
A few sprinkles of red pepper flakes

A can! We love green sauce, so I just go for whatever is at the store.

Flour or corn tortillas

Pepper Jack Cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare dish - I pour a bit of sauce into the bottom to prevent the enchiladas from sticking and to keep them from drying out.
Saute vegetables in a splash of olive oil. Once softened, fill each tortilla with a few spoonfuls of filling and a bit of cheese. Line filled tortillas in prepared dish. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle with shredded cheese. (See photos above.)

Bake for approx 25 minutes or until bubbling and the cheese is golden. Serve with sour cream, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

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