Training Wheels

August 29, 2011

Wow - it's rare that a Monday is so fabulous. But today, it was just that. I was lucky enough to be a second shooter for Megan of Easy Dreamer Photography!

Here are a few shots that I got today...aren't they sweet?


Hello, friend

August 27, 2011

Saturdays with Alisa...

August 20, 2011

...look like this.

Our first Saturday off in 2 months! 
Sophie was a peach!

Enjoy your weekend friends :)

I love you

August 19, 2011


First attempt at Letterpress. Hello, new obsession. 

A Drop of Sun

August 17, 2011

A favorite from Maine - Kyra flying into the air on a very sunny afternoon.
It's one of those Summer evenings when people just can't seem to go inside - the sun is shining brightly and just the right amount of warm, the lake is sparkling and demanding to be swam in, and I'm enjoying the downtown commotion while waiting for Matthew to be done music directing at a local theater.

As I write, I am surrounded by the tattooed youth of Coeur d'Alene in a downtown coffee shop called Java. I love it's random crowd, indie music and seriously good coffee. It's strangely relaxing to be sitting in the middle of so much activity - especially when I've got a mountain of design work in front of me and big things on my mind.

We have some big things in our future. Applying to more Graduate schools. Starting our family. The start of new ventures, the ending of others. Sometimes I wish I could just sit still and hold onto Summer nights like this one - and just pause

When I do, I think about the lovely things that have been happening lately and I just feel so happy.

 Hanging out and celebrating the birthday of this girl. I love her! Nothing says happy birthday like gluten free cake and croquet. :)

We've had some amazing events this past month. Really honest to goodness awesome people who love beautiful things. Sigh....I love my job. Speaking of my job - have you entered our mega sweet Photoshoot giveaway on our blog? Check it.


 Speaking of our giveway, our lovely friend Becca of Rebecca Hollis Photography took some photos of us, the ladies of La Lune Events, for some new ventures that we'll be starting soon. Stay tuned...

And finally, today I'm thinking about my dear adoptive Mom Kathy - she begins yet another school year as the principal of Cobblestone Elementary School in Rocklin, CA. I couldn't be more proud of her! She is not only a kickass administrator, she really does care about her job. 
Kath, we love you!

I've done enough procrastinating reflecting on beautiful things now - it's off to get some work done. I hope your evening is as sunny as mine - in all ways that matter.

Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey

August 12, 2011


The blog world can feel like a family, especially on days like today.

Today I made a peanut butter pie for Mikey.

When I first read about Jennifer Perillo's loss of her husband, I felt sick. I do not know Jennifer or her family, aside from reading her blog, but her loss is felt everywhere. Bloggers from around the world are offering their support today by making what she wanted to for Mikey: a Peanut Butter Pie.

I cannot imagine what she is going through. While I've lost loved ones, the thought of losing my husband so suddenly stops me in my tracks. 

Today is the first time I've made a Peanut Butter Pie. I made this pie for Mikey; to support a woman I don't know, but feel for;and for my dear husband, who I can't imagine living without.

Today make sure you grab on to your loved ones and hug them tightly. And tell them you love them - life can be so fleeting.

Peanut Butter Pie
Serves 10 to 12
{Adapted from Jennifer Perillo)

8 ounces organic chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces low fat cream cheese
1 cup organic chunky peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the cookies to the bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl, and stir with a fork to mix well.  Press mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a glass pie pan.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.  Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an off-set spatula. Place pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Pour the heavy cream into a Kitchen Aid mixer and beat until stiff peaks form.  Transfer to a small bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to use.  Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar.  Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract.

Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth.
Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (helps lighten the batter, making it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream).  Fold in the remaining whipped cream.  Pour the filling into the prepared springform pan.  Drizzle the melted chocolate on top, if using, and refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.

Enjoy with someone you love. 

Good Times Ahead

August 11, 2011


Picnic food! Yum.
 Lately I've fallen into a blogging slump. So naturally I've spent most of my time online devouring other folk's fabulous summertime advice, ideas, and general loveliness. Here are some current favorites...

The Beauty Department: Thanks to the ever fabulous Anna over at IHOD, I've now become addicted to this site.

Daily Garnish: It may be due to the fact that I am over the moon baby crazy right now, but I love Emily's pregnancy accounts and stories. I've followed her blog for a long time - long before she had a bun in the oven - and I love her recipes and thoughts on overall health.

Young House Love: As a young person loving my house, I always turn to this site for inspiration, DIY and stories from the trenches.

Adrienne Eats: Killer recipes, beautiful photography.

After this weekend we've got a bit of a break from events, so I'll share some fun stuff I've been working on. Enjoy your Thursday! :)

In Celebration of Smore's: Quick and Classy

August 10, 2011

Start out by roasting your mallow to perfection. We did this over a burner on the stove...very classy.
Spread peanut butter on half a graham cracker - top with freshly roasted marshmallow.
Next comes the chocolate chips and banana slices...
Devour the monstrosity.

Thank you America for coming up with weirdo National days of celebration. It was delicious.

The Knome Knows Best | Maine Part l

August 2, 2011


Too tired to tell you the grand old story right now, so here's a taste of our trip...more to come!

 

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