We are looking forward to showcasing what we love to do this weekend at the Seattle Wedding Show! Come on down and talk with us, let us know what you're planning, and get to know us in person. We will be serving our signature lavender lemonade and citurs water *and* you can Enter to WIN a Dinner for Two!
We are excited to be collaborating with brides and grooms as Wedding and Event Planners and Full Service Caterers. We offer Day-of (your go to people!) and Pre-Wedding day Coordination (think rehearsals, details leading up to the event).
You can order your tickets online at weddingshow.com or purchase at the door. They are $18 and the price includes both days, just get a hand stamp on the way out and return the next day FREE. Check out these great tips for making the best of the two days on the SWS FAQ.
See you at Booth 400!
A most happy New Year to you and yours! It feels like a brighter, lighter year in 2018 and we can't wait to share more adventures, food, culinary tips and fun soirées with you!
I wanted to share a cute story and a fabulous recipe for a holiday dinner or special occasion. Most of my family lives on Whidbey Island so I am the one to travel a number of hours to be with them. This year, my sister couldn’t host due to an accident in Europe which temporarily put her in a wheelchair and my nephew’s wife just started a new job so they asked me to make the entrée. No problem as I love to cook and serve, especially at the holidays. I went through my old archives of tried and true favorites and embellished a dish that I felt would be filled with fabulous flavors using organic, local meats and vegetables. Being mostly a vegetarian myself, and some of my family come from beef ranching in Eastern Washington, I thought this Braised Short Rib recipe would be just the ticket to please everyone, including me! It takes some time and lots of love, so I made a little video on our Facebook to share the process of making this dish. What’s so funny is when I reviewed the video, I am calling Short Ribs - Short Bread?
Below is the recipe and I hope you all will enjoy the best Short Rib Shortbread you ever tasted!
Braised Short Ribs with Fresh Herbs, Chocolate & Madeira
Makes 6 to 8 servings
¼ cups diced pancetta
6lbs. bone-in short ribs
1 ½ cups chopping onions
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup diced carrots
3 cloves minced garlic
¼ cup diced shallots
2 cups dry red wine
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups chopped canned tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
1/8 cup each chopped rosemary and thyme and one bay leaf
6 lbs. shaved bittersweet chocolate
½ cup Madeira Wine
Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add diced pancetta and sauté until crisp. Transfer pancetta to paper towel to drain. Sprinkle ribs with salt and mixed peppercorns. Brown ribs in batches in pot on medium-high heat on all sides. Transfer to plate. Add onions and next 5 ingredients and sauté until vegetables are soft. Add tomatoes and wine, parsley and bay leaf. Return ribs to pot and cover partially and simmer for 1 ½ hours. Uncover and simmer until meat is tender, stirring occasionally about another 1 ½ hours.
Transfer ribs to a serving platter; discard bay leaf. Chill the sauce to be able to skim the fat off of the surface of the sauce. Then boil sauce to thicken. Add the shaved chocolate and the rosemary, thyme and Madeira. Simmer until reduced and pour over ribs. Sprinkle with parsley and serve and enjoy! You will receive rave reviews and you will deserve it for your efforts!
Can't wait to share more - Remember - To Have and to Hold from this Day Forward.
Hold onto your Love, Hold onto your Dreams and most Importantly, Hold onto Each Other!
Taking a break from my own wedding planning I wanted to share a fun event we did at a hot new business,
Urban Sprouts in Renton, WA,
featuring Urban Gardening, DIY Artisanal Lifestyle Crafts and much, much more!
One of our dear friends and clients Kari Rae Davis, a dynamic realtor with Keller Williams, had a fantastic idea to honor her clients by hosting a gathering at Urban Sprouts, where we all made frames with air plants, dined on appetizers by yours truly and shared a creative, joyful family time. Everyone really got their creative juices going and were proud to show off their artwork. Urban Sprouts is a great spot for a family gathering, team building or yoga retreat (they just had finished a yoga/champagne event when we arrived.)
Friendly and family-owned, check out Urban Sprouts and don’t forget to call us for tasty treats!
Relax, breathe, and take it one step at a time. Ok, so now that we have one another, our families and friends are all excited and supportive, we have our venue and our date, off to church tomorrow to start our search for our minister…wait a minute, only one possible hitch...
Is that a minister or a priest?
... we stayed at the Quileute Oceanside Resort, a sacred and serene hotel with cabins like the name of ‘Wolf Den’. The scenery is every bit as beautiful as the Oregon Coast, and what struck us both was the monoliths that jutted from the ocean, the gentle and honoring indigenous people and the fantastic local seafood. Watching a gorgeous sunset on our deck, with some red wine, candles, the sound of the sea , and our beautiful rock and shell collection, in a silent moment, Dutch said “Would you spend the rest of your life and beyond with me? I love you so very deeply. You’re the woman I have always wanted to be with”.
As I gazed into his sea blue eyes and saw a reflection of a woman who had fallen deeply in love too, I said “Yes!”
In that moment, everything stood still in complete silence, except the distant cawing of the gulls. Tears flowed and we were engaged to be married!
We stopped and saw my family on the way back and he could hardly contain himself to tell them we were ‘engaged’ but he saw my ‘look’ so we waited. Being the ‘baby sister’ even at our ages, I still had a twinge of ‘what will my sisters think?’ Come to find out, they applauded, praised and delighted in our announcement when I finally told them after telling my son, Blaze, who also got teary that his ol’ mom was going to be married and he was going to give me away! My new daughter-in-law swiftly landed the ‘maid of honor’ role and if we’re really lucky, will make us a fabulous wedding cake like she did for her own wedding!
Alas, with all the experience and stories and joys of coordinating for others, I relinquish to the fact that I am terrified of planning my own wedding! So...
... I decided to use my perspective of being on the other side of planning and share my discoveries in the realm of novice 101 with tons of experience and see what I come up with in a blog series Nola Ann Gets Married. I hope that it’s at the very least amusing and at best, helpful for other newly engaged women!
Stay tuned – I can’t wait to share more of the adventure!
Stay tuned – I can’t wait to share more of the adventure!