8 Reasons to Have A Summer Camp Wedding

Ombre

LOVE LOVE LOVE this hot wedding trend. What are your thoughts?

Ashelynn Manor

This trend may be over when it comes to hair color, think Rachel Bilson cira 2010, but it is heating up the decor world!  There are so many possibilities and we want you to try them all right here at Ashelynn Manor!

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An amazing time lapse video of the 3-day production set up and event of “Celebrate Israel”, the largest Jewish happening in North America took place in Los Angeles on April 29th at Rancho Park. The community-wide event initiated by the Israeli Leadership Council brought together the entire Jewish and Israeli community with the help of 100 local Jewish organizations in Los Angeles. Event production by Event Pros LA. Video by Ronni Sikolsky

HEY YOU! Save-the-Date

I am constantly challenged by brides and grooms to come up with unique ideas for things that come with wedding planning that are — well, not so unique. Not to offend anyone, but being creative with a Save-the-Date is not always as simple as one might think.  I’ve looked  to some of my favorite hang out cyber spots and was acutally surprised by some of the Save-the-Dates that I found. Kudos to the creativty below.  We would love to know which one is your favorite! Let us know.

Until the next time —- Be Inspired. Stay Fabulous.

EVENT PROS LA, ADEE DRORY

EVENT PROS LA, ADEE DRORY

{THOSE WHO INSPIRE US}

Mama Mia – Key To My Heart,  Martha Stewart Weddings – Matchbox, Melangerien NYC – Flag,  Michelle McDonald, Print, Crave, Create – Etch-a-Sketch, My beautiful July Bride Eris Friedman – It’s Time.

Back to Nature {Earth Tones Inspiration Board}

BE INSPIRED. STAY FABULOUS

{THOSE WHO INSPIRE US}

Rachel Carl, Joy Sale, Kelli Berg, Make Merry Events, Num Num Num, Style Me Pretty, Terry Wetton, True Photography, We Do

2012 Wedding Trends {Here Comes the Bride Signs}

Being inspired by something new, fresh and that we haven’t all seem sometimes become a challenge. I came across this on Something Turquoise and fell in love. I love this new tradition of flower girls and ring bearer’s carrying ‘here comes the bride’ signs. So for those seeking new trends, below is a fabulous inspiration board for you. STAY FABULOUS. BE INSPIRED

{THOSE WHO INSPIRE US}

cute boy + girl: uploaded pin // beach sign: our hobby to your home  // sign and silver flats:green wedding shoes // green banner: love and lavender // green pennant flag: Joseph Mark via The Ritzy Rose // two pale pink flower girls: max wanger // black banner sign: 1 bp blogspot // two boys with the wood sign: ashley maxwell // flower girl with flower crown: hudson photos // three ring bearers with burlap sign: stephanie reeder

Purple Rain { Be Inspired}

Although the weather is still iffy out there, the one thing I love about the transition between January and February is the upcoming season of wedding color changes where its once again safe to consider vibrant fun colors such as pink, aqua, plum, purple, and hues of those fun springs colors we all love. I was inspired by a friends at The Perfect Palette and decided to put together some fun color palettes together from past events so you start thinking about the Spring and Summer weddings that will be here faster than you can say “I Do.” Stay fabulous, be Inspired.

purple weddings

{THOSE THAT INSPIRE US}

Stephanie Williams Photography   The Wedding Wire, The Knot,  Withthisfavor.com  The Perfect Palate, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Cupcake Blog, Wedding Bee, SLS Hotel 

Call for Artist. Show Us What Israel Means To You

Celebrate Israel Festival

Crispy Low Fat Latkes. Can They Really Measure Up?

low fat latke recipe

I know. Hanukkah is not the holiday that I should be looking for the low carb, low fat option. After all we are celebrating the story of the Macabies who found a pot of oil and therefore all the foods are heavily friend — with lots of oil. If you know me, you know I couldn’t help myself and so I went looking for answers.

Traditionally celebrated with high fat Hanukkah food like jelly doughnuts or sufganiot, crispy latkes and rich cheese dishes, the holiday of lights is certainly not light on fat and calories. Our favorite, laktes fried in oil, commemorate the pure vial of oil thatmiraculously burned in the Beis HaMikdash for eight days. But they weigh in between 60-100 calories each with a about 10 grams of fat in every one. And by the way, who can eat just one?? It seems like he only answer is to indulge in a low fat latke that transmits deliciously a taste of Chanukah we look forward to at this time of year.

The Low Fat Latke Recipe ~fromCooking for The King

2 lbs potatoes, shredded

1 onion, shredded

2 eggs or 1 egg and 2 egg whites

1 teaspoon salt,

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup matzo meal or flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill, optional

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Drain potato to remove most liquid but do not squeeze. Place shredded potato and onion in the work bowl of a food processor. Add remaining ingredients.

3. Pulse just until ingredients are mixed well and the potatoes are grated, not pureed.

4. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Then, using a pastry brush, brush each cup with vegetable oil. This helps to make crispy latkes. Fill each cup 1/3 full for large muffin tin and 3/4 full for small cups.

5. Bake on a middle rack 30-45 minutes (depending on the muffin tin size) until puffed and golden brown. Remove latkes from oven and serve immediately with applesauce.

You may hold low fat latkes until serving time or freeze them for later use. If I do this, I under cook them just a bit till golden, but not browned. Then I return them in the baking pan to a preheated 425 degree oven and bake 10 minutes until crisp.

Serves 6-8 ~ Can make ahead ~ can freeze
active time:20 minutes
cooking time: 40-55 minutes


I’ve combined several baked latke recipes and experimented with a few techniques to make the low fat latke recipe here. Queen in the Kitchen tips for great latkes:

#1 Consistency: Shred, then lightly chop, the potato and onion. A food processor works best.
#2 Browning: Brushing a bit of oil in the muffin tin cups helps them brown nicely.
#3 Portion control: I like the mini muffin size, they cook faster and their smaller size is an important part of any low fat diet.
#4 Cooking: Be sure the oven is preheated to 425 degrees before baking.

TRICK OR TREAT, SMELL MY FEET {Halloween Inspiration Board}

Who doesn’t love Halloween? There are so many directions one can take the design and decor elements of a Halloween wedding or Halloween party  other than the expected. You can go classic, goth, vintage and have fun with it. Below are some fun ideas from fabulously talented people in the industry who inspire me daily.

Oh how I adore the sweet station by  Intimate Weddings. Too fabulous.

Credits (clockwise)

Thank you to Weddings In Full Bloom! Wooden sign (gorg!) via Estilo , pumpkin place holders from The Knot, long table with floral centerpieces,orange napkin image and black favor boxes were sent in from a previous bride (if you know the source, please email me), the bridesmaids dresses are were found on The Knot.

Thanks to Project Bride for this. Great ideas.

and of course… my favorite. Thank you to Camille Styles. You inspire me daily.

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