Friday, May 27, 2016

linking in...

here are some helpful sites that transport me
from my couch
to the world

as I dream of
London, Paris & Florence
She has a couple of additional posts on packing
that I plan to use when getting ready for my
dream vacation

here I am loving more
black and white

visit her Etsy shop
for some beautiful prints

these tiki lights can be found at
Target for $14.99
in black or silver
oooops - I spy a Yorkie too!

what a great idea!
next movie night with the grandkids

well, back to refinishing the kitchen cabinets!

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Monday, May 23, 2016

V O T E California

I believe EVERYONE should vote.
our great country asks very little of us
and this is the one thing we MUST do

California primary is coming up and
I vote absentee
but I have influences......



meatless monday

here is another of my go-to meatless Monday meals

My recipe is an adaptation
from this lovely source of recipes and photos
from the UK.

by Nicola Graimes, Fiona Biggs, and Lorraine Turner
every recipe has large full-page color image
making every recipe more than tempting.

Question to you...
do you tend to try a new recipe more often
if it has an image or not?
I most definitely do.
I  have some cookbooks that have not-a-one and
I never crack them open for inspiration.
(Note to cookbook publishers...)

Here is the assembly of ingredients
Meatless meals are generally a quick-cook
so best to have everything right at hand
a.k.a. mise en place

start pasta water to boil
add a pinch of salt
prepare pasta as per package directions


While olive oil is heating up in sauté pan,
slice mushrooms, set aside

dice shallots
I always do this second as shallots make my eyes tear
and add to sauté pan
sorry - forgot to image this
sauté for 3 minutes flipping often
keep an eye on these
they cook quickly

add mushrooms until they are slightly golden
approximately 2 minutes
I add a smidge of olive oil if needed
mushrooms are like sponges
always slurping up more oil than I start with
but not too much as more oil is coming
with the sun-dried tomatoes

add a little salt and pepper
sprinkle with flour
cook for a minute, stirring constantly

stir in half-and-half

the Port
always use wine that you would drink
none of that "cooking wine" garbage in my food

add sun-dried tomatoes
add freshly grated nutmeg
and a sprinkle of pepper flakes know how hot you like it

cook on low for 8 minutes
this really thickens fast
so I cover to keep the moisture in

plate and sprinkle with parsley
which I forgot to pick up
yes, I am a nar-nar

mangia & statti zitto
trans:  shut up & eat

serves 4
prep time approx. 20-30 minutes

4-6 tbsp. olive oil
6 shallots
6 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 tbsp. good Port wine
4 oz oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, lightly chopped
pinch red pepper flakes
freshly grated nutmeg
1 lb pasta (I prefer linguini)
salt & pepper

this is original recipe should you choose to follow theirs.

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Saturday, May 21, 2016

linking in...

here are my five faves
please visit for fun, beauty and yum...

pretty self-explanatory
but a sweet reminder to do something creative
every week

this is what I have planned for the upcoming
Memorial Weekend

This is too cute!
A definite ensemble for this summer.
I add a splash to my liquid foundation
makes my skin have a dewy glow.

These look Ab Fab and from one of my favorite blogs.
Sunday dinner for Mr. Moonlight!

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane

Friday, May 13, 2016

linking in...

every blogger seems to have a day dedicated to sharing inspiration links.
so today I initiate my own
linking in...

here they are

from Just A Taste - oh yum

from classic*casual*home

back for season two on netflix
how great is that?

from a Burst of Beautiful

in my shopping cart at
Domino Magazine

That's all for now.
Need to get my mani-pedi for Billy Joel at Petco Park tomorrow night.
He loves you just the way you are.....

thanks for stopping by moonlight lane


Monday, May 9, 2016

meatless monday

I have observed Meatless Monday for well over three years.
Paul McCartney is a vegetarian and fully supports Meatless Monday as a practice for those of us who find it hard to give up meat altogether.  
If it is endorsed by Sir Paul, the cute Beatle, it is good enough for me!
It is just an incredible way to center one day around a vegetable-based diet.
We all know this is highly recommended to add veggies to our daily diet by many diet gurus from The Blue Zone Diet and Dr. Oz to your primary care physician. 
A bonus for those who care, it gives the animal kingdom the day off. 
Really people, it is just one day. 
You can do this.

Years ago while living in LA, Mr. Moonlight and I went to a little café in "The Hills" on Beverly Glen right before Mulholland Drive, driving north. 
The name of this delightful little place escapes the both of us as it is well over 30 years ago.
We do live in 55+ community after all so there are many things escaping us. 
But I do remember Linda Evans was there looking all Dynasty. 

You know you are singing it.

We had the best pasta.
We dubbed it Broccoli-Pasta, for obvious reasons since its broccoli and pasta.
Maybe we should have called it Linda Evans Pasta. 
Kind of like a Shirley Temple -- but not.
I digress.
We have made the "long version" for years, but not appropriate for Meatless Monday as it has anchovies as an ingredient.   
Tonight, craving broccoli, luckily I have leftover pasta, frozen broccoli so this is the Meatless-Monday-After-A-Long-Day version. 

So easy-peasy here you go..

while warming up the TJ Organic Frozen broccoli in the microwave for one minute
over medium-high, add a tablespoon-ish of olive oil
when you begin to smell the fragrance of the oil
add one clove of chopped garlic and a pinch of pepper flakes

by the time the broccoli is done in the microwave
you can toss it in the pan and flip the pan around to coat with olive oil

add a handful of pasta
amount should be driven by how hungry you are

Again, flip this around to coat with the olive oil
add more olive oil if looking a little dry
I like mine a bit oily
cover the pan to warm the pasta
I just use the plate I will dine on
bonus...a warm dinner plate
when plate feels warm to the point where you need a towel to remove from the pan
take plate off the pan and plate the pasta

sprinkle with parmesan to your taste

Under ten minutes and that's it!
a little wine
whatever color of wine you prefer works

goodnight Linda and thanks for dropping by moonlight lane