Sunday, September 16, 2018

FALL in love 💛🍂🍁

I adore the symphony of the autumn leaves. I'm impressed as they change into a variety of brilliant colors for their one timely performance. I'm fascinated as they descend from the trees in an almost choreographed succession. I'm especially fond of the leaves that get distracted by the soft breeze and end up in an unplanned destination. They still make it down but choose to be swayed by the wind and therefore opt for a scenic route instead of the predicable one. Autumn is rather amazing, please hold your applause until the end of the performance. Laurie Allen

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Season

Long before Starbucks fanatics counted the days until the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) was available, my family has anticipated the start of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread season which runs from Back-to-School through New Years.

Preheat oven to 350. 
Cream 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar together.
Mix  3/4 Cup canned pumpkin and 2 eggs. 
Blend in 1 3/4 flour and 1 tsp baking soda and a dash of salt. 
Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp cloves. 
Stir in 3/4 or desired amount of chocolate chips. 
Bake in traditional loaf pan or 2 mini loaf pans for 1 hour. 


This recipe makes one loaf. I double it to make 2 at a time or 4 mini loafs as shown. Freezes well, if it makes there.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Blessed by Baking 

And suddenly Summer crashes into Fall 🍁 and the cozy aroma of freshly baked banana bread has taken over our home. Tip: Add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to your favorite Banana Bread recipe. #bakedwithlove 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Local Art Score

Life is short, by the ART! We bought a "Baby Branson" at Marmot Art Space in Kendall Yards

"Flowers In The Garden 2" is one of the smaller pieces - 12" x 12" - by encaustics artist Christy Branson Art. The gallery also has bigger pieces - ♥️ be still.

#LOVE #fangirling #buylocal

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Retro Cool Garland Theater -Spokane, WA.

Show Me the Money! But just a little bit.

When the Garland Theatre opened in 1945, it was the the place to be seen and the place to see films. The theater was very forward for the time, with wide aisles and a cup holder in each reclining seat. A novel idea was the snack bar. Today the Garland is an icon with all that old style. Its well perserved, staying true to the era. You not only get to see the show, you also get to experience movie theater history with a retro cool style.The Garland is Spokane's only Independent Encore theater. 

Current owner Katherine Fritchie purchased the theatre in 1999 and has been working to restore the theatre to its original splendor and modernize the sound and projection systems while retaining the family-friendly atmosphere and price.

(Photo Credit: Dime Days)

Here's what you can expect:

*Historic movie theatre experience

*$5 admission for all 

*Wednesday $2.50

*Second Run Films 3-4 A Day

*Good Popcorn - Featuring the "Bottomless Bag" for $5

*Kids Free Summer Morning Movies

*Free Parking

*Winter Wednesday $1 Movies

*Midnight movie series

Okay, you aren't going to see new releases or sneak previews. But if you can handle not seeing it opening weekend for at least twice as much, the Garland might be a place for you. You do get fairly current films and occasionally a cult classic or two. 

#LifestyleRealEstateGroup #Spokane

A Standing Ovation at the Bing

If you’ve attended a show at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane, you may know that they serve alcohol. That’s right; beer and wine are available before, during and now after shows. Call it a concession stand for adults, but it’s a game changer for small cinemas. The transition occurred when Washington State liquor laws were loosened for theaters that met a certain criteria. The Bing met the small luxury theater criteria and started pouring at the lobby concession in spring of 2013. This change in law provides a unique draw for small, often independently owned theaters that compete with huge multiplex cinemas.

The drink option premiered in July of 2013 with Standing Ovations Theatre Club, a swanky lounge nestled on the second floor of the theater. The newly established gathering place boasts 100 feet of windows that span the length of the space and an impressive high atrium ceiling, which adds a distinct drama. Upon arrival to the theater, take the elegantly curved ribbon staircase up from the entrance lobby, and you will have arrived. Similar to the theater, Ovations is an intimate space with an exclusive capacity of just 50. Ovations offers cocktails, beer and wine, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Choices such as, a seasonal fruit and cheese plate, hummus platter and a tasty avocado dip are some of the items available to accompany drinks. Keep in mind only beer and wine are permitted in theater seats. Ovations provides the ideal place to meet up before, during intermission or following a show. A live performance is always special but it makes going to a movie more of an event. Ovations could also be the finale to the evening, a place to recap the magic of a live performance with a nightcap.

 The treasured theater has always been special. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Spokane County, Washington in 1990 and the national register in 1998. The architecture is stunning and the setting is intimate. Careful consideration was put in when adding Ovations to the historic building. The Bing is a great way to experience the arts in an up close and personal way that no other area venue provides. It’s a place where there truly isn’t a bad seat in the house and with recent improvements the sound is even better than before. The draw of Ovations and the ability to partake in a celebratory drink simply add to the experience.

 With this addition of libations, it inspires the idea of pairing drinks with shows. For instance, Blues and Brews - A smooth IPA sounds appropriate while listening to the cool blues of Jonny Lang, a stellar performer who played earlier this year. Or one may suggest a sexy South American wine such as a sultry Argentinean Malbec, which pairs perfectly with the Latin influenced music of Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra . This act has been back several times by popular demand. The Bing has also earned a solid reputation for showing second-run movies such a Ghostbusters or The Thomas Crown Affair. Depending if it’s a John Hughes cult classic (beer) or original Bond movie (bubbly) you have now have options to enhance your experience by perfectly pairing drinks with shows. The show and libations combinations are endless.

The theater, which opened as the Clemmer in 1915, helped legendary singer Bing Crosby launch his career. The former Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co. bought the theater and renovated it for a reopening in 1988 as the Metropolitan Theater of Performing Arts, or The Met. Local Businessman Mitch Silver acquired the theater in 2004 and agreed with Bing Crosby fans to rename the theater the Bing in 2006 to commemorate Spokane’s beloved stage, screen and recording star. Current owner Jerry Dicker’s acquisition in early 2012 came through his GVD Commercial Properties Inc. The beloved theater has since then received some well-needed restoration and technical improvements. One thing consistent throughout ownership changes same since 1988 was Michael Smith, the now retired venue’s General Manager. Witnessing 30 years of shows first hand, Smith doubled as the theater historian. Mark Holman, a beloved former radio personality now holds this position. Adding liquor sales to the ticket allows for shows not to depend on breaking even based on the ticket price alone. This is exciting.Dicker has become an important developer in Spokane who is interested in revitalizing the downtown core. He came to Spokane in 2000 from California to be near his grandchildren. Since his arrival, he has collected a few properties in and around Spokane to add to his out of town repertoire. A block to the south at First Avenue and Lincoln Street is the artsy Hotel Ruby and Sapphire Lounge. It was formally a 1950 motor inn that was an eyesore in the stylish  Davenport district. This was Dicker’s debut project as he revamped it with a hip and modern facelift to the now trendy boutique hotel, complete with a cozy yet equally fashionable bar called the Sapphire Lounge. The well-attended lounge with experienced barkeepers and tasty light fare made adding Ovations to The Bing an almost natural endeavor. The property development team already knew how to do a classy cozy bar and all that was needed was to translate it into the historic theater. Dicker also repurposed the former Bergen’s Furniture building on North Division to the Ruby Suites, long term stay hotel rooms with Quoba and Caruso’s eateries on street level. 

 Bravo! We offer a standing ovation and always look forward to an encore performance of a drink and a show. Ovations is located in the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99201

Laurie Allen’s article was previously published in an issue of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine. The article has since been updated in 2018. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Bing. #LifestyleRealEstateGroup #Spokane #509

FALL in love 💛🍂🍁