April 24, 2015

Happy BIrthday Stef!

Happy Happy Birthday to my fabulous friend Stefanie!  Through good times and bad, I can always count on you for some great advice, lots of laughs, and a crazy dance party :)  I know this past year has been your absolute best and I cannot wait to see what 31 has in store for you.  Celebrations at Delancey soon! :)  Love ya!

stephanie marie

April 23, 2015

Showering Baby Novak

Last Saturday, a group of us ladies got together to celebrate the so soon arrival of Baby Girl Novak.  Merith kindly offered up her gorgeous {and sunny!} backyard, and along with Maddie and Autumn, we helped put together something we hoped would be super special for our future "niece".  With a small group, we had plenty of time to sip mimosas, eat a leisurely brunch, and send all of our love to Erika's ever growing bump.  It was one of the most relaxed and fun baby showers I've been to - this little one is already so loved by all of her aunties :)

 we all wrote our wishes for baby...

 ...and wrote funny notes on diapers for late night changes

 mimosa bar

 merith's backyard was the perfect setting


 erika's been obsessed with root beer lately, so we had a root beer float bar!

 the sweetest personalized party favors from seattle seed co

 the grandmas

 a lovely group of ladies

Congrats Erika!  I can't wait to meet the little one!!

stephanie marie

April 22, 2015

Six Seven

Listening to the rain on my window right now, it's hard to imagine that on Monday it was mid-70's and I was walking around downtown in flip flops and no jacket.  True story.  With the weather being as gorgeous as it was, Erika had the good sense to suggest us girls head down to the waterfront for Seattle Restaurant Week at Six Seven Restaurant at the Edgewater Hotel.  Pretty great idea :)  Our reservation was right at sunset {how romantic} and after having to wait a little while, the hostess escorted us to our table right next to the window where we had a clear view of the water, the boats, and the most beautiful spring day.  We all enjoyed a leisurely dinner {delicious steaks!} along with girl talk as we watched the sun set into the water.  I can't believe I've lived in this city for over 8 years and have never been to this quintessential Seattle place, but I am definitely putting it on my  happy hour list for summertime.  I love when last minute plans work out so perfectly!

 the view from our table

 the ladies

our silhouettes with the sunset, which I kind of love :)

stephanie marie

April 21, 2015

Roaming the Garden {Climbing Roses}

When you first look at my shed, it looks like an overgrown chia pet.  But up close, it's actually a gorgeous climbing rose with the tiniest yellow flowers scattered about.  While this guy could use some major pruning {pretty sure the shed is about to collapse due to the weight}, I think we can wait until these happy flowers are gone for the season.  The good/bad news?  It will all grow right back :)

stephanie marie

April 20, 2015

Swan Lake

A few months ago, Maddie asked if I wanted to join her at PNB's new production of Swan Lake.  I of course said yes {I can never turn down the ballet}, so last week, we met up for a quick dinner at Ten Mercer {just so-so} then walked over to McCaw Hall for the show.  We were 4th row {not too shabby!} - close enough to see the dancers sweat and hear my favorite sound in the world, pointe shoes slamming on the floor.  While this show is extremely long {3 hours!}, I was mesmerized by the dancers and the music.  It's such a gorgeous ballet, and this being my 3rd time seeing it {last time here} I can say that it doesn't disappoint - there's a reason it's the most famous ballet in the world :)  After the show, I came across this fun clip of the PNB dancers 2 years ago rehearsing the famous Pas de Quatre.  The precision, the focus, and the exhaustion at the end - I absolutely love it :)

stephanie marie

April 17, 2015

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday!  What are you up to this weekend?  I'm helping to celebrate one of my besties having a baby, and hopefully spending ample time in the predicted sunshine.  My garden is definitely in love with this weather {my first rhodie bloom above!}, so I'm pretty certain my outdoor time will be spent pulling weeds, trimming ivy, and discovering new plants I've never even noticed.  Oh, and hanging out with Charlie :)

Have a great one!

stephanie marie

April 16, 2015

Salsa All'Amatriciana

Last week I was craving pasta {duh} and decided to go with something super simple and tasty.  Of course, I headed to my Giada cookbooks and settled on Everyday Italian, which seemed kinda obvious.  I flipped through the plethora of sauces and came to Salsa All'Amatriciana, of which I already possessed almost all of the ingredients.  It was simple to whip up on a night where I came home a little bit late, and served as a great topping for whatever leftover noodles I had to cook up each night that week.  It's not too fancy, but that's probably what I like most about it.  Bacon in pasta?  I'm in :)

Salsa All'Amatriciana

2 tblsp olive oil
6 oz pancetta or bacon, sliced
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 - 28oz can tomato puree
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1.  In a large, heavy pot, heat oil over medium.  Add pancetta or bacon and saute until golden brown, about 8 minutes.  Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.  
2.  Stir in tomato puree and salt and pepper.  Simmer uncovered, over medium low heat until sauce thickens and flavors blend, about 15 minutes.  
3.  Stir in cheese.  Season with salt and pepper as desired.  Serve over pasta.

Serves 4

adapted from Everyday Italian

stephanie marie