October 31, 2014

Halloween Around the House


didn't go all out like I had wanted {maybe next year I'll make a real haunted house} but I've definitely gotten in the spirit this year and added a few "spooky" touches to the house.  Hope you have a Haunting Halloween!









the perfect white pumpkin and a card that shows up at my house every year :)

xoxo,
stephanie marie

October 30, 2014

Rainy Day Clearing


Sunday afternoon, after the Seahawks win, we took a drive up to Queen Anne to grab some lunch.  On our drive back, the rain suddenly stopped and the clouds parted, so we parked at the top of the hill and took a stroll through the huge mansions and gorgeous view {of Magnolia!}.  I found more than one house that I would gladly move into, but my favorite thing was a tiny little public park we stumbled upon that must have been part of one of the houses back in the day.  It would be perfect for a small little picnic, a game of croquet, or just to sit and read a book on a warm sunny day.  I will definitely be heading back to this spot {if I can ever find it again!} when the weather gets warm next spring.  It was a gorgeous afternoon, discovering hidden gems in this wonderful city.







xoxo,
stephanie marie

October 29, 2014

Toast


Sunday morning I met up with Ashley at Toast in Ballard for brunch to catch up and celebrate her and Sam's engagement!  Toast is a super cute little spot off 24th that specializes in, you guessed it, toast, and some pretty delicious waffles.  Since I can never resist anything pumpkin flavored, Ashley and I both tried their pumpkin spice waffles - with mimosas, of course :)  The waffles were amazing {this coming from someone who almost always picks savory breakfast over sweet} and the company was even better.  We got all caught up and I got to hear all of the exciting wedding details that are well underway.  I can't wait to celebrate this lady throughout the next year and know there are many more brunches like this in our future :)  Congrats Ash - and thanks for introducing me to a new favorite spot!




xoxo,
stephanie marie

October 28, 2014

Go Sounders!


Saturday morning, we headed down to Pioneer Square bright and early for the Sounders final game of the regular season against the LA Galaxy.  After a quick breakfast and some pre-game beers, we headed into the stadium to cheer on the team in the off and on rain.  Though a tie would've sealed the deal for the Sounders, I kept hoping for at least a goal or two, and finally got my wish towards the very end when Pappa scored not one but two goals to ensure the Sounders victory and the bringing home of the "Shield".  It's been several years since I've been to a game, and while it was a bit cold and wet, I loved the energy in the stadium and the excitement of every single fan there.  It made me excited for the Hawks games I have coming up soon :)  Thanks to my date for a fun game!

 the march to the match from our perch at quality athletics


 selfie before the rain








 siggy thanking the crowd after the game


On to the playoffs!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

October 27, 2014

Eva Restaurant


While perusing Eater Seattle recently, my favorite source for all things food and drink in the city, I read that Eva Restaurant in Greenlake was closing this week.  It has always been on my list of places I wanted to try, so I figured now was as good a time as any to check it out.  We headed over to the Tangletown side of Greenlake last week on one of the rainiest days on record, and were immediately greeted with a warm and soothing space at Eva, along with a quiet table by the window to watch the rain dumping outside.  We started with a bottle of Rioja and the steamed mussels to share {yum!}, then followed that up with the hanger steak and the pork loin.  The food was delicious, but even more than that, I fell in love with this cozy little restaurant and am sad that I didn't find it sooner.  Hopefully it will reopen somewhere even better in the future {fingers crossed!} but for now I'll just have to live with the memory of that lovely date night :)

xoxo,
stephanie marie

October 24, 2014

One


Tomorrow marks one year from the day that I got the keys to this precious little house of mine.  I know time flies, but I seriously cannot believe it has been a year since I moved in here.  So much has happened, yet it feels like it was just yesterday we were hauling box after box over from Greenlake to the cute yellow cottage in Magnolia.  This past year has definitely been one of growth and settling in, and now that I really feel comfortable in this place, I want to make this next year about making it home.  For me, that means putting more pictures on the walls, cooking more meals in the kitchen, having more friends over for dinners, and finally doing something with that guest room.  I truly feel blessed that I found this little space in the world to call my own, and I cannot wait for what the future has in store for me and my tiny spot on 23rd Avenue West.  I know it's going to be a crazy busy weekend, but I hope to carve out an hour or two to break out the champs and toast my first year of homeownership :)

Thanks, little cottage, for being my home this past year.  I couldn't imagine life anywhere else :)

xoxo,
stephanie marie

pic from the house inspection last year

October 23, 2014

Field of Screams

After the pumpkin patch, we headed to dinner, then back to Stocker Farms for the "Field of Screams" - a haunted corn maze that was seriously the most terrifying thing I've ever experienced.  I thought it was going to be funny-scary - witches, ghosts, and maybe a few zombies.  But no - this was masked men chasing us with chain saws and axes and fake slaughterhouses and people jumping out at us at every turn.  I'm pretty sure I broke my date's hand from squeezing so hard, and when we got out it took forever for me to finally catch my breath {I'm pretty sure I held it the entire time}.  I'm fairly certain I will never do anything like this again {I kind of wanted to cry at the end :)} but it definitely was a rush to the senses and the biggest surge of adrenaline I've probably ever experienced.  I guess it's the season for scary!

xoxo,
stephanie marie