November 25, 2015


I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving - which means it's almost Christmas!!  This year I want to soak up everything as much as I can, as I feel like time is just flying by {right?!?}.  I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, even though it doesn't always feel like it, so in no particular order, here are a few things that I'm extra thankful for this holiday season :)

  • a family that drops anything to help me, no matter what
  • new friends and old
  • snuggly, healthy babies
  • candles
  • warm socks
  • weekend trips
  • a career change that has gone surprisingly well
  • a community of supportive and amazing women {and a few men}
  • sunshine on cold days
  • friends that encourage me to try new things
  • new pinterest recipes
  • football!
  • whiskey & wine
  • early bedtimes
  • a home of my own

I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

stephanie marie

November 24, 2015


Have you heard of Tumbles?  He's a six week old puppy that was born without his two front legs, and designers at Ohio University created this little wheelchair to help him get around {see the video here}.  I've watched this video at least a dozen times in the last few days, and every time I watch it and see him get so excited that he flips himself over, I get a little misty-eyed and feel the need to bring Tumbles home with me.  Luckily he's already been adopted, or else I'd have to start fitting this house with wheelchair ramps real soon :)  Also, how cute is the name Tumbles?!?! 

stephanie marie

November 23, 2015

The Weekend {In Pictures}

 {friday night happy hour}

 {morning light}

 {getting ready for christmas!}

 {thanks dad!}

{saturday night play time with ms. linnea}

 {overflowing yard waste}

 {pretty sure my yard wins the "most leaves ever" award}

 {sunday chili + a seahawks win!}

stephanie marie

November 20, 2015

Happy Friday!

I saw this on Pinterest and couldn't help but share :)  It's been a pretty good week, getting together with friends and making plans for the holidays and beyond, but I'm so happy it's Friday and the weekend, and that next week is a short one!  This weekend I plan on organizing for the holidays, watching lots of football, and spending time with the fam - with wine, of course.  Now what's better than that?? :)

Happy Friday!

stephanie marie

November 19, 2015

Bramling Cross & Spectre {Movie Night}

A few weeks back, David and I decided to do one of our once or twice a year movie nights, where we head out to dinner and a night at the theater.  We started out at Bramling Cross, Ethan Stowell's newest venture in Ballard.  While we typically share plates at a place like this, we were both so intrigued by the burgers that we each had to get one {they were delicious}.  The space was cool, the food great, and the music was classic Ethan {his restaurants have the best playlists ever}.  After dinner, we walked down to The Majestic Bay {my favorite theater in town} to see Spectre, the newest James Bond movie.  To our surprise, the owner of the theater was in attendance that evening, so gave a little spiel before the movie about the history of the theater and how much it means to them to be a small neighborhood theater that people love.  He even threw out souvenir tshirts!  The whole experience made me love it there even more:)  The movie was great - what you'd expect of Bond - and I loved spending the evening with some of my favorites - burgers, movies, and David :)

stephanie marie

November 18, 2015

Goodbye Tree

Last Friday I did a very homeowner-y thing and had a dead tree removed from my yard.  Exciting, eh?  {Ok, I actually was pretty excited :)}.  The mimosa tree by my front porch {you'll recall brother climbing it two summers ago} did not produce any flowers/leaves this year and the bark has slowly been peeling off, so I decided it needed to go before the wind toppled it onto my house {pretty good timing with the storms we've been having this week!}.  I hired a company to come out bright and early, and in about an hour the tree was gone!  It was fascinating to watch them bring in the truck and slowly take the tree down branch by branch with a chainsaw until there was just a hint of a stump that will soon rot away.  I also had the guys do a little pruning on a few trees that are beyond my reach {aka taller than the house} and by noon, my yard looked vastly different {ok, maybe not vastly, but it looks good}.  It feels weird without the mimosa there - the yard definitely feels a lot more open!  I've already gotten used to it and love it :)  Though I've already been contemplating what to plant there next, I'm also taking the man who cut down the tree's advice in that I do have a lot planted in the yard, and to maybe just hold off a bit......or not :)



 spying through the window

 a better view!!  well, of the neighbors house.....

stephanie marie

November 17, 2015

White Chicken Chili

I've had this recipe on my Pinterest board for way too long, and now that I've tried it, I'm mad I didn't try it sooner!  Kelsey came over to watch the game on Sunday, and I knew I had wanted to make something easy to eat at anytime during they game, and something warm since it's gotten so cold outside.  I decided it was finally time to make Cooking Classy's White Chicken Chili, and now I want to eat it every day of the week.  The flavors are so delicious paired together, and dinner was ready in about half an hour {though I let it simmer longer which I think made it even better}.  Do yourself a favor and make this ASAP - don't wait like I did.  You need this dinner in your life :)

White Chicken Chili

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into cubes
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 tblsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 {14.5oz} cans chicken broth
1 {4 oz} can diced green chilies
1 1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & Pepper
1 {8 oz} package Neufchatel cheese {light cream cheese}
1 1/4 cup corn {frozen or fresh}
2 {15 oz} cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tblsp fresh lime juice
Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese, Tortilla chips, chopped fresh cilantro, lime wedges, etc for serving

1. Heat olive oil in large dutch oven over medium high heat.  Once hot, add chicken and diced onion and saute until chicken is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.  
2. Add garlic and saute about 1 minute more.  Add chicken broth, green chilies, cumin, paprika, oregano, coriander, cayenne, and season with salt and pepper.
3. Bring mixture to a boil, the reduce and simmer 15 minutes.
4. Add Neufchatel cheese and stir until nearly melted.  Stir in corn and one can of beans.
5. In food processor, puree remaining can of beans along with 1/4 cup broth from the soup, then add to soup {this thickens the soup and makes it more creamy - not necessary but worth it!}.
6. Simmer 15 more minutes.
7. Mix in fresh lime juice and serve with garnishes.

Serves 5-6

adapted from cooking classy

stephanie marie