January 26, 2015

Utah


Sorry for the radio silence last week!  After 8 years in my current job, I finally went on my first work trip!  A group of 20 of us headed out to Ogden, UT last week to visit the Autoliv airbag manufacturing plant.  Autoliv is the premier example of lean manufacturing outside of Japan, and we spent two full days touring their factory and offices, along with lots of work on team projects and bonding time.  While it's hard to put into words exactly what we saw, I can say that watching this place run was amazing.  The factory floor was truly fascinating - everything was timed to the second, from folding the airbags to delivery of parts to each work cell.  I'll just say that the next time I buy a car, I'll definitely be checking to see who made the airbag!  While the trip was great, it was super exhausting {we were on our feet or working from early in the morning until late at night every day} so I definitely took this weekend to relax, reflect, and watch a few Oscar movies :)  I hope you all had a fabulous week!

 the ogden temple {for the two minutes we were actually outside}


the obligatory shot of gorgeous mt. rainier on our way out of seattle

xoxo,
stephanie marie

January 16, 2015

Go Hawks!


Fingers crossed the Hawks can overcome those Cheeseheads this weekend and make it to their second Superbowl in a row.  I have no doubt they'll do it :)  Go Hawks!!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

pic taken a few games back from one of my favorite views in the city

January 15, 2015

Sausage, Potato, & Spinach Soup


A while back, I was perusing Pinterest, my favorite site to organize all of the recipes that catch my eye on the internet, and decided this quick and hearty Sausage, Potato, & Spinach Soup would be the perfect weeknight meal to warm me right up.  It came together in less than 30 minutes, and I couldn't stop going back to the stove for more helpings.  If you're not a fan of spice, I'd suggest leaving out the red pepper flakes {it was definitely hot!} but besides that, it was one of the easiest and most flavorful things I've made in quite awhile.  And the leftovers were delicious :)  Enjoy!

Sausage, Potato, & Spinach Soup

Ingredients
1 tblsp olive oil
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes {optional}
Salt & Pepper
5 cups chicken broth
1 lb red potatoes, diced
3 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions
1. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add sausage and cook until browned, crumbling as it cooks.  Stir in garlic, onion, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes.  Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent (about 2-3 minutes).  Season with salt and pepper.
2. Stir in chicken broth and bring to boil.  Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
3. Stir in spinach and cook until it begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.  Stir in heavy cream, heat through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 5-6

adapted from Damn Delicious

xoxo,
stephanie marie

January 14, 2015

Brass Tacks


Before our New Year's Eve party, we headed out to dinner at Brass Tacks, just a block away from our final destination of the night.  I had heard about this place for a long time, but how often does one actually get down to Georgetown to try out new hip restaurants?  Well, since the party was down there, we decided to take full advantage.  The upscale pub greeted us with a live jazz band and a festive crowd to start our evening.  We had a cocktail to get things started, then each ordered some of the best burgers we've ever had {seriously - so good}.  While we couldn't stay too long {that open bar called our names} I definitely want to head back to this little neighborhood to the south for more cocktails and yummy plates.  Georgetown - we'll be back soon!



xoxo,
stephanie marie

January 13, 2015

NYE


A few fun pics from our New Year's Eve party at The Stables in Georgetown with Aubin & Brittany.  We may have had a little too much fun in the photo booth {and at the open bar} but it was a fabulous night saying good bye to the old and hello to the new :)















Happy New Year!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

January 12, 2015

Year in Review {2014}

Though I'm a little late again, here's a look back at 2014 {see previous years - 2013, 2012, 2011} and all the fun we had :)


I started off the new year hanging with coworkers and discovering my new neighborhood, but January was all about cheering on the Seahawks on their road to the NFC Championship with a rally downtown, the cutest little fan, and a trip to a playoff game.



In February I took a trip up north to see the family and the snow, did some Valentine crafting and spent the holiday at home, but most importantly, we cheered our Seahawks on to a Superbowl championship at DAP and with the most epic {and cold} championship parade.  Go Hawks!!



In March I showed off my house to family, made a very grown up purchase, spent some time with my favorite ladies and my sweet Nana, found a new favorite spot in my neighborhood, and was completely starstruck.



I started out April hanging with some fabulous new buddies, watching that other Seattle sports team start their season, seeing the tulips, and making some home improvements, but the month ended on the saddest of notes after losing our beloved Nana.


 
May was quite busy - I started tending to the garden and watching it bloom, had drinks with my cousin, was introduced to the most fun {and addictive} activity, made a few summer additions to the house, showed off the house to some awesome ladies, met a new neighbor, and saw two fellow Seattleites



Since it was the official start of summer, June was all about being outside - hosting my first bbq with friends, brunching outdoors, exploring my neighborhood farmer's market, discovering my favorite flowers growing right outside my front door, finding my favorite new neighborhood restaurant, watching a friend do his thing, and celebrating the best night ever.

 

July was full of some of my favorite things - my favorite holiday and my favorite munchkins, having a fun family weekend golfing and drinking, entertaining some fabulous houseguests, and of course, I celebrated turning 30 in style with the most awesome concert, dinner with the parents, dinner with the girls, and the most amazing {and surprising} fiesta



August was pretty busy meeting my neighbors, anticipating a little guy's arrival, revisiting childhood memories, spending some time by the water, celebrating a fantastic bachelorette, and cashing in on a special birthday dinner


 
With Indian summer in full swing in September, I reaped the benefits of a successful harvest, celebrated a beautiful wedding, spent some time on the San Diego beaches {and tried to forget that game}, ate the best homemade dinner, and spent the most wonderful night on the lake.

 

October consisted of hiking a mountain and meeting two of the most precious babies, partying in the neighborhood, picking the perfect pumpkin, having a romantic date on the beach, cheering on a victorious team, spooking it up in the city, and celebrating one year of being a homeowner



November brought the most gorgeous sunset, time with the sweetest babe, a night listening to music, a lovely fall hike/walk, an awesome Hawks win, and a Hawks-giving to remember.  


December was full of holiday cheer, with a festive evening in the village, my annual tree, a lit up night around the lake, a gorgeous view, an amazing win, a quiet Christmas at home, and celebrating a first Christmas with my favorite person :)

2015 - I have a feeling you're going to be pretty great!  Can't wait to see what's next :)

xoxo,
stephanie marie

January 9, 2015

Blue {Playoff} Friday


In honor of Playoff Blue Friday today, I want to share our pictures from the game against the Rams last month, when we walked down to Pioneer Square to tailgate with the crowd and watch the game at the Hawks Nest right next door to the stadium.  The energy in the neighborhood was awesome, and luckily the Hawks went on to win the game, making for a pretty happy and entertaining walk back downtown.  Hopefully they can do it again this weekend!

 tailgating with strangers


 light up necklaces!


 a sea of blue and green in the bar


Go Hawks!!

xoxo,
stephanie marie