February 12, 2016

Valentine's Weekend


Happy Valentine's Day Weekend!  What are you up to?  I plan on starting the day with my Mama at brunch, then ending it with some Thai food and champagne on the couch - which is perfectly fine with me {although I miss celebrating like this and this - where are all the single gals at?!?!?}.  Anyway, I'm mostly excited for the long weekend :)  Nothing like celebrating a holiday with an extra day to stay in bed and forget the alarm.

Happy Valentine's Day! Have a fabulous weekend!

stephanie marie

February 11, 2016

Spicy Beer Queso with Chorizo & Black Beans

You're probably wondering what that amazing dip was that landed me a controversial second place at DAP.  Well, look no further than right here.  A few weeks ago I started researching dips for the party, and I kept coming back to this Spicy Beer Queso with Chorizo & Black Beans from How Sweet Eats.  It had all the components of a winning dip {or so I thought} - cheese, meat, and a bit of a kick.  The spice is pretty mild, so don't shy away if you're not into spicy.  I promise if you bring it to your next get together, it'll be gone by the end of the night - it's that good.  Like, second place good. 

Spicy Beer Queso with Chorizo & Black Beans

1/2 lb chorizo
1 large shallot, diced
1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tblsp olive oil
12oz bottle of your favorite beer
1 - 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
12 oz white cheddar cheese, grated
1 - 14.5 oz can black beans, drained
sliced green onions & cilantro for topping

1. Heat large skillet over medium heat.  Remove any casings from chorizo and add to skillet, using wooden spoon to break apart the sausage until it crumbles.  Cook until fat is rendered and sausage appears to be cooked through.  Remove with slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain.  Clean skillet with paper towel.
2. Heat skillet to medium-low.  Add olive oil, red pepper, garlic, shallot, & jalapeno with a pinch of salt.  Stir well to coat.  Let cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Turn heat up to medium and add beer.  After a few minutes, add cream cheese and continue stirring until it's melted and creamy.  Add white cheddar, stirring until melted.  Reduce heat to low.  Stir in black beans and sausage.  Remove from heat and top with green onions and cilantro.  Keep warm for serving.

adapted from how sweet eats

stephanie marie

February 10, 2016

Happy Birthday Susannah!

Happiest of birthdays to you, Ms. Suzie Blue!!  This past year was the absolute best, since I got to see and celebrate you so many times, and I'm hoping this next year brings even more laughs, love, and dancing together than before.  Thanks for being one of my people - you mean the world to me, my love.  Now get out there and party!!  Love you!!

stephanie marie

February 9, 2016

Super Bowl Babies

While the Super Bowl commercials this year were less than stellar, one stood out to me above all the rest.  Maybe it's the cute kids, or the fact that it features Seattle, or that awesome throwback Seal song, but Super Bowl Babies Choir was pretty clever and hilarious {and slightly awkward}.  Here's to Denver's new crop of kids in about 9 months! :)

stephanie marie

February 8, 2016

Dip-A-Palooza 12

This year's Dip-a-palooza had it's highs and it's lows.  The Broncos won!!  It was amazing how many people were loudly cheering for the Broncos at the 12th annual Dip extravaganza, and we were all incredibly excited to watch Peyton Manning and the Broncos take down the Panthers.  The dips were pretty tasty this year - lots of peanut butter, lots of cheese, and was that a black bean and bacon dip??  When halftime came and the trophy ceremony commenced, I was shocked to be called up to the front as one of the top two dips of the party.  When Aaron announced I was the winner, I was shocked!!!  I did a happy dance, jumped around, and excitedly accepted the trophy and flag from a proud-looking Holden.  But.....it wasn't meant to be.  I got Steve Harvey'd!!!  In a nod to the infamous Miss Universe snafu, Aaron took back my trophy and gave it to Sara & Walker, leaving me thoroughly embarrassed and disappointed.  I really thought I had it this time!  And to be crushed after totally getting my hopes up!  Most agreed Aaron took it a bit too far, but no worries - I will get my revenge next year.  As Justin said, Revenge is a dish best served cold {which I take to mean a cold dip?!?!}.  Watch your back, Aaron - I'm coming for you.

 my cutest date

 so excited!!

 i finally won after 9 years!!!


stephanie marie

February 5, 2016

Happy {Superbowl} Friday

Happy Superbowl Friday!  While it feels weird not having our annual Seahawks party at work today, it's a little less stressful, right?  This year I can concentrate on what's really important on Superbowl Sunday - the dips :)  But seriously, I'm rooting hardcore for Mr. Manning here.  I've been a fan since his rookie year and have loved him ever since.  I mean, how can you not root for Peyton??  He's a true class act.  

Hope you have a great weekend, and Go Broncos!!  Omaha!!!!! :)

stephanie marie

February 4, 2016


Last night I came home to quite the surprise - the power was out in nearly half of Magnolia!  Neighbors were wandering around with flashlights, checking on other neighbors and heading to the pub that was open a few blocks away.  I came home to a very dark and increasingly chilly house, which was terrible timing since I had promised to make dinner for David and his sweet puppy Minnie.  Instead, David graciously took me in, where he whipped up a delicious pasta dinner {way more gourmet than I had planned} and entertained me for a few hours while I waited for power to be restored.  Luckily, it didn't take too long until we were back up and running, but it made me happy that I have such awesome contingency plans when I need them.  Thanks for dinner David - I owe you big time!

 my creepy dark street

 see that big red blob?  that's where i live

 driving over the bridge and looking back at magnolia - it was eerily dark

 sweet minnie

my fancy power-out dinner

stephanie marie