August 26, 2014

Showering Baby Robinson

Saturday morning I headed out to Kirkland with my mama to celebrate the soon to be arrival of Baby Robinson in just a few short weeks!  The setting was gorgeous, overlooking the lake at her parents home, and the catered spread was delicious {including cupcakes by Erin!}.  There were many laughs throughout the afternoon {especially when trying to explain American baby showers to Sue} and it was so fun to sit back, drink mimosas, and celebrate this little baby boy that is already so, so loved.  I seriously cannot wait to meet this little guy and am so excited to celebrate one of my besties on this amazing new adventure she's about to embark on.  Congrats Stef and Eric - I am soooo excited for you!! :)

how cute is this baby carriage watermelon??

stephanie marie

August 25, 2014

Outdoor Movie {Autumn's Birthday}

Friday night, we all headed out to Shilshole to celebrate Autumn's big 3-0.  It was a gorgeous summer night, and we all hung out on the dock by their boat eating hot dogs and crab, sipping beers, and catching up as we watched the sunset over the marina.  Once the sun went down, we headed down the way where the Marina was playing Hook on an outdoor screen.  Everyone snuggled up on camp chairs with blankets as we were brought back to our childhoods with this nostalgic and sweet movie.  It was such a fun way celebrate the end of summer - and Happy Birthday Autumn!

stephanie marie

August 22, 2014

Happy {end of summer} Weekend

What are you up to this weekend?   I get to celebrate big milestones for two friends - turning 30 and having a baby!  And while a lot of the weekend is pretty much planned out for me, I'm excited to spend a lot of it with my mama - we always have the most fun :)

Have a great one - and take advantage of summer while it's still here!

stephanie marie

August 21, 2014

Birthday Bar

I know it's been almost a month and I'm still talking about my birthday, but you guys - it really was so much fun!  I knew months in advance that I wanted to take my actual birthday off of work {and then extended that into a really long weekend}, but I knew I wanted to spend an hour with some of my favorite ladies at the Bar Method.  Lucky for me, my birthday landed one day after Bev's {the owner}, so when I walked in, I was greeted with {leftover} balloons all over the place.  They even had a Happy Birthday balloon tied to "my spot" at the barre!  After doing my 30 pushups {on my toes!} and my "last 30" of pretty much everything while listening to probably the best birthday workout mix ever, I walked out of Erika's class sweating but smiling.  I took some of the balloons with me for my upcoming fiesta, and as I walked down the streets carrying this ridiculous balloon bouquet, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face from this little community I've become a part of that is so important to me.  I love these girls :)

stephanie marie

August 20, 2014

Orzo Salad with Grilled Corn, Olives, & Basil

For my birthday this year, Maddie got me the most beautiful cookbook, Summer Food, and I haven't been able to stop pouring over the gorgeous pictures of pretty much everything I want to eat.  This weekend, I decided I wanted to make something out of it {it is the end of summer, after all} so I decided to start simple with the Orzo Salad with Grilled Corn, Olives, and Basil.  This recipe allowed me to use my grill and use the basil that has miraculously started growing again in my garden, so it seemed perfect.  It was incredibly easy to put together {I chopped the veggies and cooked the orzo while the corn was grilling} and can be easily customized to whatever suits your tastes {I think next time I'll add feta and shrimp!}.  If you're looking for a quick, fresh, and delicious meal, I'd highly suggest whipping this up while the produce is still fresh and the sun is still out.  It definitely feels good to be cooking again :)

Orzo Salad with Grilled Corn, Olives, & Basil

2 ears of corn
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
20 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2oz pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/2 bunch fresh basil, leaves only
1/2 lb orzo, cooked al dente

4 tblsp olive oil
4 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp powdered mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1. Rub ears of corn with oil, salt, and pepper.  Transfer to center of a hot grill and cook, turning so each side is browned.
2. Slice corn from the cobs.  Combine with tomatoes, red onion, olives, basil, and orzo.
3. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over salad.  Mix and serve.

Serves 4

adapted from Summer Food

stephanie marie

August 19, 2014

Roaming the Garden {Vines}

One thing this yard is not lacking for are vines.  I have ivy growing around the entire perimeter, and in that lies {among other things} pretty honeysuckles, clematis,and jasmine.  While they can sometimes be a pain {and grow like crazy!} they add a bright pop of color to an otherwise boring green border.  Especially the purple clematis - those were the most unexpected surprise :)

stephanie marie

August 18, 2014

Sweet Lou

Last weekend, my parents, my grandpa, and I headed down to Safeco Field for what was guaranteed to be an awesome night - Lou Piniella's induction into the Mariner's Hall of Fame.  We arrived at the ballpark to the sun shining on our terrace club seats just in time for the ceremony to begin.  It brought back so many memories watching the videos of Lou - laughing with his players, the cow Griffey brought into his office, and of course, him yelling at the umpires and throwing the bases :)  He was always the most exciting and energetic guy to watch on the team, and he will always hold a permanent spot in my childhood memories.  Through chants of "Louuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu" and many cheers, he was welcomed back to Safeco Field as our dear Sweet Lou.  It was a fun night :)

 the oyster po boy i waited 30 minutes for

 me and gramps

a gorgeous night - but unfortunately it was an m's loss

stephanie marie