October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

It was beginning to look like I wasn't going to make it to a pumpkin patch this year, but when I saw the forecast for this past Sunday {70 and sunny!}, we decided to make an impromptu trip to find the perfect pumpkins.  We headed up to Stocker Farms {where pretty much everyone else in the area headed after the Seahawk game} and wandered through the fields searching for the best ones to take home.  After much debating, we settled on a small wheelbarrow full of colorful pumpkins to adorn my front steps.  It was a gorgeous day in the fields, reminding me why I love fall so much :)

 these guys fit perfectly together - even though the bottom one kind of looks like a brain :)

 checking our stash


stephanie marie

October 21, 2014

Lasagna Rollups

This past weekend I signed up to bring meals to both the Newsome family and my friend John from work.  I wanted to make something that everyone would enjoy, but wouldn't take forever making for everyone.  Since mom was in town, we set out Sunday morning during the {awful} Seahawk game to make The Pioneer Woman's Lasagna Rollups.  The recipe makes 5 pans of 4 rolls each and was perfect to deliver to my friends - and keep some for my parents and myself too :)  It was super easy to put together - and that sauce was amazing!  I couldn't stop testing it all morning long :)  If you're looking for a delicious and easy recipe to stick in the freezer for meals all through the winter, I'd highly suggest making these.  The Pioneer Woman does it again!

Lasagna Rollups

20 whole lasagna noodles

2 tblsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground italian sausage
28oz canned diced tomatoes
6oz tomato paste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 tblsp minced fresh parsley
3 tblsp minced fresh basil

30oz Ricotta or cottage cheese
2 whole eggs
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tblsp minced fresh parsley
1 tblsp minced fresh basil

1 lb grated Mozarella

1. Boil lasagna noodles.  Drain and lay flat on a piece of foil to cool.
2. In large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onions and garlic and cook several minutes.  Add ground beef and sausage and stir, cooking until totally browned.  Drain excess fat, then add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, parsley and basil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
3. For filling, stir together ricotta {or cottage cheese}, eggs, parmesan, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil.
4. To assemble, spoon a small amount of sauce into bottom of individual loaf pans.  Spread spoonful of cheese filling on each noodle, then roll up.  Place 4 rolls into each pan.  Top with remaining sauce, mozzarella, and a sprinkling of parmesan.  
5. If baking immediately, bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.
6. If baking from frozen, bake at 350 covered with foil for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake 15 to 30 minutes more, or until done.

1 pan serves 2-3 people

adapted from The Pioneer Woman

stephanie marie

October 20, 2014

The Weekend {in pictures}

 {sweet baby ryley}

 {one of the best and funniest shows i've seen in a long time}

{dinner at the new oliver's twist in magnolia}

{our haul from the pumpkin patch}

Hope you had a great weekend!

stephanie marie

October 17, 2014

Happy Fall Weekend

It's really starting to feel like fall around here, and it has me dreaming of weekends filled with pumpkin spice lattes, homemade soups, trips to the pumpkin patch, football watching, and cozying up in lots of blankets.  This weekend I'm excited to spend some time with my mama and to see two of the cutest little babies I know.  Hope your weekend is warm and cozy!

stephanie marie

October 16, 2014

Sunset at Alki

Last Thursday, which was probably our last real warm day for the year, we headed out to Alki Beach for a surprise {to me} fire on the beach to watch the sunset.  We got to the beach to catch the last of the gorgeous October sunset, then proceeded to sit around the fire laughing, snacking, and taking in the gorgeous view.  It was one of those perfect fall/summer nights that make me love this city so much :)

stephanie marie

October 15, 2014

Roaming the Garden {Yard Art}

I can't believe it's been almost a year since I bought this house.  It definitely has it's quirks, but some of the craziest things I've found so far are the little pieces of "yard art" placed throughout the garden.  Some are cute, some are useful, and some totally freak me out.  But I guess it's all part of the charm, eh? :)

 mom uncovered this cool lantern while clearing out some ivy

 scary half head amongst the bricks

 not sure what this is, but it provides extra seating on the back patio

 vincenzo is buried {i assume} under my maple by the front door

 a rusted lantern in my rhododendron out front

 this cracked mirror in the back yard reflects the sun in the morning

 a hidden mailbox by the front gate

the scariest thing - this old blue doll head out back.  took me months to find it, but I feel like I shouldn't disturb whatever spirits it possesses :)

stephanie marie

October 14, 2014

Trainwreck {breakfast with Kelli}

This past weekend, Kelli was in town for a family wedding.  Even though my parents were down enjoying themselves in sunny California, I headed up north to spend a few hours with my cousin.  We spent late Saturday night laughing into the wee hours of the morning - reminiscing and making fun of my recent "scary" dream {from which I have actual bruises!}.  Sunday morning, we woke up bright and early and headed into town to the Trainwreck for one of the best breakfasts in the valley.  Kelli insisted on Bloody Mary's for us both {no better way to start the day, eh?} and we both chose the breakfast burritos that were literally the size of a small baby.  While it was a quick visit, it was fun to spend some quality time laughing and chatting with my cousin.  We always have a fun time :)

stephanie marie