November 21, 2014

Happy {Blue} Friday

It's finally time to head to a Hawks home game - my first of the year - and I'm bringing my most favorite lady in the whole world with me {mom}.  I anticipate a cold and rainy game, but that doesn't matter - as long as we beat those evil Cardinals :)  It's going to be a long road to the playoffs, but I have faith these boys can do it again.  Go Hawks!

stephanie marie

November 20, 2014


In typical fashion, I took Erika out for her annual birthday dinner about a month and a half after her actual birthday :)  Hey - at least it extends the celebration, right?  After sending her a list of possible birthday restaurants, she chose Corretto, a semi-new Italian trattoria on Capitol Hill {we're both suckers for good pasta}.  Per usual, we picked a couple plates to share {the pappardelle bolognese and gnocchi al pesto} and along with a good glass of wine and some bread for dipping, it was the perfect meal for us to share.  I will definitely want to come back to this cute little spot on the Hill {especially to take advantage of that half price wine night!} and try even more things on the menu {the tables next to us were getting the meat courses that made my mouth water despite my extremely full belly}.  Good pick, Erika - and Happy late Birthday!

stephanie marie

November 19, 2014

Rigatoni with Squash and Prawns

Last week I had Maddie over for dinner {it had been way too long!}.  I wanted to make something seasonal and hearty - something to warm us up after a week of 30 degree days.  While perusing Giada's Kitchen, I came across her Rigatoni with Squash and Prawns - something I've always wanted to try but haven't.  Knowing that Maddie likes to try new things just like me, I decided to go for it.  It ended up coming together way quicker than I had originally thought it would, so after enjoying our delicious meal {seriously - this one has amazing flavors!} we sat around drinking wine, catching up, and of course, laughing a lot.  I love this girl - and this meal :)

Rigatoni with Squash & Prawns

6 tblsp olive oil
1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup vegetable broth
1 lb rigatoni pasta
1 lb prawns or large shrimp, peeled
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Warm 3 tblsp olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  Add butternut squash, garlic, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Saute until squash is gold and tender, about 7 minutes.  Add vegetable broth, bring to simmer, and cook until squash is very soft, about another 7 minutes.
2. Transfer squash mixture to blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
3. Cook pasta according to directions.
4. Warm remaining olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  Sprinkle prawns with remaining salt and pepper and add to pan to cook until just pink, about 3 minutes.
5. In large pot over low heat, combine cooked pasta, squash mixture, and 3/4 cup milk.  Stir to combine {add more milk if too thick}.  Add cooked prawns, basil, and cheese.  Stir until warm throughout and serve.

Serves 4-6

adapted from Giada's Kitchen

stephanie marie

November 18, 2014


A few weeks ago, the boy asked me to go with him to the B.o.B. show at Neumo's, and of course I said yes.  We'd been listening to B.o.B.'s music on repeat for the past few months, which at the time drove me crazy, but in retrospect I'm so happy we did, as I actually knew most of the songs that were played at the show.  While it was a late night {on a school night!}, to be out listening to hip hop on Capital Hill we had a pretty great time dancing and singing to the music and laughing the whole night.  It's nice to get out of the routine every now and then :)

stephanie marie

November 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Lila

This weekend we got to celebrate one of my favorite little girl's 2nd birthday.  I can't believe it's been two years since little miss Lila came into the world.  I will never forget getting that text the next morning with the sweetest picture of that scrunchy faced newborn.  Now, Lila is officially a toddler and definitely has a mind of her own :)  We spent Saturday afternoon celebrating this little lady with a mac & cheese bar, cupcakes, and sea creatures galore.  Happy Birthday sweet Lila!

 i stole merith's nephew for awhile who promptly fell asleep in my arms

lila and her best friend farrah

stephanie marie

November 14, 2014

Happy {so cold} Weekend

Happy Friday!  Is it cold where you are?  Each night this week I've been snuggling up on my couch close to the heater with a big cozy blanket around me, just trying to stay warm.  Where did this freezing cold come from?!?  I wasn't quite ready for it yet this year, but I'm trying to embrace the gorgeous sunrises and blue skies - at least it's not raining and snowing, right?  I hope you have a fabulous weekend - make a pot of chili, throw some logs on the fire, and stay warm!

stephanie marie

diana pic from iceland

November 13, 2014

Cougar Mountain

Knowing that last Saturday was going to be sunny and clear, we decided to venture out to Cougar Mountain for a "wilderness walk" through the leaves and trees.  I was afraid that "wilderness walk" meant hike, but the boy assured me that he wouldn't make me do something he knew I couldn't {especially since I had woken up with a stupid head cold that morning}.  We arrived at the park and proceeded to walk through muddy trails and mossy trees on this amazingly gorgeous and brisk fall day.  Though we were denied the breathtaking views that Google had promised {did we take a wrong turn or something??}, it was the perfect way to spend a sunny day out in nature, finding a new favorite spot just minutes from the city.  I know we'll be back, and I know we'll find that view eventually! :)

stephanie marie