The Perfect (Salacious) Beach Read

The perfect beach read novel for summer 2017

(Hat: Nordstrom, Towel: Olive and Linen, Book: Amazon)

If you’re looking for the perfect beach read, then look no further. “How To Murder Your Life” a memoir by Cat Marnell is just as hysterical as the title suggests. A successful beauty editor for Lucky Magazine by day and a Manhattan socialite and drug addict by night. Well, to be fair, she’s really she’s a drug addict by day too.

Marnell gives you a behind the scenes peek into the Manhattan social scene and her abuse of prescription pills and later experimentation with harder substances. Her writing is witty and painfully self aware. I love books that take me to a world that seems completely foreign to me.

“How To Murder Your Life” is the perfect, read-in-a-day, kind of beach read. That is, if you’re not shy about sex, drugs, and self destruction. Have you read it? Do you plan to? Let me know! Happy reading everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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An All-American Apple Pie

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

Funny back story about the night my husband and I first met…we were at a bar (gasp!) I was sitting with my Dad, who caught Jeff checking me out from across the bar. Jeff was sitting with a buddy, and his friend leaned into him and said, “man that girl is All-American Apple Pie.” Little did he know yet, that I was pie obsessed! Very loudly my Dad announced to me that Jeff was checking me out, and sure enough Jeff heard him. Of course, he had to come say hi now! We hit it off right away, and my poor brother sat with us as we talked for hours, missing about 5 ferries in the meantime. And the rest is history!  Apple pie is now a staple dish, and a funny nickname for me, in our household.

Now onto the pie! For whatever reason, people always say that baking needs to be exact; unlike cooking, which can often be improvised. But I disagree. Sure, there are a few ingredient that you don’t want to mess with too much. But for the most part, I like to experiment quite a bit, especially with my spices.  This is my current favorite combination of spices for an apple pie. I think the hint of ginger is a fun addition, and the amount is small enough that it isn’t overpowering. This pie is simple and classic, and always a hit all summer long. The cherry red pie dish adds an extra flair that I love! Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and summer BBQ’s just scream for apple pie!

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

We enjoyed this particular pie the other day, while having some island friends over for a BBQ. The star cutouts make the pie feel even more “All-American.” As if an apple pie needs help with that.  I love these star cookie cutters and use them all summer long! Julian was my little sous chef, and helped with the star crust, and the “sugar crustos” we made with the leftover pie dough. It’s so fun to share my love of baking with my little man!

As always, please let me know if you try this recipe out at home! I love seeing your creations, so be sure to tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's DayIngredients:

1 Perfect Pie Crust

2 1/2 pounds tart apples (Granny Smith’s are my favorite)

2 Tbsp flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

Pinch of salt

4 Tbsp butter, cold and diced

1 Tbsp water (for glaze)

1 beaten egg (for glaze)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare pie crust as directed. I always use my go-to perfect pie crust! But if you’re in a pinch, or just don’t feel like it that day, store bought works just fine too. Even Martha does it sometimes!
  2. Roll out 1 pie dough disk onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer to an ungreased pie dish and trim edge.
  3. Peel, core and slice apples. Toss apples with flour, sugar, lemon juice, spices and salt. Spoon into prepared pie shell and dot with butter.
  4. Roll out remaining dough. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out approximately 9 larger stars and approximately 6 smaller stars. Arrange onto top of pie.
  5. Place pie in refrigerator to chill for approximately 30 minutes, until crust firms.
  6. Preheat oven to 425F while pie is chilling.
  7. Beat 1 egg and 1 Tbsp cold water together for glaze. Brush stars and pie crust lightly with glaze.
  8. Bake pie for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden and juices begin to bubble.
  9. Best served warm, with ice cream or fresh whipped cream! Enjoy!

xx,

HeidiThe perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

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Sundae Fundae!

Take a look at how I’m creating delicious family memories with tasty treats! Thank you to Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertisers for sponsoring this post. And thank you all for supporting companies that support this blog! All opinions are mine alone. #SummerSundaes #CollectiveBias

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I am so thrilled it’s June already! Holy cow, that was a rough Winter and early Spring. Warmer weather and sunnier days means ICE CREAM! And I have had some serious ice cream cravings this pregnancy. I have been frequenting our local ice cream parlor a bit too much lately. And dang, that adds up. I decided it was time that I create my own tasty concoction at home.

Sharing an ice cream sundae with a loved one creates a lasting memory. I can still remember making sundaes with my mom in the summer when I was a little girl! I want Julian and our baby girl to have those same memories. I think I’m on the right track with this recipe, because Julian was in heaven! And baby girl was kicking up a storm!

You guys, these sundaes turned out to be out of the world delicious! And so easy! I stopped into our local Walmart to grab all of my ingredients and decided to make a fun twist out of the classic sundae. Instead of using plain vanilla ice cream, I decided to try Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™! It has peanut butter swirls and bits of cone already mixed into the ice cream, so no need for an additional cone! Such a scrumptious twist on the traditional vanilla flavor. Smucker’s has a wide variety of ice cream toppings, but I opted for the classic Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping to complement my PB ‘N Cones ice cream selection. And how can you have a sundae without Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping? You just can’t. For fun embellishments I grabbed some delicious fresh fruit and tasty pecans. I finished the sundae with a fresh, homemade waffle as a fun garnish. Delicious! See the full recipe below!

Tag me in your sundae fundae family memories and let me know if you try this recipe at home! I always love seeing a Bainbridge Boheme creation come from someone else’s kitchen! Tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

Ingredients:

  • Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™
  • Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  • Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • Chopped pecans
  • Cherries
  • Fresh waffles, quartered for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Assemble sundae. Scoop two heaping scoops of PB ‘N Cones ice cream into dish
  2. Prepare Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping by microwaving with lid off for 30-45 seconds as label directs
  3. Top ice cream with generous amount of Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  4. Dress your sundae with desired amount of fresh fruits and nuts
  5. Top with a heaping dollop of Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping 
  6. Garnish with a slice of fresh waffle if desired
  7. Complete sundae with a cherry on top of your whipped cream
  8. Enjoy with someone you love!

xx,

Heidi

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The Unique Ways I Keep Harsh Ingredients Out of Our Home

Take a peek at how I keep harsh ingredients out of our home! Thank you to Collective Bias for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone, and I take pride in showcasing the best products for you all! #FreeOfSulfates #CollectiveBias

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

Keeping harsh chemicals out of our home, using sulfate free products for our family. Sulfate free leads to a natural shine!

When I was in nursing school I remember learning about the dirty dozen for the first time. It is a list of the 12 types of produce that have the highest pesticide residues. I was fascinated with the idea of how chemicals were coming into our homes. Especially from something as seemingly harmless as a piece of fruit!

Fast forward to becoming a mom, and I am even more contentious about the food and products that I buy for our family. That’s why I was so excited to try out some new sulfate free products in our household. I stopped in at our local Walmart to pick up all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® and AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner. I want the best products for my family and for myself. And I believe that means using more natural products. I’m excited to share with you all a few unique ways that I keep harsh chemicals out of our home!

  1. Buy organic when possible: Like I mentioned before, I am particular about buying organic produce for our family. I understand that buying organic is not always possible, depending on your budget. That’s why I like to stick to the dirty dozen list and avoid the produce that carries the most pesticides! It’s one little way that I can ensure my family is eating whole, chemical free foods.
  2. Use sulfate free hair products: Using sulfate free hair products create a natural shine all their own. I couldn’t believe how shiny my hair looked after using the AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner! That’s every gal’s dream, right? Plus, the scent is out of this world, I felt like I was in a spa! If you’re like me, you’re already taking the time to keep chemicals out of your body with the foods you eat. Why not take that extra step and keep those harsh chemicals off of your body as well? AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner contains naturally derived cleansers and a sulfate free formula to gently cleanse your hair and scalp. Look for it in the Hair Care aisle at your local Walmart, and here is a coupon for $1 off one AVEENO® product!
  3. Keep harsh ingredients off your clothes: As a mom, I’m always looking for more natural ways to perform my daily tasks. It was a breath of fresh air to see that all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® now includes its ingredients on the back of the bottle. You know with certainty what is going into your laundry, and in turn what is ending up on your family! New sulfate free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® delivers a powerful clean with harshness. The sulfate-free formula provides effective ingredients for a deep cleaning and stain lifting that any can get behind. Look for it on the top shelf in the laundry aisle at your local Walmart. Bonus! Here is a coupon for $0.50 off one all® product, while supplies last. It all makes a difference in my book!

I’d love to hear how you keep harsh chemicals out of your homes! Let me know in the comments!

Thank you to Collective Bias for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone. Here is the social hub for this campaign! #FreeOfSulfates #CollectiveBias

 

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Maternity Milk Bath and a Third Trimester Update

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot Maternity Milk Bath Photoshoot

Well hello third trimester! Took you long enough. Everyone says the second pregnancy breezes by because you’re so busy with your older child. But, for me, it still feels like eternity! I wanted to share with you all this gorgeous shoot I did with some insanely talented creatives. I have loved the look of these milk bath shoot since I was pregnant with Julian. So, I couldn’t wait to get my feet wet this pregnancy. I know, I’m hilarious. Arturo Garza Photography was the genius behind the lens. Fraîche Face was a goddess with my soft hair and my all natural makeup, and Rusted Vase created the most heavenly wreath of flowers. Admittedly, I am the worst about printing photos, but these inspire me to get on it! I’d love to have one for our baby girl’s nursery.

I also wanted to take a minute to update you all on how this pregnancy is treating me lately. It’s been some time since I confessed about the challenges I was facing in the first two thirds of my pregnancy. I’m happy to report that I have been feeling worlds better for the past month. I haven’t thrown up in about a month, since I attempted to get off of my anti-nausea meds. Bad move on my part!

I have a ton more energy, and have been successfully keeping up at work (as best I can!) Still attempting to figure out the whole home/work/life balance, but of course I’m not holding my breath on that one. I don’t need to sleep all day anymore, and I can even eat a vegetable every now and then. While I’m not going on daily walks, or doing yoga, like I had hoped, I am giving myself some grace. I know that soon enough my health will be back to normal, and our sweet baby girl will be here with us! She is a super active gal already and a crazy kicker in my belly. I cannot wait to see what her personality will be like in a few months.

As always, thanks for stopping and thanks for all the love. Wishing you a happy Friday everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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A Springtime Hike With Our Jet Pup

It’s no mystery we love our Jet Pup! Take a peek at our favorite treats for him! Thank you to Collective Bias for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone, and I take pride in showcasing the best products for you all! #PurinaMysteries #CollectiveBias 

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

A fun springtime hike in Silverdale, Washington. Pacific Northwest!

Spring has officially sprung in the Pacific Northwest! And man did that take long enough! Now that the weather has improved tremendously, we have been hitting the trails more and more with Julian and our Jet Pup!

You may remember from when we brought Jet home last year; he is our beloved rescue puppy from the Kitsap Humane Society. He is the biggest character, and has the sweetest demeanor. On walks we can’t even make it 20 feet without someone stopping us to ask his breed. He is half corgi, half black lab! It’s such a peculiar and funny mix, that no one can get enough of him! He’s got that beautiful lab face, and those adorable, and stocky corgi legs. Jet Pup is the biggest snuggler and fancies himself a lap dog. I love it when it’s just him and I in the kitchen together. I’ll be baking or cooking and he’ll be right at my feet the whole time; my little sous chef.

I wanted to share with you all a few tips for making hiking with a puppy a little smoother!

    1. Ensure the trail is pet friendly: I love the Washington Trails Association website for double checking if the trail is good for pets. There will be a little dog icon on each trail profile that is suitable for pups! Super easy to check before taking off.
    2. Rain or shine, pups don’t care: In typical Pacific Northwest weather fashion, we hit some rain showers on our hike! You could probably already tell from my crazy rain hair! I am not a huge fan or hiking in the rain, but I always find it worth it to see how excited Jet gets to be outside. Rain or shine! Kind of like kiddos in that sense. I try to keep a towel in the car for rainy emergencies too! So, grab your rain gear and get outside!
    3. Bring plenty of food and snacks: On our way home from Green Mountain we stopped in  at our local PetSmart to pick up some Purina® Beneful® and some Purina® Beggin’ treats for our pup. I love that you can bring your pups into the store, it always make for some good socialization! We then made a pit stop to the beautiful pet-friendly Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale to let him chow down! A sweet reward after a fun hike.
    4. Travel with portable food and water dishes: I always have two portable dog dishes in my car for our Jet. We like to bring him with us often on hikes or even just for little adventures. These dishes make it so simple to be able to feed him and let him drink on the go! A travel essential in my book.

Our Jet Pup is a special part of our family, and him and Julian are an inseparable pair. It’s no mystery that we love our Jet, and we take pride in giving him the best food and treats. During the month of May at PetSmart, for every $40 you spend on Purina products you receive a $10 PetSmart gift card. You can even upload your receipt to the link provided up until July 9th! We took full advantage of the promotion on our way home from Green Mountain and stocked up. The only mystery in our household is how quickly our pup can go through food! I’m sure it’s the same at your house too!

I hope you get a chance to take advantage of this great offer and treat your pups too! Happy Tuesday everyone!

Thank you again to Collective Bias for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Here is the social hub for this campaign! #PurinaMysteries #CollectiveBias

xx,

Heidi

 

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The Perfect Off The Shoulder Dress

Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July Perfect off the shoulder summer dress. Only $14! Great outfit for Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July

(Dress: SheIn, Bag: Nordstrom under $50, Wedges: Nordstrom)

It has been some time since I’ve done a strictly fashion centered post! Valentine’s Day to be exact! So I thought it was about time! And this off the shoulder dress is too perfect not to share with you guys. It’s non-maternity, but roomy enough to work with my bump. I simply love the off the shoulder look. It’s always been one of my favorites, as I find it to be flattering on lots of different shapes and sizes. I think that deep blue shade makes it the perfect dress for a this weekend’s Memorial Day celebrations! Or even for a Fourth of July celebration. There’s just something about a navy hue that makes me feel patriotic.

I’ve saved the best new for last. This dress is only $14! Seriously! Such a steal. The laser cut out eyelets are so pretty and feminine up close. This dress is a must for our upcoming summer season. Now we just need that warm weather to stay! Have a great day everyone!

xx,

Heidi

 

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Getting Ready to Meet Our Baby Girl

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

Newborn style for baby girl. Getting ready to meet our baby girl.

I still remember the very first thing I purchased for Julian when I found out we were expecting. It was a soft, cloth sling so I could wear him on my chest while he slept. I absolutely could not wait to meet our guy and to hold him close to me. That wrap has always held such sentimental value, and made my pregnancy feel even more real. Despite all of the other signs that it was! So, I couldn’t wait to pick up my first few things for our sweet baby girl. And I was excited to see what would someday hold that same feeling for me. I took a trip to downtown Poulsbo to my favorite children’s boutique, Barna and Co, to find those perfect first items.

I ended up leaving with the most feminine and darling items, and it makes me all the more eager to meet our daughter. After being a boy mama for the past year and a half, I am so excited to be able to incorporate pinks and bows and flowers into the equation! The softest blush colored bow from Baby Bling Bows called out to me and I knew it was the one for our girl! If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you know that Kickee Pants is one of my favorite children’s lines. The fabric is out of this world soft and flexible, and makes changing a squirmy baby that much easier. I want their coveralls in every shade! This soft, natural KP onesie may even be the outfit we bring baby home in!

I also picked up a Jellycat lovely for our sweet girl. Julian has the bunny, and now baby sister will have the lamb. Makes my mama heart melt! Yet, I think I am most excited about the gorgeous Little Unicorn swaddle I picked up for our girl. When I got home that day I just stared at how sweet that garden rose print was, and I could already imagine wrapping our baby girl in it.

It’s amazing how a few pieces can transform your excitement, and in time can hold such sentimental value. We can’t wait to meet our sweet baby girl. She is so loved already, and will be as stylish as can be!

Be sure to pick up some future family heirlooms at Barna and Co for your sweet babes! Use code “bainbridgeboheme” to get 15% off your order online now through May 25th.

xx,

Heidi

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Easy as Lemon Pie

Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie

Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie Easy lemon pie from scratch. Seriously, this is the most simple recipe! Perfect spring pie

Don’t ask me where the term “easy as pie” came from. Speaking as someone who loves to bake pies, and has been doing it for years, pie is not the simplest dessert to pull off. I find that every pie is a learning experience, and I still have plenty of pie fails. Well, this my friends, this recipe makes for a truly easy pie.

You can whip this delectable lemon pie up in just a matter of minutes (yes, seriously) and still be the hero of the dinner table. Now that my time is more limited (hello there, working mother to a toddler with a baby on the way here!) I am feeling inspired to create more simple recipes. Recipes that can still be showstoppers, but don’t take hours out of your day.

Just recently Jeff and Julian and I were walking around out in our backyard. Jules was running around barefoot, the sun was bright and warm, and I was getting all the springtime feels. When we went inside to put Jules down for a nap, I had the urge to bake something that would keep that springtime, sunshiney feeling alive all day. Enter this lemon pie creation. I’m on a lemon baking kick lately it seems. 

The filling is rich, but the bursts of lemon make it feel light. The simple addition of a whipped cream topping adds to the lightness that exemplifies a spring pie. Typically, I can eat decadent pies all day long. But there is something about the change in the season that calls for a lighter fare.

If this recipe inspires you to bake a lemon pie of your own, be sure to tag me on Instagram (heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (Bainbridge Boheme) so I can see your beautiful creations!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Filling

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (approx. 3 large lemons)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt

Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of lemon zest (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium sized bowl, mixed together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and salt until well combined. Press the mixture into a greased pie pan, packing firmly. Bake for 7 minutes.

In a standing mixer on medium speed, beat together egg yolks, condensed milk, lemon juice, zest and salt until creamy, approximately 5 minutes. Add filling to baked pie crust and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on wire rack for 30 minutes, then finish cooling in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to set.

Prepare whipped cream topping by beating heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and zest on high until fluffy. Top the pie with whipped cream and serve chilled. Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

 

 

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Mother’s Day Brunch and 5 Tricks to Hosting a Flawless Event for Your Mom

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already May, let alone that Mother’s Day is just around the corner! My mom and I are both nurses with odd and hectic work schedules, so we decided to celebrate Mother’s Day early this year. I hosted a brunch at our home and had a little too much fun planning it all! I decided to go all out to show my mom how much she is loved and appreciated. You can never say it enough! A color palette of soft blush pinks, whites and creams created a feminine look and to emphasis that the brunch really was all about mom! Sticking to a color palette can help an event look cohesive and more put together.

I love having the opportunity to celebrate my loved ones and this brunch ended up being a huge hit! Here’s a peek at last year’s event. Instead of just sharing the recipes with you all (although I will do that too) I thought it would be fun to highlight how I pulled off the event while being a working mama with a toddler! It is my hope that you can use some of these tips and tricks for your Mother’s Day celebration this weekend! And some of the delicious recipes too! Motherhood truly is the best and most important “job” in the world. Mamas deserve to be celebrated!

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

  1. Plan ahead. Brainstorm your color palette, theme or general ideas early on. This will help when making decisions on the event. Sometimes I would get a little overzealous while planning, but my original idea of a simple and feminine brunch would reground me. I love Pinterest for this purpose. I had been working on a Mother’s Day Pinterest board for a few weeks prior to the brunch. Have a menu in place a few days to a week before your event. This helps with delegation, and grocery shopping. People often ask me how I have time to bake, and one of my secrets is I always do my shopping and prep work the day before! Baking then becomes a breeze.
  2. Cater to your mama. Seems pretty obvious, right? But I’ve found that making the extra effort to tailor an event towards your guest of honor can make a world of difference. For example, my mom doesn’t drink alcohol. So instead of just sticking her with water while everyone else drank mimosas, I crafted a delicious raspberry lemonade spritzer for her to enjoy. I also was sure to make a playlist of her favorite music. Even something as simple as incorporating their favorite foods into the menu is a special touch. It sets the tone that the event is in her honor!
  3. Use seasonal blooms. Flowers can make your event! I decided to use the gorgeous tulips in our front yard to set the scene for our tablescape. Luckily for me we had lots of pretty pink blooms to choose from. Fresh florals really can transform your space.
  4. Incorporate a sentimental touch. Since this Mother’s Day brunch was in honor of my wonderful mom, I wanted to add a heartfelt touch to the event. I opted to use my Grandmother’s china teacups for each table setting. It was a big surprise to my mom, and she was so grateful to see her mother’s china being put to good use. I also love the idea of incorporating old photos into each place setting too. Again, my Pinterest board has some great inspiration!
  5. Keep food simple and seasonal. When developing the menu for our Mother’s Day brunch I kept things simple and fresh. This meant incorporating springtime fruits and veggies to pay homage to our changing seasons. A light orange bundt cake with a simple orange glaze (I just mixed 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp orange juice for the glaze) was a huge hit. We ate fresh waffles topped with a homemade whipped cream (1 cup heavy cream, 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp vanilla whipped together). We then rounded out the menu with a roasted pepper frittata topped with heirloom tomatoes and we had plenty of Hempler’s bacon to enjoy! Simple menus always speak for themselves.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

How to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Simple ideas for hosting on Mother’s Day and celebrating mom.

If you try any of these tips, tricks or recipes at your Mother’s Day soiree I would love to hear about it! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme) and let me know! Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day in advance!

xx,

Heidi

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