Autumn at the Gardens

 

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

The weather is slowly cooling down here in the Pacific Northwest. Fall is upon us! Baby Julian and I recently visited Bainbridge Gardens, our local nursery, to pick up some fun plants for autumn. Mind you, I don’t have much of a green thumb, but I do have a desire to learn! And my husband insists I would love gardening. Do you garden? Any tips for a novice?

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island
Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

The top I’m wearing is a nursing top, but is so comfy I’m not ready to give it up. The deeper hue has that autumn feel, and I can’t wait for more of these shades! What autumn trends are you looking forward to wearing? Let me know!

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Gardens on Bainbridge Island

(Top: Old, similar here.Jeans: DL1961. Boots: Vince Camuto. JULIAN: Flannel: Gift. Onesie: Bay Hay and Feed Jeans: Levis. Shoes: Barna & Co

Photography: Lydia Leenstra

xx,

Heidi

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Bainbridge Boheme TLC

Blog rebrand

As you can see, things are looking a little different around here at Bainbridge Boheme! The blog has been in need of some TLC for awhile and I could not be more excited about how things turned out.

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Miss Allison Wagner from West Coast Aesthetic has been more than generous to help bring my blog vision to life. She has been gracious, immensely insightful, and bonus, she is as stylish as they come!

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The Bainbridge Boheme logo has been revamped, the coloring is more cohesive and the category titles have changed a bit. You can still expect the same content as always, but with a chicer presentation. I also recently added a “lifestyle” category to highlight our miscellaneous, everyday moments. In the lifestyle category you will be seeing a lot more of our home and remodeling process, fashion and beauty inspiration and how we celebrate daily life. I hope you enjoy these subtle, and gorgeous changes as much as I do! Happy Monday everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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Autumn To-Do List

Maybe it’s because of the back to school feel, but autumn has always felt like a fresh start to me. I have created a fun list of fall inspired activities I plan on doing with my family. I am already embracing the crisper air and beautiful fall foliage here in Washington. Will you be doing any of these as well? What are your autumn to-do’s? Let me know in the comments!

  1. Perfect my pumpkin pie recipe
  2. Pick apples from the trees on the farm
  3. Make mulled wine
  4. Plant tulip bulbs for the springtime, going to need help from my favorite homesteader
  5. Plan Julian’s 1st birthday party and celebrate his turning 1 year old
  6. Visit favorite pumpkin patch
  7. Draw names from hat for Christmas gifts (our family tradition)
  8. Host first Thanksgiving dinner in our newly remodeled home
  9. Find new winter coat. Splurge inspo here
  10. Switch out summer for winter wardrobe
  11. Make my favorite hearty soup
  12. Hike Mount Ellinor with family

xx,

Heidi

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The Nothernmost Point

When we visited the coast recently on our camping trip, we set out to hike the Cape Flattery Trail. This hike is not that difficult, as you can see from the photos, I did it in sandals! It is about a mile and a half round trip, and the final destination will take your breath away! Those are always my favorite hikes. The hike takes you to the northernmost point of the continental US, with gorgeous little lookouts and boardwalks along the way. The caves, cliffs and beautiful waves can all be enjoyed from above. Making for some seriously stunning scenery!

Even though the hike is under 2 miles, I swear it took us nearly 2 hours because we got stopped by every. single. hiker! Everyone had to stop and love on Mr. Jet Pup! They would ask his breed, his age and where we got him. (Black lab/corgi, 6 months, and the Kitsap Humane Society)! By the time people got the scoop on Jet, they would notice Julian on my back and need to know all about baby! It was such a beautiful hike, one that I can’t wait to do again next time we’re back on the coast.

Are you a hiker? Have you hiked Cape Flattery? I’d love to hear your thoughts! And as always, let me know if you try this adventure for yourself!

xx,

Heidi

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Julian at 10 Months

Baby boy at 10 months old

Our Julian Koki is 10 months old! It is all flying by far too quickly, but especially this last month. Julian is a busy, busy boy. Read on to find out what he’s up to at 10 months old! We love you beyond measure baby Jules.

Biggest Milestones: Julian is still crawling around like crazy, and absolutely loves the stairs. He loves going up the stairs that is! Lots more standing with assistance, but needing less and less. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, this guy is too fast for me!

Talking: Baby Jules is such a chatter box. He babbles very loudly all day long, but especially when he’s excited about something. Sometimes at night when I’m singing his lullaby he’ll start talking louder and louder just to talk over me. This guy wants to be heard!

Eating: I am no longer solely making Julian’s food. I just could not keep up with this heavy feeder! I would constantly be making big batches of baby food purees and he would plow through them in a matter of days. He’s not in the 99th percentile for height and weight by accident, he makes it his mission! He now eats what Jeff and I eat, and snacks on puffs and puree pouches, he is also still nursing. It’s hard to say what his favorite food is because he really does love it all!

Sleeping: Julian is still a wonderful sleeper! I can’t even express how grateful I am for that. He is taking two naps a day, and sleeping through the night. He has gotten to the place where he can put himself down to sleep, and that makes life a little easier for us.

Favorite activity: Our guy loves being outdoors! We have been working a lot on our garden lately, and Jules will often end up in the Ergo carrier (or hiking backpack if Jeff is carrying him) while we garden. He favorite is our evening strolls with his puppy. I capture those walks a lot on snap and instagram stories.

Favorite book: Lately at bedtime we’ve been reading The Runaway Bunny. I absolutely adore this book, because it reminds me of my mother reading it to my siblings and I years ago. Jules likes to try and turn the pages, and he loves the bright beautiful pictures.

One thing I never want to forget: It was short lived, but for a while there Julian was doing the sweetest head tilt. It would be a random occurrence, maybe after he was clapping with excitement, or just as he was taking a break from playing, and he would sweetly rest his head on his right shoulder and give the most darling smile. That head tilt melts my heart. You can see him doing it for the camera here!

xx,

Heidi

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Lemon Lavender Cookies

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Awhile back I made some delicious lemon lavender cookies for a summertime girls night in. My girlfriends loved them so much, I thought it would be fun to perfect the recipe even more and share it with you all! This batch was enjoyed while picnicking on Johnson Farm on Bainbridge Island. And man, are they good! Even better yet, they are super simple!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m all about simple recipes. Especially as a new mom, I need my baking projects to be straightforward and no frills. This recipe is just that. It does involve some chill time, so it is not an immediate rewards kind of recipe, but it is worth the wait.

The lavender and lemon are a light, refreshing combination. I hope you have a chance to try these out in our last few days of summer! Let me know if you try these at home! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

½ cup powdered sugar

2 tsp dried lavender

Zest of one lemon

1 cup butter (softened)

2 ¼ cup flour

¼ tsp salt

Instructions:

In a food processor, pulse powdered sugar, lavender and lemon until well incorporated. Add butter and cream until light in color. Add flour and salt until combined. Remove dough and roll into an 8 inch log. Wrap in parchment paper and chill for 4 hours, but preferably overnight. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking sheet. Slice dough into ¼ inch slices and bake for 13-15 minutes.
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(Romper: Free People, similar here)

xx,

Heidi

Photography by Jesse Crockett 

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A Trip to the NW Coast

Jeff and I both grew up camping, and couldn’t wait to take baby Julian on his first camping trip. Well, I should say, Jeff couldn’t wait. I could have. I knew I wanted to take him eventually, but at 9 months I wasn’t sure how the trip would play out. Well, our first camping trip as a family of three (four including pup!) was a huge success! Jeff made sure I felt like I was “glamping,” not camping, Julian slept like a champ and him and the pup loved playing on the beach. We cooked over the fire, played in the surf, and went on the most breathtaking hike. Hike post coming soon! It was the stuff Pacific Northwest dreams are made of.

Neah Bay is a small town located at the northwest tip of Washington and the continental US. It is home to the Makah Tribe and has a beautiful museum where you can learn more about the tribe and their history. The scenery on the coast is simple stunning. Sandy beaches, epic sunsets, lush trees, and even a few hot surfers like my husband 😉 If you’re not feeling like camping in a tent, they have quaint cabins available. We usually do this in the winter time when visiting. 

Are you a camper? Have you ever camped at Neah Bay? It is one of our favorite spots. Let me know if you visit!

xx,

Heidi

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September Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

 

Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

 

Spice Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Well hello September! How did you get here so quickly? September marks the beginning of back to school, crisper air and Pumpkin Spice Lattes!  Not a fan of the PSL myself, but I was thinking a lot about spices yesterday as August came to a close. As fate would have it, while scrolling through instagram, my forever idol, Martha Stewart, posted the most gorgeous autumn inspired cake! I had to make it. So, yes, all of this shopping, baking, picture snapping and blogging occurred yesterday and well into the night. It’s amazing what a little inspiration can do! Thank you Martha! Get the recipe here

I adapted the recipe slightly. I did not use Granny Smiths because I forgot them at the store, and had already been twice that day!  Also, I used ½tsp nutmeg and 1tsp cinnamon, because ¾tsp nutmeg is a bit much for me. And just for fun, I used sparkling apple cider in the glaze, instead of the flat cider. Who doesn’t want a little more sparkle?! This recipe is delicious and perfect for ringing in the new month! The extra step of caramelizing apples takes a few additional minutes but it makes for a whole new level of tastiness. If you have the time, do it! You won’t be disappointed.  

Let me know if you try this at home. As always, thank you for reading and following along! Happy September everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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Good Reads: The Nest

 

The Nest

Things have been a little quiet on the blog lately. If you follow me on instagram you saw that our beloved kitty, Taj, passed away over the weekend. We miss him tremendously, and the house is not the same without his presence. All of your kind words and prayers are so appreciated, thank you!

Now onto a great read! “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a fun tale of the Plumb family, with all their quirks and dysfunctions. The adult siblings of the Plumb family must grapple with their lost inheritance and in turn, their relationships with each other. This flawed, but oh so funny family had me compulsively reading!

Have you read it? Do you plan to? Let me know your thoughts!

Favorite quote: “She believed in second chances, sometimes more than first chances, which were wasted on youth and indiscretion.

-Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Nest

xx,

Heidi

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A Picnic on Johnson Farm

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One of our absolute favorite spots on Bainbridge Island is Johnson Farm. We are so fortunate to be in walking distance to this farm, so we come here multiple times a week. Johnson Farm is public farmland, managed by Friends of the Farms; it is land set aside for farming, and cannot be used for development. We are lucky to live in a place that values farming and our land. There is a community pea patch, a majestic pond, and trees ripe with plums, apples and pears. We even took a few of our wedding photos here!

We stopped in at the farm for a fun picnic, and enjoyed some tasty lemon lavender cookies. Recipe coming soon! Julian ate plums off the trees and about devoured that whole basket of tomatoes.

Let me know if you have any questions about the beautiful Johnson Farm, or if you have the chance to visit! It is truly picturesque.

(Dress: Free People, similar.  Julian’s shirt: Gap Kids. Julian’s Shorts: Kickee Pants. Blanket: Pendleton)

xx,

Heidi

Photography by Jesse Crockett

 

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