Berry Picking and Skillet Cobbler

It is hard to believe, but blackberry season is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest! We took full advantage of the berries growing right outside our door, (yes, literally!) and picked a basket full of them. I could hardly keep up with Julian eating them all, so I had to pick quite a few, and quickly! You can see from the photos, I even needed to give Jules a sink bath when we were finished because he got so covered in their juices! He was in heaven.

I decided to put a rustic twist on this cobbler by baking it in a cast iron skillet. This recipe is so simple, and can be used with any berry combination. It was such a hit for my family function; my mom ate 3 helpings before we even had dinner! Blackberry season is a short one, usually from August to September, so enjoy these delicious berries while they last!

 

Ingredients:

Filling–

4 cups Blackberries

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

 

Topping–

1 cup flour

3/4 cup oats

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup butter; cold and cubed

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Rinse and dry berries. In a medium sized bowl, prepare filling by mixing sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Add mixture to berries and toss gently until berries are coated in sugar mixture. In a standing mixer, prepare topping by mixing flour, oats, sugar, salt and cinnamon until combined. Add butter and mixed on medium speed until coarse crumbs form. Assemble in skillet, adding berry mixture to the skillet first and topping with the crumble mixture. Press down lightly. Bake skillet for 35-40 minutes, until juices bubble and topping is golden brown. Delicious when served with vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!

(Dress: Free People from Nordstrom. Shoes: BP from Nordstrom. Julian’s onesie: Gap Kids hand-me-down, similar here. Julian’s pants: Hand-me-down Quicksilver. Julian’s shoes: Bobux.)

xx,

Heidi

Photography by Jesse Crockett

 

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Julian at 9 Months

Baby Jules at 9 months

Our Julian Koki is 9 months old today! This past month has been a big one for him. So read on to find out about his milestones and crazy antics! He brings us more joy and love than we ever could have imagined. We love you baby Jules.

Biggest Milestones: Julian is officially crawling! I had resigned myself to the fact that he may skip this milestone. He was scooting around very efficiently on our concrete floors, so it didn’t seem like there was much motivation for him to learn to crawl. But he has mastered the crawl! And he’s already too fast for me.

Talking: Baby Jules continues to babble very loudly! He is getting his consonants down, and has picked up growling as a form of communication, interestingly enough. Of course, I am thrilled that the Mamamama’s are still coming! But dada remains his most used “word.” Although, a close second to “dada” is his use of doh! Just like Homer Simpson! Dude Pa is proud. 

Eating: Baby Julian continues to eat it all! I am still making his purees but they seem to be more of a snack these days than a meal. He is eating a lot more of my food; lots of eggs, cheese, beans, berries, yogurt, chicken. Even sweets on very special occasions. It also just occurred to me, that I have failed to mention on all of these posts that Julian is still nursing on-demand as well! It has been a challenging road for us, (mastitis 4 times!) so I am proud of where we are and where we have come from. 

Sleeping: Our guy is still a champion sleeper, and I hope it stays that way! I’ve written before about how when he used to wake up he would talk to his lovey for a bit until we came into his room. Lately, you can hear him wake up by all the racket he makes sitting and standing and shuffling around in his crib!

Favorite activity: We still do a lot of walks and hikes, but it was a bit much for me to have the stroller and the pup, so I started wearing Julian on my back, and he LOVES it! I record a lot of our walks and hikes on snap and insta stories. He usually takes a little cat nap on my back towards the end, it melts my heart to see him snoozing back there!

Favorite book: I have never been great at remembering nursery rhymes, so I got this Mother Goose story book at Eagle Harbor Bookstore and we read a little rhyme from it everyday! Julian loves the rhymes and I love the reminder of how they all go.

One thing I never want to forget: Julian and Jet, our handsome new puppy, have formed a special friendship! They play well together (most of the time) and have even developed a love for tug of war. They always seem to be going after the same toys! Luckily, Julian doesn’t seem to mind that Jet always wins.

xx,

Heidi

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Lattice Topped Pie: Video Tutorial

Hooray for my very first video on the blog! As much as I would like to say that it is exactly what I had hoped for, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is, I am a solo parent the vast majority of the time. I filmed this while my husband had been away for a month. I don’t have an extra set of hands to help with the baby, the filming, the baking. It’s just me. Actually, I almost deleted this video; you’ll know why when you watch. But, like myself, a lot of my friends and followers and real moms who also have limited help. So, from one mom just trying to do her best, to another, here is my very first video!

I made my absolute favorite peach pie, and did a quick tutorial on how to assemble a lattice pie crust. It’s a fun and easy way to make a decorative statement with your pie.

Please, please, let me know if you try this at home! I hope you enjoy!

Here are the step by step directions to a perfect lattice topped pie:

  1. Using a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 strips approx ¾-1 inch in width. (I like the look of ¾ inch but you’ll have extra dough, so feel free to do 1 inch.) Lay out 6 of the strips across the pie horizontally. The top strip is number 1 and the bottom is number 6.
  2. Fold the even numbered strips back onto themselves from the center. Lay a strip vertically, intersecting with the horizontal strips. Unfold the strips
  3. Repeat the above step but with folding back the odd numbered strips. Unfold strips.
  4. Weave the remaining strips by following the above method.
  5. To finish, trim the excess dough and fold the overhang into your fluted bottom crust. Bake as directed and enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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Comfy+Casual in Bixby+Pine

Happy Thursday everyone! We have had such a fun week of hiking, baking and spending time with friends. A few weeks ago, Julian and I had the pleasure of shooting with the incredibly talented Samantha McFarlen for the new Bixby+Pine clothing line! They have apparel available for babies, kiddos, men and women!

Denim cut offs and a tee are my go-to summer outfit. Bixby+Pine apparel is now on sale for all of you Bainbridge Boheme followers! Just use the code BOHEME (all caps!) at check out to get 15% off through August 12th. These shirts are comfy, casual and effortlessly cute! You can’t go wrong with a graphic tee, and denim!!! Let me know if you pick one up!

xx,
Heidi

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Your Feedback

I have been finding such joy in creating and growing Bainbridge Boheme these past 3 months. I love to write, read, experiment in the kitchen and adventure around the Pacific Northwest. I love being able to create content around our everyday lives. And I love to inspire others with the simple pleasures that make me happiest. Can you tell the kitchen is our happy place?

But I must say, the blog can be challenging for me at times. I have an aversion to posting, rather an aversion to over-posting. So much so, that I have about 10 posts sitting as drafts right now, because I don’t want to bombard you all. But, what a silly waste, right?

So, I want to check in with you all, and I would love your input. What do you like about what I’ve done so far? What could you do without? What are the things you want to see more of? Any, and all suggestions are welcome!

I feel so fortunate to have so much support and love through this process. I thank you all for reading, sharing, commenting and for following along; I hope you’ll continue to do so.
xx,

Heidi

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Homemade Baby Food

Sweet potato & nectarine

Ever since Julian started eating solids at 6 months I have been having fun making his baby food at home. He is such a good eater, and I would like to keep it that way!  It has been enjoyable to experiment in the kitchen with different ingredients and seasonings, and it’s nice to be putting our Vitamix to good use. I use different combinations of the fruits and vegetables that I buy for our household, and I add a dash of seasoning to get him interested in more flavors.

We are still in love with these pouches because of the convenience on the go, and the fact that Julian can feed himself with them! I can’t recommend them enough.

It is my philosophy that it is always worth it to buy organic, but especially when making baby food. And even more so when using produce that is in the dirty dozen. These are my current favorite recipes for baby Jules. There is nothing like food that is made with love!

Do you make your own baby food? What are your favorites?

Loving his sweet potato & nectarine

Sweet Potato & Nectarine Puree

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • 1 ripe nectarine
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions:

Wash sweet potato and nectarine. In a medium sized pot, heat water to boil. Chop the sweet potato into 1 inch slices and steam in steam pot until soft, about 5 minutes. Sweet potato can also be sliced and roasted to soften. Cut nectarine into thin slices. Once sweet potato has cooled, combine all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy bebe!

Eating greens

Zucchini & Apple Puree

Ingredients:

  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 apples
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Dash of ginger

Instructions:

Wash all produce. In a medium sized pot, heat water to boil. Meanwhile, chop zucchini into 1 inch slices and apples into quarters, leaving skin on both. Toss apples and zucchini into steam pot and steam until soft, approximately 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool. Transfer into blender and add lemon and ginger. Puree until smooth. Enjoy!

 

xx,

Heidi

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Lavender Fields Forever

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend we ventured off of Bainbridge Island to the Olympic Peninsula, for a mini road trip and some beautiful sights. My dear friend Jesse came over from Seattle in the morning, and we loaded up the babies and hit the road! We headed to Sequim, WA, which has the largest lavender festival in North America. It was incredible to see the rolling hills of purple flowers. You immediately felt calmer in their presence. And the fragrance! It was majestic.

We loved the quaint Purple Haze Farm where you can play with bunnies, check out their chickens (and peacock!) and enjoy some lavender ice cream. The babies crawled around in the grass and were mesmerized by the lavender and bumble bees. The rain let up as we arrived and returned as we left; it was a perfect day!

Most of the lavender farms are open until Labor Day, so be sure to get over to Sequim before the blooms are gone! Let me know if you make the trip! Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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Welcome

A welcome tray for our guests
A welcome tray for our guests

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of hosting one of my former sorority sisters and her sweet kiddos for the night. It had been a crazy week for Julian and I, so I simply did not have the time to prepare much for her stay. However, I wanted to do something small to welcome their family to the island, and our home!

A soft lamby for the baby to snuggle
A soft lamby for the baby to snuggle

Every hostess wants her guests to feel comfortable, and something a simple as a welcome tray can do just that. This tray takes only a few extra moments, but can make a big impact in making your guests feel right at home.

Let me know if you try this in your home! Happy hosting.

A simple way to welcome guests
A simple way to welcome guests

xx,

Heidi

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Good Reads: The Girl on the Train

Girl on the Train

The suspense of “The Girl on the Train” will keep you up all night until you’ve finished reading! There has been a lot of buzz about this book lately, as it has some parallels to “Gone Girl” and is being made into a film that will be in theaters this fall.

While on the train, the protagonist, Rachel, witnesses something that drives her deep into events that unravel her already broken world. The story is told from three different points of view, and each turn of events is more shocking than the last. “The Girl on the Train” is a thrilling ride!

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

Favorite quote: “I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.” -Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

xx,

Heidi

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Julian at 8 Months

Baby Jules at 8 months
Baby Jules at 8 months

Our Julian Koki is 8 months old today! His personality is shining through more than ever, and we feel so fortunate to be his parents. Here are some of the things I want to always remember about our sweet baby Jules at this age.

Biggest Milestones: Julian is on the move! He scoots, army crawls and rolls to his destination. He is still dragging his belly around, so I’m not sure I would call it “crawling” just yet. But he is mobile! He is also pulling himself up to stand and can hold the position for some time! With mama right behind him of course.

Talking: Julian’s favorite word continues to be dada. I document this a lot of snapchat! He is babbling more and more, and louder and louder. He says mamamama but it is a lot less frequent than dada. He’s figuring out his N’s and B’s as well. Which makes his Nana very happy!

Eating: Baby Julian eats it all! I have gotten more creative with his baby food lately. Just last night he had a puree of avocado, pear, spinach and rosemary. He loves to eat what we’re eating as well. Which means, now more than ever, I really need to be mindful of what we are eating.

Sleeping: Our little man is still an incredible sleeper, and we do not take it for granted! He is staying up a little later during these summer days, and sleeping about 12 hours a night. Hallelujah!

Favorite activity: Now that it’s summertime, we’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and have been to several outdoor BBQ’s and hosted a fun Fourth of July party ourselves. Julian loves hanging out outside with his rescue pup Jet and everyone else. He is already so spoiled by his grandparents, especially those grandmas! And he loves it!

Favorite book: We are both loving Julian’s Five-Minute Bedtime Stories from Usborne lately. As the title states, each story takes about 5 minutes to read, and follows the chronicles or Dog, Cat and other friends. It’s the perfect way to wind down before bed.

One thing I never want to forget: When Julian sees something he wants (usually food) he goes into a frenzy. His eyes grow wide, he begins grunting loudly and waving his arms so you’ll take note. As if you could miss it! It’s one of our favorite things to witness. If only we could all have such enthusiasm!

xx,

Heidi

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