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.”
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.
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 crisp 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!
4 cups Blackberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
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
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.)
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.
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:
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.
Fold the even numbered strips back onto themselves from the center. Lay a strip vertically, intersecting with the horizontal strips. Unfold the strips
Repeat the above step but with folding back the odd numbered strips. Unfold strips.
Weave the remaining strips by following the above method.
To finish, trim the excess dough and fold the overhang into your fluted bottom crust. Bake as directed and enjoy!
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!