This Simple Ingredient Will Transform Your Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie with a hint of chocolate. Perfect, simple recipe for baking from scratch. Makes a statement on any Thanksgiving table with this pumpkin pie! Beautiful pie crust makes all the difference in creating a showstopping pie for your thanksgiving tablescape. Oh how I love fall baking! Autumn flavors have my heart. Heidi Stephens--Bainbridge Boheme

Pie dish: Crate & Barrel, Cake knife: Waterford, Crust cutters: Williams Sonoma, similar here

As you can probably imagine, I am in charge of desserts for Thanksgiving dinner in our family. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, next to Christmas. Jeff and I have been hosting our families at our home for a few years now, and our Thanksgiving dinners hold some of my favorite memories. I love celebrating gratitude, good food and family. Jeff loves cooking, I love baking.

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t want to stray too far from traditional. People yearn for those same dishes they have been eating for years. My dad and I were just discussing his disastrous oyster stuffing of Thanksgivings past. He still claims it was delicious.

Pumpkin pie is a staple on every Thanksgiving table. But I have found that adding this one, simple ingredient takes it to the next level, without making it too experimental.

By adding a thin layer of chocolate between the pie crust and the pumpkin filling, the pie becomes oh so decadent. That’s right, chocolate! This pie is a hit at our Thanksgiving table, and the perfect addition to a Friendsgiving as well.

If you whip this up for your Thanksgiving celebration, be sure to tag me so I can see your creations! (Instagram: @heidi.stephens, Facebook: Bainbridge Boheme).

Ingredients:

  • 1 Perfect Pie Crust
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I prefer dark)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream for serving

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.
  2. Roll out 1 pie dough disk onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer to an ungreased pie dish and trim edge. Flute edges decoratively if you wish. Refrigerate crust until firm, about 30 minutes
  3. Preheat oven to 375F and place oven rack on lower third portion of oven.
  4. Cover crust completely with aluminum foil and pat the foil down against the crust. Fill with pie weights (rice works too) to prevent shrinking. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Periodically checking on the crust and lifting the foil until it no longer appears wet in the center. Crust should still be pale in color. Remove crust from oven.
  5. Evenly spread chocolate chips over the bottom of pie crust. Return to oven until melted, only about 1 minute, then remove from oven. Decrease oven temp to 350F and move wire oven rack to center of oven.
  6. Whisk together brown sugar and eggs until well incorporated. Add spices and blend well. Add pumpkin puree, then cream until smooth. Pour into partially baked pie shell.
  7. Bake pie until the filling is firm in the middle, approximately 35-45 minutes. Center can wiggle slightly, but not jiggle!
  8. Serve with whipped cream once cooled. Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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Thanksgiving Dinner Outfit Inspiration

Thanksgiving prep is fully underway over at our house! We are hosting again this year, so I have been planning as much as possible to make the day go smoothly. And that includes what I’ll be wearing! When you spend the majority of the day in the kitchen, you want to have your outfit already planned out. That way you can just slip into in right before your guests arrive. Between dealing with the inevitable kitchen mishaps, setting the table, and chasing babies, I don’t have the mental fortitude to pull together an outfit on the day of!

Here are some fun pieces I was eyeing while online shopping for our outfits. I love the rich hues that fall calls for. And comfort is huge on Thanksgiving when overeating is a mandatory practices. I’m hoping to put together a post about what dishes I’ll be baking as well, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, and I can’t wait to celebrate with friends and family. Here’s to a stylish holiday filled with gratitude!

xx,

Heidi

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Julian Koki is Two!

Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme. Happy Birthday to our busy two year old! Pumpkin patch photos of our busy toddler here on Bainbridge Island. Pacific Northwest toddler style in the fall! Love autumn in Washington state. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.

I can hardly believe I am writing these words right now; our Julian Koki is TWO! These past two years have flown by, but I also feel like I’ve known Julian my whole life. I was just rereading Julian’s birth story, and it really does feel like it was yesterday.  Parenting is a trip! I went all out on Julian’s 1st birthday, (one of my most viewed posts!) but this year, we’re going to celebrate with family and keep it low key. I wanted to take a minute to share some of the things I never want to forget about our Julian at this age. Love you bubba!

  • Our Jules has the biggest heart. When we read a book and one of the characters is sad, he presses his face to the page to offer some reassurance and love.
  • He loves to help mama bake in the kitchen, and fix things with his dada.
  • Without fail, he can always be found with two cars or two trucks; one for each hand.
  • Julian is an observer. He often sits back and will assess a situation before jumping in.
  • He loves to read all. day. long. It’s a lot to keep up with some days! He is starting to memorize a few of his favorite books, which has been so fun to see. His current favorites are Mighty Mighty Construction Site, I’m A Hungry Dinosaur and Run to the Rainbow.
  • Jules loves to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
  • He has an amazing memory when it comes to counting and saying the alphabet
  • Colors are not his strong suit. Everything is blue! It’s pretty funny actually.
  • Julian always greets his sister first thing in the morning before saying hello to anyone else. And when she’s asleep he searches for her.
  • He loves playing at Nana and Dude Pa’s and is learning to count in Japanese at his Baba and Gigi’s.
  • When he says the words “big” or “heavy” his voice lowers an octave, hehe!
  • Every night before bed we tell him who loves him, and he repeats it back, then says “You are so loved!” You are so loved Julian.

Thank you Nora Emily Photography for these priceless memories of our little guy!

xx,

Heidi

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Grateful For Our Family of Four

At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! 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Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme
Photos by Chelsea Macor Photography

(Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar, Julian’s PJs: Nordstrom (sold out), similar. Inez’s footie: Kickee Pants, Inez’s bows: Baby Bling Bow, Inez’s blanket: Barna & Co, Sweater: Free People)

November marks a month of gratitude. I used to be diligent about writing in my gratitude journal every morning, but with the newborn stage, it has been hard to keep up with. Instead, I like to think of one thing I am grateful for everyday. It’s nothing profound, and is often the same thing day in and day out. I am grateful for my health, my home, my favorite coffee mug that has been dropped and never seems to break. But, above all else, I am grateful for my little family of four. Well, five with Mr. Jet Pup!

You know how people always reminiscence on the good o’le days? Well, I never loved college. I didn’t like to party, I loathed dating. I truly feel like these are the good o’le days for me. Cuddling my babies, staying in jammies and baking cookies, singing, reading and playing!

This month, I am reminded to focus on all the I have. And how, amazingly, all the things I have are things I have always wanted. A marriage built on love, friendship and respect. A bright and healthy son. A thriving, beautiful baby girl. A sweet rescue pup. A warm home. Those are the things I used to dream about; and now they are here. I vow to give thanks for all that I have been blessed with, and I hope you will join me in practicing gratitude.

Happy month of thanksgiving!

xx,

Heidi

Huge thank you to Chelsea Macor Photography for shooting these priceless moments in our home. 

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Happy Halloween From Our Club!

Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephensHad to pop into the blog to wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween! This year I waited until approximately 2 days before Halloween to purchase our costumes: mom fail! This was the only one left that fit Inez! It’s funny because last year I went all out and had everything coordinated weeks in advance. It’s a whole new world with two!

Excuse the slightly blurry iPhone pics! Taking a selfie with a toddler and a baby is no joke. Mostly because of that crazy toddler.

I also picked Julian up an Elmo costume, because he is obsessed with Elmo and I just had to! He wore his costume to trick-or-treat at the library last week and I about died from the cuteness.

But, to tell you the truth, I really wanted to dress Julian up as Richard Simmons!  If I wasn’t in such a sleep deprived brain fog, maybe I could have pulled it together. I mean those curls would have been perfect under a sweatband! Amiright?

Happy Halloween everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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Bell Sleeved

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Sweater: BP, Jeans: Anthropologie, Shoes: Halogen, Bag: SheIn

I’ve been having a lot of fun with fashion lately! I was not one for maternity fashion, and I must say, I am so happy to no longer be pregnant. I find it a heck of a lot easier to dress myself when not accommodating a watermelon belly.

This bell sleeved trend is such a fun spin on a classic shirt! This sweater is only $40 and is the softest fabric. Those sleeves don’t do well in the kitchen when you’re hovering over food, but they are a fun look for date night! Speaking of date night, I’m thinking Jeff and I need to schedule some more. These days I’m just getting dressed up to run errands and head to the grocery store. Hope everyone has a great upcoming weekend! Can hardly believe it’s almost Halloween!

xx,

Heidi

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