Lily Belle

Hi all,
Our little Lily Belle had her newborn photo shoot a few weeks ago.  The amazingly talented Kathleen Galloway captured Lily when she was only eight days old.  She was an absolute dream for the shoot.  She slept the entire time and was very cooperative for all the pretty little sets.  However, she waited until the very end to wet one of the outfits. We had been doing so good the entire time, and then she went in the prettiest white wrap at the very end. I guess that’s to be expected with a nakey baby but still… I felt so bad! 😝  Anyways, I wanted the settings to be really delicate & girly. Lots of soft whites and pale pinks. Our photographer knew exactly what I was going for. She provided all of the props and backgrounds and was able to move Lily without her even making a peep!  She was amazing & I love how they turned out!  I highly recommend getting newborn photos.  These are pictures we will hold onto forever.  I can’t wait to look back on them when Lily is older. Hope you like them!

Xo, Bre & Lily

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She’s Here!!!

After a two month hiatus, I finally have a bit of time to sit down and share that our sweet girl is here!!!  She came on July 9th at 3:29am weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 inches long.  Our hearts are overflowing with love for this beautiful being.  We are truly blessed to have her in our lives.  She is just shy of two months old now and we needed as much time as possible to get to know the newest member of our family.  She is absolutely a dream.  She’s already smiling, cooing and pushing off on her big chunky legs.  Her big brother can’t get enough of her.  She’s the first thing he asks for when he wakes up and the last person he kisses before bed.  He is just as in love as we are.   Our family is finally complete.

I love you, sweet girl.  Always.

Xo, Mommy

Santa Barbara

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We decided to take a little road trip down to Santa Barbara to mark our last vacation before our family becomes a little bigger.  In one month, Beau will no longer be the only child in our lives. It partly breaks my heart and at the same time I am overjoyed with the love our family will have for her.  So lately, I’ve been jumping at every opportunity to make Beau feel like the center of attention.  Not that he isn’t already, but we’ve been making a conscious effort to do more fun & adventurous things with him before Little Miss gets here. In turn, we headed for the ocean for his first trip to the sand & sea!  He was slightly apprehensive when his toes first hit the sand but it didn’t take long before he was running around the beach like he owned the place.  He loved chasing the seagulls. When they flew away, he would sign & say “more, more!” It was the sweetest thing. He also loved hanging from daddy’s arms while the waves washed up on his little toes.  Watching him discover the ocean is something I will never forget & we can’t wait to go back!!! 
Xo, Bre & Beau

 

 

the BEST Carrot Cake

Hi all,

For Easter we decided to make this amazing carrot cake for our family’s get together.  I haven’t made carrot cake in a while so I was a little apprehensive but this recipe was so delicious, I had to share.  It wasn’t as labor intensive as I thought either.  We bought grated carrots and I think that saved us a lot of time and labor.  Carrot cake is my absolute favorite, so finding a good recipe is always a treat.  I hope you like it as much as I do!  Enjoy!

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Easter Weekend

Hi all,

This is soo late in posting but I wanted to share a few pictures from our Easter weekend.  Better late than never, right?! 🙂

We had a lovely easter weekend with family!  My husband had to work on Sunday so on Saturday we took Beau to our church’s Family Fest for some afternoon play time, snacks and a great Easter service.  After, Beau got to open one of his four Easter baskets.  Telling from the picture below, he was more than just excited!! 🙂 The following morning, I took B to my mom’s for a delicious brunch (cinnamon rolls, fruit salad and an asparagus, bacon and gruyere quiche & lemon mousse. YUM!).  B went on his first Easter egg hunt and did so good!  He figured out that he was supposed to be looking for the colored eggs and then put them in his basket after he found them.  It was so sweet!  After opening his second Easter basket, he needed a nap and so did I.  Later that afternoon, we headed off to our second family gathering where B did another egg hunt, opened baskets and eat way too much Easter dinner.  He had a ball!!  And so did all the family there to see him.  I love experiencing all the holidays with my little one now.  It makes them so much more magical!  I hope you all had a fun weekend too!

Xo, Bre & Beau

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Spring Green Risotto

Hi all,

It’s been awhile.  We’ve just been so busy with life lately, I haven’t had a second to just sit down and write, but tonights the night.  Hopefully, this recipe will find my readers well with a tasty spring dish that is sure to be a crowd pleaser or just a nice weeknight family meal.  My husband’s favorite is risotto.  Doesn’t matter what kind.  We usually do wild mushroom, shrimp and pea, or a classic parmesan.  But earlier this week, I saw the amazing Ina Garten make this yummy recipe.  So here it is.  It’s full of fresh, spring garden veggies.  I was inspired by the new sunny season and Easter weekend upon us.  I hope you like it!  Enjoy!

  

  

 
Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 leeks)

1 cup chopped fennel

1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

2/3 cup dry white wine

4 to 5 cups simmering chicken (or vegetable) stock 

1 pound thin asparagus

10 ounces frozen peas, defrosted, or 1 1/2 cups shelled fresh peas

8 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest (2 lemons)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 tablespoons minced fresh chives, plus extra for serving

 

Instructions:

Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the leeks and fennel and saute for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender.  Add the rice and stir for a minute to coat with the vegetables, oil, and butter.  Add the white wine and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until most of the wine has been absorbed.  Add the chicken stock, 2 ladles at a time, stirring almost constantly and waiting for the stock to be absorbed before adding more.  This process should take 25 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the asparagus diagonally in 1-inch lengths and discard the tough ends.  Blanch in boiling salted water for 4 to 5 minutes, until al dente.  Drain and cool immediately in ice water.

When the risotto has been cooking for 15 minutes, drain the asparagus and add it to the risotto with the peas, artichokes, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper.  Continue cooking and adding stock, stirring almost constantly, until the rice is tender but still firm.

When the risotto is done, turn off the heat and stir in the mascarpone, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and chives. Serve hot with a sprinkling of chives and more Parmesan cheese.

  

   
  
Xo, Bre

 

 

Oh BABY!

img_5953 We are so excited to announce that we are expecting Baby #2 this summer!!! We are beyond blessed for our growing family & are so excited to make Beau a big brother.  He is already walking around saying “baby” and giving my belly kisses. And the best news is that we already know what we’re having!  A baby GIRL will be the newest addition to our family!  We didn’t care what we were having, I thought it was going to be another boy, but she is the sweetest surprise. We are so happy to start thinking pink!  We couldn’t be happier & are so excited to meet her! 

July can’t come soon enough! 

Xo, Bre   

 

Happy Holidays, Love The Pepins

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I can’t believe it’s January already!!! No, and winter break is sadly over.  It went by too fast.  We had such a great Christmas at home.  Unfortunately, Beau had a cold that whole week but still managed to have fun opening all of his presents from Santa on Christmas morning.  Then we all went up to Tahoe to ring in the New Year.  B was very hesitant about the cold snow at first but soon warmed up to it.  We had fun playing in the snow, sledding down the hills in the backyard and watching all the kids ice skate in the village.  It was a perfect Christmas as a new little family.

I wanted to share some of our holiday pictures we had taken last month by Kathleen Galloway Photography.  As always, she does an excellent job!  But why are taking pictures so stressful?  We were a mess when we got there.  We were 15 minutes late because we forgot our cute little custom cake we had made for B to smash.  Which caused us both a panic attack and had to stop at Safeway to grab a quick replacement cake. As soon as we got there, we pulled ourselves together for some pretty good pictures.  Luckily, Beau was the center of attention and did such an amazing job!  He loves people and was all smiles.  Here are some of my favorites!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!

Xo, Bre

Beau is ONE!

Hi all,

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted but we’ve been so busy with B’s 1st birthday and the holidays.  I finally have a second to myself to share about our little ones big day!  We had a quite birthday party with family on the day of and then a big party with all our friends over the weekend.  Needless to say, Beau had a ball.  He’s become a master at opening presents & gobbling up birthday cake.  We had a great time celebrating him and can’t believe that one year has already come and gone.  It seems like just yesterday he was in my belly.  He is getting so big and doing the cutest things right now.  He can fully walk & run, blow kisses, give high fives, wave ‘bye-bye’, give the sweetest hugs and kisses, say a handful of words, loves to pet and give doggies kisses, play the harmonica (yup, it’s so funny!), sing and dance, climb up the stairs and lots more.  He loves performing all of his tricks.  He is so sweet and I can’t wait to see what he’ll be doing a couple months from now.

Here’s a few pictures from his Woodland birthday party!

Xo, Bre

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