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Our First Family Photos
Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian

On Tuesday night we got home from a 10 day trip to Virginia and North Carolina--it was so much fun seeing our East Coast friends and family and introducing Sophie to so many people who hadn't met her yet. I left with my heart feeling so full, but now that we're home we're all a little under the weather (Sophie started cutting her first two teeth the day before the flight, which made for an interesting trip).

I haven't been sick in a long time (other than getting mastitis last winter), and it's such a challenge when you're also trying to take care of a fussy baby. Luckily Rob took more paternity leave at the beginning of May and is still home for one more week. I can't even begin to explain how lucky we are to have so much time with him at home, away from work.

While we were in Richmond, we met up with our wedding photographer (who also shot our maternity photos in September) for some family photos with Sophie. We never did a newborn shoot or anything so I'm super happy to have these sweet photos of her at six months. 

Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian
Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian
Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian
Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian
Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian
Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian

I'm sharing some of my favorites in this blog post--I can't wait to print some and frame them or maybe get a big canvas for the nursery. And one day I hope to get some photos of all four of us, including Ender. 

Our First Family Photos | Freckled Italian

For now I'll just be snuggling my sweet family and trying to sneak in a few naps until I'm feeling better. Happy Friday, friends.

PS This is my jumpsuit (affiliate link) and I absolutely love it..

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That Time My Brother Was in a Music Video
That Time My Brother Was in a Music Video | Freckled Italian

My brother's band She's A Legend released their first music video yesterday! It was so cool seeing Sean on video with his friends--he is way, way cooler than I am. Also he can play the guitar.

Anyway, I had such a big sister pride moment that I couldn't wait to share the video with you--watch it below and tell me what you think! If you dig their vibe you can check them out on Spotify (they're also on Instagram here). 

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Cioppino and Christmas Eve in San Francisco

You know those stories you've heard so many times that they become a memory, even though you weren't even there (or born yet)? One of my favorite non-memories is the one my mom would always tell us about Christmas Eve at her house in San Francisco, when my grandpa Albino would make cioppino.

I pictured her as a child in California, still learning her English, watching as my grandfather hummed away in the kitchen--scrubbing mussels and peeling giant shrimp as white wine, onions, tomatoes, and rich fish stock bubbled away together on the stove.

"We'd always have seafood on Christmas Eve," my mother would tell us every year. So we did the same.

Cioppino Recipe | Freckled Italian

Cioppino is an Italian-American dish that originated in San Francisco. How perfect is that? One of the dishes that reminds me most of my Italian grandfather in San Francisco is an Italian recipe that started in the same city he used to make it in.

My brother and I never got to meet our grandfather, but we both feel really strong ties to him, especially in the kitchen. The magic of family and food was not lost on me earlier this week when I made a batch of cioppino in my own kitchen in the San Francisco Bay Area, feeling my family so very far away on the other side of the country. But as I pulled out all the ingredients and poured a glass of La Crema Pinot Gris, it was almost as if any of them could have been there with me, scrubbing mussels and peeling giant shrimp as white wine, onions, tomatoes, and rich fish stock bubbled away together on the stove.

Christmas Eve Cioppino | Freckled Italian

Just a quick note about bread: it really matters. Don't serve this without a crusty loaf of sourdough! It's so good. I like to toast slices of it in the oven and then load the toast with butter before dipping it into the broth. (Did you know that some gluten sensitivities are kind of okay with sourdough? It has something to do with the culture and bacteria involved to make the sourdough, well, sour. Don't take my word for it, just know that I ate three pieces with my cioppino for...breakfast yesterday. And a few sips of wine. Talk about a good start.)

This post is brought to you in partnership with La Crema. Check out my post on their blog today for my (and my abuelo's) cioppino recipe.

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