Spring Refresh For The Home

Thursday, March 15, 2018
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I'm excited about today's post! Just five days till we welcome spring, and there's nothing I love more than giving my home a little refresh for a new season. That little bit of sprucing adds some feel-good charm. Some of these items I own, while others are very much on my wish list. And y'all, each of these items is UNDER $50! 

one. Turkish towels are my very favorite. The fabric is next to perfection, which is why I love using them in the kitchen for drying hands. And these pretty, striped versions would be lovely for this time of year. 

two. I'm a lover of wall accents. From tobacco baskets to thrifted baskets, I like using the natural look to add character to a room. I have these two different-sized rattan baskets on my "wish list." Who else??

three. I don't know about you, but coasters are a necessity in our home. I love this pop of blue, but eclectic mix of patterns in this set

four. I cannot get enough of this bright pink wreath. It's such a welcome pop of color on my front door. And I love that it's a dried wreath and not artificial. SO pretty!

five + six. These two go together for me. I have recently really come to love shades of pink done in the right way. And I think this bowl + a pop of orange with faux orange vase filler would look amazing combined! 

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for brining some spring-like touches indoors as we move out of winter. What is your preferred way to decorate for the new season upon us??

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Springtime Snow

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
There's a seven-day countdown to spring, and I'm thrilled for a change of seasons. It means green grass, buds on trees, flowers blooming, and that much closer to meeting baby girl. I'm also so very excited for warm days and windows that are opened first thing in the morning...those subtle breezes of fresh air and birds chirping their song. 

Then yesterday morning showed up with SO much snow for the mountains of Virginia, and I was a bit dismayed. Typically, I love a snow-covered ground for the winter, but my heart has moved on to springtime. Though, I do have to admit that the joy it brings my sweet girl makes it worthwhile. Greer is in absolutely awe of the snow, and you've never seen so much wonder like you do when watching her peer through the blinds to take it all in. It's magical simply because of her. 

So we ventured out yesterday afternoon following nap time, and this girl of mine sunk right down into the 6"+ of snow we got. She made snowballs, dug for hidden sticks, built a snowman with her Sidda (my mom), and asked for the old flowers still sitting pretty and dried on their branches (see that last photo). Greer exudes joy, and I love how happy the snow makes her little heart. But, don't worry spring, I've still got my heart set on you!

Those feet of mine have started to disappear all together now. The depth of snow didn't help my cause. Baby girl, we're just shy of three months until your due date!

Lemon Curd Tartlets

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

We woke up to giant snowflakes falling from the sky this morning. While I would typically find that so lovely and magical, I'm already very much in spring mode. Which is exactly why I have a spring-inspired dessert to share with you today. This little treat is 2/3 homemade and 1/3 pre-packaged. It's a delightful sweet for serving up at a gathering, party, baby/bridal shower, or just because you need a little pick-me-up. 

This recipe makes 14 tartlets, so be sure to double or triple the ingredients if needed. Also, while you can certainly make this ahead, don't assemble it until you are a few hours away from being ready to serve. Otherwise, the cookie crust will become soggy sitting in the fridge for more than four to five hours. However, do go ahead and make the lemon curd earlier in the day because it's going to need to be refrigerated to chill. 

Enjoy these mini desserts! And fingers crossed for some more springlike weather in these coming days!

  • What You'll Need
    • Lemon Curd
      • 3 eggs
      • 1/3 cup sugar
      • 1 small lemon, zested
      • (Just less than) 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about two medium lemons)
      • 6 TBSP butter, cubed
      • Pinch of Salt
    • Whipped Cream
      • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
      • 2 heaping TBSP powdered sugar
      • 1/2 TSP vanilla extract 
    • Crust & Garnish
      • 1 small roll of sugar cookie dough (I used Pillsbury) 
      • Raspberries

  • What You'll Do
    • Lemon Curd
      • Whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and salt in a saucepan. Then add the strained lemon juice and butter. Place over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly until the butter is melted and the curd is thickened. Bring to a simmer, still whisking, then remove from heat.
      • Strain the curd through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Let cool to room temperature and then cover to refrigerate. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
    • Whipped Cream
      • Beat the heavy whipping cream + powdered sugar + vanilla extra for about five minutes until thick. Refrigerate until ready to use. 
      • When ready to top, place the whip cream into a plastic baggy and cut a very small section off of one corner. Pipe the cream onto the lemon curd. Then add a raspberry.
    • Crust
      • Make small-to medium balls out of the cookie dough (will make 24 in total). Place in a greased mini muffin pan. 
      • Once the balls are in the pan, use a melon baller to press down into the center, making the pie crust shape. Don't push too hard. (The cookie crust will fluff back up while baking.)
      • Bake according to package directions. May need to tweak the time, so be sure to keep an eye on them, pulling them out with the edges have begun to brown just barely.
      • Using the melon baller again, smooth out the middle of the crust to create the crevice where you'll add the lemon curd. Be gentle so you don't create any holes. 

Little Love Letters || Countdown To Spring

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
dear springtime,
you are so close, yet the warm weather teases are long gone, only to be replaced by coldness and the threat of snow flurries. i can't handle it. bring back those warm days filled with sunshine and time outdoors.

dear lipstick,
i'm hoping your "petal" shade is perfection. i have high hopes!

dear cereal collection,
you've been real great to have hanging out in my pantry. it's a pregnant girl's dream to have so many options. sorry that i never seem to finish a box though. don't count on that happening either. thanks for understanding.

dear girls' night outs,
you don't happen often, but when you do, you are such a breath of fresh air. thanks for helping keep me sane.

dear matching knit jackets,
you arrived yesterday, and i'm smitten. i can't wait to put girl #1 + girl #2 in you. matching sisters are the best....at least until they have an opinion about it

dear brown grass,
i'm so looking forward to the day you have finally turned a bright and lovely green. it's going to be splendid.

dear bedroom makeover,
i promise we will get you completed one day. hopefully, before the arrival of baby #2. i'm really excited for the new look, and i think you're going to be fabulous once done.

dear aisle of easter candy,
i have no self-control around you. i don't even know why i bother. i do love you so.

dear nectarines,
you have no idea how excited i am to see you in the produce section again. my pregnant self has been craving you like no other. my toddler has also taken quite the liking to you, which leaves me to enjoy you in secrecy if I want any at all.

dear daylight savings,
please take pity on me as we transition to new times with a toddler. i'm so very excited for longer days, but feeling a little hesitant about the time difference with a two-year-old. be gentle.

dear high school reunion,
i'm not even sure how it's almost time for you to happen. ten years since graduation? you're making me feel old. see you this summer unless baby girl's arrival interferes. 

cheers + xo's

p.s. read more little love letters

on greer || overalls + bow + shoes
on me || maternity jeans + t-shirt 

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