Sea Salt + Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day came and went on Saturday, but not before we could celebrate with a homemade, straight-from-the-oven batch of cookies. Y'all, these cookies are absolutely amazing! The perfect texture, baked like a dream, and combination of salty and sweet. We've been munching on them with cold glasses of milk since. And since they are going to be our go-to cookie in the Hill house, I wanted to share this scrumptious recipe with all of you! Take this as my, not-so-subtle nudge to go make these cookies ASAP. Then tell me how much you love them too :)

  • What You'll Need
    • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal, ground
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 TSP baking soda
    • 1 TSP salt
    • 2 sticks unsalted butter
    • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 TSP vanilla extract
    • 2 cups mini chocolate chips
    • 1 1/3 cup toffee pieces
    • Flaky sea salt

  • What You'll Do
    • Place oats in food processor and grind up until fine (flour-like). Add to a bowl with the flour, baking soda, and salt.
    • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar using a mixer, until the mixture is fluffy. Add one egg and the vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add the second egg and mix just until combined.
    • Add the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and beat until just combined. Make sure not to over-mix!
    • Fold the chocolate chips and toffee pieces into the dough using a spatula. 
    • CHILL IN THE FRIDGE FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS! This is crucial!
    • Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Scoop the dough out into 2 TBSP portions (making it into a ball, but no need to roll it into a ball) and space 2 inches apart. 
    • Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are just browned and crispy.
    • Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. 
    • Sprinkle with the sea salt and eat right away with a glass of milk! Or store the cookies for up to 4 days. Enjoy!

This recipe is from Certified Pastry Aficionado, and was slightly adapted for my taste preferences. 

Quinn's Newborn Session

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I'm so excited to share our newborn photo session today! It feels like we just had these taken, but in reality our Junebug is now four weeks old, and these photos were taken when she was just two days shy of two weeks. In the short amount of time since, she's changed so much. And I'm all too familiar with how fleeting this stage is, the way the newborn features quickly blossom into chubby rolls and baby teeth grins. If I can't keep my babies little, at least I can preserve such precious moments, making me thankful to have these photos of our littlest gal at 12 days old.

Ashley beautifully captured our family in our home, giving us the relaxed and comfortable feel we were hoping for. She captured some of my new favorite photos, and I'm super thankful for her talent. Not only is she amazing at what she does, but she is so kind and feels like a friend right from the start. I was pulled in by her natural light photography and can't recommend her enough if you're local to the area. All that to say, I could easily share every single photo, but I've tried to pick out my absolute favorites so I don't overwhelm you with all the sweetness. I'm quite certain that you'll be seeing even more photos pop up from time to time :)

My darling firstborn. I am amazed at how well she has transitioned into her role as a big sister. Greer is smitten with her little sister. In fact, Quinn is the only person Greer constantly says "I love you," to without being prompted; she may say it to husband and I every now and again, but daily (usually multiple times) she let's her sister know it. And I think it's the loveliest and purest thing. Our Greer girl is always asking to hold the baby and give her sugars. She sings to her when she's crying and loves nothing more than when Quinn is awake and alert. I have a feeling these two little ladies are going to be the best of friends. 

Can you even with this last photo? Be sure to read Quinn's birth story and check out our maternity photos if you haven't yet! 

Outfit Details:
Her: Dress
Him: Button-Up
Toddler: Romper (similar option) || Bow
Baby: Onesie || Bow || Swaddle 

And a huge thank you to Ashley of Ashley Powell Photography for taking these newborn photos! You are amazing at what you do!

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