Little Love Letters || April Edition

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
photo by Rachel Wells Photography 

dear spring breeze floating through my kitchen window,
you are simply amazing and my very favorite.

dear pollen,
i sense you. go away.

dear starbucks,
tell me more about this unicorn drink. should i give it a try?? i think i just might!

dear trader joe's,
would you please build a store in my area? i'm jealous of all the beautiful flowers and yummy foods everyone else is enjoying from you.

dear easter dress of mine,
you are dreamy in all ways, and i can't get enough.

dear toddler naps,
now that you have dropped to just once a day, we're struggling to maintain enough napping time. please sort yourself out and make it to a two-hour span (at the least).

dear cold shoulder fad,
i love you, and i didn't think i would. i'm glad i gave you a chance.

dear dogwoods,
your flowers are a delight, and i think the pink ones are my favorite.

dear rain,
go the heck away. give me back the sunshine.

dear nail polish,
your light blush color is perfect for spring.

cheers + xoxo's!

p.s. see more little love letters.

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Hill Easter Eggstravaganza!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Our three-day weekend was nothing short of packed and lovely. From Good Friday through Resurrection Sunday, we enjoyed family time, church time, bunny ears, lots of Easter eggs, and the beautiful spring weather. It's always the biggest treat to get an extra day added on to our weekend, and this past holiday trio of days didn't disappoint! 

We used most of Friday to finish the wallpaper in Greer's room, followed by our dinner-out + Good Friday church service tradition with my BIL, SIL, and their littles. We started doing this three years ago, and it's a joy share with one another as our family keeps growing. Next year we'll be adding another little babe to this family tradition when they welcome their third child this fall! Somehow, we never manage to get a group photo of all of us on Good Friday, but here are some from our Saturday and Sunday Easter weekend festivities. 

Our Saturday was slower with a trip to Mountain Lake early afternoon. We strolled the grounds and visited with the Easter Bunny. I was completely shocked with how enamored Greer was with the bunny. After being very weary of Santa, I figured she wouldn't want to get too close to a giant bunny. But, this girl was ALL about the bunny. In fact, she visited with him three different times and waved every chance she got.

Don't be fooled, this girl loved the bunny. Her face is probably just because mama was holding her and not the Easter Bunny ;)

Looking back at our first Easter photo from the Mountain Lake festivities last year gives me all the feels. My baby is SO big! Where does time go, y'all??

p.s. my outfit || shirt shorts

Back at home, we dyed Easter eggs with our sweet little bunny. Nelle gave us this toddler-friendly inspiration, which was a huge hit with our little! 

We used a tub of whip cream, divided into four dollops. In each dollop we added some dye, and added them to a throw-away aluminum pan. After boiling the eggs and soaking them in white vinegar for 10 minutes, we let Greer go with them. She was hesitant at first, but eventually got into it and loved it!

Easter morning came with the crisp, yellow light of the early sunrise. Little bit wasn't sure what to expect, but was so surprised to see a basket full of goodies waiting for her. After sorting through her new treats, we gathered around our kitchen table for a traditional breakfast that I've eaten every, single Easter. There's hard boiled eggs (with apple cider vinegar for dipping; thanks Grandmom!) and cream of wheat always. We added toast and bacon to make it our own. Breakfast was followed by church and an afternoon with my mom and sister over a meal, sidewalk-chalk-coloring, and Easter-egg-hunting. 

This girl melts me over and over again. She gives the holidays and family traditions so much more meaning. Greer is a doll, and I love her zeal for everything. We are so very blessed to call her ours.

These corn fritters are the easiest and tastiest appetizers! They take no time at all to make, and are the perfect treat to tide you over until the meal is served!

The Sidda (my mom) Bunny brought Greer a basket too, which just thrilled this girl of ours. Every Easter growing up, my sister and I had a Disney movie (VHS, mind you!) in our baskets. My mom got Greer started on her own Disney movie collection this year. 

After a quick stop to fix her new kicks, we headed to the backyard to enjoy an Easter egg hunt. I'm so amazed at how quickly she picks up on things, specifically activities. Greer knew exactly what to do, and scoured all over to collect each egg with total delight!

Our Easter was so wonderful. And I hope yours was too! We find so much joy today, tomorrow, and yesterday for the hope we have in the cross. What good, good news that He is Risen!

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Lemon Honey Chicken + Garlic Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

Monday, April 3, 2017
Happy Monday! Last weekend we whipped up this scrumptious meal to enjoy, and it turned out so well that I wanted to share the recipes with you. It's light and fresh, which is perfect for the warmer days of spring. And it involves little time in the kitchen, making it the perfect meal to make with your family, then head outside for those last, precious hours of sunlight. 

Before last Saturday, I had never tried roasting green beans, but I'm so glad I just gave it a shot. They are SO good, and it might be my favorite way to eat them. Add some seasoning (hello, garlic salt!) and throw on some freshly grated parmesan, and you have some out-of-this-world beans to crunch into at dinner! Bon app├ętit! 

We paired our lemon chicken and roasted green beans with brown rice. The trio made for a scrumptious and filling meal. And you'll feel so healthy for eating it, that you might just take a drive to your local ice cream shop for dessert ;)

L E M O N   H O N E Y   C H I C K E N
  • What You'll Need
    • 4 thin chicken breasts
    • 4 lemons (two for slicing; two for juicing)
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 TBSP butter
    • 2 TBSP Honey
    • Salt & pepper
  • What You'll Do
    • Salt and pepper the chicken breasts. Then dredge both sides into the all-purpose flour, covering the chicken entirely. Shake off the excess.
    • Melt 2 TBSP butter in a hot skillet. Add the chicken and cook until it is crispy, brown on all sides. 
    • Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate. 
    • Now add 1/4 cup lemon juice to the pan. Stir up the brown bits, then add the lemon slices and let caramelize. 
    • Move the lemons out of the skillet and layer on top of the chicken.
    • Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the skillet, along with the honey.
    • Stir until simmering, then drizzle over top of the chicken. 

G A R L I C   P A R M E S A N   R O A S T E D   G R E E N   B E A N S
  • What You'll Need
    • Fresh green beans
    • Garlic Salt
    • Pepper
    • Olive Oil
    • Block of parmesan cheese
  • What You'll Do
    • Preheat the oven to 400°. While the oven is preheating, snap and wash all of the green beans. 
    • Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Spread the beans out over the sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss with your hands.
    • Sprinkle garlic salt and pepper over the beans.
    • Cook for 20 minutes or until crisp.
    • Grate the parmesan over the warm beans.