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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Taste Of Spring

Saturday was our first taste of true spring weather, with the sun out and temperatures just creeping up to the 70s. We opted to put aside all of our to-dos and house projects for a full day of family time, which started early that morning at the local Farmer's Market. We almost got a Greek crepe, before skipping out of line to avoid the inevitable hour-long wait, promising ourselves we would make the crepe happen the next time, ordering a little earlier. 

What did we do instead of crepes? Jimmy Johns subs, that's what. And we walked those subs to the center of VT's campus for a picnic lunch with our girl. Who, after eating her share of food, decided walking all over the Drillfield is what dreams are made of. I'm not sure who was more enamored, her at all that open, beautiful space or the college students watching the most joyful baby waddle about. 

After a nap for baby, and a super short nap for mama, we resumed family time by playing outside, or in adult terms, tending to our yard while baby-wearing. Then we parked ourselves on a blanket to snack and listen to the birds. Greer loves tweeting back at the birds, and I find it all kinds of adorable. 

We kept dinner simple and delicious, which I'll be sharing with a double-recipe post later this week. And we rounded out the evening outside once more, walking all over, admiring the surprise flowers popping up in our yard, sticking our tongues out, and giving sugars. Saturday was one for the books, my friends. 

If you're wondering, this is our clothesline. It needs a little love, but it's going to be the best spot for air-drying clothes these next several months!

 Her first pair of sandals. I can't even. And she loves them, which makes it all the cuter. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Best Avocado-Topped Crock Pot Chili

Y'all, the Hill House is rejoicing the arrival of springtime! There's nothing quite so wonderful as early morning sun, the chitter chatter of chirping birds, fresh flowers, and open windows. If I didn't love fall so much, spring would easily be my favorite. I just adore this time of year. 

Even though it's spring, the temperatures aren't quite up in Virginia. So while I am gearing our dinner menus to reflect those spring feels, I'm still sneaking in some cozy meals. And there's no better way to fix this type of dish than in the crock pot where prep is minimal and the slow cooker does all the work. 

I think you absolutely must add this to your meal list. BECAUSE, THERE'S FRESH AVOCADO ON TOP, AND YOU WILL NEVER EAT YOUR CHILI THE SAME. It's that life-changing.  Of course, there's sour cream too. And the combo of those two with a spicy bite from the chili is perfection. 

Now let's get to making some scrumptious chili!

  • What You'll Need
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 28 oz diced tomatoes
    • 2 cans light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    • 3 1/4 cups chicken broth
    • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
    • 4 TBSP chili powder
    • 1.5 TSP cumin
    • 1 TSP oregano
    • 1 TSP garlic salt
    • Pinch of red pepper
    • 3 avocados
    • Mexican mix shredded cheese, for topping
    • Sour cream, for topping

  • What You'll Do
    • Brown the beef, draining off the excess fat. Add the diced onion to the skillet and cook until tender. 
    • In a crock pot, add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chicken broth, and all of the spices. Throw in the diced green peppers. Next add the browned beef and onion. 
    • Cook on high for 3.5 to 4 hours. 
    • At approximately 3 hours, add the corn.
    • Serve hot, topped with chunks of avocado, dollops of sour cream, and a sprinkling of cheese.
**you can cook the beef and onion ahead of time, storing in the fridge for several days until you are ready to make the chili.

**half of an avocado to one bowl of chili 

**if you don't like a little kick of spice, use only 3 TBSP chili powder

Friday, March 17, 2017

Five On Friday No. 3

Happy St. Patrick's Day and almost-weekend! The week was a good one until late in the day on Wednesday when some kind of virus struck and took me down. I'm feeling much better today, and I'm hopeful that I'll be back to myself completely by tomorrow. Because a) being sick as a mama is hard and b) I don't have time to be sick. Amen?

In better news, I've got a crockpot full of chili going, ready to be topped with a dollop of sour cream and chunks of avocado for dinner tonight. The weather is still freezing here, so a simple and piping hot dinner is perfect. If it turns out as declious as I hope, I'll share the recipe! Did I mention creamed corn cornbread is the side? #yum

N O.   1
I hope you're wearing a little something green today, but if not, check out this jacket! And green or not, I need all of these: this top with stripes (love!), these pajamas, and this comfy tee

N O.   2
Who is going to see Beauty and the Beast?? I think I am going to make a girls' night of it and go with my mama and sister to see it! I'm so excited! 

N O.   3
We're hoping these below freezing temperatures haven't killed the tulip and hyacinth blooms that had peaked through the ground during the stint of warm weather we had been having. Anyone have any tips about this? Can you offer me some hope? I love hyacinths and tulips, so finding them in our yard was such a lovely surprise. Now I'm hoping that I will get to enjoy them in bloom.

N O.   4
I've talked about them, and talked about them some more. In fact, you're probably sick of my talking about them. So I finally bit the bullet and ordered them! They're arriving tomorrow, and I've got my fingers crossed they bring some warmer weather so I can start wearing them!!

N O.   5
I'm really wanting to find a great pair of white jeans for spring and summer. Here are two options from Target: Option 1 and Option 2. Have you found that winning pair?? If so, tell me where to look!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

We Started Vlogging!

Happy Monday, y'all! I'm just a tad giddy with this announcement! For a while, husband and I have considered vlogging and taking the blog to another forum. What does that mean? We'll be making more videos in addition to still blogging here. I think one of my favorites, is our Little Chats series where we'll just be talking and sharing different topics of interest with you. Whether it's parenthood, family life, marriage, home ownership, DIYing, etc., we want to chat about it all! 

And do you know what I would love?? To answer any questions you might have for us in these videos. Do you have something you've wanted to know about us, our favorites or our perspective on something? If so, head over to our Youtube channel and leave a comment with your question! Our next Little Chats video might just answer your burning questions ;)

In addition to the Little Chats vlogs, we'll be vlogging home tours, DIY how-to's, recipes, beauty, travel, and the likes. What makes this so fun for me? Putting these vlogs together with husband! Because teamwork is the dreamwork, friends!

We'd love for you to subscribe to our channel to keep up with the latest videos. You can do that on our Youtube page! Let us know what you think! We're thrilled to be sharing life with you!

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