Happy October, friends!

I am so sorry to have been absent for so long…I promise, it’s been for lots of good reasons! It definitely wasn’t my intention to disappear for almost three months, but due to my amazing new job (YAY!) new puppy, Sarge (YAY!) and being in the process of buying a new, bigger house (YAY!) I haven’t had much time on my hands. Now that things are starting to slow down, I am getting ready to back-flip into a home move and renovation, and I could not be more excited!

Sarge, The Giant Schnauzer

You all know by now that October is my favorite month…

I can’t get enough pumpkins! But since we’re packing up to move at the end of the month, there hasn’t been much chance for me to indulge in decor. However, it is ON.COM for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve always wanted a fireplace with a big mantle to decorate for the holidays, and our future home has TWO! Well, it’s really one double-sided fireplace, but still. I have lots of plans for this dated beauty of a house. We’re moving sooner than we anticipated (we bought our current home about 3.5 years ago) but the fact is, we’ve outgrown our sweet little house! Two kids, two adults, a cat and a dog, multiple house guests per year, the need for a home office…we looked at each other one day and just said “Let’s do this”.

Flash forward to today, and I’m sick of packing, the sound of taping up boxes makes me want to rip off my own ears, and Michael and I are internally freaking out that the house is a mess all the time. We’re ready to be done with the process, that’s for sure. The new house was built in the 90s, which means dated cabinets and vanities, the need for all new fixtures and hardware, and lots of paint and customizing. I have plans for every room of the house, although our bank account is going to check my ass before I’m even halfway done, I’m sure. BUT, just for fun, here are a few of the inspiration pictures that I’ve pinned from Pinterest.

It’s definitely going to take us a while to get the house how we want it, but I’m looking forward to the process. I love the look of two-toned kitchens, but I can’t decide on a lower cabinet color: sage, grey, or charcoal. I’ve ordered some samples of certain things, so hopefully it comes together cohesively. I can’t wait to start sharing before and after pictures!!! All of the home decor and supplies stores in my immediate area are about to get this money, honey. And don’t worry, I promise to come back with more book reviews, home decor, family fun, and holiday ALL OF THE THINGS. We’re back to regularly scheduled programming folks! Happy Monday!

I’ve been sidelined for the past two weeks while I recovered from a concussion…anyone ever get one of those?! It was NOT a good experience. I slipped in my home and cracked my noggin on the door frame and let’s just say I was about as sharp as a beach ball there for a while! I completely spaced on the fact that I wrote a guest blog post on The Alicia Dean blog a few weeks ago and I wanted to share it now, below.  You can see the original article here!

“10 Moments That Changed My Life” by Elle at Home blogger Lacey Hill

Please help me welcome Lacey Hill, sharing…

10 Moments That Changed My Life – By Elle at Home blogger Lacey Hill

  1. Spending two years in Bahrain with my grandparents when my father was deployed to Egypt. We learned so much about middle eastern culture, and the experience will be in my heart forever. I will always remember the museums, learning about the pearl divers, and the appreciation that I gained for the entire culture.
  2. Discovering The Babysitter’s Club books when I was in elementary school. Reading quickly became my favorite escape and once I finished the entire BC series, I moved on to any and every book that I could get my hands on. To this day, I love to read and my knowledge has grown vastly thanks to my love for books.
  3. Moving with my father, sister, and brother to Alaska when I was 11. My father was in the Army and this was the furthest we had PCSed (Permanent Change of Station) away. We took a road trip with our grandparents in a huge King of the Road camper and experienced America and Canada in the most amazing cross country trip. Highlights: Yellowstone and the witnessing Aurora Borealis.
  4. When my father met my mother in Alaska. She is technically my step-mother, but she raised me since I was 11 and has been an amazing mother to me. Our family became whole when she brought my new sister and brother into our fold, making us a family of 7. Little did I know that 15 years later they would adopt my three youngest sisters, making us a family of 10!
  5. Moving to North Carolina where I spent my 4 high school years and met my future husband, who I’ve been with for 14 years. This was the longest that we stayed in one place during my school years and I am so grateful that I got the entire High School experience in one place! I still talk to friends from school and I remember those 4 years so fondly.
  6. My first year in college, where I started figuring out who I really was. I lived a fairly sheltered life, and I never got the freedom that many of my friends did. That’s probably for the best, since I stayed out of trouble for the most part. College was my first experience with people from all over the world and my first foray into FREEDOM. I learned a lot about my strengths, weaknesses, and loves when I got out on my own.
  7. Apartment hunting! When my husband and I searched for our first apartment, we had such a great experience with the Leasing Agent. She told me that they were hiring for another Leasing Agent and the rest is history! My career was started 9 years ago and since then I’ve been promoted three times to my current position. It’s changed our lives for the better and having a stable career is something that I’m so thankful for.
  8. Having my children. Becoming a mother changes everything about your life, and my experience was no exception. I’ve grown so much through the years and the births of my two children. I’m so grateful that I’ve been given the gift of motherhood and I know that my life is better because of my children.
  9. Reuniting with my sisters. I have two half-sisters who live on opposite sides of the country, and who I never thought that I would see or speak to again. When we were all grown, my sister and I and two half-sisters all found each other through Facebook and we are a solid foursome of female power. I had such a realistic and powerful dream about the four of us that I’m now writing a book about it.
  10. Discovering blogs through Pinterest. I’ve always loved writing but I never had an outlet before. When I was pregnant with my son, I discovered a mommy blog on Pinterest and I quickly became emerged in the world of parenting, style, beauty, and lifestyle blogs that helped me branch out my own tastes and hobbies and rally just further enriched my life. I started my own blog http://www.elleathome.com in 2016 and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“Wow…those are some incredible moments! You’ve had an amazing life. Thank you so much for joining me today! I took a quick peek at your blog, and I plan to go back and spend more time. It’s fabulous!” – Alicia Dean

So many thanks to sweet author Alicia Dean for allowing me to post a column on her blog. Friends, check out her blog, it’s great!

Little known fact about me; I love collecting cookbooks, but rarely cook.

I used to really like cooking, but unless I’m watching old Friends reruns on my iPad, I just can’t keep my attention focused on the process. I’m hoping to get in the kitchen more, especially on the weekends. I’ve been pinning recipes here and there, and making at least one new dish on the weekends. I was lurking around Anthropologie last week and I found the PERFECT cookbook, The Weekend Chef. It’s full of gorgeous pictures and narratives, and some really unique and fun recipes! You can get it here for less than $9!!!

Cookbooks

SO many recipes left uncooked….

The first recipe I made this weekend was the Rosemary, Sea Salt, and Sesame Popcorn.

Quick, easy, unique, and tasty! One of the things I would leave out next time is the balsamic vinegar. I’m a texture gal, and soggy popcorn…barf! But the flavor is delicious for sure. My 4 year old had so much fun listening to the popcorn pop, his giggles were so cute!

Here is the recipe, I hope you like it! It’s so easy and as long as you watch them like a hawk, kids can help with parts of it too! Although if you’re a one-task Mama like me, you may want to also keep an eye on your cat, if you have one. Our Banks decided that he wanted to play too and attacked the bag of popping corn that I left on the counter. KERNELS ALL OVER THE KITCHEN. Asshole.

Rosemary, Sea Salt, and Sesame Popcorn

  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 rosemary stems
  • 1 cup popping corn
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  1. Add the sesame seeds to a large skillet with 1 tsp of the oil, cover, and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time, until the seems are toasted golden brown and beginning to pop. Transfer from the pan to a bowl and wipe our the pan with a piece of paper towel.
  2. Tear the rosemary into large pieces and add the remaining oil and the rosemary to the pan. Heat gently, shaking the pan to release the rosemary’s oil. Add the corn, cover with the lid, and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan, until all the popcorn has popped.
  3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and season with the sale and vinegar, then transfer to a serving bowl, discarding the rosemary just before eating.

Hope you like it! Next I’m going to tackle the Coconut Flour Pancakes with Lemon Drizzle. The pictures in this book are mouthwatering!