Month: July 2017

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!

 

Chalk Art

Happy Wednesday! How was everybody’s Independence Day? I used to say “4th of July” until I stopped to think about it…it’s more to me than just a date, so I always try and say Independence Day instead. Just a random ramble! Any who, I wanted to take a break from book reviews for a bit and post about a favorite hobby of mine. About 5 years ago I discovered chalkboard art through Pinterest and blogs, and although I’ve never been super artsy, I realized that I LOVE doing chalk art! I’ve never been able to paint or draw like the rest of my extremely artistic family, but I realized that I’m pretty decent at hand lettering. It’s almost therapeutic for me to sit and create a board for an event or for one of my friends.

I’m someone who needs a creative outlet so I started out just playing around with different mediums and styles, and eventually ended on what comes the most naturally and enjoyably for me. I tend to stick to chalk markers since they’re easier for me to control and I can make a cleaner board. That comes in handy when I’m going milestone boards like the ones above because the board can get way too cluttered if you’re not careful. If you follow me on Instagram, (@laceyellehill) or Pinterest (@laceyellehill) then you may have seen me post photos of some of these over the years.

I get asked all the time about my boards so I figured I’d leave a bunch here for you to look at if you’re wanting to make your own chalk art and need some inspiration! 2017 has turned into a total time warp for me and I haven’t been as productive with my boards as I used to. I have a lot of improving to do, obviously none of my boards are perfect, but I have noticed that year after year they’re improving. I just picked up this hand lettering book and I can’t wait to learn more fonts and techniques to hand lettering!