Baby's First Easter Photos

Somehow last year I never blogged about these sweet photos I took of our son for his first Easter.  Look how tiny he is!  Amazing how much a year can change a little one.  Our year of firsts were so special with him.

As I start to fill his Easter basket again this year I am reminiscent over this sweet memory from only a year ago.  As a wiggly opinionated toddler I am not going to even dare worry about getting anything like these photos this year!  I will just sit back and enjoy this trip down memory lane while he quietly naps in his room!

I did not have a plan going into Easter last year of what exactly we wanted to start tradition wise.  As he was still so small I wanted to get him an Easter basket to fill and left it at that.  I found a few inspiration photos on Pinterest and decided that we would go the one Easter basket forever route and get a monogrammed one from Pottery Barn Kids.

Customized things make me so nervous.  I am such a perfectionist that I fear the name won't be clear enough or I won't like how it ends up looking.  Luckily after carefully choosing a color combination (for example I would never lean towards orange and yet it was the color that allowed the letters to be seen the most) I was quite pleased with how it came out.

We took the photos a few days in advance so I wouldn't stress on the actual day about trying to get some acceptable smiles.  He played with a few things but was too young to get upset about me taking everything away when we were done with the pictures.

The basket was full of colorful Spring gifts.  A few toys and books that I wanted for him as well as some Eastery things to help fill out the basket and look good for the photos.  The bunny we actually purchased when we first found out I was pregnant.  But he had no concept of re-gifting and it fit in well with the Easter basket theme!

And then we attempted some baby in the basket photos.  It went okay but he was not a fan!

And then on Easter morning we took a few quick photos before church in his little outfit.  We are pretty casual when it comes to dressing our son so this was a special outfit worth capturing!

What fun these holidays are with a little one!  Looking forward to the memories this Easter will bring for our little family. 

Easy Chicken And Vegetables | Sheet Pan Recipe

Two things.

1) This is my favorite meal right now.  It is so easy and so tasty.  We literally eat this once a week.  I am not exaggerating. 

2) Hate me - I took these pictures on my PHONE.  But that is how easy it is.  Not even good enough for a real camera.  Like I am too lazy to get my camera out because this is so easy and I am living the good life (more like I am running around with a one year old and thank heavens this meal only dirties up one pan).  But this recipe almost feels like zero work.  So I put zero effort in taking photos.  And these are photos from three different nights.  Because, did I mention, I make this EVERY WEEK?!

So here it is.  I use either cut up chicken breast or apple chicken sausage.  For the chicken breast I usually cut it up ahead of time and bag up two chicken breasts per bag and freeze (good for 2 adults and 1 toddler and we usually have extra).  I love me some chicken sausage and any kind is great but our favorite is the apple variety.

Then I add vegetables.  Any are fine.  But I really like whole green beans, carrots, onion and potatoes.  I'll occasionally switch it out for broccoli or sweet potato when we have it.  But for the most part, this is my go to.

And besides the potatoes, I use all frozen vegetables.  Because this recipe is supposed to be mindless and a breeze.  I occasionally will freeze baby carrots that I have leftover for this recipe as well.  And chopped frozen store bought onion is the best thing ever.

See - here is that broccoli and baby carrots I spoke of.  The chicken breast is easy.  I usually remember to take it out of the freezer to defrost.  But I have forgotten a couple of times and just threw the hunk of frozen meat on the pan and broke it up as it cooked.  This is where the chicken sausage is handy as it is way easier to cut.

I then drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle a variety of seasonings.  When I first made this I think I searched for a recipe for Italian seasoning or something.  I am not sure how I came up with this blend.  But however I did, it is really good.  But if you prefer you can use a premade blend - I sometimes put out our Red Robin seasoning if I feel like it could use a little more flavor.

Then you stick it in the oven and about a half an hour later dinner is ready to be served.

Sometimes I even like to make this in the morning - put everything in the pan and then stick it in the fridge.  Then all I have to do come one year old witching hour is put it in the oven!  It is truly magical.



2 chicken breasts cut OR 1 package of chicken apple sausage (4 sausages)

Vegetables (frozen carrots, whole green beans, onion - broccoli and sweet potato are also good)

3-4 red potatoes cut (I usually do one potato per person plus one more because we love them but you can cut back if you want)

Olive oil

Sprinkle of each seasoning (I pinch each seasoning with two fingers and sprinkle)
-mrs. dash (so random but I like a lot of flavor so this is to help me use less salt)

// Place all ingredients on a sheet pan.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle seasonings.  Mix around with a spoon.

Cook at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes (or until meat and potatoes are cooked to your liking).

*Place sheet pan in dishwasher because this is a recipe where you don't have to do any dishes!  (I also recently purchased dishwasher safe cutting boards so that I had one less thing to wash.  My dry winter hands are thanking me.)

My Two Ebooks: Now FREE!

It has been five years since my first ebook release and what a wonderful journey it has been!  I remember that it was such a turning point for me in blogging to really focus in on the homemaking aspect of my blog as I wrote the 31 Days of Creative Homemaking series (now six years ago!).

Later that year I put on my big girl pants and wrote some vulnerable thoughts on marriage in 31 Days of Serving My Husband.  It later turned into a devotional that I self published and started selling on Amazon.

So many of you have been extremely supportive of me through it all.  You helped give me a voice and the courage to use this blogging space for something more than I could have ever imagined.  Insert group hug.  :)

The time has come to make some changes.  With the birth of our son and a cross country move, I am just not able to keep up with as many blogging tasks as I used to.

While I still plan to continue blogging I have decided to close this chapter of selling and managing my ebooks.  You can still buy both hard copies over on Amazon.  But to make my life a little easier, the ebooks are now available for FREE to all of my newsletter subscribers.

How it works is that there will be a link at the bottom of the monthly newsletter to download either book in PDF form (next newsletter will come out in mid March).  It will be included every month so you can download it at any time.  And then it will also be there for new newsletter subscribers in the future.

Of course, if you just want the ebooks, you can unsubscribe once you receive them.  No hurt feelings here!  But my hope is to bring new and encouraging content each month that might just keep you around!

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