Features & Fun Friday #13 ~ Top 5 Spring & Easter Side Dishes

Today marks Features & Fun Friday lucky #13! But more significantly, we are almost officially a quarter of the way through 2014. Um…what???

{Top 5 Round-Up ~ Spring & Easter Side Dishes}

Top 5 Spring and Easter Side Dishes | FiveHeartHome.com

1. Fresh Carrot, Pea, & Mint Salad, photo & recipe by Return to Sunday Supper
2. Warm Green Beans & Asparagus Salad, photo & recipe by Best Friends for Frosting
3. Parmesan Garlic Asparagus, photo & recipe by Chef-In-Training
4. Spring Pea and Potato Salad, photo & recipe by A Splash of Vanilla
5. Spicy Garlic Green Beans, photo & recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

How amazing do all of those spring side dishes and salads look?! Wouldn’t they be a perfect addition to your Easter menu?

(Feel free to pin the round-up collage above, but to grab or pin the recipes, please be sure to click through to the original sources…thanks!)

I’ve been up to a few spring-celebratory, Easter-friendly goodies myself! Here they are, in case you missed them over the past few weeks… (Click on the title below each photo to be taken to the corresponding recipe/printable.)

Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies ~ a cute way to use up those extra Easter eggs! | FiveHeartHome.comHard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.comSlow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comHoney-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans ~ a delicious spring side dish that would be perfect for Easter | FiveHeartHome.comRoasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans

Easy Creamed Corn with Parmesan ~ creamy, decadent corn topped with Parmesan and baked until bubbly | FiveHeartHome.comEasy Creamed Corn with Parmesan

Spring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, and Honey Citrus Vinaigrette ~ a beautiful, delicious salad with vibrant flavors and varied textures | FiveHeartHome.comSpring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, & Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.comSpringtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms (great for using up leftover Easter ham!)

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies ~ mini carrot cake whoopie pies filled with cream cheese frosting make an easy, hand-held Easter dessert | FiveHeartHome.comCarrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies ~ chocolate coconut macaroon nests topped with Peeps chicks and mini chocolate eggs | FiveHeartHome.comChocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies

Lemon and White Chocolate Tiramisu Mason Jar Trifles ~ a quick and easy springtime dessert; cute and portable for picnics or parties | FiveHeartHome.comLemon & White Chocolate Tiramisu Mason Jar Trifles

Free Easter Hymn Printable ~ Christ the Lord Is Risen Today {with 3 Color Choices} | FiveHeartHome.comFree Easter Hymn Printable {with 3 color choices}

Free Easter Printable {in 3 color choices} ~ Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day! | FiveHeartHome.comFree Easter Printable {with 3 color choices}

{Behind the Scenes at 5HH}

We had another fun and busy month around these parts! Here are a few highlights that I shared on Instagram throughout March:

We kicked off Spring Break with a family trek to Aggieland to watch an A&M basketball game, and while there, we made time to gawk at the future of Kyle Field.


I had some special one-on-one dates with my big boy this past month, including brunch…

photo-(27)_700px…and a first grade field trip!

photo-(34)_700pxThe middle child continued to be my ever-present food blogging assistant, always willing to relieve me of my food photography duties…

photo-(26)_700px…or offer his aid in the clean-up department.

photo-(30)_700pxAnd the baby? Well, she was up to her usual shenanigans, stealing raspberries

photo-(35)_700px…and pilfering carrot cake whoopie pies.


As I look through the viewfinder of my camera while taking food photos, it’s become a common occurrence to notice a chubby little hand creeping somewhere into the frame by the last few shots. But that hand is so cute that I usually just keep on snapping. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On top of all of our fun in March, April is shaping up to be an eventful month as well! Of course there’s Easter to look forward to. But then later that week, I am excited and nervous to be attending my first ever blog conference, where I can’t wait to learn a ton and meet lots of amazing fellow bloggers! On the other hand, I’ve never left my whole family since having kids, and I’ve never left my daughter since she was born, so flying out of town by myself for a few days is a big step for all of us. But I know that I’ll be fine and they’ll be fine, the time that I’m away will fly by, and the kids will be in good hands between Daddy and three doting grandparents.

One more upcoming April event worth mentioning is an awesome Mother’s Day giveaway that I’ll be hosting in a couple of weeks! I’m getting together with a big group of blogging friends, and each one of us is putting together a fabulous basket chock full of goodies fit for indulging your favorite mom (and yes, that can include yourself!). The giveaway begins April 15th and you won’t want to miss entering for your chance to win!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by, friends! Have a happy weekend!

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  1. I love springtime vegetables. The photos are very tempting.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I do too, Madonna! Springtime vegetables are so tasty and vibrant, aren’t they? I’m happy to have you stop by…happy Friday!

  2. Hello! Stopping in from The Lovely Ladies Linky. This a great collection of side dishes- I am particularly in love with the Parmesan Garlic Asparagus! Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Happy to have you stop by, Amy! I know…doesn’t that asparagus look divine? It’s on my to-try list as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend!

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