Hi, I’m Lynn.  Welcome to my Blog, Nourish and Nestle.  

In a nutshell, this blog is where I share how I spend my days.  I’m a chronic, habitual (and often times failed) crafter.  I’m that gal who sees something and says, “I can do that!” and then I set out to do it, often willy-nilly, and without a plan.  I was raised by two crafters, so I guess I come by it honestly. 

I am also a firm believer in ‘we are what we eat’ and feed my family accordingly.  Food should nourish your body and so I avoid anything that doesn’t do that.  My loose motto is ‘if it comes from the earth, I’ll eat it; if it comes from a lab, I won’t”me outside

About me:

  • I live in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina
  • I have been married for 30 years to Terry, my life and blog partner.  
  • We have a beautiful & kind daughter who is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and a handsome & hilarious son who is still in high schoolprom-1



  • Our family is completed by the addition of Flora (aka ‘the Pretty Princess”), who just also happens to be ‘practically perfect in every way’  and Puddles (whose nicknames aren’t very nice as she’s not very nice) and is not ‘practically perfect in every way.’  Can you tell which is which?  Just a hint, the Pretty Princess DOES NOT have a rip in her ear that she got from the many cat-fights she’s been in!  Oh, that’s two hints!








  • I grew up travelling the world as a Navy junior and my family shares my love of travel.  We are always planning our ‘next trip’.
The Family in the Obersalzberg, Germany in July, 2015

The Family in the Obersalzberg, Germany in July, 2015

  • I love to create, whether it’s a great meal, a knitted project, a painting or another pretty thing for our home.  I’m a bit at a loss without a current project of some sort.
  • I want a home that friends and family feel comfortable and ‘nestled’ in.
  • I’d have to say that my decorating style is ‘eclectic’ and that a decorating ‘challenge’ is that I don’t have a favorite color.  I like them all and use them all!  The more the merrier!
  • I’ll always opt for asymmetry over symmetry.
  • I believe firmly in the healing power of spray paint!
  • I’m very focused on what we put into our bodies.  I believe in eating as close to the earth and as far from a lab as possible.   
  • Terry and I enjoy our hobby of organic gardening, an equally frustrating and rewarding endeavor in the hot and humid southeast.
  • I think my family is deeply embarrassed over my obsession with ‘The Walking Dead’ and the poster of Darryl I have hanging in my office. (They’ll sing a different tune when the Zombie apocalypse happens and I’m the only one of us knows what to do!) ritz nightstand with darryl

I hope you will come often and bring your thoughts and suggestions.  We’ll share our virtual cup of coffee or tea and catch up on what’s going on.  Get new Nourish and Nestle posts sent directly to your inbox by using our email signup form on this page.

In addition to joining this little digital family, I’d love for you to hop on to my social media sites and follow me there as well.  You can do that by clicking on the buttons on right side of this page.  

And finally, I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line at lynn@nourishandnestle.com and I promise I’ll get right back to you.


Plow & Hearth



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    Heather Schild
    March 28, 2015

    I’m so excited to keep up with what you’re sharing! Keep us posted!

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      March 28, 2015

      Thanks friend! I’m sure no pun intended in ‘keep us posted!” :}

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    Kate Luke
    April 28, 2015

    My mom shared one of your posts with me today – I had no idea you were doing this. What a wonderful blog! And timely as JP and I are starting our very first vegetable garden this spring and I’ve become a bit obsessed with “clean” foods now that we have the boys. Will definitely share with my friends! So exciting!

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      April 28, 2015

      Thanks Kate! I’m having fun with it! Terry and I have been gardening for several years and while we are by no means experts, would love to share with you the lessons we’ve learned. And completely get your motivation to feed your boys healthy foods…that’s when it became very important to us as well. And speaking of those boys…Oh my are they cute! Kisses to you all!

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    October 28, 2015

    Your blog is lovely! I’m a “The Walking Dead” fan as well, Rick is my fave! My husband is in as well, so we’ll be prepared too 😉

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      October 28, 2015

      So, I haven’t watched the most recent episode that aired here on Sunday. But my son came in and asked what did I think about who got killed!!!??? Needless to say I told him to not tell me anymore! I hope to find time to sit down today and catch up! I’m nervous though!?

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    March 1, 2016

    Cant wait to try your dishcloths. I love giving dishcloths as gifts.

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      March 7, 2016

      Hi Kathleen…I’m so glad you found my patterns! They do make great gifts…but make sue you keep some for yourself! Thanks for taking the time to comment. It really is so appreciated.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    September 14, 2016

    You know my son went to NC State he graduated a few years ago, we live Bluffton, SC which is near Hilton Head, my son spent lots of his breaks in Wilmington. Small World! Maria

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      September 15, 2016

      I didn’t know that about your son! It is a small world. I would love to move down to Hilton Head/Bluffton at some time, really do love it. But, we’ll be here in Wilmington for a while, my parents now live here and I’ll stay here as long as they do. Have a fantastic day Maria!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    chris sieleman
    October 12, 2016

    Gee I hope you and your family are ok !!! Horrible flooding. I cant find your dish cloth pattern HELP.

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      October 13, 2016

      Hi Chris. When you subscribe to the site you should have received an email with the password for the Benefits Library. But, if you’ve misplaced it I will gladly share it with you! When you go to subscriber library and are asked for password, it is Subscriber with a capital S. Happy Knitting!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    November 30, 2016

    Admirer of your handiworks! Attempting to knit your “Knot another washcloth” with the crochet picot edge. But before I attempt to make this beauty, I was wondering if you knit this piece continental or throwing? And thanks for the tip on how to recognize a row, i.e. K2 row K1 row.
    Give us more! Thanks PC

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      December 2, 2016

      Sadly, I don’t knit continental, though it is on my ‘learn to do list’. I do knot throwing or English style.

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    Lois Wiley
    December 9, 2016

    Just read your recipe for Rosemary & goat cheese with Ginger Preserves. Sounds wonderful.
    Do you have a recipe for the crackers , they look very inviting. I knit also and would like to find your other sites as well. Thank you for your background info.

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      December 9, 2016

      Good Morning Lois,

      Happy Friday! I hope you are well this morning!

      Those cracker are outstanding! Here’s the link to the recipe. http://www.simplebites.net/homemade-fruit-nut-crisps/

      Also, you can see all my knit projects here. http://www.nourishandnestle.com/category/create/needlework/ They are mixed in with my other needlework projects, but they are all there.

      I do have printable patterns that are available to subscribers. If you are interested in that, you can sign up here and get access to those patterns.

      Wow, that’s probably more than you wanted to know! But I hope I did at least answer your questions.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    January 16, 2017

    Thanks for sharing. Would love to hear more about organic gardening in that humid climate. Living in Florida makes gardening a challenge.

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      January 16, 2017

      Good Afternoon Barb, I hope you are well. Thanks so much for popping in with a gardening question.

      I have got to be completely honest with you that this past summer my organic gardening suffered mightily! But, I have learned a few things along the way that I’d love to share with you:

      1) Soil is everything. We are amending our soil over the winter by planting a cover cop heavy in nitrogen fixing grasses/beans. It seems our soil is a bit ‘tired’. We will further amend it this spring with compost (from our bin) and some manure. Additionally, we will feed both the crop leaves and the soil with compost tea throughout the spring and summer. In fact, we will start that well before we plant this spring.
      2) Prevention is the key. Along with good, healthy soil to create healthy plants, we spray weekly/bi weekly doses of Serenade to keep diseases at bay.
      3) Keep irrigation off of the leaves as much as possible.
      4) Encourage beneficial insects
      5) Companion plants
      6) Keep something in your soil year round, even if it is just a cover crop.
      7) Keep a close watch and nip any problems in the bud asap. We try to pick off any ‘bad bugs’ or caterpillars, but if the problem gets out of control, we will use Safer Caterpiller Killer.

      I hope this gives you some good ideas. I think any kind of vegetable gardening is hard work, organic even harder and organic vegetable gardening in the humid south…very difficult. But…so worth it when you bite in to that just off the vine tomato! Right?

      Keep my posted as to your progress.


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    March 16, 2017

    Hi I tried to subscribe via the link you sent me but something is wrong when it asks me for a password I hit enter and nothing happens.😔 I stumbled upon your blog quite by accident but I love it. I was very much wanting a couple of PDF’s of patterns of basket weave blanket and dishcloth. Thank you in advance

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    March 24, 2017

    I too am having the same problem that cherylann mentioned above. reference password etc

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      March 26, 2017

      Hi Sandy, I sent you a private message. Let me know if you didn’t receive it.

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    March 24, 2017

    Hi Lynn, while I share most of your likes, I am with the family on the “Walking Dead” matter. However, my husband agrees with you that when the revolution comes, I am going to be in big trouble. I am new to your blog, but love it and am working on one of your washcloth patterns. I am starting my Christmas gifts early this year, so thank you very much. I am going to also check out your gardening link as well. I think we’d be great friends as well. You have a kind and welcoming face. Thanks

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      March 26, 2017

      Hi Dolores, your comment just made my day! (Despite the fact that you are not a Walking Dead fan! 😉) You are surely not alone among my friends and family who don’t quite get my attraction to that show.
      You are so smart to start your Christmas gifts early! If you do a little bit at a time, before you know it you’ll have quite a stash built up! And as it relates to our garden, Wow…we had such a bad year last year. Really working now to amend the soil so that it is much more productive this year. But…we will be putting our home on the market in the next month, so I am worried that I may not reap the benefits of all my hard work. We’ll see. It is what it is…right?
      And I just know we’d be buddies! Anyone who takes the time to leave such a kind comment is a winner in my book.

      Wishing you a lovely day!

      Many hugs, Lynn

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    sue cerbone
    April 19, 2017

    Just wanted to say thanks for your washcloth patterns. Have worked a few of them up and love them for their simplicity and the joy they provide when fini ! Thank you for your lovely blog shares. You’re an inspiration to those of us who procrastinate to get our very own online thing going, but always find a reason (or no reason) not to.

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      April 20, 2017

      Wow Sue, you sure know how to make my day! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such kind comments! I am having such a ball with this blog and so thankful that there are folks like you on the other end who are enjoying it as well.

      Wishing you a lovely day.

      Hugs, Lynn

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