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New from the Nest, April 15

Greetings of the Day!

As I write this, I’m at a retreat with my blogging group for the next few days. We are learning from each other and using the mojo we generate to get some work done. Blogging is largely a very solitary job, so its helpful to have a group of folks to bounce ideas off of and get work done together!

Terry is home alone with ten-week-old Elsa. Thoughts and prayers for both are appreciated.🥰

Sweet little Elsa is keeping us busy, so nothing else is getting done in our home. But that’s OK. We are at peace with the fact that we are in puppy mode and will be for the foreseeable future.

Have you watched Ripley on Netflix? We absolutely loved it and wish there were more series like it. The cinematography was GORGEOUS, and I loved the series’s black-and-white aspect.

dill with dew

New on the Blog

These DIY Garden Markers are not only easy to make but are useful and make great gifts for your favorite gardener.

Parsley, sage and thyme plant markers.

From the Knit Studio

  • The body of this simple polka dot baby blanket is comprised of basic knit and purl stitches. It is a reversible pattern and is perfect for new knitters. The crocheted bauble edge, while totally adorable, can be left off if you are uncomfortable with crochet. Nab this free knitting pattern, warm up your needles, and you’ll have this adorable blanket in no time.
Blue baby blanket on a wooden bench.
  • You’ll need to know how to join yarn whenever you knit a blanket. I use the Russian join to join the yarn. Once you learn this simple technique, you won’t worry about joining again.
two strands of yarn joined using the Russian Join.
  • Once you’ve finished knitting your blanket, scarf, throw, washcloth, sweater, or other knit project, you need and want to block it. Sure, you could get away with not blocking, but after all the work you’ve put into it, don’t you want it to look its best? Especially if you are giving your knit project as a gift. Blocking your knitting makes a big difference in how your project looks, making it more finished and professional-looking.
knitted pieces on a blocking mat.

From the Kitchen

creamy hummus and cucumber slices.
Chive Gorgonzola Cheese Spread in a jar with crackers.
  • This recipe for Short Rib Tacos begins with a brown sugar & spice rub, followed by a sear to get ‘that crust’ and then a slow braise in a chili broth for fall-apart tender meat.
short rib tacos
  • This Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe does not use added pectin but relies on apples to thicken the jam. Instructions for water-bath canning or freezing this rhubarb and strawberry jam are included.
strawberry rhubarb jam with spoons.
  • Moist and Buttery with Swirls of Strawberries and Strawberry Jam, this easy-to-make Strawberry Coffee Cake will become a brunch staple. But why stop with breakfast or brunch? Skip the coffee and serve this Jam Cake for dessert or as an after-school snack! You can use any of your favorite jams instead of strawberries for this yummy jam cake.

From the Arts + Crafts Studio

pillow shams

In the Garden

In the Home

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  • You can make an easily disguised key holder with an old pill bottle and a rock, shell, lawn ornament, etc.… I spray-painted my lid black and glued a rock onto the lid. Put your key in your pill bottle, dig a little hole, and place your pill bottle in the hole. VOILA!
rock glued to pill bottle
How to Keep Produce Fresh

Very Pinteresting!

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A Few Fun Finds

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  • This Gray Malin two-sided puzzle is perfect for your beach vacation or beach-loving friend. And, not for nothing, it is currently on sale!
  • Who knew? I’ve always loved this scallop-edged bedding, but now it is much more affordable at Walmart!

My Blogging Compadres

You might enjoy popping over to visit the sites of my fellow bloggers that I’m working with this week!

  • Sheila blogs at Life, Love, and Good Food and shares food recipes that are not too fancy, just good!
  • Eliza is busy! She has two blogs; one focused just on Bacon recipes 😋 and one dedicated to Happy Simple Living.
  • Chellie is a busy mom who still manages to produce healthy, real food recipes for her family at Art From My Table.
  • If you are looking for delicious, home-cooked, easy, mostly Southern recipes, then you’ll want to check out Nikki at Soulfully Made.
  • Kathleen blogs at The Fresh Cooky, where she shares fresh, healthy-ish real food recipes.

Well my friends, we have a busy day ahead of us, but I’ve learned so much already! My goal is to make this site all the more efficient and useful for you.

‘See’ you next week!


Signature of Lynn

Thanks for making my day by SHARING!!

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  1. Last night I made the Rigatoni al Forno recipe you provided recently and it was delicious! Can’t wait to try the IP hummus! Have a great time at the retreat and keep providing us with great things! 😀

    Oh and Elsa 😍😍😍!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Lisa! It is so good and so easy to make, which is a winner in my book.

      I do think you will enjoy the hummus! We love it.

      And that Elsa, she is something else! But we love everything about her.

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