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News from the Nest, April 17

Happy day!

I hope that your weekend was restful and rejuvenating and that your week is off to a good start.

This time next week, we will be in Franklin, TN, visiting friends we made when we lived there. Then I will stay on for several more days to get together with some of my blogging compadres to learn from and help each other continue to grow our little businesses.

The vast majority of bloggers are women, and it has been an enriching experience to witness women helping women succeed. There seems to be adherence to the mantra, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” 

Before we leave town on Thursday, we need to retrieve many of our daughter’s possessions/furniture from the attic and move them into her new apartment, two hours away. We are excited to have her closer. Now if we can just lure the one on the other side of the continent a little closer…

A little peek into the life of a blogger:

Yesterday I was preparing a delicious rhubarb bread to photograph so that I could post it and share it with you next week. I purchased and chopped enough rhubarb to make two loaves of bread but was mixing the batters separately. I diligently weighed out the chopped rhubarb so that I would know how much half would be so that each loaf would get half.

It wasn’t until the tester repeatedly came out moist after continuing to add baking time that it hit me…I added all the rhubarb to one loaf! Argh!

I was multi-tasking AND listening to a new podcast and completely spaced that I needed to mix a second batter for the other half of the rhubarb.

Mom came over for dinner last night, and I served my rhubarb bread ‘pudding’ for dessert. It was really tasty…and VERY moist!

Bottom line…no rhubarb bread recipe next week. When I get back home, I’ll do it again…this time without a true crime podcast distracting me! (Teacher’s Pet, in case you are interested!)

new on the blog

We added two new posts on companion gardening! To keep you up to date, here’s what we’ve covered on companion gardening thus far:

We will be continuing over the next several weeks to discuss companion plants for zucchini, peppers, broccoli, and kale. Stay tuned!

from the knit studio

  • This linen stitch blanket is perfect for this time of the year. I used a cotton blend that creates a soft, lightweight blanket that is just the perfect cover for cool spring evenings. And the fringe on the edge of the blanket is one of my most favorite things!

from the kitchen

  • These vanilla teacakes are the perfect little treat for your spring gathering.
overhead of vanilla tea cakes with lavender glaze closeup-1
jars of blueberry jam
Chive Gorgonzola Cheese Spread in a jar with crackers.

Did you know that it helps others find our recipes, crafts, and content when you comment and rate (for recipes)? So, if you tried one of our recipes and loved it, let others know! Thank you!

from the craft studio

Illustrated instructions on how to make a fringe-edged linen tablecloth and napkins. Perfect for your holiday entertaining and special family dinners.

gift ideas

in the garden

Poster Image for Container Garden 4

in the home

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi

Well, friends, I’m off to start pulling stuff from the attic and figuring out how we are going to get it all into two cars! Wish us luck.

I’ll ‘see’ you next week from Franklin, TN!


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  1. Hi, Lynn
    I made the blueberry and apple cobbler last week while we had company. It was delicious and will be making it again. Thank you. L

    1. Oh Emily, I could fill an entire newsletter with my goofs! My grandmother had a name for me…”hoodly foodly”, which means I dive head first without planning. Its the story of my life, though I’m getting a bit better with making a plan. But, just a bit!

  2. I look forward to receiving your email. I live in a small apartment with a small balcony, but no yard. I also live in a climate where many plants don’t survive the winter, unless I bring them inside. I would love it if you could share some “small spaces” ideas.

    Also, more crochet projects please.

    1. Good Morning Linda,

      When you mention ‘small space’ ideas, are you specifically talking about plants on small balconies? Or just decorating small spaces, in general? And any specific crochet projects you are interested in??


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