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News from the Nest, January 15

Good Morning, Friends!

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the U.S. So many of his words are universal. Here’s one of my favorites.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wouldn’t the world be such a better place if we all took that sentiment to heart?

Apple painting on hutch with white dishes

We spent the weekend in Charlotte, NC helping our youngest settle into his apartment. He technically moved in two months ago, but was waiting until I could come up to help him officially unpack. So, yes…he has lived in his apartment for two months without unpacking. Only a guy!

And, it wasn’t just me helping, it was my mom, my daughter, and me giving him organizing and decorating advice! What a lucky young man! 🤔😂 We made a family foray to Ikea, which was quite an adventure. I wish we had been mic’d up as the six of us (our son, our daughter, her boyfriend, my mom, Terry, and I) moved en masse through the labyrinth of Ikea; I think we could have been picked up as a new reality show on Netflix!

All in all, it was a fun and productive weekend!

New on the Blog

  • Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps are a fantastic replacement for single-use plastic wrap or aluminum foil. They’re reusable, which means you save money and reduce waste in the long run. And, not for nothing, they are easy to make! This post also gives you printable labels that you can adhere to cardstock wraps if you want to make the beeswax wraps to give away! Such a welcome and useful gift idea.
  • If you’ve never tasted Peanut Butter Soup, you might look askance at this recipe, but I encourage you to give it a try. The combination of peanut butter, onions, garlic, spices, tomato paste, and broth creates a fusion of flavors that is hearty and unique, but also very delicious! And not for nothing, if you are trying to limit your trips to the grocery store, you probably have the ingredients for this soup on hand in your pantry!
Peanut Butter Soup in a White Bowl.

The 2024 Decluttering Challenge

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For those of you who are participating in the 2024 Decluttering Challenge, how is it going? Remember, that you can join and start anytime, so we will be at different places in our decluttering journey. After I finished working on the kitchen declutter treated myself to some new drawer organization for my big kitchen drawer. In all honesty, it was just a splurge…but I like the way it looks now. Everyone is different, but I find that I am more likely to keep my spaces orderly and uncluttered if they are aesthetically pleasing to me.

I’m getting ready to tackle my craft room, which is a HOT MESS! I feel that I didn’t get it organized well when we moved in 4 years ago and so it just hasn’t worked for me. I know I have stuff that needs to go, so I plan to tackle that this week. I’ve purchased a little reward for myself for getting this done…a door-mounted gift wrap organizer…they are on sale now at the Container Store. It will clear up some space and help my office/craft room be less cluttered.

Once again, you can join the challenge ANYTIME and work at your own pace! Pop on over here to see what to expect and to sign up.

From the Knit Studio

  • If you need a knit project to keep you busy during all of this cold weather, I’ve compiled all of my Knit Blanket Patterns in one place for you.

  • The Russian Join will come in handy when knitting anything, especially a large blanket!
two strands of yarn joined using the Russian Join.
  • Blocking your knitted blanket makes a huge impact on the finished product. It settles down the yarn fibers and imprints a memory of how it should lay. You can straighten the edges and get the correct dimensions for your finished work. You aren’t truly done with a knit project until you have blocked it. Check out this step-by-step tutorial.
knitted pieces on a blocking mat.

From the Kitchen

All of these recipes and tips I’m sharing today are great for your budget and the environment. They go hand in hand with the recipes I shared in the January 1 News from the Nest, From the Kitchen.

A bowl of dehydrated apples
  • If you are cleaning out your fridge and freezer and find an inordinate number of bits and bobs of various cheeses, do a little happy dance! Blend those bits with a splash of wine, some cream cheese, and herbs and you’ve created the delicious appetizer called Fromage Fort!
container of Fromage Fort and spread on cracker
  • It doesn’t get much more budget-friendly than a big pot of chili. And this Turkey Chili is also scale-friendly!
A red bowl with turkey chili with cheese and cilantro on top.
fresh vegetables with text overlay stating reduce food waste
  • One way to reduce food waste is to make your fresh produce last longer. In an attempt to reduce the amount of kitchen waste my family produces, I’ve done a good deal of research and put in place many of my findings. On the off chance that your family also struggles with food waste, these tips on How to Keep Produce Fresh Longer may come in handy for you too!
How to Keep Produce Fresh

From the Craft Room

Conversation Heart Pillows on bed.

Some Fun Finds and Few Favorites

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Well, friends, I have a quick Valentine’s Day craft I’m working on for you plus some other great content. Once done with that, I’ll treat myself to putting up my new Gift Wrap organizer!

Have the VERY BEST week!


Signature of Lynn

Thanks for making my day by SHARING!!

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