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News from the Nest, September 26

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope your weekend was everything you needed it to be! If you needed your batteries recharged, I hope it was relaxing and recharging. If you needed to get stuff done, I hope it was productive.

Mine was a glorious combination of both! I finished a knit hat pattern that I will get published this week for you. I watched college football, guiltily savored a delicious everything bagel with scallion cream cheese, did a little yard work, and had my mom over for dinner last night! What really made the weekend the best was the cool, fall-like weather we enjoyed Friday and Saturday. In fact, it seemed only appropriate that I celebrate the cool-ish football weekend with a pot of this Turkey Chili! I put it in the crockpot and enjoyed the aroma all day. Pure bliss!

p.s. the giveaway info is located at the bottom of the post.

A red bowl of turkey chili with toppings.
  • Did you know that Friday, September 30, is National Hot Mulled Cider Day? I’m sure you’ve had it circled on your calendar since National Hot Mulled Cider Day last year! Am I Right? In any event, let’s take the time to celebrate Hot Mulled Cider and all the good it has done for humanity and the environment this Friday. Of course, you need mulling spices, and I have you covered there. You might as well make extra to use and give as gifts on Friday or the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. If you are expecting guests for the big day, you might want to bake this Apple Cider Doughnut cake to stick with the whole cider theme. And if your celebrations go on into the night, break out this Spiked Caramel Apple Cider.Spiked cider on a table with a bowl of apples in the background.
  • One of my favorite kitchen appliances is on sale right now. I was really late coming to the Countertop oven…I just never saw the need. But my parents gave my brother and me each one of these Breville Smart Ovens 5-6 years ago, and it has been a game changer for us! We rarely turn on our big oven, thereby saving a good deal of energy. In addition to using it like we would a regular oven, we love the air fryer option, the dehydrator option, and the pizza option is the end-all-and-be-all. I’ve roasted both roast beef and chicken in it with perfect results. Right now, it is 20% off at Williams-Sonoma.
Creepy black margaritas smoking with a candle dripping \'blood\'.

new on the blog

Maple Glazed Madeleines with a cup of tea.
  • If you’ve wanted to bake madeleines but were intimidated by their reputation for being finicky, you need this recipe for Spiced Madeleines (with or without a maple glaze). Of course, I have shared the recipe, but also some tips that will make baking your madeleines a success every time.
  • And if the recipe isn’t enough to encourage you to pop over, then this GIVEAWAY just might! Bellemain graciously offered a set of their lidded, stainless steel mixing bowls just in time for holiday baking!
    • Stack of bowls.
  • There are two ways to enter the giveaway:
    • Pop over to the Madeleine post and click on the Bellemain link in the blue box at the beginning of the post. Browse through their expansive array of kitchen products and find the one that would make your holiday baking all the more enjoyable. Go back to either this post or the Madeleine post and leave a comment telling me which product you chose.
    • Click on this link to go directly to the Bellemain page on Amazon. Browse through their expansive array of kitchen products and find the one that would make your holiday baking all the more enjoyable. Come back to either this post or the Madeleine post and leave a comment telling me which product you chose.

Make sure you enter by midnight (EST) on Friday, September 30, 2022. Open to U.S. residents only.

Well, my friends, I am going to get busy writing up the knit hat pattern for you…look for it next week. We are heading up north on Thursday to visit our daughter for a long weekend, so it will be a short week. I’ll catch you next week!


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    1. Love all of the items by Bellemain!!!
      The stainless steel mixing bowls with lids look great; also the colourful ramekins. I would love a mixmaster!

  1. In looking through the Bellman product’s page I could use a colander as mine melted lol! ( It isn’t metal) and a new set of measuring spoons. Mine are easily over 25 years old (also plastic).

  2. How could I ever choose just one??? But I do really like the mixing bowls with lids. Will have to mark their site. Thanks!

  3. 4piece acrylic canister set.
    Had to get that in before I forgot. I really wanted the vegetable chopper but they say they do not have it or if they will get it back in.
    Sounds like you had quite a weekend. We did too, beautiful warm weather, so lots of outside chores. Plus new sheets for beds…😊

    Have a great week!
    Love, Juanita

    1. Hi friend,

      Glad you also had a lovely weekend!

      Thanks for your comment…you made a great choice and you are entered into the contest.

      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Happy Monday, Lynn!
    I would choose the Vegetable Chopper (currently unavailable) from Bellemain so I wouldn’t have to cry anymore when I chop onions! (My least favorite task!)
    Thanks for another informative post!

    1. Hi Tory,

      Thanks for your comment! What a great choice! You are entered into the contest.

      And you are welcome! I always try to be helpful.

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Thank you for all your inspiring posts..especially your knitting patterns. I finally finished the argyle baby blanket for my granddaughter. Its beautiful! Looking forward to some holiday pasta making with my family. If the giveaway is still on, I choose the pasta drying rack. Thank you again!

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      You are so welcome! Thanks for writing in and I’d love to see apic of the argyle blanket you made for your granddaughter! What yarn did you use?

      The giveaway is on and you are entered! Good Luck!

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Hi, Lynn!

    I enjoyed your post, as always. It feels like a note from an old friend.

    I looked at all the beautiful Bellemain items and love the blue ramiken set.

    Happy fall!

  7. Hi Lynn,
    So generous of you to do such a lovely giveaway. I would choose the One Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups – Nesting Measuring Cups for Kitchen, Bakers Measuring Cups, Dry Measuring Cups – Ml & Oz Measuring Cup for Liquid, Metal Measuring Cup Set of 6.
    Your Madeleines look wonderful!

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for your comment! Those lidded bowls are really nice, I’ve got to be honest. You are entered into the contest…good luck!

      Hugs, Lynn

  8. Good morning. I enjoyed looking through the specialty tools. The funnels looked fantastic. I love to place my leftovers in mason jars. Using a funnel makes the job mess free. Can’t wait to see your pattern for your hat. Cool weather is coming.

  9. I’d likely enjoy my holiday baking a bit more with the set of stainless steel measuring cups, as I’m currently using the last remaining bits and bobs of several melamine and plastic sets. The simple task of reaching for a specific cup turns into a scavenger hunt since the remaining cups no longer nestle together as sets. In addition, the durability of the stainless steel cups would obviate this very situation from happening again.

    I wasn’t aware of this brand –thanks for sharing!

    1. We loved Franklin, but its been 20 years since we moved from there. I am heading back there in March though

      It is just the right distance from Nashville, but still had a quaint small town feel when we lived there. I imagine it’ll be quite a change from Miami!

      What is taking you to Franklin?

  10. I checked out Bellemain site and saw several items I would love to have but top pick is Bellemain Ravioli Maker Press.

  11. Thanks for sharing the recipes and knitting patterns with us each week. I have tried some of each and the results have been great! In terms of the give away, I am interested in the Bellemain Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls with Lids (4-Piece Set). They would truly make my holiday baking easier.
    Thanks again!

  12. the perogi press would be a wonderful help around the holidays…my daughters and I get together to make the traditional Polish perogis by hand, and this sure would be a time saver!!

  13. While the baking options were awesome, I’ve been wanting an over the sink drainer for a while & theirs looks great!

  14. I tried the Madeline sight, seemed it was waiting, might have two entries… I love the bowls, lids, awesome to win! The spice clips, flour sifter, bacon press, all awesome items. But bowls with lids, an item hard to find, bowls get used so much for other things. Thanks for the chance to win! reciepe have to try!

  15. I am not sure what product would be my favorite, so many to choose from. The set of stainless mixing bowls is a great giveaway and I am happy to have a chance to win. I was not familiar with the Bellemain line, but now will be a source I look to for baking items.

    1. Hi Sherry, I can honestly say that the bowls are great…love the fact that they are lidded.

      Thanks for entering the contest.

      Hugs, Lynn

  16. Turkey chili – sounds like a “game changer” to me:) I will have to try it on a cold Minnesota day – will be lots of days to choose from.


    1. This turkey chili is so easy to make and so soul-warming. Though I’ve never spent a winter in Minnesota, I can only image that something warm and spicy will help keep the chill away.

      Thanks for commenting!

  17. I really like the Bellemain Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls with Lids (3 Piece, Silver/Black). The idea of nonslip is very intriguing. Thank you for the chance to win a prize.

    1. Hi Terri,

      I can honestly say that the bowls are great…love the fact that they are lidded.

      Thanks for entering the contest.

      Hugs, Lynn

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