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News from the Nest, September 4

Good Morning, friends.

I’m enjoying the last morning of the gorgeous, cool weather ushered in by Idalia late last week. It was a wonderful late August treat! Throwing the windows and enjoying fresh air is very high on my list of Good and Great Things.

Mom came for dinner last night and we used the pasta maker she gave me for my birthday! What fun! It’s not something I’ll do every time Terry and I have pasta for dinner, but I will definitely use it for family dinners and small group entertaining. I need to hone my skills a bit, and then I’ll share the process. It’s really not hard. Fresh pasta is also on that Good and Great Things list!

While I don’t have much to show for it on the blog yet, I was very busy last week. In the next few weeks, I’ll have a new knit baby blanket to share, along with the most darling teeny tiny knit sweater ornaments and embroidered felt sweater ornaments. The life of a blogger necessitates me channeling holidays early, which also means I need to get a Christmas tree up for photos!

I did update the Podcast post for those of you who are podcast enthusiasts also! Now, it features over 40 podcasts for your consideration. I will be better about updating it as I go.

New on the Blog

I did sit down, 6 months later, and document the process for painting the exterior of our brick home using Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.

From the Knit Studio

Broken Rib blanket.

From the Kitchen

  • How’s your garden growing? If you were able to harvest more tomatoes than we were (thanks d@mned Mockingbirds!), you could easily roast some for later. I’m telling you, there is not much better than pulling some of these tomatoes roasted with garlic and olive oil from the freezer in the dead of of winter to top a bowl of your brothy beans! Another one of those Good and Great Things!
Brothy Beans with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Three Jams that Use Peppers. These jams can be canned for pantry storage, frozen or refrigerated.
    • I love mixing the red and yellow bell peppers and green jalapeño peppers for a stoplight pepper jelly.
    • Pureeing the red peppers in this Red Pepper Jelly gives it a gorgeous color and makes it naturally sweeter, even though we use a low sugar pectin.
    • This Jalapeño Jelly uses white wine for its base. It’s perfect topping a slice of cheese.
jars of jalapenos.
  • If you have someone in your home who needs to or wants to avoid tomato products, you can make your own ‘Nomato’ Sauce. It gets pretty darned close to the flavor of tomatoes, with the affects of nightshades.
  • Lemon Ginger Cubes are a super easy way to make up a batch of these gut-healthy cubes to drop in your mug of hot water or tea each morning. Or, I add them to my ice water for a subtle flavor throughout the day.
Dropping a lemon ginger cube into a mug of tea.
Overhead shot of bundt cake with apples in the corner.

From the Arts + Crafts Studio

Upcycle an old door to create a fantastic desk. An easy DIY project for your office|Home Decor
DIY Monogrammed Leather Cord Keepers are fairly quick to make, are so very useful! & make great gifts! Use your Cricut to cut the leather & iron on vinyl.

In the Garden

  • Wasn’t it just last week we were thinking about our Spring and Summer Container gardens? Well, depending on where you live, you might want to start or start thinking about planting Fall Container gardens. Here are some ideas.
Purple is the theme of this fall container garden.

In the Home

  • Perk up your saggy sofa cushions! It’s fun to look back; this room as completely changed of the past 4 years, with new fabric on the furniture. But the sofa cushion inserts sill remain!
Comparison of sofa cushions.
Kitchen utensils in a drawer with dividers.

A Few Fun Finds!

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  • My SIL sent me this link last week, which showed AI-generated images based on paintings or sculptures that showed what they may have actually looked like! It’s fascinating!
  • While we are still talking about AI, check out this MOMA exhibit! The artist/computer scientist trained a program to view the inventory of MOMA and share its interpretation of all the MOMA works. I could see becoming totally mesmerized by it.
  • My mom loved the little rechargeable lamp I use in my ‘new’ bar cabinet. She likes that she could carry it out to her back porch for some nice light. I think these will make great Christmas gifts as they have many uses. I’m going to nab another one for my bookshelves.
  • When our kiddos flew the nest, we bought them each one of these portable car battery chargers. In case of a dead battery, they won’t be waiting for someone or relying on a stranger for a jump. They also have bright LED lights and the ability to charge phones, etc… Just a little peace of mind. These are on sale right now.

Well friends, that’s all I have today!

Sadly, I think I’m going to have to shut the windows and turn the AC back on, but it was lovely while it lasted.

I wish for you a week full of everything you need to nourish your body and soul.


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  1. Hi Lynn,
    The yogurt plum cake:
    Dairy free and GF is mandatory for me.
    I modified the ingredients.
    I used:
    Bob’s Red Mill cup for cup GF all purpose flour.
    Forager’s unsweetened dairy free cashew yogurt with natural probiotics (4g of protein per serving) in other words real yogurt plant based.
    Italian plums.
    Sprinkle of cinnamon For topping
    Followed your recipe.

    I was fearful that is might turn out stodgy or heavy.
    It is light as air and very yummy.


    1. Hi Rita,

      I LOVE Forager’s Cashew Yogurt…I eat it daily…I’m partial to the unsweetened vanilla.

      Thanks for the suggestions on how to make it dairy and gluten-free. Do you mind if I add your suggestion to the post for others who are in similar situation?

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Thanks Lyn for all those useful tips. I loved the container gardening and have saved them for the next appropriate season (we’re in Queensland Australia!). But more importantly thanks for the saggy sofa tip. My daughter has exactly the same problem with the same shaped cushions. I’ve saved that too and will show her on my weekly grandma visit to Brisbane tomorrow.
    Thanks again for all your hard work!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    1. Hi Jill,

      I am thrilled that you found some useful tips in the newsletter! That is my goal every week! You are so very welcome, and thank you for taking the time to write in!

      Hugs, Lynn

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