A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: January 2012

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31 January 2012

...because your style is not labeled in one word...

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I love quizzes.  (don't you??)

I've always loved reading chick magazines and filling out all the answers to the "Learn what your 
worst trait is" and "Are you a good friend?" and "Figure out your style in 17 easy questions!". Fun! 


 The only problem is that you might end up thinking that your style is "eclectic" or "modern" or "Asian" )
(seriously? Asian?? That is really a design category...as if Asia doesn't have thousands of varying design styles?! Blech.)

My office space...a study on the things I JUST LOVE
Moving on. A long time ago I learned to give up all the design labels.  Those quizzes are fun, but when it comes to actually defining your style, they do little more than give you a sticky label to tag on your style.  Design books that try to pigeonhole you into a specific style do the same.  The thing is -  - everyone's style is slightly different and there aren't enough labels in the world to accurately do them justice.  So join me in ditching the labels and simply learning your style inside and out without labeling it!!

 My article this week on Houzz is all about creating ideabooks to help you learn your own style.  Using "just love" books, you can delve into the defining features of your preferences and get a better grip on what you should be looking for when you are purchasing items for your home.  Go check out the article right HERE and I would love it if you made your own "just love" ideabook or pinboard and showed them off here in the comment section or over on the facebook page!!  Let's see what you JUST LOVE!!

What can I take from this exterior shot that I JUST LOVE?  Perhaps a hallway softened by plantings or botanical prints?

...because your style is not labeled in one word...

Pin It

I love quizzes.  (don't you??)

I've always loved reading chick magazines and filling out all the answers to the "Learn what your 
worst trait is" and "Are you a good friend?" and "Figure out your style in 17 easy questions!". Fun! 


 The only problem is that you might end up thinking that your style is "eclectic" or "modern" or "Asian" )
(seriously? Asian?? That is really a design category...as if Asia doesn't have thousands of varying design styles?! Blech.)

My office space...a study on the things I JUST LOVE
Moving on. A long time ago I learned to give up all the design labels.  Those quizzes are fun, but when it comes to actually defining your style, they do little more than give you a sticky label to tag on your style.  Design books that try to pigeonhole you into a specific style do the same.  The thing is -  - everyone's style is slightly different and there aren't enough labels in the world to accurately do them justice.  So join me in ditching the labels and simply learning your style inside and out without labeling it!!

 My article this week on Houzz is all about creating ideabooks to help you learn your own style.  Using "just love" books, you can delve into the defining features of your preferences and get a better grip on what you should be looking for when you are purchasing items for your home.  Go check out the article right HERE and I would love it if you made your own "just love" ideabook or pinboard and showed them off here in the comment section or over on the facebook page!!  Let's see what you JUST LOVE!!

What can I take from this exterior shot that I JUST LOVE?  Perhaps a hallway softened by plantings or botanical prints?

Don't Underestimate Your Kids | Pickled Turnips and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

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Sometimes my kids really surprise me with the dishes that they like.  Sometimes I'll make a pasta dish I think they'll love it and they barely eat 3 bites.  Other times I make spinach smoothies for salads for myself that they keep asking for seconds of!  Craziness!  This is one of those dishes...


I made this little salad of pickled veggies for myself last night and chilled and marinated it overnight for lunch today.  When I pulled it out of the fridge, the boys kept asking for bite after bite, so I finally gave them each a serving and they whoofed it down.  One even asked for seconds.

Later when I was photographing the dish, I noticed a little hands sneaking into the frame...



Yeah -- they kinda liked it :)



So what IS this dish you ask??

It is a simple pickled salad of raw turnip and yellow tomato.  The marinade, pickling "juice" is a basic salad dressing and it infuses the veggies (Especially the turnips!) with a tart flavor.  I suppose the flavor would intensify if you left the salad in the fridge for a few days, but ours lasted but an evening.


Pickled Veggie Salad

2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes (I used yellow!), washed, not peeled
2 medium turnips, peeled and julienned

Marinade

1 T Spicy Brown Mustard
1 T Lemon Juice
1 T White Vinegar
2 T Olive Oil
1/2 c Water
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Mix ingredients and let the flavors meld in the fridge overnight.  Serve cold or room temperature.  Easy Breezy!

What have your kids surprised you with??  Did they end up liking beets or kolrabi?  Do you have a broccoli freak in your house (we do!)

Don't Underestimate Your Kids | Pickled Turnips and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

Pin It


Sometimes my kids really surprise me with the dishes that they like.  Sometimes I'll make a pasta dish I think they'll love it and they barely eat 3 bites.  Other times I make spinach smoothies for salads for myself that they keep asking for seconds of!  Craziness!  This is one of those dishes...


I made this little salad of pickled veggies for myself last night and chilled and marinated it overnight for lunch today.  When I pulled it out of the fridge, the boys kept asking for bite after bite, so I finally gave them each a serving and they whoofed it down.  One even asked for seconds.

Later when I was photographing the dish, I noticed a little hands sneaking into the frame...



Yeah -- they kinda liked it :)



So what IS this dish you ask??

It is a simple pickled salad of raw turnip and yellow tomato.  The marinade, pickling "juice" is a basic salad dressing and it infuses the veggies (Especially the turnips!) with a tart flavor.  I suppose the flavor would intensify if you left the salad in the fridge for a few days, but ours lasted but an evening.


Pickled Veggie Salad

2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes (I used yellow!), washed, not peeled
2 medium turnips, peeled and julienned

Marinade

1 T Spicy Brown Mustard
1 T Lemon Juice
1 T White Vinegar
2 T Olive Oil
1/2 c Water
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Mix ingredients and let the flavors meld in the fridge overnight.  Serve cold or room temperature.  Easy Breezy!

What have your kids surprised you with??  Did they end up liking beets or kolrabi?  Do you have a broccoli freak in your house (we do!)

30 January 2012

To like or not to like...that is the pinteresting question

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Hello hello! Good Morning!!!

Here is the question of the day...

Should you or should you not...................LIKE what people are pinning from your site on pinterest.

This is my dilemma....

You see, pinterest is the best gage of what readers are liking on my site.  (Thank you Gail for showing me how to find my source page!) Not only do I get to see which projects they want to KEEP, but typically posts are given a "title" or comment as they are pinned.  I learn a lot from glancing through pinterest and seeing what people are saying.

 
 Last week, I realized that my pineapple post was a big hit over at pinterest, so I decided to post the ginger post I had in queue right away to capitalize on the new followers and subscribers that are into pantry planting.

The problem is...I'm a big fan of the "like" button on facebook as a "thank you".  You know...someone says "You hair looks great!" and you press "like" to say thanks, right?  Well, I've been "liking" pins that people have pinned from my blog as a way to say a quick "thanks".  My questions is whether it reads as a thank you or as an egocentric move of an egomaniac.

In fact, I've been experimenting the past few weeks.  I will spend one week liking a bunch of pins...just down the page, like-like-like - thank you-thank you-thank you like a politician.   Then the next week I didn't "like" anything.  My goal was to see if people hated me liking everything and started to unfollow or whatever.  Well...the results are in and my "liking" made no difference whatsoever...

SO...I need your opinion...do you see it as a thank you when someone likes your pin from their blog or as an ego-maniacal move???

Thoughts??

To like or not to like...that is the pinteresting question

Pin It

Hello hello! Good Morning!!!

Here is the question of the day...

Should you or should you not...................LIKE what people are pinning from your site on pinterest.

This is my dilemma....

You see, pinterest is the best gage of what readers are liking on my site.  (Thank you Gail for showing me how to find my source page!) Not only do I get to see which projects they want to KEEP, but typically posts are given a "title" or comment as they are pinned.  I learn a lot from glancing through pinterest and seeing what people are saying.

 
 Last week, I realized that my pineapple post was a big hit over at pinterest, so I decided to post the ginger post I had in queue right away to capitalize on the new followers and subscribers that are into pantry planting.

The problem is...I'm a big fan of the "like" button on facebook as a "thank you".  You know...someone says "You hair looks great!" and you press "like" to say thanks, right?  Well, I've been "liking" pins that people have pinned from my blog as a way to say a quick "thanks".  My questions is whether it reads as a thank you or as an egocentric move of an egomaniac.

In fact, I've been experimenting the past few weeks.  I will spend one week liking a bunch of pins...just down the page, like-like-like - thank you-thank you-thank you like a politician.   Then the next week I didn't "like" anything.  My goal was to see if people hated me liking everything and started to unfollow or whatever.  Well...the results are in and my "liking" made no difference whatsoever...

SO...I need your opinion...do you see it as a thank you when someone likes your pin from their blog or as an ego-maniacal move???

Thoughts??

27 January 2012

Redbud: Nessa of Moments and Impressions

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So I've "known" Nessa for awhile now (via blogland), but recently, it seems she and I  have been emailing like over-tweeeeeety songbirds.  I'm kinda in love with this girl and I think you might fall for her too...

She has a way of speaking to her audience that is sweet and insightful, not at all crass or over sharing.  She is a blogger that lets you see her heart, but isn't opening up just for the attention or shock value.  Mixed in with the musings of life are fabulous decor, gardens and recipes (my kind of GIRL!).



One of my favorite recent posts lately is simply titled today.  
Then there is the one titled change.
Or maybe you would love the post Two Spoons.

Take your pick!  Go read a post or two and make sure to tell Miss Nessa that Amy Renea says Hey! 

Want to meet the rest of the redbuds?  Check them out below!


Redbud: Nessa of Moments and Impressions

Pin It


So I've "known" Nessa for awhile now (via blogland), but recently, it seems she and I  have been emailing like over-tweeeeeety songbirds.  I'm kinda in love with this girl and I think you might fall for her too...

She has a way of speaking to her audience that is sweet and insightful, not at all crass or over sharing.  She is a blogger that lets you see her heart, but isn't opening up just for the attention or shock value.  Mixed in with the musings of life are fabulous decor, gardens and recipes (my kind of GIRL!).



One of my favorite recent posts lately is simply titled today.  
Then there is the one titled change.
Or maybe you would love the post Two Spoons.

Take your pick!  Go read a post or two and make sure to tell Miss Nessa that Amy Renea says Hey! 

Want to meet the rest of the redbuds?  Check them out below!


26 January 2012

How to Plant Ginger Root

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So hey....apparently planting a pineapple top as a hosue plant is big news...everyone's all pinning and asking questions about growing your own pineapple and gaining a cheap new houseplant, so I thought I would show you another one of my pantry planting successes.  Ready for some NEW houseplants??

I've been on a major ginger kick lately, so a few months ago, I planted a few chunks of ginger to multiply my supply.  Now, people are going to get on my case because you are supposed to lay the ginger on top of the soil, but I plant it right under the surface so my babies don't steal it and eat it.  (Yes, they literally do things like that if plants aren't rooted down yet...no foxglove for THIS family!)  I have had no issues growing ginger this way!!

So here's a chunk of ginger root, about an inch long, unpeeled....

[ Thanks to Andrea for  mentioning in the comment section to be careful to make sure there is a "node" on each section you plant.  All of the important "stuff" to grow is hidden in that node and without one, the ginger will just rot.  You can kind of think of it as the "seed" inside the little piece of ginger.  A node (or bud or whatever you want to call it) is just a little knob on the ginger...you are probably more familiar with potatoes.  You know when potatoes sprout in your pantry?  That little sprout came from a node.  (See a photo HERE)  Try to find those little bumps on your ginger.  If all else fails, try taking an inch off the end of each little "finger" -- those almost always have a node on them!]







Simply place your chunk of ginger in a pot of rich potting soil and DON'T OVERWATER.  
A few cubes of ice a week work until the leaves start to show up.

Bye-bye ginger!


Fast forward a few months...hello little ginger poking up through the soil (see those two little guys?!)



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How to Plant Ginger Root

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So hey....apparently planting a pineapple top as a hosue plant is big news...everyone's all pinning and asking questions about growing your own pineapple and gaining a cheap new houseplant, so I thought I would show you another one of my pantry planting successes.  Ready for some NEW houseplants??

I've been on a major ginger kick lately, so a few months ago, I planted a few chunks of ginger to multiply my supply.  Now, people are going to get on my case because you are supposed to lay the ginger on top of the soil, but I plant it right under the surface so my babies don't steal it and eat it.  (Yes, they literally do things like that if plants aren't rooted down yet...no foxglove for THIS family!)  I have had no issues growing ginger this way!!

So here's a chunk of ginger root, about an inch long, unpeeled....

[ Thanks to Andrea for  mentioning in the comment section to be careful to make sure there is a "node" on each section you plant.  All of the important "stuff" to grow is hidden in that node and without one, the ginger will just rot.  You can kind of think of it as the "seed" inside the little piece of ginger.  A node (or bud or whatever you want to call it) is just a little knob on the ginger...you are probably more familiar with potatoes.  You know when potatoes sprout in your pantry?  That little sprout came from a node.  (See a photo HERE)  Try to find those little bumps on your ginger.  If all else fails, try taking an inch off the end of each little "finger" -- those almost always have a node on them!]





25 January 2012

Taste Testing Frozen Vs. Fresh Squash and Ginger

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SO. You've heard enough about squash and pumpkin and ginger from me the past few days to last you a lifetime. I ask you to read one more post. Then go make some soup. Then eat it and love it.  One warning...DON'T USE THE FAKE STUFF!

Remember that oven shot?  Yeah...those were all different techniques and finished with different amount of ginger, fresh vs powdered, etc. etc.  I was going to write a big long post on the advantages of both, but it all boils down to one thing.

The soup that I made from frozen squash and powdered ginger?  The chickens ate it.  I did not.  It was THAT BAD.  It gives squash and ginger a bad name.  So please please use my shortcut on the squash, and if you are desperate go ahead and use frozen squash (no don't really...it won't be as good), but please please please know there is NO substitution for that roasted fresh ginger.  I know it is a pain to peel, but it totally makes the dish.  Promise.





The following photos are the stocks and broths that I tested...







Want the recipe for the Nicole's Squash and Ginger soup?   CLICK HERE
Want to see how I made the prep process a little easier?      CLICK HERE
Want to see roasted Jarrahdale Pumpkins or Beets?              CLICK HERE

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