A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: March 2013

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29 March 2013

April Fools Day Prank | Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

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SO last year, someone (I think on facebook?) shared this April Fool's Prank and I thought it was genius! (was it you??!)  So of course I decided to prank the boys with a little twist on home cooked grilled cheese and tomato soup :)

The "grilled cheese" is simply pound cake sliced like bread and sprinkled with a little cinnamon (you know for "char" marks) and a little sweet lemon curd for the oozy-goozy "cheese".


Top off the meal with some super sweet tomato soup (watered down pink/red frosting) with croutons! (little chopped bits of that pound cake!


The kiddos were appropriately shocked and then had to be held back from eating the whole shebang (can you imagine THAT sugar crash?).

TIP: The trick goes through a little better if you are actually cooking grilled cheese when the kids come in.  The smell works wonders!

Happy April Fools!!!

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April Fools Day Prank | Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

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SO last year, someone (I think on facebook?) shared this April Fool's Prank and I thought it was genius! (was it you??!)  So of course I decided to prank the boys with a little twist on home cooked grilled cheese and tomato soup :)

The "grilled cheese" is simply pound cake sliced like bread and sprinkled with a little cinnamon (you know for "char" marks) and a little sweet lemon curd for the oozy-goozy "cheese".


Top off the meal with some super sweet tomato soup (watered down pink/red frosting) with croutons! (little chopped bits of that pound cake!


The kiddos were appropriately shocked and then had to be held back from eating the whole shebang (can you imagine THAT sugar crash?).

TIP: The trick goes through a little better if you are actually cooking grilled cheese when the kids come in.  The smell works wonders!

Happy April Fools!!!

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21 March 2013

Diapers and Wipes and Potties - oh my!

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past 6 months or so, we've been treading the downright awful water of potty training.  We are good for a few days, then the accidents are so bad that we revert back to good old diapers while we recover.  This journey seems to be taking longer with Baby #3 and it truly has made me extraordinarily fond of diapers.  Changing a diaper is a cakewalk compared to changing soiled underpants.  UGH.

Moving on -- SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care was kind enough to send me a sampling of their diapers and wipes and I must admit I was happy to drop the potty training for a week or so while we tried them out.

In our house they are called the "super animal kind"  - no joke.  For some reason, the animal motif has really hit a chord.
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 For the price, the wipes are the real value in the bundle.  They are of a medium thickness and I haven't had one rip on me yet!  Not to mention they are the actual size a wipe SHOULD be.  Ever bought the cheapo wipes and the come out like 3x3 or something and feel like wet felt?  ugh.

My other favorite feature is the easy release lid.  I always get frustrated when wipes have those clasps that seem like they are protecting thousands of dollars and require two hands and a wrench to pry them open.  Who has two hands when changing a diaper?  Not I said the fry!


The back of the diaper has just enough give and just enough rouching to be comfy and keep things clean while the front tabs close securely and don't rip off like that other discount brand.  (I won't name names, but seriously, those diapers have sent me into serious hissy fits).


Thanks again to SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care - we will be back!

(...just hopefully not for THIS GUY...let's get potty trained already, k??)



For a FREE sample of SIMPLY RIGHT™ diapers or wipes, visithttp://simplyrightbabycare.com/sample.html today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care Products.




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Diapers and Wipes and Potties - oh my!

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past 6 months or so, we've been treading the downright awful water of potty training.  We are good for a few days, then the accidents are so bad that we revert back to good old diapers while we recover.  This journey seems to be taking longer with Baby #3 and it truly has made me extraordinarily fond of diapers.  Changing a diaper is a cakewalk compared to changing soiled underpants.  UGH.

Moving on -- SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care was kind enough to send me a sampling of their diapers and wipes and I must admit I was happy to drop the potty training for a week or so while we tried them out.

In our house they are called the "super animal kind"  - no joke.  For some reason, the animal motif has really hit a chord.
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 For the price, the wipes are the real value in the bundle.  They are of a medium thickness and I haven't had one rip on me yet!  Not to mention they are the actual size a wipe SHOULD be.  Ever bought the cheapo wipes and the come out like 3x3 or something and feel like wet felt?  ugh.

My other favorite feature is the easy release lid.  I always get frustrated when wipes have those clasps that seem like they are protecting thousands of dollars and require two hands and a wrench to pry them open.  Who has two hands when changing a diaper?  Not I said the fry!


The back of the diaper has just enough give and just enough rouching to be comfy and keep things clean while the front tabs close securely and don't rip off like that other discount brand.  (I won't name names, but seriously, those diapers have sent me into serious hissy fits).


Thanks again to SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care - we will be back!

(...just hopefully not for THIS GUY...let's get potty trained already, k??)



For a FREE sample of SIMPLY RIGHT™ diapers or wipes, visithttp://simplyrightbabycare.com/sample.html today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care Products.




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20 March 2013

How to Make Simple Flower Arrangements with a Few Simple Tips and Tricks

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Today's DIY Gardening post moves out of the garden and up to the house for some simple flower arrangements.  These basic flower arranging techniques keep my home stocked with fresh flowers from March to August and it is certainly more a pleasure than a chore!  Join me today as we tackle DIY Gardening in the Flower Arranger's seat!


Tempting isn't it?  Those peonies are coming!!  Those little red spikes should be pushing up out of the ground right about now (mine are about a little less than an inch at the moment here in zone 6) and before you know it, the peonies will be here!

Until then, I am enjoying the birds flocking around the birdfeeders and staking out nesting spots and am getting my supplies ready for the earliest spring arrangements!

How to Create a Basic Short-Stem Arrangement

When you cut flower arrangements, are you forever pulling flowers in and out, in and out, in and out of the vase, measuring, snipping stems, measuring again -- in and out, in and out, in and out?  If so, then you are being FAR too hard on yourselves.  Let me let you in on a little secret....

Particularly with small arrangements, clusters of wildflowers or same species flowers, basic arrangements -- there is no need to measure a million times.


1.  Make your arrangement IN YOUR HANDS.  Don't even mess with a vase if the flowers can all fit in your hand.  Work the flowers around until they look right.  Keep moving things up, down and around until the arrangement looks good from every angle.


2..  Way up high in the bouquet, right where you were holding the flowers, tie the bouquet with  a piece of twine or rope.  I am using my green "baker's twine" clothesline because it blends in fairly well.  Brown or green twine is another great option.


3.  Now it is time to break out your vase and container.  Instead of putting the flowers in and out and measuring a bunch of times, I simply hold the arrangement next to the vase, placing the flowers where I want them to hit the rim and gently bend the stems at the bottom.  Put your second hand where they naturally bend and cut there.  Place the flowers in the vase and they will fit perfectly around the rim.


Notice how the flowers and foliage sit perfectly on the rim all the way around the arrangement.  From each side, the arrangement looks perfect because I created it in my hands where it is easy to adjust and then tied the stems to keep the arrangement solid.  This whole process takes about 3 minutes start to finish...and is SO much easier than pulling flowers in and out of dripping water over and over and over again!  Try it out and I'd love to see your mini-arrangements!  Feel free to share them on the facebook page!

Tree Peony and Lemon Balm
Knockout Rose, Lemon Balm and Chive Blossom

Lime Foliage  |  Bleeding Heart

So are you tempted???  I sure am!  COME ON SPRING!

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18 March 2013

A DIY Weather Resistant Garden Calendar

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We are marching towards spring and it will be knocking at our windows and blowing the backporch chimes before long now!  In our DIY gardening series, we've been tackling various chores to push the season as early as possible, but today we are going to focus on the future.  Not the distant future, but simply the future of the planting season this year.  Are you ready?

calendar garden amy renea title

 With garden planning on my mind, I decided to come up with a better version of my planting calendar that I've been using for the past few years.  I typically just use one of those free calendars that come in the mail and jot down when seeds are planted, when the first blooms appear, etc.  The problem with those paper calendars is that they die a quick death anywhere near garden soil, sand, water and sun.

The solution?  A little backbone!  Join me today as I show you how to make a prettier, hardier garden calendar!


First things first, you need something tough, strong, square (or rectangular) and wooden.  I chose to pick up an as-is cabinet door at IKEA for $1.  You could check there, or visit your local lumberyard for some scrap wood.  Basically, you are looking for a piece of wood several inches wider than your calendar.
You will also need:

Once your paper is measured and the wood is clean and dry, apply a coat of modpodge 
under the paper and then on top of it as well.  Add a second coat if necessary.


I decided to use a couple different coordinating papers on the wood, but feel free to use one or several.  Just make sure you are liberal with the mod podge at any seems and corners without leaving clumps of the adhesive in any spots.  Once the background paper dries, you can then attach your calendar base.  There is a little plastic tab at the back of the calendar.  Simply hot glue that plastic to the wooden base and allow it to fully dry.


To further customize the calendar, I cut out the shape of the "header" where the name of the month was in coordinating scrapbook paper.   Then simply stamp, write or add vinyl lettering to finish off the titling.


When it is all said and done, this calendar is tougher than my old, shaggy ones and feels right at home in my girly garden shed.  Now it is time to start sowing those seeds!  Let's break out the swiss chard and spinach!  Hail the poppy seed and sunflower starters!  Let's get growing!

calendar garden amy renea in shed


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