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Happy New Year and the 2015 Best of the Nest

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Happy New Year to all my readers, blogging buddies, family and friends! I am so grateful to have you in my life and and for your support during this third year of my blog. I appreciate you more than you could know!  Thank you!

2015 was a year of super highs and extreme lows. Like many of you, I’m ready for a fresh start, to begin anew and resolve to do some things better, differently or not at all.  It’s going to be a big year for me because I’ll turn 50 in a couple of weeks – yes, 50. Holy moly. My daughter will also graduate from grad school this year (fingers crossed!)

Acting on a kind request from a wonderful reader, I present to you – a roundup of some of the top posts on this blog, in the past year. The posts are drawn from the articles that garnered the most hits and comments. It’s really cool to take a look back to see which posts generated the most views. I had a few in mind that I thought would make the Top 10, but I was surprised to see several that I never considered. First, a couple of Honorable Mention posts who were so very close to making the list:

Strawberry Limoncello Lemonade

Inspired by an amazing trip to Italy with my daughter in 2015, this lemonade is crazy good!

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Best Coconut Pound Cake Recipe (with Bonus Lessons!)

The Best Coconut Pound Cake

And the Top 10 Nest Full of New posts of 2015…the Best of the Nest!

10.  The Time the Pioneer Woman Was My Best Friend

This day still doesn’t even seem true in my brain. So amazing (Ree AND the cookbook!)

The Time The Pioneer Woman Was My Best Friend

9.  Fresh Peach Cobbler

I can’t even stand how amazing this cobbler is. Come on summertime!

Peach Cobbler with Cream

8.  Have a Fondue Party at Home

Why not? It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s cheese!


7. How to Make Macrame Hangers

This old school project is back and super easy!

Macrame Covered Hangers

6. Homemade Vanilla Extract

This is the best and so easy. My sister and I just started another batch of extract after we used up our supply on holiday treats.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

5. Beer Cheese Soup

This is the yummiest and most decadent soup you’ll eat this season! We’ve been enjoying it for several years (read “football seasons”) and it freezes well, too.

Beer Cheese Soup

4.  Seedless Blackberry Cobbler

Mmmm…more cobbler.

Seedless Blackberry Cobbler

3. The Amazing Burger Round-Up: 16 Fabulous Burgers

There’s no wrong time when it comes to burgers. Summer, winter, rain, wind, snow…doesn’t matter. This post offers 16 yummy burgers, plus sauces and buns.  Don’t miss my post on making the perfect Oven-Baked Fries!


2.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

This one was a surprise. What started as a little note to my Mom on her 70th birthday, has made it’s way to the number 2 spot on my top posts again this year. Moms pretty much rock, right?

Happy Birthday Mom

1. Easter Mason Jar Craft

The top post of 2015 just happens to be the most adorable Easter goodie ever! I’m a big fan of Mason jars and these little cuties were so simple and were a huge hit. Check out the companion centerpiece, too!

Easy Craft - Ball Jar

I’d like to thank you all for hanging out at the Nest this year. You’ve been so inspiring and supportive and I truly appreciate all of your input and suggestions.

I hope that 2016 brings you joy, fulfillment, health, and success. I pray that it is the year we will all act on our dreams, hopes and desires, and that the new year ushers in a more peaceful, stable era.

Happy New Year!

Easter Mason Jar Craft – Easy and Adorable!

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Every year I struggle with trying to decide what to give friends and co-workers for Easter. You know, just a little token of the holiday. And I don’t mean that I think Easter is summed up by “Jesus is coming! Trap all your chocolate bunnies in jars!” as my sweet daughter so eloquently accused.  I’ve simply had this adorable project pinned on one of my boards for a while, and now is a good time to try it!

No one really had anything but photos of these, so I’ll share the low down on how I made them.  It’s super simple.

1. Gather your stuff. To make 12 jars you’ll need:

  • A dozen pint sized jars with lids
  • 12 small chocolate bunnies
  • A couple of packages of edible Easter grass (I found mine at Target, but I’ve seen it at WalMart, too.) Regular Easter grass would work just as well.
  • Small candies of your choice. I picked M&Ms, but jelly beans are cute. Skittles?  SweetTarts?
  • Fabric squares for the lids (optional)

Easy Mason Jar Craft - Easter

I was so happy to find this edible grass! Hubby and I were excited when we identified the flavor of each color – apple, strawberry and blueberry, only to have our bubble burst when we saw the flavors written right on the top of the package.  Oh well. Give the old people credit for trying!

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These chocolate bunnies were $1 each at Target, but I’ve seen them all over. I think Peeps would be super cute, too. Check the packages carefully to make sure they aren’t broken before you buy them. My husband said these cuties look creepy. I think they’re adorable.

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2. Put the edible grass at the bottom of each jar.

(Although the picture above shows several bags, I used less than two. I probably could have gotten away with just one had there not been so much sampling going on!)

When you take this stuff out of the package, it’s already wound up pretty nicely and is easy to get apart. Wrap a small bunch (maybe 6-10 strands) around your fingers to make it closer to the size of the jar and then push it down to the bottom. I used the handle of a wooden spoon to help arrange it,  but I soon learned that unless you’re super OCD, neatness doesn’t really count. It all sorts itself out without a whole lot of shenanigans.

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3. Carefully unwrap your bunnies and stand them up in the center of the jar.

Their little ears will probably stick out at the top, but that’s ok.  Then, start pouring in your candy.  Not a ton, but you’ll know when you’ve got enough when you see it. You can give the jar a little shake (hold on to the bunny) to get the candy settled in.

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Aren’t they looking cute?!?

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4. Next, set your jar lid, without the ring, on top of the bunny, then set a fabric square on top of that.

My squares were 4″x 4″ and simply leftover scraps from a quilting project.  (If you don’t want to use the fabric, raffia is also very nice if you tie it around the jar ring once you close it.)

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5. Line up the jar ring over the fabric, press the lid down if it sticks up a little, and tighten the ring on the jar.

I found that I could put a decent amount of pressure on the top of the bunny without it breaking the chocolate. Don’t be scared. The bunny will just scootch (spell check says this isn’t a word, but you know it is!) down where he belongs.

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And that folks, is pretty much it. Continue the same way through the rest of your jars.  Best part, you get to eat the leftover M&Ms!

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I think I might try this with a really big jar and a large chocolate bunny to make a centerpiece.

 Let me know if you try this one – I’d love to hear about it!

If you have some time and want to check out some other awesome blogs, hop over to our Blogger 52 Project.

Easy Easter Centerpiece


So a couple of days ago, I shared these adorable jars with you, Easy Mason Jar Craft – Easter , and thought it would be super cute to make a larger version. Once I gathered everything, it only took a few minutes to put together, but it make quite an impact on my kitchen table!

I found a big chocolate bunny (about 7″-8″ high…it was less than $4.00 at the grocery store) and basically used the leftovers from the the first project.  It was really simple and you can adjust the contents to use what you have on hand, to suit your tastes and according to your decor needs. Prefer jelly beans and a blue ribbon? Do it!  Maybe your jar houses your family’s coveted golden egg?  Hide it in there!  Want to use regular Easter grass instead of the edible kind…no problem.  I have a feeling the Easter Bunny might leave a little note in this jar at my house!


Isn’t this the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

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For reference, this is the centerpiece sitting next to one of the original jars.


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Simply arrange your Easter grass at the bottom of a large jar, nestle the bunny in the center and then go crazy! Drop in whatever you love and it will be perfect.  A little tip on the Peeps – when you pull them apart, they will have a white spot where they were attached together. I stuck two colors together where they were white and hid the spot.


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This is a a picture of the centerpiece without the plastic eggs.  I couldn’t decide which version I like better!


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A view from the top.


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I’m always on the lookout for easy craft that pack a punch!  Have any ideas to share?



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At my house, springtime typically rushes in a drops a big ol’ “To Do” list at my front door.  We need new mulch in the flower beds, paint for the front door, to aerate the grass, veggie plants and fertilizer for the garden, not to mention new chocolate bunnies clothes for Easter…the list is seemingly endless.  It’s so worth it, though, once everything is finished.  It sure would make it easier to have a little extra cash to help out with this stuff!


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