Fresh Blueberry Gummy Bears!

An easy to make and fun, sweet treat! Oh the afternoon slump.... Sometimes there are just days when I just need a little something to give me a boost after a long morning! We are not big coffee drinkers, so when I need an energy boost I try to find a more natural sweet treat. There are days when I just need something quick, but healthy! I came across a fun way to use up some fruit we had frozen in the freezer, Fresh Blueberry Gummy Bears! A Fun Treat Making homemade fresh fruit gummy bears is surprisingly much easier than you may think. For this recipe all you need is 2 cups of your favorite fruit (we love blueberries), 1/2 oz unflavored gelatin (2 Knox Gelatin .25 oz packets work ...

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Sitka Gear For The Nature Photographer

Putting Sitka Gear To The Test in Nature! I love to be outside whether I'm taking pictures in nature, hiking, or even hunting with the husband. Time to connect with nature is the absolute best! I try to get out as much as possible. Living in Northeast Ohio, I've have to be very mindful of our cold winters, and having the proper gear is of utmost importance. It has been a journey of mine trying to find that perfect mix of keeping me warm enough, but not too hot and having a great fit. New Gear! Recently I had the amazing opportunity to test out some women's winter gear from Sitka Gear. While I was waiting for my gear to arrive, I was a little apprehensive about trying this gear. ...

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Recycled Sweater Barn Mittens

Keep Your Hands Warm With a Recycled Sweater! Raising chickens we learned some things really quick. Chickens like to make a mess. Chickens seem to multiple on their own (chicken math). Barn chores can be both super fun, and tiring at the same time. Sooo much chicken manure. In the winter you need good gloves and mittens to keep your hands warm while tending to the flock! We learned very early on that it is good to have multiple pairs of gloves, all different kinds, and mittens are excellent for warming up quickly. You don't want to wear your most expensive gloves and mittens in the barn because they can get pretty dirty quickly. A really inexpensive way to make some mittens easily ...

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Last Minute Christmas Treats!

Make some quick and delicious treats ready for your Holiday party in no time! One of my favorite places to be is in the kitchen making treats. I started learning about cooking and baking at a young age, and I continue to enjoy it very much to this day. During the holiday season, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Whether I'm making my Great Grandma's Potica or a quick batch of thumbprint spritz cookies, it's all so much fun! I also know that it gets very busy during the holiday season so I like to keep ingredients on hand for some simple but delicious treats to take to a holiday party or gift to someone special. Let's take a look at a few ideas! Homemade Chocolate ...

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Our Favorite Christmas Toys!

We took some time to reminisce about some of our favorite toys! The Woodsman and I decided to sit down and talk about some of our favorite toys we received as Christmas gifts. We both have some great memories of toys we received and some of those toys really formed who we are today. As adults, we still have some of these toys in our collection! So fun to see these toys years later! Join us as we take a little walk down memory lane! Legos Eric - "Oh Legos! The building blocks that let you build all the great creations that were in your mind. I ended up collecting two big Lego boxes full of blocks and even the instruction manuals. Did they get sold off after childhood? No way! ...

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Super Easy Cinnamon Rolls!

Super Quick and Delicious Cinnamon Rolls! Who doesn't love a good cinnamon roll! The cinnamon goodness, and don't forget that awesome frosting! Cinnamon rolls are a special treat we love to enjoy, especially around the holidays. Cinnamon rolls though super tasty, can take some time to make, and sometimes are "heavy" to eat. On a mission for a quick, "lighter" cinnamon roll, I came across this delicious take on cinnamon rolls. Simple Ingredients The secret to these cinnamon rolls is instead of using a traditional sweet bread dough, you use puff pastry as the "roll" part of your cinnamon rolls. We also keep some puff pastry in the freezer for use in our favorite recipes. You can use ...

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Maple Brown Sugar Pumpkin Butter

A sweet and easy to make pumpkin treat! We had such a busy fall here on the farm. Lots of harvesting, taking pictures, and last minute projects to get ready for the Northeast Ohio winter weather to come! During all the fall activities, we got a call asking us if we would like some pumpkins from a friend. We of course were very grateful, thinking we are getting a few pumpkins for the flock. Oh were we so surprised and very thankful when we received over 23 pumpkins! Some we saved for the flock, and some we set aside for the humans to enjoy! Fresh pumpkin puree tastes so much better than the canned stuff, and we use it in so many different recipes. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread, it ...

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Mr. Mummy Dogs

With a few simple ingredients, you can have some mummy fun! Today we are continuing our Halloween recipe series making something very yummy - a yummy mummy to be exact! Making mummy dogs has been a recipe we make every year. This is a very fun and versatile recipe. Don't like hot dogs? You can substitute chicken sausages, or vegan hot dogs, whatever your family likes. You can get the whole family involved in making their own special mummy to enjoy. The ingredients you will need to make mummy dogs are a can of crescent roll dough (those pop open cans scare anyone else?), a package of your favorite hot dogs (or substitute), and thin slices of cheddar cheese (optional). We also used a ...

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Throwback Recipe – Easy Maple Apple Pie!

Fall is here and its time for all the adventures fall has to offer! Throwback to one of our very first blogs here at Our Wren's Nest! As soon as the first leaf hits the ground, I go into full fall mood. I just love everything apples, pumpkins, and the harvest! It is an annual tradition of ours to go apple picking at a local orchard. Someday we will have to our own orchard, but until then we enjoy some of the local farms in our area. It never fails we always end up bringing home too many apples. Looking at my large basket of apples, I have a whole list of recipes I like to use. One of those recipes is my Easy Maple Apple Pie. Don't get me wrong I love a traditional apple pie with a ...

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Jess’s Granola Snack Bites!

An Easy and Delicious Granola-Inspired Treat! Does anyone else have recipe boxes still? Yes, in this digital age, I could digitize them, but there is something so special about pulling out the recipes cards. There are so many recipes in my recipe box that have quite the story. My Great Grandma's Potica, my mom's recipe for "mommy's mess", my granola snack bite recipe, all of my experimental recipes that turned out perfect and I said, "I have to save this!" are part of my cherished recipe box. Tucked in my recipe box, is Jess's Granola Snack Bites, a recipe I created back when I was in college. I was on the search for a quick, easy-to-make treat and was tired of buying pre-made snacks ...

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