Film Photography at Home – Developing with Coffee!

Give Your Film Photography a Homemade Touch! It's no secret I love photography. There is something so special and unique about capturing a moment in time. Photography is such a huge part of life, and I totally stumbled upon it by accident. As a part of my photography adventure, I have spent a lot of time learning more about film photography and developing my own film at home. There are many great services still available to develop your film for you, but as a DIY-er, I just had to learn to develop my own film at home. Developing film at home isn't hard at all. With some simple supplies and a good place to work, you can develop many rolls of film on your own. The biggest downside of ...

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Maple Balsamic Salad Dressing

Such an Easy and Delicious Salad Dressing to Make! While looking for a replacement for white sugar, I found that maple syrup is a great substitute! We are big fans of maple in our house, so the change over was not hard at all. A little maple syrup in your tea, on a cold morning - yum! Looking for something different, I discovered a love for Maple Balsamic Salad Dressing. My problem was that I would buy a whole bottle, and then the poor salad dressing after a few weeks was pushed to the back of the fridge. I came across a few variations of maple balsamic salad dressing recipes, and I always like to create my own! It’s a very light dressing, you can mix up how much you need for your ...

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Homemade “Pudding” Puffs!

Make Your Sweetie These Easy and Delicious Treats! There is nothing better than a sweet way to end an amazing meal. Dessert does not have to be super complicated to be really tasty! With all the busyness of life, it's really good to have some simple dessert recipes on hand. Homemade Pudding Puffs are a fun take on cream puffs. All you need is simple ingredients, and in no time you will have an impressive but easy-to-make dessert everyone will love! To make your own batch of pudding puffs, you will need 1 cup of water, ½ cup butter, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 4 eggs, and 2 cups of your favorite pudding. Chocolate is a great pudding option! You can choose to garnish your pudding puffs ...

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Homemade Relaxing Lavender Eye Masks!

You will be relaxing in no time with these quick and easy lavender eye masks! One of my favorite herbs in the garden is lavender. Lavender is so very hardy, has a wonderful calming smell, and the flowers are so beautiful. The last couple of years I was blessed with a large harvest of lavender flowers. The flowers are dried for various uses around the homestead. From soap to lotion bars to beeswax candles, the uses are many! A quick project I like to make with the dried lavender is lavender eye masks. This project sews up in less than 15 minutes, and you will be relaxing in no time! To make this project you will need dried lavender (we used about 1 cup or so of dried lavender ...

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Inside the Nest! Episode 2 – 5 Things I’ve Learned Raising Chickens!

Listen to Learn More About The Start of Our Wren's Nest! Welcome to Inside the Nest! Our podcast where we explore our adventures a bit further, give tips and tricks for your own adventures, and share some great guests along the way! During episode 2 we talk about the start of Our Wren's Nest and how chickens found their way to the farm! Sometimes all it takes is a by chance meeting to change your entire world! We couldn't be happier with this amazing adventure we are on! Listen to Inside The Nest below! You can also find Inside the Nest on Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Music. Subscribe To Our Newsletter - Join The Adventure! ...

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Homemade Ramp Butter!

Create an amazing spread using fresh and simple ingredients. Spring will be here soon in Ohio and it's such a great time of year. The flowers come up, garden prep is on the mind, our poultry brooders will be full of new babies, and wild edibles will start to appear. The one thing I think about all winter long is when will we harvest our first ramps. Ramps are wild leeks and are so amazingly versatile. During the Spring we harvest ramps and preserve them in various ways including pickling, and drying to use throughout the year. An easy way to preserve ramps is to turn them into ramp butter. This "compound butter" can be spread on your favorite bagel, to add some great flavor to ...

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Blast From the Past Crafting – Yarn Octopus!

Create this fun, easy, and vintage craft! I just love crafting, it is one of my very favorite things to do. I’m always exploring new ways to be creative. I have a deep passion for vintage crafting. Simple, easy, fun crafts to create that don’t require a ton of expensive supplies or tools like the Yarn Octopus! Growing up we did a lot of crafting and made lots of really fun trips to our local craft store. We made so many great projects as a family, and yarn projects were my favorite. I remember learning how to make a yarn octopus, and it was one of my most favorite crafts. My mom talks about making yarn octopuses when she was young, my grandma made them, and they are still fun to make ...

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Inside the Nest! Episode 1-The Classic Woodsman

Listen to Our First Ever Podcast! Welcome to Inside the Nest! Our podcast where we explore our adventures a bit further, give tips and tricks for your own adventures, and share some great guests along the way! This has been a dream of ours for some time, and we are excited to share this fun way for all of us to connect! During our first episode, learn more with The Classic Woodsman! If you have been following Our Wren's Nest for some time, you know our very own Eric is also "The Classic Woodsman". Eric has been an outdoors writer for over 5 years. From sharing woodsman tips, great product reviews, and some funny stories along the way, Eric has a true passion for being The Classic ...

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A Trip to the ’80s – Hot Buttered Cheerios!

Let's Revisit A Recipe from the 1980's! When I think of the ‘80s I think of big hair, neon colors, and Saturday morning cartoons. Granted I was pretty young when the ’80s were over, I do still remember some of this decade. One thing that has always stuck with me is growing up in a simpler time, and I’ve always been drawn to recipes from when I was growing up. One vintage recipe I discovered recently was hot buttered Cheerios. At first, I thought there is no way that will taste good, but I was wrong! It’s a simple and easy treat, that is fairly cheap to make. A box of plain Cheerios cereal, some butter, and salt - poof you have a snack great for watching your favorite ‘80s movie. Did ...

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Our Little Cabin

With lots of hard work, and determination, we created the perfect little cabin! We have been blessed with such a great opportunity to give homesteading a try. Granted we are not full-time homesteaders, we are learning and trying so many different ways to be self-sufficient. From learning which types of poultry we enjoy to what grows best in the garden, every step is truly an adventure. It had been a goal of ours for 3 plus years to build a small cabin in the back of the property for a place to getaway. At the beginning of 2021, we decided this is our year, we are building the cabin or it will never get done. Our first step was to figure out how to get started. We read so many books ...

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