Little Peep Meringues!

Make these super cute and delicious treats! Meringues are such a fun and easy treat to make. The perfect delicate sweet treat. We especially like to make meringues in the Spring. There are many different versions of meringues from vanilla to chocolate to even mint. Meringues make the perfect vehicle for trying different extracts for flavoring. Simple Ingredients The ingredients needed to make meringues are so very simple and very easy to find around the house. You will need: 3 Large Egg Whites, at room temperature. Be sure the eggs are large in size. Since we have a lot of bantams on the farm, we sometimes have to use an extra egg. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract⅛ teaspoon ...

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Inside the Nest Episode 4 – Back to Scratch!

Spend some quality time in the kitchen! Over the last 6 or 7 years, we have really made a goal to make as much as we can from home. This includes learning tips and recipes for some of our favorite foods made from scratch. We did a lot of research in vintage books, discovering for ourselves these great vintage ways. Yes, it's more work, but it is such a great feeling when you have made something from scratch, the "old-fashioned way"! Not only has this been a cost-saver, but it's healthier for us. We know what exactly is going into the food we make with no artificial ingredients. Our grocery list is kept to the basics. Now don't get us wrong, we have the occasional treat from the store ...

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Kitchen Scrap Gardening!

Tips For Regrowing Some Kitchen Scraps! More and more we are looking for ways to save money, especially in the kitchen! Whether it's a recipe that goes a bit farther or trying different ingredients to fit into your budget, being frugal in the kitchen doesn't mean boring, not-so-tasty meals! One step you can take is to regrow some of your favorite ingredients! Yep, that's right, kitchen scrap gardening! There are actually a lot of different options when it comes to items you can actually regrow. Let's take a look at some that grow quickly and easily! Green Onions Green Onions are so very easy to grow and are our personal favorite. When cutting your green onions for a recipe leave ...

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Mason Jar Hydroponics

A Wonderful Start To Growing Hydroponically! Gardening is such a fun adventure, whether you have a giant garden in your backyard or a few small plants in your kitchen windowsill, nothing is better than something you have grown yourself. All you need is some soil, plant nutrients, and seeds, and you are good to go! I've always loved the journey of growing, from flower to herbs, and everything in between. Throughout the years I've tried many types of gardening. Square foot gardening, container gardening, Lasagna gardening, you name it, I've tried it! One method I've always been fascinated with is hydroponics. The idea of growing with just water is just so very interesting. There are ...

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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. ...

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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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