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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Valentine’s Day Gnome!

Make This Cute Gnome For Your Special Valentine! Gnomes are everywhere lately! There are so many adorable different versions for every holiday. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, I like to find fun, simple projects to make for Valentine’s day. With a few items from around the house, you can make a special Gnome friend for your valentine.  There are so many ways to make your own gnome, this is our favorite, simple way. Feel free to use our instructions as a starting point for your project, and get as creative as you would like! Gather Simple Supplies To make these Valentine’s Day gnomes you are going to need a few items, you can probably find around the ...

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Maple Brown Sugar “Toaster Pastries”

A special recipe celebrating a childhood favorite! There are those foods from your childhood that really take you back to Saturday morning cartoons and a much simpler time. One of my favorites is those lovely toaster pastries! These pastries have been a weakness of mine since I could remember, and every once in a while I still enjoy a "tart" or two. Recently I searched out to find a way to enjoy these lovely toaster pastries without all the extra preservatives. Surprisingly to make your own toaster pastries is pretty easy, and fun too! Basically, for this recipe, all you need is pie crust dough, your favorite filling, 1 egg, and some powdered sugar to make your ...

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Homemade Yogurt – 2 Ways!

Homemade Yogurt Tastes Amazing and is Surprisingly Easy to Make! A few years ago I learned that you can make your own yogurt. I was so super surprised and couldn't believe how much better it tasted than commercially made yogurt. You can tailor homemade yogurt to your taste, and it's beyond easy to make. There are many different recipes out there to make homemade yogurt, and I've tried a good amount of them. The recipe I'm sharing today has become my favorite method and makes just the right amount of yogurt for me to enjoy within 2 weeks. With this recipe, your yogurt will have the texture of traditional yogurt, not Greek yogurt. To make homemade Greek yogurt, there is a straining ...

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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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Maple Buckeye Candy!

Make These Quick and Delicious Candies, Inspired by The Buckeye Nut! Growing up in Northeast Ohio you become very familiar with a few things. You hear the phrase "Lake Effect" and freeze in your tracks. Our weather changes as quickly as a blink of an eye. You support the Cleveland Browns no matter what, you drink pop, and Cleveland is the city of Rock and Roll! You also know when someone gets out the peanut butter and chocolate it's time to make Buckeyes, those tasty morsels that are impossible to stop eating! Buckeyes are a delicious mix of butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar formed in a "dough" and then dipped in chocolate! After the Buckeyes are all complete, ...

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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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