3 In Nesting

Nesting

Nesting in April with daffodils blooming

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Nesting on this weekend in mid April.

If you are new here, Nesting is a little round up I do with what’s been happening lately in life, on the blog and some of my favorite finds. Today we’re talking Taylor and TTPD, cookie decorating, Mother’s Day and Amazon finds and more.

What’s been happening:

I’ve been in a fog listening to Taylor’s album over and over again and trying to figure out who all the songs are about and decode everything. Who else is like this? And what’s your favorite song on the album?

Yesterday my sisters and I took my mom to a cookie decorating class.  If you are local to the Capital District, it’s called Capital Cooks and they have a variety of different classes you can take. It was a lot of fun!

girl standing with decorated cookies from Capital Cooks cookie decorating class in Colonie, NY

 

Here’s what we talked about this week on the blog:

These DIY Tea bags are a super sweet gift for Mother’s Day or if you’re planning a little Mother’s Day tea.

DIY homemade tea bags Mother's Day tea

 

And speaking of Mother’s Day, if you’re looking for a gift idea, check out my Mother’s Day gift guide. Click here to see them all.

Mother's Day gift guide 2024 - omnilux eye mask, cross body bag, mama sweatshirt, jewelry and more gifts for her

In case you missed it, there’s going to be a new weekly segment called “The Wednesday Salad”. Every Wednesday from now through summer, I’ll be bringing you a new salad recipe to add to your repertoire for outdoor dining and entertaining.

I kicked it off with this spring orzo salad. Click here for the recipe.

Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

And make sure you’re subscribed so that you get the recipe right to your inbox every Wednesday!

This easy spring outfit – when all else fails, a good pair of yoga pants, a chambray top and white sneaks are my go to!

On my bookshelf/Kindle To Be Read

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain – the reviews say that fans of Desperate Housewives will love this one.

“In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good. There’s just one problem.

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless façade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.”

Dirty Little Secrets

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins – This is another thriller but with vacation vibes.

“As kids, Emily and Chess were inseparable. But by their 30s, their bond has been strained by the demands of their adult lives. So when Chess suggests a girls trip to Italy, Emily jumps at the chance to reconnect with her best friend.

Villa Aestas in Orvieto is a high-end holiday home now, but in 1974, it was known as Villa Rosato, and rented for the summer by a notorious rock star, Noel Gordon. In an attempt to reignite his creative spark, Noel invites up-and-coming musician, Pierce Sheldon to join him, as well as Pierce’s girlfriend, Mari, and her stepsister, Lara. But he also sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Mari writing one of the greatest horror novels of all time, Lara composing a platinum album––and ends in Pierce’s brutal murder.

As Emily digs into the villa’s complicated history, she begins to think there might be more to the story of that fateful summer in 1974. That perhaps Pierce’s murder wasn’t just a tale of sex, drugs, and rock & roll gone wrong, but that something more sinister might have occurred––and that there might be clues hidden in the now-iconic works that Mari and Lara left behind.

Yet the closer that Emily gets to the truth, the more tension she feels developing between her and Chess. As secrets from the past come to light, equally dangerous betrayals from the present also emerge––and it begins to look like the villa will claim another victim before the summer ends.”

Villa

Latest finds that I’m loving

This stuff works soooo good and gives such a natural glow.

I love this set for summer and it comes in many other colors too!

Now that popsicle season is here, these are a must!

 

Some of my favorite finds around the web this week:

I saw this recipe for these Ghirardelli 7 layer brownie bars it’s all I can think about.

Easy Ghirardelli Seven Layer Brownie Bar Recipe.

This is just the cutest idea to show your teachers how much you appreciate them for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher appreciation gift idea - Headband that says "Thanks for helping me get ahead"

I know there’s alot of Swifties and book lovers here, so check out which book you should read next based on your favorite Era.

Earth Day is tomorrow and these seed bombs are a perfect craft for the kids to celebrate.

Earth Day Seed Bombs

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Stay tuned this week for Mother’s Day printables, the latest Wednesday Salad and my spring planter boxes.

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2 In Amazon

Mother’s Day gift guide 2024

Mother's Day gift guide 2024 - omnilux eye mask, cross body bag, mama sweatshirt, jewelry and more gifts for her

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It’s almost Mother’s Day! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas for mom or grandma with my Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2024. Or if you just want to treat yourself, because we deserve it right?

As usual, you can click the links the shop 🙂

Mother’s Day gift guide 2024

 

LED facial light mask – What mama doesn’t want youthful skin? LED light therapy is the new way to help fix the look of fine lines, boost collagen, even skin tone, and help treat/prevent acne.

 

Aphrona FDA cleared LED Facial Skin Care Mask MOONLIGHT PRO 7 Color Treatment Photon Mask (White)

 

Tea pot and infuser – This would be a great gift for the tea lover. And gift with these sweet personalized tea bags to really make her feel special.

HIWARE 1000ml Glass Teapot with Removable Infuser, Stovetop Safe Tea Kettle, Blooming and Loose Leaf Tea Maker Set

 

Photo printer – Now there will be no excuse to download all those photos off her phone and print them out.

Canon Ivy 2 Mini Photo Printer, Print from Compatible iOS & Android Devices, Sticky-Back Prints, Blush Pink

 

 

Mom, I wrote a book about you – this book comes with prompts so that kids can fill it with heartfelt messages for something she will keep forever.

Mom, I Wrote a Book About You

 

 

Fanny Pack – keep all of her things in style and hands free with this functional fanny pack/cross body bag. And it even has a pocket to charge her phone on the go!

 

Cocktail herb garden – if she loves her cocktails or mocktails and loves to garden, then this cocktail herb garden is the perfect idea! Kit comes with compost, soil, fertilizer and once it arrives, comes with a credit to order your herbs and get growing!

The Cocktail Herbs Garden Kit | All-in-One Square Foot Container Gardening Kit | Grow Cocktail Herbs Anywhere

 

Garden Journal – This garden journal is another great pick for the mom who loves to garden. She can keep track of everything she planted, what did well, what didn’t so she can learn as she goes.

The Garden Journal: A 5-year record of your home garden

 

Sweatshirt – get mom or grandma a custom sweatshirt with her kids names right on her sleeve.

NAZENTI Custom Mama Embroidered Sweatshirt With Kids Names Sleeve-New Mom Gift Personalized, Mama Birthday

 

Smart Bird Feeder – if she’s an avid bird watcher, this will let mom get close up shots of all her bird friends. And she can get real time notifications right to her phone.

NETVUE Birdfy® Smart Bird Feeder with Camera, Bird Watching Camera, Auto Capture Bird Videos & Motion Detection, Wireless Camera Ideal Gift for Bird Lover (Solar Lite)

 

Crochet/Knitting Bag – if she loves to knit or crochet, this tote bag will keep all her yarn and supplies neat and accessible.

HOMEST Large Crochet Bag with Customized Front Compartment for Knitting Accessories, Yarn Storage with 6 Oversized Grommets, Tote Organizer with Drawstring Closure, Ripple, Bag Only

 

Slush drink maker – Ok I want this beautiful slush drink maker! Perfect for wine slushies, mudslides, margaritas, smoothies and more!

Beautiful Slush Crush 60 oz 4-Speed Frozen Drink Maker, Lavender by Drew Barrymore

 

For the dog or cat mama – get her a personalized portrait of her beautiful furbaby.

 

 

Sun hat – this hat will help her look cute and protect her from the sun too! Great for the gal who loves the beach, or being out in the sun.

Sun Hats for Women Fashionable Womens Wide Brim Hat Roll-up Straw Sun Visor Hat

 

Pilates/Yoga Equipment – Now she can bring the pilates and yoga studio right into her home with this set of bars and resistance bands.

Pilates Bar Kit with Resistance Bands, Multifunctional Yoga Pilates Bar with Heavy-Duty Metal Adjustment Buckle for Women & Men, Home Gym Pilates Resistance Bar Kit for Full Body Workouts

 

Bracelet – these are really pretty and I think would be cute layered too with multiple initials.

MONOZO Mothers Day Gifts for Mom Wife - Gold Initial Bracelets for Women Dainty 14K Gold Filled Layered Beaded Letter Initial Bracelet Personalized 26 Alphabet Disc Monogram Charm Bracelet Mom Gifts

 

Fresh flowers – And when all else fails, you can’t go wrong with flowers. And thanks to Amazon if you’re last minute you can have them delivered right to her doorstep.

PICK YOUR OWN DELIVERY DATE | Pink Sweet Angel Fresh Flower Bouquet with Vase | Designed by Arabella Bouquets | Farm Fresh Cut Flowers, Gifts for Birthday, Anniversary, Get Well, Romance, Just Because

 

And I’ve got some fun Mother’s Day printables coming too! Sign up below so you don’t miss a thing!

 

 

And if you’re looking for more handmade Mother’s Day inspiration, check out this post.

 

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Mother's Day gift guide 2024 - omnilux eye mask, cross body bag, mama sweatshirt, jewelry and more gifts for her

2 In food/ Recipes

Spring orzo salad

Spring orzo pasta salad - bowl with orzo, asparagus, peas, cucumbers, arugula and chopped feta topped with a crispy shallot vinegarette

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As the weather starts to warm up, I get so excited for salad season! Pasta salads, fresh vegetable and fruit salads with all the seasonal produce! That’s why I’ve decided to start a new weekly segment called “The Wednesday Salad” where each week I am going to bring you a new salad recipe to add to your menu. (Make sure you sign up below so you get every recipe right to your inbox!)

This spring orzo salad is a great addition to grilled chicken, steak or fish or just eat it as is for a light lunch.

And the dressing… omg! I can’t take credit for the dressing. I saw someone on Tik Tok make this crispy shallot vinaigrette and I’ve been putting it on all my salads ever since! So I decided to put it over some orzo, fresh asparagus, peas, arugula and cucumber for this spring orzo salad. You will love it!!

Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

Ingredients

  • 1 box of orzo
  • 2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, roasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Squeeze of some fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.

2.) Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.

3.) Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.

4.) Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.

5.) Strain the water from the orzo.

6.) In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.

7.) Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.

8.) Mix together and serve.

 

This salad keeps well for a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to serve cold.

Spring orzo salad topped with crumbled feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette. Bowl filled with green vegetables - arugula, peas, cucumbers and asparagus

Spring orzo pasta salad - glass bowl with orzo, asparagus, cucumbers, arugula, peas and topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Spring orzo Salad recipe from Our Tiny Nest

 

Some of my salad must haves

Salad must haves glass salad bowl for salads, fruit. Dinner parties Glass salad bowl with acacia wood base and salad tongs Bentgo salad container for lunches or meal prepping TikTok viral vegetable chopper

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Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

This spring orzo salad is a light side dish that pairs great with grilled chicken, steak or fish. Or just eat on it's own for lunch. Orzo is topped with roasted asparagus, peas, arugula and diced cucumber then topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box orzo
  • 2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas defrosted
  • 2 bunches asparagus roasted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.
  • Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.
  • Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.
  • Strain the water from the orzo.
  • In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.
  • Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.
  • Mix together and serve.
Keyword pasta, salad, spring recipes
6 In drinks/ Recipes

The Master’s Azalea cocktail from Augusta National

The Master's Azalea cocktail from Augusta National - signature drink from the Master's for your golf party. Lemonade with vodka, grenadine topped with a lemon wedge.

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Sharing how to make The Master’s Azalea Cocktail from Augusta National, a sweet and refreshing sip.

Are you going to be watching The Master’s? My boys are obsessed, it’s all they will be watching and talking about so in the spirit I’m trying to teach myself a little about golf as I go so I can at least carry on a conversation. 🙂

Apparently, the signature cocktail of The Master’s is The Azalea Cocktail, named after the pretty flowers that are found on the golf course in Augusta, Georgia.  Lemonade is combined with grenadine and vodka and topped with a lemon wedge and served over ice. Whether you make yourself a glass to watch the tournament, or maybe whip up a pitcher for your friends when you’re outside patio sitting, I think you will love this easy and refreshing drink recipe! And I’m sure it will make the endless hours of golf on tv more bearable.

The Master's Azalea Cocktail from Augusta National - glass with red drink and lemon wedge

The Master’s Azalea Cocktail from Augusta National

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1 shot grenadine
  • 1 shot vodka
  • top with lemon wedge and cherry

 

Directions:

1.) Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2.) Pour in lemonade, grenadine and vodka.

3.) Shake well.

4.) Pour into a glass.

5.) Top with a lemon wedge and cherry.

Enjoy!!!!

Sharing how to make The Master's Azalea Cocktail, for your golf inspired party or Master's party. Glass with red colored drink topped with lemon.

 

Sharing some finds for a golf inspired or Master’s inspired party below

Master's golf party, polo golf dress women's classic white sneakers classic white ruffle sun dress for summer or Master's party classic tortoise shell womens sunglasses Women's wide brim packable sun hat

white polo golf dress or tennis dress for Master's party or golf party attire white knit maxi dress for golf party attire or Master's party preppy headbands/accessories for golf party attire, Master's party

hobnail drinking glasses for Master's party Azalea cocktail green and yellow garland for Master's party or golf party decor Master's party or golf party decor grass table runner

 

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The Master's Azalea Cocktail from Augusta National - lemonade, vodka, grenadine topped with lemon wedge. Drink for Master's or golf inspired party.

Egg salad is another popular dish during The Master’s. Sharing my deviled egg dip which goes great with fresh veggies and crackers.

And for more cocktails you may like check out

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this rose elderflower spritz.

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The Master's Azalea cocktail from Augusta National - signature drink from the Master's for your golf party. Lemonade with vodka, grenadine topped with a lemon wedge.

The Master's Azalea Cocktail

This is the signature cocktail recipe for The Master's tournament - The Azalea named after the flowers that are all over the course in Augusta, Georgia. Lemonade with grenadine and vodka is served over ice and topped with a lemon wedge for a refreshing sip.
5 from 1 vote
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1 shot grenadine
  • 1 shot vodka
  • lemon wedge

Instructions
 

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour in lemonade, grenadine and vodka.
  • Shake well.
  • Pour into a glass.
  • Top with a lemon wedge and cherry.
Keyword cocktails, spring drinks