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2022 Summer Reading Challenge

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

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Ok I am soooo excited about this! I am so happy to launch this year’s 2022 Summer Reading Challenge. This was in large part inspired by all of you! I know there are alot of readers here in this space and I thought this would be a fun way to encourage us all to read.

Scroll down to see how to take part in this year’s Summer Reading challenge and for some of my book ideas.

How to participate in the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge

1.) Save this graphic below to your phone or go over to my Instagram and click here to save the Summer Reading Challenge template.

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

2.) The idea is to read books in each category to try and get a BINGO or bonus points if you do a cover all and fill in all the boxes! Each time you read a book that checks off one of the boxes, share to your Instagram stories and tag me @ourtiny_nest.

3.) The challenge will end September 5th. Be sure to share your finished template to your Instagram story with each box ticked off and tag me @ourtiny_nest to get credit!

 

Everyone who gets a BINGO or a coverall will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card!

Be sure to share with any of your friends you think would want to read along.

And if you have any questions, you can send me a DM on Instagram or comment on this post.

 

Scroll down to see some of my book suggestions.

 

Beach Reads

The Hotel Nantucket I just bought this one. I love anything by Elin Hilderbrand, she is Queen of summer beach reads!

2022 summer reading challenge The Hotel Nantucket

The Boardwalk Book Shop – Takes places on the California Coast, three friends run a Book Shop/Gift Shop/Bakery. It’s a story of sisterhood and friendship.

2022 Summer Reading challenge The Boardwalk Bookshop

 

Mystery/Thriller

The Club – This was a Reese Book Club pick. Takes place in an exclusive club off the coast of England where the rich and famous party hard but the body count goes up.

2022 Summer Reading Challenge The Club

 

Romance/Spicy

It Happened One Summer – This was actually a recommendation by a few of you if you like spiceeeee <3

2022 Summer Reading Challenge It happened one summer

 

Book by a new author

The Long Answer by Anna Hoagland explores the issues of motherhood, fertility and sisterhood.

2022 Summer reading Challenge

How To Fake It In Hollywood 2 Hollywood celebrities enter into a fake relationship as part of a PR stunt. The reviews say it’s full of drama and sexy love scenes.

2022 Summer Reading Challenge How to Fake it In Hollywood

For more book ideas check out

22 Books to Read in 2022

Summer Reading List

 

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

 

I can’t wait to see what books you all read this summer. Happy Reading!

 

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0 In food/ Recipes

Muffin tin cookie pies

Muffin tin cookie pies

Raise your hand if you like an easy recipe. These muffin tin cookie pies are foolproof and they look super cute too! Whip them up for when you’re having friends over or heading to your summer picnics for an effortless dessert that everyone will love!

The best part about these muffin tin cookie pies is that you can top them with anything your little heart desires! From whipped cream and berries, to lemon curd and coconut, or in the fall maybe some pumpkin pie filling, mmmm. Scroll down to see how to make these muffin tin cookie pies.

Muffin tin cookie pies

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • Whipped cream
  • Berries
  • Lemon curd

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to the desired temperature on the cookie dough instructions, usually 325-350 degrees.

2.) Start by spraying your muffin pan with nonstick baking spray.

muffin tin cookie cups

3.) Roll dough into a small ball, about 1 inch, press into your hand to flatten and then press into the muffin pan going up the sides. Tip – You can also use the bottom of a small shot glass to give you a perfect cup shape.

Muffin tin cookie pies

4.) Repeat with the remaining dough until the muffin tin tray is full.

5.) Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden.

6.) Allow to cool, then remove from pan and place on a cooling rack. I used a butter knife along the edges to help me get them out of the pan.

7.) When ready to serve, place the cookie cups on a large serving platter or dish and fill with your toppings of choice. I used whipped cream and lemon curd and topped with fresh berries.

Muffin tin cookie pies

Enjoy!

If you happen to make these, be sure to comment below or share on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest so I can see how they came out!

 

For more easy dessert recipes check out

My strawberry cheesecake trifle bowl. This one is always a favorite!

Banana split apple nachos

Lucky charms ice cream sandwiches

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muffin tin cookie pies

Muffin tin cookie pies

This is the easiest dessert recipe you will ever make and it is sure to be a favorite! Top with seasonal fruit or whatever toppings sparkle your fancy!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pack refrigerated cookie dough
  • whipped cream
  • berries
  • lemon curd

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to the desired temperature on the cookie dough instructions, usually 325-350 degrees.
  • Start by spraying your muffin pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • Roll dough into a small ball, about 1 inch, press into your hand to flatten and then press into the muffin pan going up the sides. Tip – You can also use the bottom of a small shot glass to give you a perfect cup shape.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough until the muffin tin tray is full.
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden.
  • Allow to cool, then remove from pan and place on a cooling rack. I used a butter knife along the edges to help me get them out of the pan.
  • When ready to serve, place the cookie cups on a large serving platter or dish and fill with your toppings of choice. I used whipped cream and lemon curd and topped with fresh berries.
Keyword desserts

 

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Not so Antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

Welcome to the first of hopefully many Summer Salads recipes!  I love making all different kinds of salads over the summer to serve for dinner. I’m sharing this easy and delicious not so antipasta salad. It has all the flavors of a traditional antipasta salad but with the pasta! Make it ahead of time and serve cool when the days are long and hot and you don’t feel like cooking, and enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. Scroll down for this easy recipe.

Not so antipasta salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cooked pasta
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers, drained
  • 1 cup olives (halved)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • pepperoni (cut into small chunks)
  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • olive oil and vinegar dressing (I used a three cheese olive oil and vinegar from Aldi, sooo good)

Not so antipasta salad

Directions:

  1. Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  2. In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  3. Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  4. Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Not so antipasta salad

 

If you make this, be sure to share and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

For more salad recipes, check out

This Peach Burrata Salad

Chopped Reuben Salad

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Not so antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

This salad has all the flavors of an antipasta salad but with the pasta! It's the perfect summer dinner when its super hot out and you want something cold.
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta cooked
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers drained
  • 1 cup olives halved
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes drained and chopped
  • 1 cup pepperoni cut into small pieces
  • 1 container fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 bottle olive oil and vinegar dressing more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  • In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  • Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  • Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Keyword pasta, salad

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6 In DIY/ home/ home decor

Patriotic Door Basket

Patrotic door basket

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If you’re looking for a cute way to decorate your front door for the summer, this DIY Patriotic Door Basket is so simple and classic.  I like to switch up from front door decor from time to time and change from my wreath to a door basket. The thing I like about the door basket, is that you can switch out your flowers as the seasons change.

Patriotic Door Basket

You will need:

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Start by filling your basket with a filler. I like to use either plastic or paper bags that I have on hand.

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Add your faux flowers. I used blue hydrangeas, some white smaller flowers and a few eucalyptus stems to add some greenery.

Stand your basket up or hang on door to add the flags so you can get a better idea of where they look best.

Hang using an over the door hook or a magnetic door hook.

Patriotic Door Basket Decor

Let me know what you think and if you happen to re-create one, share on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest so that I can see!

 

Linking some baskets below

Patriotic door basket decor

Patriotic Door basket - amazon jute rope

Patriotic door basket - gray long basket

Patriotic door basket from Target

 

For more patriotic ideas check out

Patriotic Smore’s Dip

Boozy Bomb Pops

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