18 In Nesting


Nesting in January - coffee with heart drawn in snow

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Welcome to the first Nesting of 2024!

If you are new here, it’s a little weekly recap of things that have been happening on the blog, my favorite finds on the Internet and more.

If I’m being honest, this past week has felt like a long, strange trip. It feels like it should be January 42nd doesn’t it?

The months of January and February are my least favorite. But I am using this time to “winterize” and enjoy reading, cooking and doing all the things that nourish my soul.

This week I finally started out on my last semester towards my BSN. This was a little venture I started 7 years ago before I had the kids and I am now excited to finally be finishing! I am here to tell you that you are never too old to go back to school or achieve those goals and dreams.

Here’s what’s been happening lately on the blog:

The Winter Reading Challenge is in full swing! Come see what it’s all about and how to join in here.

These baked dill pickle ranch chips are the perfect snack for Super Bowl Sunday or watching the Bills vs Chiefs today. Go Taylor! I mean Chiefs! Click here for my recipe.

Woman wearing a Kansas City Chiefs sweatshirts eating baked dill pickle ranch chips for Super Bowl Sunday snack


This recipe is a family favorite in our house and will be in yours too! Here’s my CBZ, my chicken broccoli ziti! It’s the perfect winter comfort meal. Click here for my recipe.

Nicolle's chicken broccli and ziti, or CBZ. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce.


If you are looking for a non-candy Valentine’s Day idea for school or friends, this one has been popular the past few years. Here is my free printable and DIY.

Free Valentines Day Printable


Amazon Stuff

I shared these Valentine’s Day Finds all from Amazon, to celebrate love day and Galentine’s! Click here to see them all.

15 fun Valentine's Day finds - satin pajamas, valentine's pajamas, wine glasses, Dash waffle iron, Valentine's decor and more

These were a top seller this past week.

I also just bought this top and I can’t wait to try it on!

If you missed it, be sure to check out your top Amazon purchases of 2023! Click here to see them all.

Amazon readers favorites of 2023 - snail mucin, glass etched mugs, mock turtleneck sweatshirts, flare leggins, and more

What I’ve been watching, reading and eating.

Currently watching

25 years later and I’ve been binging the Sopranos. It’s sooo good. Have you seen it?

Nesting - what I'm watching and reading 25 years later watching The Sopranos

I know there’s alot of true crime fans here. And you need to watch American Nightmare on Netflix. It is so bizarre and will have you guessing the whole time.

I also just started Murder in Boston which is another true crime story on HBO.

I also can’t wait for Feud: Capote vs The Swans which comes out January 31st! The trailer looks so good.


Currently Reading

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros  – this is totally different from what I typically read but it is so so good! I am halfway done!

Fourth Wing (International Edition)



I found this popcorn at Fresh Market and I can not stop eating it.

My cozy coffee is the perfect way to start your winter mornings. Sharing my recipe here.

Some of my favorite finds on the Internet this week

These are the cutest printable Valentine’s cards for Swifties.

Taylor Swift friendship bracelets in small clear bags with Valentine's cards.

I want every single one of these reading nooks in my home.

This winter wonderland tablescape from my friend Michele is so adorable. It makes me want to host a winter dinner party.

winter wonderland place setting white tablecloth ivory crocheted table runner down center of table white felt snowflake placemat white dinner plate layered with white salad plate white mitten beside plates with knife and fork inside white clay snowflake on top of plate with white card with name on it for placecard

My sister sent me this on Instagram and they are all adorable. Which one is your favorite? They all look so cozy.

My friend Melinda shared her recipe for these homemade cinnamon toast crunch bagels and I have not been able to stop thinking about them.


Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Stay tuned for this week where I’m sharing my homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese, and a red velvet recipe for Valentine’s Day!

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  • Reply
    Debbie- Dabble
    January 21, 2024 at 10:09 am

    Good for you working toward your BSN…Something I chose not to do but now it is imperative that you do as at least here in NEPA, the pay is higher…I worked in direct patient care for 41 years and am now happily retired for 4 years, taking early retirement at 62…Best thing I ever did…I worked night shift in an acute Rehab department for 37 years…until they shut it down in 2019, which prompted me to finally have a knee replacement after 6 years of putting it off…I am not into True Crime but love a good serial Killer story!! LOL! I enjoyed this post…I think I have been nesting since I stopped working!! LOL! Stay warm!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

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    January 21, 2024 at 10:20 am

    We loved the Sopranos– that and Ray Donovan were shows that we discovered much, much later than it seemed like everyone else had but I was glad we waited and were able to binge watch them both.

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    Lisa notes
    January 21, 2024 at 5:48 pm

    I love the Swifties bracelets! I wish I had understood more about the phenomena before I went to see her in concert last summer. lol. But now I get all the hype! She’s amazing.

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    Kim Carberry
    January 22, 2024 at 3:19 am

    This month really is dragging.
    Good luck with your last semester! I hope it goes well.
    That chicken broccoli ziti looks so good.

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    January 22, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    I have never watched The Sopranos, always meant to but then got caught up watching some other series. I love the idea of ‘winterising’ – I have spent most of January reading and family time whilst the month drags on 🙂 x

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    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    January 23, 2024 at 11:20 am

    January does feel like it has been a very long month. That chicken broccoli ziti looks delicious as do the cinnamon toast crunch bagels. Good luck with your last semester. #project365

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    January 23, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    The cinnamon bagels look tasty. January has been a long month, this school term feels much longer than the last already.

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    January 24, 2024 at 4:43 am

    This is the first time January has felt this long for me, but boy has it felt long! That book looks interesting, might have to give it a go

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    Kara Guppy
    January 25, 2024 at 9:39 am

    I never did get into the Sopranos but I shall look up American Nightmare. We are hooked on Traitors at the moment

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      January 25, 2024 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Kara! What is Traitors on? I will have to try that one!

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    Laura Martin
    January 26, 2024 at 3:21 am

    I’ve never bought clothes off Amazon think I’m missing a trick here!

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      January 27, 2024 at 6:21 am

      oh you totally are they have some great finds!

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    Andrea Nine
    January 26, 2024 at 7:00 am

    Your chicken broccoli ziti looks amazing. And I just try to make those bagels. Such a cute valentines idea. Fourth Wing is on my pile but I haven’t started it yet. Glad to hear it’s good.

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    Anne Sweet
    January 26, 2024 at 7:22 am

    Good luck with your BSN. I think I’ve already bookmarked your pasta recipe, it looks so yummy.

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      January 27, 2024 at 6:21 am

      Thank you so much Anne!

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    January 26, 2024 at 9:45 am

    January and February are my least fav as well. I’m also trying to work all the reading in while cozying up with a blanket. So many great Valentine’s Day finds! I can’t believe it will be here before we know it.

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    January 28, 2024 at 8:20 am

    Nicolle, nesting sounds soul soothing. Your chicken broccoli ziti looks sooo good. I appreciate you sharing Amazon finds.
    Visiting today from PoCoLo #3

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    Karen Langridge - Missing Sleep
    January 29, 2024 at 5:10 am

    Visiting from Project 365. That chicken broccoli dish looks so yummy! I have enjoyed reading all the things you have found on Amazon and thank you for sharing your friends recipe, love everything cinnamon here!

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