Avocado Toast with Poached Egg, Lime, and Chopped Rosemary

April 17, 2017

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Good Morning from The Craine’s Nest!

Here’s a short and sweet post on a breakfast you can throw together and feel good about.  Today on the menu, Avocado Toast with Poached Egg, Lime, and Chopped Rosemary.  It’s easy, delicious, and healthy.

*Popping in here quickly, to let you know that I was named a winner in The PDNTaste 2017 Winners’ Gallery, for the above photo!  I won in the “Amateur Social Media Snaps” Section.  Photo District news is a highly respected photography magazine and the competition was judged by:

  • Alex Pollack, an award-winning visual director and producer who has worked for New York, Bon Appétit, and currently, GOOP, where she serves as photo director for the lifestyle brand’s new print quarterly.
  • Claudia Wu, the co-founder and creative director of Cherry Bombe.  Previously, she was the publisher of Me Magazine
  • Maggie Kennedy, the photography director at Garden & Gun, helped shape the visual identity of the G&G brand. Kennedy previously worked as a creative director for Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco and New York.

  • Scott Gordon Bleicher, the director of photography at W&P Design and Dovetail Press, a food and beverage product-design agency and sister publishing company based in Brooklyn. He previously served as the photo editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.

I am so excited to be named alongside all of the photographers who won!  Please go check it out at pdntaste.com.  Once you’re there, click on “view the Winners’ Gallery here”  and then go to Amateur Social Media Snaps.  I’ll be there!  Check out all of the inspirational photographers who won-  gorgeous work!  Thank you to PDNTaste and all the judges!  If you would like to hire me to photograph your restaurant and/or style food/plates, let me know!  I’m available and will travel!

Back to work! 

Here is what you will need:

  • Sourdough Bread
  • Unsalted Butter (optional)
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Rosemary, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

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Fresh Spring Barbacoa Tacos

April 7, 2017

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Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

It’s been ages… but I’m back after moving our household from San Diego to Temecula.  So happy to finally be settled in.  Took me a while, but I can breathe again and I’m really excited about our new surroundings!

We’re here in food, wine, and farming country, and it’s gotten me excited about the idea of growing my own herbs and veggies.  I’ve started a garden that consists of herbs like cilantro, basil, and thyme, as well as vegetables like artichokes, variations of hot and bell peppers, and a variety of heirloom tomatoes (and of course, flowers picked out by the one and only, Zoe):

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DIY Nest Egg Planters

March 12, 2017

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!

Spring is here!  It’s fresh, it’s clean, and even in Sunny San Diego, where it’s beautiful all year round, Spring feels different.  There’s no sign yet, of Summer’s hazy gray smog or 95 degree days.  Spring is blue skies and a relaxing breeze.  It’s comfort and renewal.

So, to celebrate flowers, green grass, and a breath of fresh air, here are some unique and adorable DIY Nest Egg Planters…  and just in time for Easter!

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Watermelon with 24K Gold

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Arugula, Mini Heirloom, and Burrata Bagel

February 5, 2017

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Good Morning and Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

This year I’ve become a big fan of breakfast. I’m usually a go-without-breakfast sort of girl, but recently, everything changed.  I started feeling sick if I didn’t eat and mentally foggy, not to mention grumpy and starving!  Needless to say, I’ve started eating breakfast.  For most of my life, I was not hungry AT ALL in the morning. It was really convenient, because it was one less thing that I had to worry about at the beginning of the day! I’d have a little coffee, and be on my way. But now that everything has changed, and I’m ravenous by 9 am, I’m on a quest to find new and interesting breakfast foods.  I’ve been trying out some recipes and I really like this Arugula, Mini Heirloom, and Burrata Bagel that I came up with the other day.  Oh, and if you’re a non-breakfast-eater, you can whip this up for a light lunch!

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DIY Goat Planter

January 3, 2017

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Hi there and Happy New Year!

It’s 2016 and I’m excited to start a new year! January means it’s time to put away the Holiday goods and refresh!  Everyone is organizing, cleaning out, and throwing away…  and there’s nothing quite like getting rid of ALL that junk, to clear your mind, and pave the way for new ideas.  If you’re lucky, while scouring and purging, you may run across a few old things that seem new and interesting again.  Finally, you have the perfect idea for that tacky goat’s head coat hanger you bought ages ago!  I KNEW I could do something with this thing… and I’ve had lots of ideas for it along the way.  First, I was simply going to paint it, and hang it on the wall.   But that was too boring.  Then I was going to decoupage strips of a white and gold Moroccan paper that I found at World Market, and hang it on a balsa wood backdrop.  I think that would’ve been really pretty, but I never got around to it.  Finally, after leaning it up against a terracotta planter, to move it out of the way while cleaning,  I realized that was it!  Serendipity! 

So, here is my DIY Goat Planter.  It was seriously easy to put together, and ended up being the perfect accessory for the empty space in my bookshelf.  A little gold (or whatever color you choose), a little greenery, and voila!  You’ve got an adorable Mid- Century-esque accent to brighten your home… and in this month of the goat, what could be a more perfect birthday gift for a Capricorn?  Problem solved.  You’re welcome.

This DIY is so simple, that once you have everything you need, it can be done in about an hour.  Let’s get going!

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DIY Mini Planter Box 3 Ways

November 15, 2016

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Hello and Happy Autumn!

Here are some sweet little planter boxes that I found in the Dollar Bin at Target, for $3.00 each.  I don’t think it’s actually called the “Dollar Bin” anymore, since some of the items are $1, some are $3 and some are 5… but who’s complaining when they offer such awesome trinkets, at these prices!

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3 boxes.  3 levels of DIY.  3 adorable creations!

These boxes can be used for anything from plants and flowers to office supplies to gift baskets. Fill them with Autumn gifts if you’re going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving dinner or plant them with mini Amaryllis for a Pre- Christmas offering.  Stuff them full of beautiful baubles for Christmas or give them as a New Year’s present filled with candles and mini bottles of wine or champagne!

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Indian Chicken Curry with Lentils

November 1, 2016

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Hi there!  Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a really delicious, really easy, and really healthy Indian Lentil Stew. I’ve been making this dish for years, and to tell you the truth, when I throw it together, it’s never the same as the time before. I have a VERY hard time following recipes… even my own! But, I’ve been asked for this one so many times, that I’ve had to figure out my best rendition… hopefully, that’s what you’re getting here, today.

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DIY Spooky Skeleton Serving Spoons

October 9, 2016

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Welcome back to my last Spooky Skeleton Post!  This will round out the series.  I’ve had fun making these creations, and I hope you’ve been inspired by them!  In this post, I will be making 2 sets of Skeleton Serving Spoons.

This project is a snap, so let’s get these little guys ready for your Halloween soiree!

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DIY Ice Bath Skeleton Party Bucket

October 7, 2016

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Hi there and welcome back!  Happy Halloween!

Today, I’ll show you how to make this Ice Bath Skeleton Party Bucket.  This is the third in my Halloween DIY Skeleton Series, and the second of my Skeleton Party Buckets.  It’s SUPER simple to create, and a great edition to the first Ship of Fools Skeleton Party Bucket.  If you’re having a Halloween gathering, these little guys will make your house Party-Ready!

All you need for this VERY easy Halloween DIY is:

  • One of these Skeletons from Michael’s (on the left) or Target (on the right).
  • This Lucite Party Bowl from Target.
  • This Metallic Copper Spray Paint from Michael’s.
  • Crystal Clear Spray Acrylic.  This is a lacquer that won’t change the color of your spray paint.  Available at Michael’s.  *Note*  Some colors of spray paint are changed more significantly than others, when using lacquer.  For example, the Rose Gold Metallic Spray that I used in the First Ship of Fools Party Bucket, changes dramatically with any lacquer.  The Metallic Copper I used for this project, did not change at all.  This Crystal Clear is definitely the best spray I have found for spraying over spray paint.
  • E6000 Adhesive.  Michael’s.

That’s everything!  Simple!  Hopefully you have some of these things left over from the last project… let’s get rollin’!

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DIY: Ship of Fools Skeleton Party Bucket

October 5, 2016

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Hi there and welcome back for the second creation in my Halloween DIY Skeleton Series!  This DIY is fun, simple, and quick, so for those of you who like instant gratification, this is your project!

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The Ship of Fools Skeleton Party Bucket can be used for ice and drinks, candy, or treat bags… just a few ideas on the menu!  It holds about 3/4 of a bag of ice and 3 or 4 beers (if you really squish ’em in).  Of course it can be used for soda, water, or treats!

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