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.

All you need is:

  • 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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Loving… Blush and Copper

October 20, 2016

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!

Lately, I’ve been loving… Blush and Copper.  This duo combines beautifully, to create a sweet effect in any room or vignette.  The sheen of the warm copper sitting beside the blush of the cool pink, is pretty, feminine, and relaxing.  Place these lovely mates alongside warm, rich wood, and you strike a peaceful and harmonious visual balance.

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Loving… Chamomile Flowers

July 10, 2016

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!  Hoping your Summer has been full of travel, sandy beach days, and lazy afternoons in the sun (maybe, perusing new DIY blogs!).

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing, about things that I love and adore.  These Chamomile Flowers are #1 on my list, since I stumbled upon them yesterday, brought them home, and fell in love!  I scattered these summery, little daisy-like flowers, all over our living room, in different containers: a milk bottle, a jam jar, a hanging vase, a copper washi tape vase, and another little bottle.  I bought a large bunch at Trader Joe’s for $3.99, that ended up filling all of the above, plus more to spare! They’re pretty and carefree little flowers, but they’re also very delicate, so… when you get ’em home, get them into water, right away.  Without it, their tender flowers and leaves begin to wilt VERY quickly.  The upside is, that once re-hydrated, they usually pop right back to life!

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Indian Chicken Curry with Lentils

June 3, 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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Arugula, Mini Heirloom, and Burrata Bagel

April 5, 2016

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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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Cadbury Milk Chocolate Tartine 5 Ways

February 9, 2016

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I LOVE Cadbury Chocolate. All of it. The gooey creme filled eggs. The white, milk, and dark chocolate. The mini eggs. It’s all ridiculously good, but their Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar is my absolute favorite. To me, there is no better chocolate on the planet. It’s smooth, it’s rich, and it’s crazy delicious. That’s why, when I decided to do a Chocolate Tartine, there was no question which chocolate I would use. I know dark chocolate has stolen the show as of late, but you know what?  I like milk chocolate better- still!  So… if you’re looking for a really yummy, really simple dessert, then you’ve come to the right place! Anyone can do this. You don’t have to be a baker. It’s a snap AND a crowd pleaser.

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DIY Goat Planter

January 3, 2016

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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 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 (to see my decoupage projects, click here).  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.

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, 2015

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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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