* precious moments *

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‘Life can pass us by so quickly, and before we know it, it’s gone.
All those small moments in between the big moments
are just as important and precious’
 Pia Edberg
we post this blog with with thankful hearts  there’s nothing like the prospect of the year closing out to help us all stop & reflect on what chapters we’ve journeyed throughout 2o16.  the amazing memories & the shattering ones too, whether it’s from our own tribe or in the big wide world .. they are all woven into the tapestry of who we are as people.
with time to pause & cherish we realise it’s all about treasuring tiny moments &  #nestandflourish  speaks volumes about those.   we have been overwhelmed at the gallery filling with memories from everyone who has joined us this year, we’ve all connected over our shared love of capturing the little things in life.  thank you for evolving it daily.

our advent grid is brimming with fairytale magic …  that money can’t buy home made, calming, hygge magic … making us so ready to embrace the merriment & festivities that await us this month.  thank you to our favourite four for guiding us into this new month  TL @anna.cor @TR _scarlett.I BL @facheflorals BR @christinagreve

inspired by the grid, our december day dream list is growing by the day, we can’t wait for

wintery, frosty foraging
rosy cheeks & hands warmed on hot chocolates
the  waft of christmas baked treats & gifts 
snuggling up with christmas story books
in a  home filled with fairy light twinkles & candles
then having TiME for board games by the fire 

until the next time, we bid farewell with nestandflourish’ed love & advent joy

olivia (@xxbirdhouse) & sarah (@live_and_bloom) X

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baking with love

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that i find myself able to reach out & put up a blog post after such a rollercoaster few months. you know one of those times in LiFE when your world is so rocked that it takes time to find your new rhythm & dust yourself down.

during that time

i’ve found myself instinctively returning to my safety net of baking (oh, & cleaning!) but honestly, not that beautiful & gentle WHiSMY kind of baking that we all dream of doing …  more the baking at speed with fury, or worry & tears.

so today

when i set out to bake for our half term break & got out my favourite weekend recipe, i realised that i didn’t feel quite so crazed as i set to, phew! & it made me wonder if you too might like a slice of of baked love, by way of sharing this COCONUT BREAD recipe.

2 eggs
300ml milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup caster sugar
150g shredded coconut
75g unsalted butter
MAKES 8-10 thick slices

★ pre-heat the oven to 180C.  lightly whisk up the eggs, milk & vanilla.  sift the flour, baking powder & cinnamon in a bowl… then add in the sugar, coconut & stir.  make a well in the centre & pour in the slightly cooled, melted butter.  stir ’til JUST combined, don’t be tempted to over mix.

★ pour into a greased & floured 21×10 cm loaf tin & bake in the oven for 45 mins, then cover with foil (to stop the loaf from catching) before cooking again for a further 15 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean. leave in the tin for just 5 mins, then remove to cool properly on a wire rack.

★ cut it into thick slices at breakfast time …  when there is time to toast the bread under the grill (our toaster can’t cope with it) then spread it thickly with salted butter & dust it with plenty of icing sugar.
here’s to those moments of baked love   … olivia X

 

 

 

 

 

 

*summer-time*

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i always think of high-summer as the time to really PiNCH MYSELF, to make sure that i’m savouring all the little things in life that are illuminated by summer starting with the warmth & sunlight … even if the month is peppered with days  of rain, it’s still summer rain!

summer

permeates through our daily lives so much doesn’t it … from the flowers we gather, to the smells that waft through our day.  whether it’s spotting the first signs of the SEASON or enjoying the gluts, it’s all just a bit magical.  

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so the other day

my bird house duties got me seeking out a recipe that TASTES of summer.  it’s one of those crackers, that needed sharing, a feel good, simple recipe … so i wondered if you fancied stashing it away for the next time you have a glut of raspberries?

400 ml full fat coconut milk
150g raspberries
65g natural cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a scant tablespoon cornflour 

SERVES 4

★  put half of the coconut milk into a pan along with the berries & sugar.  warm until the sugar has dissolved & the berries have started to fall apart – turning the milk a wonderful, vibrant pink.  allow this to cool a little before whizzing it in a blender.

★ next, in a bowl put the remaining coconut milk, stir in the vanilla & cornflour then mix well – the mixture will start to thicken as the cornstarch gets to work.

★  then pour the slightly warm, blended berry mix through a sieve and mix straight into the bowl with the cornstarch mixture, combine until it’s smooth and well mixed. discard the raspberry seeds in the sieve.  leave to cool completely.

★  finally, if you have an ice cream maker, churn it according to the manufacturers instructions. otherwise, we recommend that you pop the ice cream into a container and freeze until the sides of the ice cream become icy.  at this stage, whisk up the mixture to break up any crystals before returning it to the freezer to freeze through.

★  when you’re ready to serve the ice cream, get it out of the freezer about 10 minutes before you want to scoop it.  serve sprinkled with pistachios, fresh raspberries & crushed meringues & some chilled muscat!

here’s to those pinch yourself moments … olivia X 

nest&flourish goes freestyle …

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*rituals*

how we loved having sharing  RITUALS over at #nestandflourish those special moments of calm in our whirling worlds.  thank you to everyone who joined us & congratulations to our grid winners who stole our hearts.

TL @mangelka TR @jannelford BL @k.irene.s BR @fleaandbear

the gallery

at #nest&flourish has been a real PLEASURE to watch as it’s grown over the last year.   with each new month, the gallery has changed & reflected the seasons. everyone’s interpretations of the themes have been so inspiring.

for us

we established N+F to share & FIND THE LOVELY in the ordinary from our day-to-day lives.  so now, to test the waters, we’d love to try taking away the months theme & just see what NEST & FLOURISH means to you.

though

we won’t be having a particular theme this month @live_and_bloom and i have a WISHLIST of summery treats that we’re hoping to venture on with our families ….

nipping to the beach for breakfast
being outside at nightfall 
playing rounders 
swimming outdoors
& of course – a visit to the pick your own farm

& in fact 

though we have all these DREAMS, sometimes what we all need a day without dashing & clock watching, a day that starts & ends with no plan …
“rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, 

listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, 
is by no means a waste of time” 

John Lubbock

we really really hope you’ll be able to join us

olivia (@xxbirdhouse) & sarah (@live_and_bloom) X

 

 

*rituals*

for the month of MaY

the #nestandflourish gallery was brimming with captures that sang out about moments of  nurturing & CARE, thank you SO much for joining us on the journey.

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these FOUR  came from all corners of Europe

in Dorset there was precious ME time with @oggetto_home (tl) there was freshly plucked RHUBARB from Copenhagen @vibekelentz  (tr) … in Belfast was a 3 week old BUBBA with his mama @aly.harte  (bl) & over in Vienna there was some HARD GRAFT from @fromviennawithlove_ (br)

 

 

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our WINNER this month

…also from Belfast, was the lovely Janice @gatheredthreads with her sunny, summery moment of CARE with a glass of water (NOT G&T as we might have initially thought).  we’ll be in touch to arrange delivery of a trio of wonderful @organicsurge goodies for Janice to enjoy.

 

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right, so for the month of JuNe

we wondered if you fancied joining us on what RITUALS mean to you?  

“you are what
you do 
everyday” 
Jon Chu
since habits most certainly help to create ORDER in our day ~ they are laced with wellbeing & security … we thought it’d be amazing to share these moments at n&f since we’re convinced they’ll be such an insight into our lives.
sometimes it’s a HABIT as simple as throwing the windows wide first thing in the morning, regardless of the weather, to welcome in the day … lighting candles to mark the point of early evening & relaxation time …  OR picking a single bloom to brighten our hearts.
“a daily ritual is a way of saying I’m voting for myself;
I’m taking care of myself”
 Mariel Hemingway
it’s all these little rituals that help to make an ordinary day special, and we’d LOVE to see what this means to you.  fingers crossed you get a chance to join us.
olivia X (@xxbirdhouse) & sarah X (@live_and_bloom)

* care *

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happy sigh

the pictures over in the #nestandflourish gallery speak louder than words, welcoming in spring in all it’s glory with pompoms of blossom & trails of petal confetti.

our four to adore

thank you @harryandfrank (tl) @emilyquinton (tr) @sylvialunkwitz (bl)  @lewesmap (br)  amid the snow flurries & rain storms these precious blooms have shone.

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this foraged

hawthorn branch stole our hearts … this whispering picture is our APRIL winner. it is so peaceful & pretty,  isn’t it.  thank you @loumclaren for sharing it.  we love it.

care

* care*

so for the month of MAY we’d love the chance to connect over the thought of what CARE means to us all.

“the capacity to care is what gives life its deepest significance”

 pablo casals

we realised

the feeling of caring is like a ripple, it’s therapeutic effect is immeasurable coming from the smallest act or gesture.

with this in mind

we’re excited to share our first giveaway.  gifted by the lovelies at @organicsurge our winner will win a trio of products, awash with goodness.  see our iG posts for info*.

take good care

olivia @xxbirdhouse & sarah @live_and_bloom  x

*please tag your images with #nestandflourish to enter the competition which closes on 31st May, 2016.  entries are welcome from the UK & beyond.  the winner will receive 3 goodies from @organicsurge

 

*bloom*

hello spring

we’re SO happy to be writing as we embrace the APRIL, a new season & british summer time too.  thank you for keeping us company over at #nestandflourish in MARCH.

we LOVED the

delicious & thoughtful moments you shared  for *BAKE*, it made choosing the favourite four SO hard, but we were drawn to the sunniest  yellows.

please join us

congratulating @copenhagennotes sunday bake  (tl) denise’s @_thehouseonthehill_  fresh cut lemons  (tr) lowri’s @littlemaldod  birthday biscuits  (bl) & janne’s @jannelford cake with edible primroses (br).

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our winning image

reached out to us for its simplicity & the promise of NOURISHING COMFORT. camilla @camillaelmsnutrition worked her magic to make this from just three ingredients.  we feel like every freezer should be filled with this!

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as spring time

envelopes us, we wondered if you fancy joining us for a month of *BLOOM* over at #nestandflourish since it’s impossible to resist capturing the unfurling of the new season.

we embark

on projects & plan for the year ahead ..  spring gets us sewing seeds, spring cleaning & setting to on lists galore –  it’s the anticipation of creating hope that’s so motivating.

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“flowers always make people better,
happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul”
luther burbank

together

let’s share  moments that BLOOM as we walk through april, we’d LOVE to see images that have made you stop & SWOON.

have a happy, safe month, until next time

olivia @xxbirdhouse & sarah @live_and_bloom X