Friday, April 8, 2016

Farewell...

…my online blogging friends. After several years of blogging I have decided to close down Nadine’s Nook. A couple of months ago I posted that I was on the fence about continuing with my blog. Since then I have only posted a couple of times. I guess my heart is just not into it anymore. It has become more of a hassle to come up with blog posts, take photos, upload the photos, and so on. I have found over the past year that I like the simple ease of using Instagram to share a quick photo and thought here and there. I have read that other bloggers feel the same way, as there have been several that
have closed up their blogs over the past year or so.

I have been able to become better friends with a few fellow bloggers via Facebook. Again, another social media outlet that is a bit easier to use and keep up with than blogging. I still enjoy visiting blogs, but I find that I don’t even comment as much as I use to. I shall try to keep in touch with some of you through your blogs. If you are interested, you can connect with me via Instagram – my username is nadinesnook.

Thank you to all of those that have taken the time over the past several years to visit my little, old blog. I have enjoyed your comments and visiting your blogs.

Blessings,
Nadine


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Family & Football


Unless you live in a cave, most everyone knows that there was a big football game a couple of weeks ago...Super Bowl 50.
It was not as big a deal to us this year as it has been for the past couple of years when our Seattle Seahawks have been there, but it is still a good excuse to get the family together.

I kept it pretty simple with chicken tacos and sides.  At the last moment I was able to dig around the house and shed and find some orange and blue decorations and plastic dishes.
I was fair and added colors for both teams, but in reality we were all rooting for the Broncos.


Salty and...


...sweet treats for the fans.  I made little team flags with some scrapbook paper and bamboo skewers.


The chicken taco recipe is so easy.  Basically toss your chicken breast or thighs in the crockpot, season with spices (garlic, cumin, chili, paprika, etc...), add one diced onion and one diced bell pepper.  Then pour in a jar of your favorite salsa.  Cook on low for about 4 hours, depending on your crockpot.  When the chicken is cooked through, take two forks and shred it into bite size pieces.  So simple, but so good.  We served it with soft and hard taco shells.  The next evening I took some of it and mixed it with some leftover rice, topped it with some cheese, and heated it in the oven...yum!


Please excuse the poor quality of my photos, I was using my phone and the lighting was not the best.
As you can see, both my hubby and son-in-law are not too concerned about the munchkin climbing on the back of the couch.  It is her favorite spot to be when one of us is in the kitchen!


Our silly girls!  
Amy is singing a song to her soon-to-be born nephew.  Sarah was laughing very hard, but Amy just kept singing...lol!


Amy was not too excited to watch football, but she did listen while Claire apparently explained the game to her...haha!


Our beautiful daughters!


Little Claire watching her most favorite music video!


Claire was having fun climbing on top of Amy's boyfriend, Tom.


This picture is kind of blurry, but it is too precious not to include.  My hubby holding our granddaughter Claire while feeling our grandson kick inside his mama's belly!

Blessings,
Nadine


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Scripture


Happy Valentine's Day!

Blessings,
Nadine

Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Little Living Room


 This morning was spent dusting and reorganizing the living room.  I still had some winter themed decorations out and about.  Those were packed away and the family photos came back out.  I have read many times that professional decorators frown on using personal photos for decor...I personally love to surround myself with photos of loved ones! 


Our home is pretty small, so it is quite cozy in our living room, but we like it.  We don't have a separate family room, so this is our main living space.  Our little home is less than 1000 square feet.  In fact from about this spot in our house, you can turn and see every room in our home!  Now that two of our three children are no longer living at home, it is not quite so tight of a space anymore, as the girls room is now our office.
It may be small, but it is filled with love!


A view from the other side of the living room, looking towards the woodstove.  The little rocking chair by the woodstove use to be mine when I was little.  Our granddaughter likes to sit in it now.  


The shelf above the couch was holding my winter themed mini village and trees.  Now it has photos of our family, some vintage books, candles, and a printable that I found on Pinterest. 


Sweet Claire (she is much bigger now!) and a wedding photo of her daddy & mommy.  The lighted "R" was a Christmas gift from our daughter Amy.  It comes on for a few hours every evening.


The other side of the shelf holds photos of my hubby and I, along with our daughter Amy and our son Jacob.


I added a few houseplants to the vintage sewing table and updated the photo of Claire for the frame.


This little corner is tucked in between our front door and the woodstove.  The little bookcase was left behind when we purchased our home.  The shelves hold more vintage books and photos of our parents.  The piece of wood with lights on it use to be a tree in our front lawn.  It was dying so when my hubby took it down, he trimmed it up and peeled off the bark.  He often hangs his hats on it.


This is a close-up of my little collection of small clocks and thermometers.  Most of them I find at estate sales and antique stores.  Claire loves the owl clock and likes it when we wind it up.  Its eyes move back and forth when it is ticking!

Well, the living room, household chores, homeschooling, and business paperwork are all done for now, so I believe that I might kickback and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.  Perhaps watch a show, read a book, or work on our family history!

Blessings,
Nadine

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hello Again!

Well, it has been quite awhile since I have blogged about anything!  I guess that I have been too busy with other things to keep up with it much.  I myself, do find it a bit easier to take a quick photo with my phone and post it either on Instagram or Facebook.  
I am still not sure how regular I will post, but in the meantime I thought that I would share a few photos from the month of January.


New Years Eve...there were several fireworks going off in our neighborhood, so we stood out on our back deck to enjoy them and ring in 2016.


Our son Jacob went to winter camp with his youth group.  They enjoyed playing in the snow up in Leavenworth.  Just wish we would get some snow down here!


Much to my son-in-law's dismay, I introduced our granddaughter to the movie Frozen.  She absolutely loves it and wants to watch it all the time now.  I must admit it is adorable seeing her spread her arms wide and sing along...let it go, let it go!  Sorry Josh!


This past summer my hubby picked up this vintage sewing table at an estate sale.  We recently brought it inside the house.  He is still in the process of redoing the top of the table.  He is going to recover it with vintage wood yardsticks.  For now they are just laying on the top until he glues them down.  
We are enjoying a few winter flower blooms on my Christmas cactus, orchid, and a hyacinth that I picked up at the grocery store.  
And yes, that is our Christmas tree sitting on the bench outside the window!  We put it out there after Christmas and it has been residing there ever since...hopefully it will make its way to the yard waste bin this week! 


Back to our lack of snow...my hubby insisted on buying this beer strictly for its name "Pray for Snow", ironically he does not even drink beer.  Therefore it has been sitting there in our fridge for a few months now.  I decided to put it to good use and make some beer bread with it.


It turned out good, but the beer did add a very strong taste to it!


My daughter Sarah gifted me with an adult coloring book, just because!  It really is enjoyable to just sit down and color like a kid again, if only I didn't need to wear my glasses to make sure I stay inside the tiny lines! 


With another holiday approaching we had to add some new candy to our wooden bowl, it will be devoured by my hubby and son within the week!  I am also working on another dishcloth to replace some of the ones that have worn out.  
The mug was a gift from my other daughter Amy!  She picked it up from Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey.  She is a nanny and the family went to the east coast in December and she went with to help with their twin boys.


Eating plenty of oranges and trying other home remedies to help keep the cold and flu bugs away...ugh!  
By the way, this is the top of the sewing table.


This winter has been blessing us with some beautiful sunsets!


We found some play animals at the thrift store recently.  Claire enjoys playing with them and they enjoy watching her have a mid-morning snack!  


 Believe it or not, we still have veggies growing in our garden.  A combination of the plastic covering and a pretty mild winter have helped to keep them going.  Plenty of greens, onions, beets, and carrots.


It is nice to get some fresh veggies right out of the back yard for our dinners.


A heart-shaped beet from the garden!


That about sums up January, nothing too exciting.  I am spending some time cleaning, sorting, and re-organizing the rooms in our house.  A fresh start to the new year.  I am also trying to edit and back-up our 2015 photos, not a fun task!  
I have been on the fence whether to continue with the blog or not.  I guess I will see how it goes over the next few months.  Although I do know that I will have plenty of photos to share towards the end of April, as our daughter Sarah and her hubby Josh are expecting our second grandchild...a boy!

Blessings,
Nadine