Lunch, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Panera Inspired Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Panera Bread Inspired Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich | www.thestarknest.com


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If you’ve ever eaten at Panera Bread, you’ve probably tried or at least heard of their Mediterranean veggie sandwich. It’s been on the menu forever. In fact, I believe this may have been the first sandwich I ever tried from Panera. Over the years it has become my go to sandwich, and to this day I still find myself craving it on a regular basis. Continue Reading

Cleaning Tips, Decor, Home, Organization

10 Essentials for a Cozy Fall Home

10 Cozy Fall Home Essentials | www.thestarknest.com

Can you believe September is here? As much as I hate to see summer go, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t completely stoked for fall!

I have always loved fall in Michigan. The weather is getting colder, which means we get to break out the cozy sweaters, boots, and flannels. The leaves are turning colors everywhere we look. There are so many fun and festive activities happening all around – apple picking, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and more. Continue Reading

Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookes | www.thestarknest.com

Today I am going to share a recipe with you that is near and dear to my heart – my mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. I don’t actually know where the recipe originally came from, but these are the cookies that I always remember my mom making when I was a kid. So to me, they will always just be mom’s chocolate chip cookies. Continue Reading

Decor, DIY, Home

DIY Succulent Centerpiece

DIY Succulent Centerpiece | www.thestarknest.com

Most of my home décor is inspired by nature in some shape or form. I love decorating with natural elements like flowers, leaves, branches, rocks, pine cones, and the list goes on and on. Since our home is surrounded by acres of woods, it’s easy to find inspiration right outside our door. Continue Reading

Decor, DIY, Home

DIY Picture Frame Tray

DIY Picture Frame Tray | www.thestarknest.com

Hello everyone! It’s been a busy past few weeks here lately. Between a couple of unexpected trips out of town, trying to build our deck, and simply keeping up with everyday life, it’s safe to say we haven’t had much down time lately. But I did manage to sneak in a simple little DIY that I’m here to share with you today.

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Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

Red, White, & Blue Mason Jar Parfaits

Red, White & Blue Mason Jar Parfaits | www.thestarknest.com

Can you believe the fourth of July is next week? I’m pretty sure I say this every year, but summer is going by way too fast! The fourth of July is definitely the ultimate summer celebration for me. We’re usually at the lake, grilling outside, playing in the water, soaking up the sun, and watching fireworks. It’s basically everything summer should be squeezed into one day. Continue Reading

Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Side Dishes

Hummus Greek Salad

Hummus Greek Salad | www.thestarknest.com

Here in Michigan we have an abundance of Coney Island restaurants. Each one is a little different, but they all serve pretty similar food. They’ll have coney dogs of course, which is a hot dog with chili, mustard, and diced onions. They’ll also have lots of Greek inspired foods like gyros, Greek salads, saganaki, and more. No matter where you go in the metro Detroit area, you won’t be far from a Coney restaurant. Continue Reading

Lifestyle, Travel

Weekend Getaway – Pentwater, Michigan

Weekend Getaway - Pentwater, MI | www.thestarknest.com

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and a relaxing Mother’s Day! We just got back from a camping trip, so now I’m feeling super refreshed and ready for the week. Sometimes you just need a little weekend getaway to recharge and give you a fresh perspective on life. Continue Reading

Lifestyle, Travel

Tour of Our Vintage Camper

Vintage Camper Tour - 1965 Holiday Rambler | www.thestarknest.com

April is finally here, and one thing I have been looking forward to all winter long is finally getting to open up our camper. I haven’t talked much about camping on this blog yet, but I hope to change that this summer because it’s one of our favorite things to do. Continue Reading