August 2008

Stove Top Popcorn

by Daisy Recipes

Mmmm, heaven in a bowl on Saturday night. I have been popping my own corn in the cast iron kettle for a couple of months now. When Mr. Ivory and I had some regular microwave popcorn recently we were shocked at our reaction…BLECH! I thought I was being frugal, cutting down on waste, eliminating questionable […]

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Applesauce from Peels and Cores

by Daisy Recipes

Fresh from the Orchard I have my frugal moments and this may have been the pinnacle. I made about 4 pints of applesauce out of the peels and cores left over from making canned apple pie filling . I was very discriminating, however, and meticulous about removing all (and I mean all) of the seeds […]

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Beginner Canning–Dill Pickles

by Daisy Home Preserving

I had a bumper crop of cucumbers this year from my own garden and the CSA. It was time to make pickles! I had never done it before so I started with a pre-mixed package of kosher dill spices from the local discount store. I bought pint jars and the $7 Canning Tool Set. (I […]

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling

by Daisy Dessert

It’s apple time and I found a recipe that makes truly mouth-watering apple pie filling. It is great to be able to make a crust, pop open a can of homemade pie filling and voila!– homemade apple pie, so superior to store versions. I INTERRUPT THIS POST TO ASK A QUESTION: IF THIS IS NOT […]

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Irish Soda Bread

by Daisy Breads

Sometimes I want homemade bread, fast. Real bread you can slice, make into toast, spread butter and jam on, make a sandwich out of. So I make Irish Soda Bread. Very satisfying, a good slicer, and, as I mentioned, fast. It is also a good-looking bread, wholesome and rustic. I got the recipe from an […]

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The Daylily Paper Is Made!

by Daisy Crafts

In an earlier post I told you how I made papermaking material out of dried daylily leaves from lovely plants like the one above (the leaves, not the flowers). Here I’ll show how I transformed that “stuff” (an actual papermaking term, technical-sounding, isn’t it?) into four, 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper. Pound the […]

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Cucumber Soap

by Daisy FLOPS

This…. …is a very bad sign. That’s my week old soap clinging to my knife. Hovering above the ping-pong table, like, a foot. Cookie dough soap. And not the cookie smelling kind. The cookie FEELING kind. Watch this… Oh, that’s not good. Maybe after two minutes in the pringles can, but a week? Here’s where […]

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Home Brew

by Daisy FLOPS

This, my friends…. …is the worst beer you’ve ever had. I brewed it myself. I followed the directions. It’s HORRIBLE. I had JUST POURED it when I took this picture. See any fizz? And let me tell you, it’s bitter as a third place beauty queen. I think the problem with the taste lies in […]

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Spicy Fried Okra

by Daisy Recipes

Hi Ivory, Remember the fried okra I made yesterday and couldn’t stop eating? It was a modified version of one I found on a great New Orleans cooking site which calls for 3 egg yolks and buttermilk. I didn’t have any buttermilk and I purely hate separating eggs not knowing what to do with the […]

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Sumac Lemonade

by Daisy Beverages

When I was small my mother taught me to make what we called “Sumac Juice”. Since, I have learned it is more commonly referred to as “Sumac Lemonade” or “Indian Lemonade”. While most roadside recipes tend to be in the “acquired taste” category, the beverage made from Staghorn Sumac (rhus hirta) berries is just plain […]

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Homemade Lime Extract

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

I want to make lime extract today. I think it would taste amazing in tangy shortbread cookies speckled with little bits of lime zest. I found two different recipes for lime extract, and I may try both of them for comparison. Can’t have too much lime anything around. The first procedure is to zest one […]

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Homegrown Popcorn

by Daisy FLOPS

Hey, look at this really pretty ear of popcorn!!!! Now, look at it again. Kinda tiny, eh? And that’s my ONLY ear. I don’t even think I can call it an ear. Ear-ette. But, I am telling you right now…I’m a-gonna dry that bad boy and try to pop it. Just because. Well, that and […]

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Blueberry-Peach Conserve

by Daisy Home Preserving

I had pretty much given up on my peach trees. After all, they were impulse buys at the garden center, little “Patio Peaches” which are only about 4 feet tall at maturity. Year after year, they lived up to their promise in terms of ornamental value only, loaded with dark pink, crepe-y blooms each spring, […]

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Soft, Carpet-free Floors

by Daisy DIY

Check me out!!! This is a little more ‘suburban’ than our usual projects, but it’s still out there on the do-it-yourself fringe so I thought someone might like to see it. My oldest son has The Dreaded Asthma, so we’ve cheerfully replaced most of the carpet in our home with laminate. However, we’d left the […]

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How to Raise Backyard Laying Chickens

by Daisy Barnyard

Okay, now that I’ve done this for a while, I feel like I might have some things to say that would make it easier to get your own backyard chicken flock going. First, you need chickens. If you order them from McMurray, you can get vaccinated chicks that are one day old. Only thing is […]

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Easy Cleaning and Laundry Solutions

by Daisy Cleaning Products

If you are looking for the laundry detergent recipe, it’s right here. This post is about all the other green substitutions you can make in under a minute. Color Safe Bleach: 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 part water–Use like store-bought Fabric Softener: Pure vinegar. I use this with my homemade detergent. I don’t know which […]

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Homemade “Maple” Syrup

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

If you’re like me, watching your kids DUMP real maple syrup on their pancakes is like watching them flush gold down the toilet. That stuff is SO expensive! BUT, I also can’t stand to feed them that maple-flavored-high-fructose-corn-syrup JUNK at the store. So, I now make my own maple-flavored natural sugar syrup. Homemade “Maple” Syrup […]

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Homemade File Powder

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

I grew up with an abundance of sassafras trees all around me. I don’t know how I knew the leaves were edible because I have eaten them for as long as I can remember. Someone must have told me they were okay to eat, because I doubt I taste-tested all the foliage in our yard. […]

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