September 2008

Homemade Lard or Crisco Soap

by Daisy Crafts

Lard soap and Crisco soap are LOW BUBBLING soaps, which make them especially good for laundry and scrubbing yicky stuff around the house. Additionally, they are CHEAP AS ALL GET-OUT to make. They’re the only soaps I’ve found that can beat Ivory on price. 1. Melt one pound of lard or veggie shortening in a […]

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Homemade Pita Bread

by Daisy Breads

Why make your own pita bread? Because you can. Part Whole Wheat Pita Breadmakes 10 1 pkg. active dry yeast1 1/2 tsp. sugar1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)1 1/2 tsp. each salt and vegetable oil2 cups whole wheat flour2 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour 1. Combine yeast, sugar and water in a […]

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Homemade Herbal Tea

by Daisy Beverages

There are many edible herbs and flowers that can be found in suburban yards. Today, I’m making homemade herbal tea with Marigold and Stevia. Marigold tea is supposed to be good for indigestion and menstrual discomfort, but I just like the idea of drinking my yard. 1. The first step in making herbal tea is […]

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Making Hot Process Soap in a Crock Pot

by Daisy Crafts

  Have you ever wanted to make your own soap? It’s a good time. I love it and make soap several times a year. The reasons I make my own soap: After I started to use homemade soap, every other soap seemed so artificially-fragranced and I came to dislike how the fake scent from the […]

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Hand Papermaking with Yucca

by Daisy Crafts

As I mentioned in a former post, I have been getting around to making paper from the plants in my yard and environs. This time it is yucca paper. I decided to use the old, dried leaves instead of the green ones. These have been “retted” (allowed to break down) by nature, and I hoped […]

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Homemade Baby Wipes

by Daisy Body Care Products

The beginning of chemical-free-dom often begins with our baby’s hind end… Homemade Baby Wipes. There are two camps on homemade baby wipe rags. The disposable and the non-disposable. On the left side of the menacing pic above, you see the paper-towel-roll-cut-with-a-knife version (cut roll once shortways and once long ways. 1/4 roll per batch solution). […]

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Homemade Spinach & Onion Panini

by Daisy Main Dishes

This is one of those relatively quick meals that belies the time it took to put it together. I’m not sure when panini fever hit America, but I imagine it coincided with the introduction of numerous dedicated electric devices which, I assure you, are not essential to make this sandwich. If I want to press […]

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Sweet Potato Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

Oh. My. Gosh. I just had the best soup, ev-ah! Start with some of these… Mine were blanched and frozen from last time sweet potatoes were $.25 a pound. (I’m growing my own this year.) I’d been looking for a way to use them ever since. I think I’ve found it. It’s super easy and […]

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Berry-Lemon Pudding Cake

by Daisy Dessert

This is probably my favorite dessert ever, and I am not given to choosing favorites of anything. But. . . summer berries, tart and creamy lemon pudding, and tender sponge cake? This is as good as it gets. 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar (see P.S. below) pinch salt pinch nutmeg 1 cup buttermilk, or […]

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Peach Pistachio Conserve

by Daisy Home Preserving

People don’t make enough conserve. I don’t think I tasted conserve before I started making it myself. In fact, I think most people don’t know what it is. Basically, conserve is fruit, usually chopped, preserved with sugar or honey, and often with nuts and spices added. It is served in a way similar to preserves, […]

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Pear-Lemon Preserves

by Daisy Home Preserving

Pears and lemons are soulmates, two halves of one ambrosial whole. To me, this is the only way to make pear preserves, with thinly sliced whole lemons, peel and all. —————————– Pear Preserves Southern Living Cookbook 10 large pears (about 5 pounds), peeled, cored and chopped 4 1/2 cups sugar 3 cups water 2 lemons, […]

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Build a Garden Cubby

by Daisy DIY

I built a box to store small garden tools and supplies: gloves, garden knife, twine, secateurs, etc. I am that peculiar kind of lazy which would rather spend days fashioning such a box than go back into the house for a pair of scissors. It is shaped like a shed with a copper roof made […]

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Canned Pear-Apple Mincemeat

by Daisy Home Preserving

Lookit I got! Brother’s wife’s sister’s husband’s parents’ pears! I am planning pear-lemon preserves, canned meatless mincemeat, and perhaps pear butter or pickled pears. Too much? Not enough, I say. Bring on the paring knife, rustle up the Big Bowls, boil those jars, crack open the new box of rings, rosin up the cutting board […]

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Add PVC Hoops To Raised Beds

by Daisy DIY

I don’t think a raised vegetable bed is complete without hoops. They provide a neat, removable/interchangeable framework for: plastic sheeting to create greenhouse conditions for germinating seedlings and to guard against cold weather and punishing downpours netting to keep cats and dogs from digging and birds from eating seeds and seedlings lightweight crop blankets/row covers […]

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Peanut Butter Play-doh!!!

by Daisy Recipes

My kids live on this stuff, but I’ve realized recently that it’s not as well known as I thought. Maybe some people just use it for occasional playtime, but in my house, it’s lunch. Peanut Butter Play-doh big blob of peanut butterdecent squeeze of honeycoffee grinder full of dry milk (It’s an EXACT science, you […]

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Homemade Artificial Sweetener from Stevia

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

This recipe will make no-cal, no-carb, liquid sweetener, for coffee, shakes, tea, or what-have-you But, if you need it as a scoopable powder, I can’t do that…yet. Anyway, you need three things: a stevia plant (I got mine at Depot), water, and a microwave. First, pluck a handful of leaves off the plant. Wash and […]

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