December 2008

Secrets of Raising Backyard Chickens

by Daisy Barnyard

Of all the animals I’ve ever owned (which really only covers dogs, rabbits, and fish), chickens are the easiest. All they ask is a house and something to eat and they give you eggs. However, there are a few things you should know before rushing out and buying your own little flock: 1. Chickens require […]

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Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

by Daisy Home Preserving

They are indeed yummy, but truthfully, they were so yummy that this was the only pic I got of them before they disappeared…and it has a GLARING white spot right behind those words. So, my taste assessment is there for your ocular protection. 1. Liquefy some fruit and adjust sweetness to taste. I did bananas […]

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Easy Black Bean Turkey Chili

by Daisy Main Dishes

Aside from a little minor chopping, this is basically a “dump-it-in” recipe, a nice change after the cooking-intensive holidays. It’s thick enough to serve sloppy joe style if you prefer. We like ours with a sprinkle of grated cheese and a cast iron skillet of cornbread on the side. Double or triple the recipe for […]

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No Time-Outs for Christmas

by Daisy Simplify

I’m wrapping today, but my kids already opened presents this morning. FAKE ONES. Miss 5yr’s b-day was SUCH a disaster on the manners that we spent time this morning to PRACTICE opening presents before the big day(s) with the relatives. People go to the trouble to think about them, choose something for them, wrap it, […]

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Crochet Jogger’s Wrap

by Daisy Crafts

This is not pretty, but it’s my new best friend. Hubby and I trade out “jogging” in the mornings. I think he actually jogs, but I “jog.” It’s closer to that exaggerated “I’ll-get-back-to-you-in-a-sec–I’m-hurrying-to-the-bathroom” shuffle that folks do when they have GOT to tinkle. Anyhoodle, it’s COLD at 5:30AM these days. My chin, mouth, nose, and […]

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Salade Nicoise-ish

by Daisy Main Dishes

I’m riding high on orange juice and Claxton Fruitcake and I need to come down to earth before I start in on the Christmas cookies. Julia Child to the rescue. I’m making a version of her Tuna Nicoise Salad for lunch/dinner: nutritious, sane, HEARTY and my favorite salad. I love that Julia insisted on canned […]

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Make a Christmas Wreath (on the cheap)

by Daisy Crafts

You probably already know how to do this, but in case you don’t, here goes: 1. Get a reusable wire wreath form (I have used the same ones for years–you can also use an old coat hanger, untwisted and shaped into a circle and re-twisted at the end to close), clippers for trimming your trimmings, […]

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Assisi Stag Stitchin’

by Daisy Crafts

This is called Assisi work. It’s not 100% traditional, but the basic idea is that you stitch the VOID, rather than the object itself. It usually involves animals and is stitched with two strands at a time. One color is used for filling and a darker version of it, or black, is used for outlining. […]

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Make a Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle

by Daisy Crafts

So you’re flat broke, it’s 8 days before Christmas, and you have fourteen nieces and nephews you’d like to get a little something for their stockings. If you are handy with a pocketknife and have access to some sticks, enter the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle. First of all, you might like to know what in […]

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Chicken Poo Primer

by Daisy Barnyard

There is one thing you need to be prepared for, if you want to raise chickens. POO! And lots of it! My chicks sit on top of the coop in warm weather, so all of the ‘contributions’ end up on the roof or collect at the base of the chicken wire. But in the winter…let’s […]

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Crocheted Rosary

by Daisy Crafts

I looked FOREVER for a rosary pattern. I found one, but the beads were too difficult for me. This lady, wisely advised me to change the beads to puff stitches, and with a few other alterations, I’ve made about fifty of these. They make fantastic gifts for Catholics, and once you get the hang of […]

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Aluminum Can Ornaments

by Daisy Crafts

Today’s post began where so many of our posts seem to originate: The Recycling Bin What you need: Empty aluminum beverage cans Scissors Sandpaper (sanding block is helpful but not necessary, or wrap sandpaper around a bit of wood) Pen or pencil Ribbon or cord for hanging Start with an aluminum drink can. Cut off […]

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100% Natural Drain Cleaner

by Daisy DIY

Last night, around nine o’clock, my husband and I had HAD IT with our left bathroom sink drain. It has been clogging worse and worse every day for weeks. So, I employed my 100% Natural Drain Cleaner–taught to me by a dear plumber friend: Step 1: Get a bucket. Step 2: Put bucket under u-shaped […]

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Freecycling

by Daisy Green Up

I engaged in a bit of thievery this morning. Here are the tools of my trade: Here are the bags of loot: The bags of leaves for my compost bin are from the neighbors. I liberated the greenery from the free trimmings bin at Lowe’s. Anywhere Christmas trees are sold you will find a pile […]

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Cat/Kid-Proof “Ornaments”

by Daisy Crafts

Five years ago, our kids were either unborn or largely immobile. We had a beautiful tree…..in an I-Grew-Up-Really-Close-To-Gatlinburg kinda way. Four years ago, we had no tree at all. Child 1 & 2 were too young to remember if we had a tree or not and we were already over the whole ‘pictures of baby […]

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Recycling Crafts

by Daisy Green Up

I’ve spent WAY too much time looking at crafts online, so I thought it was time to share some links so I could at least PRETEND that I was doing something useful. HA! These are all crafts that I could do with leftover stuff hanging around my house, hence the title Recycling Crafts: Pillow Case […]

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The “Green” Christmas Tree Dilemma: 10 Common Questions Answered (Sort Of)

by Daisy Green Up

1. Doesn’t cutting down a tree go against environmental, eco-friendly practices? Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Cutting down trees definitely has a cringe-factor for the green living community (–we aren’t called tree-huggers for nothing.) However, the consensus among even the most stalwart of environmentalists is leaning in the definite direction of the real tree. Read here […]

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Like Bacon for Candles

by Daisy Crafts

For the lovers of bacon everywhere, I offer you…ideal mood lighting. Clean, efficient, and 100% kitchen grease. 1. Just like the bacon soap recipe, I boiled the grease with water in equal parts, removed it from heat and added 1/2 as much COLD water to precipitate out the yuck. After cooling, the top layer of […]

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Make Lamps–Not Vinaigrette

by Daisy Crafts

We’re in storm-n-outage season now, and I don’t have a single candle in the house. What’s a girl to do? 1. Open a bottle of wine with some friends and whack the cork in half longways. (If you’re alone–freeze the extra wine. Booze and burning stuff is how many a redneck emergency room story begins.) […]

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Auntie’s Afghan Pattern

by Daisy Crafts

Way-More-Than-Four-Hour-Afghan Adapted from THIS pattern. Afghan is worked with a P-hook, THREE strands held together, and absolute crap load of worsted weight acrylic. (I used two red, one gray.) Ch 84. (Or however wide you like your blankies. I’m 5’10” and like to be swallowed in afghan-osity. You can do 54, 64, 74, 84, 1204…) […]

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