March 2009

Moderately Sinful Chocolate Pecan Pie

by Daisy Dessert

This isn’t a “diet” pie or a sugar-free pie. It’s a pie. It’s naughty. Just not as much as usual. Less than half the sugar of the typical pecan pie, no butter. Nothing particularly righteous about 2/3 of a cup of sugar, but it’s better than two cups. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. […]

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Mortarless Paving

by Daisy DIY

Ivory asked me to show her how I put this together a while back: Since I wanted to do something similar with this little beauty spot . . . . . . I took a few pictures of the process. The bricks I used here were some of the perforated facing bricks left over from […]

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Getting Ivory’s Goat

by Daisy Barnyard

Ivory, having read her town’s ordinances carefully, acquired four hens a year ago and recently acquired Lilly who may possibly grow to 2 ft and 50 pounds. (Isn’t she The Cutest Thing Ever?). Ivory’s town has been meeting about this goat (and her soon to be bought even smaller friend) for almost a month and […]

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Classic Omelet

by Daisy Breakfast

One of the great things about the humble omelet is its customizability. (Is that a word?) I wanted to learn how to make the egg part the “right” way. Then I could concentrate on the additions. Classic Basic Omeletmakes 1 2 T. butter3 large eggssalt & peppera few drops of wateroptional: about 1/2 cup of […]

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Freezing Greens

by Daisy Home Preserving

My overwintered greens had begun to bolt so it was time to pick them and put them up before they were reduced to spindly leaves and yellow blossoms. If you’ve never frozen greens, the hardest part traditionally is washing them but since mine are in raised beds and the bugs haven’t found them yet one […]

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Ivory’s Seed Stitch Tute

by Daisy Crafts

There has been a bit of confusion about my pattern for the seed stitch trivets, so here’s a pictorial tute of the stitches. 1. Ch 25 2. Single crochet in second chain from the hook. (Where the silvery one is poking) 3. Note that there are two single crochets and then ch1 sc, ch1, sc. […]

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Easiest Cream Cheese

by Daisy Dairy Foods

Frankly, there are about 385 million ways to make a basic cream cheese, but this is the one that I think is most accessible to the average W-mart shopper. Easiest Cream Cheese 1. Buy a quart of plain, active culture, one ingredient yogurt. Even if it says ORGANIC, still check the back. 2. Plop in […]

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Homemade Liquid Soap

by Daisy Crafts

**I have toyed with taking this recipe off the site.  It is problematic.  Originally, I thought I had used KOH, but I was mistaken.  Since I thought I was using KOH, I used way too much lye(3.375 oz), but the dilution process seemed to eliminate that.  I use this recipe all the time in various […]

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Perfect Scrambled Eggs

by Daisy Breakfast

Having tasted delicious scrambled eggs and then been unable to recreate them myself I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong. A little research into the way the French do it and I was on my way. Nothing fancy here, just a little patience. And of course butter. Basic Scrambled Eggsfor two 2 […]

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Quick Stick Deodorant

by Daisy Body Care Products

In the DIY world of home health and beauty products, deodorant seems to be the the most feared replacement. Stinking is NOT OKAY in our culture, right? But aluminum crammed in your pores cannot be good for you, and it seems in recent years that store-bought deodorant is becoming less and less effective anyway. This […]

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Homemade Puff Pastry

by Daisy Breads

There’s no reason to fear puff pastry. It only contains 4 ingredients (including the water) and the major effort is waiting for it to chill several times before you can make it into flaky croissants, crisp palmiers, or delicious fruit turnovers, to name a few. Puff Pastry makes about 1 pound 7/8 cup unsalted butter […]

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Hunka Heat Therapy Love

by Daisy Crafts

We have a pile of these and use them every night. Not so much because we’re sore, but becuase they feel so good and make us sleepy. Heat Therapy Bags 3-4 cups field corn*8″ x 20″ Not-cute cotton inner bag material8″ x 24″ Cute cotton washable outer bag material *Deer Corn/Field Corn is best. There […]

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Mama, my syrup is crunchy!

by Daisy FLOPS

What happens when you’re making syrup for your kids’ pancakes and you let the the stuff cook for, like, ever? MAPLE CANDY. I had never done this before, but when I poured it into the bowl we spoon from, it wouldn’t ‘pour.’ The kids abandoned the pancakes and begged for maple candy all morning.

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No-Sew Rag Wrist Purse

by Daisy Crafts

WOW, that’s a bad picture. I swear the purse doesn’t glow like that. Anyhoo, if you have only one of those giant-necked, perfect-fit Old Navy tees and you wanna recycle it. Here’s your project. 1. Refer to this post and this post for detailed descriptions of the technique. 2. Cut shirt into 1″ strips. Take […]

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Pickles and Printable: Stretching Your Seed Stash

by Daisy DIY

Some folks collect and store their own seeds. Some folks buy and store their seeds. But, what you do not want to do is buy new seed every year if you don’t have to, right? And most of the seed you buy this season can be kept for 3-5 years! Materials Needed: TBSP dry milk […]

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Seed Stitch Hot Pad (or “Trivet” for you fancy folks)

by Daisy Crafts

I. Love. This. Pad! Or THESE pads, I should say. I’m making a bagillion (read: five.) I am not a fancy table setting lady, so I use potholders as hot pads. By the time all of the dishes are on the table, I’m pulling things out of the oven with a wadded denim apron. Not […]

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Easy Homemade Yogurt

by Daisy Dairy Foods

To make yogurt, you have to have yogurt or a store-bought culture. THAT was a big disappointment to me. I like doing something from SCRATCH-O-LA. But, then I learned why. It’s not because the art of yogurt making is lost. It’s because we pasteurize in this country. The naturally occurring, beneficial bacteria that are born […]

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Aluminum Can Plant Markers

by Daisy DIY

This is not the easiest way to mark your seedlings. It’s not the most gorgeous. But it’s free, lasts indefinitely and it’s kinda fun. Besides, I gotta keep up my aluminum can skilz. Supplies & Equipment: Aluminum Drink Cans Cheap scissors Dried up ball point pen Straight edge (for the straight plant markers) Impressionable work […]

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Classic Poached Eggs

by Daisy Breakfast

What you need: eggs, the fresher the better1 quart of simmering water1 T. vinegar1 bowl of cool water1 bowl of warm water 1. Once the water has begun to simmer, take the pan off the heat and dip the eggs, uncracked, into the water for about 40-50 seconds. Remove them from the water. Replace the […]

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How to Grow Happy Seedlings

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

You have your seeds. You start them indoors in little pots under a grow light at the right time. Seeds are germinating. Everything’s going great. Then for some unknown and awful reason precious seedlings start to keel over at soil level and die like a tiny logger has gone to work on your future garden. […]

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