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Home Farm Finds And Neat Stuff

by Daisy Z

If you’d like to save a little money on seeds for next spring, now’s the time a lot of seed companies are slashing prices. Many seeds save very well for years, but only if you do it the right way. Here are some good seed-storing tips from Rodale. And here are some of the seed […]

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To Electric-Fence or Not To Electric-Fence?

by Daisy Z

When I was a kid, my dad strung an electric fence around our horse pasture. It was seldom electrified, so I suppose the horses learned pretty quickly to avoid it. I don’t ever remember the horses getting out, so I’d call it a success. I will also never forget the feeling of grabbing ahold of […]

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Home Farm Finds And Neat Stuff

by Daisy Z

Do you know what this is? A handmade solid wood tortilla press! I’m imagining home-milled organic corn tortillas, hot off the griddle. These are handcrafted in a workshop in Santa Maria, California, called Central Coast Woodworks. Pur-tee. And this is impossibly cute. The Let’s Jam Recipe Kitchen Towel is almost too cute to use. I […]

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My Shame in Being a Homemaker

by Daisy Z

As far back as I remember, all I’ve ever wanted to be was a homemaker. And for all that time, I’ve been ashamed of it. Perhaps I was born at the wrong time. During the era when I was growing up, in the 1970s, being a homemaker was being devalued. It’s never been a high […]

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Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Z

I was jealous when I heard about the school system in California that decided to feed it’s students only organic, non-GMO lunches. Happy for them, naturally, but sorry it was such a groundbreaking initiative; this should be on the table, literally, of all school systems. So it’s back to the daily grind of figuring out […]

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Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Z

This week’s thoughts turn to early preparation for fall and winter gardening. I know, I know, it seems like we just kissed last winter good-bye and good riddance, and we’ve got a good bit of summer left, but to get a jump on fall gardening it takes some advance action. Later in the post I’ve […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing

by Daisy Garden

Of course it’s wrong. It’s misguided. It lacks discipline and demonstrates poor planning, shows impulse control and neglect. I’m letting passionfruit vines take over my yard even though I know it will end badly. This vine is establishing a subterranean network that’s getting out of hand, popping up in all places. In all of the […]

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Book Review: The Unsettling of America

by Daisy Reviews

This is a book I’m ashamed to admit I only recently read. The Unsettling of America was published in 1977, which means I could have read it as a child, again as a teenager, a young adult, and many times throughout my adulthood, and it would have probably changed my life. I might have been […]

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Daisy’s Rules of Pie

by Daisy Z

Pie is the best. Or the worst. Like so many things, a good pie is GREAT, and a bad pie is terrible. When something has so much potential, sub-par renditions are made execrable by comparison. I hear so many people say they don’t know how to make pie, and I think that’s too bad. There […]

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Into the Archives with Deanna: The Smartest Bear…

by Ivory Soap Z

Remember that old thing about the National Park trashcans?  They can’t make them bear-proof because there’s too much overlap between the smartest bear and dumbest human?  Well, I found the same to be true of goats, gates, and children. Remember this? (pictured below) It didn’t get better. I finally had to choose between garden and kids. […]

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Into the Archives with Daisy: Ramen Noodle Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Z

It happens every year: my winter knitting drags on into spring and I lose interest in having my lap full of wool. Still, I like to have a little project for waiting rooms, non-taxing tv (being companionable while someone watches any sporting event), and the odd free moment when knitting calls to me. For that […]

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Into the Archives with Deanna: Biscuit BlocK

by Ivory Soap Z

I have a biscuit block.  HAD a biscuit block. Back in 2012, I wrote about my bad biscuits. My husband took this great picture. After getting that cookbook I’ve been raving about,  the kids have declared my biscuit issues to be in the past.  The pizza dough block is still under consideration.  My pizza dough may […]

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Guess Who, Haiku got a STAR!!

by Ivory Soap Z

Review **STARRED REVIEW** “Over all, a superb introduction to this potent poetic form, teaching pre-readers both the evocative power of description and the reward for listening closely. Not to be missed: gorgeous poetry, vibrant illustrations, and masterful use of the page turn.” (Kirkus) “Whether reading out loud to kindergartners as an introduction to this perennially […]

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Giveaway Winner!

by Ivory Soap Z

Chosen by random number generator…. Sheila Submitted on 2016/02/25 at 1:34 pm Sounds like a great book! Sheila, Mystie will be contacting you to get you your e-book!  For everyone else, Mystie gave us a coupon code.  Thank you Mystie!! littlehouse for 20% off anything at simplifiedpantry.com HERE is my review from last week.  Go […]

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LHITS DIY Linky

by Ivory Soap Z

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I’m in the New York Times!

by Ivory Soap Z

Bookshelf: Gone to the Beach By MARIA RUSSO JULY 29, 2015 New picture books take children, animals and a T-Rex on getaways to the shore. Beach House Written by Deanna Caswell. Illustrated by Amy June Bates. The story begins even before the title page of this warmly satisfying book, capturing a family’s unabashed eagerness to […]

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DIY Linky 7/31

by Ivory Soap Z

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Amazing Attic System

by Ivory Soap Simplify

A little over a year ago, I was nesting.  I was looking for organization books at Barnes and Noble and the lady helping me gave me the best tip!  I can’t remember what book it was from, but it’s revolutionized our attic. Here’s what you do. Get a bunch of the same size boxes.  We […]

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DIY Linky 7/24

by Ivory Soap Z

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DIY Linky 7/17

by Ivory Soap Z

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