Reviews

Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy home farm finds

I have an affinity for things that are real, well made, and local (at least insofar as they are domestically produced and don’t find their way here on gigantic freighters). It’s harder than you might imagine to find these things, and when I do, I want to share them. So here are some things I […]

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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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Giveaway! Favorite Cookbook, EVER

by Ivory Soap Reviews

Years ago, I read through all of Rachael Ray’s 365 something-or-other cookbook. I made a standard pantry list. I could cook almost anything in the book on the spur of the moment. My pantry was massive! And Rachael didn’t really help with breakfast or lunch. Also, I found out I was unable to digest grains. […]

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Amazing Kamut Blueberry Muffins

by Daisy Breads

Any muffin with this amount of blueberries in it is bound to be at least good. Add tender, sweet, freshly milled kamut flour, vanilla and almond extract, freshly laid eggs, coconut oil, and a sprinkle of organic cane sugar, and well, you’ve got the picture. Here’s the lineup: Combine the lovely, fluffy, kamut flour with […]

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Another Rant Plus A New Grain Mill

by Daisy Reviews

Remember back in the day when we just ate food? Any food. Didn’t really think about it that much. To me, there were two basic types of food: A) Food I Liked B) Food I Didn’t Like It wasn’t about organic or conventional, raw or cooked, paleo or low carb, gluten-y or gluten-free. Food was […]

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Discovery Park Of America

by Daisy Reviews

On a recent trip we took the kids to the Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee. Basically in the middle of nowhere is a colossal multi-theme park (not amusement park), complete with real trains, log cabins, barns, farm equipment, a 100 year old chapel, recreated small town America . . . It’s impossible […]

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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

by Daisy Reviews

After a toxic oil spill in my garden, one of the readers of our blog kindly contacted mycologist Tradd Cotter on my behalf. One of the perks of having a blog with its group of great readers is people like her. First of all, in case you didn’t know, a mycologist is a biologist who […]

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Garden Tour: P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

by Daisy Reviews

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of a tour of the home and gardens at Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith’s ferme ornée, or ornamented farm, in the Arkansas River Valley near Little Rock, Arkansas. I took an embarrassment of photos and wanted to share some of them with you. At the beginning of the […]

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Book Giveaway: Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

by Daisy Reviews

Of all the books on growing food, this one deals with what may be the most precious and fragile component of food production: water.  After all,  fine soil, gracious sunlight, the most carefully chosen seeds and plants, without water, is doomed.  How desperate the plight of the farmer or gardener without a way to provide […]

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Book Giveaway: The Resilient Farm and Homestead

by Daisy Reviews

I began reading this book over a week ago and am still tumbling down its fascinating rabbithole, bouncing from one adventure in permaculture to another. In case you are unfamiliar with permaculture, briefly it’s a way of farming which seeks to mimic and enhance (tweak?) the tendencies of nature, working with rather than contrary to […]

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Book Giveaway: Paradise Lot

by Daisy Garden

When I meet someone new and find out he or she loves to garden, it seems as if we immediately hit on an endless vein of common interests. Soon, we are deep in a discussion of soil and pests and cultivars and comparing lists of what we grow.  I seize on their success stories of […]

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Shanleya’s Quest Book Review

by Ivory Soap Reviews

It’s rare that a book is really for a 90 year age difference, but Shanleya’s Quest certainly worked for the 30-year age spread in my home.  It even worked for my 7-year-old.  But, Shanleya’s Quest isn’t a traditional picture book that can be read in one sitting.  It’s an extrememly efficient course in plant identification. […]

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Giveaway: The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book

by Daisy Reviews

I love this book. This book has the potential to change a child’s and a family’s life, for the better, forever. Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer have assembled, in checklist form, a sort of bucket list of outdoor activities.  It’s an inspired idea, and the execution is spot on.  They’ve organized the adventures by season, […]

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Book Giveaway: Farms with a Future

by Daisy Reviews

This is the book you need if you are thinking about farming: small-scale, large-scale, any scale.  It’s inspirational, but it doesn’t glorify anything.  It has the nuts and bolts information you need to know before diving into farm life, like figuring out the right market niche for you, ways to find land, including some ways […]

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Book Giveaway: Four-Season Harvest

by Daisy Reviews

It’s the holy grail of edible gardening, isn’t it?  Fresh vegetables in the middle of winter? What riches! To me that’s swankier than a luxury sedan in a four-car garage. Eliot Coleman has the formula, and it isn’t a secret.  It’s all in his classic, Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year […]

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Book Giveaway: Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking

by Daisy Reviews

This is the complete cheesemaking book.  Gianaclis Caldwell has managed to include everything, but in a way that doesn’t seem overwhelming.  From the science to the art, from the basic to the never-even-heard-of-it, this book lays it all out from soup to nuts.  It’s a cheese making book, but it’s a human book as well, […]

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Cookbook Giveaway: Home Baked

by Daisy Reviews

When I was a kid my grandmother’s next door neighbor was a lovely and thoughtful flight attendant who made regular flights to San Francisco, California.  She often brought back with her a special treat for my grandmother: the famous San Francisco sourdough bread. Back then, I failed to appreciate the true renown of this iconic […]

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Interview with a Novelist

by Daisy Reviews

My sweet friend Courtney Miller Santo has written a novel, The Roots of the Olive Tree, and I pestered her to let me interview her on the blog. The novel’s setting is one I believe many people with at least one foot in the rural life would appreciate: a working olive grove.  The cast of […]

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Top-Bar Beekeeping Book Giveaway

by Daisy Reviews

I was so excited when I learned Chelsea Green was publishing a Top Bar Beekeeping book!  Finally, a book on beekeeping dedicated specifically to us top bar folks! Well-written, comprehensive, and extremely helpful for the beginner and not-so-beginner alike, Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell is the beekeeping book that hits all the […]

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Book Giveaway: Cheese and Culture

by Daisy Reviews

If you are a cheese scholar, you will already have this book on your wish list: Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization, by Paul S. Kindstedt, professor of food science in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. He is also the codirector […]

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