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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Garden ShapeUp Along: Before and After II

by Daisy Garden

I’m back with some more progress to report. Above pic is the asparagus bed; taken over by renegade blackberry vines, deadnettle, hairy bittercress, creeping charlie, peppermint, bermuda grass, overly enthusiastic bee balm, dead leaves, and general mayhem. It was so thick I put it off forever and barely knew where to start. In the end […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Before and After

by Daisy Garden

It seems like all I’ve been doing lately is gardening. I’ve really enjoyed it, although on the inside-the-house front the kitchen surfaces are sticky enough to perform double duty as flypaper. (While I was typing that last sentence someone dropped an egg on the floor). I have some before and after photos to show for […]

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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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Garden ShapeUp-Along: Observations

by Daisy Garden

One thing I’m learning as I do this ShapeUp is the importance of my master list. When I was writing that list, I deliberately focused on things that would make a big impact from an outsider’s viewpoint. There’s a big temptation, however, to get sidetracked away from the things on the list by other garden […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along Step 3: Carrot and Stick

by Daisy Garden

Getting our gardens in shape is its own reward, but it never hurts to have a little extra incentive; a dangling carrot and/or a motivating stick. Now we’ve got a master list and a plan to carry it out, the next step is to pick out both a carrot (a reward for all this hard […]

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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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Garden ShapeUp Along: Step 2

by Daisy Garden

We’re getting our gardens ready for spring, step by step. We declared our intention. Then we got out our paper and pencils and even cameras and made a master list and took Before pics of our most pressing garden problem spots. Taking photos is optional, but I’m digging it because as I work on a […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along: Step 1

by Daisy Garden

In case you missed the first post on this Garden CleanUp-Along, here’s the link to review. To re-cap, I’m going to post periodic garden tasks (sometimes weekly, sometimes more often) to help get our gardens ready for spring. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the winter pretending the garden elves were going to take care […]

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Spring Garden ShapeUp-Along

by Daisy Garden

Does your garden look like something snaked out of the J-trap under your kitchen sink? Do you refer to it as “the wasteland”? Did a location scout for a post-apocalyptic movie just ask to film a scene in your backyard? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place. No, […]

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February

by Daisy Crafts

I’m not a winter person, but I get more knitting done between the months of December and March than I do the rest of the year combined. The fireside and knitting go together very well, except when I knit so late I’m in peril of nodding off and falling into the flames. I also get […]

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Making Crackers From Discarded Sourdough Starter

by Daisy Breads

I’m finally getting back into sourdough after a long hiatus. Not only is it delicious, of course, but the sourdough process does this fermenting goodness to the grain that is so healthful. If you’ve developed a sourdough starter yourself, you know that while building it up, you have to discard part (usually half) of the […]

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Kids and Chickens

by Daisy Barnyard

  I know a lot of people are contemplating whether or not to get chickens these days, and one of the factors involved is often how will the children in the family react and interact with the new additions to the household. I thought I’d offer some thoughts on our experience and also get some […]

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Persimmon-Pecan-Cranberry Muffins

by Daisy Breads

‘Tis the season to pick delicious things up off the ground. So far this fall I’ve picked up about 35 pounds of pecans (pre-shelled weight unfortunately), and enough persimmons to make 10 cups of persimmon puree. Today I looked at them and decided they looked like muffins. I adapted a few of the persimmon recipes […]

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Persimmons!

by Daisy Permaculture

Quite by accident I discovered a persimmon tree Tuesday afternoon. I was in a hurry and could only pick up a handful of the soft, ripe “sugar plums” to take home. It’s been years since I tasted a persimmon, and when I did I was transported back to my youth–my childhood yard was filled with […]

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Memories Throw Blanket, Wabi-Sabi Style

by Daisy Crafts

My favorite recent project is seen here, lounging on an old family rocking chair, memories on top of memories. And I didn’t plan this, but I see a painting of the old family homeplace this chair came from leaning on the wall in the background of this shot. Memories on memories in front of memories. […]

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Zowie! Smoothie

by Daisy Green Up

I wanted a smoothie this morning that would give me a kickstart, so I gathered up spicy, tingly, hot, and tangy ingredients, along with a banana and yogurt to balance it all out. I also topped it off with a passionfruit, because I’m crazy for passionfruit and they’re ripe in the yard this time of […]

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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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Passion Butterfly

by Daisy Bugs

Up until this year, the usual lineup of flutterers has included the tiger swallowtail, the black swallowtail, and the occasional monarch butterfly. But this year, all of a sudden it seemed, I had a new butterfly in the garden I’d never noticed before. This new one, it was everywhere I went. I did wonder what […]

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Clean Cornbread

by Daisy Breads

I grew up eating cornbread at least once a week. That would be six times a week fewer than my grandmother made cornbread for my father’s family. The drill back then was biscuits for breakfast and cornbread for lunch, every day. With plenty of pinto beans, turnip greens, and cold buttermilk to go along with […]

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