No-Dig Sunflower Fort Step-By-Step

by Daisy Garden

I’m disorganized at everything, and gardening is no exception. Most of the time when I remember to do something at the right time, it’s by accident. I’ve seen examples of sunflower forts for years, but never, apparently, at the right time to plant them. Somehow this year was the exception, and I finally planted one. […]

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Worm Farm Basics

by Daisy Barnyard

Why would anyone want to raise worms? There are tons of worms everywhere already! Underneath the potted plants on the patio, below that cardboard box you left out on the driveway, every time you stick a shovel or a trowel in the dirt, worms! You want worms in the earth, right, improving the soil in […]

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Suggestions, Please: Promoting Green Lawn Care in Your Neighborhood

by Daisy Green Up

Every spring when I step outside and the stench of my neighbors’ lawn care service chemicals hits me like a bad memory, I have the same impulse: convince everybody to go natural! This year, with the increased popularity of Nextdoor.com, I was hoping I might have more of an opportunity to reach a few people […]

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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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Guess What? Chicken Butt!

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

You know how some people say to “leave it on the field” or “leave it on the dance floor?”  My chicken left it “in the yard.”  Her chicken butt, that is. If you’ve never been awakened by a screaming 13 yr old at 5:30 AM, “There’s a fox in the yard chasing the chickens!” You […]

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What A Face

by Daisy Barnyard

We brought the buns home last night. They’re getting settled in, getting more than their fair share of cuddles. More photos later, and a pic of the other sister soon. During this photo shoot she was napping in the hidey box so I left her alone. But seriously, folks. Check out this mug. That is […]

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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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1000 New Pets

by Daisy Barnyard

As I write this, I can hear the sound of newspaper being ripped in long, thin strips in the next room. According to the USPS Tracking system, 1000 of my newest pets have already arrived at my local post office and are probably being sorted and loaded on a mail truck right now to arrive […]

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Rabbit Hutch Progress

by Daisy Barnyard

The rabbit hutch is coming along. Its basic carcass is plywood and 2x2s, plus the Curb Whisperer rescued a bunch of old cedar fencing and I’m using it for siding and for the door. It’s got that “old barn” feel. All we need is a roof, a floor, and some door hinges, and the basic […]

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New Additions to the Farm

by Daisy Barnyard

Having a blog with a blog partner is great. I can safely say we couldn’t do it without each other. I, Daisy, am technologically disastrous, have no sense of organization, and truly cannot/will not research and devise any formulae more complicated than pancake recipes. Deanna, on the other hand, can engineer scientifically-based laundry detergent, design […]

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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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Garden ShapeUp Along: Musings and More Afters

by Daisy Garden

Now the rains have called it quits for the time being and things have had a chance to dry out, I’m back in the garden evaluating and wrapping up the first phase of my ShapeUp. All but two of the items on my list have been ticked off.  Hopefully I can get to them today. […]

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Taco Pockets Reboot: Cheap and Healthy Version

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Back in the day, I was drowning in little kids and the only structure I could create was around meals.  I made this hilarious, totally bad for you, not frugal summer menu.  It was just EASY.  A couple of folks complained that it wasn’t healthy or it wasn’t frugal.  Another commenter came to my defense, […]

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ShapeUp-Along: Monsoon Edition

by Daisy Garden

I’ve called a temporary halt to my garden shape-up due to inclement weather. We’ve had over 10 inches of rain over the last few days and it’s raining right now. I’m eyeing one of the garden eyesores with new respect: I’m joking, sort of, but there have been some water rescues not far from here. […]

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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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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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