Posted in Daisy May Days on Etsy, Home & Garden, Sewing

Making a doll. Meet Penelope!

Meet Penelope. 

Penelope is a prototype and I have changed the final pattern some but I decided to share her anyway. Here are a few pics of her construction.  Excuse my mess, creativity gets like that. 

Penelope is a primitive style rag doll.
Her arms were attached separately
Attaching her bodice and sleeves
Almost there!
Her hair is made of strips of scrappy fabric and hand sewn in

I hand painted her eyes and shoes and she’s all done!
If you like Penelope she is now available in my Etsy shop and the final version will be available soon. Would you be interested in buying patterns and instructions for dolls like Penelope? I’m trying to decide whether to offer the patterns. Comment below or visit my Facebook page and leave me a message. 

Posted in Family, Make-Do Tips, Recipes

Summer Fruit Salad

Super easy, fast and yummy! This fruit salad has been updated from the fruit salads I remember as a child  to be a little healthier and easy. The only complaint I have about this salad is that it never lasts long enough! Perfect for picnics and last minute potlucks.

Easy recipe. Short prep time. Vegetarian. Vegan. 
Easy Summer Fruit Salad

  • 1 can mixed fruit – drained well (in light syrup or juice)
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple – drained well (in natural juice)
  • 1 small can Mandarin oranges  (optional) – well drained 
  • 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • So Delicious CocoWhip – I don’t usually recommend brands but this is the best for this recipe I have found. No I’m not being paid for the recommendation. 
  • About 1 cup- Vegan mini marshmallows (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces (optional)
  1. Drain all fruit very well then mix together in a bowl. (If the fruit is not drained well your salad will be watery). 
  2. Add unsweetened coconut to taste. 
  3. Add vegan marshmallows to taste.
  4. Add pecan pieces.
  5. Mix CocoWhip until the mixture is  well coated. 
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 

I recommend making a double batch if you plan on taking this to a potluck or party. It goes fast!

Have a Daisy May Day!

Posted in Family, Recipes

Sunday Morning Breakfast – Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins… yummm.  

These are perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. They are decadent and delicious but easy to make and they won’t take your whole morning so the cook can enjoy some down time too!

Easy. Vegetarian (with vegan suggestions).

Banana Crumb Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups self rising flour
  • 2 large bananas mashed (very ripe works best)
  • 3/4 cup morena sugar (or white sugar)
  • 1 egg lightly beaten (substitute an egg replacement for vegan)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted (substitute non-hydrogenated margarine for vegan)

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp softened butter (substitute non-hydrogenated margarine for vegan)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease muffin pan (dozen)
  2. In bowl beat together mashed bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter.
  3. Mix flour into banana mixture
  4. Spoon into muffin pans
  5. In a separate bowl mix brown sugar, cinnamon  and flour. 
  6. Slowly mix in softened butter until the mixture becomes crumbly. 
  7. Sprinkle crumbles onto top of muffin mixture. 
  8. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. 

Have a Daisy May Day!