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Ditch the Cake Mix! Upside Down Pineapple Cake Recipe

I have a sensitivity to chemicals in food. So several years ago I started cooking from scratch – again. I say again because I was originally taught to cook from scratch. Growing up there was very little we ate that came from a box or a mix. Like many people, as an adult I fell for the “convenience” food marketing ploys. I was totally convinced I just didn’t have the time to cook from scratch anymore.

And then I started having reactions to chemicals in food. And I was forced to switch back to cooking from scratch. Know what I discovered? Those “convenience” foods are really not that convenient after all. This is especially true of cake mixes. Most cake mixes only replace 3 ingredients. Flour, sugar and flavorings. Sure they claim to replace a few more ingredients, such as carrot cakes. But have you ever compared the flavor of a boxed cake to that of one homemade, created with real ingredients? And to make it worse have you read the ingredients in most cake mixes? Yuck!

So here is a recipe to get you started. Its easy and delicious. And once you make it you are never going to want a pineapple cake made with a boxed mix again.

Easy Peasy Upside Down Pineapple Cake

(Vegetarian with Vegan suggestions included)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 tablespoons butter (Vegan- substitute non-hydrogenated margarine)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 8oz can pineapple slices, drained (can substitute pineapple pieces in a pinch)
Maraschino cherries (however many you want – the old recipes called for halving the cherries but I never do. Time management!)
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar (I use raw sugar)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup milk (Vegan- substitute soy milk)
1/4 cup butter softened (Vegan – substitute non-hydrogenated margarine)
1 egg (Vegan- egg substitute – I use Bob’s Red Mill when I make this for my vegan friends)
1 teaspoon vanilla (don’t use the fake stuff! Ewww)

1.  Melt the 2 tablespoons butter or margarine in a 9 inch baking pan. Just stick it in the oven for a minute or so but be careful to not burn it.  Stir in the brown sugar and water. Arrange the pineapple and cherries in the pan. Set aside.

2. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar and baking powder. Add milk, 1/4 cup butter or margarine, egg and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till combined. Then beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Spoon batter in the pan. Don’t pour! Spoon. 🙂

3. Bake in the over at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Start checking the cake at 30 minutes. It is done when a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Invert onto a plate.

Go ahead and try it warm! You know you want to. Yum!

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Gorgeous New Summer Quilt Perfect for Country Cottage Decor

I had so much fun creating this colorful and lightweight summer quilt. I think this would be perfect with a cottage or country decor. Imagine this quilt on a shabby little daybed or reading nook! 

I tried a couple of new materials in this one and I’m very pleased with three results. First I used an organic / cotton blend I haven’t used before. It is so lightweight I was concerned it wouldn’t pucker around the quilting like I prefer. I know some people like a flat look to their quilts but I love the pucker like you see in vintage heirloom quilts. So I was pleased with how this quilt puckered when I laundered it. What do you think?

Also I used a pretty variegated thread that changes color from deep raspberry to a pale cotton candy. After I had about half the quilting complete it occurred to me I was quilting with pinks on white fabric. I was worried about color bleed onto the white fabric but … whew… the extra cost for premium thread paid off. It didn’t bleed at all!

So check out the new quilt in my Etsy shop and tell me what you think.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/519053968/cottage-garden-summer-quilt-throw-size

Posted in Sewing

Make-Do Hack – Sewing Machine Pad

I have a really great inexpensive work-horse sewing machine. I have created many wonderful quilts, dolls, clothing and other sewing wonders for 3 years on that machine. I definitely don’t regret it’s purchase. Until today I really only have had one complaint. It is so lightweight it scoots, slips and slides when I’m sewing. This can be especially frustrating when I’m pushing a bulky quilt through it. So today I thought I would do a little online shopping for a sewing machine mat/pad to keep it from slip sliding away. 

What I found wasn’t terribly expensive but I would have had to order one or drive 30 minutes to go see if a local store has one. But I needed it today and honestly I was too busy to spend the afternoon driving around looking for one. I have quilting to do! 

So I compromised. I already had some of that sticky padding stuff you can get at the discount stores for a dollar or two. I pulled it out and tried it. 

TaDa! It works great! And it saved me $20+ and a trip to town. My machine didn’t slip even once and it greatly reduced vibrating and fatigue for my hands and wrists. 

If you have any sewing machine tips or hacks I would love to hear about them. 

Have a Daisy May Day! And don’t forget to check out my Etsy store Daisy May Days
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Welcome to my Blog

Where I share my thoughts, opinions, and experiences as I attempt to live a “make-do” life, quilting, running an arts or crafts based business, and anything else I can think of. This is just a intro page to get me started. Here are some of the subjects I already have planned. If it sounds interesting to you please follow my blog.

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