Posted in Recipes

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.

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.

  • Saving money and alternatives to expensive repairs, updates and decorating when you own an older home.
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  • Memory quilts
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