Make Your Own Hummus

Easy. Quick. Healthy. Vegan.

After learning to make my own hummus, I am embarrassed that I ever used store bought! 

This recipe is easy,  quick, and cheaper than buying premade. And to top it all off its healthier than most packaged products. Don’t have tahini? Don’t worry. You can make it without. 

Just whip it up and refrigerate. You will have fresh hummus all week to use on sandwiches, as a dip or in recipes. Great for parties too! What do you use hummus for?

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) (drained. I don’t remove the skins but if you prefer you can)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper (I don’t recommend the kind in oil. Use the ones packed in water or make your own instead)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon 
  • cumin to taste (start with about 1/2 teaspoon if you’re not sure)
  • chili powder to taste  (start with about 1/2 teaspoon if you’re not sure)
  • 1/4 cup tahini (optional)
  • smoked paprika to taste  (optional – start with about 1/2 teaspoon if you’re unsure)

    In a blender blend chickpeas and olive oil. Add each ingredient one at a time and blend between each until final mix is smooth. 

    Place in an airtight container and refrigerate. 

    Yes, it’s that easy!


    Anna’s Kale Soup Recipe

    You can easily adjust the ingredients in this recipe to accommodate your tastes or by the amount of an ingredient you have on hand. 

    Easy, Vegan, and healthy


    1 medium to large bunch organic kale

    1 large sweet potato

    About 4 medium red potatoes

    2 cans pinto beans (Can use spicy beans if you like)

    Salt to taste


    Peel and cut sweet potato into chunks. In an 8 quart pot bring about 4 quarts water to boil. Boil sweet potatoes while chopping red potatoes into bite size pieces. Add red potatoes to boiling mixture. Allow potatoes to boil until done but still firm. Chop kale to large bite size pieces. Add kale to soup pot. Once kale is cooked add beans (do not drain). Continue cooking only long enough for canned beans to heat through. Season to taste.

    About 4 hearty servings. 

    Make-Do Tip – Cleaning

    Whether you want to save money, use safer chemical free cleaners or just ran out of your usual supplies. Here’s a quick make-do recipe for cleaning your floors. It cleans very well and deodorizes, sanitises and leaves behind a pleasant odor. 

    I have personally used this cleaner on my (finished) 100 year old wood floors, vinyl flooring and tile. It worked great on all three but just to be safe I recommend testing on your floors in an inconspicuous area first. Also I have not tried this recipe on unfinished wood floors at all so if you try it please test first. 

    Make-Do Homemade Floor Cleaner

    All measurements are approximate. Adjust as needed. 

    1.5 cups white vinegar

    2 small squirts natural dish liquid or liquid Bastille soap

    3-4 drops Rosemary essential oil

    2 gallons water. 

    Mix in a bucket and mop as usual. 

    New Folk Art In My Etsy Store

    Here are a few pieces of new work I have available in my store.  I am working on adding a page to share these for those who are interested.  But until then, you can click any image to see it in my Etsy store or see more photos. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Mr Rooster – Original Folk Art Style painting

      Mr Rooster Original Folk Art Painting
      “Mr Rooster” Original Folk Art Painting
    2.  Distressed Folk Art Birdhouse Home Decor

      Folk Art Birdhouse Daisy May Days
      Distressed Folk Art Birdhouse Home Decor, Daisy May Days
    3.  Brightly colored Folk Art Birdhouse

      Bluebirds and flowers folk art birdhouse home decor
      Bluebirds and Flowers, Folk Art Birdhouse Home Decor, Daisy May Days
    4.  Bluebirds and Sunflowers Folk art Birdhouse Home Decor
      Bluebirds and Sunflowers, Folk Art Birdhouse Home Decor, Daisy May Days

      Have a Daisy May Day!

    Make-Do Tip for the Kitchen – Ricotta Cheese Substitute. 

    Did you know you can substitute cottage cheese, goat cheese, or silken tofu in place of ricotta cheese?

    For me this is a very useful substitute because I’m much more likely to have any of those three ingredients in my cabinet. 

    Quick and Easy Minor Quilt Repair

    Do you have a favorite quilt that is getting a little wore? Here is a quick and easy make-do way to fix small holes and imperfections in your favorite quilt.

    *Please note: I do NOT recommend using this technique for heirloom quilts that are not used daily. This is intended for use on everyday quilts that are used often. Using this technique may reduce the value of an heirloom quilt. Please contact a professional if your collectible quilt needs repairs.

    Supplies Needed:

    1 piece Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold adhesive
    1 small strip/scrap of matching fabric (find fabric as close as possible to the area of your quilt that needs repairs.

    Step 1:

    Cut a strip of heat and bond the width of your scrap fabric you are using to repair the quilt. I recommend using Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold (the package on the right). If you don’t mind a little hand sewing you can use the sewable type (shown on the left) but you will need to be careful to sew through only the TOP layer of your fabric. Otherwise the stitches will show on the reverse side of your quilt.
    quilt repair 5

    Here is an example of the strips I cut for this repair. The strip on the left is the fabric.  I used pieces from the original fabric which also contained small holes then cut around the holes.

    quilt repair 3

    Step 2:

    Follow directions on the Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold and iron the adhesive onto the scrap fabric. Remove the paper backing and make sure your adhesive is not shiny (see directions on package).

    Step 3:

    Cut strip into small pieces a little larger than the hole you are repairing. I do not recommend trying to repair a hold larger than 1/2 with this method or repairing a loose or ripped seam. (I will be adding a mini tutorial on how to do that later).

    quilt repair 1

    Step 4:

    Set the iron to the settings given in the Heat-n-Bond instructions. Iron the tiny patch onto the fabric. Allow to cool then check the edges to make sure it adhered correctly.

    If you were careful picking your scrap for repairing the hole the repair will be barely noticeable. If not, you could always add interesting fabrics as patches that match your quilt. Sometimes patches can add character.

    Did you like this mini make-do tutorial? Follow my blog or sign up for updates. I will be adding more quilt repair and some mini tutorials for repairing clothing with a similar technique.

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    Tangy Two Bean, Three Bean Summer Salad – A Make-do Recipe!

    This is an easy “make-do” recipe that you can throw together quickly with what you have in your pantry. It is easy to adjust to your individual taste and change up as often as you like. It is also vegan, pretty healthy and high in protein so we make it almost weekly as a quick meal or snack. Enjoy! And leave a comment if you change the recipe and let us know how it turned out.

    Mix and Match:
    1 can Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
    1 can Red Kidney Beans
    1 can Green Beans
    (We used garbanzo beans and kidney beans for the salad shown in the photo. Use two or all three. I like to always include the garbanzo beans though because they give it a crunch. You can also use home cooked beans as long as they aren’t cooked to the “mushy” stage)

    1/2 medium onion
    2-3 cloves of garlic
    1/8 cup chopped parsley
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
    black pepper and salt to taste

    Mix it all up in a bowl. Chill in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving to mingle the flavors.

    The longer it chills the better it tastes!

    This is a truly make-do recipe. Don’t like one of the ingredients? Omit it. Too tangy for your taste? Reduce the vinegar.  And because you can use canned beans it makes a quick dish. We may even try adding some corn next time…

    Have a Daisy May Day!