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!

Posted in Daisy May Days on Etsy, Family, Uncategorized

Every Child is an Artist

I make stuffies and dolls. I have made them for many years and I usually design my own. But I’m not really here to talk about those. Instead I want to share one of my best sellers in my little makers store on Etsy.

Last year, as Christmas was approaching, I found a little drawing of an owl by my granddaughter and a cute house by my grandson.

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As I looked at them it occurred to me that these little creations were perfect little designs for stuffies and an idea was born. I made the owl based on the drawing and then started offering custom services to create the same for other children. Since then I have made several stuffies designed by young artists. They are some of my favorite items to create and each one is always unique and interesting.

If you are interested in ordering a stuffie for a child just click any image.

Here is one of an awesome friendly monster with multiple legs. This one was sooo much fun to create!

 

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Multi-legged friendly monster

If you are interested in ordering a stuffie for a child just click any image.

I love the when I get pics with the kids in them! This little girl is sooo cute! And she drew this adorable little character.

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I try to include a note for every child. Its not generic, I hand write each of them. I remember how much it meant to me to get a note or card and even more so to have my talent acknowledged.

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If you are interested in ordering a stuffie for a child just click any image.

This one was from a very young child. Is this not adorable!

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If you are interested in ordering a custom stuffie / stuffed animal / character for a child please visit my Etsy store.

20170310_155259customstuffiefromchildsartwork If you are interested in ordering a stuffie for a child just click any image.

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Posted in Home & Garden, Make-Do Tips, Natural Alternatives

My Testing Experience- Homemade Insect Spray on Ant Beds

I use natural alternatives to dangerous and environmentally harmful substances as often as possible. I have used this insect spray recipe to rid my bean plants of insects that were eating my plants in the past and it worked well. This year we had 3 huge anthills in three of our raised garden beds. We use those raised beds to grow food so it was important to me that we not use a commercial poison. So, even though I hadn’t heard of anyone using this mix for ants I thought I would give it a try. 

It worked! I only changed two things about the recipe. As a plant spray I strained the mix and used a spray bottle to apply it.  And I applied it in the evening and left it overnight. As an ant mix I did not strain the mix and I poured it directly into the anthill during the hottest time of the day. Be careful when doing this. Ants can come out of there quickly and be on you and stinging before you know it. Wear protective clothing and move away as soon as you finish pouring! Try this at your own risk! And please do not kill any creature unnecessarily, insect or not. The ants we used this on was blocking our vegetable beds and stinging us. 

Here’s the recipe:

  • 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine (fresh – don’t use powder)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp. Natural dish soap
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper

Mix with 1 quart warm water and steep at least one day. The longer it sits the stronger the mix. Strain it then use a spray bottle to treat plants or pour as-is if using on anthill. For ants, make sure anthill is saturated in order to reach the bottom of the hill. 

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Posted in Recipes

Recipe – Southern Style Fried Green Tomatoes

Straight from my Alabama kitchen here is a true southern recipe. Tangy and delicious.

Traditional Southern Cooking. Vegetarian. 

You will need:

  • Iron skillet. Ok so you could technically make these in another kind of skillet but I promise they will not taste the same. 
  • 2 eggs (farm fresh is best of course!)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup white cornmeal
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Vegetable oil or coconut oil
  1. Slice tomatoes.
  2. Place 1/4 cup flour in a flat bottom bowl or plate. 
  3. Beat buttermilk and eggs together in a bowl suitable for dipping tomato slices. 
  4. Mix remaining flour with corn meal in a separate flat bottom bowl or plate. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Heat oil in iron skillet until water drops sizzle. 
  6. Dredge each tomato slice in the flour first, then dip into the egg mixture, then finally coat in the cornmeal mix
  7. Fry in heated oil until golden brown on each side. 

Enjoy!

Please note, southern cooks are not taught to cook using measurements. I attempted to measure my ingredients to create this recipe but I cook traditional southern dishes without measuring so feel free to adjust it to your tastes. 

Have a Daisy May Day!

Posted in Decorating, Home & Garden

Weekly Country Charm Design & Decor

I am sharing this weeks wonderful design and decor images courtesy of Cristy Harder. Cristy allowed me to share her wonderful ideas she shares through her Instagram account. I hope her images inspire you to create your own country cottage or country farmhouse decor and designs! If you have images you would like to share yourself please feel free to contact me.

And as always please remember all images belong to the creator Cristy Harder and may not be used without permission.

  1. I love, love, love this gallery wall! This is the image shared by Cristy that prompted me to contact her for permission to share her ideas.
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  2. A beautiful way to display eggs. Eggs from homegrown chickens don’t necessarily have to be refrigerated like those that are store bought.
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  3. Speaking of chickens…
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  4. Simply beautiful…
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  5. What an awesome idea for a country party.
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  6. Peaceful and gorgeous. Real spaces by real people.
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  7. I want one!
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Have any ideas you would like to share?

Have a Daisy May Day! And be sure to check out my store of handmade items in our store Daisy May Days on Etsy.