Monday, April 16, 2012


SNOWFLAKE: Welcome to another week of fun here on the Sunshine Farm Girl Co-op blog. Let's check in with our roaming reporter and see what she has in store for us.

SUNSHINE: Howdy Folks! I have some great events planned for you this week. I hope you can keep up with all the happenings. Back in the spotlight is Nicole of Woodstreamdream.

1. Where do you get your inspiration?
There's so much beauty out in the world, I would have to say that nature is my biggest inspiration.
2. What is your favorite item to make in your shop?
That's really tough! I enjoy making all of my items, but I would have to say that I really have a lot of fun cutting and handstitching my flowers for the Marie Collection.
3. Can you share an easy recipe with our reader's?
My recipe is a penny stretcher. For years I'd bought butter with olive oil in it because it was easy to spread. It was expensive, but easy. Well, last year sometime it dawned on me that for a lot cheaper, I could buy butter by the pound on sale and whip my own olive oil into it. It took a little working on, but this is what has worked for quite some time for my family. With a husband and two little boys who love pancakes - we go through butter quickly and this has helped to stretch the penny for our home! This amount of butter usually lasts at least three weeks in the fridge - before it's eaten!

Whipped Butter
2 sticks, 1/2 pound salted butter - softened (if you use unsalted, just add 1/2 tsp kosher salt)
2 ounces water
5 ounces olive oil
2 2-cup pyrex dishes with lids
Once the butter is really soft (take it out in the morning and do this before dinner), dump it in the bowl of your stand mixer. Pour in the water and olive oil. Start on low. Scrape down the bowl after about 2 minutes. Gradually turn up to medium-high speed and let the butter get really fluffy and white, about 5 minutes unattended. Scrape down the bowl one more time and let it mix for another minute or two.

Then scrape the fluffy butter into glass storage bowls that have tight-fitting lids.

Then enjoy - the butter spreads easily from the refrigerator onto bread, pancakes, toast - for whatever you need!

4. Where can folks find you online?
I can be found many places online... My shop is  My blog - where you can learn more about me, my upcoming craft shows, and see custom creations is I'm also on Facebook Twitter @WoodstreamDream, and Pinterest Soon I'll be opening my new shop - WoodstreamPapery where you'll be able to find all of my stationary and gift packaging items.

5. Can you offer a special just for our blog reader's?
Blog readers can enjoy SUNSHINE20 for 20% off any purchase, not including gift certificates.

SNOWFLAKE: What else do you have for us Sunshine?

SUNSHINE: A fun "Money-Saving Recipe Swap & Giveway!" Just post your favorite money-saving recipe here in the comments section. For added fun I'll do a drawing at the end of the week on Sunday and draw one name from those who post a recipe.

SNOWFLAKE: What will you be giving away?

SUNSHINE: I'll give one of my gluten free recipe journals to one of our reader's who posts a recipe in the comments section this week. 

SNOWFLAKE: You always have such nice surprises for us and fun activities too.
In addition to helpful do-it-yourself tips and features of our Etsy team members we offer these great rewards on our website.

FOR SHOPPERS: Check out our Sunshine Market section, where you can shop in the comfort of your home.

FOR CRAFTERS: Advertise with us! We offer our crafters a vendor page. Promotions at Shabby Lane Shops website and national magazine.

NEED MARKETING? Try our Eco-Gift Sampler Bag program. A great way to let shoppers try before they buy.

BONUS: Join us as a 'Buying Member' and receive free do-it-yourself downloads and free advertising in our classified section and much more!

We look forward to seeing and trying all of your yummy money-saving recipes. Tune in next week for more great news from our roaming reporter Sunshine!

Same co-op time! Same co-op blog!


  1. Make Your Own Spice Mixes!

    Italian Seasoning Makes 1 1/8 cups
    Cost per serving (1 Tsp) 3 cents

    1/4 cup dried organic basil
    2 Tbl dried organic sage
    1/4 cup dried organic thyme
    1/4 cup dried organic rosemary
    1/4 cup dried organic oregano
    All spices available on my Sunshine Market page via Watkins Naturals

    Put all ingredients in a blender, cover, and blend until powdery (don't over do it) Pulse works great for this. Just a few seconds will do the job.

    Store in an air tight container. Keeps for several months in the refrigerator.

  2. Peanut Butter Cookies
    it takes 3 ingredients

    1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg

    mix all three ingredients together until smooth, form into 12 round balls.
    spray cooking sheet, place the peanut butter balls on there, press with a fork.
    cook on 350* for 10-15 minutes

  3. That is a super easy and money-saving recipe! Thanks Kallie!

    Here is one I like:

    Quick Meatloaf

    1 pound organic ground meat
    1/4 cup oatmeal
    2 teaspoons of your favorite spices (garlic, cumin)
    1/2 cup soy sour cream
    1/2 cup rice cheese
    1/4 cup verde sauce mild

    Mix it all together, then top with more sour cream and cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until done.

  4. I used to make this for my kids and they loved it.

    Box of elbow pasta -cooked
    1/4 cup cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup milk
    1 tablespoon butter

    Mix all together and you have a yummy side dish that any kid would love.

  5. Congrats! to Kalliescotton who won our contest!

  6. Hi! All of these recipes look great! I'm a new follower from the WeeklyBNSBash team.