If you’re like me, this cooler weather isn’t quite the harbinger of summer I’ve been hoping for. None the less, I found a silver lining when I dropped in on Richard at the Daffodil Baking Company.

He has artisan marshmallows!

Richard told me that it doesn’t have to be autumn to roast marshmallows and he said that he “simply cannot abide the store-bought, mass-produced schlock that pass for marshmallows.”

Artisan Marshmallows from Daffodil Baking Company

Artisan Marshmallows from Daffodil Baking Company

But it’s Richard, so I thought maybe there might be a teensy bit of exaggeration in his statement – you know how he gets when talking about the quality ingredients for his baked good, right? But then I tasted them! Wow! There is definitely a richness to the artisan marshmallows that I haven’t tasted in the mass-produced ones.

So … as long as it doesn’t rain this evening, I’m planning on a fire in my chiminea and then I’ll roast some delectable marshmallows!

BTW: Richard says he won’t be carrying the artisan marshmallows all summer, but he will bring them back this fall in time for “bonfire weather.”


PS – Many thanks to everyone for your patience as all of us Daffodilians continue to regain our footing!

Out-of-Township Project

As summer winds down, everyone around town is busy, busy, busy! Kiddos are getting ready to head back to school ~ summer visitors to the Township are packing up their memories and making plans to visit again ~ hikers, bicyclists, and swimmers are enjoying muddling through the lingering heat and humidity of August ~ shoppers are discovering some of the treasures in our little shops in the township.


Well, gardeners are busy freezing, canning, and drying their produce.

It’s about this time of year that I casually “drop by” to see Petronella “Pickles” Smith ~ because everyone knows you can’t leave her home without a jar of her amazing pickles!

The savory goodness of the pickles of Petronella "Pickles" Smith!

The savory goodness of the pickles of Petronella “Pickles” Smith!

This year I was in for a surprise. Pickles had an out-of-township friend visiting (not TOO far out of the township…just Columbia!) and was I in for a treat! Laura Flacks-Narroll (Pickles’s friend) is on a mission to save a tomato. And not just ANY tomato, this is the Ivan tomato. Laura discovered this tomato at a bluegrass festival and has been growing it ever since.

Laura Flacks-Narroll, friend of Petronella Smith, seems to be a Daffodilian at heart. Here she is with a basket of Ivan tomatoes for her friend Petronella.

Laura Flacks-Narroll, friend of Petronella Smith, seems to be a Daffodilian at heart. Here she is with a basket of Ivan tomatoes for her friend Petronella.

But the seeds for this amazing tomato haven’t been available commercially for at least a few years now. There is SO much more to this amazing story, but the bottom line is that Laura is on a mission to save this tomato so everyone can enjoy the bounty of this delicious variety. She has teamed up with a couple friends and together they are creating The Ivan Tomato Rescue Project through their group, Victory Gardeners. The good folks at Victory Gardeners believe in biodiversity in our food as well as the healing power of gardening. Doesn’t this all sound like a project Daffodilians would believe in and love?

I encourage folks to check it out. I’m sure in the future we will see Ivan tomatoes growing in a lot of Daffodil Township gardens!

The tantalizing Ivan tomato!

The tantalizing Ivan tomato!

Doesn't this Ivan tomato make your mouth water? :)

Doesn’t this Ivan tomato make your mouth water? 🙂

Blue Moon Jubilee!


Vintage tablecloths at Vintage Violet

Are you as excited as I am about Friday’s Blue Moon Jubilee? Businesses will reopen at 9:00PM and stay open until midnight! I stopped by Daffodil Baking Company this afternoon and Richard was very secretive about his Blue Moon Specials he’s baking up for everyone! And Lauralee promised some great sales over at Vintage Violet.

And the Pickle Party…? How fun is THAT going to be? If you have canned some pickles you want to share at the tasting, be sure to contact me before Friday morning so we can be sure to have enough tables set up.

Of course we’ll have some good old-fashioned competitions, too. Did I hear someone say “Bubbles?” 🙂 Our reigning champ, John Smith, might have some competition. I’ve heard through the grapevine that some of our younger Daffodilians have been practicing their bubble-blowing techniques.

Check in tomorrow’s Gazette for more details about who will be set up where. See you Friday night!

Fun, Fun, Fun!

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

Wow! Was that an amazing Independence Day Celebration at Lake Lottawata? What fun! I think there were probably a tired bunch of kiddos crawling into bed a bit late on July 4th. What fun we all had. And it was exciting for me to get to talk with some visitors from around the state! One couple from St. Louis who was staying at Maisson Narcisse told me that she had never been to Daffodil Township before but this certainly would not be her last visit! She was quite emphatic about that! I told her about some of our celebrations and fun times coming up and she was especially interested in the Coffee & Clues Weekend sponsored by The Book House.

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

In other news … we’re going to have a new shop opening soonish! I don’t want to giveaway too much, but it should be a hit! I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, enjoy the summer. Be careful of rising waters in all the streams, creeks, and rivers. It gets very dangerous very quickly. When in doubt, be safe!

I hope you’re looking forward to our guest bloggers. We’re finalizing the line-up and it has a little something for everyone. Look for the first guess bloggers nearer to the end of July.


Happy Independence Day!

What a great start to my morning! I stopped by Daffodil Baking Company for a “Red, White, & Blue Breakfast” – oh, my was it yummy! American grown everything! From the wheat that made the flour to the blueberries in the muffins, the delicious local strawberries, and the beautiful blue Fiestaware dishes Richard used this morning to serve customers. Hooray for the USA! 🙂

I hope to see many of you out at Lake Lottawata this afternoon and evening. I know the Daffodillies have been practicing non-stop whenever the weather has permitted and since I popped in on one of their practices, I can tell you – the show this evening will be amazing!

And I am SO excited for the fireworks tonight! Be sure to stay for the Grand Finale!

Be safe, be aware – and don’t forget your sunscreen! Happy Independence Day!!

A patriotic breakfast from Daffodil Baking Company

A patriotic breakfast from Daffodil Baking Company

Rainy Daze!

So far we’ve had another wet summer, haven’t we? And all this rain (and more rain ~ and even more rain!) is giving folks a few headaches…seems like we’re in a bit of a DAZE!

With all the creeks and streams around the Township running high, please remember: NEVER drive into water over a road. NEVER wade into a flooded waterway. The current can be much swifter than it looks!

Waterways are flooding around Daffodil Township

Waterways are flooding around Daffodil Township

Be safe!

AND – keep your fingers crossed for bright and sunny weather for the Summer Solstice Celebration this Sunday! Check the Daffodil Gazette for details!

Beautiful Spring!

Acting Mayor of Daffodil Township: Paula Smith

Acting Mayor of Daffodil Township: Paula Smith

Hello, again! 🙂

It HAS been a beautiful spring, hasn’t it? The perfect combination of sunshine and rain has gotten the gardens around town off to a great start.

So if you’re anything like me, you have been enjoying our wonderful weather and balmy breezes around the Township! But please, as spring rolls into summer, don’t forget:

Safety First!

I know I might sound like a nagging mother, but as Daffodil Township’s Acting Mayor, I want to remind everyone:

  • Sunscreen!
  • Insect repellent ~ and always check for ticks!
  • Keep hydrated
  • Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Always watch children in pools and lakes ~ and be aware of the needs of others if you see swimmers getting tired.
  • Don’t leave pets in cars
  • Drive safely

Daffodilians are wonderful folks who are always ready with a helping hand…don’t hesitate to ask. And enjoy the summer!

Oh…and send in your garden photos so I can share them in this blog!

Rain! (Finally….)

Rain drops hit deck boards

Rain drops hit deck boards

If you’re anything like me you’ve been wondering if we’re going to see rain before the Autumnal Equinox. Well…here it is!

Why is it that we seem to fear getting wet in the rain? Do you remember running around in the rain as a child? I do. We would dance and jump – what a wonderful, free feeling. We created several games to play in the rain. In one, the designated counter (“it” I suppose) would count aloud the raindrops falling into a puddle and at some point would yell “Jump!” ~ at which point we would all jump and then turn and run from the puddle the number of steps “it” had counted. That was all! When we got to the number we all stopped and turned around, looked at each other and laughed. I have no idea why we had such fun with that made-up game, but we did!

Do you have a great rainy day memory? What do you like to do on rainy days now?

Enjoy your day!

Independence Day Fun!


It was fun seeing all the children waving their flags! Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

What a wonderful time I had visiting with Daffodilians and out-of-towners at the Daffodil Township Independence Day Celebration! From morning until night everyone was engaged in fun activities and interesting conversations. Some families used this holiday weekend as an opportunity for a reunion and it’s always heartwarming to see families reunited in one of Daffodil Township’s most cherished traditions!

I ran into a former classmate who was here for a family reunion. Do you remember Rayette Wright? We went through school together and she went to college out-of-state and now lives with her husband and three girls in Chicago. What a delight to be able to catch up with her! She told me how she often misses the small town atmosphere and was very excited to return for her family reunion. Her girls were intrigued by all levels of performers in the Synchronized Swim Club.

Throughout the day, many picnickers asked me about our town’s status as FINALISTS being considered for the documentary on “Small Town, U.S.A.” I don’t know any more than other Daffodilians, but if I hear anything, I’ll be sure to spread the word! Everyone seemed very excited about the possibility.

As the day passed into night, we all enjoyed the beautiful performance of The Daffodillies. It is such a stirring tribute to celebrate our freedom and our great nation.

I am so pleased to announce there were NO accidents or injuries the entire day! And Park Board member Tanner Smith told me that most everyone cleaned up after themselves, using the trash and recycle containers.

I hope you all enjoyed Independence Day as much as I did!

Lightening Bugs


Monarda in the park.

Did you see the lightening bugs last night? What a show! Or do you call them fireflies? Either way, they put on a remarkable display yesterday evening throughout Daffodil Township. Simply beautiful. (As is the monarda blooming in the park.) Also … as I was out walking (what a hot and humid evening to walk!) a lot of people asked about the “news” they had heard. Well…

…stay tuned!