Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday Dose of Cute: A Spiffy New Look!


And we're jumping for joy.

For a while now I've been busy working behind the scenes to create a new blog design template, and I'm happy to announce that it's finally done! The overall look here is still familiar, but there are some nifty new features that I've been wanting to add for a long time, like the navigation tabs at the top of the page. There's now an About Me page, a Subscribe page, a Contact page, a Frequently Asked Farmgirl Questions page, and (finally!) a complete Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index. Woohoo!

I still have a lot of tweaking to do, but the hard part is done, and I hope you'll now find this site easier to navigate and more enjoyable to visit. It may even load a little faster, too. I owe a big thanks to my helpful and extremely patient friends, Kalyn and Karina, who write the super popular food blogs, Kalyn's Kitchen and Gluten-Free Goddess. I couldn't have done this without them, and I'm sure they'll be thrilled to know the barrage of 'just one more question' e-mail messages is going to be slowing way down.

As always, your feedback—both positive and negative—is greatly appreciated, so if something looks wonky, doesn't seem to be working right, or you have any questions or suggestions about the new design, I do hope you'll let me know. If you can't find something, the Google search box is still located in the upper right corner, and it will search on just Farmgirl Fare and In My Kitchen Garden for whatever you're looking for.

Thank you all so much for your wonderful support over the past 5½ years. I wouldn't be here without you!

Sunday update: Okay, it looks like the spaces between paragraphs disappeared on a lot of older posts when I switched to the new template (and went from Classic Blogger to Layouts). Also, the 'small' size text I used to use for posts has turned into extra small, which is really teeny. I'm working my way through the archives fixing things (and doing the recipes first), but it's going to take a while. Thanks for your patience.

© FarmgirlFare.com, the snow covered foodie farm blog where change is good, dogs make you smile, and blogging is better than ever.

35 comments:

  1. Are you kidding?! It's great!

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  2. I agree! Even though I read you via my RSS feeder (btw thank you for letting RSS readers pull your whole post with photos, greatly appreciated!) I like to read a post on the original site from time to time. This looks absolutely wonderful!!

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  3. Looks great from where I sit in northern California where the snow stays in the mountains and we at the coast have gorgeous views when the fog is not too thick.

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  4. It looks great to me. The recipe index is awesome...really like the various sections and the pictures add pizzazz and eye candy.
    Barb A.

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  5. Just dropping by to say I love your blog. Your farm life is so interesting to read about, I love the photos and the recipes of yours I have tried have just been splendid!
    I now have an amazing interest and love for donkeys I never thought possible.
    Thank you,
    Karen in Iceland.
    (I don't think there are any donkeys here!)

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  6. I love the new format, especially the recipe index! That photo on your home page looks like a Christmas Card - you could title it Joy!

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  7. Wow I love it!!! It must feel wonderful to have the thing up and running. I wish I had even an inkling of how to begin something like that : ) The site looks fantastic. xo

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  8. I love the new look, congratulations!

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  9. Everything seems so smooth and clean! And a food index!! That is the best news of all! I've especially been promising myself to bake some of the pitas from your pita bread recipe, and now I can find them faster! ... though, flipping through all those years of posts and reliving the past is pretty fun too.

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  10. Love the new format. Fabulous! And yes, it seems to be a lot faster loading...even with satellite.

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  11. That is cute your new doggie trying to catch up. Love your photos.

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  12. Susan, I LOVE the new look... I'm hoping to take my own blog over soon. It's much easier to navigate, and the pictures still look great. I can't wait to see the Daily Donkey pics! Good job, and well worth the work! It's one I never miss daily!

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  13. Love it! I think yours was literally one of the very first blogs I ever read and I still look forward to every post. The new look and layout is just wonderful! Well done.

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  14. the new site looks great. can't wait for the Daily
    Donkey. I need to paint more Donkeys.

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  15. Yay you, Farmgirl. Looks great!!!

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  16. Love the new look! Very streamlined and easy to find everything.
    Those look like some very happy dogs! :)

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  17. Wow! It DID load MUCH faster! Love it! And the recipe index is awesome!!!

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  18. Looks great! I love you blog and look forward to all your cute pictures.

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  19. Without taking the time to check out all the features, let me say yes! It has taken me so long to load your site, I have just about given up. My high speed (rural wireless) aint!

    Thank you.

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  20. looks great susan. and i cannot WAIT FOR THE DAILY DONKEY! rock on.

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  21. I love, love, love the new look of your blog. the recipe index is great and I like how fast it the pages load now. Woo Hoo for you!!! great blog! :D
    P.S. Some day I will have to put the donkey stories about when I was a child on my blog. I absolutely LOVE donkeys and your beautiful donkeys are what drew me to your blog in the first place.

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  22. It's good to see Bert is now with the Big Dogs and doesn't need that whimpy long leash. Congrats, Bert! Beagles Rule.

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  23. Looks great, and OMG YAY for the recipe index. Also, add me to the list of people who are anxiously awaiting The Daily Donkey!

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  24. Very nice! I'm looking forward to the Daily Donkey!

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  25. Absolutely LOVE your photo of three happy dogs in the snow!!!

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  26. I love it! Thanks so much for this & all the work you've done & do. Like other posters, I love the pix & the recipes...I can't explore as frequently as I would like, but I love your blog & look forward to my time here. And I'm posting as anonymous because I can't remember my id for your blog (good grief)! I'll find it! Terry

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  27. The site looks great. You have about as much snow as we do in eastern Ontario, Canada. The temperature at the moment is -24 degrees Celsius. You can always judge the temperature by looking out at the garage light. The energy-efficient emits a very orangish light in very cold temperatures and a whitish light at normal temperatures.

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  28. LOVE the recipe index!! Now I'll stop googling "farmgirl ginger pear" everytime I misplace that awesome muffin recipe. Ditto for at least a dozen other things on your site.

    Well done, you deserve a break (maybe some beagle snuggling time...)

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  29. Was wondering what resolution it's built on...I normally view in IE on 1024x768 and am finding it has a horizontal scroll...just an FYI. Love your blog, and will be enjoying that recipe index :)

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  30. I hate change, so mine will probably look like it does now forever.....

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  31. I love it. It will be easier to look through your site... and Im so excited to get your farmhouse white recipe!
    Love your new Beagle puppy too. Reminds me of a beagle I had as a kid.

    Been reading your blog for years but been busy the last several months, so now I have some catching up to do!

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January 2013 update: I know word verification is a big pain, but it's the only way I can stop the ridiculous number of anonymous spam comments I get every day. I don't want to require commenters to be registered Blogger or Open ID users because I know many of you aren't. Thanks so much for your understanding!

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