Wednesday, November 30

Wordless Wednesday Dose of Cute

Bear, Gnat, and Esmeralda -

More Wordless cute? Here.
More Lucky Buddy Bear? Here.
More little Gnat? Here.

Sunday, November 27

Sunday Dose of Cute: The Hokey Pokey for Dogs

Bert and Marta doing the hokey pokey -
You put your right paw in, you put your right paw out. . .

More beagle Bert? Here.
More Marta Beast? Here and here.

©, dancing and singing, prancing and swinging.

Friday, November 25

Friday Dose of Cute: Beagle Backup

Beagle Bert working on his Junior Guard Dog badge -
Not to worry—when Daisy and Marta go off guard duty, Bert is on the job.

More Bert? Here.
More sheep? Here.
More front field photos? Here.

©, where nobody has just one job—and hard working beagle Bert has finally earned his Junior Guard Dog Badge. According to Daisy and Marta, he's now a full-fledged, part time livestock guardian—though he prefers the Mole Patrol (more action).

Thursday, November 24

Thursday Dose of Cute: Happy Thanksgiving!

George the pet turkey 1 -
George, our mechanic's pet turkey

George is thankful he'll still be around tomorrow, and we're thankful for homemade apple streusel pie and ice cream for breakfast. Gotta go!

What are you thankful for today?

Thanksgivings past:
(click here to see all these posts on one long page)
11/27/08: Gobble Gobble
11/25/10: Post Feast Nap

© 2011, thankful every day to call this place home.

Tuesday, November 22

Recipe: Easy, Creamy Mashed Cauliflower (Cauliflower Purée) with Garlic

Easy Creamy Healthy Mashed Cauliflower (Cauliflower Purée) with Garlic -
This flavorful, healthy side dish, which calls for just 2 Tablespoons of butter and 2 Tablespoons of milk or cream, is low fat, low carb, easy to make, and really hard to stop eating. You can dress it up in all sorts of ways—with sour cream and dill, cheddar and chives, even lemon juice and baby arugula—or just enjoy it plain.

"This is really good," said my foodie mom.

"I know."

"Why is it so good?"

"I've decided that the cauliflower must go through some sort of magical transformation when it's puréed, bringing out more of the flavor."

"I think maybe it's the garlic."

"I think I should have cooked both heads of cauliflower."

Until I discovered and fell in love with kohlrabi purée several years ago, the only vegetables I'd mashed up were potatoes and things with the potatoes, like carrots and turnips (both of these combinations are wonderful). But it turns out there's a whole delicious world of versatile vegetable purées out there. My food processor is my new best friend.

One of the most popular puréed vegetables is cauliflower, which is often called mashed cauliflower and is usually touted as a low carb substitute for mashed potatoes, especially around Thanksgiving. But this really isn't fair to the cauliflower purée. It tastes so good it shouldn't be considered a stand-in or alternative to anything.

If you have trouble eating enough fresh vegetables in autumn and winter, try puréeing them. They taste great, and the volume really shrinks down. I had no idea it was so easy to devour an entire head of cauliflower. I've eaten more cauliflower in the past three years I have than during the rest of my entire life.

Recipe below. . .

Thursday, November 17

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas: Quick Breads, Rolls, & More

There's nothing like homemade bread for the holidays! From easy but impressive quick breads to yeasty little rolls that make great leftover turkey sandwiches, these nine favorite recipes from the Farmgirl Fare archives will have everyone singing your praises throughout Thanksgiving weekend, and your kitchen will smell divine while they're baking. The scones, rolls, muffins, and Italian rosemary raisin bread all freeze beautifully, too. Enjoy!

Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones
I created these Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones with Feta during a 1993 scone craving when there was no butter in the house, and they've become one of my most popular recipes. Made with softened cream cheese in place of the butter, they mix up quickly and always garner rave reviews. I love the leftovers split in half, toasted, and made into little cream cheese and ham or turkey sandwiches.

Eight more recipes below. . .

Tuesday, November 15

Tuesday Dose of Cute: Lunch on the Go

Chickens having lunch on the go -

Because we live so far from everything (10 miles to the post office to get our mail, 17 miles to an itty bitty library, 40 miles to a big supermarket, 90 miles to Lowe's), unless it's an emergency, we never leave the farm for just one thing.

During today's seven hour outing we made 11 stops, which was actually on the low side (and we only forgot three four things!). We never travel without snacks, sandwiches, jugs of water, and emergency miniature candy bars.

The chickens, on the other hand (foot?), just have to look down and peck for their lunch—though of course they also never have to leave the farm. Lucky clucks.

More chick pics? Here.
More farm life tidbits? Here.

©, always glad to be back home sweet home.

Monday, November 14

Monday Dose of Cute: There's No Denying It

Gus resting his chin on mama Daphne's back -

Have a great one!

©, calm, cute, and collected seven days a week.

Saturday, November 12

Friday, November 11

Friday Farm Photo: Through the Kitchen Window

Frosty morning view through the kitchen window -
Twenty-two degrees and a graceful morning view.

Firearm deer season opens tomorrow. All around the area, hearty community breakfasts will start being served at 3:30 am. Businesses will be closed or short-staffed all week, and the kids are off from school. Vacation days from work were scheduled months ago, and campers and RVs have been parked in favorite hunting spots for days.

The small local meat processor, located five miles outside a town of 325, will take in something like 600 deer over the next week and a half—and those are just the ones hunters don't process themselves.

Deer season is a really big deal around here.

More below. . .

Thursday, November 10

Thursday Dose of Cute: Treasure Hunt

Determined Beagle Bert 1 -

There's no doubt about it—farm dogs love stinky stuff. There's nothing like relaxing on a giant pile of aged sheep manure! So when I pulled an icky vet wrap bandage off a ewe's hoof yesterday and tossed it into an old wheelbarrow (where it would be out of reach of the dogs) while we finished chores, it was no surprise that beagle Bert sniffed it out in seconds.

More photos below. . .

Wednesday, November 9