Sunday, March 31

Friday, March 29

Five Homemade Quick Bread and Yeast Bread Recipe Ideas for Easter

Here's some freshly baked inspiration for your holiday table from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives—and they all freeze beautifully. Just click on each name to go to the recipe.

These scrumptious Savory Chive and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Scones are a springtime variation of my  Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones, which is one of my most sought after recipes.

Made with softened cream cheese in place of the butter, both versions mix up quickly and always garner rave reviews. I've been baking them for 20 years and love them split in half and toasted with butter or made into cream cheese and ham or turkey sandwiches.

(P.S. Fresh homegrown chives are an inexpensive gourmet luxury. You'll find tips on growing and using chives, along with my simple homemade herbed yogurt cheese recipe, here.)

Four more homemade breads below. . .

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday Dose of Cute: Hello, Spring. Hello, Creek!

Hello spring (1) - Daffodils in the snow -
Hello, spring. You're looking a little pale this year.

In the past five days we've had more snow than we had all winter. The biggest snowstorm of the year arrived late on the second day of spring, with big, soppy flakes that piled up to about five inches in no time. By the time I made it outside the next day with my camera (we're both down with the flu now) most of it had already melted, but it was so pretty while it lasted.

11 more photos and an update below (hover over each image for a description). . .

Thursday, March 21

Wordless Thursday Dose of Cute

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More roosters? Here.
More Lucky Buddy Bear? Here.
More wordless cute? Here and here.


Wednesday, March 20

Wednesday Dose of Hungry Cute, Plus Toting Treats to the Barn and Beyond

All you can eat hay buffet (1) -
All you can eat hay buffet—kids under 40 pounds eat free!

If you're wondering what these BlogHer reviews are and why I write a few of them each year, please see my long replies in the comment section of this post. And thanks for supporting the advertisers who help bring you Farmgirl Fare!

When my publishing network, BlogHer, asked if I was interested in being part of a review program for Glad food storage containers, saying yes was a no-brainer since I already use them.

For most of February I used Glad storage containers to tote giant whole wheat chocolate chip raisin cookies down to my little shepherd's hut (aka the 18-foot travel trailer) parked at the barn, because you never know when you'll need a pick me up snack at 3 a.m. during lambing season. (And judging by how many times I brought the empty container back up to the house for a refill, apparently I need one pretty often.)

I'm a big believer in storing food (and all sorts of other things) in reusable containers, and we have them in lots of shapes and sizes. Since we both work at home on the farm we don't need to pack a lunch every day, but we never head into town without plenty of edible provisions.

Even if we're just making the 20-mile round trip to the post office we take along water and snacks, because when you live out in the middle of nowhere anything might happen between here and there.

More story and photos, plus a fun Pinterest contest below. . .

Tuesday, March 19

Tuesday Dose of Brand New Baby Cute

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Two-year-old Helga and her newborn ram lamb (photos taken February 9th).

So how do you distinguish yourself from the flock when you're not the first mother of the season, you don't have triplets, and by the time it is your turn to give birth, twins are already old news?

Why naturally, you accessorize!

17 more photos and an update below. . .

Wednesday, March 13

Recipe: Easy Roasted Onion, Potato, and Cabbage Soup (or Side Dish)

Roasted Onion, Potato, and Cabbage Soup 1
Spanning two seasons: a hot bowl of comforting soup, garnished with a sprinkling of easy to grow spring chives from the kitchen garden (soup recipe here).

The temperatures here on the farm have been going up and down lately, which is par for the course in late winter Missouri. It dipped down into the low 20's (F) two nights ago and is supposed to be up in the 70's by Saturday. The daffodils along the fence all burst into bloom the other day and then froze. Thankfully these cheerful flowers are also very hardy.

I'm hoping cozy soup season will hold on at least a little longer, though, because I've been craving this easy Roasted Onion, Potato, and Cabbage Soup.

Inspired by my favorite Roasted Leek and Potato Soup with Arugula, it's thick, rich, and flavorful, yet low fat and full of healthy goodness.

The roasted potatoes, onions, garlic, and cabbage also make for a tasty side dish on their own—perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy!

Can't survive on soup alone? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

©, slowly slurping our way towards spring.

Tuesday, March 12

I'm Doing Another 30 Days of Yoga: Care To Join Me?

Happy daffodils blooming in the yard -
Spring! What better time to let a new home yoga practice bloom?

Last May I announced that I was getting ready to do Marianne Elliott's 30 Days of Yoga and wondered if any of you wanted to join me. Several of you did, and it ended up being a really great experience. In fact, taking Marianne's course changed my life—and I never made it more than 15 minutes into my 45-minute yoga video (and that's okay!).

Marianne has just launched a new and improved course platform for the 30 Days of Yoga courses, making everything much easier to find, to follow, and to come back to over time. The first group courses for 2013 will start next Monday, March 18th, and I can't wait. (Registration ends March 17th.)

Have you been wanting to try yoga, or wishing you could get back into a regular yoga practice? 30 Days of Yoga is a lovingly crafted online course to help you develop and sustain a home yoga practice that adds self-care, kindness, and a greater sense of well-being to your daily life.

Marianne is an author, yoga teacher, courage cultivator, human rights advocate and consultant, as well as a former human rights lawyer in New Zealand and a United Nations peacekeeper in Afghanistan. She created 30 Days of Yoga for herself because she struggled with her own home yoga practice.

There are three different 30 Days of Yoga courses to choose from: the standard version (which I'll be doing), one for total beginners, and one for people who think they're too busy to do yoga. (There's also a course designed especially for curvy bodies. The next curvy yoga course will start on April 15th, and registration will begin on April 1st.) The standard version lets you choose from several different yoga practices to suit your needs and goals.

More below. . .

Monday, March 11

Monday Dose of Cute: All in a Day

All in a day (1) - Feeding one of my two bottle lambs -
Feeding one of my two bottle lambs in the barn.

Random photos taken around the farm yesterday. It rained for several hours (yay!) and when the sun burst out during a lull, I took a break from cleaning up the greenhouse and grabbed my camera. Our 19 little lambs are growing fast, and hopefully the grass in the fields will soon be too.

Seven more photos below. Hover over each image for a description. . .

Friday, March 8

Friday Dose of Cute: Chillin' in the Warm Sun

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Have a relaxing weekend.

©, soft and snuggly all the way.

Monday, March 4

Monday Dose of Cute: Curious Little Lambs

Curious little lambs (1) - E-4 and her twins -

More photos and a lamb report below. . .