Recipe: How To Make Your Own V8 Juice (Easy Homemade Vegetable Tomato Juice)

Bye bye, V8 juice! This healthy, homemade V4 version will blow you away (recipe here). For the first time in ages (decades?), I actually managed to get some of my tomatoes planted early on time in the kitchen garden this year ....more

Friday Farm Photo: Have a Homespun Weekend.

Any plans this weekend? We're looking forward to the arrival of a big thunderstorm that's supposed to bring a couple inches of rain and some sweet relief from this sweat-drenching heat. I realize it's the middle of August in Missouri, but we're all pretty tired of these "96 degrees outside but feels like 109" days ....more

Recipe and Rave Reviews: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto Pie with and Easy Cheesy Biscuit Crust

Scared of pie dough? This easy biscuit crust is perfect for beginners (recipe here). It wouldn't be summer on the farm without a shout out for this longtime favorite recipe from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives ....more

Easy Blueberry Bonanza Bars with Streusel and Oats — Recipe and Rave Reviews

Celebrate a blueberry bonanza with this super popular triple layer, anytime sweet treat (recipe here). Got blueberries? These scrumptious Blueberry Bonanza Breakfast Bars...more

Recipe: Nigella's Big Chocolate Chip Cookies

These scrumptious cookies offer 'tender chewiness with an edge of crisp bite' (recipe here). Nigella Lawson may be British, but her oversized version of the all-American chocolate chip cookie is one of the best I've ever tasted. I'll be bringing my expected batch to a 4th of July fireworks bash at the river Sunday night, and if last spring's potluck with the same group of friends is any indication, the plate will be empty in minutes ....more

Recipe: Confetti Crunch Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing

A healthy, crunchy slaw that's made with cabbage, scallions, carrots, and sweet peppers and tossed with a tangy lemon caper dressing (recipe here). If you like coleslaw but are tired of the same old mayo-heavy recipes, this colorful, flavor-packed Confetti Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing...more

Friday Farm Photo: Have a Freshly Picked Weekend.

Any plans this weekend? Summer has already arrived in full force on the farm, with sweat-drenching humidity and temperatures predicted to stay up in the 90's for the next week, so I'll be spending a lot of time watering the kitchen garden and eating mixed green salads. I also have my eye on the new little gravel-bottomed swimming hole Tractor Joe carved out of our beloved and refreshing wet weather creek, which has been running steady for several weeks thanks to over eight inches of rain in May, though it will probably dry up in the next day or so ....more

Recipe: Make Ahead No Mayo Tuna Sandwiches with Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Lemon, and Fresh Basil

Make Ahead Lemony Tuna and Artichoke Pressed Picnic Sandwiches with Fresh Basil (recipe here) These Lemony Tuna and Artichoke Pressed Baguette Sandwiches...more

Friday Farm Photo: Have a Peaceful Weekend.

Any plans this weekend? Joe is finishing up replacing the ratty pine construction stairs we've been living with for nearly five (!) years in our "new" house with the locally made oak boards that have been beautifully finished and sitting around for nearly five (!) years. What an upgrade ....more

Easy Recipe: Really Lemony Lemon Bars (Low Sugar)

These easy, creamy dessert bars are made with less sugar and more lemon flavor. Delicious with either regular lemons or Meyer lemons! (recipe here) I always try to keep a good supply of organic lemons on hand because their fresh juice and zest are such a great addition to so many recipes ....more