Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies

 

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo from nelliebellie.com

Farm Babies happens every spring at the Minnesota Zoo, and this year we were lucky enough to be invited to go!  So we all grabbed our cameras, got warm clothes (it’s still a little chilly here), and headed out to the zoo for a day on the farm.

The images that follow are our favorites from the day.  After seeing all the stinkin’ adorableness, you’ll have no choice but to head out to your own zoo to have a look.  Though yours probably doesn’t have a farm babies exhibit; ours is cooler than yours.  

Just sayin’.  

But enough rambling.  Enjoy the cuteness overload.

Believe it or not, that sheep picture has no photo editing at all.  Not one bit.  That sheep is naturally photogenic.  Aren’t you jealous?

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo from nelliebellie.com

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

And you thought you were having a bad hair day?  This picture kind of put things in perspective, huh?

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

 This kid (that’s a baby goat) looks so sad.  But we promise it isn’t!  It was jumping all over the place just a few seconds before this photo was taken.

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

 Look at that kid!!!  How can you resist?  That was his begging face; we had snacks.  He wanted them.  He got them.  I mean, did you see that face?!?  No one can resist farm babies.

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

These kids gave Nellie the shaft.  They are my favorites!  Look at those cute little butts.

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

Hey everyone?  What’s happening?  I can’t see!  I can’t see!  Maybe if I stretch just a bit farther…just a bit…

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

This lamb makes you want to free it.  It looks quite pathetic.  But once again, it was just mad at me because I stopped petting it to take the picture.

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

This reminds of Katie and Levi.  One pushing the other to go faster.  ”Here, let me help.”  Yep.  That’s about right.

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.com

This sheep was too cute!  Sure, it’s not actually one of the farm babies, but it was bleating like mad.  We’re pretty sure it was jealous of all the attention the farm babies were getting.

Cuteness at the Minnesota Zoo, from nelliebellie.comNo caption necessary :)

Have you been to see the Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo?  What was your favorite?  

 Like these?  Head over to our Minnesota Zoo post for more ways to enjoy your own zoo.  

chicken pot pie.

We’ve been seeing your instagram pictures, you southern readers, you. We see your fresh produce and we raise you…SNOW! Seriously, stop with the jealousy-inducing garden, farmers market, and produce pictures. It’s enough to make a girl go batty! Or, take matters into her own hands and pretend. Chicken pot pie. The dish our summers are made of. A trip to the Farmers Market on Saturday always leads to a pot pie. And probably watermelon red-onion salad.  And cauliflower potato salad.  And omelets.  But I digress.  And So, we got into the car, drove through the freshly fallen snow, walked carefully across the ice, and shivered in our boots to gather the high-priced root vegetables needed for our favorite dish.

It was well worth it. A reminder of what awaits for us in…ever? (seriously, is summer EVER going to come). And, for those of you that have never tried to make a pot pie…

You must.

You should.

It will change your life.

Pot pies are really very simple. Especially this recipe. Many recipes call for multiple pots and pans but, as we know, we are all about the one pot whenever possible! So, one pot and one pie pan…done. So, use this recipe as your starter, your beginning, your first. And then when you feel comfortable…build and grow and be awesome!

Delicious individual-sized chicken pot pies that are good for you and adorable.

Since the invention of the roll-out pie crust I haven’t made a homemade pie crust. I know how. But, why go through all the trouble? Mine aren’t even that good anyways. Just say no and used a pre-made pie crust and save yourself the trouble.

Using rutabaga instead of potatoes is my favorite little tip for pot pie. Rutabagas are little buggers to cut, be prepared. But, they don’t go mushy like potatoes; making your pot pie leftover friendly….score!

Your pot pie might have a different variety of veggies depending on your mood, availability, or season. Brilliant! That’s the beauty of this delicious little dish. But, be sure that you are aware of how long your veggie choices may take to cook and plan accordingly.

And, mini pot-pies (like mine) have the perfect crust to filling ratio. One bite with a bit of crust and a bit of filling, every time. It’s a glorious thing!  Want to see some other glorious recipes using pie crust?  Try our tomato tart or galettes.  

Individual chicken pot pies are not only cuter, they have a much better crust-to-filling ratio.

Chicken Pot Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 prepared pie crusts (seriously...the premade ones in the dairy section are great!)
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
  4. 1 & 3/4 cup sliced celery, carrots, or ruttabega (we recommend the ruttabega! or all of the above)
  5. 2 tab butter
  6. 1/3 cup flour
  7. salt and peper (to taste)
  8. 1 & 1/2 cups chicken broth
  9. 1 cup half and half, cream, or milk (we use white wine!)
  10. 2 & 1/2 cups chicken, chopped.
Instructions
  1. In large saucepan melt butter on medium heat.
  2. Add veggies and cook for 4-5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Stir in flour, salt & pepper. Stir often.
  4. Add liquid all at once.
  5. Cook and stir (on medium heat, stirring constantly) until thick and bubbly. If needed, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
  6. Stir in chicken.
  7. Pour into your pie crust bottomed pan.
  8. Top with another pie crust (make sure a few slits are cut into the top of it) crimping on the edges.
  9. Cook on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Notes
  1. You can use frozen veggies, just cut your sauteing time in half.
  2. All veggies are fair game! Be sure to think about the cooking time each one takes and when it should be added. Or, cut the longer cooking time veggies into smaller pieces.
  3. This is a very basic recipe. It is the foundation for doing awesome pot pies!
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We are hoping to have summer soiree’s and beverage posts soon! But, as it stands…Minnesota may be permanently in winter. *sigh*