Throwback Thursday – ‘Boiling’ Eggs Using No Water!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Today’s throwback Thursday post is about one of my favorite things to cook in my solar oven. ‘Boiled’ eggs! I was amazed when I learned you could cook those eggs without any water at all, right in their cardboard carton!

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~TxH~

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Pecan-Wood Smoked Meat For Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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RancherMan keeps our chest freezer filled with wild hog meat. I’ve made many dishes with this lean, mild-tasting wild pork. Many of those recipes are listed below. (Although you could use commercial pork instead)

But recently we were preparing for our annual family reunion. We decided to serve pulled-pork sandwiches with some of this wild-hog meat. But RancherMan wanted to smoke it with pecan wood before shredding it for sandwiches. It turned out Aaaaaaaahhhhh-MAZING!

Delicious Smoked Pork using pecan wood smoke. Delicious. And shredding all that meat can be done in minutes using our shortcut. #TexasHomesteader

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Veggie Garden Update: May

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May is typically a great month for veggie gardening in NE Texas.  In May the temps usually haven’t heated up too drastically. And in a normal year there’s still spring rains swinging through each week so you don’t typically have to struggle quite as much with your garden maintenance workload.

C’mon and walk with me through the garden & let’s see what’s “growing” on these days.

May is a great month for the garden. C'mon and walk with me through the veggie garden & let's see what's growing on these days. #TexasHomesteader

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother's Day out there to all those moms workin' hard and lovin' their babies, no matter what their baby's age! #TexasHomesteader

Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.

-Reed Markham

 

Happy Mother’s Day out there to all those moms & grandmas – workin’ hard and lovin’ their babies, no matter what their baby’s age is!

~TxH~

Other Mother’s Day Posts

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For The Eco-Conscious Mom

It’s Not Always Biological: What I’ve Learned About Motherhood

Wordless Wednesday: A Mother’s Heart

 

 

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BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe

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Every year RancherMan & I host a fun family gathering we’ve always called ‘RanchFest‘. It’s actually celebrated on the anniversary of the date we purchased this little piece of paradise. But we consider it a mini-family reunion.

Back when the kids were young (but before we actually lived here) we’d bring our kids and my siblings would bring theirs. We’d have a big celebration & bonfire. Oh how much fun it was to get together, and the kids loved hanging out with their cousins.

But they’re all grown and most have children of their own now. So every year at RanchFest we get together to relive those fun times. This year we’ll be serving pulled-pork sandwiches using meat from the wild hogs RancherMan’s harvested. He’ll smoke the meat, but we needed a BBQ Rub & Mop Sauce. And he certainly found a good one!

A delicious beer/coffee based mop sauce and dry rub recipe for smoked meat on the grill. Super easy to whip up in a flash. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Build A Quick 5-Frame Beehive Nuc Box

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Spring is an exciting time in beekeeping. The bees are finally able to get out of the hive & forage from the blooming plants. The hives grow by leaps and bounds this time of year too. It’s a good time to split the hives to keep them from becoming too crowded.

But spring is also a time when some hives will swarm. Sometimes when we capture a swarm we put the bees into an empty deep hive box with frames and let them get busy. But sometimes so many swarms are caught that we don’t have a deep hive box available. Let’s make some 5-frame nuc boxes for temporary housing for them. They’re super quick to put together & you can build four nuc boxes with a single sheet of plywood!

We needed temporary housingn for a swarm of bees we caught. We can quickly build FOUR 5-frame nuc boxes from a single piece of plywood. #TexasHomesteader

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MYO Simple Craft Paintbrush In A Pinch

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The other day I decided to try a gardening hack I’d read about. I wanted to paint some small rocks red to look like strawberries. The idea is to Trick Birds Away From Your Garden Strawberries. The birds see the bright-red faux berries and decide to swoop in for a little snack. A few pecks of that rock hard ‘strawberry‘ and they decide you’re an awful gardener and move on, leaving future strawberries for your own harvest.

I already had the paint, I already had the rocks, but I didn’t have a small paintbrush. So I decided to make one on the fly. All I  needed was a tiny scrap piece of absorbent material & an ordinary clothespin.

I needed a small craft paintbrush so I fashioned one in seconds using a piece of repurposed scrap cloth and a clothespin. #TexasHomesteader

 

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Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For The Eco-Conscious Mom

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Mother’s Day is on the way, y’all. Of course we appreciate our moms every day, but on this special day we make it all about her! And isn’t it wonderful to give her special attention? Whether she’s been there since day one or came into your life After You Were Born, moms are special.

Is your mom environmentally aware? Does she love being gentle with this gorgeous earth we call home? Well you’re in luck, I’ve assembled a quick list of inexpensive Mother’s Day gift ideas to spoil your crunchy, eco-friendly mom this year. Gifts she’ll love – c’mon & see!

Looking for simple, inexpensive Mother's Day gifts for your eco-conscious mom? We've made a list of our favorites. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday: Eco-Friendly Living

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I love Mother Nature, that’s why I recycle LESS!! Today I’m sharing a Throw-Back Thursday post that’s proved very popular with my readers. Sometimes we feel being eco friendly is difficult or will result in feelings of deprivation. Surprise! That’s not the case. Come see the easy ways I give Mother Nature a big, wet kiss on the mouth!

I Love Mother Nature, That's Why I Recycle LESS! #TexasHomesteader

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~TxH~

Other Great Posts About Reducing Plastic

Reducing Household Waste

…and Many More Repurposing Posts

All Eco-Friendly Posts

 

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