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Experience Gift: Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course

by Tammy Taylor~

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Several years ago our children requested no new toys for our grandkids. They already had mountains of toys, and Christmas always just sent it all over the edge. So RancherMan & I have been gifting our grandchildren ‘Experience Gifts‘ for Christmas instead.

One year we took them to a live production of ‘A Christmas Story’ at a theater in a nearby town. We’ve taken them to see a live production of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at a lovely refurbished 1940’s theater one year too. Often we’ll drive through a Christmas-Light display at the lake or stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat as well.

But they’re starting to get older, so this year we wanted something a little more physically challenging for them. So we hunted down a Warrior Ninja Obstacle Course/Trampoline park in a nearby town. It was all the rage on TV so we knew they’d love it.

Our kids requested experience gifts only for our grandchildren. We wanted something more physical for them so we took them to an Obstacle Course. #TexasHomesteader

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Need a Quick & Easy Side Dish? Rosemary Rice

by Tammy Taylor~

We like to invite my parents to join us for supper whenever we can. There’s just something about breaking bread together that bonds people, don’t ya think? And heck, my folks live relatively close so why not?

Typically RancherMan will grill the main entree and I’ll provide the sides and dessert. One of our favorite sides is Roasted Fresh Vegetables because it’s eye-catching, healthy and easy. But I’ve made that side the last 2-3 times that they joined us. Although they loved it, I wanted something different this time. Hey, I have that gorgeous rosemary bush right outside my door. Why not put it to good use? I decided to make rosemary-flavored rice for a quick & easy yet delicious side.

Rosemary Rice - I needed a quick & easy side dish for a dinner party. I used fresh rosemary growing in my garden to make Rosemary Rice. #TexasHomesteader

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How to Make a Christmas Santa Sleigh with Candy

by Tammy Taylor~

Several years ago our kids requested no more toys for Christmas for our grandkids. They already had so many toys that the mountains of additional toys they received each Christmas was beginning to be overwhelming. So we started a tradition of Experience Gifts for them. We’ll gather them all up and go do something fun with them. We’ll take them out to eat, do a fun activity together and bring them to the Homestead to have a slumber party with their cousins.

Sometimes the activity is a live Christmas play, the Children’s museum or a drive-through Christmas light display at the lake. This year we took them to a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course and also Rock Climbing. This annual experience gift is so much fun for them and us too!

But when we gather as a family on Christmas day, although the grandkids already  received their gift a couple of weeks earlier,  I hate that there’s no gift for them on this day. So I decided to make Santa Sleighs for them this year. A cute gift and a little sumpin’ sweet for them too.

You can make a cute Santa sleigh using candy canes and candy bars. A cute gift for kids, teachers, or anyone else! #TexasHomesteader

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Top 10 Best Homesteading Posts – Yearly Roundup Edition

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know I started this little ole blog of mine back in 2013. It was a hard year for us, I’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer. But RancherMan suggested I begin writing about our lives here on our Homestead. So we started a blog, I started writing and even all these years later I’m still here. I love writing about our lives and sharing snippets of our days!

I started doing a feature at the end of each year where I share my post popular homesteading posts of the year. Of course I’ll do that this year as well but I thought it would be fun to share a recap of all the post popular posts by year.  Each year’s top 10 homesteading posts right here in one place!

Here are the Top 10 Homesteading Posts on our page for each year since 2013. This is the yearly roundup version - each year's top 10 in one place!

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Throwback Thursday: MYO Cherry Pie Filling

by Tammy Taylor~

Whelp, another Thanksgiving in the books, hope yours was as awesome as ours was! We got all four kids (and all four grandbabies) in the same place at the same time. Warms a mama’s heart. Of course there was lots of good food too and that inspires today’s Throwback Thursday topic.

Have you priced a can of cherry pie filling in the stores? (gasp!) And have you noticed there’s lots of filling, but not so many cherries? Well that just won’t do for my Mix-n-Serve Cherry Shtuff Dessert. I like lots of cherries! So I discovered how easy it is to make a can’s worth (about 1 cup). Check it out!

Throwback Thursday - make your own cherry pie filling using as many cherries as you like. No more expensive cans with very few cherries. #TexasHomesteader

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Favorite Jelly Recipes on our Blog…

by Tammy Taylor~

A while back we changed the name of our little ole blog to Texas Homesteader. There were many reasons for this, but mainly so that when I share a recipe or gardening tip, readers know right away what elevation or planting zone I’m referring to.

But whomever previously had the blog name ‘Texas Homesteader‘ before us apparently had some rockin’ jalapeno jelly. I’m constantly getting hits for folks looking for it. But I’m sorry to say it’s not here.

Although we love, love, LOVE jalapenos in almost everything we eat, neither RancherMan nor I enjoy sweet/spicy combinations. But I do share some delicious jelly recipes on this blog. So if you’ve come looking for Jalapeno jelly recipe – sorry I can’t help ya. But I hope you stick around for some of the most delicious jelly (with EASY recipes) you ever hoped to find!

We have lots of great jelly recipes on our site, some don't even require added pectin. Come see how easy it is! #TexasHomesteader

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Use A Laser Printer For Cute Customized Labels

by Tammy Taylor~

I’m always looking for easy ways to label repurposed glass storage jars in my kitchen or pantry. And I especially like the jars to look nice when they remain out on our countertop, such as our popcorn jar.

I stumbled upon an idea of using regular packing tape (you know, the wide tape you use for sealing boxes for shipping) and a laser printer to make a transparent image label. Since we have a laser printer I was intrigued & decided to give it a go. It worked perfectly!

You can make a cute image label using a laser printer and regular shipping tape. REALLY?!! Yeah, it turned out really cute and was easy! #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things This Week To Save Money (And The Environment!)

by Tammy Taylor~

Living here has taught me to make the most of what we already have. It’s really very easy when you learn to do little things each day to save a few bucks. It’s rarely the big grandiose things that make the most financial difference, but the small daily tasks repeated over & over.

So I’ll share with you 5 frugal things we did this week to save money. It has a nice little side benefit of almost always being gentler on the environment too!

Come see 5 Frugal Things we did to easily save a few bucks this week. As a side benefit, they were good for the environment too! #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

Holiday Cooking Shortcuts, Tips & Recipes

by Tammy Taylor~

The holidays are quickly approaching, y’all. This time of year is filled with many gatherings of friends and family, along with lots of good food. In our family we take turns hosting our family celebrations. The host family typically provides the main dish and all the guests bring their favorite side dish or dessert. That means there’s ALWAYS lots to eat during our big gatherings!

So I thought it would be helpful to share some holiday cooking tips & recipes that we typically enjoy during the holidays.

Are you hosting your family's holiday celebration this year? I'm sharing my favorite holiday cooking tips & quick & easy recipes. #TexasHomesteader

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