Stuck-On Food? How To Easily Clean Cast Iron

by Tammy Taylor~

The skillets in my kitchen are comprised of a single stainless steel skillet for making my Homemade Chocolate Pudding and such, & several sizes of cast-iron skillets for cooking virtually everything else. Now I love my stainless skillet but let’s be honest, I love cast iron the best. I make spicy Cornbread and Bake Bread in cast iron. And I use those skillets on the stove top too for cooking Potato Cakes or frying potatoes. (or anything savory!) It rocks my world whether I’m using it stove top or oven. It does it all.

But it’s true that Caring For Cast Iron is a little different than typical cookware. And although mine’s virtually non-stick after decades of use, there still comes the time when frying potatoes or cooking scrambled eggs causes a layer of cooked-on food to remain on the bottom of the skillet. Now back in ‘the day‘ I’d scrub-scrub-scrub to get it clean again.

That was then, this is now…

Stuck-on food frustrating you while cleaning your cast-iron skillet? I've found an EASY way to get it clean. Check out my lazy-cook's method! #TexasHomesteader

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It’s Only February But Garden Prep Is Underway

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s early in the season and most of us aren’t even thinking about dropping seeds or plants in the garden. Here in Texas planting zone 8 we typically don’t risk planting until Easter when in all probability the danger of the last frost is past. I’m not gonna lie, I jump the gun sometimes. There are times I get away with it, and other times I have to start all over…

But there are still garden tasks to tend to even though actual planting time is still weeks away. Come see…

Even though it's only February & cold outside, there are still garden chores to be done. Come see how I'm preparing the veggie garden. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder

by Tammy Taylor~

I have a couple of bags of frozen blueberries in my freezer. But right now freezer space is at a premium. So I need to empty some of its contents and one of those bags of frozen blueberries needs to come out.

I’ve got plenty jars of jelly/jam in my pantry so there’s no need right now to make more Blueberry Jam. And a person can only (healthily) eat so many Blueberry Muffins. So my thoughts turned to ways to dehydrate some blueberries for my pantry instead. Turns out it was pretty easy.

Dehydrated Blueberry Powder. Convenient to store in the pantry and stir into yogurt or pancake or muffin batter #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday – Easy Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

Remember when RancherMan & I were traveling in East Texas and we stopped at a hole-in-the-wall dive for lunch? (ya know, sometimes those are the best places to eat!) We saw a menu item called ‘Poor Man’s Steak”. It was a hamburger patty stuffed with onion, bell peppers, jalapenos and cheese. And it was absolutely amazing!

I couldn’t wait to get back home & replicate that dish. And today to celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m sharing it with y’all again. Enjoy!

Poor Man's Steak (or stuffed hamburger) #TexasHomesteader

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Quick Taco Soup – An Easy Meal For ‘Those Days’…

by Tammy Taylor~

I typically like to cook from scratch for our meals. But let’s be honest. For all of us, sometimes there are ‘Those Days‘…  Today is just such a day. I’ve been busy all week, I’m just getting over being ill and today I really need to play catch-up. So a hearty meal needs to be on auto-pilot today. Easy ’nuff, I decided to make taco soup.

Quick & Easy Taco Soup. Just brown the meat with chopped onions & then dump in a slow cooker with different cans of food. Heat & eat! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Easy Reminder Tip

by Tammy Taylor~

Do you worry about forgetting something like unplugging a coffee pot or turning off the stove? Or do you hate when you go to someone’s house and just know you’re gonna forget to pick something up, and then you DO forget?? I’ve found a simple hack for remembering tasks like these. Intrigued? Check this out.

Do you need a simple way to remember to turn off the stove or to take something with you when you leave the house? Check out this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

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Favorite Feature In My Homestead Kitchen: Drop-Level Countertop

by Tammy Taylor~

So if you’ve been following along my path to simplicity, you know I bake bread.

A LOT!

It’s true that handsome RancherMan of mine is a certified bread-a-holic. He loves bread in all its forms that’s for sure. But he loves my homemade bread the most.

Since I’m always making bread, my favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is this little section of countertop. It’s purposely dropped to a lower level to make my bread-making easier.

My favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is my drop-level countertop. It makes the task of kneading bread so much easier! #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

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Honey Locust Trees: Useless, Yet Useful

~by Tammy Taylor~

When RancherMan & I found this little piece of paradise, we were smitten that’s for sure. As we looked over that old fence at the dilapidated 1880’s barn and overgrown property, we saw something beautiful. We saw where our future would be found. We saw HOME.

It’s been lots of work getting our property where it is now, and we’re nowhere near done. You see, there’s a prolific tree growing here called ‘Honey Locust’. For the most part we find these trees troublesome. But out of a useless tree, at least there are some useful features

Honey Locust trees are all over our NE Texas property. For the most part we consider them troublesome. But there are some good features #TexasHomesteader

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Pet Stains? How To Easily Make Your Own Carpet Cleaner Solution

by Tammy Taylor~

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When we adopted our Mini-Schnauzer Baily several years ago, she was plagued by painful bladder stones. This condition also caused her to relieve herself often in the house, and her urine was sometimes tinged with blood. A carpet-stain nightmare! I’m happy to say surgery to remove her bladder stones was a success and Bailey has been a happy and healthy member of our household ever since. But that pet stain in our bedroom? Hummm…

Of course we tried to spot-clean the carpet ourselves with various purchased carpet cleaners. But even rinsing out the carpet to the best of our ability, the soap residue apparently attracted dirt over the following days until the stain magically ‘reappeared’.

Pet stains on your carpet? We struggled for years to remove the stain, even using a professional carpet cleaning company. But this homemade stain treatment was what actually worked! #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things To Save Money This Week

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I were talking one morning this week as we enjoyed our coffee. He remarked “How wonderful is it that we’re HERE?? That we don’t have to use the alarm clock to wake us with a startle each morning, that we don’t deal with traffic an unreasonable boss or angry co-workers??”

I must admit I feel the same. Our lives out here are magical. But as we started recounting how it’s indeed possible for us to live in this magical place, one thing came up again and again. Finances. We have to be careful with them. We’ve traded a systematic paycheck for one that comes when it comes. But we’ve also traded the corporate world to live HERE! Finding places to save comes naturally to us now. Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save a little cash.

5 Frugal Things To Save Money. Decluttering, Dining, Travel and MORE! #TexasHomesteader

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