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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. And heck, my folks live relatively close so why not?

Typically RancherMan will grill the main dish 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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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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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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Roasted Vegetables – A Quick, Easy, Healthy Side Dish

by Tammy Taylor~

When I invite my parents for dinner, RancherMan often grills the main entree outside.  There might be grilled chicken, steak or pork. It will be delicious of course, but what will I make to go with it?

This is my mom’s (and RancherMan’s) favorite side dish.  I’m lucky it’s so quick, so easy, yet so healthy. Roasted vegetables.

Roasted Vegetables are a quick & easy healthy dish. Just chop the veggies, add salt & pepper, coat with olive oil & roast until done! #TexasHomesteader

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Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)

~Tammy Taylor~

Fall is in the air, and for me that always means PUMPKIN!  In searching for an easy pumpkin bread recipe I stumbled upon an easy one that starts with a box of cake mix.  Now of course you can buy your cake mix, but homemade versions abound on the internet.  I’ve been making my own spice cake mix (recipe coming soon) and love it in this pumpkin bread recipe!

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe. This one uses a shortcut of a box of cakemix. Quick, Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

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Last-Minute Dessert: Cherry Pie Tortilla Rolls

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I don’t always eat dessert, but when we do it’s usually something quick & easy.  I’ve simply cut berries in a bowl and topped with quick homemade honey-sweetened Whipped Cream, or enjoyed our healthier version of ‘ice cream‘ that uses frozen bananas and berries.  Or even whipped up a quick chocolate pudding.  All delicious, all quick & easy.

But when unexpected company comes, I want something that’s a little different (but still easy ’cause, you know, I’m a lazy cook!)  I’ve made Apple Pie Rolls using some of my home-canned Apple Pie Filling.  It’s delicious!  But now I’m thinking about cherry pie…

Cherry Pie Tortilla Rolls. A quick & easy company-worthy dessert that doesn't even require a recipe! Flour Tortillas & cherry pie filling #TexasHomesteader

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How To Rehydrate & Use Dehydrated Pumpkin Puree

by Tammy Taylor~

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Last year’s pumpkin harvest was truly out-o-control!  I harvested so many pumpkins!  I shared several of them with family & friends but still ended up with mountains of my own.  I love to use these heirloom pumpkins for puree in my Pumpkin Granola so I cooked ’em up & pureed them.  They were measured out into 2-cup measurements and frozen for future use.

But RancherMan was the wild-hog-hunting KING and our freezer was filled to capacity with wild pork.  But I still had two remaining pumpkins…  They had some staying power, still looking as fresh as the day I harvested them.  But I really needed to do something with them before they started to deteriorate.  But with no freezer room, what will I do? I decided to Dehydrate the Pumpkins.

Rehydrating Pumpkin Puree. Come see how to rehydrate and use dehydrated pumpkin puree. Dehydrated Pumpkin puree stores in the pantry with no additional energy needed - a wonderful preparedness food! #TexasHomesteader

 

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Too Much Okra? Make Fried Okra Fritters!

by Tammy Taylor~

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There are a few veggies that are really a powerhouse in the garden.  Squash & okra come to mind.  They’ll grow & produce in the most challenging weather, usually producing well enough for you to eat as much as you want & still have plenty to share with friends & family.  I like okra either pickled or fried, but I’ve never gotten onboard with the mucilage texture inside of okra. So we didn’t plant okra this year. Luckily I was gifted with a bag of okra from a friend’s garden.  So I got to enjoy okra without having a boatload to figure out what to do with it all!

But along with this bag of okra was a recipe for okra fritters.  Okra fritters?  I’d never heard of such.  So RancherMan & I gave them a try – they were amazing!  I asked my dear friend if I could share the recipe with you, and she agreed!

A friend shared a bag of fresh okra from her garden. She also shared a recipe for Okra Fritters. They were delicious! Check it out. #TxHomesteader

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How To Make Cottage Cheese With Lightly-Soured Milk

by Tammy Taylor~

I love milk so I always have some in my fridge.  But sometimes travel or just the busyness of our lives means that milk sits in the fridge long enough that it’s not flavorful to drink anymore.  It’s become lightly soured.

Now I’m not talking about SPOILED milk here. I’m just speaking of milk a little too close to (or even just past) the date on the carton. That’s when the flavor starts to change somewhat.  In the past although I hated to throw it away, I’d sigh and pour it down the drain.  What a waste!  Then I thought for a moment – you can use lightly soured milk for making biscuits, sandwich bread or pancakes. I wonder if there’s another way to use it.  I know, I’ll make cottage cheese!  Oh man, it’s so easy…

I often use lightly-soured milk to make my own delicious cottage cheese. This reduces our food waste and provides delicious food. #TxHomesteader

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Summer Cooking: Savory Meatloaf in a Solar Oven

by Tammy Taylor~

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We’ve been dealing with quite the heatwave here in NE Texas.  And much of the country is in the same grip of summer heat too.  When it’s this hot outside I try to keep the cooking heat out of our home.  For me, that means I’m using my solar oven almost every day.  (have I mentioned how much I love that thing??!!)

Today I’m sharing how I used my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking to whip up two large loaves of meatloaf.  Sure, I used my solar oven to do the cooking. But my recipe below uses a conventional oven.  So whichever method you choose, you’re guaranteed to get a delicious meaty comfort-food entree with plenty leftover for the freezer too for quick heat-n-eat suppers another night.

I'm cooking up our favorite comfort food - meatloaf! I'm using my solar oven to cook it but the recipe includes standard oven directions too #TxHomesteader

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