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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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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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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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Easy Blueberry Muffin Recipe Using Fresh Blueberries

by Tammy Taylor~

I love blueberries! I’ve tried to grow blueberries several times here on the Homestead, but in the botanical hole of death that is our yard, it’s not been successful.  So instead I buy them. I can’t typically afford the fresh berries but I’m constantly using frozen blueberries by stirring them into my Homemade Yogurt or blending them with frozen bananas to make a healthy, cold summertime treat. Sometimes I thaw them & include them in my mixed-fruit bowl when I’m serving a cool yet healthy dessert.

But recently a friend invited me to go with her to a you-pick place to pick fresh blueberries. Oh how delicious, I came home with about a gallon of those big beautiful blueberries! I don’t typically buy fresh blueberries so this was a treat indeed. Sure I still stirred them into my yogurt and even ate some by themselves.  But I really wanted to do something special with them. Hummm… I know, I’ll make homemade blueberry muffins!

With a batch of fresh blueberries to enjoy, I decided to make Blueberry Muffins. So easy, so delicious. Come check out my recipe! #TxHomesteader

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Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know RancherMan’s an accomplished hunter.  And wild hogs are very plentiful & terribly destructive in our pastures.  We pair the two by having RancherMan harvest as many wild hogs as our large chest freezer can hold.  There’s no way to make a dent in the numbers in the pastures but at least we’ve always got pork in the freezer!

If we have the meat processed we get such things as pork chops and tenderized steaks in addition to ground pork, sausage and more.  But if the hog is small we typically process it ourselves simply into roasts & backstrap.

I like to utilize Planned Leftovers by cooking several roasts using my slow cookers.  I often  shred much of the cooked meat to make pulled pork.  (tip: there’s a much easier way than using 2 forks to Shred Cooked Pork)  Then I use that meat for various dishes such as Pulled Pork Enchiladas, Carnitas Tacos or BBQ. When I’m making BBQ I used to pick up a bottle of inexpensive BBQ sauce at the store.  Until NOW.

Check out this super-quick recipe for a sweet & tangy smoky BBQ sauce. It mixes up in minutes and is customizable to your tastes. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Healthy, Cold, Sweet Treat ‘Ice Cream’ Using Bananas & Fruit

by Tammy Taylor~

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It’s hot, hot HOT out there, y’all! I mean hot as in temps at 100 degrees or HIGHER several times this week.  WHEW! Here in NE Texas it seems we went from winter to summer with nary a mild spring day between!  So I’m focusing these days on cooler foods and cold desserts.  But I wanna keep it healthy too.  RancherMan loves, loves, LOVES ice cream, especially when it’s this hot outside.  But it’s just not healthy to indulge in such a high-fat treat too often.

I’ve written before about making a mock fat-free ice cream using frozen bananas and pudding mix.  The pudding makes the ice cream more creamy and less icy.  But I was looking for something even a little healthier.  So I started making our ‘ice cream’ using the frozen bananas for the sweetness and frozen fruit for an extra punch of flavor.

Now that it's hot outside I whip up a frozen sweet treat. It's like healthier ice cream using frozen bananas and berries. Delicious, cheap and healthy. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make Homemade Tri-Colored Pasta Noodles

by Tammy Taylor~

I remember when I first found out how easy homemade pasta is to make.  Now pasta purists typically use a special pasta flour called semolina.  And of course when I first started making homemade pasta I did too.  But y’all know I’m far from a purist with anything, especially in the kitchen!  I want quick, easy & delicious without special ingredients.  So I now just typically use plain ole all-purpose flour for my homemade pasta noodles and they always turn out great!

Flour – salt – egg – water and BOOM! 

Now don’t tell anyone else how easy it really is – people always seem to be impressed to find out that someone makes their own pasta!  So don’t rat me out, m’kay??  Pinky swear??

Recently I decided I’d try to make colored/flavored pasta using powdered dehydrated vegetables from my garden last year.  I knew I had dehydrated Malabar Spinach in the pantry, and dehydrated carrots too!  Come see what I did.

I love homemade pasta, but I wanted tri-colored pasta. So to my usual pasta dough recipe I added dehydrated & powdered spinach or carrots, leaving 1/3 plain. Delicious! #TexasHomesteader

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