Dinner Party, Shower-head Repair, Coffee Sale, Post-Holiday Food

by Texas Homesteader ~

Especially this time of year, we’re all trying to save a little money wherever we can, #amiright? I’ve found the best way to save some cold, hard cash is to incorporate easy (and non-drastic) money-saving measures into your daily life. Saving money doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes there’s no sacrifice or hardship, it’s just part of your normal everyday life.

You just need to keep an eye open for opportunities. Take for instance these 5 frugal things that peppered our regular everyday lives recently.

Come see the 5 frugal things we were able to accomplish this week with very little effort. Saving money doesn't have to be hard. #TexasHomesteader

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Top 10 Best Homesteading Posts – Yearly Roundup Edition

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

I started doing a feature at the end of each year where I share the top 10 posts that resonated with you the most, whether recipes, simple living or projects we’ve done. Of course I’ll do that this year as well but I thought it would be fun to share a recap of what you readers have deemed all the post popular posts by year.  You can see 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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The Gift Of Time: 6 Fun Experience Gift Ideas

by Texas Homesteader ~

Several years ago our grown children requested:  “Please, no new toys – the kid’s rooms are packed!”  So we started a new tradition – experience gifts for our grandchildren!  Each year RancherMan & I decide on a fun activity to do with the kids. It’s a win/win since it gives us a chance to spend some special time with them too.

It usually involves a restaurant meal and spending the night at our house for a little more time spent with them. And there’s usually homemade Hot Cocoa involved. 🙂

Are you looking for experience gift ideas too? C’mon in, I’m sharing the experience gifts we’ve given to our grandkids over the last several years.

We opted for an experience gifts over toys for our grandchildren at Christmas. Come see examples of the fun times we've spent with them. #TexasHomesteader

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Planned Leftovers: Turkey & Dressing (Stuffing) Patties

by Texas Homesteader ~

Aaaah the holidays. A special time of the year when friends and family gather to bask in the warmth of their relationships and enjoy some really good food. So much food in fact that oftentimes the day afterward can leave you scratching your head. Wow, there’s so much food leftover! What do I do with it all??

Well when you’re tired of eating the same leftovers over & over again, the freezer can be your friend. Or my favorite: planned leftovers. That’s where you make a whole new meal from those delicious leftovers.

Take that turkey & dressing for instance. RancherMan loves when I make Turkey & Dressing Patties from them. It’s like Potato Cakes, but with turkey & dressing instead. Come see.

What to do with that leftover turkey & dressing? Make it into turkey & dressing patties. Similar to potato cakes, it's crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. And so good. No more wasted food! #TexasHomesteader

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Our Blessings Abound. Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Thank you Lord for food to nourish me, a warm bed for rest, and the love of family to warm my heart! #TexasHomesteader

Thank you Lord for food to nourish me, a warm bed for rest, and the love of family to warm my heart.  From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

~TxH~

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Lazy-Cook’s Quick & Easy Italian Soup

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RancherMan & I were planning a day trip to visit my dad. When we go for a visit I like to take any meal-planning pressure off him. I’ll typically whip up something super easy & portable to bring with us so he doesn’t feel he needs to put on a spread for us. On this cold day I decided a big pot of soup would fit the bill quite nicely.

We typically leave early in the morning so we can drive the 3 hours for our visit. We’ll stay all day and plan to be back home around 10 that evening. Since I’ll be whipping up this soup early in the morning I need a lazy-cook’s recipe. You know, a recipe where I can just brown some ground meat, open a bunch of cans, dump it all in a slow cooker’s crock and GO!

Enter this Lazy-Cook’s Italian Soup…

Lazy-Cook's Italian soup. Just cook ground meat, onions & noodles. Dump it all in a soup pot with cans of vegetables. EASY! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Tell If Baking Powder Is Still Good

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I was baking some Beer Bread recently.  As I pulled out the ingredients for my bread I noticed I was dangerously low on baking powder. But wait, didn’t I see a large container stashed  way in the back of the pantry just the other day?

I dug around until I found it. Wow, it’s apparently been in the pantry for quite some time. But it seems such a waste to just throw it away. I wonder if it’s still good… So I decided to run a quick test.

Do you wonder if that container of baking powder is still good? Here's a quick & easy test to show you whether it's safe to use or you should throw it out. #TexasHomesteader

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12 Must-Haves For Any Home Cook

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Do you know someone who loves to cook? Or maybe someone like me, who tolerates cooking and just needs tools to get it all done more quickly or easily?

There are tons of great gift ideas out there to make cooking more enjoyable. (and for me, most importantly – made EASIER! LOL) Here’s a list of my favorite & most-used items in the Taylor kitchen:

Must-Have gifts For Cooks. Come see the most used tools in my homestead kitchen. I always opt for tools that make cooking easier. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

The holidays are on the way, y’all! Soon we’ll all be making arrangements for cooking up a huge meal, gathering together with our family and giving thanks for our many blessings.

If you’ll be hosting this year, you may be wondering how you’ll get it all done. Well today I’m sharing holiday cooking shortcuts, tips and recipes.

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Easy Pressure-Canning For Bone Broth

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Y’all know I love to make my own broth, right? I mean, when I found out how simple it was, and how cheap, and healthy – there was just no reason NOT make it. Just plunk some bones into a pot of water and then cook them until they’re broth. I don’t add veggie ends or seasoning of any kind. Just pure bone broth.

I typically pour that cooled and strained broth into plastic jars and store them in the freezer. But too many times I’ve failed to properly plan in advance & I’ve had to chunk frozen broth from the jars for my recipe. So now that the weather’s cooler and I don’t mind heat & humidity from the kitchen coming through the house, I figured I’d can it this time instead. Don’t be intimidated by a pressure canner, y’all. Canning broth is easy.

Preserve your homemade broth. Use a pressure canner when canning broth. It's easy and your reward is jars of homemade broth for months #TexasHomesteader

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