Accumulating Okra When You Don’t Have Enough To Fry

by Texas Homesteader ~

Okra is a powerhouse in the garden. Heat? Drought? Poor soil? It just seems to laugh at it all! My garden struggled this year due to the prolonged cool, wet spring. When the sun finally did come out & the temps warmed, many of the things I’d planted had already given up the ghost. But not the okra.

Now okra will produce you out of house & home if you let it. So I only planted four (count ’em – f-o-u-r) plants! It’s been about right to supply RancherMan & me with okra. But I’ll need to harvest & accumulate enough okra for frying up for us. Thankfully it’s easy!

An easy way to accumulate fresh okra from the garden & prepare it for frying at a later time. A quick mixture of flour, cornmeal & spices. #TexasHomesteader

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September 11th, 2001 – Where Were You?

by Texas Homesteader

September 11th, 2001, a day most Americans were changed forever.   I worked at an international trade association and they held a huge convention each year in September.  As the Director of Administrative Services, it was part of my job to attend this convention each year along with other executives of our association.  It’s a huge amount of work and it takes many hands to assure a smooth successful convention.

This year the convention was in Florida. So I packed the night before to make sure I can get to the airport the next day to make my early-morning flight.  Little did I know this day would change my life and the lives of all my fellow Americans forever!

September 11th, 2001. Little did I know this day would change my life and the lives of all my fellow Americans forever! Where were you? #TexasHomesteader

 

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Making Your Own Natural Beeswax Jar Candles

by Texas Homesteader ~

Back in ‘the day’ I had lots of scented candles and I burned them often. I loved the gentle flicker of the flame and the scent of the candle itself. But then I heard of the nasties that can be released by burning traditional paraffin wax candles. So as time went on I burned them less & less. When they were gone I just did without.

But now we have our own apiary and I have access to that precious all-natural beeswax. So today I think I’ll make beeswax candles with it!

It's easy to make your own natural beeswax jar candles. It's fun, it's easy, and it's natural. And who doesn't love a beeswax candle?? #TexasHomesteader

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Sweet Remembrance For A Memorial Service

by Texas Homesteader ~

I lost a sweet friend recently. She was an older woman, but so special to me. Very kind & a strong family person. A tender soul and a devout Christian. She was part of our group of friends who meet each month to celebrate someone’s birthday.

Whomever’s birthday fell in that month would choose the restaurant. Cards & small gifts would be brought to the honoree. Then we’d all sing happy birthday ‘family style‘. What a great group of friends!

But her health had been failing lately. She’d become quite frail. RancherMan & I were on the road when we got the sad news. We quickly made plans to attend her memorial service. But while there I saw something I’d never seen before…

A sweet remembrance from a memorial service - a basket of seeds. The note suggested we plant something to honor our friend. #TexasHomesteader

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Instant Pot Roast Recipe – Comfort Food FAST!

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Electric programmable pressure cookers are all the rage. But I have a stove-top pressure cooker and I love it. I guess it’s been hard for me to justify the cost of buying a different thing when I have something that works for me. But I’ve finally made the plunge!

Recently we invited my parents to dinner and I decided this would be a good time to break in my new Instant Pot. I decided I’d serve the epitome of comfort food – a pot roast.

I use my 6-quart Instant Pot electric programmable pressure cooker to easily make the ultimate comfort food. Moist, tender pot roast. #TexasHomesteader

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Trapping & Relocating An Armadillo

by Texas Homesteader~

Uh oh, something has burrowed beneath the rosemary by our back porch. We’re guessing it’s an armadillo. What a mess! So much dirt has been kicked up into the rock border of our porch and the burrow is obviously into the roots of my beloved rosemary plant.

A live trap will be set to capture and relocate whatever it is because it simply cannot stay! Not only is it tearing up our landscaping but we don’t want to chance our mini-schauzer coming into contact with something that could harm her.

Due to the size of the burrow, we’re trapping based on the premise that we’re dealing with an armadillo. Come see what worked for us.

Armadillos are notoriously hard to trap. But we needed to relocate an armadillo from our yard. See what worked for us. #TexasHomesteader

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Frozen Applesauce – An All-Natural Frozen Sweet Treat

by Texas Homesteader ~

My aunt always shares bushels of apples from her tree. Oh how I love them! I’m not sure what variety they are, but they’re flavorful, crisp and sweet. I’ll tote all those apples home and get to processing Apple Pie Filling, dried apple slices, Fruit rollups, and much more.

Many times I’ll take the less-than-perfect apples and immediately peel and core them for applesauce. Heck it’s so easy, chunk it all in a slow cooker and just let it do its thing. When they’re soft I take a stick blender to make it smooth. There’s no need to add sugar, these apples are already sweet. Sometimes I’ll add a tiny amount of vanilla. But what to do with this applesauce?

Homemade applesauce is used in many different ways in our household. But today I'm making it into a frozen sweet treat - apple sticks! #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~

Y’all know I have an environmental bend. It’s important to me to tread lightly on this beautiful blue planet of ours. But like most things in life, we’re all in different places. My journey may not be your journey, and THAT’S OK! We all need to pursue those causes we’re passionate about & offer our efforts & talents to those causes to make the world a better place #amiright?

On this Throw-back Thursday, read my thoughts about our different journeys.

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Planting A Blueberry Bush In An Old Galvanized Tub

by Texas Homesteader ~

I love blueberries. And I’d love to grow my own. But I’ve planted blueberry bushes repeatedly only to have them succumb. I guess I’m not paying enough attention to the acidity. I’d given up on growing blueberries.

But recently at a plant fair I looked longingly at the blueberry bushes. RancherMan said “Look! You love blueberries”. Yes, but…

The woman at the booth overheard & said this blueberry was a miniature so it works well in a large pot. And she mentioned that if you have it in a pot, it’s easier to moderate and correct the PH levels. Hummmm…. SOLD!

I was able to repurpose an old, rustic, rusted, mishapen galvanized tub to add beauty to our porch landscape. I planted a blueberry in it. #TexasHomesteader

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Garden Update: August

by Texas Homesteader ~

Whelp, it’s August y’all.  In TEXAS!  August typically means hot and dry weather.  Usually this is the time when I quit fighting the garden altogether and let it go dormant.  I mean, when it’s this hot nothing wants to set fruit anyway.  And during our typical summer when the rain taps turn completely off, it’s impossible to keep the garden watered.  Oh you can mulch and water, and of course it helps.  But the water you drop on the garden will probably be wicked away quickly without really soaking into the ground next to the plant’s roots.

But this year I experimented with biodegradable weed block. My hope was that it would not only keep the weeds down, but also keep the roots moist. I’ve been able to see the benefits.

August is usually so hot & dry the garden goes dormant. But this year we've had some successes too. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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