How To Make & Personalize An Oak Cutting Board

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This past Christmas our primary homemade gift to our children & other loved ones was homemade Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese. (Be watching, I’ll be sure to share our different flavor recipes including our trial-n-error steps)

But how to present the cheese to our gift recipients? When RancherMan & I were brainstorming about presentation ideas, we decided we wanted a cheeseboard to go with our gift. So we started looking online.

We were pretty surprised at how expensive even a very small cheeseboard was. Even at the discount shops.

Plus – as is our norm – we really wanted to personalize them anyway. So we decided to make the cutting boards ourselves.

How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things: Food Waste, Free Landscaping, Cheap Equipment, Etc.

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Keeping your expenses low is often as easy as watching your everyday actions & looking for a way to accomplish the same thing for less money. And it’s often easier than you think!

Today I’m sharing 5 frugal things we did this week to save cold, hard cash with no sacrifice at all. (And, you know, isn’t ‘No Sacrifice‘ the best way of all to save money??!!)

Come see the 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money, including eliminating food waste, free landscape material, equipment & more #TexasHomesteader

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8 Simple Zero-Waste Swaps In The Kitchen

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Did you ever wonder how you could eliminate single-use waste in your kitchen? Thankfully it’s easy to find simple zero-waste kitchen swaps.

Recently while entertaining family for supper, my sister saw me incorporating several zero-waste efforts. She exclaimed “Oh wow, I would have never thought to do that!”

It got me thinking, maybe I should share the various ways I’m able to reduce (or even eliminate) those single-use items in my kitchen. There are many easy ways I’m able to make zero-waste swaps for those things.

Here’s a list of single-use items I no longer buy. I’ve been able to reduce or eliminate these things completely:

I'm working on eliminating single use waste with these simple zero-waste kitchen swaps. It's remarkably easy to do & can save money too. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday: The Importance Of The Family Supper Table

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Do you sit down & have supper together as a family? Sometimes in the busyness of our days it’s hard to do. But whenever possible, there are many very important reasons why eating together as a family is important.

To celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m going back into the archives and bringing out a post that holds quite a bit of importance to me. Discussion about the importance of the family supper table.

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Easiest Homemade Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

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Occasionally we have need for breakfast sausage. But not really that often. So on the limited occasion that we need it we’ll typically buy it.

I’m always surprised at how expensive that little one-lb pkg of breakfast sausage costs! Especially since we have an abundance of ground pork in the freezer.

So I sat out to season our ground pork into homemade breakfast sausage. I settled on what I think is the simplest breakfast sausage seasoning blend.

Make your own breakfast sausage with this simple breakfast sausage seasoning and regular ground pork. No complicated seasonings here! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make A Quick Honey Glaze

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Are you looking for an easy sweet honey glaze recipe? You’re gonna love this. I’m not a big fan of spending time in the kitchen. This honey glaze is about as quick as it gets!

You know how it is – sometimes frosting is just a little too heavy on your cupcakes or sweet breads. I’ve opted for a sprinkling of powdered sugar in the past and that’s a good option for sure.

But RancherMan loves to have those breads topped with a little extra sumpin’. Enter this super easy honey drizzle – it whips up in about a minute! Check it out.

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A Day On the Homestead – Changing Seasons, Laundry Woes, etc.

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The season is finally starting to change, y’all. The brutal grip of a hot, sticky Texas summer is beginning to soften. The temps are still hot & humid but with the promise of cooling in the next several days. And even some chances of rain!

The changing seasons are welcomed. But they’re not without their challenges for me.

Come see what these changes mean in our household. I’ll share a Day on the Homestead with you!

Come with me for a day on the Homestead. The changing seasons are welcome, but not without their trials. #TexasHomesteader

 

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Roasting Peppers On A Gas-Powered Stove

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When the garden is pumping out those peppers I’m going through them almost as fast as they’ll produce. Jalapenos, poblanos, bell peppers, banana peppers – I love ’em all!

But we especially love poblanos and bell peppers. I’ve discovered that although they’re delicious in many ways, my favorite flavor is accomplished by roasting them.

But, you know – peppers are producing most prolifically during those hot & humid months of summer. I can’t stand the thought of turning the oven on high and roasting those peppers. Even for the delicious end result.

So when I’m making Chile Relleno or Creamy Hatch Sauce and wanting to use my garden peppers, I take the shortcut in roasting them.  You like to use shortcuts here too? Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.

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How To Paint A Texas Flag Gate – A Fun, Quick Project

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Several months ago while traveling around gorgeous Blanco, Texas (before this blasted pandemic) I saw a gate painted like a Texas flag. I immediately knew that I wanted one for my own.

Fast forward a couple of months. RancherMan asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year. I told him I wanted Texas flag gate supplies.

This ended up being a very easy yet fun project. And I love the look of our new gate. Can you tell we’re proud Texans?

How To Paint A Texas Flag Gate. It was a quick and enjoyable project. And I love the way our gate painted in a Texas flag design looks. #TexasHomesteader
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Quick & Easy Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce

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It’s hatch chile season, y’all! Recently I whipped up some quesadillas and topped them with this creamy hatch chile sauce that I made from scratch. It was simple, really. I only used hatch chiles, greek yogurt, garlic and olive oil. RancherMan is still raving! I’d say that was a success!

We try to buy hatch chiles every year. But before I toss them in the freezer, I remove the stems and seeds & peel the roasted skins (if they’re tough). Then I lay the chiles in a single layer and freeze them.

That means using my roasted hatch chiles is as easy as cutting off a chunk and proceeding with my recipe. Come see how I made this quick & easy Creamy Hatch Chili Sauce.


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