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About Texas Homesteader

Our Homestead is located in Northeast Texas. This blog reflects our desire to live gently on the land - gardening, home cooking, food preservation, solar cooking, saving money, etc.

Homemade Hamburger Buns – Easier Than You Think!

By Texas Homesteader ~ 

I’ve all but quit buying commercially-produced hamburger buns wrapped in disposable plastic. I’d much rather bake them fresh in my own kitchen. It’s healthier, it’s lower waste, it’s cheaper and (thankfully) it’s easier than you think!

I typically use my standard Honey/Oat Sandwich Bread recipe. And I like to use my bread machine to do most of the work for me, it’s a tremendous shortcut y’all. But a bread machine’s not necessarily needed.

Homemade Hamburger buns are simple to make. And who doesn't love homemade bread??! #TexasHomesteader

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A Surprising Zucchini Substitute Option

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Did you know that young, tender luffa is actually edible??!! Yep, it’s a delicious, tender, and surprisingly pest-free substitute for zucchini in the garden. 

That’s right, if you harvest your young luffa when they’re only about 5” long they’re very similar in taste and texture to a zucchini squash. No, really!

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Easy Homemade Applesauce A Delicious Zero-Waste Treat

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Applesauce is a staple in my Homestead kitchen. But even though I use it often I don’t buy it, oh no! It’s super easy and nearly effortless to make your own applesauce.

And the lowly slow cooker makes it so easy too. Check it out!

EASY HOMEMADE SLOW-COOKER APPLESAUCE recipe shared at Mother Earth News - it's easy to make homemade applesauce with fresh apples! #MotherEarthNews #TexasHomesteader

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Breakfast Quesadillas A Simple, Inexpensive Meal Any Time

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Most folks around these parts love quesadillas. It’s a flour tortilla topped with cheese, a filling of some sort, more cheese to anchor all the fillings and topped with another tortilla. The quesadilla is then toasted on both sides on a hot griddle until the tortillas are lightly browned & crispy.

But when I heard of BREAKFAST quesadillas, well, color me intrigued.

I mean, it makes perfect sense. Fluffy scrambled eggs, sautéed peppers/onions and melted cheese between a couple of toasted tortillas. Plus they’re a great inexpensive meal option since eggs are cheap. Come see how I whip them up.

Breakfast quesadillas are made with flour tortillas stuffed with grilled onions & peppers, breakfast meat, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. #TexasHomesteader

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Recipe: Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Cooked In Shell

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Are you wondering what to do with that garden-fresh spaghetti squash? I like to cook it in the microwave & then shred the strands with a fork.

Then I sauté onions, garlic & bell pepper, add the cooked squash, mix it all with cheese and serve the cheesy spaghetti squash right in its own shell.

RancherMan will happily eat his squash… if I serve it lasagna style!

GARDEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH cooked with cheese & sauteed veggies. Delicious, and a good way to use those veggies from your garden. #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things – Homemade Gifts, Equipment Repair, Too Many Eggs, etc

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Summer is surely here, y’all. It’s HOT outside. So we’re mindful to get as many of our outside chores complete in the early hours as we can. And we take lots of breaks, drink lots of cold water and stay hydrated.

Since our budget is so tight, we’re always on the lookout for doing little things on a regular basis that saves us some money. Are you looking to incorporate some money-saving steps in your own days?

Well here’s 5 frugal things we did this week to save some cold, hard, cash.

5 Frugal Things to save money this week. Equipment repair, homemade gift, repurposing, mindful cooking #TexasHomesteader

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Recipe: Easy 3-Ingredient Homemade Pasta

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Have you ever made your own homemade pasta? When I was a child we had a family friend who made pasta from scratch. Boy were we all impressed!

But I’ve since found out just exactly how easy it is to make homemade pasta from scratch. Other than water there are only 3 ingredients in my pasta recipe:

Flour, Egg & Salt.

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