Our homestead is located in Northeast Texas. There are lots of native things growing all by themselves here that provide for us with no effort needed except the harvesting. Gotta love foraging for free food, right??
Recently in speaking with a friend about various things we’re foraging from our land, I thought it might be fun to share these with your too.
I love to grow luffa gourds (some spell it loofah) in my garden. There are so many things you can do with these large gourds! Recently I harvested a large crop of luffa from the garden and decided to make a flat scrubby luffa kitchen sponge with some of them.
But how do I take this large fibrous gourd and make it into a hard-working scrub sponge? Well you’re really not gonna believe how easy this is!
Vanilla wafers. You know the ones, those small golden cookies that everyone uses when they make banana pudding. They’re delicious, but other than when eating banana pudding I’d never really given them much thought.
I’d invited my parents over to join us for supper. Dad loves when I make dessert so I almost always do when they join us for a meal. This time I’d decided to make banana pudding.
As I was making my grocery list for the meal, I paused when I added vanilla wafers to the list. I mean, how hard could they really be to bake up fresh? As it turns out, not hard at all!
Meat thermometers are nothing new. They’re certainly a handy kitchen helper to easily check internal temperatures of meat. That way you can be assured it’s reached a safe cooking temperature without overcooking it and making it dry or tough.
But could I find a fully wireless meat thermometer? One that could communicate through Bluetooth? A thermometer that would send data directly to my smart phone?
Oh yes I did! And you’re not gonna believe how easy it makes cooking meat to perfection, y’all!