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Garden Update: Gardening In Hot & Humid August

by Texas Homesteader ~

Whelp, it’s August y’all. In TEXAS! August typically means hot and dry weather. And typically the end of the garden too. 

Usually this is when I quit fighting the garden altogether and let it go dormant. When it’s this hot and dry – even if I can keep the plants alive – nothing wants to set fruit anyway.  

But this year I’m actually still in the garden most days. Not to harvest, oh no! But hopefully to squeak things through for a fall garden. This year all has not been lost. Come see.

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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Easier Homemade Peach Ice Cream – The Taste Of Summer!

by Texas Homesteader~ 

RancherMan’s a huge ice cream fan. He would eat it every day if I’d let him. LOL

But since he enjoys it so much I try to find ways to give him healthier ‘ice cream’ options more often. Tasty ways such as my Homemade Fudgesicles. Their chocolaty deliciousness has a yogurt base. So they’re filled with healthy probiotics.

I also make a sugar free Ice Cream Substitute using frozen fruit. A few frozen bananas for sweetness and maybe a handful of berries. Just blend and enjoy!

But sometimes, ya just want real, honest-to-goodness ice cream!

I had some fresh peaches that needed to be used up before they went bad. So I decided to give ‘er a try.

Homemade peach ice cream can go from start to finish in only about 25 minutes. Come see this easier recipe. #TexasHomesteader
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Saute & Freeze Onions For Kitchen Convenience

by Texas homesteader~ 

Almost every savory dish I cook includes sautéed onions and/or garlic. But although I’ve found a way to easily Preserve Garlic for cooking, I don’t always have fresh onions.

So I wondered, why not take this glut of Harvested Onions and chop/sauté them now for use later? (smacks forehead) why didn’t I think of that sooner??

Saute & freeze onions for your own convenience food right in your own freezer. I scored them to make it easier to break off pieces. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters

by Texas Homesteader ~ 
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RancherMan & I drink coffee that comes in a handy lidded container. But I’ve been on a constant quest to find ways to use them once they’re empty.

But as gardening season hits in full swing, I’m reminded of another great use. Check out this Homestead Hack.

Homestead Hack - using empty coffee canisters for grape harvest. #TexasHomesteader

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Meat-Stuffed Zucchini Boats Make Use Of All That Zucchini!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Have you ever heard of zucchini boats? It’s a hollowed-out zucchini filled with hearty deliciousness and baked until tender. What a great idea for a little something different when the zucchini in your garden threatens to take over the world! LOL

Recently I found myself with some fresh zucchini. Now ordinarily I use zucchini as a veggie side dish. But I was looking for something a little more substantial this time. Something different.

I decided to make zucchini boats with them. I’ll make ’em hearty too by stuffing them with meat & cheese. Then I can use them as the main entrée.

I’m very happy to say it was not only ridiculously easy, but delicious too!

Zucchini boats are a hearty way to make use of all that garden zucchini. Fill with a hearty meat & cheese mixture & bake until tendercrisp #TexasHomesteader

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Vegetable Garden Update: July

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Aaaahhhh, gardening in Texas. July and August are certainly the biggest challenge months of the year. You’ve gotten a good start on your garden but the heat & humidity typically hits HARD in July!

Even with a few surprising struggles this year, I still have had a few successes. Come see how we’re faring here in our zone 8 veggie garden.

July Garden. Even with a few surprising struggles this year, I have a few successes. Come see how we're faring here in our zone 8 veggie garden. #TexasHomesteader

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Easiest Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe – Made Healthier With Applesauce!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 
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Sometimes you find yourself with food needing to be used in a different way than you intended in able to ward off food waste. That’s just what happened with these apples.

Oh they looked great. But when we got them home we just didn’t care for them. They were not granny smith, but were firm and tart all the same.

So I set out to look for things to do with them so they wouldn’t be wasted. They didn’t taste half bad peeled. So maybe I can cook with them instead of eating them fresh. I gave these chunky apple cinnamon muffins a try.

These Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins are quick & easy, using only standard ingredients. And they're made even healthier with applesauce #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I’m sure by now y’all know how enamored I am with soapberries. They’re like the more well-known soapnuts, but grown right here in the U.S. I’ve read that many native Americans and later European settlers used these soapberries as, well, SOAP.

But a couple of years ago I became aware that you could infuse water with these soapberries and make shampoo. Wait, SHAMPOO??

I’ve been using my own homemade soapberry shampoo ever since. It’s does a great job of cleaning, is gentle, natural, and leaves my hair feeling great. Plus there’s no plastic waste like there was when I was buying and using commercial shampoo. You know that makes my crunchy-green heart happy, y’all!

So to celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m sharing my soapberry success story. Check it out.

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United States of America – Happy Independence Day!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Independence Day America! A hearty "THANK YOU" goes out to all who have served our country, both past & present. #TexasHomesteader

As we celebrate the Independence of our beloved country, let’s pause and remember:

It’s the Land of the Free

BECAUSE of The Brave!

A hearty Texas Homesteader “THANK YOU” goes out to all who have served our country, both past & present.


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