We love garlic. And thankfully it’s easy to grow garlic in our NE Texas garden. It adds a healthy yet powerful flavor to our food. We especially love it with Tex-Mex flavored dishes.
I recently harvested the garlic from our garden. I’ll allow it to cure for several weeks and then I typically hang whole garlic heads in my pantry. That garlic will be ready and waiting to be used at a moment’s notice.
But I grow & harvest lots of garlic every year. There’s no way I can use it all fresh before it goes bad. So to preserve some of the garlic further I also like to keep a jar filled with peeled garlic cloves in my freezer.
But ugh, peeling that many cloves is going to be a long, sticky chore, right?
Come see how I can peel whole heads of garlic cloves in seconds.
After the lettuce is torn and added to the bowl, we pile on the extras. Chopped carrots, diced onion, sliced cucumbers, crumbled sharp cheese, etc. We also often peel a boiled egg and chop it up, sprinkling it into our salad as well for the extra protein.
Oftentimes this salad is so hearty it’s all we want for supper. And cool meals are a bonus in the heat & humidity of NE Texas summers!
But I recently read about a way to cook your eggs in an Instant Pot similar to boiled eggs. But the eggs are cracked and poured into a pan before being cooked. I’ve seen it called an ‘Egg Loaf’. Well color me intrigued!
Well, summer is upon us y’all. Temps are heating up and gardens are growing. Whether you’re growing a veggie garden or landscaping areas, those plants need to be watered from time to time during the hot summer months.
But it’s never made sense to me that such a precious resource as water is treated to make it safe for drinking and then piped from miles away for me to just spill out of a water hose & throw on the ground. So I use only rainwater for outside watering & irrigation. But there can be long spells without rain in the summer months. I needed catchment systems to capture and hold rainwater until I need it.
To celebrate Throwback Thursday I thought I’d share with you the three simple rainwater catchment systems we use here on the Homestead. They’re inexpensive and easy to use. Come see!
It’s just a fact that socks wear out. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of them, eventually they end up with holes in them. And when they do, they go on to their second purpose here on the Homestead.
I typically cut off the toe section & elastic top from the holey sock, then cut the sock along the back ankle/heel/foot to open it up flat. I then cut the resulting material into a square-ish shape. I’ll be using this material in different ways – Check it out.
Many are surprised to find that I serve homemade meals every day. There are actually several good reasons for that. And none involve the words “Because I love to cook“!
Firstly, living in the country means there’s a limit to close places to go out to eat. And home delivery is certainly not even an option!
Secondly I know eating at home is a healthier option than the high-fat, high-sugar & high sodium options that tempt you at a restaurant. I’m able to serve a delicious homemade meal while still having control over any unhealthy ingredients in recipes.
Thirdly, it’s significantly cheaper to cook from scratch than to eat out, or even to utilize packaged convenience items sold in the stores. Being self employed means I’m extremely mindful of our budget.
But still it’s a surprise for many people, who ask:
“How in the world do you serve homemade meals every day??!!”
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret – I use several shortcuts. And they could help you too!