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Meal Ideas When Bringing Food For A Family

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Whether mourning a death in the family, dealing with illness or even just feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a new baby, those going through hardships are comforted when others bring food.

There’s just something about someone caring enough to bring a meal to your family, ya know?? A meal you won’t have to worry about planning or cooking. It not only offers nutrition during a very trying time, but it’s like a warm hug from others.

But I’m always in a quandary when knowing what meal to bring to another family. You too?

Well you’re in luck. I’ve made a list of easy-to-prepare options sure to nourish, as well as comfort heart & soul.

The Gift Of Food: Meal Ideas When Bringing Food To Families #TexasHomesteader

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Last-Minute Gift Idea: Simple Sweetened Popcorn Into Christmas Trail Mix

by Texas Homesteader~

Time’s running out! Looking for a quick homemade gift idea? This Sweetened Popcorn was made into a sweet Christmas Trail Mix. It made for a delicious last-minute Christmas gift idea.

Although we typically gift our grands Experience Gifts these days, we still wanted something cute to present to them on Christmas day. So we decided to make an easy yet delicious edible gift for them.

I started with this sweetened popcorn treat. It was beyond easy to make. Seriousiosly, as in add 3 ingredients, boil 4 minutes and pour onto popcorn easy! Y’all aren’t gonna believe this…

Simple sweetened popcorn recipe - coat popcorn with syrup made from sugar, butter and water - Easy recipe! #TexasHomesteader

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Instant Pot Goulash – A Fast Meal That Cooks In Just 4-Minutes

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s true, I was late to the game in getting my very own Instant Pot. Oh sure, others raved about their Instant Pots, but I just wasn’t convinced.

Until I was!

Now I use my Instant Pot All. The. Time.

One of my favorite meals to make with it is Instant Pot Goulash. I mean – brown the meat, dump in the rest of the ingredients, press a button for 4 tiny minutes cook time & walk away?

Yeah, that’s my kinda cooking, y’all!

Instant Pot goulash needs only 4 minutes of pressure cooking. It's a delicious comfort-food meal made FAST! #TexasHomesteader

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My Fresh Herb-Drying Setup – No Energy Required!

by Texas Homesteader~ 

I love herbs & spices, don’t you? But several years ago I ran out of thyme. So I went to the store to buy more. WHEW! You know, there are some herbs and seasonings you can buy pretty cheaply. A big jar will cost very little.

But for some reason thyme was pretty pricey (IMO). Heck, for what they were charging for that little jar of thyme, I could buy a whole plant and harvest from it year in, year out!

So I did…

My most-used herbs are thyme, sage, oregano, basil and rosemary. So I make sure I always have them available, whether fresh or dried.

A Facebook follower asked about my herb-drying setup. Y’all know I’m all about simplicity! So I thought I’d show how I dry my fresh herbs.

Herb drying doesn't need to take any energy or special appliances. Come see my herb-drying setup. #TexasHomesteader

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Quick Meal: Simple Southwest-Style Quesadillas

by Texas Homesteader~ 
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Sometimes you need to get a meal on the table quickly. Maybe it’s just been an incredibly busy day. Or perhaps unexpected company stops by.

My go-to arsenal for a quick and easy meal is to whip up quesadillas. They’re fast, they’re delicious and by golly they’re always a crowd pleaser.

If it’s early spring, Spinach Quesadillas are always delicious. And I’ve been known to use leftover meatloaf to make a Quick & Meaty Quesadilla.

But another option we absolutely love that’s also totally guest-worthy is Southwest Quesadillas. They’re filled with cheese, tender-crisp veggies, corn & black beans.

A quick yet company-worthy meal is Southwest Quesadillas. Freshly grilled veggies, corn & black beans with cheese tucked into a flour tortilla. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Perfectly Smoke A Turkey With Pecan Wood

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I’ve heard of cooking a chicken ‘spatchcock’ style. That’s simply where you cut away the backbone to open the whole chicken and spread it out flat. It cooks much faster that way.

But we were wondering if we could do the same thing with a larger bird. Perhaps our holiday Turkey? So we sat out to experiment.

We had two turkeys to experiment with. This should be fun.

Spatchcock smoked turkey cooks much faster than a whole bird traditionally roasted in the oven. The flavor is deep and delicious. #TexasHomesteader

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How to make Peach Pie Filling From Plain Canned Peaches

by Texas Homesteader~

So many fun desserts are topped with pie filling. Not only for a burst of flavor, but also for pretty presentation. But today I’m just using it as topping. Buying a full can of pie filling would be a waste.

The good news is you don’t have to plunk down the money for that can of pie filling. You can easily make it yourself in minutes with a simple can of fruit for cheap.

Peach pie filling made from a can of peaches #TexasHomesteader

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What To Do With Leftover Chili-Cheese Fries          

by Texas Homesteader~ 

I had leftover chili cheese fries and didn’t want to just throw them away. My superpower is eliminating food waste. I’m not kidding, y’all!

I’m typically able to fully (yet deliciously) utilize all the food we we have in various ways so it’s not wasted. Come see what I did with those unappealing leftover Chili-Cheese Fries.

What can you do with leftover chili-cheese fries? I make them into a delicious frittata. Good food you can eat with one hand! #TexasHomesteader

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