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Different Flavors Dress Up Plain Pinto Beans

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I enjoy cooking from what we already have in our freezers and pantry. But we’re eating good, y’all!

Recently I was looking through the pantry and I spied a large 2-lb bag of pintos. Aaaaah the lowly pinto bean. I wonder if I should cook a whole 2-lb bag of them? Will we get tired of them before they’re all eaten?

I decided to cook them up  and see how many different ways we could enjoy them before our palates got bored. Come see!

I cooked a whole 2-lb bag of dry pinto beans in my Instant Pot. But we enjoyed them several different ways so we never got bored. #TexasHomesteader

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Using Oats As A Cheap Substitution For Breadcrumbs

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I love a multi-purpose product, don’t you? Take oats for instance. It makes a hearty, hot & healthy breakfast option. I like to drizzle some Honey From Our Hives and maybe sprinkle a little fruit on top. But there are other things you can do with oats besides make oatmeal for breakfast.

For instance, I often grind oats into oat flour for use in my Honey/Oatmeal Sandwich Bread recipe. It’s a low-cost yet healthy substitute for the more expensive whole wheat portion of flour that I used to use. And it maintains that heartier feel to the bread too.

But there are still more uses for this cheap, healthy product. I often use it as a substitution for breadcrumbs!

I use oats for a healthy yet cheap substitution for breadcrumbs. Whether using in my meatloaf or coating my potato cakes, it's easy! #TexasHomesteader

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Now You Can Make Your Own Baked Pita Chips Too!

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We were recently invited to a family gathering. Now in my family invitations to a shared meal happen often. Since it’s so common & also so that the burden doesn’t fall on the hosting family, each family in attendance brings something to contribute to the meal. There’s always lots of good food at our family gatherings!

This time I wanted to bring something snacky. So I offered to bring some homemade hummus. (If you haven’t seen my Stupid-Easy Hummus Recipe, you should totally check it out!) Of course I’ll need something for dipping but I hate how expensive that little bag of pita chips is! Hummm, I wonder…  I decided to make my own pita-type chips. Let’s see how it goes.

MYO baked pita chips using only 6 flour tortillas! A nice, heavy chip that holds up to dips or hummus. Nice & crispy too. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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10 Delicious Quick & Easy Homemade Soup Ideas

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The cold winter months typically mean we’re enjoying some pretty soup-heavy meals in our home. Although we eat soup all year long there’s nothing like a hot, nourishing bowl of soup when the weather’s blustery outside. But y’all know I don’t enjoy being in the kitchen. So my homemade soups need to be quick & easy, yet delicious & comforting.

Are you looking for a quick and super-easy soup idea for supper tonight? Well you’re in luck. Check it out, here are several different faves in our household. The links to each of these recipes are in the titles. Enjoy!

We love hot soups during the cold winter months. Comfort food at its finest! Come see our favorite hot & hearty soup recipes. #TexasHomesteader

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Faster, Easier Homemade Broth In An Instant Pot

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It took me a long time to jump into the Instant Pot scene. I mean, I already had slow cookers, and I had a high-end stainless steel stove-top pressure cooker too. Why would I spend more money to buy something else I had to store? Wanna know what the breaking point was for me to decide to jump in?

Well I’d borrowed my sisters IP to see if I’d *really* use it enough to justify the cost. One of the first things I tried was bone broth. I was hooked!

Y’all, making your own healthy broth has really never been this easy!

Instant Pot Broth is crazy-easy to make, y'all. Literally push-button convenience. Come see how I make and preserve it. #TexasHomesteader

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Homemade Pork Tamales – Quicker In An Instant Pot

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RancherMan & I love tamales. As a matter of fact, tamales are RancherMan’s favorite Tex-Mex food. And heck with his mad hunting skills, we always have pork in the freezer from the Wild Hogs that cause so much damage to our property.

It’s pretty common for me to cook up all those pork roasts at one time and quickly Shred The Roast with my KitchenAid mixer. That way I have cooked, shredded roast in the freezer at any given time for all manner of our favorite Mexican-themed meals, whether Pulled Pork Enchiladas, even easier Enchilada Casserole or maybe Carnitas Tacos.

But now we were in the mood to make tamales, although we hadn’t made them in about 15 years or so. Time to dust off those skills and put a few tamales in the freezer!

It's time consuming to make homemade tamales. But it's very easy. Come see my step-by-step directions complete with photos and recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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Planned Leftovers: Turkey & Dressing (Stuffing) Patties

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Aaaah the holidays. A special time of the year when friends and family gather to bask in the warmth of their relationships and enjoy some really good food. So much food in fact that oftentimes the day afterward can leave you scratching your head. Wow, there’s so much food leftover! What do I do with it all??

Well when you’re tired of eating the same leftovers over & over again, the freezer can be your friend. Or my favorite: planned leftovers. That’s where you make a whole new meal from those delicious leftovers.

Take that turkey & dressing for instance. RancherMan loves when I make Turkey & Dressing Patties from them. It’s like Potato Cakes, but with turkey & dressing instead. Come see.

What to do with that leftover turkey & dressing? Make it into turkey & dressing patties. Similar to potato cakes, it's crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. And so good. No more wasted food! #TexasHomesteader

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Lazy-Cook’s Quick & Easy Italian Soup

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RancherMan & I were planning a day trip to visit my dad. When we go for a visit I like to take any meal-planning pressure off him. I’ll typically whip up something super easy & portable to bring with us so he doesn’t feel he needs to put on a spread for us. On this day I decided a big pot of soup would fit the bill quite nicely.

We typically leave early in the morning so we can drive the 3 hours for our visit. We’ll stay all day and plan to be back home around 10 that evening.

Since I’ll be whipping up this soup early in the morning I need a lazy-cook’s recipe. You know, a recipe where I can just start with some cooked ground meat, open a bunch of cans, dump it all in a slow cooker’s crock and GO!

Enter this Lazy-Cook’s Italian Soup…

Lazy-Cook's Italian soup. Just cook ground meat, onions & noodles. Dump it all in a soup pot with cans of vegetables. EASY! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Tell If Baking Powder Is Still Good

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I was baking some Beer Bread recently.  As I pulled out the ingredients for my bread I noticed I was dangerously low on baking powder. But wait, didn’t I see a large container stashed  way in the back of the pantry just the other day?

I dug around until I found it. Wow, it’s apparently been in the pantry for quite some time. But it seems such a waste to just throw it away. I wonder if it’s still good… So I decided to run a quick test.

Do you wonder if that container of baking powder is still good? Here's a quick & easy test to show you whether it's safe to use or you should throw it out. #TexasHomesteader

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12 Must-Haves For Any Home Cook

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Do you know someone who loves to cook? Or maybe someone like me, who tolerates cooking and just needs tools to get it all done more quickly or easily?

There are tons of great gift ideas out there to make cooking more enjoyable. (and for me, most importantly – made EASIER! LOL) Here’s a list of my favorite & most-used items in the Taylor kitchen:

Must-Have gifts For Cooks. Come see the most used tools in my homestead kitchen. I always opt for tools that make cooking easier. #TexasHomesteader

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