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How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder

by Texas Homesteader ~

I have a couple of bags of frozen blueberries in my freezer. But right now freezer space is at a premium. So I need to empty some of its contents and one of those bags of frozen blueberries needs to come out.

I’ve got plenty jars of jelly/jam in my pantry so there’s no need right now to make more Blueberry Jam. And a person can only (healthily) eat so many Blueberry Muffins. So my thoughts turned to ways to dehydrate some blueberries for my pantry instead. Turns out it was pretty easy.

Dehydrated Blueberry Powder. Convenient to store in the pantry and stir into yogurt or pancake or muffin batter #TexasHomesteader

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Quick Taco Soup – An Easy Meal For ‘Those Days’…

by Texas Homesteader ~

I typically like to cook our meals from scratch. But let’s be honest. For all of us, sometimes there are ‘Those Days‘…  Today is just such a day.

I’ve been busy all week, I’m just getting over being ill and today I really need to play catch-up. So a hearty meal needs to be on auto-pilot today. Easy ’nuff, I decided to make taco soup.

Quick & Easy Taco Soup. Just brown the meat with chopped onions & then dump in a slow cooker with different cans of food. Heat & eat! #TexasHomesteader

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Favorite Feature In My Homestead Kitchen: Drop-Level Countertop

by Texas Homesteader ~

So if you’ve been following along my path to simplicity, you know I bake bread.

A LOT!

It’s true that handsome RancherMan of mine is a certified bread-a-holic. He loves bread in all its forms that’s for sure. But he loves my homemade bread the most.

Since I’m always making bread, my favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is this little section of counter top. It’s purposely dropped to a lower level to make my bread-making easier.

My favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is my drop-level countertop. It makes the task of kneading bread so much easier! #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018

by Texas Homesteader ~

At the end of each year I like to share with you, my beloved readers, the top 10 homesteading posts of the year found right here on this little ole blog of mine. This year y’all enjoyed fun recipes, cooking shortcuts, tips, money-saving ideas and much more.

Wonder what the most popular posts of the year were? I’ve shared below the posts that were read most often. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy these top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018!

Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018. This year y'all loved fun recipes, cooking shortcuts & tips, money-saving ideas and much more. #TexasHomesteader

Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2018. This year y'all loved fun recipes, cooking shortcuts & tips, money-saving ideas and much more. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Don’t Flush Cooking Fat Down The Drain!

by Texas Homesteader ~

We’ve all probably done it – rinsing out remaining fat and letting it go down the drain. A quick flip of the garbage-disposal switch and the greasy problem is gone. Right?

I’ve written before about how I’ve discovered how the problem Is NOT Gone when we flush things through our kitchen sink pipes. I’m not casting stones here. I spent plenty of my younger years flushing things down the sink, from plate scrapings to burnt-on food. And yes, the fat too. I figured if I used hot water it would simply flush that fat away safely.  But I’ve learned a lot since then.  I now know you should never flush grease or fat down the sink. But how do you dispose of it? Don’t worry, it’s easy – check out this Homestead Hack.

Flushing grease and fat down your kitchen sink drain is a recipe for disaster. But how do you dispose of the fat from a roast or grease from the pan? Check out this homestead hack. #TexasHomesteader

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Need a Quick & Easy Side Dish? Rosemary Rice

by Texas Homesteader ~

We like to invite my parents to join us for supper whenever we can. There’s just something about breaking bread together that bonds people, don’t ya think? And heck, my folks live relatively close so why not?

Typically RancherMan will grill the main entree and I’ll provide the sides and dessert. One of our favorite sides is Roasted Fresh Vegetables because it’s eye-catching, healthy and easy. But I’ve made that side the last 2-3 times that they joined us. Although they loved it, I wanted something different this time. Hey, I have that gorgeous rosemary bush right outside my door. Why not put it to good use? I decided to make rosemary-flavored rice for a quick & easy yet delicious side.

Rosemary Rice - I needed a quick & easy side dish for a dinner party. I used fresh rosemary growing in my garden to make Rosemary Rice. #TexasHomesteader

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Favorite Jelly Recipes on our Blog…

by Texas Homesteader ~

A while back we changed the name of our little ole blog to Texas Homesteader. There were many reasons for this, but mainly so that when I share a recipe or gardening tip, readers know right away what elevation or planting zone I’m referring to.

But whomever previously had the blog name ‘Texas Homesteader‘ before us apparently had some rockin’ jalapeno jelly. I’m constantly getting hits for folks looking for it. But I’m sorry to say it’s not here.

Although we love, love, LOVE jalapenos in almost everything we eat, neither RancherMan nor I enjoy sweet/spicy combinations. But I do share some delicious jelly recipes on this blog. So if you’ve come looking for Jalapeno jelly recipe – sorry I can’t help ya. But I hope you stick around for some of the most delicious jelly (with EASY recipes) you ever hoped to find!

We have lots of great jelly recipes on our site, some don't even require added pectin. Come see how easy it is! #TexasHomesteader

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Holiday Cooking Shortcuts, Tips & Recipes

by Texas Homesteader ~

The holidays are quickly approaching, y’all. This time of year is filled with many gatherings of friends and family, along with lots of good food. In our family we take turns hosting our family celebrations. The host family typically provides the main dish and all the guests bring their favorite side dish or dessert. That means there’s ALWAYS lots to eat during our big gatherings!

So I thought it would be helpful to share some holiday cooking tips & recipes that we typically enjoy during the holidays.

Are you hosting your family's holiday celebration this year? I'm sharing my favorite holiday cooking tips & quick & easy recipes. #TexasHomesteader

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Roasted Vegetables – A Quick, Easy, Healthy Side Dish

by Texas Homesteader ~

When I invite my parents for dinner, RancherMan often grills the main entree outside.  There might be grilled chicken, steak or pork. It will be delicious of course, but what will I make to go with it?

This is my mom’s (and RancherMan’s) favorite side dish.  I’m lucky it’s so quick, so easy, yet so healthy. Roasted vegetables.

Roasted Vegetables are a quick & easy healthy dish. Just chop the veggies, add salt & pepper, coat with olive oil & roast until done! #TexasHomesteader

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Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)

Texas Homesteader ~

Fall is in the air, and for me that always means PUMPKIN!  In searching for an easy pumpkin bread recipe I stumbled upon an easy one that starts with a box of cake mix.  Now of course you can buy your cake mix, but homemade versions abound on the internet.  I’ve been making my own spice cake mix (recipe coming soon) and love it in this pumpkin bread recipe!

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe. This one uses a shortcut of a box of cakemix. Quick, Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

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