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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 & Personalize An Oak Cutting Board

by Texas Homesteader ~

This past Christmas our primary homemade gift to our children & other loved ones was homemade Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese. (Be watching, I’ll be sure to share our different flavor recipes including our trial-n-error steps)

But how to present the cheese to our gift recipients? When RancherMan & I were brainstorming about presentation ideas, we decided we wanted a cheeseboard to go with our gift. So we started looking online.

We were pretty surprised at how expensive even a very small cheeseboard was. Even at the discount shops.

Plus – as is our norm – we really wanted to personalize them anyway. So we decided to make the cutting boards ourselves.

How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

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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.

~TxH~

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Gift Ideas For Dad

by Texas Homesteader ~

When I think of dad I think of sage advice, and love & guidance throughout not only my childhood days, but even as an adult. Dads certainly have my gratitude.

In thinking about gift ideas for dad, I asked RancherMan to share his opinion. What do dads really want???

He listed several things in many price ranges, which was helpful. Here’s a list of gifts he thinks would please any dad. You can click the link or the photo for each item to get further details.

(NOTE: If you need a little more inspiration a helpful, categorized Amazon list is included at the end of this post for your convenience)

RancherMan approved! Here is a list of the gifts dad will love - from a GUY'S Perspective! #TexasHomesteader

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Arrowhead Cross Collage In A Shadow Box Frame

by Texas Homesteader ~

I wanted to make a very sentimental gift for my mother. Y’all know I always prefer to make my gifts homemade. But I’m not really the creative type. So I struggle mightily with being able to figure out the perfect gift.

But this time I think my gift was perfect. I took arrowheads that my brother had flint-knapped years ago and arranged them into a cross for her. Come see how I was able to fashion this gift using only supplies I had at home.

I made this sentimental gift for my mother using just what we had at the house. I designed an arrowhead cross to go into a frame that was painted & distressed #TexasHomesteader

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What Is The Definition Of ‘Mother’? Lessons I’ve Learned

by Texas Homesteader ~

Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! I’ve learned some important lessons about motherhood. I have an amazing mother whose wisdom and guidance gave me the tools to become a loving mom myself.

She was firm in her expectations of each of her children. We were to respect each other and always respect our parents. Honesty and integrity were important parts of our character. She taught us the love of God, the importance of family and the ability to see situations from the other’s perspective.

As important as those lessons are, mom is still teaching me today. You see, mom isn’t just needed to bandaid a boo-boo, make sure we’re properly fed or set guidelines. Mom is needed throughout life. They continue to guide us and teach us to be a better person – more loving, caring, accepting and wise as the years go by.

What I've learned about being a mom. You don't have to give birth to that child to be his mother. #TexasHomesteader

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