Tag Archives: Holidays

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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Snowman Treat Jar Makes A Quick, Fun Gift

by Texas Homesteader~ 

We’ve moved away from gifts of toys for our grandkids for Christmas. Instead we now give experience gifts to them. It’s been such a wonderful change.

We get to spend time with our grandkids and create memories for Christmas instead of giving just another toy to be broken & forgotten in no time.

But these excursions aren’t often on the schedule until AFTER the big day. RancherMan & I hate gathering for Christmas and having nothing other than a scheduled event to give to our beloved grandbabies.

So in addition to their experience gift, we usually give them a little sumpin’ on Christmas day. This year I thought it would be fun for that sumpin’ to be a snowman treat jar.

Last-Minute Christmas gift idea - Snowman Treat Jar - fill a repurposed jar with sweetened popcorn, peanuts, etc. Wrap a scarf & paint some buttons. #TexasHomesteader

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Last-Minute Homemade Gift Idea: Pinecone Fire Starters

by Texas Homesteader~ 

I wanted to make a pretty basket of natural wax-dipped pinecone fire starters. These are for our own use, but they make wonderful, inexpensive and very functional gifts too.

My garden basket isn’t used in the winter months. And I had a supply of pinecones I’d gathered for decorative purposes and a couple of half-burned pillar candles that I couldn’t even give away.

Let’s DO THIS!

Waxed Pinecone fire starters made by dipping pinecones in wax #TexasHomesteader

 

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How To Perfectly Smoke A Turkey With Pecan Wood

by Texas Homesteader~ 
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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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