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2017 – Top 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year!

by Texas Homesteader ~

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the waning days of 2017!  And we’ve got a bright new year in front of us, full of possibilities & promise.  But I’d like to take a moment & reflect on 2017 first.  Today I’m sharing the top 10 homesteading posts of 2017.  This list includes a few recipes such as no-knead Boule Bread and our favorite Planned Leftovers Meal – Carnitas Tacos.  And it also includes some crafts such as making your own chalkboard labels with things you’ve already got.  There are also some posts about interesting social observations that y’all really liked this year.  Grab a cup of coffee & c’mon in, y’all!

Come see the Top 10 Most Popular Homesteading Posts on my blog! Some crafts, some recipes, and some social observations too! #TexasHomesteader

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Why Doesn’t Junior Want Grandma’s Fine China?

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

“I see there’s an estate sale this weekend, do you think we should attend?” I asked RancherMan recently. As I went over their high-end offerings we got into a pretty deep conversation.

You see, RancherMan & I often have these deep conversations with our morning coffee. We’ve discussed all manner of sensitive humanity topics. Nothing’s been off limits.

But today we were talking about the interesting social shift of current generations compared to generations passed.

I wondered what future the estate sales and their higher quality antiquities would hold? Will they continue to attract buyers or would they just eventually disappear? And why are younger generations not interested in things like fine china or heavy well-made antique furniture?

Newsflash: Junior may not be interested in receiving grandma's fine china. A generation shift might make it harder to pass grandma's finer things to your kids. #TexasHomesteader

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Public Safety: Restaurant Repeatedly Blocking Fire Exits??

by Texas Homesteader ~

While traveling out of town to visit my aunt & uncle back in March of this year, RancherMan & I stopped into a very popular tourist restaurant, The Big Texan Steak Ranch. It’s a fun place with lots of energy and the food is delicious. 

Oh and they’ll fill your growler with some of their specialty beers. You know RancherMan is all over that!

And their claim to fame is that if you can eat a whopping 72-oz steak with all the fixin’s in an hour you get your meal for free. (YIKES!) That challenge has been tried (and failed) many times.  A few times someone’s actually been successful! (again, YIKES!) LOL

But as we were sitting at the table enjoying our meal I looked around the room. The dining room is semi-dimly lighted and tables are placed end-to-end in long rows.

But right there by our table was the fire exit. I was shocked to see it was blocked by all manner of table-bussing trash and castaways. There were chunky high chairs stacked so high in front of the fire extinguisher you’d have to don your Superman cape, fly over and somehow move them all just to get to it. 

And the door itself was blocked with chairs, folding trays & menu trash. Wow. With the layout of this large dining room, this could be a disaster waiting to happen!

A Blocked Fire Exit? Wherever you are, in any restaurant - if you SEE something SAY SOMETHING! The Life You Save Could Be Yours! #TexasHomesteader

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Fire Danger: Locked Doors? Blocked Exits? SAY SOMETHING!!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

RancherMan & I were running errands in a nearby town recently and we decided to stop for a quick bite to eat.

It was raining and there were rivers of water running through the parking lot, so a close parking spot was nowhere to be found.

We parked at the end of the building and made a run for the doors. As we finally reached the doors drenched from the rain, RancherMan leaned forward to open the door for me as he always does.

PLUNK” – The door was locked.

OMGosh for the love of PETE – someone please help this make sense for me. Why oh why do so many business have TWO doors to their establishments only to have one locked at all times?? 

And we’ve even run across some businesses that post a permanent sign to inform patrons to use the other door forever! WHY?? (smh)

When you go to a restaurant, do you notice the emergency exits? Are they blocked? Locked?? This is a life-or-death fire safety issue! #TexasHomesteader

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