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Enjoying A Cold, Sugar-Free Minty Beverage

by Texas Homesteader ~

When it’s summertime in NE Texas, it’s hot, hot, HOT! RancherMan used to drink way too many colas as his beverage of choice. But it was so unhealthy. And expensive. And produced lots of trash.

So I started brewing him Sun Tea. It was a good change! RancherMan got to enjoy a much lower-cost beverage that was healthier for him. And the only waste was the tea bag which I placed in my compost.

But recently I was looking at my chocolate mint bed which is doing VERY well #thankyouverymuch. A little too well actually. It’s spreading in places I’d rather it not grow. So I was thinning the runners and it smelled so dang good. I wondered if I can use it for a refreshingly-cold minty drink?

I've got chocolate mint growing outside & a gorgeous Stevia plant too. Why not brew it into a refreshingly cold, sweetened minty beverage? #TexasHomesteader

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Only 3 Ingredients! Easy Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I were getting together with my brother & sister and their spouses for a fun sibling vacation to Broken Bow, OK. We were staying in a gorgeous cabin with a full kitchen, so to keep our expenses down we planned to enjoy some of our vacation meals right there at the cabin. All three families were bringing food to contribute to specific meals. I brought Blueberry Muffins to snack on one day, Chocolate Crazy Cake for dessert after one meal, and promised to bring breakfast for the group one morning too.

I decided to make something easy that would transport well. Something I could make in advance & freeze so I could be on vacation too while we were on vacation!

I’ve made these breakfast muffins for RancherMan before & he loved them. So I decided to whip up a batch for our family gathering.

Easy ham egg & cheese breakfast muffins. Quick to make, easy to transport, and they're delicious! Serve with cream gravy. #TexasHomesteader

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Pecan-Wood Smoked Meat For Pulled Pork Sandwiches

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan keeps our chest freezer filled with wild hog meat. I’ve made many dishes with this lean, mild-tasting wild pork. Many of those recipes are listed below. (Although you could use commercial pork instead)

But recently we were preparing for our annual family reunion. We decided to serve pulled-pork sandwiches with some of this wild-hog meat. But RancherMan wanted to smoke it with pecan wood before shredding it for sandwiches. It turned out Aaaaaaaahhhhh-MAZING!

Delicious Smoked Pork using pecan wood smoke. Delicious. And shredding all that meat can be done in minutes using our shortcut. #TexasHomesteader

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BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe

by Texas Homesteader ~

Every year RancherMan & I host a fun family gathering we’ve always called ‘RanchFest‘. It’s actually celebrated on the anniversary of the date we purchased this little piece of paradise. But we consider it a mini-family reunion.

Back when the kids were young (but before we actually lived here) we’d bring our kids and my siblings would bring theirs. We’d have a big celebration & bonfire. Oh how much fun it was to get together, and the kids loved hanging out with their cousins.

But they’re all grown and most have children of their own now. So every year at RanchFest we get together to relive those fun times. This year we’ll be serving pulled-pork sandwiches using meat from the wild hogs RancherMan’s harvested. He’ll smoke the meat, but we needed a BBQ Rub & Mop Sauce. And he certainly found a good one!

A delicious beer/coffee based mop sauce and dry rub recipe for smoked meat on the grill. Super easy to whip up in a flash. #TexasHomesteader

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Rice Krispie Treats, With A (Chocolate) Twist!

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan was in the mood for something sweet. But I wanted to use only ingredients that I already had in the pantry. Hummm, let’s see. There was an older bag of marshmallows (when did we even buy those??) and a partial box of Rice Krispies cereal. Maybe I can make some Rice Krispie treats.

Then I spied a bag of chocolate chips…

Oh my goodness – somebody please save me from myself! These are absolutely amazing. I found the recipe for plain Rice Krispie treats on their site. (you can use any crisp rice cereal though).

But of course I added chocolate because chocolate makes everything better!

I made Rice Krispie Treats, with a (chocolate) twist. The addition of chocolate takes these crisped rice treats to a whole new level! #TexasHomesteader

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Quickest Apple Crumble Dessert From Pie Filling

by Texas Homesteader ~

Y’all know my aunt sends me home with bushels of apples every year. I get to work making all sorts of fun things with them. There are some examples of apple recipes we’ve enjoyed at the bottom of this post. But one thing I like to do with those fresh apples is to make & can apple pie filling. Then even when unexpected company shows, homemade dessert is ready in a flash.

For a fast appley dessert I can use that homemade apple pie filling to make homemade Apple Pie.  Or maybe something even faster – Apple Crumble.

Apple Crumble Recipe using apple pie filling. You can use any flavor you like - homemade or purchased. Come see my easy recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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Corn Dodgers – An Accidentally Simple Recipe

by Texas Homesteader ~

I was in a hurry. We were planning a day trip to see my father & I always try to bring food along so he doesn’t have to bother with ‘entertaining’. So early that morning I made the Homemade Soup and some homemade Apple Crumble. And dad loves cornbread, so I whipped up some of my homemade cornbread too (no Jalapenos this time though…)

But as RancherMan came into the kitchen he  saw ‘that‘ look on my face. “What’s wrong?” he asked.  UGH! My cornbread wasn’t rising. In my haste to get everything done I’d apparently forgotten to add the baking powder.

Looking at the flat cornbread & to make me feel better he said: “Don’t worry, I’ll eat them. They’ll be CORN DODGERS!”

Corn Dodgers are like cornbread, but more dense and not as crumbly. My baking mistake had delicious results and I'll be making them from now on. #TexasHomesteader

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MYO Homemade Chai Tea Mix

by Texas Homesteader ~

My sweet sister-in-law made & gifted to me some of her homemade chai tea mix. I was thrilled, I absolutely love her Chai Tea! She even gifted it to me in a repurposed glass jar. Love!

So I used my laser printer and some regular ole shipping tape to make a fun customized label for the jar. Now my chai tea mix stands ready to whip up at a moment’s notice. What a delightful, comforting drink when it’s cold outside.

Hot Chai Tea is comforting on a chilly day. This chai tea mix is quick and easy to mix up. Store it in the pantry in a repurposed glass jar #TexasHomesteader

 

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Quick & Easy Taco Seasoning Mix

by Texas Homesteader ~

Back in ‘the day‘ I always kept several packets of taco seasoning in my pantry for those days I was making Carnitas Tacos. Or Pulled-Pork Enchiladas. Or maybe Taco Soup. Or… well anything Tex-Mex flavored. RancherMan & I enjoy lots of Tex-Mex food, y’all. You know, ’cause that’s how we roll in Texas!

But that was before I started on this simple life journey. I’ve since learned that it’s beyond easy to whip up these spice mixes for myself. Come see…

It's beyond easy to make your own taco seasoning. Just gather a few spices and blend! Come see my easy recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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

by Texas Homesteader ~

I typically like to cook from scratch for our meals. 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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