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Easiest Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe – Made Healthier With Applesauce!

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I had extra apples and I wanted to make a muffin recipe with chunky apples and cinnamon. And I wanted it made healthier by substituting oil with homemade applesauce!

I gave these chunky apple cinnamon muffins a try.

These Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins are quick & easy, using only standard ingredients. And they're made even healthier with applesauce #TexasHomesteader

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Enjoying A Cold, Sugar-Free Minty Beverage

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I like to serve healthier beverages. It’s important to drink water, but sometimes it get cat boring. What about a minty drink that’s sugar free. Is there any such thing?

Recently I was looking at my mint bed which is doing VERY well #thankyouverymuch. A little too well actually. It’s spreading in places I’d rather it not grow.

But while I was thinning the rambling mint runners, it smelled so dang good. I wondered if I could 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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Using FREE Solar Energy To Brew Your Tea

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RancherMan loves his iced tea. I love that it’s a healthier drink option for him than many other choices. And brewing our own tea means no trash. Plus it’s super cheap.

All. Good. Stuff.

But did you know it doesn’t necessarily have to be hot outside to brew tea? All you really need is sunshine. There are a couple of ways I’m able to provide RancherMan with that delicious beverage he loves. Brewed in winter or summer: No purchased energy necessary!

Sun Tea - quick to brew using the power of the sun whether winter or summer. A delicious, healthy and trash free beverage. #TexasHomesteader

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Summer Cooking: Savory Meatloaf (Includes Solar Cooking Option)

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Meatloaf is a versatile comfort food and we enjoy it often. The recipe below uses a standard oven, but I often use my solar oven during the heat of summer.

Either way – just mix ground meat with eggs, breadcrumbs & a few seasonings and you’re good to go. And I say go ahead, make TWO while you’re at it! 

I'm cooking up our favorite comfort food - meatloaf! I'm using my solar oven to cook it but the recipe includes standard oven directions too #TexasHomesteader

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Solar Cooking: Hard-Boiled Eggs In The Solar Oven

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I love my solar oven. I’ve said it time & time again, I hate to fire up my electric oven during the heat & humidity of our Texas summers.

Not only does it cost fuel for the stove to operate, but boiling eggs adds even more heat inside our home. That requires our air conditioning to work overtime cooling it back down, therefore costing even more money.

Several years ago I bought a solar oven and I absolutely love it! What a great item in your Emergency Preparedness toolbox!

Then at a Mother Earth News Fair I attended a few years ago, a solar-cooking seminar presenter told us how easy it was to cook ‘hard-boiled’ whole eggs in the solar oven without even using water. Color me intrigued!

Solar-Cooking Eggs. I'm hearing that you can BAKE your eggs instead of boiling them. I decided to give it a try in my solar oven. Check it out. #TexasHomesteader

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