I can’t believe another year has come & gone. This year has certainly been good for RancherMan and me as we got back to business of running our ranch after my health fiasco of last year – we are so blessed! But now as the year draws to a close I thought if would be fun to share with you, my beloved readers, the top ten most popular posts of 2014. Grab a cup of coffee, settle in and join me!
This year I planted heirloom sugar pumpkins in my garden. And when it was time to harvest them I knew I’d first be able to enjoy them for a bit as decoration. I love the way those little pumpkins looked propped on our antique cast-iron Franklin stove.
But several days later I was in the kitchen enjoying the last of my favorite pumpkin granola. I knew that since I planted those delicious pumpkins for use in my granola it was time to cook those babies down into pumpkin puree.
Heat for cooking, heat for melting, heat for dehydrating – it’s all digging into your wallet! But there’s an option that often we don’t even think of that can save us some real cash. That’s absolutely free solar energy!
Here are a few ways I enjoy using this amazing free resource to not only fill a need, but also save a few bucks.
by Texas Homesteader *this post contains an affiliate link
I’ve been using my solar oven pretty heavily this year and I’ve finally dehydrated all my excess garden tomatoes for the summer.
(again for those of you asking, I have a *Sun Oven and I love it!)
I’ll use the dehydrated tomatoes in numerous ways. To make tomato paste for homemade pizza and to thicken my homemade blender salsa, among other ways.
This late into summer is usually so very hot and dry that the garden stops producing and I just try to keep the garden watered enough to struggle it along in hopes of getting some kind of tiny fall garden production.
This time of year 99% of my garden is out of production. But we do have one last veggie going strong – FIERY-RED JALAPENOS!