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December Garden Chores – Planning For Spring

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Even though it’s now winter RancherMan & I are taking steps now to assure a productive garden next spring. It’s now time to put the garden to bed for the winter.

One of the many blessings of living in NE Texas is that we’re often able to enjoy lovely temperate weather well into December. Even mid December we’re still enjoying cool days with highs in the mid to upper 60’s, even the mid to upper 70’s some days. Gotta love it!

So now that the garden is officially done for the season RancherMan & I are taking advantage of this warm weather streak to prepare the garden for war next year.

Even though it's now winter I'm taking steps now to assure a productive garden next spring, come see the important end-of-season garden tasks #TexasHomesteader

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RancherMan’s Famous Green Bean Casserole

 by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Special family holidays like Thanksgiving & Christmas require two non-negotiable dishes to be provided from RancherMan & me: 

It’s requested that I bring my desserty dish that I make with cherry pie filling, whipped topping, crushed pineapple, and my own quick homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk.

Sometimes I add chopped pecans if there are no allergies to work around. We’ve named the dessert ‘Cherry Shtuff’. 

Also on the must-have menu is RancherMan’s Famous Green Bean Casserole.

Now I’m not exaggerating here, those dishes are NON NEGOTIABLE. We can bring other dishes to the gatherings if we like as long as these two specialties are included! 

I’ve already shared my Cherry Shtuff recipe with you dear readers, but I’ve recently had several requests to share RancherMan’s most-requested dish. Today’s the day!

RANCHERMAN'S GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE! No holiday is complete without his much-demanded dish. Today I'm sharing his recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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Wordless Wednesday: Floating Leaves

by Texas Homesteader 

 

FLOATING LEAVES - As we were doing a little fishing I loved the sight of fluttering leaves landing on the water's surface #TexasHomesteader

We recently had unexpected company come stay with us a few days at the ranch.  As we sat at the pond doing a little fishing I loved the sight of fluttering leaves landing on the water’s surface.  Beautiful sight of fall!

~TxH~

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Cute Repurposed Denim Fabric Baskets

by Texas Homesteader 

OK y’all, if you follow me on Facebook you already know that I can’t sew because I’ve complained about it for years. 

I know I must have been a bitter disappointment to my grandmother who sewed all her life (who even homemade patchwork quilts. For FUN??) and my mother who was a skilled seamstress herself. I could just never do it. 

Even though I was gifted an old Singer sewing machine and promised myself I’d learn to use it.   I.  Didn’t.

One of my New Year’s Goals (not resolutions) this year was to finally learn to use my sewing machine. 

My very first project was to make these cute small denim baskets with repurposed denim from RancherMan’s old worn jeans. Y’all know that I love all things denim & I think these baskets are ADORABLE! 

And if *I* can do it, anyone can. Check out how easy this is, y’all!

Quick & Easy Denim Baskets repurposed from old worn jeans. I don't sew well, so If *I* can do it, anyone can. So CUTE! #TexasHomesteader

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Canning Recipe: Homemade Apple Cider

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Well, we’re almost at the end of our Fresh Apple Series where I share various things I’ve been able to preserve using fresh apples in the peak of their season.  And what a series it’s been!  

I’ve of course made Slow-Cooker Applesauce with many of the apples.  I’ve even made and canned some of that applesauce into Cinnamon-Vanilla Flavored Applesauce.

Plus I made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies. And of course one of RancherMan’s favorites too. I dehydrated some of those delicious apples into crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips

But we’re not done yet, oh no! Those apples still have deliciousness to offer to our family.   Today I’m sharing how I preserved my Homemade Apple Cider.

HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER preserved in a water-bath canner. I can enjoy it all winter, steaming hot in a mug and stirred w/a cinnamon stick #TexasHomesteader

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Come With Me For A Day At The Homestead

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I’ve had many people tell me they wonder what a typical day at a Texas ranch might be like.  So last year I published a post detailing a day in our lives here in our NE Texas paradise.  But that was during the heat & drought of summer, a very different kind of day than in the cold of winter.

So I thought it would be fun to let you walk around with us today to see what a day at the ranch is like when it’s c-c-c-cold outside!  C’mon, put on your mud boots, bundle up in your heaviest coveralls, grab your gloves & follow me – it’ll be a blast!

Walk around with us today to see what a day at the homestead is like! Put on your mud boots, grab your gloves & follow me - it'll be a blast! #TexasHomesteader

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Wordless Wednesday: Storing Hay

by Texas Homesteader 

At last the hay delivery to see our herd through the rest of the winter has been received. RancherMan stacks it into our hay storage area. #TexasHomesteader

At last the hay delivery has been received to see our herd through the rest of the winter.  RancherMan stacks it into our hay storage area.

~TxH~C’mon by & sit a spell!  Come hang out at our Facebook Page. It’s like sitting in a front porch rocker with a glass of cold iced tea.  There are lots of good folks sharing! 

And you can also follow along on  Pinterest,  Twitter or  Instagram.

New Year’s GOALS And How To Accomplish Them

by Texas Homesteader 

Sing it with me now, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind…”  Aaaaah it’s that time again. A brand new year. I love new beginnings and a new year is a wonderful beginning filled with promise & possibility. Many folks celebrate the new year by making New Year Resolutions.  You know the ones – “I resolve to lose weight, or save money, or (fill in the blank)“.

I think reaching for improvement is an important thing to do and there’s no time like the start of a brand spankin’ new year to do that. But even though your heart’s in the right place, those open-ended resolutions often get forgotten within the first two weeks of the new year.  #amiright?? I quit doing New Year’s Resolutions several years ago and somehow the aspirations I have for improving things into the new year have not been abandoned. How do I do it? Read on.

I quit making New Year's Resolutions & starting making New Year's GOALS. But you need a way to actually them, see what works for us. #TexasHomesteader
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