By Texas Homesteader~
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be glad to see 2020 go! There have been so many challenges this year to our country. WHEW! What a year!
But if there’s to be a silver lining found at all, it’s that the pandemic had many of you looking for ways to be more self sufficient. Ways to do more for yourself. To save money, to provide for your family. How empowering!
Are you wondering what the most popular posts of 2020 were? Well it was everything from easier homemade recipes, to gardening tips to making homemade dog shampoo and MUCH MORE.
Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some good reading, y’all!
I’ve made all manner of healthy ice cream substitutes using frozen fruit. But if ever there was a year for the real McCoy, it’s 2020!
This homemade peach ice cream hit the spot. Using my KitchenAid I could mix it up in minutes and have it freezing in my ice cream maker while we had dinner. Dessert was fast, easy & company worthy!
This has got to be one of the most simple sweet toppings ever! It’s made simply by melting a small amount of butter and adding brown sugar and honey.
Our sweet pup had dry, itchy skin. I hated to bathe her with a traditional dog shampoo. I wanted something natural and gentle & soothing for her skin.
I made this Homemade Dog Shampoo using only 3 ingredients – whole oats ground into a flour for it’s skin-nourishing qualities, baking soda for its odor-fighting ability and water. It worked great for us!
We made it by reupurposing an empty peanut butter jar and filled it with Christmas Trail Mix comprised of simple Sweetened Popcorn with additions such as cheese crackers, salted peanuts, mini pretzels, sweetened cereal and chocolate candy. I absolutely loved these gifts we made for our grands!
Due to the pandemic, canning supplies were really hard to find. Thankfully there’s such a thing as Reusable Canning Jar Lids.
I’ve had, loved & reused these Tattler canning jar lids for years. And I’ve never been so glad to have them than this year! I didn’t experience a canning-supply shortage at all.
Comfort food FAST! I love this simple Instant Pot Goulash recipe and y’all agreed with me.
What’s not to love?? I mean heck, brown the meat, add the other ingredients, pressure cook for 4 MINUTES and serve??!!
I wanted to make pie filling to top some of my homemade desserts such as my Instant Pot Cheesecake. But I didn’t have any pie filling. And I sure wasn’t going to the store for it!
So instead I made this simple Peach Pie Filling from Canned Peaches. So easy!
We eat lots of Instant Pot Pinto Beans. They’re a cheap, healthy and delicious way to keep us fed.
But I didn’t want to go to the store to buy the commercial pinto bean seasoning. I got to wondering. Hummm…
Wonder if I can make my own Pinto Bean Seasoning.
Yes I can. And it’s easy, it’s delicious, and I’ve never looked back.
Repurposing was a strong theme with y’all this year. We always have empty coffee cans and I’m always finding ways to use them.
But you really liked the idea of using them to Deep Soak Water Garden Plants. I must admit, I like it too – it’s so hands-off in the heat of summertime.
I used several of these repurposed coffee cans in my garden.
And the most popular post of 2020? WHEW! This post just went off the charts, y’all
You know RancherMan keeps our freezer filled with Harvested Wild Pork. Ground pork abounds on our freezer, but I’d usually actually buy breakfast sausage when we needed it.
Trying to stay out of the stores I wondered if I could make my own Breakfast Sausage Seasoning. So I gave it a try with seasonings I already had in my pantry. RancherMan gave an enthusiastic nod of approval with the final result. Yea!
I hope you enjoyed reading over these most popular posts of 2020. And my wish for you is a peaceful, prosperous and HEALTHY 2021!
Note: If you want to see the Top 10 Self-Sufficiency posts for each year I’ve had my blog, you can check them out all on one page –> Top 10 Yearly Roundup
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- How Would Grandma Have Done It?
- Doing Things The Old Way
- Grandma-Approved Cleaning For A Cozy Home
- How To Live The Simple Life In An HOA
- Passive Solar Energy Tricks
- Using The Sun: Solar Cooking
- Easy Laundry Detergent Recipe
- How To Make Your Own Laundry-Scent Booster
- Easy Air Freshener In Cute Repurposed Jar
- Lavender-Scented Gardener’s Hand Scrub
- Building Your Life With Your Own Two Hands
- The Fast Life: Slowing Down, Living MORE!
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