Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2020

 By Texas Homesteader~ 

If there’s to be a silver lining found at all for 2020, 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!

Top 10 Self-Sufficiency Homesteader post of 2020 #TexasHomesteader

Easy Homemade Peach Ice Cream Recipe

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!

Y’all agreed. 

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!


Simple Honey Glaze Recipe

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.

This simple Honey Glaze Recipe is delicious on any sweet bread whether Banana Nut Loaf, or my Chunky Apple Bread or even Pumpkin Bread.


3-Ingredient Dog Shampoo For Dry Skin

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!

Homemade Gift: Snowman Treat Jar

Many of my posts about homemade Christmas gifts ranked highly. But y’all really loved this Snowman Treat Jar.

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!

Reusable Canning Jar Lids

Tattler Reusable Canning Jar Lids #TexasHomesteaderDue 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.

Fast Instant Pot Goulash Recipe


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??!! 

Yes please…

Peach Pie Filling From Canned Peaches

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!

MYO Pinto Bean Seasoning

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.

Repurposed Coffee Cans For Deep-Soaking Plants

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

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

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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