by Tammy Taylor
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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!
The most popular post of 2014 was the post about my Homemade Country-Style Buttermilk Biscuits. I tried for years to make a soft moist fluffy biscuit but it wasn’t until I discovered the secret ingredient that I was finally successful!
Next on the most popular post list is about solar cooking, I discovered you could easily make BBQ Pork for sandwiches using my * solar oven. I love keeping that cooking heat on the outside where it belongs during those hot & humid Texas summers, but you can use a solar oven during any season as long as the sun is shining.
Next we have my post about Snappy Jalapeno-Cheese Biscuits. These biscuits are a favorite for RancherMan and I make them for him for breakfast as well as a supper bread side. So easy, so delicious!
Decluttering must be on everyone’s mind, because my post about Decluttering Your Home & KEEPING It Decluttered weighed in the top 10 posts of 2014. It’s one thing to barrel through your house decluttering, but it’s another thing entirely to KEEP it decluttered. See how I make it work at the Taylor Household.
Repurposing has always been a big deal for me here at the ranch. Apparently you, my readers, agree as evidenced by the popularity of my post Using What You’ve Got On the Homestead. I always feel so clever when I’m able to fill a need without buying a new whatsit just by thinking outside the box & using what I already have.
RancherMan & I needed a headboard for our guest room. In keeping with the”using what you’ve got” theme we made the perfect rustic headboard for our decor. Y’all loved it too as my post “Custom-Made Reclaimed Lumber Barn Wood Headboard” ranked very high in popularity.
We love ranch-style beans and my post on MYO Ranch-Style Beans was very popular. The beautiful thing about these beans is that it uses slow-cooker convenience and it makes a LOT. Perfect for a covered-dish function or just to be able to freeze some of the beans for home-cooked convenience later.
Waste in all its forms just wears me out. I was pleased to see that my post “Reducing Waste In The Kitchen (part I)” scored on the most-popular list as well. Again I think this is just a matter of thinking outside the box.
Y’all know I use my slow-cooker whenever possible because I like the convenience of letting my slow cooker prepare your evening meal while RancherMan & I are out working. There’s nothing like dragging in after a hard day and being greeted as you walk in the door with the delightful aroma of supper already cooked & waiting for you! This post on Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole really struck a chord with all of you.
And rounding out the top ten posts of 2014 is this post about Building Raised Beds In Your Garden. (oh I can’t wait until spring, what about you??) RancherMan & I changed the layout of our raised-beds in our veggie garden to more fully utilize our irrigation methods. It’s worked out beautifully!
So there ya go, our top ten posts of the year. I hope you enjoyed this stroll with me along memory lane for 2014. I think 2015 will be awesome and I look forward to spending it with you!
Wanna Read Other Year’s Top 10 Homesteading Posts?
2013 Top 10 Homesteading Posts
2015 Top 10 Homesteading Posts
2016 Top 10 Homesteading Posts
2017 Top 10 Homesteading Posts
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This is a great compilation of your best posts of the year. Your recipe posts look so delicious.
🙂 Thank you Keri! ~TxH~
OH MY GOSH, I am also a breast cancer survivor!!! I’m sure this means you need to come to Oregon! Come for the barn party or come some other time when you’re not in the midst of the craziness of harvest and preserving.
Warrior sister! I feel certain with all we have in common that you & I would be the best of friends if we lived closer to each other. (hugs) ~TxH~
Great collection of posts! Definitely pinning this.
I absolutely love the first picture on your blog .. actually all of your photography is amazing! I am really going to miss this homestead link-up.
Me too Diane, me too. And thank you for your kind words. If you like you can join us on the ~TxH~ Facebook page, I try to make new post announcements on that page. I hope you hang around for a bit! ~TxH~
Everything looks so good that my mouth is watering! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. We love partying with you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls
I didn’t see all of these during the year, will have to go and have a look at them all. thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings
This is awesome! I had missed a few of these this year……going to check them out now. Happy new year!
Great posts! Thank you for sharing them again. 🙂
Enjoyed seeing the best from the past. Chance to see things that I had missed like that great looking casserole dish.
Enjoy your day and have a wonderful evening and stay warm. Think I will be making up a batch of Taco Soup for tomorrow.
Wishing you and your family a Very Happy and Healthy New Years.
Dearest Colleen, I’m always glad to see when you’ve stopped by – like a dear friend stopping by for coffee & a chat! RancherMan & I just finished a large batch of taco soup when I made my endless soup for the week – it was delicious. And we added our homemade salsa verde in it this time – it was dee-LICIOUS! Stay warm girl, it’s gonna get cold & nasty. See ya next year! ~TxH~
I am new here to your blog but love what I see feels like home at the ranch when I was much younger. Living now in an area where I can not have what we did then but many of the items in this post would allow me to share with my family so thanks for sharing your post inspiring me to try to share and the memories that it brought back
Angie, I love that you stopped by and your kind comment. I hope you stick around – 2015 promises to be a great year & I’ll be sharing more about our life & times here at the Texas Homesteader. ~TxH~
Glad you posted this! I missed a few of them. I’m heading over to check out the RS BEANS! A favorite at our house but a costly can to purchase— and then– the residual tin can! :/
I love that you added “…and then – the residual tin can!”. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that feels that way – sometimes I feel a bit like a salmon swimming upstream on these matters. Give them a try Patricia, you’ll love them and they freeze beautifully. ~TxH~
This is great. I’d love to have a post on my blog about this, but just don’t had the experience…. Would you be able to put something together for me with a homesteading tip or two? I have a form here and any post submitted gets you 2 weeks free ad space.