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Dealing with Death on the Homestead

When it comes to living this country life, death is something you become all too familiar with,...

What Kids Learn on the Homestead

Living a simple country life is often looked down upon. Farmers, though they literally grow the...

5 Ways to Reuse Household Items

When it comes to living the country life, or beginning a homestead, one of the beliefs you quickly...

Venison and Mushroom Gravy

One of the most highly favored meats on any table in the country is deer meat, and...

We Put the Turkey in Turkey Day

In America, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. And, rightfully so. I mean, who doesn’t love a...

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Venison and Mushroom Gravy

One of the most highly favored meats on any table in the country is deer meat, and rightfully so. Venison is one of the richest and indulgent meats out there, holding a lot of nutrition and protein to help you get up and going. Its most common form was in jerky, being as the dried meat was easily packaged for travel and work. But what can you do with venison that will enrich its...

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

If there's on thing you don't want to do after Thanksgiving it's cook. You cooked most of the night and day on Thursday and then if you're like more Americans, you went Black Friday shopping and didn't get home until late Friday evening. Saturday is meant for resting and recouping before getting back to the grind on Monday. But what to do with all that turkey you have left? We've got...

Fruit Cake Cookies

This recipe takes a Holiday staple to a whole new level. These cookies are sure to be a family favorite! Ingredients 1/2 Cup of Flour 1 Can Condensed Milk 1 1/3 cups Coconut Pinch of salt 4-8 oz can of Cherries 4-8 oz can of mixed fruit 2 cups Chopped Pecans Directions Preheat over to 250° Pour the mixed fruit, cherries, and flour in a bowl. Mix together. Add...

We Put the Turkey in Turkey Day

In America, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. And, rightfully so. I mean, who doesn’t love a moist, great tasting turkey. However, there’s no certainty that the turkey being served on Thanksgiving started with the pilgrims. Let’s look at what their meal might have consisted of and where the turkey falls on to the plate. To read the story of the first thanksgiving, click here. What we do know...

History of Thanksgiving

As society so often does, the history behind the first Thanksgiving has been romanticized to the point that it seems more like a Hollywood motion picture than the history of a nation. In truth, there wasn’t anything pretty about it, nor the events which caused it to happen in the first place. With thanksgiving happening this week, I wanted to take a moment and remind us of the true history...

Linda’s Cheese Ball

Another family favorite of ours is my sister's cheese ball. Not that her's was any different than anybody elses but it was always one of the most sought-after parts of our Holiday dinners. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, maybe your family will love it as much as ours did. Ingredients 28 oz -Cream Cheese 1 small can of crushed pineapple (Drain before adding into...

What was life really like in the 1800s?

We’ve all said it, or at least thought it at some point, that we would have liked to have been born in the early years of this country, when life was simple. I know I’ve often thought about life in the 1800s, especially as I walk through an old homestead cabin. So, that got me to wondering, what was life like back then. It’s hard to fathom, for such a civilized society as ours, how people...

Old Style Texas Hash

Here's another family favorite of my. My sister, Linda, was one of the best cooks I knew. She could whip together a meal that would leave your mouth in awe at the pure taste of the food. This Texas Hash was one of her premier dishes. You can see by the picture how much use this old recipe has endured. I hope your family can get as much enjoyment out of it as mine has....

Nannie Odom’s Angel Biscuits

Growing up, some of the best conversations I remember having with my Nannie Odom we over some freshly made, hot from the oven Angel Biscuits. There's just something about the way she would make them that made each one taste better than the last. Since then, it's become on of my family's go-to recipes. Now, it's time to share it and pass it on.   Ingredients 1 package of yeast ½ Cup warm water 2...