Texas Sheet Cake-The Best Recipe You Will Ever Make

This Texas Sheet Cake recipe has been around for at least 30+ years, I see almost the exact same recipe in old cookbooks, new cookbooks and on Pinterest. Well, who doesn’t love chocolate, right? The cake is made totally from scratch and is moist and tastes even better the next day. This makes it a perfect recipe for Sunday dinner dessert or for family reunions. One thing I wanted to do a few years ago was to test making the cake in a regular 9-inch by 13-inch pan as in your favorite lasagna or cake pan. Yes, you can still make it on a cookie sheet that is a jelly roll size that’s approximately 11-inches by 17-inches. But, a cookie sheet/jelly roll pan is hard to transport in the car. You cover it with plastic wrap or foil and the frosting never looks the same by the time you get to your party.

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You Need More Than A Simple First Aid Kit For Survival

I feel a need to make sure people realize you need more than a simple first aid kit for survival. Here’s the deal, most of us have bandaids and some Neosporin, maybe some alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide. That’s a great start, keyword start. Today, I want you to think about what you have in your hall closet or first aid kit, whether large or small. The power is out in your neighborhood and your entire city, or at least as far as you can see, there are no lights except the stars and it’s 10:00 P.M. Yep, it’s called a blackout, no power or electricity anywhere. You have walked across the street to see if the neighbors know what’s going on. No, their lights flickered off as well. Your home phone and cell phone do not work. No internet, no way to hear what has happened. Yes, the radio works, but it’s not telling us what happened in our little community, at least not yet.

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Zucchini Bread Recipe-The Best One In The World

Don’t you love baking zucchini bread? In the summer it seems we all have a lot of zucchini plants growing in the garden. I will be honest, the last two years I have had a struggle growing zucchini plants. I really have to laugh because NO one has trouble growing zucchini, right? Right. Well, luckily I had a few plants that produced some this year before the heat got up to 115 degrees. Today, I got my Kitchen Aid mixer out and the metal grater that attaches to it. Now, I could have used my cheese grater but I was afraid I might grate the skin on my fingers. I think I could have done it by hand faster than the Kitchen Aid, but that’s okay, the zucchini is grated and life is good.

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How To Live A Homesteading Life Without Acreage

Have you often wondered how to live a homesteading life without acreage? Yes, you can do it. Whether rural or urban, if you have a home you are a homesteader. Is your dream to have 5, 10 or 50 acres? I’ve always said if you can dream it, you can do. But, you can still be homesteading with an apartment, small condo, live in an HOA (I do), and very little land. Let me explain, I was under the impression a homesteading family had to have chickens, rabbits and acres, and acres of land. Well, that may be true, but I found out I have been living a homesteading life from the time I could sew, make bread, grow a garden and preserve my bountiful harvests from my garden. I also preserved food that I purchased from nearby Farmer’s Markets. My friend, Janet has a farm and she is an expert over at Timber Creek Farm.

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Texas Sheet Cake-The Best Recipe You Will Ever Make

This Texas Sheet Cake recipe has been around for at least 30+ years, I see almost the exact same recipe in old cookbooks, new cookbooks and on Pinterest. Well, who doesn’t love chocolate, right? The cake is made totally from scratch and is moist and tastes even better the next day. This makes it a perfect recipe for Sunday dinner dessert or for family reunions. One thing I wanted to do a few years ago was to test making the cake in a regular 9-inch by 13-inch pan as in your favorite lasagna or cake pan. Yes, you can still make it on a cookie sheet that is a jelly roll size that’s approximately 11-inches by 17-inches. But, a cookie sheet/jelly roll pan is hard to transport in the car. You cover it with plastic wrap or foil and the frosting never looks the same by the time you get to your party.

(more…)

You Need More Than A Simple First Aid Kit For Survival

I feel a need to make sure people realize you need more than a simple first aid kit for survival. Here’s the deal, most of us have bandaids and some Neosporin, maybe some alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide. That’s a great start, keyword start. Today, I want you to think about what you have in your hall closet or first aid kit, whether large or small. The power is out in your neighborhood and your entire city, or at least as far as you can see, there are no lights except the stars and it’s 10:00 P.M. Yep, it’s called a blackout, no power or electricity anywhere. You have walked across the street to see if the neighbors know what’s going on. No, their lights flickered off as well. Your home phone and cell phone do not work. No internet, no way to hear what has happened. Yes, the radio works, but it’s not telling us what happened in our little community, at least not yet.

(more…)

Zucchini Bread Recipe-The Best One In The World

Don’t you love baking zucchini bread? In the summer it seems we all have a lot of zucchini plants growing in the garden. I will be honest, the last two years I have had a struggle growing zucchini plants. I really have to laugh because NO one has trouble growing zucchini, right? Right. Well, luckily I had a few plants that produced some this year before the heat got up to 115 degrees. Today, I got my Kitchen Aid mixer out and the metal grater that attaches to it. Now, I could have used my cheese grater but I was afraid I might grate the skin on my fingers. I think I could have done it by hand faster than the Kitchen Aid, but that’s okay, the zucchini is grated and life is good.

(more…)

How To Live A Homesteading Life Without Acreage

Have you often wondered how to live a homesteading life without acreage? Yes, you can do it. Whether rural or urban, if you have a home you are a homesteader. Is your dream to have 5, 10 or 50 acres? I’ve always said if you can dream it, you can do. But, you can still be homesteading with an apartment, small condo, live in an HOA (I do), and very little land. Let me explain, I was under the impression a homesteading family had to have chickens, rabbits and acres, and acres of land. Well, that may be true, but I found out I have been living a homesteading life from the time I could sew, make bread, grow a garden and preserve my bountiful harvests from my garden. I also preserved food that I purchased from nearby Farmer’s Markets. My friend, Janet has a farm and she is an expert over at Timber Creek Farm.

(more…)