Using FREE Solar Energy To Brew Your Tea

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan loves his iced tea. I love that it’s a healthier drink option for him than many other choices. And brewing our own tea means no trash. Plus it’s super cheap.

All. Good. Stuff.

But did you know it doesn’t necessarily have to be hot outside to brew tea? All you really need is sunshine. There are a couple of ways I’m able to provide RancherMan with that delicious beverage he loves. Brewed in winter or summer: No purchased energy necessary!

Sun Tea - quick to brew using the power of the sun whether winter or summer. A delicious, healthy and trash free beverage. #TexasHomesteader

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Quickest Apple Crumble Dessert From Pie Filling

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know my aunt sends me home with bushels of apples every year. I get to work making all sorts of fun things with them. There are some examples of apple recipes we’ve enjoyed at the bottom of this post. But one thing I like to do with those fresh apples is to make & can apple pie filling. Then even when unexpected company shows, homemade dessert is ready in a flash.

For a fast appley dessert I can use that homemade apple pie filling to make homemade Apple Pie.  Or maybe something even faster – Apple Crumble.

Apple Crumble Recipe using apple pie filling. You can use any flavor you like - homemade or purchased. Come see my easy recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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Garden Update: March

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is almost here, y’all! I’ve been planning on and working in my garden already. There are a few things I’m revamping this year. For instance, I recently told you about my excitement over ‘biodegradable weed block‘.

I’ve had a system in place for years for keeping weeds and grass out of my garden’s walkways, but now I actually have something to keep grass & weeds out of the planting rows too. Less weeding? Yes please! Plus it will still help to conserve moisture & also attract earthworms. SCORE! All garden goodness right there!

See what’s going on in our garden this month…

I'm trying some new things in our vegetable garden this year. It promises to save me lots of back-breaking work in the garden. SCORE! #TexasHomesteader

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Stop Garden Weeds With Biodegradable Weed Block

by Tammy Taylor~

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At the Mother Earth News Fair this year I attended several gardening seminars. One presenter spoke about ‘biodegradable weed block‘. It’s supposed to suppress weeds during garden season. Then it naturally degrades by the end of garden season to just be turned back into the soil. Now I hate plastic weed block because weeds grow right through the blasted stuff, it’s messy, it’s expensive and it’s PLASTIC. But I’ve never even thought about biodegradable weed block.

I wondered how it worked, what it was made of, how expensive it might be, etc. So I went online to research. I found it’s made of ‘wood pulp’. Hey, could that be PAPER??

So I’m thinking of using those heavy paper feed sacks RancherMan’s been saving for me. I’ve always used those paper feed sacks in the walkways of my garden covered by mulch. But I’d never given thought to using it in the actual planting areas. Hummmm…

Biodegradable weed block for the garden? As it turns out, it's really a thing! And it degrades by the end of the season to just mix back into your soil. I hate the plastic weed block, this more natural material appeals to me! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: How To Easily Open Those Stubborn Jars

by Tammy Taylor~

Occasionally I have difficulty opening a stubborn stuck jar lid. If RancherMan is nearby I have a handy (and oh-so-handsome) jar opener right at my disposal.

But if not I still have an easy way to open those stubborn jars. And I do it using a common item in the ‘junk drawer’ right in my kitchen.

How to get that stubborn lid off of the jar? I've found an easy way using an ordinary household item. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

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Corn Dodgers – An Accidentally Simple Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

I was in a hurry. We were planning a day trip to see my father & I always try to bring food along so he doesn’t have to bother with ‘entertaining’. So early that morning I made the Homemade Soup and some homemade Apple Crumble. And dad loves cornbread, so I whipped up some of my homemade cornbread too (no Jalapenos this time though…)

But as RancherMan came into the kitchen he  saw ‘that‘ look on my face. “What’s wrong?” he asked.  UGH! My cornbread wasn’t rising. In my haste to get everything done I’d apparently forgotten to add the baking powder.

Looking at the flat cornbread & to make me feel better he said: “Don’t worry, I’ll eat them. They’ll be CORN DODGERS!”

Corn Dodgers are like cornbread, but more dense and not as crumbly. My baking mistake had delicious results and I'll be making them from now on. #TexasHomesteader

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Throw-Back Thursday Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

That handsome RancherMan of mine sure does love bread. But he loves MY homemade bread the most! Awwww…. Especially since I finally learned to make a soft & fluffy sandwich bread from scratch. But these days I’m more likely to be making that recipe using some oat flour. My oat flour is just oatmeal that I’ve ground into a flour using a coffee grinder.

I know how healthy oats are for you, and now I’ve included it in my homemade sandwich bread!

I know how healthy oats are for you, and now I've included it in my homemade sandwich bread! #TexasHomesteader

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Buying Products Used: Good For Your Budget AND The Environment

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve talked before about our love of our secondhand percolator coffeemaker. It’s perfect for a very low-waste cup of delicious coffee! But although we loved it, we were going through our morning coffee way too quickly. We really wanted a larger percolator.

When we make a purchase we first research it extensively. 1st consideration is given to customer satisfaction followed by features we desire and only lastly, cost. We’d researched & made our decision for the percolator we wanted and RancherMan was about to place the order. Then he decided to look for a used one instead.

Now this makes my heart happy. I always prefer pre-owned when making a purchase. It’s good for our budget and the environment.  And isn’t she a beauty?

Buying products used is good for the environment AND your budget! When researching a potential purchase we don't look at price first #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things This Week To Save Money & The Environment

by Tammy Taylor~

Since RancherMan & I are not corporately employed we keep a close eye on our finances. Every now & then it’s fun to share 5 simple frugal things we did this week to save money. Oftentimes it’s so simple, we just have to keep an eye open for the ample opportunities. And I love that it often packs a nice little eco-friendly punch too!

Come see the 5 easy yet frugal things we did this week to save both money as well as the environment.

5 Frugal things we did this week to save some cash and be eco friendly too. It's easy if you just look at things a different way. #TexasHomesteader

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MYO Homemade Chai Tea Mix

My sweet sister-in-law made & gifted to me some of her homemade chai tea mix. I was thrilled, I absolutely love her Chai Tea! She even gifted it to me in a repurposed glass jar. Love!

So I used my laser printer and some regular ole shipping tape to make a fun customized label for the jar. Now my chai tea mix stands ready to whip up at a moment’s notice. What a delightful, comforting drink when it’s cold outside.

Hot Chai Tea is comforting on a chilly day. This chai tea mix is quick and easy to mix up. Store it in the pantry in a repurposed glass jar #TexasHomesteader

 

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