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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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Quick & Easy Taco Seasoning Mix

by Tammy Taylor~

Back in ‘the day‘ I always kept several packets of taco seasoning in my pantry for those days I was making Carnitas Tacos. Or Pulled-Pork Enchiladas. Or maybe Taco Soup. Or… well anything Tex-Mex flavored. RancherMan & I enjoy lots of Tex-Mex food, y’all. You know, ’cause that’s how we roll in Texas!

But that was before I started on this simple life journey. I’ve since learned that it’s beyond easy to whip up these spice mixes for myself. Come see…

It's beyond easy to make your own taco seasoning. Just gather a few spices and blend! Come see my easy recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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Stuck-On Food? How To Easily Clean Cast Iron

by Tammy Taylor~

The skillets in my kitchen are comprised of a single stainless steel skillet for making my Homemade Chocolate Pudding and such, & several sizes of cast-iron skillets for cooking virtually everything else. Now I love my stainless skillet but let’s be honest, I love cast iron the best. I make spicy Cornbread and Bake Bread in cast iron. And I use those skillets on the stove top too for cooking Potato Cakes or frying potatoes. (or anything savory!) It rocks my world whether I’m using it stove top or oven. It does it all.

But it’s true that Caring For Cast Iron is a little different than typical cookware. And although mine’s virtually non-stick after decades of use, there still comes the time when frying potatoes or cooking scrambled eggs causes a layer of cooked-on food to remain on the bottom of the skillet. Now back in ‘the day‘ I’d scrub-scrub-scrub to get it clean again.

That was then, this is now…

Stuck-on food frustrating you while cleaning your cast-iron skillet? I've found an EASY way to get it clean. Check out my lazy-cook's method! #TexasHomesteader

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It’s Only February But Garden Prep Is Underway

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s early in the season and most of us aren’t even thinking about dropping seeds or plants in the garden. Here in Texas planting zone 8 we typically don’t risk planting until Easter when in all probability the danger of the last frost is past. I’m not gonna lie, I jump the gun sometimes. There are times I get away with it, and other times I have to start all over…

But there are still garden tasks to tend to even though actual planting time is still weeks away. Come see…

Even though it's only February & cold outside, there are still garden chores to be done. Come see how I'm preparing the veggie garden. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder

by Tammy Taylor~

I have a couple of bags of frozen blueberries in my freezer. But right now freezer space is at a premium. So I need to empty some of its contents and one of those bags of frozen blueberries needs to come out.

I’ve got plenty jars of jelly/jam in my pantry so there’s no need right now to make more Blueberry Jam. And a person can only (healthily) eat so many Blueberry Muffins. So my thoughts turned to ways to dehydrate some blueberries for my pantry instead. Turns out it was pretty easy.

Dehydrated Blueberry Powder. Convenient to store in the pantry and stir into yogurt or pancake or muffin batter #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday – Easy Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

Remember when RancherMan & I were traveling in East Texas and we stopped at a hole-in-the-wall dive for lunch? (ya know, sometimes those are the best places to eat!) We saw a menu item called ‘Poor Man’s Steak”. It was a hamburger patty stuffed with onion, bell peppers, jalapenos and cheese. And it was absolutely amazing!

I couldn’t wait to get back home & replicate that dish. And today to celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m sharing it with y’all again. Enjoy!

Poor Man's Steak (or stuffed hamburger) #TexasHomesteader

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Quick Taco Soup – An Easy Meal For ‘Those Days’…

by Tammy Taylor~

I typically like to cook from scratch for our meals. But let’s be honest. For all of us, sometimes there are ‘Those Days‘…  Today is just such a day. I’ve been busy all week, I’m just getting over being ill and today I really need to play catch-up. So a hearty meal needs to be on auto-pilot today. Easy ’nuff, I decided to make taco soup.

Quick & Easy Taco Soup. Just brown the meat with chopped onions & then dump in a slow cooker with different cans of food. Heat & eat! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Easy Reminder Tip

by Tammy Taylor~

Do you worry about forgetting something like unplugging a coffee pot or turning off the stove? Or do you hate when you go to someone’s house and just know you’re gonna forget to pick something up, and then you DO forget?? I’ve found a simple hack for remembering tasks like these. Intrigued? Check this out.

Do you need a simple way to remember to turn off the stove or to take something with you when you leave the house? Check out this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

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Favorite Feature In My Homestead Kitchen: Drop-Level Countertop

by Tammy Taylor~

So if you’ve been following along my path to simplicity, you know I bake bread.

A LOT!

It’s true that handsome RancherMan of mine is a certified bread-a-holic. He loves bread in all its forms that’s for sure. But he loves my homemade bread the most.

Since I’m always making bread, my favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is this little section of countertop. It’s purposely dropped to a lower level to make my bread-making easier.

My favorite feature in my homestead kitchen is my drop-level countertop. It makes the task of kneading bread so much easier! #TexasHomesteader Continue reading