5 Frugal Things – Homemade Gifts, Equipment Repair, Too Many Eggs, etc

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Summer is surely here, y’all. It’s HOT outside. So we’re mindful to get as many of our outside chores complete in the early hours as we can. And we take lots of breaks, drink lots of cold water and stay hydrated.

Since our budget is so tight, we’re always on the lookout for doing little things on a regular basis that saves us some money. Are you looking to incorporate some money-saving steps in your own days?

Well here’s 5 frugal things we did this week to save some cold, hard, cash.

5 Frugal Things to save money this week. Equipment repair, homemade gift, repurposing, mindful cooking #TexasHomesteader

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Recipe: Easy 3-Ingredient Homemade Pasta

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Have you ever made your own homemade pasta? When I was a child we had a family friend who made pasta from scratch. Boy were we all impressed!

But I’ve since found out just exactly how easy it is to make homemade pasta from scratch. Other than water there are only 3 ingredients in my pasta recipe:

Flour, Egg & Salt.

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Foraging Food & Eating From The Land For FREE!

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Our homestead is located in Northeast Texas. There are lots of native things growing all by themselves here that provide for us with no effort needed except the harvesting. Gotta love foraging for free food, right??

Recently in speaking with a friend about various things we’re foraging from our land, I thought it might be fun to share these with your too.

A list of simple-to-forage food items that let you eat for FREE! #TexasHomesteader

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Caring For Cast-Iron Cookware

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Cast Iron skillets are usually the preferred cookware in my Homestead kitchen. And although cleaning and caring for cast iron is somewhat different than other materials, it’s not hard nor complicated.

A few simple tricks will keep your cast iron rust free, virtually non stick and ready to serve you well for decades.

See a few tips to keep your cast iron cookware perfectly seasoned, rust free and virtually NON-STICK! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Grow Your Own Plastic-Free Scrub Sponge

By Texas Homesteader ~      

I love to grow luffa gourds (some spell it loofah) in my garden. There are so many things you can do with these large gourds! Recently I harvested a large crop of luffa from the garden and decided to make a flat scrubby luffa kitchen sponge with some of them.

But how do I take this large fibrous gourd and make it into a hard-working scrub sponge? Well you’re really not gonna believe how easy this is!

Luffa (or loofah) gourd can be grown in the garden and used for an all-natural biodegradable and compostable kitchen scrub sponge. #TexasHomesteader

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Simple Composting Guide for A Healthy Garden

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Black gold, gardeners delight, compost – it’s all the same thing. And making your own compost is simple.

But how do you make compost? What can be composted and what cannot? What kind of container do you put it in? 

There are lots of different answers and methods to those questions.   Let’s start with the container.

Compost is very easy to make at home as long as you're mindful of the greens/browns balance. Come see how we make our own black gold! #TexasHomesteader

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Easiest Vanilla Wafer Cookie Recipe

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Vanilla wafers. You know the ones, those small golden cookies that everyone uses when they make banana pudding. They’re delicious, but other than when eating banana pudding I’d never really given them much thought.

I’d invited my parents over to join us for supper. Dad loves when I make dessert so I almost always do when they join us for a meal. This time I’d decided to make banana pudding.

As I was making my grocery list for the meal, I paused when I added vanilla wafers to the list. I mean, how hard could they really be to bake up fresh? As it turns out, not hard at all!

This vanilla wafer cookie recipe is simple and the cookies bake up fast. They're lightly crisp and slightly chewy, and very buttery! #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposing Denim: Easy No-Sew Coasters

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It’s no secret to those who know me that I love denim. It’s about all I wear here on the Homestead. RancherMan too!

But even when those jeans finally wear out, I hate to throw away that beautiful blue dungaree cloth. It’s so rustic & heavy. And it begs for another purpose.

So I sat out to find repurpose ideas for them. Maybe cute denim coasters from RancherMan’s worn jeans…

I love these no-sew denim coasters. They're EASY and I make them where condensation does not soak through! #TexasHomesteader

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