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About Texas Homesteader

Our Homestead is located in Northeast Texas. This blog reflects our desire to live gently on the land - gardening, home cooking, food preservation, solar cooking, saving money, etc.

Why I Grow My Own Luffa Sponges (and why you should too!)

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Several years ago I became aware that you could actually grow your own luffa (or loofah) sponge in the garden.


You mean those little scrubby things you use in the shower? Who knew??!!

Now I always grow my own luffa sponges and couldn’t be happier!

You can grow your own luffa sponge in your garden. They're easy to grow, eco friendly and fully compostable. #TexasHomesteader

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Where To Find FREE Repurposed Lids To Fit Canning Jars

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I use canning jars for many things here on the Homestead. Everything from actual food canning to storing leftovers in the refrigerator to storing dehydrated food in the pantry. 

Although I shy away from using glass in my freezer, many people repurpose canning jars to freeze foods as well. (using proper headspace recommendations of course

Since you can only use traditional 2 piece canning flats & rings once for actually canning food, often I’ll utilize previously-used canning flats & rings to top those canning jars I’m using for other food storage.

But sometimes doinking around with a 2-part lid is inconvenient.

Come see what I’ve found to replace that 2-part lid for food storage on the cheap.

Well, for FREE actually.

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Reducing Waste In The Kitchen (part I)

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Y’all know I’ve been on a quest to reduce our outgoing household trash for years now. We’ve been pretty successful.

As a matter of fact we’ve eliminated the need for a weekly trash pickup to haul our household trash to the dump.

There are so many steps we took to reduce our trash output so drastically including the (now 5) R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

Today I’ll talk about a few ways we’ve been able to very easily yet substantially reduce our trash output from our home’s kitchen.

REDUCING TRASH IN THE KITCHEN to make a huge impact in reducing the amount of landfill trash spilling from your home. It's EASY! #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things – Winter Storm Edition!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

OK, I may be cheating somewhat with this post of 5 frugal things we did to save money this week. Most money-saving steps were more necessity than anything!

You see, not only here in Texas but even most of the United States was slammed with a historic arctic blast this past week. It was bad y’all.

Thankfully we were blessed with a little time to prepare beforehand. Still there were things we did to save some money during the icy-cold hardship.

Come see this week’s winter storm version of 5 Frugal Things!

Many of this week's frugality was forced due to a winter storm. Still, come see the 5 frugal things - WINTER STORM EDITION#TexasHomesteader

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How To Stay Warm When The Power Goes Out

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Texas was hit with a prolonged dangerous polar vortex winter storm. At one point the entire state of Texas (every county in the whole state) was under a winter storm warning. That’s one for the record books, y’all

Millions of people found themselves without power. Some for only an hour or so, some due to actual power outages were without power for much longer – even days.

It’s a dangerous situation, y’all. How do you keep warm when the power goes out?

How do you stay warm when the power goes out? Come see tips for keeping warm even with no power. #TexasHomesteader

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Grow Fresh Salad Greens In All Seasons

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RancherMan & I enjoy eating salads almost daily. I feel it offers two main benefits.

First that dose of fresh veggies is obvs gonna be healthy. And secondly,  enjoying that crisp salad before supper puts my appetite in check by the time the actual entrée is served.

Plus, I can make a very Healthy Salad Dressing in only about 1 minute using unflavored yogurt and lemon juice as a base. So our salads are not only delicious but very healthy too.

But I hate how perishable lettuce is. And the fact that it’s always encased in plastic (at least where we live)

For Christmas I was gifted a windowsill salad growing kit, including two self-watering planters, seed-starting mix and a couple of packets of mixed salad greens. Let’s DO this!

Even in the miserable weather of winter, I'm growing salad greens inside using a self-watering planter pot. Fresh salads at my fingertips! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Another Repurpose For Coffee Cans

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Y’all know that RancherMan & I drink coffee every day. Those lidded coffee containers are handy when they’re empty, but they pile up. What to do with them all?

Of course I’m offering them to schools/churches/nurseries for them to use on their bookshelves to hold crayons, legos & such. And I’ve shared many different ideas where I repurpose them here on the Homestead too.

But recently I was catching up on a chore and I remembered another helpful way I’m able to repurpose these handy empty lidded coffee cans. Check out this Homestead Hack.

Homestead hack for using empty repurposed coffee cans for bulk laundry detergent. #TexasHomesteader

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3-Ingredient Instant Pot Pepperoncini Roast

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I love my Instant pot for many things. One of the biggest benefits is faster or simplified cooking in my kitchen. BUT, that simplification is bumped up even higher with this Pepperoncini roast. There are only 3 ingredients: A roast, an onion and one 16-oz jar of sliced Pepperoncini.

Let me paint you a picture:

Sear roast, sauté an onion or two, then dump an entire jar of Pepperoncini over the whole shebangie.

Simply allow the IP to cook for 35 minutes or so and BOOM! Dinner is served.

I’m not gonna lie, this is by far the easiest pot roast I’ve ever made. And it’s also RancherMan’s favorite. Here’s how it all comes together:

This is the easiest Instant Pot Pepperoncini roast recipe of all - only 3 ingredients! A roast, an onion and a jar of Pepperoncini. #TexasHomesteader

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