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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.

Ditch The Plastic! Using Glass In The Refrigerator

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Do you hate the hodgepodge pile of stained plastic food storage dishes with their mismatched or missing lids? Me too. Ditch the Plastic! Glass jars are easy to repurpose for food storage. And being able to see the food in your refrigerator may slow down your food waste as well.

Ditch the Plastic! Glass jars are easy to repurpose and being able to see the food in your fridge may slow down your food waste as well #TexasHomesteader

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Homemade Grape Jelly Recipe Without Added Pectin (Includes Optional Canning Instructions)

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Deep purple Concord grapes make a very flavorful homemade grape jelly. I’m sharing the lazy-cook’s way to make simple grape jelly without adding pectin. I’m even including the easiest way to preserve it longer-term by simple water-bath canning. Delicious, homemade and makes a great gift idea too.

Homemade Grape Jelly or Jam made with purple Concord grapes. #TexasHomesteader

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How We Reduced Our Household Trash – A Few Simple Tips!

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You pay a fee to have a large truck pick up & haul your trash to the landfill. Do you hate that as much as we do? We’ve managed to reduce our landfill contributions over the years by using a few simple tricks. We’ve even been able to eliminate our trash collection service and associated fees. So the result has been positive for both our budget as well as the environment.

PREcycle recycle, compost reducing landfill waste plastic trash #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things – Free Garden Soil, Inexpensive Date Night and MORE!

by ~ Texas Homesteader ~ 

This week gave me plenty of opportunities to stretch my frugal muscle. Everything from thinking outside the box for free repairs, an inexpensive date night idea, free garden soil and more.

Come see the 5 frugal things we did to save money this week. 

Come see this week's 5 frugal things to save money. #TexasHomesteader

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Mason Jar Cheesecake Recipe Made In An Instant Pot

by ~ Texas Homesteader ~ 

Did you know you can make single-serve cheesecakes in small glass canning jars? It’s true. This Instant Pot mason jar cheesecake recipe makes five servings with cute mason jar presentation and needs only a 8 minute pressure-cooking time. Easy, fast, delicious!

Instant Pot Mason Jar Cheesecake with fresh peaches and pie filling. #TexasHomesteader

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