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Self Sufficiency on a Texas Homestead

Want A Glimpse Into Our Texas Homestead?

~ by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Years ago RancherMan & I started down this winding path to voluntary simplicity.

Red/white gingham tablecloth and denim jeans hanging on laundry line drying in the sun. #TexasHomesteader


Now I enjoy writing about our lives here on our beautiful NE Texas Homestead. There’s always something going on here!

Honeybee on sunflower collecting pollen and nectar for honey. #TexasHomesteader

On any given day there may be garden planting or food preservation tasks.

Vegetable garden in NE Texas. #TexasHomesteader

The joy of a brand new baby calf, or the fun of dealing with our quirky free-range chickens.

I'm sharing our lives here on our NE Texas Homestead. Come follow along! #TexasHomesteader

There’s cooking healthy meals from scratch and especially being careful with our precious natural resources. We’re doing so much more with less!

Air fryer fried chicken, steamed asparagus and seasoned rice. #TexasHomesteader

And of course RancherMan’s filled with inventiveness as he figures out different ways to keep our monthly expenditures low. 

It's easy to use these tips to save money. #TexasHomesteader

Oh, and I love to share the beautiful views around our homestead too.

My hope is that with this site I can inspire others who are also on a simple path.

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I love writing about our lives on our NE Texas Homestead. My hope is to inspire others also on a simple path, won't you follow along? #TexasHomesteader


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What Working At Home Really Means (And What It DOESN’T)

by Texas Homesteader ~

When RancherMan & I bought this little piece of paradise several years ago, we were still commuting to Dallas every weekday for our corporate jobs. I was finally able to convince my boss to allow me to telecommute three times each week. Sweet

Hearing the radio drone on & on about the horrific traffic jams that were always present in my typical route, I’d simply grab a cup of coffee & ‘log in’ on my computer.

Commute Time: 2 minutes!  🙂

But I was always super sensitive about the perception to my in-office cohorts regarding my working from home. I went out of my way to make sure my all my work efforts were very clearly visible. Plus I was always instantly available by office video chat.

And I purposely worked many more hours than I was being paid forjust to be fair. Oftentimes I worked well into the night and on weekends too.

Still I felt there was a false perception by my coworkers regarding the time I put in for my employer.

Working At Home often gives others the false perception that you have lots of free time. Whether self employed, homeschooler or stay-at-home parent, it's hard work! #TexasHomesteader

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Join Us For A Day On The Homestead

by Texas Homesteader ~

D’ya ever wonder what it was like to be on a Texas Homestead?  I thought it would be fun to share… Here each day offers something new.  Some days we’re focused on land maintenance like mowing pastures or repairing fences.  Other days we might focus on bees, the garden or the cattle.  But this week we had one day in particular that ended up being a very challenging day for us. 

The temps that had once cooled nicely had made a wicked resurgence.  On this day between the heat & humidity it was supposed to feel like sweltering triple digits.  So RancherMan & I decided to work the cattle early in the morning while it’s cooler. That’s when everything went south…

Did you ever wonder what a day on the homestead was like? Join me to see what tasks are on tap at our N.E. Texas Homestead #TexasHomesteader

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My Journey May Not Be Your Journey – And That’s OK!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s so puzzling to me – visitors often apologize profusely for not being as environmentally sensitive as I try to be. WHY??! My journey may not be the same as your journey – and that’s OK!  

We all have causes we're passionate about. But my journey might not be your journey. Wanna know a secret? That's OK! #TexasHomesteader

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The Winds Of Change Are Blowing… My Blog Name’s Changing!

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I have been talking about refreshing the name of my little ole blog for quite some time.  Why?  Well, because I write about all kinds of self-sufficiency things – being eco friendly, raising chickens, cooking, gardening and much more.

I’ve heard some readers saying it would help if they knew where I was writing from.  I’m in NE Texas zone 8, but you may be in zone 4.  How do my garden tips need to be viewed for your own area?  Or what altitude am I talking about in my recipes? It can be confusing to readers knowing how my posts relate to where they reside.

So I’m changing my blog name to Texas Homesteader.  It will be super easy for all readers to see at a glance where I’m writing from!   The change should happen within the next week, but nothing’s changed yet…

Blog name changing to #TexasHomesteader

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Wearing UV Protective Clothing To Protect Skin From Sun’s Harmful Effects

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

If you work outside often, wearing sun UV-Protective clothing can protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

RancherMan & I work our homestead every day, most of our daily activity involves being outside. We are careful to protect our skin from the sun.

I hate slathering sunscreen on my skin every day. All those chemicals! But we work outside each day & sun protection is important! I protect my skin with sun-protective clothing. #TexasHomesteader

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2017 – Top 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year!

by Texas Homesteader ~

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the waning days of 2017!  And we’ve got a bright new year in front of us, full of possibilities & promise.  But I’d like to take a moment & reflect on 2017 first.  Today I’m sharing the top 10 homesteading posts of 2017.  This list includes a few recipes such as no-knead Boule Bread and our favorite Planned Leftovers Meal – Carnitas Tacos.  And it also includes some crafts such as making your own chalkboard labels with things you’ve already got.  There are also some posts about interesting social observations that y’all really liked this year.  Grab a cup of coffee & c’mon in, y’all!

Come see the Top 10 Most Popular Homesteading Posts on my blog! Some crafts, some recipes, and some social observations too! #TexasHomesteader

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