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Easy Homemade Applesauce A Delicious Zero-Waste Treat

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Applesauce is a staple in my Homestead kitchen. But even though I use it often I don’t buy it, oh no! It’s super easy and nearly effortless to make your own applesauce.

And the lowly slow cooker makes it so easy too. Check it out!

EASY HOMEMADE SLOW-COOKER APPLESAUCE recipe shared at Mother Earth News - it's easy to make homemade applesauce with fresh apples! #MotherEarthNews #TexasHomesteader

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Recipe: Easy 3-Ingredient Homemade Pasta

by Texas Homesteader
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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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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

by Texas Homesteader
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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

By Texas Homesteader ~

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

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

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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How To Pick The Best Meat Thermometer For The Grill

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Meat thermometers are nothing new. They’re certainly a handy kitchen helper to easily check internal temperatures of meat. That way you can be assured it’s reached a safe cooking temperature without overcooking it and making it dry or tough.

But could I find a fully wireless meat thermometer? One that could communicate through Bluetooth? A thermometer that would send data directly to my smart phone?

Oh yes I did! And you’re not gonna believe how easy it makes cooking meat to perfection, y’all!

Wireless Bluetooth MEATER Meat Thermometer with smartphone app. #TexasHomesteader

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MYO Dry Shampoo Only 3 Ingredients!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Hiking and camping season is here. Are you getting ready for the great outdoors and fun in the sun? If you’ve always bought dry shampoo for your camping trips I’m here to tell ya – it’s EASY to make your own with just 3 common kitchen ingredients.

I’ve stumbled on the magical formula that works just right for me to use right here at home for times when I need to freshen my hair without using water. But it’s so lightweight, this dry shampoo formula would be great for camping or hiking too. 

Or anywhere really where you might not have access to water to clean your hair.

I made my own dry shampoo in minutes using pantry staples I always have in my kitchen. It works great, check it out! #TexasHomesteader

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