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How Safe Is Your Drinking Water?

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Drinking-water safety has been in the news lately. To be honest, I’d never really given it much thought. I’d always assumed the water coming from our faucet is clean and safe.

But should I?

I want to know: Is our water safe to drink? Or should we take additional steps such as installing a whole-house water filter?

So I suggested to RancherMan that we have our water tested.

How safe is your drinking water? You can't just assume it's safe anymore! Come see how we assured our water was safe to drink. #TexasHomesteader

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Vegetable Garden Planning Made Easy

by Texas Homesteader~

I’ve been spending time daydreaming about both warmer weather and what I’d like to plant in my vegetable garden. 

We’re located in Northeast Texas planting zone 8a so we enjoy a pretty long growing season. But it seems spring just can’t come soon enough.

But how do I decide what goes in the garden each year?

Garden Planning. How do I track previous planting info? Or companion planting? Or crop rotation? Come see my garden-planning tips. #TexasHomesteader

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The Secret To Streak-Free Glass Cleaning

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Whether mirrors or windows, glass cleaning has always been one of the most difficult surfaces for me to clean properly. 

Oh sure I can clean the grime off of the surface easily. But trying to get the glass actually streak free used to drive me crazy. My cleaning session went something like this:

“There! Looks great. No, wait… is that a streak? OK, THERE Wait… “

It was so frustrating. Until I remembered something my dad taught me years ago.

The secret to getting clean, streak-free windows & mirrors. So simple! #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things – Food Preserving, Dog Grooming, Decluttering & MORE!

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Living and working here on the Homestead means we have to be mindful of our expenses. But here’s the great thing – I have a hearty eco-friendly bend. I’m always watching out for ways to be gentle with Mother Nature.

And I find oftentimes frugality goes hand in hand with eco-friendly living. It’s a two-fer win for me! This week there were many opportunities to save some money (and give Mother Nature a big kiss on the cheek too!)

Come see the 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money and the environment.

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Endless Soap Dispenser For Kitchen Convenience

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Many sinks come with a little pump soap dispenser on the top edge. Whether you fill it with dish soap for washing dishes or hand soap for washing hands, it’s quite a handy little amendment for your kitchen sink.

But most of those little soap dispenser pumps use a small screw-in bottle underneath the sink to hold the liquid soap.

That tiny receptacle always runs low at the most inopportune times, don’t they? And then they have to be refilled pretty frequently. So we got to wondering, is there a better way?

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Meal Ideas When Bringing Food For A Family

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Whether mourning a death in the family, dealing with illness or even just feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a new baby, those going through hardships are comforted when others bring food.

There’s just something about someone caring enough to bring a meal to your family, ya know?? A meal you won’t have to worry about planning or cooking. It not only offers nutrition during a very trying time, but it’s like a warm hug from others.

But I’m always in a quandary when knowing what meal to bring to another family. You too?

Well you’re in luck. I’ve made a list of easy-to-prepare options sure to nourish, as well as comfort heart & soul.

The Gift Of Food: Meal Ideas When Bringing Food To Families #TexasHomesteader

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Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2020

 By Texas Homesteader~ 

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be glad to see 2020 go! There have been so many challenges this year to our country. WHEW! What a year!

But if there’s to be a silver lining found at all, it’s that the pandemic had many of you looking for ways to be more self sufficient. Ways to do more for yourself. To save money, to provide for your family. How empowering!

Are you wondering what the most popular posts of 2020 were? Well it was everything from easier homemade recipes, to gardening tips to making homemade dog shampoo and MUCH MORE.

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some good reading, y’all!

Top 10 Self-Sufficiency Homesteader post of 2020 #TexasHomesteader

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Last-Minute Gift Idea: Simple Sweetened Popcorn Into Christmas Trail Mix

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Time’s running out! Looking for a quick homemade gift idea? This Sweetened Popcorn was made into a sweet Christmas Trail Mix. It made for a delicious last-minute Christmas gift idea.

Although we typically gift our grands Experience Gifts these days, we still wanted something cute to present to them on Christmas day. So we decided to make an easy yet delicious edible gift for them.

I started with this sweetened popcorn treat. It was beyond easy to make. Seriousiosly, as in add 3 ingredients, boil 4 minutes and pour onto popcorn easy! Y’all aren’t gonna believe this…

Simple sweetened popcorn recipe - coat popcorn with syrup made from sugar, butter and water - Easy recipe! #TexasHomesteader

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