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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I’m sure by now y’all know how enamored I am with soapberries. They’re like the more well-known soapnuts, but grown right here in the U.S. I’ve read that many native Americans and later European settlers used these soapberries as, well, SOAP.

But a couple of years ago I became aware that you could infuse water with these soapberries and make shampoo. Wait, SHAMPOO??

I’ve been using my own homemade soapberry shampoo ever since. It’s does a great job of cleaning, is gentle, natural, and leaves my hair feeling great. Plus there’s no plastic waste like there was when I was buying and using commercial shampoo. You know that makes my crunchy-green heart happy, y’all!

So to celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m sharing my soapberry success story. Check it out.

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Throwback Thursday

 by Texas Homesteader~ 

Well, summer is upon us y’all. Temps are heating up and gardens are growing. Whether you’re growing a veggie garden or landscaping areas, those plants need to be watered from time to time during the hot summer months.

But it’s never made sense to me that such a precious resource as water is treated to make it safe for drinking and then piped from miles away for me to just spill out of a water hose & throw on the ground. So I  use only rainwater for outside watering & irrigation. But there can be long spells without rain in the summer months. I needed catchment systems to capture and hold rainwater until I need it.

To celebrate Throwback Thursday I thought I’d share with you the three simple rainwater catchment systems we use here on the Homestead. They’re inexpensive and easy to use. Come see!

Three rainwater catchment systems we use at the homestead. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Grilling season is upon us, y’all! Last year RancherMan decided he wanted to smoke pork roasts on the grill. So he went looking for a good rub recipe and BOY did he come up with a good one!

This rub is delicious and it’s also part of the mop-sauce ingredients. (oh, and the mop sauce contains both beer and coffee -powerfully flavored & DELICIOUS!) I often use the rub for seasoning other food in my kitchen too. It’s pretty multi-purpose for us.

So if you’re hankerin’ to get out & do some grilling and you’re looking for the perfect seasoning rub and mop sauce, look no further! Today to celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m sharing RancherMan’s favored recipe with you. Check it out!

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I love Mother Nature, that’s why I recycle LESS!

Wait, what??!

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing a post that’s been very popular in the past. And this post is near & dear to my heart. I’ve spent decades reducing the amount of trash produced in and for our home. Are you interested in doing the same? Come see some easy tips.

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~

I love all things denim. So it’s lucky for me that I get plenty of denim material to craft with. RancherMan’s hard on his jeans – working cattle, or fencing, or in the shop building or repairing things. I have lots of fun Projects Using Denim from his worn jeans.

But my absolute favorite is my dish carrier. When we go out to eat I carry it into the restaurant with me. With its denim cover & bamboo handles it looks purse-like enough that it doesn’t feel odd carrying it in. I get so many compliments on it! Then after our meal I can place our leftovers into the enclosed dish & bring them home. No wasted food and no crappy flimsy styrofoam container. And to celebrate Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing again how easily I made it.

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

When it’s blustery outside, a cup of hot Chai tea really hits the spot. Silky smooth, sweet and wonderful. Aaaaahhhhh….

My wonderful SIL makes the best Chai tea mix, and I’ve been the lucky recipient of her gift. She was sweet enough to share her recipe. And today I’m going back into the blog archives and bringing that recipe back so you can enjoy it too!

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