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3 Rainwater Catchment Systems Used At Our Homestead

by Texas Homesteader ~
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The heat & humidity here in Texas during a typical summer can create some gardening challenges. And in our area of NE Texas, we’ve been in drought conditions for several years in a row. It can feel like an expensive losing battle to keep your garden watered.

But I don’t pay for treated water to irrigate my gardens. They’re all watered with harvested rainwater. Come see three rainwater harvesting systems that work best for us.

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The Home-Gardener’s Sweetener – STEVIA!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Several years ago our daughter mentioned casually that she was growing Stevia. Wait, Stevia? You mean, the sweetener? You can GROW THAT!!?? I had no idea!

Excitedly I sat out to find a place to purchase the plant. I found it at a local discount warehouse-type store and brought it home. I plunked it into my landscaping bed as part of my edible landscape. It’s a pretty enough plant, so why not?

I’ve had this plant for a couple of years and it always comes back in the spring. But now that I’m growing my own zero-calorie sweetener, what should I do with it?

Stevia is a plant you can grow in your edible landscape. Harvest the leaves to make your very own home-grown sweetener. #TexasHomesteader

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Dad

by Texas Homesteader ~

Father’s Day is slipping up on us, y’all. When I think of dad I think of sage advice, and love & guidance throughout not only my childhood days, but even as an adult. Dads certainly have my gratitude.

In thinking about gift ideas for dad, I asked RancherMan to share his opinion. What do dad’s really want??? He listed several things in many price ranges, which was helpful. Here’s a list of gifts he thinks would please any dad. (NOTE: If needed a helpful, categorized Amazon list is included at the end of this post for your convenience)

Looking for Father's Day gift ideas? Here is a list of the gifts dad will love - from a GUY'S Perspective! #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things – Bread, Tea, Chicken, Storm & Hummingbird

by Texas Homesteader~

Occasionally I’ll share a short list of 5 Frugal Things I’ve done recently to save time, money and/or the environment. The beauty is that often these 5 frugal things check off all of those categories.

It’s been a while so I thought I’d share a quick list of 5 frugal things I did this week.

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Hitting The Road: Broken Bow, Oklahoma

by Texas Homesteader ~

Every year my siblings get together for what we call a ‘Sibling Trip’. My Brother and his wife, my sister & her hubs, and RancherMan & I pick a fun location and then vacation together. We’ve been to many fun places, but on this occasion my SIL suggested Broken Bow, OK.

I’ve heard of Broken Bow, but I don’t think I’ve ever been there. We’d decided to rent a 3-bedroom, 3 bath cabin so we could all stay together. It had a fully stocked kitchen so we could bring food and cook at the cabin a couple of nights to save some cash. Love it! Let’s get on the road.

We traveled to Broken Bow, Oklahoma for a weekend sibling trip. A delightful cabin was rented and we enjoyed some breweries, restaurants & Bevers Bend state park. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~

Today’s throwback Thursday post is about one of my favorite things to cook in my solar oven. ‘Boiled’ eggs! I was amazed when I learned you could cook those eggs without any water at all, right in their cardboard carton!

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~TxH~

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Pecan-Wood Smoked Meat For Pulled Pork Sandwiches

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan keeps our chest freezer filled with wild hog meat. I’ve made many dishes with this lean, mild-tasting wild pork. Many of those recipes are listed below. (Although you could use commercial pork instead)

But recently we were preparing for our annual family reunion. We decided to serve pulled-pork sandwiches with some of this wild-hog meat. But RancherMan wanted to smoke it with pecan wood before shredding it for sandwiches. It turned out Aaaaaaaahhhhh-MAZING!

Delicious Smoked Pork using pecan wood smoke. Delicious. And shredding all that meat can be done in minutes using our shortcut. #TexasHomesteader

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Veggie Garden Update: May

by Texas Homesteader

May is typically a great month for veggie gardening in NE Texas.  In May the temps usually haven’t heated up too drastically. And in a normal year there’s still spring rains swinging through each week so you don’t typically have to struggle quite as much with your garden maintenance workload.

C’mon and walk with me through the garden & let’s see what’s “growing” on these days.

May is a great month for the garden. C'mon and walk with me through the veggie garden & let's see what's growing on these days. #TexasHomesteader

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Texas Homesteader ~

Happy Mother's Day out there to all those moms workin' hard and lovin' their babies, no matter what their baby's age! #TexasHomesteader

Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.

-Reed Markham

 

Happy Mother’s Day out there to all those moms & grandmas – workin’ hard and lovin’ their babies, no matter what their baby’s age is!

~TxH~

Other Mother’s Day Posts

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For The Eco-Conscious Mom

It’s Not Always Biological: What I’ve Learned About Motherhood

Wordless Wednesday: A Mother’s Heart

 

 

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