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The Importance Of The Family Supper Table

by Texas Homesteader ~

When our children lived at home we always sat at the table and ate together as a family. It was an important and non-negotiable family tradition of ours. So much so that there were no distractions allowed during our meals together.

Our rule was that everyone stayed around the table until the last one was finished before anyone was allowed to leave the table. Oh, and no phones were to be brought to the table. If a phone did ring somewhere in the house, it was not answered if we were still having supper.

And even if one of their friends showed up at the front door during supper, the door was not answered. All of that could wait until after we’d spent this important family time together.

Do you know the importance of a family supper table? When family shares a meal together many benefits are realized. See what the studies say #TexasHomesteader


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5 Frugal Things – Decluttering, Beverage, Food Waste, Coupon & Gifts

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Ya know, frugality is really an easy thing to accomplish. And you can even set it & leave it on cruise control too. It just takes keeping an open mind for ways during your typical day to save some money.

Soon it’s not even something you strive for, it’s just part of your everyday life. And it’s often an eco-friendly move too.

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

Frugality can be eco friendly too. Decluttering, coupons, gifting, etc. Come see 5 frugal things we did to save money this week #TexasHomesteader

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Instant Pot Makes Homemade Yogurt Even Easier!

by Texas Homesteader ~
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I’ve made yogurt for years, neigh decades. It was the very first self-sufficient step I ever took. Back then looking at those non-recyclable (in my area) plastic yogurt tubs that I was forced to throw away, I just figured there had to be a better way.

And there WAS.

I started making 1/2 gallon of Stove-Top Homemade Yogurt every week or so since then. I’ve never looked back! But now there’s this Instant Pot craze. So I took the plunge. And there’s a yogurt setting on mine too. Hummmm…

Instant Pot Yogurt - so easy! I'm sharing step-by-step instructions with photos to make your own creamy yogurt. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader ~

You know those dates stamped on packages of food? What do they mean? It’s confusing alright. Is the food ‘expired’? Is it safe to eat? Will it make you sick if you eat it anyway? I always wondered that too.

Then I did some research and was very surprised at what I found. To celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m sharing these tips today. Come see!

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Accumulating Okra When You Don’t Have Enough To Fry

by Texas Homesteader ~

Okra is a powerhouse in the garden. Heat? Drought? Poor soil? It just seems to laugh at it all! My garden struggled this year due to the prolonged cool, wet spring. When the sun finally did come out & the temps warmed, many of the things I’d planted had already given up the ghost. But not the okra.

Now okra will produce you out of house & home if you let it. So I only planted four (count ’em – f-o-u-r) plants! It’s been about right to supply RancherMan & me with okra. But I’ll need to harvest & accumulate enough okra for frying up for us. Thankfully it’s easy!

An easy way to accumulate fresh okra from the garden & prepare it for frying at a later time. A quick mixture of flour, cornmeal & spices. #TexasHomesteader

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September 11th, 2001 – Where Were You?

by Texas Homesteader

September 11th, 2001, a day most Americans were changed forever.   I worked at an international trade association and they held a huge convention each year in September.  As the Director of Administrative Services, it was part of my job to attend this convention each year along with other executives of our association.  It’s a huge amount of work and it takes many hands to assure a smooth successful convention.

This year the convention was in Florida. So I packed the night before to make sure I can get to the airport the next day to make my early-morning flight.  Little did I know this day would change my life and the lives of all my fellow Americans forever!

September 11th, 2001. Little did I know this day would change my life and the lives of all my fellow Americans forever! Where were you? #TexasHomesteader


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Making Your Own Natural Beeswax Jar Candles

by Texas Homesteader ~

Back in ‘the day’ I had lots of scented candles and I burned them often. I loved the gentle flicker of the flame and the scent of the candle itself. But then I heard of the nasties that can be released by burning traditional paraffin wax candles. So as time went on I burned them less & less. When they were gone I just did without.

But now we have our own apiary and I have access to that precious all-natural beeswax. So today I think I’ll make beeswax candles with it!

It's easy to make your own natural beeswax jar candles. It's fun, it's easy, and it's natural. And who doesn't love a beeswax candle?? #TexasHomesteader

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Sweet Remembrance For A Memorial Service

by Texas Homesteader ~

I lost a sweet friend recently. She was an older woman, but so special to me. Very kind & a strong family person. A tender soul and a devout Christian. She was part of our group of friends who meet each month to celebrate someone’s birthday.

Whomever’s birthday fell in that month would choose the restaurant. Cards & small gifts would be brought to the honoree. Then we’d all sing happy birthday ‘family style‘. What a great group of friends!

But her health had been failing lately. She’d become quite frail. RancherMan & I were on the road when we got the sad news. We quickly made plans to attend her memorial service. But while there I saw something I’d never seen before…

A sweet remembrance from a memorial service - a basket of seeds. The note suggested we plant something to honor our friend. #TexasHomesteader

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Instant Pot Roast Recipe – Comfort Food FAST!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Electric programmable pressure cookers are all the rage. But I have a stove-top pressure cooker and I love it. I guess it’s been hard for me to justify the cost of buying a different thing when I have something that works for me. But I’ve finally made the plunge!

Recently we invited my parents to dinner and I decided this would be a good time to break in my new Instant Pot. I decided I’d serve the epitome of comfort food – a pot roast.

I use my 6-quart Instant Pot electric programmable pressure cooker to easily make the ultimate comfort food. Moist, tender pot roast. #TexasHomesteader

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Trapping & Relocating An Armadillo

by Texas Homesteader~

Uh oh, something has burrowed beneath the rosemary by our back porch. We’re guessing it’s an armadillo. What a mess! So much dirt has been kicked up into the rock border of our porch and the burrow is obviously into the roots of my beloved rosemary plant.

A live trap will be set to capture and relocate whatever it is because it simply cannot stay! Not only is it tearing up our landscaping but we don’t want to chance our mini-schauzer coming into contact with something that could harm her.

Due to the size of the burrow, we’re trapping based on the premise that we’re dealing with an armadillo. Come see what worked for us.

Armadillos are notoriously hard to trap. But we needed to relocate an armadillo from our yard. See what worked for us. #TexasHomesteader

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