Repurposed Coffee Can For Deep Soak Watering                 

by Texas Homesteader~

In the heat of summer, the rain taps typically turn completely off here in NE Texas. It’s typical for us to struggle keeping everything watered.

I suppose I complicate things by insisting that all outside watering be done only though Captured Rainwater. I’ve never liked the idea of treated, drinkable water being pumped from miles away just for me to pour on the ground.

So with a few exceptions such as during drought when the trees could die if I don’t offer assistance, plants are watered only with rainwater. But keeping plants watered during the hot, dry Texas summers requires some conservation. Come see my conservation tips.

A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Easily & Safely Catch A Snake

by Texas Homesteader~ 
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Topic Warning: Snake Catching. Now before I begin, let me say that I realize not everyone sees snakes the same way we do. Some may be terrified of snakes and feel they all must die – friend or foe. If that’s you, I respect your feelings.

But for our home, I personally feel they’re an important part of our ecosystem. Especially living out in the country, they keep mice & rat populations in check. A venomous snake must go of course. But around here, non-venomous snakes are simply relocated away from our home.

But getting up close & personal with a snake – good or bad – can make ya nervous, you know?? So we needed a way to be able to catch snakes safely. For us and for them.

Many have asked about our snake capture method. So today I’ll be sharing how we easily catch and relocate beneficial snakes.

Easily capture and relocate a snake, but do it safely. We've found the 47" snake grabber to be the best tool to relocate snakes safely. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday

by Texas Homesteader~ 

This time of year, the herbs are growing great. And I’ve found an absolutely delicious (yet no-labor-required) way to use them.  I use it on pasta, chicken, heck I’ve even topped my fresh salad with it. And to celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m sharing it with you today.

Like fresh herbs? Like garlic? Like easy & delicious recipes? Well you’re gonna LOVE this!

fresh garlic herb sauce recipe #TexasHomesteader

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Arrowhead Collage In A Wooden Box

by Texas Homesteader~

Many of you know we lost my brother very unexpectedly recently. It’s always so hard to grapple with the loss of a loved one in these circumstances.

My brother was an accomplished flint-knapper. He hand-made many arrowhead works of art. Of course he signed each and every one to differentiate between his perfection at his art and actual American Indian artifacts.

After his passing I wanted to make gifts for my parents from his beautiful work.

I'm showing how to make an arrowhead collage. This is the second one I've done with my brother's arrowheads. It turned out beautifully. #TexasHomesteader
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Garden Update: Gardening In Hot & Humid August

by Texas Homesteader ~

Whelp, it’s August y’all. In TEXAS! August typically means hot and dry weather. And typically the end of the garden too. 

Usually this is when I quit fighting the garden altogether and let it go dormant. When it’s this hot and dry – even if I can keep the plants alive – nothing wants to set fruit anyway.  

But this year I’m actually still in the garden most days. Not to harvest, oh no! But hopefully to squeak things through for a fall garden. This year all has not been lost. Come see.

August is usually so hot & dry the garden goes dormant. But this year we've had some successes too. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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Easier Homemade Peach Ice Cream – The Taste Of Summer!

by Texas Homesteader~ 

RancherMan’s a huge ice cream fan. He would eat it every day if I’d let him. LOL

But since he enjoys it so much I try to find ways to give him healthier ‘ice cream’ options more often. Tasty ways such as my Homemade Fudgesicles. Their chocolaty deliciousness has a yogurt base. So they’re filled with healthy probiotics.

I also make a sugar free Ice Cream Substitute using frozen fruit. A few frozen bananas for sweetness and maybe a handful of berries. Just blend and enjoy!

But sometimes, ya just want real, honest-to-goodness ice cream!

I had some fresh peaches that needed to be used up before they went bad. So I decided to give ‘er a try.

Homemade peach ice cream can go from start to finish in only about 25 minutes. Come see this easier recipe. #TexasHomesteader
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Saute & Freeze Onions For Kitchen Convenience

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Almost every savory dish I cook includes sautéed onions and/or garlic. But although I’ve found a way to easily Preserve Garlic for cooking, I don’t always have fresh onions.

So I wondered, why not take this glut of Harvested Onions and chop/sauté them now for use later? (smacks forehead) why didn’t I think of that sooner??

Saute & freeze onions for your own convenience food right in your own freezer. I scored them to make it easier to break off pieces. #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters For Garden Harvest

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RancherMan & I drink coffee that comes in a handy lidded container. But I’ve been on a constant quest to find ways to use them once they’re empty.

But as gardening season hits in full swing, I’m reminded of another great use. Check out this Homestead Hack.

Homestead Hack - using empty coffee canisters for grape harvest. #TexasHomesteader

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Meat-Stuffed Zucchini Boats Make Use Of All That Zucchini!

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Have you ever heard of zucchini boats? It’s a hollowed-out zucchini filled with hearty deliciousness and baked until tender. What a great idea for a little something different when the zucchini in your garden threatens to take over the world! LOL

Recently I found myself with some fresh zucchini. Now ordinarily I use zucchini as a veggie side dish. But I was looking for something a little more substantial this time. Something different.

I decided to make zucchini boats with them. I’ll make ’em hearty too by stuffing them with meat & cheese. Then I can use them as the main entrée.

I’m very happy to say it was not only ridiculously easy, but delicious too!

Zucchini boats are a hearty way to make use of all that garden zucchini. Fill with a hearty meat & cheese mixture & bake until tendercrisp #TexasHomesteader

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