5 Frugal Things: Food Waste, Tree Trimming, Garden Plants, etc.

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

We’re all trying to save a little cash in our day-to-day lives #amiright? But here’s the thing – oftentimes it’s not a budgeting, self deprivation, do-without kinda thing.

It just takes thinking outside the box sometimes. Something different than the ole status quo.

For instance, this week there were several opportunities for us to save money. In one instance several hundred dollars worth! But it was all super simple. Come see.

5 Frugal Things - Easy ways we saved money this week. Plants for the garden, tree removal costs, home haircuts and more. Come see. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Easily Cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I  bought an Instant Pot last year and I absolutely love it. The first thing I ever made with it was Bone Broth. When I saw how quick & easy it was, I was HOOKED!

I’ve since learned to make my Homemade IP Yogurt – even easier than it was using the Stovetop Method. And I’ve even learned to make Cheesecake in my Instant Pot!

So to say I’m enamored with my IP is an understatement. It gets pulled out several times each week. A huge time-saver for me is cooking a whole bag of pinto beans. Come see.

Come see how to easily cook dry pinto beans in an Instant Pot. #TexasHomesteader

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You Can Peel A Whole Head Of Garlic In Seconds!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

We love garlic. And thankfully it’s easy to grow garlic in our NE Texas garden. It adds a healthy yet powerful flavor to our food. We especially love it with Tex-Mex flavored dishes.

I recently harvested the garlic from our garden. I’ll allow it to cure for several weeks and then I typically hang whole garlic heads in my pantry. That garlic will be ready and waiting to be used at a moment’s notice.

But I grow & harvest lots of garlic every year. There’s no way I can use it all fresh before it goes bad. So to preserve some of the garlic further I also like to keep a jar filled with peeled garlic cloves in my freezer.

But ugh, peeling that many cloves is going to be a long, sticky chore, right?

Nope.

Come see how I can peel whole heads of garlic cloves in seconds.

We love garlic, how about you? I have a shortcut to peel garlic too. I can peel a whole head of garlic cloves in seconds. Come see how! #TexasHomesteader

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June Garden Update: Found The Culprit To Garden Failure!

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Well guys, my garden was put behind schedule this year. I thought it was due to a colder/wetter than normal spring. There was plenty of water, but no warmth or sunshine! 

But now that it’s starting to dry out a bit & warm up too, things are finally starting to grow.  Still the garden’s lagging behind is a mystery. But I think I may have finally figured it out. Come see my June garden update. I think I've solved the problem of why my garden failed! #TexasHomesteader

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Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shells!

by Texas Homesteader~

RancherMan & I enjoy a crisp salad filled with veggies almost every night. I’ve been making a Creamy Salad Dressing (filled with probiotics) for myself, and his favorite Thousand Island Salad Dressing for RancherMan.

After the lettuce is torn and added to the bowl, we pile on the extras. Chopped carrots, diced onion, sliced cucumbers, crumbled sharp cheese, etc. We also often peel a boiled egg and chop it up, sprinkling it into our salad as well for the extra protein.

Oftentimes this salad is so hearty it’s all we want for supper. And cool meals are a bonus in the heat & humidity of NE Texas summers!

But I recently read about a way to cook your eggs in an Instant Pot similar to boiled eggs. But the eggs are cracked and poured into a pan before being cooked. I’ve seen it called an ‘Egg Loaf’. Well color me intrigued!

Easier 'boiled eggs' for egg salad or potato salad. Cook eggs in an Instant Pot without their shells #TexasHomesteader

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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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Gift Ideas For Dad

by Texas Homesteader ~

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 dads 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. You can click the link or the photo for each item to get further details.

(NOTE: If you need a little more inspiration a helpful, categorized Amazon list is included at the end of this post for your convenience)

RancherMan approved! Here is a list of the gifts dad will love - from a GUY'S Perspective! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack – FREE Repurposed Elastic Ponytail Holders

~Texas Homesteader~ 

It’s just a fact that socks wear out. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of them, eventually they end up with holes in them. And when they do, they go on to their second purpose here on the Homestead.

I typically cut off the toe section & elastic top from the holey sock, then cut the sock along the back ankle/heel/foot to open it up flat. I then cut the resulting material into a square-ish shape. I’ll be using this material in different ways – Check it out.

Homestead Hack: Use band from repurposed elastic from a pair of old holey socks #TexasHomesteader
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Homemade Meals Daily – The EASY Way

~Texas Homesteader~ 

Many are surprised to find that I serve homemade meals every day. There are actually several good reasons for that. And none involve the words “Because I love to cook“!

Firstly, living in the country means there’s a limit to close places to go out to eat. And home delivery is certainly not even an option!

Secondly I know eating at home is a healthier option than the high-fat, high-sugar & high sodium options that tempt you at a restaurant. I’m able to serve a delicious homemade meal while still having control over any unhealthy ingredients in recipes.

Thirdly, it’s significantly cheaper to cook from scratch than to eat out, or even to utilize packaged convenience items sold in the stores. Being self employed means I’m extremely mindful of our budget.

But still it’s a surprise for many people, who ask:

“How in the world do you serve homemade meals every day??!!”

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret – I use several shortcuts. And they could help you too!

Serving homemade meals every day doesn't have to be hard or time consuming. There are lots of easy shortcuts. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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