Tag Archives: Frugality

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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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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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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Different Flavors Dress Up Plain Pinto Beans

by Texas Homesteader ~
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I enjoy cooking from what we already have in our freezers and pantry. But we’re eating good, y’all!

Recently I was looking through the pantry and I spied a large 2-lb bag of pintos. Aaaaah the lowly pinto bean. I wonder if I should cook a whole 2-lb bag of them? Will we get tired of them before they’re all eaten?

I decided to cook them up  and see how many different ways we could enjoy them before our palates got bored. Come see!

I cooked a whole 2-lb bag of dry pinto beans in my Instant Pot. But we enjoyed them several different ways so we never got bored. #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things – Shelter-In-Place Edition

by Texas Homesteader ~

I’ve always had an environmental bend. Being gentle on Mother Earth has just been a part of me for as long as I can remember. But the beautiful thing is, oftentimes those same eco-friendly moves can save some cold, hard cash too.

And so many people right now are doing all they can to be mindful with their money in these uncertain times. So I thought it would be fun to share 5 frugal things we did this week to save money (and the environment!)

Come see 5 frugal things we did at our homestead to save the environment and some cold hard cash too during this self isolation period. #TexasHomesteader

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How I Make A Healthy, Creamy Salad Dressing In 1 Minute!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Aaaaah, spring! The trees are turning green & the daffodils are blooming. And there’s all those fresh greens in the garden for a healthy salad.

I LOVE salads! The freshness, the crispness and the healthy aspect of it. To me, it’s like welcoming spring after the long winter season of eating more comfort-foody types of meals.

But ya know, although a healthy food may start out healthy, the health aspect can be changed drastically based on what you add to it.

I mean, heck – an apple is about as healthy as it gets. But add flour, sugar, seasonings, butter and a thick buttery crust and it’s an apple pie dessert instead!

So I really (really) wanted to make my own healthier yet creamy salad dressing. After doinking around a bit I made a delightful, creamy, healthy and tasty salad dressing that I can just mix together in a minute.

And you can’t get a more worthy topping for those fresh greens than that, #amiright??

I wanted a creamy salad dressing, but I wanted it to be healthy. And fresh. And CHEAP. This is the zero-waste recipe I came up with. #TexasHomesteader

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How A Bidet Can Be An Eco Win

by Texas Homesteader ~
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What with all the toilet paper shortages & such, I’m reading about quite a bit of shopping/stockpiling anxiety for folks out there. But not me. I’d wanted to get a bidet (pronounced bid-day) for a long time. It can replace toilet tissue, and cleans with a gentle stream of water instead.

But it wasn’t toilet paper shortages that made me consider this purchase. Out here we’re on a septic system, so keeping toilet paper out of the system just keeps it healthier and allows us to go longer between times that it must be pumped out. So it can be a cost savings too.

We went paper-towel, paper napkin & paper plate free over a decade ago. Disposables in any of their forms are always shunned here. So a bidet can be an eco win as well.

Plus I’ve heard folks singing the praises of the cleanliness difference between using toilet paper vs. a bidet. So I asked RancherMan if he would research and find the best model for us.

I've wanted a bidet for years. We decided on a model that has dual nozzles and adjustable settings. Installation was fast too. But there's an issue with some toilet seats #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things – Raised-Bed Gardening Edition

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Spring is on the way, y’all! And I’m sure I’m not the only one getting antsy to get in the garden, am I?? LOL.

But as you know, much must still be done before that time comes. There are still lots of preparations to be made first. So this week’s 5 Frugal Things is aaaaaall about saving money with the garden. Come see 5 things I’ve done this week to save some cold, hard cash!

5 Frugal Things - GARDENING EDITION! Come see what I did this week to save money. This week I'm talking all about saving money on gardening. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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Now You Can Make Your Own Baked Pita Chips Too!

by Texas Homesteader~ 

We were recently invited to a family gathering. Now in my family invitations to a shared meal happen often.

Since it’s so common & also so that the burden doesn’t fall on the hosting family, each family in attendance brings something to contribute to the meal. There’s always lots of good food at our family gatherings!

This time I wanted to bring something snacky. So I offered to bring some homemade hummus. (If you haven’t seen my Stupid-Easy Hummus Recipe, you should totally check it out!)

Of course I’ll need something for dipping. But I hate how expensive that little bag of pita chips is! Hummm, I wonder… 

I decided to make my own pita-type chips. Let’s see how it goes.

MYO baked pita chips using only 6 flour tortillas! A nice, heavy chip that holds up to dips or hummus. Nice & crispy too. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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