Tag Archives: Frugality

Caring For Cast-Iron Cookware

by Texas Homesteader ~

Cast Iron skillets are usually the preferred cookware in my Homestead kitchen. And although cleaning and caring for cast iron is somewhat different than other materials, it’s not hard nor complicated.

A few simple tricks will keep your cast iron rust free, virtually non stick and ready to serve you well for decades.

See a few tips to keep your cast iron cookware perfectly seasoned, rust free and virtually NON-STICK! #TexasHomesteader

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Simple Composting Guide for A Healthy Garden

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Black gold, gardeners delight, compost – it’s all the same thing. And making your own compost is simple.

But how do you make compost? What can be composted and what cannot? What kind of container do you put it in? 

There are lots of different answers and methods to those questions.   Let’s start with the container.

Compost is very easy to make at home as long as you're mindful of the greens/browns balance. Come see how we make our own black gold! #TexasHomesteader

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Easiest Vanilla Wafer Cookie Recipe

By Texas Homesteader ~

Vanilla wafers. You know the ones, those small golden cookies that everyone uses when they make banana pudding. They’re delicious, but other than when eating banana pudding I’d never really given them much thought.

I’d invited my parents over to join us for supper. Dad loves when I make dessert so I almost always do when they join us for a meal. This time I’d decided to make banana pudding.

As I was making my grocery list for the meal, I paused when I added vanilla wafers to the list. I mean, how hard could they really be to bake up fresh? As it turns out, not hard at all!

This vanilla wafer cookie recipe is simple and the cookies bake up fast. They're lightly crisp and slightly chewy, and very buttery! #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposing Denim: Easy No-Sew Coasters

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s no secret to those who know me that I love denim. It’s about all I wear here on the Homestead. RancherMan too!

But even when those jeans finally wear out, I hate to throw away that beautiful blue dungaree cloth. It’s so rustic & heavy. And it begs for another purpose.

So I sat out to find repurpose ideas for them. Maybe cute denim coasters from RancherMan’s worn jeans…

I love these no-sew denim coasters. They're EASY and I make them where condensation does not soak through! #TexasHomesteader

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MYO Dry Shampoo Only 3 Ingredients!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Hiking and camping season is here. Are you getting ready for the great outdoors and fun in the sun? If you’ve always bought dry shampoo for your camping trips I’m here to tell ya – it’s EASY to make your own with just 3 common kitchen ingredients.

I’ve stumbled on the magical formula that works just right for me to use right here at home for times when I need to freshen my hair without using water. But it’s so lightweight, this dry shampoo formula would be great for camping or hiking too. 

Or anywhere really where you might not have access to water to clean your hair.

I made my own dry shampoo in minutes using pantry staples I always have in my kitchen. It works great, check it out! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Grow, Harvest & Preserve Garlic

by Texas Homesteader 

We eat a lot of garlic. It lends a vibrant flavor to even the simplest savory dishes.

And the health benefits of garlic are well documented. So I make sure to plant plenty in my garden each year.

But how do you preserve a full garden’s harvest of garlic? I want to make sure that not a single clove of my homegrown garlic goes bad.

Tips of planting, growing, harvesting and preserving garlic. #TexasHomesteader

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When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly

by Texas Homesteader~ 

I know several people that are struggling financially right now. Some because they went a little overboard with personal purchases I guess. But some are struggling due to circumstances completely unforeseen & out of their control.

Maybe they find themselves with a large unexpected medical bill. Or maybe they’re laid off, either temporarily or permanently. And BOOM! Financial adjustments must be made sooner rather than later.

Of course families are varied and the journey to a more secure financial future will be different based on each family’s circumstances.

People are struggling financially due to circumstances unforeseen & out of their control. I'm reflecting on our own financial journey. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Self-Rising Flour In Less Than 1 Minute

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Oh no! Your recipe calls for self-rising flour and all you have is all purpose flour. What will you do?

Must you stop mid-recipe and head to the store, plunk down money for MORE flour and then head back home before finally resuming your recipe?

Nope. You can make your own self-rising flour in a flash.

No, really – I mean it! Check out this helpful Homestead Hack.

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