Tag Archives: Homestead Hacks

Homestead Hack: No-Mess Way To Measure Honey

by Texas Homesteader ~
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I’m consuming a couple of tablespoons of honey containing ragweed pollen daily to help combat my allergies. But it takes so long using the honey dipper to drizzle 2 tablespoons worth each day. And I was making such a mess trying to spoon it from the jar instead.

So I tried pouring it gently from the jar.


Luckily I’ve found an awesome solution. Come check out this Homestead Hack.

I needed a way to measure small amounts of honey each day without making a mess. I decided a vintage syrup dispenser fit the bill nicely. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Leftover Great Northern Beans

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Recently I cooked some great northern beans. They were delicious & we enjoyed them as a side dish for that evening’s meal. I served them later in the week as a quick side dish also.

But then I wondered… Is there a more exciting way to serve these beans that will have RancherMan smacking his lips?

Well yes, yes there is! Check out this Homestead Hack!

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Homestead Hack: Expanding Your Muffin Tin

by Texas Homesteader ~

I was baking homemade blueberry muffins for a Sibling Vacation recently. I typically make jumbo-sized muffins for RancherMan. But this time I used my smaller muffin-sized tin because there would be several of us in attendance. It’s easier to eat two small muffins than to waste part of a larger one, ya know?

So I whipped up my Blueberry Muffin batter, placed my silicone muffin pan on a cookie sheet & filled the muffin cups. But there was still about 4 muffins worth of batter remaining.

Do I overfill the muffin cups? Do I bake this dozen and then refill 4 of the muffin cups and bake them separately? What a waste! Ugh, what’s a girl to do?

Need more muffin cup spaces? No worries! I used wide-mouth canning rings for those last 4 muffins. Everything baked up at the same time. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: How To Easily Open Those Stubborn Jars

by Texas Homesteader ~

Occasionally I have difficulty opening a stubborn stuck jar lid. If RancherMan is nearby I have a handy (and oh-so-handsome) jar opener right at my disposal.

But if not I still have an easy way to open those stubborn jars. And I do it using a common item in the ‘junk drawer’ right in my kitchen.

How to get that stubborn lid off of the jar? I've found an easy way using an ordinary household item. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Easy Reminder Tip

by Texas Homesteader ~

Do you worry about forgetting something like unplugging a coffee pot or turning off the stove?

Or do you hate when you go to someone’s house and just know you’re gonna forget to pick something up, and then you DO forget??

I’ve found a simple hack for remembering tasks like these. Intrigued? Check this out.

Do you need a simple way to remember to turn off the stove or to take something with you when you leave the house? Check out this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make An All-Natural Air Freshener For Pennies

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Years ago I did away with artificial scents in our home. Oh how I used to love those reed diffusers, plug-in room fresheners and scented candles!

But I decided those artificial scents just weren’t right for me or my family.

Recently I made a super-cute room freshener using a repurposed canning jar and leftover lace. So easy, so inexpensive and so pretty!

I don't want artificial air fresheners & scented candles in our home. So I easily made my own air freshener with baking soda, essential oil, a repurposed canning jar & leftover lace. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Don’t Flush Cooking Fat Down The Drain!

by Texas Homesteader ~

We’ve all probably done it – rinsing out remaining fat and letting it go down the drain. A quick flip of the garbage-disposal switch and the greasy problem is gone. Right?

I’ve written before about how I’ve discovered how the problem Is NOT Gone when we flush things through our kitchen sink pipes.

I’m not casting stones here. I spent plenty of my younger years flushing things down the sink, from plate scrapings to burnt-on food. And yes, the fat too. I figured if I used hot water it would simply flush that fat away safely. 

But I’ve learned a lot since then. I now know you should never flush grease or fat down the sink.

The question is… how do you dispose of it? Don’t worry, it’s easy – check out this Homestead Hack.

Flushing grease and fat down your kitchen sink drain is a recipe for disaster. But how do you dispose of the fat from a roast or grease from the pan? Check out this homestead hack. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar

by Texas Homesteader ~

Don’t you hate to have a narrow-neck jar that you just can’t reach with a bottle brush to clean? I’ve often wondered how you could effectively clean those wonderful but odd-shaped bottles & jars. 

You see, my sun tea is always brewed in a repurposed salsa jar. It’s the perfect glass jar to use, partially because it’s hourglass shaped. 

That shape makes it much easier to grip and safely carry to the picnic table outside to brew our sun tea.

But although I love the shape of the jar, it does make it very difficult to clean. So I sat out to find a good way to get the tea stains out for a crystal clear glass jar, ready to make sun tea again & again.

Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all!

Tip for cleaning a narrow-neck jar. This narrow-neck jar was an odd shape so a bottle brush didn't help. But check out this Homestead Hack to get the job done! #TexasHomesteader

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