Tag Archives: Winter

5 Frugal Things – Winter Storm Edition!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

OK, I may be cheating somewhat with this post of 5 frugal things we did to save money this week. Most money-saving steps were more necessity than anything!

You see, not only here in Texas but even most of the United States was slammed with a historic arctic blast this past week. It was bad y’all.

Thankfully we were blessed with a little time to prepare beforehand. Still there were things we did to save some money during the icy-cold hardship.

Come see this week’s winter storm version of 5 Frugal Things!

Many of this week's frugality was forced due to a winter storm. Still, come see the 5 frugal things - WINTER STORM EDITION#TexasHomesteader

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How To Stay Warm When The Power Goes Out

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Texas was hit with a prolonged dangerous polar vortex winter storm. At one point the entire state of Texas (every county in the whole state) was under a winter storm warning. That’s one for the record books, y’all

Millions of people found themselves without power. Some for only an hour or so, some due to actual power outages were without power for much longer – even days.

It’s a dangerous situation, y’all. How do you keep warm when the power goes out?

How do you stay warm when the power goes out? Come see tips for keeping warm even with no power. #TexasHomesteader

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Our Blessings Abound. Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Thank you Lord for food to nourish me, a warm bed for rest, and the love of family to warm my heart! #TexasHomesteader

Thank you Lord for food to nourish me, a warm bed for rest, and the love of family to warm my heart.  From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!


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Lazy-Cook’s Quick & Easy Italian Soup

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I were planning a day trip to visit my dad. When we go for a visit I like to take any meal-planning pressure off him. I’ll typically whip up something super easy & portable to bring with us so he doesn’t feel he needs to put on a spread for us.

On this day I decided a big pot of soup would fit the bill quite nicely.

We typically leave early in the morning so we can drive the 3 hours for our visit. We’ll stay all day and plan to be back home around 10 that evening.

Since I’ll be whipping up this soup early in the morning I need a lazy-cook’s recipe. You know, a recipe where I can just start with some cooked ground meat, open a bunch of cans, dump it all in a slow cooker’s crock and GO!

Enter this Lazy-Cook’s Italian Soup…

Lazy-Cook's Italian soup. Just cook ground meat, onions & noodles. Dump it all in a soup pot with cans of vegetables. EASY! #TexasHomesteader

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Late Winter Garden Prep Is Underway

by Texas Homesteader ~

It’s early in the season and most of us aren’t even thinking about dropping seeds or plants in the garden. Here in Texas planting zone 8 we typically don’t risk planting until Easter when in all probability the danger of the last frost is past.

I’m not gonna lie, I jump the gun with my planting dates sometimes. There are times I get away with it, and other times I have to start all over…

But there are still garden tasks to tend to even though actual planting time is still weeks away. Come see…

Even though it's only February & cold outside, there are still garden chores to be done. Come see how I'm preparing the veggie garden. #TexasHomesteader

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Quick Taco Soup – An Easy Meal For ‘Those Days’…

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I typically like to cook our meals from scratch. But let’s be honest. For all of us, sometimes there are ‘Those Days‘…  Today is just such a day.

I’ve been busy all week, I’m just getting over being ill and today I really need to play catch-up. So a hearty meal needs to be on auto-pilot today.

Easy ’nuff, I decided to make taco soup.

Quick & Easy Taco Soup. Just brown the meat with chopped onions & then dump in a slow cooker with different cans of food. Heat & eat! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Hiding Ugly Planters in Winter

by Texas Homesteader ~

It was gonna get into the low 20’s overnight so I brought in 6 plants I’d had outside.  At least they’d be safe from the cold.  But they were planted in repurposed red plastic coffee cans. I needed to put them at a southern window in our guest bedroom. 

But ugh, such ugly planters for inside! Check out this easy Homestead Hack for making it all look nicer…  Use Whatcha Got!

When you bring your plants inside for the winter, are you embarrassed by ugly planters? I was! See this Homestead Hack for hiding ugly planters when you bring your plants inside for the winter. #TexasHomesteader

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8 Great Gifts For Your Environmentally-Aware Friends

by Texas Homesteader ~
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It seems everyone wants to tread a little lighter on the earth – I love that! Are you searching for environmentally-friendly gifts for your friends? Handmade items are all the rage this year.

Below are sustainable gift ideas for your green-minded friends and family.

here are many gift options for environmentally-aware for friends. Help them ditch the plastic with a safety razor or glass water bottle - many gift ideas! #TexasHomesteader

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