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Join Us For A Day On The Homestead

by Tammy Taylor~

D’ya ever wonder what it was like to be on a Texas Homestead?  I thought it would be fun to share… Here each day offers something new.  Some days we’re focused on land maintenance like mowing pastures or repairing fences.  Other days we might focus on bees, the garden or the cattle.  But this week we had one day in particular that ended up being a very challenging day for us. 

The temps that had once cooled nicely had made a wicked resurgence.  On this day between the heat & humidity it was supposed to feel like sweltering triple digits.  So RancherMan & I decided to work the cattle early in the morning while it’s cooler. That’s when everything went south…

Did you ever wonder what a day on the homestead was like? Join me to see what tasks are on tap at our N.E. Texas Homestead #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Keeping Birds Off Railings

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I love the wild birds.  We have a bird feeder out back that we keep filled so we can enjoy them all.  (be sure to check out my Bird-Feeding Homestead Hack where I share how we keep ’em fed on the CHEAP!)  There are always a wide variety of birds near our feeder and they nest nearby too, raising their young.  Oh how I love it all!

But as you know, recently RancherMan & I had a porch extension built.  We spend lots of time out there enjoying the birds and the scenery.  But ugh, the birds use the railings as their perch and there was always mounds of poop building up along the railings and on the built-in benches.  Until…

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Last-Minute Dessert: Cherry Pie Tortilla Rolls

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I don’t always eat dessert, but when we do it’s usually something quick & easy.  I’ve simply cut berries in a bowl and topped with quick homemade honey-sweetened Whipped Cream, or enjoyed our healthier version of ‘ice cream‘ that uses frozen bananas and berries.  Or even whipped up a quick chocolate pudding.  All delicious, all quick & easy.

But when unexpected company comes, I want something that’s a little different (but still easy ’cause, you know, I’m a lazy cook!)  I’ve made Apple Pie Rolls using some of my home-canned Apple Pie Filling.  It’s delicious!  But now I’m thinking about cherry pie…

Cherry Pie Tortilla Rolls. A quick & easy company-worthy dessert that doesn't even require a recipe! Flour Tortillas & cherry pie filling #TexasHomesteader

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How To Rehydrate & Use Dehydrated Pumpkin Puree

by Tammy Taylor~

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Last year’s pumpkin harvest was truly out-o-control!  I harvested so many pumpkins!  I shared several of them with family & friends but still ended up with mountains of my own.  I love to use these heirloom pumpkins for puree in my Pumpkin Granola so I cooked ’em up & pureed them.  They were measured out into 2-cup measurements and frozen for future use.

But RancherMan was the wild-hog-hunting KING and our freezer was filled to capacity with wild pork.  But I still had two remaining pumpkins…  They had some staying power, still looking as fresh as the day I harvested them.  But I really needed to do something with them before they started to deteriorate.  But with no freezer room, what will I do? I decided to Dehydrate the Pumpkins.

Rehydrating Pumpkin Puree. Come see how to rehydrate and use dehydrated pumpkin puree. Dehydrated Pumpkin puree stores in the pantry with no additional energy needed - a wonderful preparedness food! #TexasHomesteader

 

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Food Waste In America – What Do Those Food Dates Mean?

by Tammy Taylor~

Did you know the U.S.D.A estimates 30% (I’ve even heard 40%) of the food in the United States is wasted?  Wow.  Shocking, right?  Now some of that waste happens right in the fields, problems with harvesting machinery & such.  Other waste may be a result of that produce being shaped or sized imperfectly.  Oftentimes a  store refuses to accept perfectly good but visually imperfect produce from farmers.  They want only perfection to sell to their customers.  (I absolutely hate this!)  And some waste can be attributed to such things as restaurants serving too much food, or even that apple being forgotten in the back of your fridge until it’s no longer appealing.

But often, food waste is a result of consumers being confused about product date labels. 

You may look at a box of mac-&-cheese and notice the date stamped on the box has passed.  But it can be confusing.  Use-by date, Sell-By Date, Best-By Date – what does it all mean???

Dates can be confusing, Use-by, Sell-By, Best-By - what does it all mean? Food waste in America is around 40%. Don't toss good food! #TxHomesteader

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How RancherMan & I Keep The Spark In Our Marriage

by Tammy Taylor~

Those who know us personally often refer to RancherMan & me as newlyweds.  And I guess it’s true, I do still get a little tickle-in-my-tummy feeling just from seeing that oh-so-handsome man of mine.   We are always holding hands or touching lightly on the arm because we just wanna be that close. And you know how some folks are afraid of spending too MUCH time together?  Nah, that’s not us. We actually prefer to be together.

Now I realize that each personality is different and what works for some won’t work for others.  But I thought I’d share a little about how RancherMan & I stay in the newlywed phase even though we’re nearing our 20th anniversary.

Many who know us say we're like newlyweds. There are several simple little things we do to keep the spark in our marriage. #TxHomesteader

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Too Much Okra? Make Fried Okra Fritters!

by Tammy Taylor~

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There are a few veggies that are really a powerhouse in the garden.  Squash & okra come to mind.  They’ll grow & produce in the most challenging weather, usually producing well enough for you to eat as much as you want & still have plenty to share with friends & family.  I like okra either pickled or fried, but I’ve never gotten onboard with the mucilage texture inside of okra. So we didn’t plant okra this year. Luckily I was gifted with a bag of okra from a friend’s garden.  So I got to enjoy okra without having a boatload to figure out what to do with it all!

But along with this bag of okra was a recipe for okra fritters.  Okra fritters?  I’d never heard of such.  So RancherMan & I gave them a try – they were amazing!  I asked my dear friend if I could share the recipe with you, and she agreed!

A friend shared a bag of fresh okra from her garden. She also shared a recipe for Okra Fritters. They were delicious! Check it out. #TxHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday: Honey-Sweetened Whipped Cream

by Tammy Taylor~

To celebrate Throwback Thursday I’m gonna share with you a recipe for honey-sweetened whipped cream. You see, I’d never made homemade whipped cream before.  Everyone told me it was super easy, but it took our sweet granddaughter whipping up homemade whipped cream before our very eyes to give me the push to try making it myself.  I found a delicious honey-sweetened whipped cream recipe over at Real Food Enthusiast, and decided to give it a try.

I tweaked the recipe to suit our tastes, but boy howdy was it ever delicious.  And easy!  Check it out.

I finally took the leap and made my own honey-sweetened whipped cream. It was delicious, fast and oh-so-easy! #TxHomesteader

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My Journey May Not Be Your Journey – And That’s OK!

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my low-waste/no-waste journey.  I’ve been on this path for quite a few years.  I was environmentally sensitive since way, way, way before it was the ‘in’ thing to do.

I started off by reducing my trash and redirecting appropriate materials into the recycling bin instead of the landfill.  Then I started eliminating plastic shopping bags by taking reusable bags to the grocery store.  Let me tell ya, that baffled many a cashier back then!  That was followed by learning to compost, cook from scratch and repurpose things.

Over the years I’ve worked into the stage I’m at now, purposely refusing single-use items when possible and pushing for PRE-cycling before recycling.  I realize my journey may not be everyone else’s journey.  Still, several friends & family members sometimes bristle with discomfort when they’re doing their own thing. They often apologize for using plastic or disposable items when I’m around.  What? Do they think I’m judging them? Hopefully not!

We all have causes we're passionate about. But my journey might not be your journey. Wanna know a secret? That's OK! #TxHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things This Week To Save Money & The Environment

by Tammy Taylor~

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As anyone who is self-employed can attest, being self employed requires a special money-management mindset.  Since leaving the corporate workplace, our work hours are longer and our pay is substantially smaller and not near as systematic. Make no mistake, money is tight at the Taylor Homestead!  But there’s no place I’d rather be and the benefits FAR outweigh any financial drawbacks.

Plus it’s easy to make adjustments.  We just look for tiny ways to save throughout our typical week.  Maybe you’re looking for easy, painless ways to save a few bucks too?  As an added bonus, many times those money-saving measures are good for the environment too.  Come see 5 frugal things we did this week to save money.

Come see the 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money and the environment. It's easy to think outside the box & save some cash! #TxHomesteader

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