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Crazy Canning Lady: Canning Successes & Failures

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve canned food almost all my life – I actually enjoy it.  Recently I was gifted many fresh pears that I didn’t want to go to waste.  And THEN we took a long weekend to go visit my favorite aunt & uncle in west Texas.  My aunt sent me home with about 20 lbs of fresh apples PLUS a huge cooler packed with frozen cut/sugared apple slices & pureed apples.  OMGoodness there’s NO room in my freezer or fridge – that means more food to process!  That can mean only one thing: Go into power-canning mode for several days trying to FINALLY get done with the fresh produce that needed to be dealt with.  Although I ended up with many jars of delectable treats, getting there was a comedy of errors!  C’mon in & see.

Crazy Canning Lady had a Canning Marathon trying to FINALLY deal with all the fresh produce. Lots of canned goodies but getting there was a comedy of errors! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Pear Relish Recipe – Sweet & Savory Come Together Beautifully!

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve heard that pear relish is delicious but… I dunno. I mean sweet pears coupled with savory onions & bell peppers? And jalapenos? And MUSTARD? Blech! I’ve never been a fan of sweet & savory tastes together. But RancherMan asked me to get the recipe from a friend so I did. The instructions she sent were kind of vague and the recipe seemed to make quite a lot . What if all that food & work were wasted because, well… (see pears vs peppers & onions argument above!) So I made a small batch just to check it out. After sampling the results we found it delicious!  RancherMan has already asked me to make it again, this time a full batch #ifyouplease!

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TxHomesteader

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Cherry-Flavored Gummy Chews Made From Excess Garden Squash

by Tammy Taylor~

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Squash is a prolific veggie.  Summer gardens are often so overloaded with zucchini & summer squash that although you anxiously enjoy it the moment it’s harvestable in the spring, soon your family tires of squash every night.  You then attempt to preserve  some for winter months but still that squash harvest keeps coming Every.  Single. Day.  Finally in a futile attempt to dodge being consumed by the giant growing mountain of squash you start giving it away to grateful friends and family… for a while.

Soon even they run when they see you coming toward them with yet another squash harvest in hand.  You can’t stand to see that beautiful garden produce go to waste.  But “What’s a girl to do?” you wonder to yourself as you slowly disappear beneath the growing squash harvest pile…  Recently I was skimming my ~TMH~ Facebook newsfeed and I saw someone post about making a sweet chewy treat from overgrown excess garden squash.  Whaaaaaa….???  I’m intrigued!

What can you do with all that garden squash? Make sweet cherry-flavored gummy snacks for your family with overgrown zucchini or squash! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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One Quart At A Time: Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

by Tammy Taylor~

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I planted pickler cucumbers in my garden this year and they’ve been producing well.  But I only planted one vine since there are only two of us at the house now & I didn’t want it to produce more than RancherMan & I could consume.  So each morning I go out to the garden and pick a few 3″ – 4″ pickling-sized cucumbers and set them in the fridge until I figure I have enough to make refrigerator pickles.  It doesn’t take long since I’m making them 1 quart jar at a time this year.

One Quart Refrigerator Sweet Pickle Recipe. Lightly sweet and crisp, this recipe is good for a single quart jar at a time! #TxHomesteader

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Food Safety: Keeping Cold Food COLD!

 ~by Tammy Taylor~

 

When the weather turns warm there are often many opportunities to get together.  And, you know, gatherings  often involve bringing your favorite dish to share with friends & family.  Picnics and cookouts – swim parties and birthday gatherings, BBQ’s and family reunions.  How fun!  I’ve written before about food safety and keeping your hot dish hot until it’s time to eat.  But today I’m tackling the issue from the other side of the coin – keeping your cold dishes safely COLD!

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Dehydrating Fresh Spinach To Enjoy All Year Long!

by Tammy Taylor~

I love fresh spinach, and I love that during early spring it produces so prolifically.  We like to eat as much spinach as we can while it’s fresh and crisp but I also want to preserve that delicious, healthy spinach to enjoy later in the season – way after the plants have bolted and are gone.  I experimented with dehydrating fresh spinach this year and I loved the results.  I wrote this piece for one of my favorite publications, Mother Earth News. C’mon y’all – check it out!

Mother Earth News Post - Dehydrated Spinach. I dehydrated fresh spinach to enjoy later in the season - I loved the results! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Mother Earth News: Dehydrating Cubed Potatoes

by Tammy Taylor

D’ya ever eyeball that big honkin’ bag of potatoes, compare the price to that small overly-expensive bag of potatoes and have a hard time making the economics make sense?  Me too!! As empty nesters there are only 2 of us here at the Taylor Household these days, but dang it just doesn’t make sense to pay more per pound for a small bag of potatoes.  So I’ve been buying that big bag & dehydrating the excess potatoes for pantry storage.  I’ve shredded them for dehydrated hash browns and we love them this way, but now I want to cube them up like I’d use in a stew and although there’s one simple important thing you must do before successfully dehydrating them – it’s super easy to do!  I recently wrote about it for Mother Earth News, check it out.

Dehydrating cubed potatoes for the pantry, an easy way to preserve the excess! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Things To Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

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Five is not a large number, and 5 frugal things aren’t difficult for most households to accomplish.  I’m hoping this short list of easy frugal things we did at the Taylor Household one day might inspire you to look at your own tasks and perhaps start tackling just 5 easy things to save money in your own home.  As an added bonus, almost always those money-saving tasks are environmentally friendly as well, so without doubling your effort you’re able to double your effect!  Gotta love it, right??  See what today’s short list of 5 frugal things are in our home…

 

5 FRUGAL THINGS To Save Money. See our quick list of 5 for today. Easy to incorporate and the more you do the more it becomes part of life #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Tasks Today To Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I are able to live & work here on our Homestead – a place that speaks to our hearts – because we are very careful with our finances.  You know what they say, “small leaks sink great ships” or, you know, something like that…  Anyway, my point is that by paying attention to the smaller things, living frugally just becomes a way of life.  There’s really no sacrifice, just a consciousness of frugal tasks that make sense in the flow of our days.  In my case frugality is only part of the reason I’m paying attention – many times those same tasks are also environmentally friendly too, and that’s a two-fer win for me!

5 FRUGAL TASKS To Save Money: By paying attention, living frugally just becomes a way of life. Frugal tasks are natural in the flow of our days #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Top Homesteading Posts of 2015

What a year!  RancherMan & I have enjoyed a wonderful year filled with fun projects and new endeavors.  Here’s hoping your year has been wonderful as well.  To celebrate this year coming to a close, today I’m sharing with you the TOP 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year!  Curious to see the most popular posts on the blog this year?  Read on, dear friends.

TOP 10 HOMESTEADING POSTS - Today I'm sharing with you the TOP 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year! Curious to see the most popular posts? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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