Tag Archives: Travel

Homestead Hack: Travel Bag Organization

by Tammy Taylor

So, y’all already know that RancherMan & I took a little road trip recently to central Texas to enjoy the 2-day Mother Earth News Fair.  It’s the first time we’ve ever been able to attend and let me tell ya it was AWESOME!  But while I was packing my bag in preparation for our trip I was reminded of something that I do to help keep my things organized inside my luggage.  Check out this Homestead (travel) Hack – Oh man, you’re not gonna believe this!

HOMESTEAD HACK: Travel Bag Organization. See what I do to help keep things organized inside my luggage. Check out this Homestead (travel) Hack #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Mother Earth News Fair 2016 – Belton, Texas

by Tammy Taylor~

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A couple of months ago I was scanning my newsfeed and suddenly I stopped cold.  What do I see before my eyes? Could it be?  YES – the Mother Earth News Fair was coming to Texas!  I’d never been able to attend the MEN Fair before since I was under the mistaken impression that it was always held in the same location, far away from our ranch.  Imagine my utter glee at seeing that they hold fairs all around the US and now it was coming to central Texas, certainly within driving distance for RancherMan and me!  So we excitedly made plans to attend the two-day event.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR - Belton, Texas. Imagine my glee at seeing the fair was coming to central Texas! 2 full days of workshops & vendors! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Food Safety: Keeping Hot Covered Dishes HOT!

~ by Tammy Taylor ~


So you say you’re planning on skipping over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays?  And of course as is tradition, each family is bringing their favorite dish to share at the big feast.  That’s awesome, what a wonderful time you’ll have – warm memories filled with fun, family and good food! But it’s an hour’s drive to grandma’s house and you want to arrive early enough to visit with all your cousins before you eat.  You know grandma’s kitchen is small & that she’s already got her oven filled to the brim with her mammoth-sized ham and turkey, so how are you going to keep your dish hot, or even heat it up before it’s time to sit down for the big meal?  We’re often faced with that situation as well, here’s what we do:

FOOD SAFETY IS IMPORTANT: How do you keep your casserole HOT when bringing a covered dish to a meal? See what we do. #TaylorMadeHomestead



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Working On The Road: My Rolling Office

by Tammy Taylor

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I’m a full-time rancher but I’m also a full-time blogger.  (How does she do it, folks??  LOL)  Recently RancherMan & I were planning a road trip 7 hour away and I knew we would be away from the ranch for a week and a half.  I hated to leave my blog work at home getting further & further behind until I returned, but what’s a girl to do?  Well luckily I’m married to my handsome I.T. guy, and what a wonderful electronic age we live in!  RancherMan has me covered with a pretty sweet setup that allows me to take my computer on the road and work in the car instead of staring blankly out the window for hours on end worried about the work piling up at home.  Wanna see my on-the-road office?

An inexpensive setup that allows me to take my computer on the road and work in the car during road trips. Want to see my portable office? #TaylorMadeHomestead
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FUN Trip To Red River, New Mexico

by Tammy Taylor

There nestled in the Red River Valley in Northern New Mexico is a quaint little town simply called Red River.  It’s close to Angel Fire & Taos ski resorts and is probably better known for its small skiing facilities in the winter.

But the truth is I much prefer to be there in the summer, it’s absolutely beautiful!  As a matter of fact Red River is where RancherMan & I spent our (summertime) honeymoon when we got married – he loves it as much as I do.  So periodically we’ll take a road trip and spend a couple of days there.  Luckily an opportunity came up to do just that recently.
Red River, NM is probably best known for its ski facilities but I much prefer to visit in the summer, it's absolutely beautiful! Check out the FUN! #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Fun In The Sun At Surfside Beach, TX

RancherMan & I got the opportunity to spend a week renting a lovely beach house at Surfside Beach near Galveston, Texas.  The plan was to meet up with my baby sister & her family as well as my big brother & his and we’d all gather for the week in this one large rented home large enough for all of us.  BUT just because my brother and his wife were moving to the other side of the country on the very day our vacation was to begin, they apparently thought that was more important than vacationing with us!  Humph! LOL  We tried to get my younger brother & his wife to come stay in that one now-vacant bedroom at the beach house but they were already on a preplanned trip far away.  We offered that same room to my parents but they couldn’t make it either, so there were just the five of us rattling around that big lovely 2-story 4-bedroom 3-bath house.

Fun in the Sun at Surfside Beach. Come see what fun we had exploring and playing in such a beautiful place. #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

Laughlin, Nevada FUN!

by Tammy Taylor

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RancherMan and I don’t travel much since we so very much enjoy our time spent right here on the ranch – it seems there’s never a lack of something fun to do or beautiful to see. But every now and then it’s still fun to get away and do something different, so when my sweet aunt & uncle got a great deal on a trip to the casinos in Laughlin and offered to let us in on the fun we couldn’t resist! RancherMan & I don’t really do much gambling but we really love hanging out with these family members so we knew one way or the other it would be lots of fun…  We were comforted that our wonderful neighbors agreed to take care of things in our absence.  Oh yeah, good neighbors are indeed a blessing, if you have good neighbors then you know exactly what I mean.  They kept in contact with us during our absence reassuring us that all was well at home.  (What in the world did we do before the advent of cell phone technology, text contact & *mobile wifi hotspots??)  With that tremendous burden off our shoulders we were able to settle in and enjoy our fun vacation with family.

Laughlin Nevada #TaylorMadeRanch

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History & Beauty In New Braunfels, Texas

by Tammy Taylor

It’s been a difficult year for our family with various severe illnesses and familial issues. We’re a very close family and we’ve all gathered around & supported each other through the hardships, but now that things are finally beginning to settle down we all felt we needed a break. Its not unusual for us siblings to get together for vacations and this weekend we decided to rent a house in south Texas – a small town called New Braunfels. The claim to fame for New Braunfels is the Guadalupe & Comal Rivers that cut through the city.

Comal River in New Braunfels #TaylorMadeRanch

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