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Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)

~Tammy Taylor~

Fall is in the air, and for me that always means PUMPKIN!  In searching for an easy pumpkin bread recipe I stumbled upon an easy one that starts with a box of cake mix.  Now of course you can buy your cake mix, but homemade versions abound on the internet.  I’ve been making my own spice cake mix (recipe coming soon) and love it in this pumpkin bread recipe!

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe. This one uses a shortcut of a box of cakemix. Quick, Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

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5 Frugal Things To Save Money & The Environment This Week

by Tammy Taylor~

Money’s tight for many – us included!  In our day-to-day activities RancherMan & I are always looking for ways to do what we do without spending unnecessary money.  I’ve always been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.  But it’s true, you do have to keep your eyes open to be aware of options.  But once you get into that mindset it’s quite natural to do things in a way that makes the best use of the cash you have available to you.

I thought it would be fun to share 5 Frugal Things we did this week that shaved a little cash off our budget.

Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save both money and the environment. It's easy to save a little cash! #TexasHomesteader

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Stopping That Blasted Bermuda Grass At Last!!

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I had a porch extension built last year. But wait.  WHAT’S THIS???  Even though we took precautions to keep the Bermuda grass out, it tried to march into our beautiful raised beds anyway!

As anyone who’s battled (and LOST) the war with Bermuda grass in their flower beds knows, it’s almost impossible to eliminate.  The underground rhizosomes break easily, leaving the next generation of Bermuda-grass-misery ready to thwart your best efforts.

Bermuda Grass is notoriously hard to control. When it creeps into your raised beds, heck you've lost the war! Come see how we're protecting our raised beds with grass barrier. #TexasHomesteader

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Throwback Thursday: Grandma-Approved Cleaning

by Tammy Taylor~

Cleaning, we all have to do it.  Some absolutely hate it, some don’t really mind.  Some even relish in the tasks, finding it cathartic & loving their fresh, clean surroundings afterward.  But whether you love it or hate it, cleaning our homes is just a part of life.  But lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the myriad of cleaning products available on the shelves these days.  A different spray bottle of chemicals for each kind of surface.  And it makes me wonder – why in the world have we complicated cleaning?

So to celebrate Throwback Thursday I thought I’d share with you my thoughts about some simple, easy, inexpensive & grandma-approved cleaning techniques.

 

Sharing with you my thoughts about some simple, easy, inexpensive & grandma-approved cleaning techniques. #TexasHomesteader

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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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