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Bois d’Arc Trees are Beautiful & Functional Trees In Texas

by Tammy Taylor~

Isn’t it funny when you’ve lived somewhere all your life you just naturally assume others across the country enjoy all the same stuff you do.  Our daughter was shocked with she moved from Texas to North Carolina & found out they had no Braum’s Ice Cream Stores.  (gasp!)  Or Whataburger.  WHAT?  She soon moved back to Texas, thank goodness.  North Carolina was too far for her to live from her beloved Texas with all its fineries!  LOL

But here on the blog I’ve been surprised that readers say they’ve never seen nor heard of the Bois d’Arc tree.  (pronounced bō-ˌdä(r)k).  They pretty much grow wild here and we have these trees scattered throughout our property.  I love ’em, so I thought I’d write a little about these magnificent trees and how they’re used.

We have several Bois d'Arc trees on our property. Although they're beautiful, they're incredibly functional as well. And how about those crazy-looking horse apples? #TxHomesteader

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Unlocking The Secret To Long-Term Potato Storage

by Tammy Taylor

Several weeks back a friend & I were talking about gardening.  Her family had a huge garden when she was growing up and they relied on it to keep them all fed.  But because she felt it was drudgery back then, she doesn’t care to garden much these days.  She was quizzing me on the different things I like to plant in my garden and I rattled off all the faves:  Tomatoes, garlic, onion, bell peppers, jalapenos, cantaloupe, squash, green beans, etc.

She asked if I ever planted potatoes and I told her that in the past I’d planted them, but I could never successfully store them long term whether garden potatoes or store-bought.  I know that freshly-harvested potatoes have to be cured but even when properly curing them, they would sprout within a short time.  She was surprised that I had any trouble keeping them long term and told me that they just used to store their potatoes on the ground in the barn and they lasted all season.  I was intrigued…

Storing Potatoes Long-Term: I've heard that you can store potatoes for months on end if you do it right. I need some potato-storage advice! #TxHomesteader

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Wordless Wednesday: Bovine Carwash?

by Tammy Taylor


When I was a kid I didn't understand why cars didn't get CLEANER when it rained.  This morning I'm having a flashback to those days... LOL #TaylorMadeRanch

When I was a kid I didn’t understand why cars didn’t actually get CLEANER when it rained. Why did cars get so dirty when it was raining, I mean heck there’s falling water rinsing the surface – shouldn’t that make the car cleaner and not dirtier?

This morning I’m having a flashback to those days… LOL


Wordless Wednesday: HOME is Where The Heart Is

by Tammy Taylor

Road view #TaylorMadeRanch

Home is where the heart is, and my heart resides at the end of this old dirt road. It’s a place that speaks to my heart, a place where I find solace, peace and comfort. A place where LIFE in all its glory happens. A real place, filled with hard work and pride in a job well done. And when I lay my head down at night, I smile knowing that tomorrow holds the same promise.


MYO Reclaimed Wood Vintage Wall Feature

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve been revamping our guest room lately. Last week I shared with you the headboard that RancherMan & I made from repurposed barn wood pulled from our 1880’s barn when it was refurbished a few years ago.  I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!  But now what to do with that wall?  RancherMan & I don’t like much visual clutter so I was in a quandary.  Do we just leave the wall blank?  Well, maybe, but I think it looks a little TOO bare.  What to do…

Then I remembered a great piece of old aged wood that RancherMan had to cut off the original boards we were using for the headboard because it was split. But I loved the split. And the ridges. And the knot-holes. It was a beautiful piece of aged wood. So I asked him to save it for me.  My mind was spinning on ideas to make a meaningful pictorial wall feature.

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite homestead photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TxHomesteader

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