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How to Make a Christmas Santa Sleigh with Candy

by Tammy Taylor~

Several years ago our kids requested no more toys for Christmas for our grandkids. They already had so many toys that the mountains of additional toys they received each Christmas was beginning to be overwhelming. So we started a tradition of Experience Gifts for them. We’ll gather them all up and go do something fun with them. We’ll take them out to eat, do a fun activity together and bring them to the Homestead to have a slumber party with their cousins.

Sometimes the activity is a live Christmas play, the Children’s museum or a drive-through Christmas light display at the lake. This year we’ll be taking them to a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course. This annual experience gift is so much fun for them and us too!

But when we gather as a family on Christmas day, although the grandkids already  received their gift a couple of weeks earlier,  I hate that there’s no gift for them on this day. So I decided to make Santa Sleighs for them this year. A cute gift and a little sumpin’ sweet for them too.

You can make a cute Santa sleigh using candy canes and candy bars. A cute gift for kids, teachers, or anyone else! #TexasHomesteader

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Use A Laser Printer For Cute Customized Labels

by Tammy Taylor~

I’m always looking for easy ways to label repurposed glass storage jars in my kitchen or pantry. And I especially like the jars to look nice when they remain out on our countertop, such as our popcorn jar.

I stumbled upon an idea of using regular packing tape (you know, the wide tape you use for sealing boxes for shipping) and a laser printer to make a transparent image label. Since we have a laser printer I was intrigued & decided to give it a go. It worked perfectly!

You can make a cute image label using a laser printer and regular shipping tape. REALLY?!! Yeah, it turned out really cute and was easy! #TexasHomesteader

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Cute Decorative Pillow Made With A Flannel Shirt

by Tammy Taylor~

Fall is here, y’all! Now I know some folks relish in changing the decor for their homes or porch with each changing season. Although it looks great, seasonal decor changing has never appealed to me. I guess I’m just not a Pinterest-worthy decorator.  LOL

But still, there’s just something about the arrival of cool temperatures after a long, blisteringly-hot summer…  I started getting the hankering for some cute flannel and/or plaid accents. So I thought it would be fun to make flannel-shirt decorative pillows for our guest bedroom.  It was easy, even for my novice sewing skills. And here’s the kicker: I use those decorative pillows in my guest bedroom to store my spare sheets. Clever, no?

I made some cute decorative throw pillows for our guest bedroom from repurposed flannel shirts. And I use them to store our spare sheets! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make A Cute Porch Lantern

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I had a wonderful porch addition built to augment our back porch.  Even before the porch addition, we’ve always spent our evenings out there enjoying that Texas sunset.  And when we have company, we all naturally congregated on the back porch.  But now with the addition there’s even more room to spill outside & visit.  And I’ve landscaped it up (on the cheap though, y’all) so it really is an oasis!

Now living out in the country without city lighting & all, it gets really dark at night.  So a bright light outside will certainly attract every flying bug in sight!  So I prefer a soft, gentle light. Recently I found several cute glass jar lantern lights at various craft & antique shops when we took a fun quick trip to Granbury, Texas.  Of course I thought to myself: “I can make that!”

I used an old broken flip-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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Beeswax Wraps – The Sustainable Answer to Plastic Wrap

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know I shun plastic like a banshee, right? I haven’t accepted a plastic shopping bag from the store in years, much preferring my pretty shopping basket anyway. And I refuse to buy over-packaged items too. I’ve learned that recycling isn’t the answer to our landfill problems – PRE-Cycling is! But what is precycling? Well that’s shunning trash from coming into your home in the first place.

But today I’m talking about cling film. You know the stuff, it’s always sticking to itself and hardly ever sticking to the item you’re trying to wrap. Use it once & throw it away.  But whaddyagonnado??  Well, I’ve started using beeswax wraps!

Beeswax Wraps are the sustainable answer to plastic cling film. I use beeswax harvested directly from the comb in our beehives. #TexasHomesteader

 

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How To Make Homemade Tri-Colored Pasta Noodles

by Tammy Taylor~

I remember when I first found out how easy homemade pasta is to make.  Now pasta purists typically use a special pasta flour called semolina.  And of course when I first started making homemade pasta I did too.  But y’all know I’m far from a purist with anything, especially in the kitchen!  I want quick, easy & delicious without special ingredients.  So I now just typically use plain ole all-purpose flour for my homemade pasta noodles and they always turn out great!

Flour – salt – egg – water and BOOM! 

Now don’t tell anyone else how easy it really is – people always seem to be impressed to find out that someone makes their own pasta!  So don’t rat me out, m’kay??  Pinky swear??

Recently I decided I’d try to make colored/flavored pasta using powdered dehydrated vegetables from my garden last year.  I knew I had dehydrated Malabar Spinach in the pantry, and dehydrated carrots too!  Come see what I did.

I love homemade pasta, but I wanted tri-colored pasta. So to my usual pasta dough recipe I added dehydrated & powdered spinach or carrots, leaving 1/3 plain. Delicious! #TexasHomesteader

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Solar Light Feature Using Aged Bois D’Arc Wood

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know that by making our gifts ourselves, RancherMan & I just feel we’re sharing our love more fully.  Yes it takes much more time & effort than just going out & buying something, but to us the effort’s well worth it. We make our own Christmas gifts and I often bring fresh-cut flowers from our homestead to loved ones in the hospital.  The gifts are always well received and the flowers are always gorgeous.  And a little bit of our hearts are always wrapped up in those gifts!

Recently RancherMan & I sat out to make a special gift for our daughter & son-in-law-to-be.   We wanted something beautiful that was also functional and personalized just for them.  Hummmmm…  They both love nature and are interested in woodworking, so we put on our thinking caps and came up with a great idea.  A solar light feature!

Rustic solar light feature using old, aged Bois D'Arc wood and rustic old barbed wire, metal elephant embellishment & decorative solar light. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make A Cute Gift Box With A Greeting Card

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all remember last Christmas I showed you how to repurpose Christmas Cards into cute little Christmas gift boxes?  Well I thought I’d point out that you can use any greeting card to make these gift boxes.  A friend of mine was celebrating a birthday recently. I decided to gift her some homemade Lavender/Rosemary soap, but how to package it?

Quick and easy fix – I pulled the birthday card she gave ME last year and decided to turn it into a cute little gift box. Won’t that be the sweetest idea?  Plus it’s the perfect size for a bar of homemade soap!

You can repurpose a pretty greeting card into a cute gift box in minutes. It's easy and there's no waste! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Cardboard In Compost

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know I have a compost tumbler and I’m a big advocate for making your own compost.  It’s healthy for your plants, cheap to make & a great way to make good use of kitchen scraps and paper trash that would otherwise just be wasted.  And it’s super easy too, you just make sure to have a proper mix of browns & greens.  Add a little water, do a little compost turning and BOOM!  Black gold for your garden. You can see my Compost Post Here.

For ‘greens’ you can use grass clippings, vegetable peels, etc.  And for ‘browns’ you can use dried leaves, paper, twigs, etc.  I often use corrugated cardboard boxes to fill my ‘browns’ requirement.  But ugh, tearing all that cardboard requires some elbow grease #amiright?  Come check out this Homestead Hack to see how I make it easy.

I use cardboard in my compost. But it takes lots of grip to tear up all that cardboard. Come see this Homestead Hack that makes it EASY! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Simple Corn Tortillas

by Tammy Taylor~

I love to make pork roast, there’s so much you can do with the leftovers!  We recently enjoyed a hearty supper of pork roast & veggies one night and I planned to make pulled-pork enchiladas the next day with some of the leftover cooked roast.  Although we enjoy my quick Mix-N-Pour Tortillas, enchiladas require corn tortillas in the Taylor household but we had none.

As we stood in the store looking at the tortillas sold in a plastic bag, my mind went back several years to when I’d made them myself.  It was easy to make ’em, & heck this big bag of masa harina was only about $3.  Maybe I should dust off that tortilla press I have at home & give ‘er a go again.

Homemade Corn Tortillas! As I stood in the store looking at that handful of corn tortillas sold in a plastic bag I wondered, "Should I make these myself?" Easy, delicious, cheap and waste-free! #TexasHomesteader

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