Tag Archives: Make-It-Yourself

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! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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How To Bake Apple Pie In Single-Serve Canning Jars

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently RancherMan & I invited the folks over for supper.  It was going to be unseasonably warm and we had some grilling meat in the freezer.  I’d planned to roast some fresh vegetables with flavored olive oil for a delightful, quick & easy side. (be sure to read how I remade the leftover steak into a new meal!)

But my dad always comments that he thinks it’s cool that I typically make a dessert when they come over for supper, so I’m always sure to make something sweet too.  But what? Hummmm… I know!  I’d canned some apple pie filling and have several shining jars of it in the pantry.  But I’d hate to make a whole apple pie since there will only be 4 of us.  I wonder if I can make single-serving pies in canning jars…

I wanted apple pie for a dinner party I was hosting. I baked them up in individual wide-mouth canning jars. They were delicious and oh-so-cute! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cute But Inexpensive Diaper Wreath for a Baby Girl

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve written before about making a diaper wreath for our neighbor’s baby shower.  The gift was well received and was used for decoration during the shower and also decoration in the nursery before the baby was born.  But now my little niece & her hubby were expecting their first baby – a baby girl.  I really wanted to make a diaper wreath for them as well.  They loved it, and I think it turned out cute.

Cute Diaper Wreath Gift For Baby. This gift didn't cost much money but it was hand-made with much love. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make Gift Boxes With Repurposed Greeting Cards

by Tammy Taylor~

Those beautiful holiday cards! They all come in for weeks and are displayed for their beauty until after the holidays are over.  Then what?  Whelp, I’m not throwing them away – what a waste.  These days I’m turning them into small gift boxes.  Now isn’t that the ultimate repurposing in action?

Repurposing powers: UNITE! 

Come see how easy this is, y’all…

After the holidays what do you do with those beautiful Christmas cards? Save them! You can repurpose greeting cards to cute gift boxes! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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