Tag Archives: Make-It-Yourself

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! #TexasHomesteader

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MYO Chalkboard Labels For 2-Part Canning Lids

by Tammy Taylor~

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So I love to dehydrate food.  My pantry is filled with gleaming jars of dehydrated produce.  I’ve got sliced and diced carrots, sliced & diced onions, squash, okra and more.  Pretty much anything I’ve grown in my garden I’ve dehydrated.  I’ve turned into quite the dehydrating queen since obtaining my *Excalibur Dehydrator.  Heck those 9 huge trays let me dehydrate so much more than I ever could before!  When that produce is dehydrated I place them in clean jars in the pantry.  I wanted to have chalkboard labels for my jars.

Chalkboard Labels on jars in the pantry. I wanted chalkboard labels for the top of my storage jars. But I found a way to make them myself for CHEAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Repurposed Coffee Canister to Store Bulk Flour

by Tammy Taylor~

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I typically buy my flour in 25-lb bags.  I’ll store it in the freezer for at least 24-48 hours just to make sure I’m not bringing home pantry moths.  Yeah, you have those little beasts only once before you make sure you’ll never EVER have them again!

Then as long as I have room I’ll just store it in the freezer.  But I don’t want to drag out a 25-lb bag of flour each time I want to make RancherMan’s favorite Light, Fluffy Sandwich Bread.  So I keep a small supply of flour in my kitchen cabinets.

Another use for a repurposed coffee canister - to store bulk flour. A reusable chalkboard label makes it look nice in my kitchen! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cherry Pie Filling Recipe From Frozen or Canned Cherries

by Tammy Taylor~

For every holiday gathering – whether Thanksgiving or Christmas – the non-negotiable dishes my family requests of the Taylor Household is that we bring  RancherMan’s Famous Green-Bean Casserole and my sweet, desserty no-cook Cherry Schtuff.  Now in the past I’d simply buy a can of cherry pie filling.  But I was often very disappointed at the abundance of filling and significant lack of actual cherry in those cans.  So these days I’ve found it’s much cheaper and oh-so-much-more delicious to make my own cherry pie filling.  I use either canned or frozen cherries and BOOM!

I've found it's cheaper and more delicious to make my own cherry pie filling using canned or frozen cherries. #TexasHomesteader

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5 Delicious Recipes To Preserve Fresh Apples

by Tammy Taylor~

Every year my aunt shares with us the abundance from her very productive apple tree.  She always goes through quite a bit of trouble to make sure I have all the apples I can possibly tote back home! But in the end RancherMan & I hauled back all we could fit into our small car.  I’ll not let any of them go to waste – I set out to preserve all those beautiful apples!  It was a lot of work but after some time in the kitchen preserving them we have plenty of apple deliciousness in the pantry.  Want to see some of the things I was able to do with them?

My aunt shared bushes of apples from her tree, so I sat out to preserve them. Come see my 5 favorite ways to preserve fresh apples. #TexasHomesteader

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Preserving Apples Deliciously: Fruit Leather Roll-ups

by Tammy Taylor~

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Apples, apples everywhere!  My aunt shared ten whopping bushels with us this year!  As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there were many delicious things we did to preserve the apples but I tried something new this year:  Fruit Roll-Ups!  I made the fruit leather using nothing but homemade unsweetened applesauce.  There was no need to add sweetener, the apples were sweet enough all by themselves! And then I made another batch where I stirred in about a tablespoon of cinnamon & made apple/cinnamon roll-ups.  It couldn’t have been easier!  I share many of the ways I preserved these fresh apples at the bottom of the post, but for now let’s check out these fruit roll ups!

In preserving all the fresh apples my aunt shared with us, I decided to make fruit leather roll ups. It was easy! #TexasHomesteader

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Fast Dessert: Strawberries & Homemade Whipped Cream

by Tammy Taylor~

Who doesn’t love dessert? We don’t have dessert every night of course but my handsome RancherMan does have a sweet tooth.  So it’s not unusual for me to have homemade brownies or even apple pie.  Or depending upon how hectic the day was I might take a shortcut and make something like homemade chocolate pudding.  A delicious dessert need not take lots of time or effort.  Heck one of our favorite desserts is strawberries & fresh whipped cream.  Dessert in a flash!

A delicious dessert needn't take lots of time, one of our favorite desserts is strawberries & fresh whipped cream. Dessert in a flash! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Applesauce Is A Multi-Purpose Gem In Your Pantry

by Tammy Taylor~

WHEW!  I finally finished with all the fresh apples my aunt let us harvest from her tree & bring home.  Ten bushels worth!  TEN bushels.  T-E-N.  Wow.   I’ve made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies this winter.  And I dehydrated some of those delicious apples into crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips for snacks.  But I love the Slow-Cooker Applesauce the most.  I’ve even taken some of the regular applesauce & flavored & canned it into Cinnamon-Vanilla Flavored Applesauce.  And of course the liquid released when I cooked down those apples into applesauce wasn’t wasted either.  I strained & canned it for apple cider.

All are delicious, but today I was thinking about that applesauce.  How versatile it is in my kitchen.  Not only do I enjoy eating it straight from the jar, but it replaces a cooking item I typically have to buy.

 

Not only do I enjoy eating homemade applesauce straight from the jar, but it replaces a cooking item I typically have to buy. #TexasHomesteader

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Keeping Our Hens Mite Free On The Cheap

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I really enjoy raising hens each year.  We don’t really have a market for the eggs since I no longer work in an office.  Most folks around here are raising their own chickens for their own eggs.  And a friend of mine is selling eggs the local Farmer’s Market so I don’t want to move in on her business.  So every year we just buy 3-4 hens.  It’s enough to provide us with the eggs we want.  And we allow them to free range part of the day so they get much extra protein (and some excitement) from running around the house eating grasshoppers and such.  The garden pests are eliminated by them while providing us with even healthier eggs.  That’s really a win/win, no?

We typically sell these girls in the late fall.  They’re prime-age egg layers but we don’t want to have to overwinter them and their value is much higher as productive egg-layers than meat in the freezer.  Then in the spring we’ll buy new pullets and start again.  So I’m far from a chicken expert, but I thought I’d share what we do to keep our girls happy & mite free.

We use wood ash to reduce or eliminate mites on our chickens. We get happy hens using something that was previously just wasted. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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