Tag Archives: Winter

Wordless Wednesday: ‘Bunny Flowers’

by Tammy Taylor

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Henbit weed or cute bunny flower? It's all in your perception, folks. Look for the fascinating things in your life today! #TaylorMadeHomestead

When our youngest daughter was a toddler she used to love the late-winter weed henbit because to her it looked like a bunny rabbit, hence the name ‘Bunny Flower’. Some may just see a weed, others see something fascinating. It’s all in your perception, folks. Look for the fascinating things in your life today!

~TMH~

 

 

5 Frugal Tasks Today To Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I are able to live & work here on our Homestead – a place that speaks to our hearts – because we are very careful with our finances.  You know what they say, “small leaks sink great ships” or, you know, something like that…  Anyway, my point is that by paying attention to the smaller things, living frugally just becomes a way of life.  There’s really no sacrifice, just a consciousness of frugal tasks that make sense in the flow of our days.  In my case frugality is only part of the reason I’m paying attention – many times those same tasks are also environmentally friendly too, and that’s a two-fer win for me!

5 FRUGAL TASKS To Save Money: By paying attention, living frugally just becomes a way of life. Frugal tasks are natural in the flow of our days #TaylorMadeHomestead

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December Garden Chores – Planning For Spring

by Tammy Taylor

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Even though it’s now winter RancherMan & I are taking steps now to assure a productive garden next spring.  As you know my garden this year was a complete bust with the record rains this past spring that drowned my newly-planted veggie seedlings, followed by yet another gripping drought during the hot summer months.   In a desperate last-ditch effort to at least harvest SOMETHING I transplanted some of the scrappy veggie plant survivors into containers but the hordes of grasshoppers gleefully dashed those chances as well.   It’s now time to put the garden to bed for the winter and one of the blessings of living in NE Texas is that we’re often able to enjoy lovely temperate weather well into December – this year is no exception.  Even mid December we’re still enjoying cool days with highs in the mid to upper 60’s, even the mid to upper 70’s some days.  Gotta love it!  So now that the garden is officially done for the season RancherMan & I are taking advantage of this warm weather streak to prepare the garden for war next year.

Even though it's now winter I'm taking steps now to assure a productive garden next spring, come see the important end-of-season garden tasks #TexasHomesteader

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RancherMan’s Famous Green Bean Casserole

by Tammy Taylor

 

Special family holidays like Thanksgiving & Christmas require two non-negotiable dishes to be provided from the Taylor Household:  It’s requested that I bring my desserty dish that I make with cherry pie filling, whipped topping, crushed pineapple, and my own quick homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk.  Sometimes I add chopped pecans if there are no allergies to work around  – we’ve named the dessert ‘Cherry Shtuff’.  Also on the must-have menu is RancherMan’s Famous Green Bean Casserole.

Now I’m not exaggerating here, those dishes are NON NEGOTIABLE – we can bring other dishes to the gatherings if we like as long as these two specialties are included!  I’ve already shared my Cherry Shtuff recipe with you dear readers, but I’ve recently had several requests to share RancherMan’s most-requested dish.  Today’s the day!

RANCHERMAN'S GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE! No holiday is complete without his much-demanded dish. Today I'm sharing his recipe. #TexasHomesteader

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Cute Repurposed Denim Fabric Baskets

by Tammy Taylor

OK y’all, if you follow me on Facebook you already know that I can’t sew because I’ve complained about it for years.  I know I must have been a bitter disappointment to my grandmother who sewed all her life (who even homemade patchwork quilts. For FUN??) and my mother who was a skilled seamstress herself.  I could just never do it.  I was gifted an old Singer sewing machine and I promised myself I’d learn to use it.  But.  I.  Didn’t.

One of my New Year’s Goals (not resolutions) this year was to finally learn to use my sewing machine.  My very first project was to make these cute small denim baskets with repurposed denim from RancherMan’s old worn jeans. Y’all know that I love all things denim & I think these baskets are ADORABLE!  And if *I* can do it, anyone can.  Check out how easy this is, y’all!

Quick & Easy Denim Baskets repurposed from old worn jeans. I don't sew well, so If *I* can do it, anyone can. So CUTE! #TexasHomesteader

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Canning Recipe: Homemade Apple Cider

by Tammy Taylor

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Well, we’re almost at the end of our Fresh Apple Series where I share various things I’ve been able to preserve using fresh apples in the peak of their season.  And what a series it’s been!   I’ve of course made Slow-Cooker Applesauce with many of the apples.  I’ve even made and canned some of that applesauce into Cinnamon-Vanilla Flavored Applesauce.

Plus I  made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies.  And of course one of RancherMan’s favorites too.  I dehydrated some of those delicious apples into crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips.  But we’re not done yet, oh no!  Those apples still have deliciousness to offer to our family.   Today I’m sharing how I preserved my Homemade Apple Cider.

HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER preserved in a water-bath canner. I can enjoy it all winter, steaming hot in a mug and stirred w/a cinnamon stick #TexasHomesteader

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Come With Me For A Day At The Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

I’ve had many people tell me they wonder what a typical day at a Texas ranch might be like.  So last year I published a post detailing a day in our lives here in our NE Texas paradise.  But that was during the heat & drought of summer, a very different kind of day than in the cold of winter.  So I thought it would be fun to let you walk around with us today to see what a day at the ranch is like when it’s c-c-c-cold outside!  C’mon, put on your mud boots, bundle up in your heaviest coveralls, grab your gloves & follow me – it’ll be a blast!

Walk around with us today to see what a day at the ranch is like!  Put on your mud boots, grab your gloves & follow me - it'll be a blast! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: Storing Hay

by Tammy Taylor

 

At last the hay delivery to see our herd through the rest of the winter has been received. RancherMan stacks it into our hay storage area. #TexasHomesteader

At last the hay delivery has been received to see our herd through the rest of the winter.  RancherMan stacks it into our hay storage area.

~TxH~C’mon by & sit a spell!  Come hang out at our Facebook Page. It’s like sitting in a front porch rocker with a glass of cold iced tea.  There are lots of good folks sharing! 

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