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Hitting the Road: Amarillo, Texas

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I love our home in our Northeast Texas paradise.  But sometimes a road trip is in order and we love to travel to West Texas to visit our favorite aunt and uncle. Recently we had just the opportunity after viewing our calendars and seeing it’s about to get super busy at the Taylor Household.  So we prepared our animals for our brief absence and headed west for a weekend of fun in Amarillo, Texas.

A road trip to Amarillo, Texas to visit family. Come see what a great time we had including a performance of Aladdin at the Amarillo Little Theater #TexasHomesteader

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Lower-Waste Hotel Stays When Traveling

by Texas Homesteader ~

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Recently RancherMan & I traveled to a city about 4 hours away from our ranch so that we could attend the 2-day Mother Earth News Fair.  I’d never been to their fair before and OH MY what a great time we had!!  But since it was a two day seminar and because it was an 8-hour round trip, we decided to get a hotel room close to our destination for the weekend.  Now we prefer Comfort Inn Suites because we’ve found the quality at their hotels is pretty consistent (sadly not the case this time…) and we like the complimentary hot & hearty breakfast that their chain of hotel offers.  Although hotel stays can be notoriously wasteful, there are a few ways RancherMan & I have easily & comfortably reduced some of the waste that would typically be produced by a hotel stay.

LOWER-WASTE HOTEL STAY: Hotels can be notoriously wasteful but there are a few ways we easily & comfortably reduced some of the waste #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Travel Bag Organization

by Tammy Taylor

So, y’all already know that RancherMan & I took a little road trip recently to central Texas. We were there to enjoy the 2-day Mother Earth News Fair.  It’s the first time we’ve ever been able to attend their fair. And let me tell ya it was AWESOME!

But while I was packing my bag in preparation for our trip I was reminded of something that I do to help keep my things organized inside my luggage.  Check out this Homestead (travel) Hack. Oh man, you’re not gonna believe this!

HOMESTEAD HACK: Travel Bag Organization. See what I do to help keep things organized inside my luggage. Check out this Homestead (travel) Hack #TexasHomesteader

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Mother Earth News Fair 2016 – Belton, Texas

by Texas Homesteader ~

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A couple of months ago I was scanning my newsfeed and suddenly I stopped cold.  What do I see before my eyes? Could it be?  YES – the Mother Earth News Fair was coming to Texas!  I’d never been able to attend the MEN Fair before since I was under the mistaken impression that it was always held in the same location, far away from our homestead.

Imagine my utter glee at seeing that they hold fairs all around the US and now it was coming to central Texas, certainly within driving distance for RancherMan and me!  So we excitedly made plans to attend the two-day event.

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Food Safety: Keeping Hot Covered Dishes HOT!

~ by Tammy Taylor ~


So you say you’re planning on skipping over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays?  And of course as is tradition, each family is bringing their favorite dish to share at the big feast.  That’s awesome, what a wonderful time you’ll have – warm memories filled with fun, family and good food! But it’s an hour’s drive to grandma’s house and you want to arrive early enough to visit with all your cousins before you eat.  You know grandma’s kitchen is small & that she’s already got her oven filled to the brim with her mammoth-sized ham and turkey, so how are you going to keep your dish hot, or even heat it up before it’s time to sit down for the big meal?  We’re often faced with that situation as well, here’s what we do:

MAKE SURE YOUR HOT FOOD STAYS HOT - Food safety is important! See how we keep that casserole hot during transit and before the big meal. #TexasHomesteader



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Working On The Road: My Rolling Office

by Texas Homesteader
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I’m a full-time Homesteader but I’m also a full-time blogger.  (How does she do it, folks??  LOL)  Recently RancherMan & I were planning a road trip 7 hours away. I knew we would be away from the homestead for a week and a half.

I hated to leave my blog work at home getting further & further behind until I returned. But what’s a girl to do?

Well luckily I’m married to my handsome I.T. guy, and what a wonderful electronic age we live in!  RancherMan has me covered with a pretty sweet setup that allows me to take my computer on the road and work in the car instead of staring blankly out the window for hours on end worried about the work piling up at home.  Wanna see my on-the-road office?

An inexpensive setup that allows me to take my computer on the road and work in the car during road trips. Want to see my portable office? #TexasHomesteader
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FUN Trip To Red River, New Mexico

by Texas Homesteader 

There nestled in the Red River Valley in Northern New Mexico is a quaint little town simply called Red River.  It’s close to Angel Fire & Taos ski resorts and is probably better known for its small skiing facilities in the winter.

But the truth is I much prefer to be there in the summer, it’s absolutely beautiful!  As a matter of fact Red River is where RancherMan & I spent our (summertime) honeymoon when we got married. He loves this beautiful place as much as I do.

So periodically we’ll take a road trip and spend a couple of days there.  Luckily an opportunity came up to do just that recently.
Although Red River, NM is probably best known for its ski facilities. But I much prefer to visit in the summer, it's absolutely beautiful! We visited surrounding areas too. Check out the FUN! #TexasHomesteader
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Fun In The Sun At Surfside Beach, TX

by Texas Homesteader~

RancherMan & I got the opportunity to spend a week with family renting a lovely beach house at Surfside Beach near Galveston, Texas.  The plan was to meet up with my baby sister & her family as well as my big brother & his wife and we’d all gather for the week in this one large rented home large enough for all of us.

BUT my brother & his wife couldn’t make it after all.  So there were just the five of us rattling around that big lovely 2-story 4-bedroom 3-bath house.

What a fun week we had at Surfside Beach in south Texas. We rented a beach house & enjoyed the beach too. Come see what fun we had! #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: Home Sweet Home

by Tammy Taylor

Even though the trip away was fun, there's no place like Home Sweet Home! #TexasHomesteader

Even though the trip away was fun, there’s no place like Home Sweet Home!


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Laughlin, Nevada FUN!

by Texas Homesteader
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RancherMan and I don’t travel much since we so very much enjoy our time spent right here on the ranch. It seems there’s never a lack of something fun to do or beautiful to see. But every now and then it’s still fun to get away and do something different. So when my sweet aunt & uncle got a great deal on a trip to the casinos in Laughlin and offered to let us in on the fun we couldn’t resist!

RancherMan & I don’t really do much gambling, but we really love hanging out with these family members. So we knew one way or the other it would be lots of fun…  We were comforted that our wonderful neighbors agreed to take care of things in our absence.  Oh yeah, good neighbors are indeed a blessing. If you have good neighbors then you know exactly what I mean.  They kept in contact with us during our absence reassuring us that all was well at home.  With that tremendous burden off our shoulders we were able to settle in and enjoy our fun vacation with family.

A trip to Laughlin Nevada is more than just gambling - what a fun trip! We also went to NV and saw the casinos & Hoover Dam. #TexasHomesteader

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