Homestead Hack: Repurposing Mesh Bags For Cleaning

by Tammy Taylor~

 

I’m pretty fond of trying to think outside the box to provide for myself things that I used to buy.  Recently I went into a frenzied canning marathon trying to get many fresh apples & pears preserved before they went bad.  But oh the sticky mess it made in my kitchen!  I’ve been scrubbing my kitchen for what seems like days!  LOL.  When I’ve made a mess this big I need a big scrubber – those little palm-sized ones I used to buy just don’t do it for me. I need something big enough to hunker down when I’m scrubbing sticky canning residues from stockpots & countertops.  You know, BIG messes that I may or may not have been responsible for (eh hemmmm…) And luckily I’m able to easily provide this handy cleaning tool for myself.  As a bonus they’re much larger and thicker than the wimpy ones I used to buy.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack, y’all!

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The Lazy Cook’s Wild Plum Jelly Recipe – No Pectin Needed!

by Tammy Taylor~

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There are several wild plum trees in our pasture.  The recent years of drought have killed off many of them, but there are still 2 or 3 small ones left. One of the trees produced enough plums this year for me to make this small batch of wild plum jelly. Is there any more beautiful crimson color than what’s displayed from a jar of homemade wild plum jelly?

Wild Plum Jelly recipe - No peeling, no pitting, no PECTIN  Check out this Lazy-Girl's wild plum jelly recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How to Make Pumpkin Puree & FREE SEED GIVEAWAY!

by Tammy Taylor~

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The native American Indians planted a symbiotic garden called the ‘Three Sisters Garden’.  In this garden they planted corn – a staple in their diet, but it was also a heavy nitrogen feeder from the soil.  At the base of the corn plants they planted green beans to help replenish the nitrogen in the soil.  The corn repaid the bean’s care by giving them a hearty stalk to climb upon & support the bean plant.  Then squash was planted between the corn plants.  The squash benefited from the additional nitrogen as well, plus the large leaves of the squash vine would cover the soil to moderate the summer temps,  preserve moisture and act as a living mulch for the beans and corn.  All plants benefiting each other.  Love it!

This year I planted heirloom Sugar-Pie Pumpkins for the squash requirement of my Three Sisters Garden.  I like to use the pumpkin puree for my favorite homemade Pumpkin GranolaI now have several pumpkins that are now ready to come off the vine so I’ll be cooking them up into pumpkin puree.

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How to Get Homestead Shade Trees For FREE!

by Tammy Taylor~

 

Y’all know I’ve planted many trees since moving here.  They typically struggle the first year & then succumb after the first 12-18 months.  I kid you not, I’ve lost 18 trees in our BACKYARD ALONE!  That’s lots of money wasted but dang y’all, I really miss the beautiful canopy of trees I’ve always assured that we enjoyed at each and every home where we’ve ever lived.  But it doesn’t make financial sense to keep plunking down money year after year to buy trees & get them planted when they obviously don’t want to live here.  But aaaahhhh…  Y’all remember my battle cry?  Use Whatcha Got!

I've been frustrated to buy, plant and lose so many trees since moving here. Come see how I've gotten homestead shade trees for FREE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Crazy Canning Lady: Canning Successes & Failures

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve canned food almost all my life – I actually enjoy it.  Recently I was gifted many fresh pears that I didn’t want to go to waste.  And THEN we took a long weekend to go visit my favorite aunt & uncle in west Texas.  My aunt sent me home with about 20 lbs of fresh apples PLUS a huge cooler packed with frozen cut/sugared apple slices & pureed apples.  OMGoodness there’s NO room in my freezer or fridge – that means more food to process!  That can mean only one thing: Go into power-canning mode for several days trying to FINALLY get done with the fresh produce that needed to be dealt with.  Although I ended up with many jars of delectable treats, getting there was a comedy of errors!  C’mon in & see.

Crazy Canning Lady had a Canning Marathon trying to FINALLY deal with all the fresh produce. Lots of canned goodies but getting there was a comedy of errors! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Homemade Chicken & Dumplings

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all!  Finally the weather is starting to change, it’s getting a little cooler in our part of NE Texas and there’s an ever-so-subtle hint of the leaves thinking about changing to their fall-colored splendor.  I don’t know about you, but I look forward to fall.  Oh no, not for the ragweed counts that plague my entire face (lol) but the anticipation of those delightful cooler temps and the beginning of comfort-food menus at the Taylor Household.  Oh yeah, when fall comes around my mind turns to those good ole Southern comfort-food,  favorites like Potato Soup, Black Bean & Beer Chili, and my all-time favorite – Chicken & Dumplings!  And to celebrate Fall-Back Friday I’ll fall back into the archives & bring my Chicken & Dumplings recipe back to the surface for you to enjoy today.  Go on now & give it a try, y’all – you know you wanna!

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings - The perfect comfort food! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Replacing An Ugly Laundry Pole

by Tammy Taylor~

When we lived in the city I bought a *2-line extractable laundry line.  I loved that thing – it gave me up to 98 feet of drying!  RancherMan put a nail in a fence post so when I was doing laundry I’d bring out that extractable line & hang it on that nail.  The lines pulled all the way to a nearby tree where I’d hook the two lines on the branches.  But when we moved here to our piece of paradise there were no privacy fences, nor any trees in our back yard.  So we used a tether-ball pole as the anchor, and placed two decorative cast iron plant hooks on either side of the garage window.  But the tether-ball pole was…  I dunno – UGLY!  It served the purpose for several years but I wanted something a little more in step with our natural surroundings.  It was replaced recently and you know my battle cry:  Use Whatcha Got!  (Almost all our Homestead Hacks use that battle cry.)  Come see what we did.

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A Quick & Easy Meal In A SNAP – Tortilla Pizza

by Tammy Taylor~

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RancherMan loves pizza.  I mean LOVES pizza.  As in that man could eat pizza every day for days on end and be a happy boy indeed!  I’ve made homemade pizza crust and of course those pizzas are delicious, but ranch work often brings us dragging in after dark and making the dough, letting it rise, baking it up routine often doesn’t fit our lifestyle.  For a quicker version I’ve made French Bread Pizzas and although RancherMan loves them, this is an even easier (and FASTER) way to get some pizza in his belly.  Tortilla pizza.

Little time for a homemade pizza & no money to order out? Check out this delicious option - A quick Tortilla Pizza - Pepperoni on Griddle - #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Pear Relish Recipe – Sweet & Savory Come Together Beautifully!

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve heard that pear relish is delicious but… I dunno. I mean sweet pears coupled with savory onions & bell peppers? And jalapenos? And MUSTARD? Blech! I’ve never been a fan of sweet & savory tastes together. But RancherMan asked me to get the recipe from a friend so I did. The instructions she sent were kind of vague and the recipe seemed to make quite a lot . What if all that food & work were wasted because, well… (see pears vs peppers & onions argument above!) So I made a small batch just to check it out. After sampling the results we found it delicious!  RancherMan has already asked me to make it again, this time a full batch #ifyouplease!

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: Wild Plums

by Tammy Taylor~

 

The fruits of a wild plum tree are tiny, only about the size of a cherry. But they make some delicious jelly!  #TaylorMadeHomestead The fruits of a wild plum tree are tiny, only about the size of a cherry. But they make some delicious jelly!

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