Pulled Pork Enchiladas From Leftover Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I know meal planning is an important way to save money in the kitchen.  But I don’t LIKE to cook!  Thankfully I’m able to employ tricks such as Planned Leftovers to save money and reduce my time in the kitchen too.    You see, Planned Leftovers is where a large amount of one ingredient is cooked all at once, then other completely different meals are made with the leftovers.  For instance, I cooked a huge pork roast and then made many different meals with the leftover meat including, BBQ Sandwiches, Carnitas Tacos, a Meaty Stew and… Pulled Pork Enchiladas!

Planned Leftovers: Use leftover pork roast to make easy pulled-pork enchiladas in a SNAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Just 3 Ingredients to MYO Natural Beeswax Lip Balm!

by Tammy Taylor~

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RancherMan & I are new beekeepers.  We wanted to begin raising bees for many reasons: to help the declining honeybee population, to aid in our vegetable garden pollination and of course – HONEY!  But there’s another beehive product that’s been very helpful – all-natural beeswax.  We harvested a couple of frames of honey last fall so I could FINALLY have raw honey which contained ragweed pollen. I’m hoping consuming that raw unfiltered honey will help with my fall allergies.  But how exciting that I now have natural beeswax too.

I purified the wax from those frames and decided to use some of it to make beeswax lip balm for myself as well as part of our homemade Christmas Gifts.  It really couldn’t be easier – only 3 ingredients!  Check it out, y’all.

She uses beeswax to make a natural lip balm in minutes. It really couldn't be easier - only 3 ingredients! Check it out, y'all. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Securing Our Underground Cistern: Use Whatcha Got!

by Tammy Taylor~

When RancherMan & I bought this piece of NE Texas paradise we were enamored with the rich history of the property.  Apparently over the decades it’s been home to several homesteads, I’m assuming one of the first was in the 1880’s when our barn was built! The most recent home was located at the front of our property but it burned down in the late 1950’s.  We’ve discovered whispers of their past lives that they left behind – so amazing!  There were two deep cement cisterns located where we think were either side of the house.  One had to be covered up when we moved here, but we preserved the deeper one to use as our Outdoor Irrigation for my veggie garden.

At the time we were living in the big city.  Someone had a small cedar fence that they pulled down – it was almost brand new.  That would be PERFECT to frame in our little cistern!  So we brought it here and constructed a cute little wishing well with that discarded fencing & some leftover metal roofing.  It looked cute & kept the cattle out of trouble when they were around the cistern.

When our cistern enclosure deteriorated we tore it down but we needed a way to keep our mini Schnauzer safe around it. Use Whatcha Got! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned Leftovers: Carnitas Tacos from Pork Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I hate food waste.  Now I’m sure we ALL hate food waste, but for some reason it’s a deep-seated hatred for me.  I’m not sure where such strong feelings originate – I never recall going hungry a day in my life.  But for some reason I simply cannot stand food waste.  I keep an eye on food freshness in my kitchen like a ninja!  I’ve spoken before about my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking where you cook a boatload of main dish & freeze the rest for future meals.  These entrees will be served exactly as they were cooked.  Homemade Meat Ravioli or Stuffed Bell Peppers are two examples.

But there’s another method of cooking I often employ to stop food waste in its tracks: Planned Leftovers.  This is a little different, a main ingredient is made in large quantities and then the leftovers are made into completely different dishes.  For instance I might cook a Slow-Cooker Sticky-Chicken one night and then make Tortilla Soup with the leftover chicken.  Make sense?  Now hear this: recently I purposely made massive quantities of pork roast.  One of my all-time favorite leftovers planning is Carnitas Tacos.  Oh man you’re gonna love this!

Planned Leftovers - remake leftover pork roast into a totally new dish: Carnitas Tacos. Delicious & you can make your own taco shells! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Things We Did To Save Money This Week

RancherMan & I are self employed.  As any self-employed person knows, the toils are more meaningful but c’mon it’s true – the time requirement is much higher & the income is much less.  We’re both very frugal minded though, and that helps bunches.  We’re mindful of ways to save money (and even more importantly ways not to waste money).  Having this mindset allows us to live & work right here living a life that speaks to our hearts because our income requirement stays low. It’s just a state of mind, y’all!  Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money.

Come see 5 Frugal Things (and even MORE) that we did at the Taylor Household this week to save money. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy Repurposed Dry-Goods Pour Container

by Tammy Taylor~

I make sun tea any time it’s sunshiny and even close to  being warm – Summer – Fall – Winter or Spring!  I have a large hourglass-shaped glass picante jar that I fill with water & drop in a tea bag.  Then I place it on our picnic table in the back yard and the sun does the rest!  By suppertime (much earlier in the heat of summertime) our tea is deliciously brewed by the sun.  I just bring it inside, mix it with a jar full of water and voila!  Tea brewed with no purchased energy.  Can’t get better than that, right?

She uses a repurposed canning jar & a salt container spout destined for the recycling bin to make a convenient pourable sugar jar! Sun Tea #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Garden Update: February Chores

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s been a very strange winter indeed this year.  Oh we’ve had some blustery cold days alright but for the most part it’s been very mild.  Heck here it is the middle of February and it was 80 degrees with sunshine today!  But such wonderful weather lends itself well to working in the garden.  I want to prepare it for a super-productive harvest this year.  Come see what my February chores entailed.

To prepare my vegetable garden for full production, I must take advantage of warm-day opportunities. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 Easy Ways We Reuse Bacon Grease

by Tammy Taylor~

We don’t eat lots of bacon here in the Taylor Household.  Oh yeah don’t get me wrong, we LOVE bacon and we enjoy it from time to time, but it’s not often included in our limited budget.   Lucky for us those two families who DO enjoy bacon often have agreed to save the resulting bacon grease from their breakfast delight for me.  (Thank you, and YOU know who you are!)  You might wonder why in the world I would want the less-fun part of the bacon… the grease?  Well here are 4 very important ways I’m able to use that breakfast byproduct to add a mighty punch of flavor and save money in my own kitchen too.

We don't use bacon grease every day but it's still a budget saver in my kitchen. Much flavor is added to typical staples too #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: First Bloom Of Spring

by Tammy Taylor~

These pretty blooms will disappear soon. I planted them just off our back porch so I could see the 1st bloom of spring from our window #TaylorMadeHomestead

I have no idea what these are! My aunt shared many bulbs and other landscaping plants – only the bulbs survived the drought the last few years. These pretty blooms will disappear soon enough but I purposely planted them just off our back porch so I could see the first beautiful blooms of spring each year from our windows.

~TMH~

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Loving Our Neighbors

by Tammy Taylor~

It seems our world is filled with turmoil.  Everywhere I look I see dividing lines of “us” versus “them”, with so much anger hurled towards each other that it hurts my heart.  Sometimes people have so much passion for their point of view that it almost becomes a shouting match to see which side of the line can shout louder to win the game.   Win the game?  I’m not sure there’s much to be won that way.  It seems we all lose when there’s hate, no matter what side of the line you’re on.

But recently I was reminded that it’s not all pushing & shoving in our little corner of the world.  So I figured amid the ugly stories we’ve all been pounded with, I’d share with you something beautiful. A story that demonstrates the power of LOVE!

Amid the ugly stories we've all been pounded with daily, I'll share with you a beautiful story of community love & support. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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