Another Great Use For Repurposed Coffee Canisters

by Tammy Taylor~

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So y’all know RancherMan & I are coffee drinkers.  You know, like in “Stay away until I’ve had my coffee” kinda coffee drinkers.  Having a ‘Skip Coffee Day’ is never an option, so don’t even ask.  But we don’t want sweetsy, foamy flavored, overly-sugared drinks.  We want coffee.  Strong, black, delicious.  We prefer Folders coffee in the Taylor Household.  That plastic canister it’s sold in comes in handy for many uses when it’s empty.  We store chicken feed and dog food in them.  And RancherMan uses them in the shop to gather bolts & hardware together.  And I’ve even spray painted them and used them for sharing plants from my garden with friends.  But I still need to put them to use.  Our coffee consumption goes on, ya know??  So here’s another simple way those empty canisters still help me out.

Repurposing Coffee Canisters In The Garden. Those plastic coffee canisters. You love 'em, but how many can you use? I'm sharing another way I'm able to repurpose them. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cooking With The Sun – SW Chicken w/Seasoned Brown Rice

by Tammy Taylor~

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Our homestead is located in the hot & humid south.  Here in NE Texas I do all I can to keep that  heat outside where it belongs when the temps (and the humidity) start to go up.  I have many ways of doing this.  For instance, our tea is usually brewed in a repurposed hourglass-shaped jar on the picnic table, courtesy of the sun.  And our clean laundry is almost always dried outside on our *Retractable Clothesline, even in the colder winter months.  But one of my favorite ways to keep heat outside is by using my *Solar Oven to cook our food.  My solar oven came with an enameled cooking set so I typically use those items when I’m cooking with the sun.  One of the included vessels is a double-stack black enamelware covered pan.  That will be perfect for today’s dish: Southwest Chicken served on a bed of seasoned brown rice.  Quick & easy, mix it & forget it.  The whole meal cooks at the same time!

Cooking With The Sun! Here in NE Texas I want to keep cooking heat & humidity outside. So I cooked my SW Chicken with seasoned brown rice in my solar oven! #TaylorMadeHomestead*

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How To Get FREE Veggie Plants For Your Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

So I recently shared an update on my veggie garden progress.  If you’ve read it you know my peppers and tomatoes were pretty much a bust this year due to our weird spring.  You see, I planted seeds in my indoor greenhouse and placed that greenhouse at a south-facing window in my home like I always do.  But the constant cloudy weather this spring hampered a good germination.  The few plants that did germinate were hardened off & placed in the garden.  But you know peppers and tomatoes like a little more sun, a little more heat.  All those seeds were just a big, fat bust. I’m disappointed since RancherMan had requested a Pico-De-Gallo garden this year.  Garlic?  Check.  Onions?  Check.  Cilantro?  Check.  Tomatoes?  Hummm… But I was recently able to replenish some of the vacant areas in my garden.  It cost me ZILCH.  “How can you get free veggie plants for your garden?” you might wonder.  I’m so glad you asked!

Free Volunteer Plants. Tomato planting was a bust in the garden this year, will I do w/o tomatoes? See how I've outfitted my veggie garden with FREE plants #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: Beekeeper’s Delight

by Tammy Taylor~

Ever since beginning our beekeeping endeavor, I can no longer just merrily bounce across the grass. Now I'm taking very deliberate steps to assure I don't step on one of our honey-makers! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Ever since beginning our beekeeping endeavor, I can no longer just merrily bounce across the grass.  Now I’m taking very deliberate steps to assure I don’t accidentally step on one of our honey-makers!

~TMH~

(You can see ALL our posts about beekeeping HERE)

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C’mon by & sit a spell!  Come hang out at our ~TMH~ 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!  And you can also follow along on Pinterest, Twitter or GooglePlus.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Tammy Taylor~

Happy Mother's Day out there to all those moms workin' hard and lovin' their babies, no matter what their baby's age! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.

-Reed Markham

 

Happy Mother’s Day out there to all those moms & grandmas – workin’ hard and lovin’ their babies, no matter what their baby’s age is!

~TMH~

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Vegetable Garden Update: May

by Tammy Taylor~

Well, it’s been a pretty strange spring so far for us in NE Texas.  Pretty strange indeed!  Many areas all around us have received plenty of spring rains but for some reason it always seems to miss us here on the homestead.  Although May is our rainiest month of the year we have areas in our backyard that are pretty bare where the ground is parched & cracked.  Scary!  Hopefully that’s not a sign of things to come this year.  I’ve been watering with a 2-gallon watering can which takes a lot of time and doesn’t water as thoroughly.  But RancherMan set up the cistern pump for me today so I’ll be able to use that rainwater captured in the 18-ft deep cement cistern from now on.  If we get any rain at all in the coming weeks that cistern will fill back up!  With the cloudy & cooler weather we’ve had, the garden has really been slow in taking off.  But I’ve had some successes too.  C’mon along with me for a stroll through our garden.

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Need A Cute Gift Quick? Inexpensive Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak!

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I enjoy a fun tradition with a small group of our friends.  Every month we all gather to celebrate whomever is having a birthday that month.  The honoree gets to choose their preferred restaurant location and we all meet to offer birthday cheer to them.  We always sing “Happy Birthday” to them, family style(That means purposely horribly off-tune and out of sync with each other)  LOL!  Way too much fun!  Although gifts/cards are not expected,  cards are often brought & sometimes small gifts are brought as well.  But a cute, thoughtful gift doesn’t have to break the bank.

Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak. A cute, thoughtful gift doesn't have to break the bank. See how I made up several cute, inexpensive Himalayan Pink Bath Salt gifts. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Homemade Bacon-Flavored Mayonnaise – BACONNAISE!

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan likes to eat tuna sandwiches.  He usually takes the quick route by just opening the tuna can, draining it and placing the meat on a mayonnaise-covered piece of bread.  LOL.  And when I’m making egg salad sandwich spread I use mayonnaise for that as well.  But I don’t typically buy mayonnaise.  I’ve written before about making Garlic-Flavored Mayonnaise and I do still make that flavor from time to time.  But I began experimenting with various flavors, oils & fats when making my mayonnaise.

Although we certainly can’t afford to eat bacon often, I have a couple of families saving their bacon grease for me.  It’s a necessary ingredient in my Buttermilk Biscuits and homemade Sandwich Bread too.  So I very much appreciate their saving their bacon byproduct for me.  But recently when I was making a batch of mayonnaise I wondered…  Hummmm…

I've made our mayonnaise homemade for a long time but recently got to thinking... BACON! Now I almost always make Baconnaise! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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6 Easy Eco-Friendly Things I Did This Week

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know my veins run green.  I’ve always had an environmental-awareness bend & I always try to tread gently on this big blue planet we live on.  I love Mother Earth & I want to protect her as much as I can.  I try to repurpose when I can, buy used instead of new, grow much of our food and try to keep my footprint light.  Now, I think most people desire to be environmentally sensitive but they might not know where to start.  But I found it’s not a difficult thing to do.  Sometimes it just takes slowing down and thinking about what you do.  Recently I wrote an article for Mother Earth News showing the 6 easy environmentally friendly things I incorporated into my week.  They’re all simple to do and easy to blend into your day.  Check it out!

See the 6 super-easy environmentally friendly things I added to my days this week. They're all simple and easy to incorporate. Check it out! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Cute Container For Herb Cuttings

by Tammy Taylor~

The herbs are going well in my Edible Landscape so I thought I’d take a few cuttings & try to root them in my kitchen window.  I have a repurposed wide-mouth jar that I can use.  So I went to the ‘flower bed’ and trimmed a bit of Stevia, Sage, Oregano, Basil and Rosemary.  I brought them inside and removed the bottom leaves from each of the stems.  I sat those leaves aside so I could use them.  I’ll wash them up & chop all but the Stevia into small pieces & mix them into a bit of olive oil to make my favorite Herb Bombs. Then they’ll be ready & waiting to use this summer in my quick pasta dishes.  I’ve never grown Stevia before so I’ll probably just pop those leaves into my sun tea jar so they can sweeten RancherMan’s tea as it brews.

But I’ve always heard that when you’re rooting cuttings, the jar should be dark.  A dark jar keeps algae from growing in the water and also helps the roots do their thaaaang.  Some suggestions are to paint the jar or to wrap it in scrapbooking paper or something.  Hummm…  So what did I decide to do?  Say it with me kids: “Use Whatcha Got!”  That’s right. 🙂 Check out this Homestead Hack.

I took some herb cuttings to root in my kitchen window. But the jar needs to be kept dark. Check out this cute Homestead Hack idea! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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