The Absolute Most Popular Blog Post For Each Year

Here we are in a bright, shiny new year.  I hope all of you had an awesome 2016 and are looking forward with eagerness to the possibilities that 2017 holds. RancherMan & I have many exciting things to look forward to in ’17!  I’m thinking about opening an Etsy shop for some of the homemade soaps we make and maybe some of the repurposed denim crafts I do.  Perhaps even a few crosses made from the 1880’s barbed wire that we still have in places on our property.

But since we’re on the cusp of a brand new year I thought it would be fun to share with you the single most popular post in each year since I’ve been writing this little ole blog of mine.

Sharing with you the single most popular post in each year since I've been writing this little ole blog of mine. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I’m a big fan of planned leftovers.  Similar to Cook-Once, Eat-Twice, planned-leftover cooking is where you purposely cook more than you plan on eating at one sitting so you can use the leftovers in different dishes later.  One of my favorite foods to use when I’m purposely planning for leftovers is pork roast.  I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious roast with carrots & potatoes for supper?  Then it’s easy to turn that leftover meat into other dishes for other suppers.  So I often cook a large enough roast to assure I have plenty leftover meat for future meals.

I like to cook with planned leftovers in mind. Recently I cooked up a huge pork roast in a slow cooker. See what I have planned. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all! Today I’ll celebrated Friday by sharing a Fall-Back Friday post with you.  Fall-Back Friday is when I fall back into the archives and bring to the surface a post that’s proved popular in the past.  Today it’s all about finances.  I’m sure we all know someone that is struggling financially right now.  Some because they went a little overboard during the holidays but some are struggling due to circumstances completely unforeseen & out of their control.  Financial adjustments must be made sooner rather than later.   Today I’m sharing some ideas on how to save money when financial times turn tough unexpectedly.

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Ranching: A Good Life, But A HARD Life!

by Tammy Taylor~

What we do on this ranch is our livelihood, our means of supporting ourselves. It’s a wonderful life, yet certainly a hard one. Prudent business decisions have to be made every day. If they’re the wrong decisions, we don’t get paid.  Period.  Bills don’t get paid nor groceries bought. There’s no gray area on the pay scale when you’re self employed.  No mistakes are financially free – no mulligans!  Don’t get me wrong, like I said it’s a wonderful life filled with many delights.  But it can be hard too.

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Beginning Beekeeping: Feeding Your Hive In Winter

by Tammy Taylor~

This is our first year beekeeping and it’s been so exciting!  We purchased two established hives this spring and so far they’ve both done very well.  I’ve been sharing details of our beekeeping journey along the way.  I’ve linked to various topics we’ve already covered below, feel free to check ’em out!

But when the weather started turning colder RancherMan began preparing the hives for winter weather.  He started by placing entrance reducers at the front of the hives.  He did this to keep the cold wind at bay which will help to keep the hive warmer when those cold winds blow.  Plus it gives a smaller entrance for the bees to have to defend against honey robbing too.  But although we feel they’re going into the winter with a healthy honey reserve to see them through, we wanted to make sure.  So during an unseasonably warm, sunshiny and windless winter day we decided to go in for a little check-see…

You feed your beehives differently in the winter than you did in the warmer months. Come see how we feed our bees during winter months. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Quick & Easy: Rich, Chocolaty Hot Cocoa Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently our grandbabies came to stay with us for a couple of days.  It was cold and dreary outside, so there was no playing outside for them.  So I thought we’d pop some popcorn, plug in a fun movie and enjoy some hot cocoa stirred with a peppermint stick.  But there’s no need to resort to the packets of powdered stuff!  Homemade cocoa is delicious & only involves cocoa, sugar and milk, flavored with vanilla with a handful of miniature marshmallows floating on top.   Believe me when I say it was a huge HIT with the grandbabies!

Homemade cocoa is delicious & only uses cocoa, sugar and milk - flavored with vanilla & a few miniature marshmallows floating on top. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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My Low-Waste Christmas Gifts

by Tammy Taylor~

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Whelp, the holidays are over y’all.  Our Christmas was grand, I hope you all had a great one too!  As I’m looking over the gifts so purposely given to RancherMan & me, I’m incredibly touched at the thoughtfulness of them.  Many of you like to give low-waste gifts so I thought it would be fun to share some of the fun gifts that RancherMan & I received.  They were environmentally friendly low-waste Christmas gifts and very well suited to our tastes.

We received several thoughtful low-waste Christmas gifts that were also environmentally friendly. Come see what we got! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2016!

by Tammy Taylor~

Whelp, here we are at the end of 2016.  What a great year it’s been! My veggie garden was screamingly successful this year.  And our homestead branched out with registered Angus heifers to augment the registered Hereford operation we currently have.   But it wasn’t without its darker moments too, including twin calves that died in calving and dealing with expensive yet crappy appliances.  But RancherMan & I tackled the successes and the trials together, side-by-side.  And that’s the way I always want it to be.

All this month I’ve been sharing with you the top homesteading posts on the blog for each year I’ve been writing.  I’ve linked to each of those years of Top-10 posts at the bottom of this post.  So if you haven’t already enjoyed ’em, well there ya go!

But without further adieu, here are the top 10 posts of the year for 2016:

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