Destructive Pests: Trapping Wild Hogs

by Tammy Taylor~

We have a wild hog problem here in NE Texas.  Bad.  So bad in fact that there’s no official ‘season’ for hunting them because they’re such an invasive, destructive nuisance. Their sheer numbers are astonishing. They come through like a cloud, leaving nothing but tilled ground & deep holes behind them. Terrible!   So terrible that the game warden says you can hunt them at any time, day or night at any time, any season. 

Wild hogs are destructive & plentiful. But they're just escaped domestic pigs - they're pork! See how we successfully trap them #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy Low-Tech Way To Kill Weeds

by Tammy Taylor~

Something with a single long taproot seeded itself prolifically in my front ‘flower bed’ last year. Now that spring is just around the corner, they all sprouted with a vengeance!  So that it doesn’t become a bigger problem I started digging out the plants that I could reach.  But I was dismayed to see how thickly they were sprouting in my rock feature at the downspout.  That digging stick wasn’t as effective in the rocks as it was in the soil.  And ugh, my aching back.  What a pain!

 

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5 Ways a Smart Phone Helps on the Homestead

by Tammy Taylor~

Although we now enjoy smart phone capabilities, RancherMan & I resisted getting one for quite a long time.  We just couldn’t justify the cost of it, including the increased cost for data usage.  We kept saying to ourselves “I only need a phone for calls, not for text or surfing the net!”  Everyone told us once we did get a smart phone we’d wonder how we ever got along without it.  But still we resisted.  For years!  Then it happened, my brother was upgrading and he gave us his old iPhone 3GS.  Well, if the phone is FREE, maybe we should check it out & see what all the buzz is about.

Yeah, they were right – several years down the road and we’re certainly wondering how we ever got by without it!  But it’s not just for fun or convenience reasons, there are several ways having a smart phone has been really helpful on the homestead.

A Smart Phone is certainly convenient, but here are 5 ways they're extremely helpful on the homestead too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Repurposing Empty Feed Sacks In The Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is on its way, y’all!  I’ve already planted up my Indoor Greenhouse with my heirloom seeds.  That way I’ll be able to put seedlings in the ground come spring.  And I’ve also been out in the garden preparing it for planting too.  If you’ll remember, last year we divided our fenced-in garden area in half.  In one half we still have the garden, although we ripped up our raised beds.  In the other half we placed our chicken run.  It’s been an awesome and very positive change.  But now it’s time to get in & prep the garden for a new planting season.  I’m a big fan of repurposing items wherever possible using my battle cry “Use Whatcha Got!  See how I use these empty heavy-paper feed sacks

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I’m Co-Hosting The Creative Muster Blog Party!

by Tammy Taylor~

Exciting news y’all – exciting indeed!  I’m co-hosting a blog hop party today!  Looking for some great ideas, recipes, tips & more?  Well you’ve come to the right place!  Grab a cup of coffee & settle in, there’s some mighty fine reading here folks.  Check it out!

 

Great Ideas are found at the Creative Muster Party! Join us and other talented bloggers for some fun, food and inspiration!We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to party with us!
The Creative Muster is home to some of the most creative bloggers, which means we do a lot of sharing. If you’re looking to get exposure, find some inspiration or meet new people then you’re in the right place. Grab your favorite family friendly posts, share them, then sit back and check out some of the other amazing things that are being shared. There are a ton of great ideas to be found here!

Great Ideas are found at the Creative Muster Party! Join us and other talented bloggers for some fun, food and inspiration!

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Tangy Lemon Brownies by Moneywise Moms via It is a Keeper

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March 19, 2013 – Little Prairie Stool from Heaven’s Walk

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Less Landfill-Bound TRASH When Dining Out

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all remember last year I went to the Mother Earth New Fair in Belton?  RancherMan & I stayed at a hotel that offers a free hot breakfast.  We don’t often eat a formal breakfast here on the ranch so it’s a treat for us when we travel.  But although I fought landfill-bound waste in the hotel room like a ninja last year, I was distressed over the waste created at breakfast.  I vowed to work on a solution to the dining trash by fair time the following year.  (if you didn’t read last year’s revelations you can read that post here)

Whelp, the fair this year has come & gone and I’m happy to say I was able to significantly reduce the landfill-bound waste again.  And many of  these same solutions can offer less trash at the more local dining establishments too.  If you’ll remember, at last year’s fair I had breakfast twice and each time I produced about this much trash for only 15-20 minutes at the table. Check out what I did differently.

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Fall-Back Friday: Light, Fluffy Sandwich Bread – With Oatmeal!

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all, spring is finally on its way!  RancherMan & I love all the green popping up in the pastures & I’ve shared some gorgeous pictures of the wild plum trees blooming.  Plus our bees are emerging from winter stronger than ever.  Heck we’ve even completed our very first Walk-Away Hive Split!  I can’t wait for that first honey harvest in July.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, ya know?  Today is finally Friday and we can almost smell the delightful aroma of the weekend wafting in the air, no?  So to celebrate I’ll share a Fall-Back Friday post with ya.  That’s where I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular with our readers.  Today’s share is one of RancherMan’s faves – homemade  bread.  But not just any homemade bread.  I’ve amended my recipe to include oat flour from oatmeal I’d ground into flour.  OMGosh y’all.   So.  Good!  Check it out!

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Homestead Hack: Quickest Planned Leftover Meal Of All!

by Tammy Taylor~

By now many of you know I’ve been on a Planned Leftovers kick.  What’s planned leftovers?  It’s where you purposely cook more of a key ingredient with the intent of using it to make completely different meals later.  For instance, recently I cooked a huge pork roast.  HUGE!  I turned the leftover meat into Carnitas Tacos, a quick Meaty Stew, some delicious Pulled Pork Enchiladas and more!  But today I’m sharing one of the most basic planned leftovers remake.  As a matter of fact, this is one of our very first go-to leftovers meals because it’s so easy yet so delicious.  Check out this planned leftover homestead hack.

I love Planned Leftovers, especially this BBQ because it's so quick, so easy yet so delicious. Check out this homestead hack. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beekeeping: Doing A Walk-Away Hive Split

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know last year we became NewBEES when we bought our very first hives of bees.  There are many ways you can obtain your first set of bees.  You can buy a Nuc which is a queen with a small amount of bees, or you can buy a package of bees to put into a full hive box.  But we found a local beekeeper who sold established hives.  Her hives were sold complete with a deep hive box containing frames of honey, brood, bees and a queen.  It’s recommended that you have a minimum of 2 hives so we bought two and started our new beekeeping endeavor.

Our hives made it through the winter fine. Now that spring is around the corner production is ramping up. It's time to do a hive split! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planting Potatoes For EASY Harvest!

by Tammy Taylor~

Here in NE Texas it’s the time of year when many gardeners are thinking about planting those potatoes!  I’m a big fan of growing potatoes, especially since they’re such an easy crop to grow.  In past years I’ve planted potatoes in a raised bed right in my garden.  Of course that worked fine but this year I’ve decided to do something different.  Remember I’m a big fan of growing an Edible Landscape?  Well not only will this different way of planting potatoes give me some effortless beautiful greenery on my back porch during the summer months but it will also help make harvesting those potatoes so easy.  C’mon, I’ll show ya!

I've planted potatoes in the ground, but this year I'm planning for not only a more bountiful harvest, but an easier one too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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