Cherry-Flavored Gummy Chews Made From Excess Garden Squash

by Tammy Taylor~

*contains affiliate link

Squash is a prolific veggie.  Summer gardens are often so overloaded with zucchini & summer squash that although you anxiously enjoy it the moment it’s harvestable in the spring, soon your family tires of squash every night.  You then attempt to preserve  some for winter months but still that squash harvest keeps coming Every.  Single. Day.  Finally in a futile attempt to dodge being consumed by the giant growing mountain of squash you start giving it away to grateful friends and family… for a while.  Soon even they run when they see you coming toward them with yet another squash harvest in hand.  You can’t stand to see that beautiful garden produce go to waste but “What’s a girl to do?” you wonder to yourself as you slowly disappear beneath the growing squash harvest pile…  Recently I was skimming my ~TMH~ Facebook newsfeed and I saw someone post about making a sweet chewy treat from overgrown excess garden squash.  Whaaaaaa….???  I’m intrigued!

What can you do with all that garden squash? Make sweet cherry-flavored gummy snacks for your family with overgrown zucchini or squash! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Continue reading

Spread the love
  • 28
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 25
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
    59
    Shares
  •  
    103
    Shares
  • 101
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Easy Cheesy Spaghetti Squash & FREE Seed Giveaway!

by Tammy Taylor~

HEY I’m giving away free seeds!  When I asked RancherMan what veggies he wanted me to plant in this year’s garden he emphatically said “SPAGHETTI SQUASH!!”  I must admit I was a little surprised at his enthusiasm.  LOL   Spaghetti squash cooks into strands that visually resemble strands of spaghetti.  Now to me it doesn’t taste like pasta, its taste is of a mild squash that lends itself well to the other flavors you add to the dish and it’s certainly  low-carb way to get a dish that looks like pasta!   But we love spaghetti squash and although there are many ways to prepare it, I make a sort of vegetarian lasagna  that’s always been his fave.  It’s served right in the shell so it has a beautiful presentation as well.  Recently I was able to harvest our spaghetti squash and whip up his favorite cheesy spaghetti squash dish.  It was easy, delicious, healthy and quick to prepare.

Easy Cheesy Spaghetti Squash, PLUS I'll be giving 10 Spaghetti Squash Seeds to TWO lucky winners! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Continue reading

Spread the love
  • 15
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    25
    Shares

Environmental Awareness On The Homestead: No-Spill Fuel Can Eliminates Spilled Fuel

by Tammy Taylor~

*affiliate link

Living and working on a NE Texas ranch means RancherMan & I spend lots of time on our tractors.  He has a heavy-duty red beast and I have a smaller one that we affectionately call ‘Ole Blue’ – a very reliable older-model Ford tractor.  When I became a breast cancer survivor, RancherMan painted the wheels of Ole Blue bright pink in celebration!  (How much do I love him??) 

Aaaaanyway he often prepares for the day’s tasks by fueling both tractors.  As much as I love ‘Ole Blue’ it always made my crunchy-green heart CRINGE when RancherMan would put fuel in her and it would spill all along the top, drip down the sides and onto the grass. Of course I’d never say anything, he knows how I hate it and he tries his best to deliver the fuel without spilling but…  With the design of the typical 5-gallon fuel can it was always hard to get the fuel from the can to my tractor’s fuel tank without splashing corrosive diesel on my tractor and even spilling some onto the pasture grass.  OOHHHH, my heart!  There had to be a better way!

Hard as he may try, RancherMan would always splash fuel when filling my tractor's tank.  Let's try this No-Spill can & see how it works! Pink Wheels On Ford Tractor #TaylorMadeHomestead

Continue reading

Spread the love
  • 27
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 10
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
    43
    Shares

How To Make A Frozen Watermelon Smoothie (or Daiquiri!)

by Tammy Taylor~

*contains affiliate link

Several weeks ago I got a seedless watermelon.  Now I love fresh watermelon but RancherMan only enjoys it in moderation.  I ate it fresh for a few days but wondered if I’d be able to eat it all before it went bad.   A friend of mine suggested cutting it into chunks and freezing it.  She said I could blend it up into a cool daiquiri on a hot summer day.  (of course you could leave out the alcohol and make it a slushie instead – a sweet treat for the whole family!)  I was intrigued and decided to give it a shot.  HA!! ‘give it a shot’!  See what I did there??!

Watermelon Smoothie - Cold, sweet refreshment on a hot summer's day that the whole family can enjoy! . Or add rum for a Frozen Daiquiri #TaylorMadeHomestead

Continue reading

Spread the love
  • 24
  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
  • 22
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
    54
    Shares

Fall-Back Friday: MYO Cream Of ANYTHING Soup

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF Y’all!!    It’s been a busy week for RancherMan & me.  We’re nursing one of our cows back to health, she had twins but neither calf made it.  Mama cow’s health was hit hard and we’ve been taking extra care to make sure she’s comfortable and healing.  Thankfully she’s almost back to normal now, the partial paralysis in her back legs is gone and we made sure she warded off any infection.  But we also spent several hours on the tractor mowing pastures – with the wild hog wallows it’s similar to enduring a 6-hour bumper car ride on the tractor!  LOL  And of course the weather has really heated up for most of the country – I think we’re all looking forward to fall!  But we’ve finally made it to Friday.  Woo-hoo!  To celebrate I’ll share a Fall-Back Friday post where I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular in the past with our readers. Today I’m sharing how easy it is to make your own Cream-Of WHATEVER soup.  Cream of Chicken?  Yes.  Cream of Celery?  Sure.  Cream of Mushroom?  You bet!  Any variety you like, check it out!

It's so easy to make your own Cream of ANYTHING soup in minutes. Healthier ingredients, lower sodium, no landfill trash. Give it a try! #TaylorMadeHomestead

(read more)

Save

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Homestead Hack: Frozen Water Bottles in the Kitchen

by Tammy Taylor~

OK, I’ve made it no secret that we own a nice, newer, high-end CRAPPY refrigerator/freezer.  It was exorbitantly expensive because we required a specific size to fit into our kitchen layout and although it looks great and is labeled ‘Energy Star’ to conserve electricity, it’s…  well…  it’s crap!  One of the biggest deal-breaking problems with it is the ice maker – although there are only two of us in this house on any given day, it can’t keep up with our ice needs.  Now we work outside in the Texas heat all summer, ice is a necessity!  Of course we could buy ice cube trays blah, blah, blah but instead I just make sure to reserve ice use for cooling our drinks.  But when I’m making homemade yogurt I need to cool the heated milk and used to do that in a bowl filled with ice – what do I do now?  Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all!

Homestead Hack: Repurposing Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen is a Double-Win For The Environment. See How I Use Them! #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

Spread the love
  • 7
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 13
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
    25
    Shares

Vegetable Garden Update: August

by Tammy Taylor~

Usually by August the vegetable garden is burned up & gone.  I’m typically all too happy to let it go instead of fighting and still losing the fight. But although it’s been hot & dry here in NE Texas, between me breaking my “no potable water on the ground” rule because of the cistern mishap this year (our hose split & emptied all the irrigation rainwater from our 18′ deep cistern), plus the fact that there have been just enough sporadic short showers to keep everything limping by, I’m still harvesting heavily every day.

Usually by August our NE Texas vegetable garden is burned up & gone.but this year I'm still harvesting heavily every day. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Continue reading

Spread the love
  • 18
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 14
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
    37
    Shares

Sun Protection: How To Protect Your Skin Without Sunscreen

by Tammy Taylor~

Working on a ranch means that RancherMan & I are outside day in & day out each & every day working on fences, immunizing calves, mowing the pastures, gardening and more!  Since our jobs require us to be outside all day long we take sun protection very seriously.  Sunscreen is touted to be a safe and effective way to protect your skin from the sun but I don’t like the feel of it on my skin, I don’t like the cost of it and since we’d have to use it so often I don’t like the trash that constantly buying sunscreen would create. (And to be perfectly honest I don’t know how I feel about slathering chemicals on my skin each and every day)  Although sunscreen still has its place in my sun protection arsenal, I recently wrote a piece for Mother Earth News outlining the 7 easy ways that we protect our skin without resorting to sunblock.

Sun Protection: A Mother Earth News article outlining the 7 easy ways to protect your skin from the sun without resorting to sunblock. #TaylorMadeHomestead

(read more)

Save

Save

Save

Save

Spread the love
  • 40
  • 3
  • 6
  • 1
  • 13
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
    64
    Shares