Solar Cooking: Hard-Boiled Eggs In The Solar Oven

by Tammy Taylor~

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I love my solar oven.  I’ve said it time & time again, I hate to fire up my electric oven during the heat & humidity of our Texas summers.  Not only does it cost fuel for the stove to operate, but boiling eggs adds even more heat inside our home.  That requires our air conditioning to work overtime cooling it back down, therefore costing even more money.

Several years ago I bought a solar oven and I absolutely love it!  What a great item in your Emergency Preparedness toolbox! Then at a Mother Earth News Fair I attended a few years ago, a solar-cooking seminar presenter told us how easy it was to cook ‘hard-boiled’ whole eggs in the solar oven without even using water.  Color me intrigued!

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5 Things I Did This Week To Save Money & The Environment

by Tammy Taylor~

We all wanna be gentle on the earth, right?  I mean c’mon, none of us open our sleepy eyes, stretch & yawn and stumble to the kitchen to sip our coffee while quietly contemplating how to single-handedly destroy the earth!  But sometimes the big picture is just so…  BIG“What could I possibly do to make a difference?” you might wonder.  Or you may have no idea just where to start.

Well let me tell you, it’s easy to start right where you are! Remember it’s the many little things you do every day that come together to make something big.  And here’s a very pleasant surprise – it often saves you a little cold, hard cash too!  Take my week for instance, here are 5 easy things I’ve done this week to save some money and the environment too!

Save money & the environment too! Here are 5 easy things I've done this week to save some money and the environment too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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What Is The Definition Of ‘Mother’? Oh I’ve Learned Some Lessons About Motherhood!

by Tammy Taylor~

Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! I’ve learned some important lessons about being a mom.  I have an amazing mother whose wisdom and guidance gave  me the tools to become a loving mom myself.  She was firm in her expectations of each of her children.  We were to respect each other and always respect our parents.  Honesty and integrity were important parts of our character.  She taught us the love of God and the ability to see situations from the other’s perspective.

As important as those lessons are, mom is still teaching me today.  You see, mom isn’t just needed to bandaid a boo-boo, make sure we’re properly fed or set guidelines.  Mom is needed throughout life.  They continue to guide us and teach us to be a better person – more loving, caring, accepting and wise as the years go by.

So I learned that moms who love their children don't necessarily give birth to them. I knew that these two girls had their own biological mom to love and adore them. My maternal feelings for them didn't compete with nor diminish hers, but augmented it! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Ft. Worth, Texas – Big Fun In Cowtown!

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I often get together with my siblings and their spouses and go away for a fun vacation.  We’re running off together typically on a long weekend once or twice a year. I love that our family is still that close!  We’ve been to many various places, mostly within the great state of Texas but also out to New Mexico.  We’re even planning a cruise together.

On this occasion we conceded that our lives were all too busy to get away for a long period of time.  But we still needed to plan a fun getaway.  Family is important!  So we decided to stay close to home & go all touristy in Ft. Worth, Texas.

OMGosh what a great idea!  I’ve lived in the Dallas area almost all my life, so of course I’ve been to Ft. Worth many times.  But it was always to drive to a specific location or event, never to stay & play.  Now this is gonna be fun!

We took a vacation in Ft. Worth, Texas. Cattle drives, Water Gardens & more! Come see all we did! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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How I Eliminated Sorting Socks In My Clean Laundry

by Tammy Taylor~

You know how it is, you do laundry and at the end of it all there’s Mt Socks.  Blue ones, red ones, white and black ones.  There are socks with stripes & geometric patterns.  Sorting them to match is always a struggle for me.  Some look aaaaaaalmost the same, but they’re not. Ugh.

You try to pair them up but there’s always (and I mean always) one sock of a pair missing.  I swear it’s like the washing machine is toying with you by playing hide-n-seek with that one sock.  You set it aside hoping the mate will show the next time laundry is done but it doesn’t.  Nor the next.  Nor…  Oh how I hate sorting socks!

So although I’m a huge ‘Use Whatcha Got’ fan, eliminating this maddening frustration for me is something I’m willing to do to save my sanity.  Read on, dear friends.

Do you hate sorting socks? I do! But I've found an easy way to eliminate that bag of mis-matched pairs and to streamline sorting socks on laundry day. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Throwback Thursday: Use Those Clover Blossoms Deliciously!

by Tammy Taylor~

The clover is blooming!  Now our bees love it of course, but these days I’m collecting those fragrant blooms and using it to make a sweet treat.  Clover-Blossom Jelly.  Really??!!   Yeah, really.  And it’s so easy too.  To celebrate Throwback Thursday I’ll share the easy instructions with you.  You’re welcome!

Clover-Blossom Jelly #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make Homemade Tri-Colored Pasta Noodles

by Tammy Taylor~

I remember when I first found out how easy homemade pasta is to make.  Now pasta purists typically use a special pasta flour called semolina.  And of course when I first started making homemade pasta I did too.  But y’all know I’m far from a purist with anything, especially in the kitchen!  I want quick, easy & delicious without special ingredients.  So I now just typically use plain ole all-purpose flour for my homemade pasta noodles and they always turn out great!

Flour – salt – egg – water and BOOM! 

Now don’t tell anyone else how easy it really is – people always seem to be impressed to find out that someone makes their own pasta!  So don’t rat me out, m’kay??  Pinky swear??

Recently I decided I’d try to make colored/flavored pasta using powdered dehydrated vegetables from my garden last year.  I knew I had dehydrated Malabar Spinach in the pantry, and dehydrated carrots too!  Come see what I did.

I love homemade pasta, but I wanted tri-colored pasta. So to my usual pasta dough recipe I added dehydrated & powdered spinach or carrots, leaving 1/3 plain. Delicious! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Solar Light Feature Using Aged Bois D’Arc Wood

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know that by making our gifts ourselves, RancherMan & I just feel we’re sharing our love more fully.  Yes it takes much more time & effort than just going out & buying something, but to us the effort’s well worth it. We make our own Christmas gifts and I often bring fresh-cut flowers from our homestead to loved ones in the hospital.  The gifts are always well received and the flowers are always gorgeous.  And a little bit of our hearts are always wrapped up in those gifts!

Recently RancherMan & I sat out to make a special gift for our daughter & son-in-law-to-be.   We wanted something beautiful that was also functional and personalized just for them.  Hummmmm…  They both love nature and are interested in woodworking, so we put on our thinking caps and came up with a great idea.  A solar light feature!

Rustic solar light feature using old, aged Bois D'Arc wood and rustic old barbed wire, metal elephant embellishment & decorative solar light. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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I Love Mother Nature, That’s Why I Recycle LESS!

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know I have an environmental bend.  Back in my fledgling environmental days I was pretty darn proud that my recycling bin was full while my landfill-bound trash bin was only half filled.  A badge of environmental pride!  And recycling is good, don’t get me wrong.

But recycling is still dealing with trash.

And I was shocked to find out the recycling that you diligently separate & send off often ends up at the landfill anyway.  (gasp!) So these days I’m actually recycling LESS and helping Mother Nature much MORE!

Why I Recycle LESS. Yes I love Mother Nature, but I've found by recycling less I'm not only saving lots of money, I'm saving the environment too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Garden Update: April

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know I have to have my hands in the dirt.  Wanna know a secret? I don’t really enjoy gardening (I know, REALLY??! gasp!)  But it’s true. I don’t enjoy the planting, weeding, watering, maintenance, etc.  But I really love the harvesting and that makes it all worth the toil.

Harvesting fresh veggies from my own garden minutes before supper is healthier than veggies traveling all those miles to get to my supper table. Plus food this fresh just tastes better!  And I’ve often said that planting a garden is like growing your own money.  Pounds & pounds of fresh, organic produce for just the price of a small packet of heirloom seeds?  Yes please!

Wanna see how my garden is doing?  C’mon in, I’ll share my April garden update!

April Garden Update. I've had some powerful setbacks to planting my veggie garden this month! Come see how I overcame the adversity. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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