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About Taylor-Made Homestead

Taylor-Made Homestead is located in Northeast Texas. This blog reflects our desire to live gently on the land – gardening, home cooking, food preservation, solar cooking, saving money, etc.

Homestead Hack: Saving Your Fingernails When Cleaning

by Tammy Taylor~

We’ve all been there.  You scrub & scrub your stove but that tiny little stuck-on piece is being stubborn.  You scratch at it with your fingernail to dry to dislodge it.  But since your hands have been in the water, those fingernails don’t have the same ooomph as when they’re dry.  So you continue to scrub instead.  But I’m all for not spending more time cleaning that necessary.  And sometimes the easiest solution to a problem is also the simplest.  Check out this handy Homestead Hack.  Use Whatcha Got!

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Keeping the JOY in Christmas

by Tammy Taylor~

I love Christmas!  There, I’ve said it.  I really do.  Of course as a Christian, the celebration of the birth of Christ is deeply meaningful for me.  And there’s the festive decorations adorning our small tree.  I even add edible ornaments (ie: candy canes).  So if the grandbabies visit they’re welcome to eat our Christmas decorations.  LOL

I love gathering with our extended family who have always been a close-knit group. Whichever family member is hosting Christmas in any given year has only to provide some of the food.  We each bring our favorites to contribute to the meal.  That way no one family is burdened with doing everything themselves.  But even with all this seasonal joy I find myself falling into a dark funk sometimes. Maybe you do too?

 

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2014 – Top 10 Homesteading Posts

by Tammy Taylor~

Last week I shared with you the top 10 most popular posts from 2013.  It was the year I started this little ole blog of mine at RancherMan’s insistence.  Back then it helped to keep my mind busy while my body healed from breast-cancer surgery.  But I loved it and continued on even after my doc gave me the go-ahead to return to ranch work.  Now let’s take a look at 2014.  That year our top most popular posts included my homemade biscuit recipe, tips on decluttering, the very first ‘Use Whatcha Got’ post and more.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this compilation of the top 10 most popular posts from 2014.  Be sure to tune in next week when we take a blast-from-the-past journey to 2015!

2014 - Top 10 most popular post including my homemade biscuit recipe, tips on decluttering, the very first 'Use Whatcha Got' post and more! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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MYO Chalkboard Labels For 2-Part Canning Lids

by Tammy Taylor~

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So I love to dehydrate food.  My pantry is filled with gleaming jars of dehydrated produce.  I’ve got sliced and diced carrots, sliced & diced onions, squash, okra and more.  Pretty much anything I’ve grown in my garden I’ve dehydrated.  I’ve turned into quite the dehydrating queen since obtaining my *Excalibur Dehydrator.  Heck those 9 huge trays let me dehydrate so much more than I ever could before!  When that produce is dehydrated I place them in clean jars in the pantry.  I wanted to have chalkboard labels for my jars.

Chalkboard Labels on jars in the pantry. I wanted chalkboard labels for the top of my storage jars. But I found a way to make them myself for CHEAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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8 Great Gifts For Your Environmentally-Aware Friends

by Tammy Taylor~

It seems everyone wants to tread a little lighter on the earth – I love that!  Are you searching for environmentally-friendly gifts for your friends?  Handmade items are all the rage this year.  If you just don’t have time to make homemade soap or natural beeswax food wraps you can find many handmade gift options at our Online store, and I’d be honored if you’d hop in & check it out.  But below are other sustainable gift ideas for your green-minded friends and family.

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Top 10 Homesteading Posts Of The Year: 2013

by Tammy Taylor~

I can’t believe I’ve had this little ole blog of mine since 2013.  It’s been a blast for me y’all!  And I’m so humbled and truly thank you – my beloved readers – for strolling this simple-living path with me.  To celebrate the end of the year I thought it would be fun to do a ‘Best-Of’ series of the top 10 posts for each year of the blog.  Yep, the top 10 posts for each year brought right here  in one nice neat package for you to enjoy.

Let’s start with 2013, shall we?  Oh the fun we had that year – all about saving energy with solar screens, my favorite cast-iron-skillet-cornbread recipe and my STILL all-time most popular post, Honeysuckle Jelly.  Come see it all, dear friends.  Next week I’ll share the 10 most popular posts from 2014!

Come see my top 10 Homesteading and Simple-Living Posts of 2013. All the best posts that year, grouped together just for you! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Paper Napkins in a Paperless Kitchen

by Tammy Taylor~

Long, long ago I gave up disposable paper napkins in our home.  We’ve used cloth napkins exclusively since the kids were babies.  Then over a decade ago I was finally able to wean RancherMan off paper towels too.  I keep him supplied in plenty of repurposed rags to take their place.

But you know, there are times when a paper napkin would really come in handy.  Especially if you have guests who desire a more disposable option.  You know, for when they look at you wide-eyed and exclaim in disbelief: “Really?  You have NO paper napkins??!!” Yes, I’ve actually had this happen before – more than once!  LOL

So in order to have disposable paper napkins on hand for those moments do I go against my environmental bend?  Do I take a deep breath & purchase a pack of plastic-wrapped disposable paper napkins anyway?  Nope.  Come see this easy ‘why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before’ moment.  Use whatcha got, y’all!

Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen?? Oh yeah, it's easily possible y'all. Come check out this handy Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays??

by Tammy Taylor~

This time of year we often see shouting from different sides of the fence about the holidays.  Some are incensed that someone would dare take Christ out of the holiday, some are angry that someone is pushing for only homemade gifts while others are angry that some families like to shop for their Christmas gifts.  I find this puzzling and oftentimes very much counter to the season itself.  A season that typically promotes feelings of joy & peace.  You may not celebrate your holidays the way your neighbor does, and that’s OK!

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? This year what a beautiful thing it would be to celebrate the season with the best gift of all: LOVE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Christmas Season Roundup – Reduce Stress & Enjoy The Holiday!

by Tammy Taylor~

OMGosh y’all, I’m stuffed!  Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving as much as RancherMan & I did??  I love the holidays, we like to fill them with all the warm-fuzzies the holiday offers and encircle ourselves with the love of family.  But now Thanksgiving is over & it’s time to set our sights on Christmas #canyoubelieveit?

I know, I know, it’s easy to get overwhelmed during the Christmas holiday.  Today I’m sharing my Christmas-Idea roundup.  Not only thoughts for dealing with gifts but also holiday decorations, wrapping and even how to deal with the stress of it all.  Grab a cup of coffee & come check it out, y’all!  I promise you’ll find something that speaks to you.

It's easy to get overwhelmed during Christmas. I'm sharing thoughts about how to deal with the stress of it all for a more peaceful & beautiful holiday! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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