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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.

Fall-Back Friday: Don’t Worry, Compost Doesn’t Stink!

by Tammy Taylor~

So you’ve set your New Year’s Resolutions (or New Year’s Goals) and now you’re all gung-ho to do better this year.  And maybe, just maybe one of your goals is to finally start that compost pile you’ve been meaning to start.  I mean, what’s not to love?  It reduces the ‘smell’ in your kitchen trash can because food’s not sitting in there for several days.  And it makes compost.  COMPOST!  You know, the stuff you typically drive to the store and plunk down your hard-earned money to buy in a big plastic (ugh) bag and then schlep home.

Your gut feeling is right – making it yourself is cheaper, uses your kitchen waste and DOESN’T come entombed in plastic.  All the way around, good for the environment, good for your garden and good for your budget #amiright??!  But you newbie composters may worry and think to yourself “If you’re rotting food scraps, doesn’t that stink??!”  Well worry not, dear readers.  Today’s Fall-Back Friday post brings that popular post back to the surface to ease your mind.  Check it out!

Are you new to composting? Do you worry it's going to stink? Worry not - check out this Fall-Back Friday post about composting. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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New Year’s Goal: Quick & Easy Decluttering Of The Utensil Drawer

by Tammy Taylor~

Many times part of your New-Year’s Goals is to declutter.  I know many various decluttering tasks are certainly sprinkled liberally in my monthly New Year’s Goals!  One area that has been sorely needful of decluttering is my utensil drawer.

Now out of financial necessity and environmental sensitivity, I’m in my kitchen cooking from scratch daily.  So much cooking necessitates the right tools to get the job done.  (Plus let’s be honest, I’m a kitchen-utensil junkie.  eh hemmmmm!)  So when RancherMan & I were unloading the dishwasher one day he half-teasingly mentioned the state of the utensil drawer.  I knew something had to give!

Decluttering The Kitchen Utensil Drawer! This has improved the efficiency in my kitchen megafold and was the quickest & easiest decluttering task yet. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Bake Apple Pie In Single-Serve Canning Jars

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently RancherMan & I invited the folks over for supper.  It was going to be unseasonably warm and we had some grilling meat in the freezer.  I’d planned to roast some fresh vegetables with flavored olive oil for a delightful, quick & easy side. (be sure to read how I remade the leftover steak into a new meal!)  But my dad always comments that he thinks it’s cool that I typically make a dessert when they come over for supper, so I’m always sure to make something sweet too.  But what? Hummmm… I know!  I’d canned some apple pie filling and have several shining jars of it in the pantry.  But I’d hate to make a whole apple pie since there will only be 4 of us.  I wonder if I can make single-serving pies in canning jars…

I wanted apple pie for a dinner party I was hosting. I baked them up in individual wide-mouth canning jars. They were delicious and oh-so-cute! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fast Food: Remaking Leftover Steak & Veggies

by Tammy Taylor~

Keeping the grocery budget low & eliminating waste is important in the Taylor household.  Oftentimes that means Planned Leftovers.  But sometimes it’s just making Fast Food by reworking leftovers into a brand new dish.

When it’s time to plan a meal I typically look at what I have to be used and build a meal around that.  That way there’s no food waste.  And if I’m using leftovers, the bulk of the meal has already been cooked.  All that’s left is to do is to think outside the box and use a little leftover magic.  Bibbidy-Bobbidy-BOO – let’s see what we can do!

What do you do with leftover steak? Come see my Fast-Food solution of making a new dinner of beef tips & noodles with those leftovers. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Hiding Ugly Planters in Winter

by Tammy Taylor~

It was gonna get into the low 20’s overnight so I brought in 6 plants I’d had outside.  At least they’d be safe from the cold.  But they were planted in repurposed red plastic coffee cans. I needed to put them at a southern window in our guest bedroom.  But ugh, such ugly planters for inside! Check out this easy Homestead Hack for making it all look nicer…  Use Whatcha Got!

When you bring your plants inside for the winter, are you embarrassed by ugly planters? I was! See this Homestead Hack for hiding ugly planters when you bring your plants inside for the winter. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cute But Inexpensive Diaper Wreath for a Baby Girl

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve written before about making a diaper wreath for our neighbor’s baby shower.  The gift was well received and was used for decoration during the shower and also decoration in the nursery before the baby was born.  But now my little niece & her hubby were expecting their first baby – a baby girl.  I really wanted to make a diaper wreath for them as well.  They loved it, and I think it turned out cute.

Cute Diaper Wreath Gift For Baby. This gift didn't cost much money but it was hand-made with much love. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Velvety Chocolaty Homemade Hot Cocoa

by Tammy Taylor~

I think January is one of the coldest months of the year.  Here in NE Texas we don’t really get cold in November.  And the first part of December it’s not unusual to be wearing shorts.  By the end of December we get what we consider cold weather, but oh January!  Now I don’t know about you, but when those cold winds blow I like to be inside with a warm fire going, a nice warm lap blanket and schnoodled up on the couch watching movies.  RancherMan & I enjoy a hot steaming cup of hot cocoa too.  Now the powdered stuff tastes good enough I guess, but it’s no comparison to the homemade version.  And it’s quick & easy too.  Just make a chocolate syrup using cocoa, sugar & cold coffee, add the milk and voila!

Quick & Easy Homemade Chocolate Hot Cocoa #TaylorMadeHomestead

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New Year’s Goal: OPT OUT of All That Junk Mail!

by Tammy Taylor~

So a brand new year has begun and there are many resolutions & goals we’re all busy jotting down.  Resolutions & goals making does get a bad rap sometimes, but who doesn’t want their lives to be just a little better than the year before?  I don’t do resolutions since they’re typically so hard to complete.  Read my New Year’s Goals Steps to see what I do instead.  But today I’m focusing on one of the all-year-long goals I have – maybe you do too?

I hate junk mail.  A Lot.  Sure you can typically recycle it, but it’s disheartening how much recycling actually ends up in the landfill even after being sent of to be recycled. Plus it’s a colossal financial waste for those advertising companies as well – I’m never going to buy their goods anyway.  So these days I’m more keenly focused on stopping that junk from hitting my mailbox in the first place.  Thankfully it’s easy.  Come see.

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How To Make Gift Boxes With Repurposed Greeting Cards

by Tammy Taylor~

Those beautiful holiday cards! They all come in for weeks and are displayed for their beauty until after the holidays are over.  Then what?  Whelp, I’m not throwing them away – what a waste.  These days I’m turning them into small gift boxes.  Now isn’t that the ultimate repurposing in action?

Repurposing powers: UNITE! 

Come see how easy this is, y’all…

After the holidays what do you do with those beautiful Christmas cards? Save them! You can repurpose greeting cards to cute gift boxes! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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