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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.

7 Easy Ways To Reduce Plastic In The Kitchen

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve been on a quest for many years to eliminate as much plastic from our home as I can.  It’s almost impossible – plastic is EVERYWHERE!  So I’ve decided if it’s coming into our home, I’ll USE it in its entirety instead of buying more plastic.  But even then there are ways I’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of plastic that I use in my kitchen.

As much as I hate it, plastic is EVERYWHERE! Come see 7 easy ways I've been able to reduce plastic in our kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

 

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Repurposed Coffee Canister to Store Bulk Flour

by Tammy Taylor~

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I typically buy my flour in 25-lb bags.  I’ll store it in the freezer for at least 24-48 hours just to make sure I’m not bringing home pantry moths.  Yeah, you have those little beasts only once before you make sure you’ll never EVER have them again!

Then as long as I have room I’ll just store it in the freezer.  But I don’t want to drag out a 25-lb bag of flour each time I want to make RancherMan’s favorite Light, Fluffy Sandwich Bread.  So I keep a small supply of flour in my kitchen cabinets.

Another use for a repurposed coffee canister - to store bulk flour. A reusable chalkboard label makes it look nice in my kitchen! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cherry Pie Filling Recipe From Frozen or Canned Cherries

by Tammy Taylor~

The holidays are coming up y’all!  Every holiday gathering – whether Thanksgiving or Christmas – the non-negotiable dishes my family requests of the Taylor Household is that we bring  RancherMan’s Famous Green-Bean Casserole and my sweet, desserty no-cook Cherry Schtuff.  Now in the past I’d simply buy a can of cherry pie filling.  But I was often very disappointed at the abundance of filling and significant lack of actual cherry in those cans.  So these days I’ve found it’s much cheaper and oh-so-much-more delicious to make my own cherry pie filling.  I use either canned or frozen cherries and BOOM!

I've found it's cheaper and more delicious to make my own cherry pie filling using canned or frozen cherries. Plus there's way more actual CHERRIES! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Healthier Double-Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all!  To celebrate the weekend I’m offering a Fall-Back Friday post for you. I’ll Fall-Back into the archives & bring to the surface a post that’s proven very popular with our readers.  But first a little back story: My aunt tries to eat only healthy foods & is careful about what she eats.  But when she came for a visit I still wanted to bake up a sweet treat for her.  She loves chocolate too (I think that MUST run in the family) so I whipped up a batch of double chocolate banana chunk cookies.  It uses the natural sugars in the bananas and a touch of honey to sweeten them.  They’re delicious!

Fall-Back Friday: Healthier double-chocolate banana chunk cookies uses sweetness in the banana and a touch of honey to sweeten. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Food Talk: What Can You Make With THAT?? Chickpeas

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently we were gathered with a few friends and RancherMan overheard me speaking with a friend who was asking about garbanzo beans.  (also known as Chickpeas).  She had some and didn’t know what to do with them.  I was pretty excited about my suggestions and RancherMan had to smile.  Afterward he suggested I do a series of posts about food that people may need suggestions about.  So this is my first of such series and I’m talking about chickpeas.

What Can You Make With Chickpeas?? I share a few ideas of different things I like to make with Chickpeas. Check out this Food Talk! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Delicious Recipes To Preserve Fresh Apples

by Tammy Taylor~

Every year my aunt shares with us the abundance from her very productive apple tree.  She always goes through quite a bit of trouble to make sure I have all the apples I can possibly tote back home! But in the end RancherMan & I hauled back all we could fit into our small car.  I’ll not let any of them go to waste – I set out to preserve all those beautiful apples!  It was a lot of work but after some time in the kitchen preserving them we have plenty of apple deliciousness in the pantry.  Want to see some of the things I was able to do with them?

My aunt shared bushes of apples from her tree, so I sat out to preserve them. Come see my 5 favorite ways to preserve fresh apples. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Why Doesn’t Junior Want Grandma’s Fine China?

by Tammy Taylor~

“I see there’s an estate sale this weekend, do you think we should attend?” I asked RancherMan recently.  As I went over the high-end offerings we got into a pretty deep conversation.  You see, RancherMan & I often have these deep conversations with our morning coffee. We’ve discussed kneeling at the anthem, insurance problems, political tensions, terrorism, racial tensions, generational entitlements, and more.  Nothing’s been off limits.

But today we were talking about the interesting social shift of current generations compared to generations passed.  I wondered what future the estate sales and their higher quality antiquities would hold? Will they continue to attract buyers or would they just eventually disappear?  And why are younger generations not interested in things like fine china or heavy well-made antique furniture?

Newsflash: Junior may not be interested in receiving grandma's fine china. A generation shift might make it harder to pass grandma's finer things to your kids. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Use All Of Your Spray Cleaner

by Tammy Taylor~

Cleaning – we’ve all gotta do it #amiright??!!  My favorite cleaner is much simplified from my younger days.  Back  then I’d prance down the highly-scented cleaning aisle picking up whichever cleaner spray had the most eye-catching label.  But I recently wrote about how cleaning has become complicated.  So my cleaner of choice these days is a repurposed spray bottle with soap & water.  Yep, soap & water!  Cheap and effective.  But sometimes when I’m using that cleaning spray and I’m closer to the bottom of the mixture I have a hard time getting it to spray.  I mean, when you tilt that bottle and the spray nozzle attachment doesn’t reach all the way into the cleaner, whaddya do?

Oh I’m so glad you asked.  Check out this homestead hack, y’all.

When I get to the bottom of the cleaning spray bottle I have a hard time getting it to spray. Check out this easy HOMESTEAD HACK! #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

Baked Apple Pie Tortilla Rolls

by Tammy Taylor~

Although almost most of our meals are cooked from scratch.  Sometimes off-the-homestead commitments results in me being unprepared for supper. But in all honesty since I use the cook-once, eat-twice method of cooking, I almost always have a main dish in the freezer for such occasions.

So I served thick charcoal-grilled ham slices, steamed carrots with butter & fresh rosemary and a serving of coleslaw.  The grilled ham slices were simply pulled from the freezer & the steamed carrots were remaining from yesterday’s meal and the coleslaw was in the fridge. So a delicious homemade supper was on the table in a flash. But when I take so many shortcuts for one meal I typically try to make a dessert for that handsome man of mine to make up for the meager offerings. It doesn’t help to make a quick supper if dessert takes lots of time.   I still needed a quick dessert option.  Hey, I know, I’ll use some homemade apple pie filling & a few tortillas to make baked apple pie tortilla rolls!

Need dessert in a flash? With apple pie filling & flour tortillas you can make baked apple pie tortilla rolls. No recipe is even needed! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Rehydrating & Enjoying Previously-Dehydrated Carrots

by Tammy Taylor~

Remember recently I ended up with a boatload of fresh carrots?  Now there was no way to consume that many carrots before they went bad.  So I was frantically sharing as many as I could with friends, family & neighbors but there were Still.  So.  Many.  Carrots.

So I dehydrated a huge bunch of them so I could enjoy them all winter long in our hot soups & stews. (you can read about dehydrating carrots here) These dehydrated carrots look awesome in my pantry in shining glass jars.  And they take no additional energy to store such as a refrigerator or freezer.  But I wanted to know how they would taste if I reconstituted them to enjoy as a veggie side dish.  Let’s check it out, shall we?

 

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