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April Garden: Planting At Last! **Plus FREE Seed Giveaway!**

by Tammy Taylor~

I have to get my hands in the soil, y’all.  I don’t know what it is, just a part of me.  I don’t necessarily enjoy garden planning or bed preparations.  I don’t relish in the toils of actually planting.  I certainly don’t like hands-and-knees weeding.  And standing out there watering on a hot Texas summer day?  Ugh.  But gardening is something that I must do every year nonetheless.  It’s not an option.  It’s just embedded deep into my soul.  There’s something special about growing your own food.  You realize the toils that went into that tomato.  And you can delight at the special taste of it because it was picked at the peak of freshness & served with supper 10 minutes later, #amiright? I’ve been preparing the garden for weeks. And I’ve planted the indoor greenhouse with my heirloom seeds and now, now at last!  It’s time to plant!

Spring is here, in NE Texas it's time to get busy in the vegetable garden! Come see the progress in my April garden update. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Adding Temporary Protection For Wild Rabbit’s Nest

by Tammy Taylor~

Planting time is almost here & I’ve been in my veggie garden a lot lately.  A LOT!  Unfortunately with all my coming & going I accidentally left the garden gate open for a few days.  In a golden moment of opportunity, a mama rabbit got into the garden, made a nest and had babies.  As I was clearing away some mulch I first saw some fur balled up.  As I tenderly checked deeper I found a rabbit’s nest. It’s my fault, that’s what I get for leaving the gate open!  

A Rabbit's Nest Guard to protect the baby kits from our Mini-Schnauzer's instincts until they're old enough to fend for themselves! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fluffy, Delicious, Jalapeno/Cheese Yeast Bread Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

When we recently traveled to west Texas to visit my aunt, she picked up a couple of loaves of our favorite jalapeno cheese bread for us to enjoy while we were there. I told her that every time we visit & enjoy that delicious bread I get the idea to come home & bake up bread with jalapenos & cheese.  But it’s just not the same because I’m usually making biscuits or flavored beer bread & not a fluffy yeast bread.

So recently when I was baking RancherMan his favorite sandwich bread I made one into a jalapeno cheese bread.  It was as simple as rolling it out, sprinkling chopped previously-frozen jalapenos from the freezer and some grated jalapeno muenster cheese given to us by a very sweet friend before rolling the dough into a loaf. But did it work?

I Use My Standard Fluffy, Delicious, Sandwich Bread Recipe To Make A Spicy Jalapeno-Cheese Bread Version. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Fire Danger: Locked Doors? Blocked Exits? SAY SOMETHING!!

by Tammy Taylor

RancherMan & I were running errands in a nearby town recently and we decided to stop for a quick bite to eat.  It was raining and there were rivers of water running through the parking lot, so a close parking spot was nowhere to be found.  We parked at the end of the building and made a run for the doors.  As we finally reached the doors drenched from the rain, RancherMan leaned forward to open the door for me as he always does.  “PLUNK“.  The door was locked.  OMGosh for the love of PETE – someone please help this make sense for me. Why oh why do so many business have TWO doors to their establishments only to have one locked at all times??  And we’ve even run across some businesses that post a permanent sign to inform patrons to use the other door! WHY?? (smh)

Please Use Other Door Why businesses have TWO doors to their establishments only to have one locked at all times is a mystery. This is a fire safety issue! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Easier Deviled Eggs – No Mess!

by Tammy Taylor~

This time of year our thoughts turned to boild eggs colored brightly for Easter.  You’ll be seeing (and being requested to bring) deviled eggs to many gatherings to make good use out of all those boiled eggs.  Now in the olden days I’d be trying to scoop that deviled egg filling into the halves of the whites and try my best not to make a mess.  But make a mess I did.  Every.  Stinkin’.  Time!  But several years ago I read about an easy shortcut to take the drudgery out of filling those deviled eggs.  Oh yeah, check out this easy Homestead Hack.

I've learned an easy, mess-free way to make deviled eggs. I can't believe I spent so many years making them the hard way! Check out this Homestead Hack, y'all. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Leftover Biscuit Dough? Make Cinnamon Rolls!

by Tammy Taylor~

I tried unsuccessfully for years to make delicious homemade biscuits for RancherMan.  When I say unsuccessfully, I mean they always turned out too dry & crumbly.  Or with not enough flavor.  Or just plain blahhhhh….  But I’ve finally stumbled upon the secret of delicious, moist, flavorful homemade biscuits!  I make them often for RancherMan and sometimes I put jalapenos & cheese in them too!

But recently I was serving him breakfast in bed for his birthday and he requested eggs, bacon, gravy and homemade biscuits.  As I rolled them out I found I had some dough leftover (as I always do!) Usually I’ll cut them into more biscuits and place them on a piece of aluminum foil to cook right alongside the others.  But I wonder if I could make something different with this small amount of leftover biscuit dough.  I wonder if I can sweeten it & make a few cinnamon rolls?  Hummm…

I take the scrap dough from homemade biscuits & make a small pan of cinnamon rolls. They bake right alongside my biscuits! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Destructive Pests: Trapping Wild Hogs

by Tammy Taylor~

We have a wild hog problem here in NE Texas.  Bad.  So bad in fact that there’s no official ‘season’ for hunting them because they’re such an invasive, destructive nuisance. Their sheer numbers are astonishing. They come through like a cloud, leaving nothing but tilled ground & deep holes behind them. Terrible!   So terrible that the game warden says you can hunt them at any time, day or night at any time, any season. 

Wild hogs are destructive & plentiful. But they're just escaped domestic pigs - they're pork! See how we successfully trap them #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy Low-Tech Way To Kill Weeds

by Tammy Taylor~

Something with a single long taproot seeded itself prolifically in my front ‘flower bed’ last year. Now that spring is just around the corner, they all sprouted with a vengeance!  So that it doesn’t become a bigger problem I started digging out the plants that I could reach.  But I was dismayed to see how thickly they were sprouting in my rock feature at the downspout.  That digging stick wasn’t as effective in the rocks as it was in the soil.  And ugh, my aching back.  What a pain!

 

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5 Ways a Smart Phone Helps on the Homestead

by Tammy Taylor~

Although we now enjoy smart phone capabilities, RancherMan & I resisted getting one for quite a long time.  We just couldn’t justify the cost of it, including the increased cost for data usage.  We kept saying to ourselves “I only need a phone for calls, not for text or surfing the net!”  Everyone told us once we did get a smart phone we’d wonder how we ever got along without it.  But still we resisted.  For years!  Then it happened, my brother was upgrading and he gave us his old iPhone 3GS.  Well, if the phone is FREE, maybe we should check it out & see what all the buzz is about.

Yeah, they were right – several years down the road and we’re certainly wondering how we ever got by without it!  But it’s not just for fun or convenience reasons, there are several ways having a smart phone has been really helpful on the homestead.

A Smart Phone is certainly convenient, but here are 5 ways they're extremely helpful on the homestead too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Repurposing Empty Feed Sacks In The Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is on its way, y’all!  I’ve already planted up my Indoor Greenhouse with my heirloom seeds.  That way I’ll be able to put seedlings in the ground come spring.  And I’ve also been out in the garden preparing it for planting too.  If you’ll remember, last year we divided our fenced-in garden area in half.  In one half we still have the garden, although we ripped up our raised beds.  In the other half we placed our chicken run.  It’s been an awesome and very positive change.  But now it’s time to get in & prep the garden for a new planting season.  I’m a big fan of repurposing items wherever possible using my battle cry “Use Whatcha Got!  See how I use these empty heavy-paper feed sacks

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