Fall-Back Friday: Depression-Era Crazy Cake!

by Tammy Taylor~

What a fun, eventful week we’ve had – seems baby calves are popping out everywhere these days!  But we finally made it to Friday #canIgetaHallelujah??!!  So to celebrate this fine day I’ll fall-back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular with our readers in the past.  Oh and let me tell ya you’re gonna love this one too – Depression-Era CRAZY CAKE.  Crazy cake recipes were popular during the great depression when eggs, milk & butter were oh-so-hard to come by.  But just because ingredients were scarce doesn’t mean they didn’t whip up a little sumpin’-sumpin’ sweet for their family’s dinner table from time to time.  Enter this depression-era chocolate crazy cake recipe.   Yep that’s right, no butter, no milk, no eggs – heck not even a mixing bowl!  You’re gonna love this!  You’re welcome.

Fall-Back Friday: Depression-Era Chocolate CRAZY CAKE! Yep that's right, no butter, no milk, no eggs - heck not even a mixing bowl! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently I wrote about the benefit of planned leftovers.  That’s the method of cooking when you purposely cook more of an item than you will eat at one time, then bibbidy-bobbedy-boo presto-changeo remake the leftovers into brand new and delicious recipes.  Most recently I cooked a huge pork roast in not one, not two but THREE slow cookers.  Yeah, that roast really was was that big! I planned to remake the leftovers into new dishes later in the week.  I’ll be sure to share some of the fun recipes I made such as Carnitas Tacos, Pulled-Pork Enchiladas and more, but today I’m sharing the quickest & most basic delicious leftover idea: a Hearty Stew!

Planned Leftovers remade into the quickest meal possible - a hearty meat/veggie stew. Check out this Homestead Hack. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Chicken Pen In The Garden Is Best Of Both Worlds!

by Tammy Taylor~

Last year RancherMan & I decided that housing our free-range hens in the coop of our 1880’s barn just wasn’t protecting them.  Oh they were safe in the coop overnight, but when we let them out to free range each morning, predators were taking the entire flock time & time again.  We needed a modified free-range setup.  So we decided we’d amend our garden to include the chickens.  But our fenced garden offered some layout challenges.  I recently wrote a piece for Mother Earth News, come see how we were able to successfully incorporate the chickens into our garden area.  We have been able to protect the chickens from predators as well as the garden from the chickens.

Combining chicken pen w/veggie garden in a modified free-range setup protects chickens from predators & the garden from the chickens #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned leftovers: Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve written before about how I love the Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking and of course its close relative the Planned Leftovers method too.  With Cook-Once Eat-Twice cooking you might cook several meatloaves or stuffed peppers so you can freeze it for the same entree later.  With Planned Leftovers you cook much more than you’ll eat at one meal so you can remake the leftovers into something completely new and delicious.  I wrote recently about cooking mucho quantities of pork roast to use for planned leftovers.  But today I’ll share the planned leftovers I enjoyed from a recent Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken I made.

Planned Leftovers: Use leftover chicken, a few dried out corn tortillas, a few cans of veggies to make delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Many Flowers Makes For A More Beautiful Bouquet

by Tammy Taylor~

All the ugliness I see on the news makes my heart sink. We each have the right to feel the way we do. I may not agree with you, and you may not agree with me and here’s a secret: That’s OK!!

But I wish we could all practice a little more tolerance for opinions that differ from our own and show a little more love toward our fellow humans. What a wonderful world it would be!

Let's show kindness & tolerance for others whose opinions may not exactly mirror our own. Remember: Many Flowers Makes For A Beautiful Bouquet! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 Quick & Easy Ways To Repurpose Denim

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan goes through his Wrangler jeans pretty frequently.  Between barbed-wire nicks and kneeling at the cattle chute wearing out the knees, sooner or later those jeans are no longer fit to wear. But all is not wasted –  I love all things denim!  So I’ve asked him to save those worn jeans for me.  There are several things I like to do with that sturdy denim material.  Come see!

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The Absolute Most Popular Blog Post For Each Year

Here we are in a bright, shiny new year.  I hope all of you had an awesome 2016 and are looking forward with eagerness to the possibilities that 2017 holds. RancherMan & I have many exciting things to look forward to in ’17!  I’m thinking about opening an Etsy shop for some of the homemade soaps we make and maybe some of the repurposed denim crafts I do.  Perhaps even a few crosses made from the 1880’s barbed wire that we still have in places on our property.

But since we’re on the cusp of a brand new year I thought it would be fun to share with you the single most popular post in each year since I’ve been writing this little ole blog of mine.

Sharing with you the single most popular post in each year since I've been writing this little ole blog of mine. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I’m a big fan of planned leftovers.  Similar to Cook-Once, Eat-Twice, planned-leftover cooking is where you purposely cook more than you plan on eating at one sitting so you can use the leftovers in different dishes later.  One of my favorite foods to use when I’m purposely planning for leftovers is pork roast.  I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious roast with carrots & potatoes for supper?  Then it’s easy to turn that leftover meat into other dishes for other suppers.  So I often cook a large enough roast to assure I have plenty leftover meat for future meals.

I like to cook with planned leftovers in mind. Recently I cooked up a huge pork roast in a slow cooker. See what I have planned. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all! Today I’ll celebrated Friday by sharing a Fall-Back Friday post with you.  Fall-Back Friday is when I fall back into the archives and bring to the surface a post that’s proved popular in the past.  Today it’s all about finances.  I’m sure we all know someone that is struggling financially right now.  Some because they went a little overboard during the holidays but some are struggling due to circumstances completely unforeseen & out of their control.  Financial adjustments must be made sooner rather than later.   Today I’m sharing some ideas on how to save money when financial times turn tough unexpectedly.

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Ranching: A Good Life, But A HARD Life!

by Tammy Taylor~

What we do on this ranch is our livelihood, our means of supporting ourselves. It’s a wonderful life, yet certainly a hard one. Prudent business decisions have to be made every day. If they’re the wrong decisions, we don’t get paid.  Period.  Bills don’t get paid nor groceries bought. There’s no gray area on the pay scale when you’re self employed.  No mistakes are financially free – no mulligans!  Don’t get me wrong, like I said it’s a wonderful life filled with many delights.  But it can be hard too.

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