Independence Day!

by Tammy Taylor~

As we celebrate the Independence of our beloved country, let's pause and remember: It's the Land of the Free BECAUSE of The Brave! A hearty Taylor-Made "THANK YOU" goes out to all who have served our country, both past & present. #TaylorMadeHomestead

As we celebrate the Independence of our beloved country, let’s pause and remember:

It’s the Land of the Free

BECAUSE of The Brave!

A hearty Taylor-Made “THANK YOU” goes out to all who have served our country, both past & present.

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Repurposing Coffee Canisters – Removing The Print

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve written before about repurposing those handy empty coffee canisters to a new life.  They’ve been used in my garden to simplify chores, and I’ve painted them & planted in them for my patio.  And those painted canisters make a cute presentation when I want to share plants with friends too.  But recently I had a foodsy-type repurpose I wanted to do with them.

Since I would be using them for storing food I didn’t want to paint the canister.  I dunno, it’s probably fine, but I worried about whether with repeated use the paint might fleck off or even get mixed in with our food.  For whatever reason, I wanted to leave the canister unpainted.  But removing the print proved to be more difficult than I thought.  Scrubbing the canister, using nail polish remover, paint thinner – even a straight-edge blade wouldn’t remove that print!  Hummmm…  this is going to take a little more investigation…

Removing The Print On An Empty Coffee Canister.  I like to repurpose those coffee canisters, but how do you remove the print? It was more complicated than I thought.  #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Healthy Sugar-Free ‘Ice Cream’ Made With Frozen Fruit

by Tammy Taylor

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Recently we were honored to have a guest poster, Ashley share her experience of going through a full month with No.  Refined.  Sugar!  In her post about going through Week Two of that challenge she shared with us a quick & easy hot-weather treat – Healthy Sugar-Free ‘Ice Cream’ made with frozen bananas and berries.  Check out this recipe for a nice cool treat on a hot summer’s day that’s actually GOOD for you…

Healthy Frozen 'Ice Cream' Treat Using frozen berries & bananas. It's creamy like ice cream and the flavors are endless. Curious? Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: How To Keep Track Of Gift Card Balances

by Tammy Taylor~

Gift Cards, we all love ’em!  RancherMan & I receive gift cards as gifts sometimes.  Many of our family & friends say since we don’t like lots of ‘stuff’, a restaurant gift card is a good option.  We agree!  Going to a restaurant for a meal is a treat for us since we don’t get to do it often.  We have a collection of gift cards.  Some are for restaurants, some are for home improvement stores, etc.  We keep them in a small leather pouch in our glove box. That way when we’re out & about we can stop for a quick meal or to pick up a part. Maybe you’ve received a gift card recently and are anxious to put it to good use.  But how often do you use the entire value of a gift card on the first time?  Not often, right?  As you thumb through your gift cards it’s hard to tell how much you still have available to you.  But no more!  RancherMan’s discovered an easy way to keep track.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack.

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Only 3-Ingredients For Quick Cake-Mix Cookies!

by Tammy Taylor~

Did you ever want to make up a  batch of cookies in a flash, but really didn’t want to go through the whole ordeal?  You know, pull out your cook book, look up recipe, pull out all the ingredients, etc?  Well boy do I have exciting news for you: Cake Mix Cookies!  Only 3 ingredients, y’all, mix ’em up, bake ’em up, DONE.  Recently we were invited to a dinner at a family member’s house and I asked what we could bring.  The hostess requested RancherMan’s famous Green Bean Casserole so of course we made that to contribute to the meal.  But I thought it would be a nice touch to bring something sweet that we could graze on as we visited. Maybe finger food that wouldn’t dirty up any additional dishes for our hosts. Enter cake-mix cookies.  Since it’s so simple I don’t need to look up a recipe.  I just mix & bake.  Check it out, y’all

Cake Mix Cookies, only 3 Ingredients. If you find yourself needing cookies in a flash try cake mix cookies. Only 3 ingredients: 1 Box of Cake Mix, 1 Stick of Butter, 1 Egg! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Harvest Mammoth Sunflower Seeds

by Tammy Taylor~

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I love sunflowers!  As a matter of fact they may be my absolute favorite flower.  I mean, what’s not to love?  They’re super easy to grow, they bloom prolifically and I’ve always said “Yellow is a HAPPY color!”  I plant a row of Mammoth Sunflowers at the edge of my garden every year.  I love the look of the cheery yellow blossoms.  And my mom always comments about how beautiful they are when she visits.

This year I planted the sunflowers along the chicken fence side of the garden.  Those huge sunflower plants offer shade during the heat of the day for my chickens.  Oh, and our bees love them too. That’s a lot of bang for my package-of-seeds buck! But now it’s time to harvest those sunflower seeds.  Come see what I did.

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The Amazing Traveling Basket: Shopping

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently RancherMan & I enjoyed a vacation with my siblings in New Braunfuls, Texas.  It was a great time filled with family, sight seeing, shopping & some pretty fancy restaurants.  We all even got to enjoy a concert at the famous Gruene Hall.  And as luck would have it, we were visiting during Market Days weekend too.

Market Days is an outside market filled with vendors of many different kinds.  Craftsmen were selling anything from hair clips made from vintage silverware to hand-made leather pistol holsters.   Then I spied a vendor who was selling baskets, and  I’ve wanted a basket for years.  To me they’re beautiful and very functional pieces of art.   On this day I picked out a gorgeous, roomy hand-made basket with leather handles.  It even had strips of bright pink woven in.  Since becoming a breast cancer survivor I enjoy having splashes of pink around me.  This basket is beautiful, I love it!

I bought a handmade basket and look forward to using it in many various ways. Today I share the main way I use my basket: shopping! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beekeeping: Feeding Your Bees With A Frame Feeder

by Tammy Taylor~

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Busy as a bee!  Our hives have increased this year thanks to us performing splits and capturing swarms.  All our bees are busy, busy, busy these days!  During the spring when everything was abloom they had all they could harvest.  Those girls were coming & going from the hives with pollen pockets full!  But now that the heat of our NE Texas season is starting to set in the blooms are not quite as prolific.  Oh there are still wildflowers blooming, and the bees are all having a hayday in my garden alright.  But with the fading blooms and the fact that we’re trying to boost some of those smaller swarm hives, RancherMan & I decided perhaps we need to give them a little feed.  There are many ways to accomplish this, here’s what we do:

There are different ways to feed your bees sugar water when they need a little help. We like using a frame feeder best. #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

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