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Unlocking The Secret To Long-Term Potato Storage

by Tammy Taylor

Several weeks back a friend & I were talking about gardening.  Her family had a huge garden when she was growing up and they relied on it to keep them all fed.  But because she felt it was drudgery back then, she doesn’t care to garden much these days.  She was quizzing me on the different things I like to plant in my garden and I rattled off all the faves:  Tomatoes, garlic, onion, bell peppers, jalapenos, cantaloup, squash, green beans, etc.  She asked if I ever planted potatoes and I told her that in the past I’d planted them, but I could never successfully store them long term whether garden potatoes or store-bought.  I know that freshly-harvested potatoes have to be cured but even when properly curing them, they would sprout within a short time.  She was surprised that I had any trouble keeping them long term and told me that they just used to store their potatoes on the ground in the barn and they lasted all season.  I was intrigued…

Storing Potatoes Long-Term: I've heard that you can store potatoes for months on end if you do it right. I need some advice! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: Bovine Carwash?

by Tammy Taylor

 

When I was a kid I didn't understand why cars didn't get CLEANER when it rained.  This morning I'm having a flashback to those days... LOL #TaylorMadeRanch


When I was a kid I didn’t understand why cars didn’t actually get CLEANER when it rained. Why did cars get so dirty when it was raining, I mean heck there’s falling water rinsing the surface – shouldn’t that make the car cleaner and not dirtier?

This morning I’m having a flashback to those days… LOL

~TMR~

Wordless Wednesday: HOME is Where The Heart Is

by Tammy Taylor

Road view #TaylorMadeRanch

Home is where the heart is, and my heart resides at the end of this old dirt road. It’s a place that speaks to my heart, a place where I find solace, peace and comfort. A place where LIFE in all its glory happens. A real place, filled with hard work and pride in a job well done. And when I lay my head down at night, I smile knowing that tomorrow holds the same promise.

~TMR~

MYO Reclaimed Wood Vintage Wall Feature

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve been revamping our guest room lately. Last week I shared with you the headboard that RancherMan & I made from repurposed barn wood pulled from our 1880’s barn when it was refurbished a few years ago.  I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!  But now what to do with that wall?  RancherMan & I don’t like much visual clutter so I was in a quandary.  Do we just leave the wall blank?  Well, maybe, but I think it looks a little TOO bare.  What to do…  Then I remembered a great piece old aged wood that RancherMan had to cut off the original boards we were using for the headboard because it was split, but I loved the split. And the ridges. And the knot-holes. It was a beautiful piece of aged wood. So I asked him to save it for me.  My mind was spinning on ideas to make a meaningful pictorial wall feature.

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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MYO Reclaimed Lumber Barnwood Headboard

by Tammy Taylor

When RancherMan & I moved to our NE Texas ranch we outfitted our home to suit our new lifestyle.  We were now empty nesters so our needs only included one guest bedroom for the occasional overnight guest.  But we were basing our probability of overnight guests on the number of overnight guests we typically entertained when we lived in the city.  Back then there were only sporadic overnight visits during the holidays and maybe an occasional weekend.  For the most part our family lives very close to each other and although we get together often it’s seldom necessary to spend the night.

We made our beautiful headboard using reclaimed lumber from our 1880's barn. Rustic, Shabby Chic, Meaningful & absolutely BEAUTIFUL! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Breaking The Moody Broody Hen

by Tammy Taylor

We raised chickens for the very first time last year and they were an absolute blast to raise.  We sold them all in late fall as I was afraid that free ranging hens in the winter months would just make them easy prey for predators since food gets more scarce in the wintertime. But the entire time we had them it was so much fun to watch their antics and of course enjoy those free range eggs.  There’s absolutely nothing like the taste of a free range egg, you chicken raisers know what I mean!  So we were pretty excited to raise chickens again this year.  We contacted a local breeder and purchased 4 hens from her and we were back in the chicken business.  But one of the hens quit laying eggs & became broody several weeks after we purchased her – we’d never dealt with broody hens before and with no rooster in our flock it wasn’t helping anyone, her or us.

A broody hen won't lay the eggs we count on - See what we did to successfully & quickly break the Moody Broody Hen! #TaylorMadeHomestead
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