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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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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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Cooking With The Sun – SW Chicken w/Seasoned Brown Rice

by Tammy Taylor~

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Our homestead is located in the hot & humid south.  Here in NE Texas I do all I can to keep that  heat outside where it belongs when the temps (and the humidity) start to go up.  I have many ways of doing this.  For instance, our tea is usually brewed in a repurposed hourglass-shaped jar on the picnic table, courtesy of the sun.  And our clean laundry is almost always dried outside on our *Retractable Clothesline, even in the colder winter months.  But one of my favorite ways to keep heat outside is by using my *Solar Oven to cook our food.  My solar oven came with an enameled cooking set so I typically use those items when I’m cooking with the sun.  One of the included vessels is a double-stack black enamelware covered pan.  That will be perfect for today’s dish: Southwest Chicken served on a bed of seasoned brown rice.  Quick & easy, mix it & forget it.  The whole meal cooks at the same time!

Cooking With The Sun! Here in NE Texas I want to keep cooking heat & humidity outside. So I cooked my SW Chicken with seasoned brown rice in my solar oven! #TaylorMadeHomestead*

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Homemade Bacon-Flavored Mayonnaise – BACONNAISE!

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan likes to eat tuna sandwiches.  He usually takes the quick route by just opening the tuna can, draining it and placing the meat on a mayonnaise-covered piece of bread.  LOL.  And when I’m making egg salad sandwich spread I use mayonnaise for that as well.  But I don’t typically buy mayonnaise.  I’ve written before about making Garlic-Flavored Mayonnaise and I do still make that flavor from time to time.  But I began experimenting with various flavors, oils & fats when making my mayonnaise.

Although we certainly can’t afford to eat bacon often, I have a couple of families saving their bacon grease for me.  It’s a necessary ingredient in my Buttermilk Biscuits and homemade Sandwich Bread too.  So I very much appreciate their saving their bacon byproduct for me.  But recently when I was making a batch of mayonnaise I wondered…  Hummmm…

I've made our mayonnaise homemade for a long time but recently got to thinking... BACON! Now I almost always make Baconnaise! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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How To Make Clover-Blossom Jelly with Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

We’re just starting our second year of beekeeping this year.  Although we often plant winter rye and clover for early grazing opportunities for our cattle herd, we planted clover heavily in the pen right next to the beehives.  It’s beautiful in full bloom! We’ve kept the cattle off of this piece of land to allow the bees to do their thing with the clover blossoms.  I suspect there’s not a much sweeter delight than home-grown clover honey #amiright?  I can’t wait for our first real honey harvest in July!  But as we were walking through that paddock recently I commented to RancherMan how fragrant those blossoms were.  Wonder if I can make jelly from them?  Hummmm…

We have lots of clover blossoms in the pastures. Why not make Clover-Blossom Jelly with those fragrant blooms? It is delicious! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Recipe: Rosemary Crackers with Olive Oil and Garlic

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

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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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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