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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

by Tammy Taylor~

I love strawberry shortcake, don’t you?  Recently I wrote about making homemade strawberry shortcake dessert for my handsome RancherMan and two of our grandbabies.  It was a lip-smacking dessert that looked and tasted like I’d been in the kitchen for hours.  I’ll never tell them that it was super-easy to whip it all up from scratch – even the shortcake!  C’mon y’all, I’ll let ya in on how I did it.

I wanted to make Strawberry Shortcake from scratch & was pleasantly surprised at how easy & quick it was - even the whipped cream! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Recipe: Homemade Shortcake Baked Up In A Flash

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently we received some really beautiful garden-fresh strawberries.  Oh the beauty of them!  I decided I’d use them to make one of my favorite desserts – strawberry shortcake!  But in the past I always bought the little round shortcakes wrapped in cellophane when I’d made strawberry shortcake.  This time I wanted to make it all from scratch.

So I sat out to find a recipe I liked.  I found one on the AllRecipes site that looked pretty straightforward so I decided to give it a try.  I mean, these beautiful strawberries deserve the best #amiright??

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Emergency Preparedness on the Homestead: Solar Oven

by Tammy Taylor~

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Our great state of Texas has been hit hard by Mother Nature.  Hurricane Harvey barrelled onto shore recently, leaving devastation in his path.  Streets were impassable and the damage was great.  Even if a home was undamaged, thousands were without electricity for several days. Some are still without electricity and have no idea for how long.  These natural disasters get me to thinking about emergency preparedness.

Recent natural disasters get me to thinking about our emergency preparedness plans. A solar oven is a must when electricity is out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make Whipped Cream Sweetened With Honey!

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know we’re newbie beekeepers just in our 2nd year of beekeeping.  We absolutely love it.  Of course we got no honey harvest that first year, but this past July we finally made a small harvest.  Aaaaahhhh, there’s nothing like the taste of raw honey fresh from the comb #amiright?

I’m using honey in my kitchen these days wherever possible.  I’ve never made homemade whipped cream before but this recipe from Real Food Enthusiast looked easy & was sweetened with honey. You know I’m all over that!  I bumped the honey volume up just a bit to suit our tastes.  I found it’s true what they say about making homemade whipped cream. It really IS easy and I love the subtle taste of honey in this recipe.  Come see how easy it really is!

It's easy to make your own whipped cream in minutes. This recipe is sweetened with honey instead of powdered sugar. Delicious! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Breakfast Biscuits Are A Company-Worthy Breakfast In A FLASH

by Tammy Taylor~

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m hosting guests I always stress about what to feed them.  Will I be able to make sure they can eat according to the schedule they’re accustomed to?  How will I know when they’re hungry?  Will I be able to whip up something delicious while not being shackled to the kitchen?  And what will I serve?  What, what, WHAT??!!

If you stress about feeding guests too, I’m about to share one of my favorite breakfast-in-a-flash shortcuts.  I like to have ham & cheese egg biscuits.  My guests call them BOBs (Breakfast-on-a-Biscuit)  The beautiful thing is I can make everything in advance & just assemble & enjoy.

BOB, or Breakfast on a Biscuit - is a quick company-worthy breakfast of scrambled eggs, thinly-sliced ham & cheese on a biscuit. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Solar Cooking: Cheesy Chile-Chicken Casserole

by Tammy Taylor~

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I bought my solar oven several years ago and I’m learning more & more how to use it.  Living in NE Texas, the summers are hot, humid and sticky.  I hate to fire up the oven in my kitchen.  So it’s the solar oven to the rescue!  I’m able to keep that cooking heat outside where it belongs!

But today the temps outside are spiking and humidity is on the rise.  It’s absolutely miserable outside!  So I’ll be utilizing my solar oven to make my casserole.

Cooking using the power of the SUN? YES! Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Casserole - I used my solar oven to make the casserole, but you could bake it in a regular oven too. #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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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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