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Pulled Pork Enchiladas From Leftover Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I know meal planning is an important way to save money in the kitchen.  But I don’t LIKE to cook!  Thankfully I’m able to employ tricks such as Planned Leftovers to save money and reduce my time in the kitchen too.    You see, Planned Leftovers is where a large amount of one ingredient is cooked all at once, then other completely different meals are made with the leftovers.  For instance, I cooked a huge pork roast and then made many different meals with the leftover meat including, BBQ Sandwiches, Carnitas Tacos, a Meaty Stew and… Pulled Pork Enchiladas!

Planned Leftovers: Use leftover pork roast to make easy pulled-pork enchiladas in a SNAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned Leftovers: Carnitas Tacos from Pork Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I hate food waste.  Now I’m sure we ALL hate food waste, but for some reason it’s a deep-seated hatred for me.  I’m not sure where such strong feelings originate – I never recall going hungry a day in my life.  But for some reason I simply cannot stand food waste.  I keep an eye on food freshness in my kitchen like a ninja!  I’ve spoken before about my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking where you cook a boatload of main dish & freeze the rest for future meals.  These entrees will be served exactly as they were cooked.  Homemade Meat Ravioli or Stuffed Bell Peppers are two examples.

But there’s another method of cooking I often employ to stop food waste in its tracks: Planned Leftovers.  This is a little different, a main ingredient is made in large quantities and then the leftovers are made into completely different dishes.  For instance I might cook a Slow-Cooker Sticky-Chicken one night and then make Tortilla Soup with the leftover chicken.  Make sense?  Now hear this: recently I purposely made massive quantities of pork roast.  One of my all-time favorite leftovers planning is Carnitas Tacos.  Oh man you’re gonna love this!

Planned Leftovers - remake leftover pork roast into a totally new dish: Carnitas Tacos. Delicious & you can make your own taco shells! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Things We Did To Save Money This Week

RancherMan & I are self employed.  As any self-employed person knows, the toils are more meaningful but c’mon it’s true – the time requirement is much higher & the income is much less.  We’re both very frugal minded though, and that helps bunches.  We’re mindful of ways to save money (and even more importantly ways not to waste money).  Having this mindset allows us to live & work right here living a life that speaks to our hearts because our income requirement stays low. It’s just a state of mind, y’all!  Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money.

Come see 5 Frugal Things (and even MORE) that we did at the Taylor Household this week to save money. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 Easy Ways We Reuse Bacon Grease

by Tammy Taylor~

We don’t eat lots of bacon here in the Taylor Household.  Oh yeah don’t get me wrong, we LOVE bacon and we enjoy it from time to time, but it’s not often included in our limited budget.   Lucky for us those two families who DO enjoy bacon often have agreed to save the resulting bacon grease from their breakfast delight for me.  (Thank you, and YOU know who you are!)  You might wonder why in the world I would want the less-fun part of the bacon… the grease?  Well here are 4 very important ways I’m able to use that breakfast byproduct to add a mighty punch of flavor and save money in my own kitchen too.

We don't use bacon grease every day but it's still a budget saver in my kitchen. Much flavor is added to typical staples too #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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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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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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Quick & Easy: Rich, Chocolaty Hot Cocoa Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently our grandbabies came to stay with us for a couple of days.  It was cold and dreary outside, so there was no playing outside for them.  So I thought we’d pop some popcorn, plug in a fun movie and enjoy some hot cocoa stirred with a peppermint stick.  But there’s no need to resort to the packets of powdered stuff!  Homemade cocoa is delicious & only involves cocoa, sugar and milk, flavored with vanilla with a handful of miniature marshmallows floating on top.   Believe me when I say it was a huge HIT with the grandbabies!

Homemade cocoa is delicious & only uses cocoa, sugar and milk - flavored with vanilla & a few miniature marshmallows floating on top. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2016!

by Tammy Taylor~

Whelp, here we are at the end of 2016.  What a great year it’s been! My veggie garden was screamingly successful this year.  And our homestead branched out with registered Angus heifers to augment the registered Hereford operation we currently have.   But it wasn’t without its darker moments too, including twin calves that died in calving and dealing with expensive yet crappy appliances.  But RancherMan & I tackled the successes and the trials together, side-by-side.  And that’s the way I always want it to be.

All this month I’ve been sharing with you the top homesteading posts on the blog for each year I’ve been writing.  I’ve linked to each of those years of Top-10 posts at the bottom of this post.  So if you haven’t already enjoyed ’em, well there ya go!

But without further adieu, here are the top 10 posts of the year for 2016:

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