Tag Archives: Cooking

Pyrex Easy-To-Read 2-Cup Measuring Cup Review

By Tammy Taylor~

I’m 55 years old, y’all. Old enough for my eyes to require reader glasses. But I can’t wear glasses all the time because otherwise the ole eyes still see well. That means I’m always searching for my readers when I need to see finer detail.

This creates more problem in the kitchen than anywhere else.  I’m constantly fetching my readers to measure when I’m cooking.  What a pain!  I really loved the look of the new larger-print Pyrex measuring cup so I reached out to Pyrex and asked them if they’d send me one to review.  Hey, ya never know…  Glory be, they said yes!

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Homestead Hack: Keep That Broccoli Fresh!

by Tammy Taylor~

My baby sis and her hubby came to spend the weekend with us recently.  RancherMan & I planned to grill out since the weather was nice.  I’d also planned to roast some fresh veggies that I had in the fridge.  As my sis & I were in the kitchen I opened the refrigerator door to fetch the broccoli leftover from our dinner party several days ago.  My sister saw how it was contained and exclaimed “That’s BRILLIANT!”  Come see this Homestead Hack for keeping your broccoli fresh.

Keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. Check out this simple Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Recipe: Homemade Honey Graham Crackers

by Tammy Taylor~

I recently invited my folks to dinner at our house.  I made cute little individual apple pies baked in canning jars for dessert for them.  But I had 1/2 jar of apple pie filling left and I needed to make sure it got used. Ya know, when that apple pie filling jar starts with the picking of the actual apples, you don’t want to waste any of it!

I decided to use it up making a simple dessert for RancherMan & me.  I’d heat up that apple pie filling, put it on a bed of graham crackers and top it with graham cracker crumbs & whipped cream. Kinda like a quick No-Bake Apple Pie Dessert.  But I didn’t have any graham crackers. So I sat out to find (and of course not follow, lol) a recipe using standard pantry ingredients.

I needed graham crackers for a recipe so I made them myself. I even made them extra honey-flavored! Easy, Inexpensive & Delicious. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Poor-Man’s Steak (or Stuffed Hamburger)

by Tammy Taylor~

Tonight I’ll attempt a dish RancherMan & I enjoyed at a restaurant over the weekend called ‘Poor-Man’s Steak’. It was a thick 7″-8″ serving of hamburger stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It was served on a bed of fried potatoes with brown gravy drizzled over the whole shebangie. (a real man-pleasing meal, that’s for sure!) RancherMan has raved about it ever since. Let’s see how close I can come to that dish today.

Poor-Man's Steak - a thick serving of hamburger stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It's served on top of fried potatoes & topped with brown gravy. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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New Year’s Goal: Quick & Easy Decluttering Of The Utensil Drawer

by Tammy Taylor~

Many times part of your New-Year’s Goals is to declutter.  I know many various decluttering tasks are certainly sprinkled liberally in my monthly New Year’s Goals!  One area that has been sorely needful of decluttering is my utensil drawer.

Now out of financial necessity and environmental sensitivity, I’m in my kitchen cooking from scratch daily.  So much cooking necessitates the right tools to get the job done.  (Plus let’s be honest, I’m a kitchen-utensil junkie.  eh hemmmmm!)  So when RancherMan & I were unloading the dishwasher one day he half-teasingly mentioned the state of the utensil drawer.  I knew something had to give!

Decluttering The Kitchen Utensil Drawer! This has improved the efficiency in my kitchen megafold and was the quickest & easiest decluttering task yet. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Bake Apple Pie In Single-Serve Canning Jars

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently RancherMan & I invited the folks over for supper.  It was going to be unseasonably warm and we had some grilling meat in the freezer.  I’d planned to roast some fresh vegetables with flavored olive oil for a delightful, quick & easy side. (be sure to read how I remade the leftover steak into a new meal!)  But my dad always comments that he thinks it’s cool that I typically make a dessert when they come over for supper, so I’m always sure to make something sweet too.  But what? Hummmm… I know!  I’d canned some apple pie filling and have several shining jars of it in the pantry.  But I’d hate to make a whole apple pie since there will only be 4 of us.  I wonder if I can make single-serving pies in canning jars…

I wanted apple pie for a dinner party I was hosting. I baked them up in individual wide-mouth canning jars. They were delicious and oh-so-cute! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fast Food: Remaking Leftover Steak & Veggies

by Tammy Taylor~

Keeping the grocery budget low & eliminating waste is important in the Taylor household.  Oftentimes that means Planned Leftovers.  But sometimes it’s just making Fast Food by reworking leftovers into a brand new dish.

When it’s time to plan a meal I typically look at what I have to be used and build a meal around that.  That way there’s no food waste.  And if I’m using leftovers, the bulk of the meal has already been cooked.  All that’s left is to do is to think outside the box and use a little leftover magic.  Bibbidy-Bobbidy-BOO – let’s see what we can do!

What do you do with leftover steak? Come see my Fast-Food solution of making a new dinner of beef tips & noodles with those leftovers. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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2017 – Top 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year!

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the waning days of 2017!  And we’ve got a bright new year in front of us, full of possibilities & promise.  But I’d like to take a moment & reflect on 2017 first.  Today I’m sharing the top 10 homesteading posts of 2017.  This list includes a few recipes such as no-knead Boule Bread and our favorite Planned Leftovers Meal – Carnitas Tacos.  And it also includes some crafts such as making your own chalkboard labels with things you’ve already got.  There are also some posts about interesting social observations that y’all really liked this year.  Grab a cup of coffee & c’mon in, y’all!

Come see the Top 10 Most Popular Homesteading Posts on my blog! Some crafts, some recipes, and some social observations too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Saving Your Fingernails When Cleaning

by Tammy Taylor~

We’ve all been there.  You scrub & scrub your stove but that tiny little stuck-on piece is being stubborn.  You scratch at it with your fingernail to dry to dislodge it.  But since your hands have been in the water, those fingernails don’t have the same ooomph as when they’re dry.  So you continue to scrub instead.  But I’m all for not spending more time cleaning that necessary.  And sometimes the easiest solution to a problem is also the simplest.  Check out this handy Homestead Hack.  Use Whatcha Got!

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Repurposed Coffee Canister to Store Bulk Flour

by Tammy Taylor~

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I typically buy my flour in 25-lb bags.  I’ll store it in the freezer for at least 24-48 hours just to make sure I’m not bringing home pantry moths.  Yeah, you have those little beasts only once before you make sure you’ll never EVER have them again!

Then as long as I have room I’ll just store it in the freezer.  But I don’t want to drag out a 25-lb bag of flour each time I want to make RancherMan’s favorite Light, Fluffy Sandwich Bread.  So I keep a small supply of flour in my kitchen cabinets.

Another use for a repurposed coffee canister - to store bulk flour. A reusable chalkboard label makes it look nice in my kitchen! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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