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Twist Tie Storage – Tame Your Junk Drawer!

by Tammy Taylor~

I typically bake our bread here on the Homestead.  Especially since I’ve finally (FINALLY) found a delicious sandwich bread recipe that’s soft, fluffy and flavorful.  But during the summer months we buy our bread instead.  You see, RancherMan’s a die-hard bread eater but I hate to fire up the oven during those hot sticky summer months and add heat & humidity to our home.  So he & I struck a happy balance – during the more temperate months I’ll bake the bread he craves.  But I break from baking & buy his bread during the summer  months.

I hate all those plastic bread bags we bring home of course.  But at least I’ll repurpose them by dividing portion sizes within a freezer bag when I utilize my favored ‘Cook-Once, Eat-Twice’ method of cooking.  And of course I’ll reuse more of the bread bags when I resume baking our bread too.  I typically bake 3 loaves at a time and section off and freeze most of it.  That way I can bring it out fresh for RancherMan’s dining pleasure.

But what to do with all those plastic-coated bread ties?  I swear they multiply when you’re not looking!

Is your junk drawer cluttered? What to do with all those plastic-coated bread twist ties? Check out this easy storage solution #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Applesauce Is A Multi-Purpose Gem In Your Pantry

by Tammy Taylor~

WHEW!  I finally finished with all the fresh apples my aunt let us harvest from her tree & bring home.  Ten bushels worth!  TEN bushels.  T-E-N.  Wow.   I’ve made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies this winter.  And I dehydrated some of those delicious apples into crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips for snacks.  But I love the Slow-Cooker Applesauce the most.  I’ve even taken some of the regular applesauce & flavored & canned it into Cinnamon-Vanilla Flavored Applesauce.  And of course the liquid released when I cooked down those apples into applesauce wasn’t wasted either.  I strained & canned it for apple cider.

All are delicious, but today I was thinking about that applesauce.  How versatile it is in my kitchen.  Not only do I enjoy eating it straight from the jar, but it replaces a cooking item I typically have to buy.

 

Not only do I enjoy eating homemade applesauce straight from the jar, but it replaces a cooking item I typically have to buy. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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New To Composting? Don’t Worry, Compost Doesn’t Stink!

by Tammy Taylor~

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Any gardener knows that compost is ‘Black Gold’.  It’s invaluable to your garden, helping your plants grow strong & healthy using an all-natural fertilizer.  I plant a veggie garden every year and of course that black gold is incorporated into each planting hole.   There are some tricks to making a ready-to-use compost for your garden.   But for those just starting out, there’s often some hesitation.

You’re rotting things in a pile, doesn’t that stink?

The answer is:  No!  Well actually, yes and no – the result depends on you.

 

Don't Be Afraid - Balanced Compost Doesn't Stink! For those starting out with composting there's some hesitation. You're rotting things in a pile, doesn't that stink? The answer is: NO! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Grandma-Approved Cleaning Techniques For A Cozy Home

by Tammy Taylor~

I come from a long line of housekeeping neatniks.  Not just tidy, but CLEAN!  We used to tease each other that grandma’s house was clean enough to eat off the floors if we wanted to!  (and I’m thinking we probably COULD HAVE!)

Even with today’s fast-paced lifestyle we can all learn a thing or two about cleaning from grandma.  These days the grocery store shelves are filled with all manner of specialty cleaners.  Heck there’s a different cleaner for each different surface! But are they really needed?  I wonder why we’ve complicated cleaning these days?  We just seem to be too busy to keep a tidy house anymore.  But can we learn to clean like grandma did?  Here are a few things we do in the Taylor Homestead that grandma would surely approve of…

Why have we complicated cleaning? Here are a few cleaning techniques at the Taylor Homestead that grandma would surely approve of. No need for toxic cleaners. . #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: MYO Low-Waste Chicken Feeder

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I enjoy raising chickens.  But we’re also fans of doing things ourselves.  So when we needed a chicken feeder we took a trip to a thrift store.  We made our own feeder from thrifted supplies costing only about $2 total.  All we used was an old metal lid and a plastic Rubbermaid canister.  It served us well for years but finally the canister portion succumbed to the elements.  Now what??!

You know what I say: “Use Whatcha Got!”.  Check out this Homestead Hack & see how we easy (and with NO out of pocket) repaired our chicken feeder for many more years of service.

Check out this Homestead Hack & see how we used an empty, repurposed coffee canister to make a low-waste chicken feeder for cheap! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Repurposing an Empty Coffee Canister to a Cute, Country BreadBox

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve been sharing various ways I’m able to repurpose those handy coffee canisters once they’re empty.  I’ve painted them and used them for a Back Porch Planter to hold mint transplants.  (This also makes a cuter way to share plants with friends.)  I’ve also used them to hold large quantities of Dried Rosemary from that beautiful plant outside our back door.  And of course I use those canisters in my Garden to simplify my tasks there as well.  I even (after much trial and error) discovered how to Remove The Print from those canisters so I could use it decoratively in my kitchen.  But this is the first such decorative project I’ve attempted and I’m BEYOND thrilled at how it turned out!  I made a cute, country bread box out of it!

Repurposed Empty Coffee Canister into Cute, Country-Style Bredbox. I'm always repurposing those empty coffee canisters. But this time I've made a country bread box. Love it! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How We Save Seeds To Save Money On The Homestead

by Tammy Taylor~

I have to have a garden every year.  It’s just in my blood.  My hands must be in the dirt, coaxing that young tender plant. The payoff is of course that home-grown produce to nourish our bodies.  Healthy produce picked right before supper.  Produce that I’m able to preserve for colder months, and share with others around me with my weekly #BlessingBasket.

I try to only grow heirloom plants in my garden.  One of the main reasons behind this is so that I can save the seed to plant each and every year.  You see, saving hybrid seed might not be productive.  That’s because hybrid seed may not come back true to the mother plant the next year.  But heirloom seed will!  You know exactly what you’re gonna get with heirloom seeds. Come see how I carefully put back that precious seed in anticipation of next year’s bounty.

Heirloom Seed-Saving for Next Year's Garden. I save garden veggie seed to plant each year. Come see how I put back that precious seed in anticipation of next year's bounty. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Going Green Is Easy. Tales of a Single Day of Greenery!

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s no secret I have an environmental bend. But many people think that ‘going green’ is complicated or requires special equipment.   But you don’t need special equipment or to do anything complicated to be Eco-friendly.  I thought it would be fun to rattle off things I did that are a typical day that just flow with my regular chores.  No extra effort needed, no special equipment. On this day we have a few errands to run and I need to make yogurt for breakfasts & a supply of boiled eggs for RancherMan’s snacking.

Now I’m not casting stones here, back in ‘the day’ I’d buy those highly-marketed convenience items with nary a thought. But I’ve come a long way in my environmental-awareness maturity over the years. And maybe there’s someone else out there that had never thought about how easy it really is in their regular ole day-to-day.  Let’s see how smoothly this environmental thing can be done without much thought at all!

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How To Make Your Own Homemade Minty Mouthwash

by Tammy Taylor~

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It was a great night’s sleep.  You wake up feeling refreshed and rested as you stretch and yawn – streak of golden sunlight peeping through the blinds.  But morning breath?  UGH…  C’mon, we all have to deal with it, don’t we?

Now I’ve found many ‘recipes’ for making your own mouthwash.  But often they’re overly complicated or use ingredients I don’t want to have to buy.  What’s my battle cry?  Yep, y’all remember it well:  Use Whatcha Got!

 

Reusable, repurposed flip-top bottle. Making my own Homemade Minty Mouthwash helps me toward the zero-waste lifestyle I strive for. And using only simple ingredients! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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