Tag Archives: Environment

Easy Repurposed Dry-Goods Pour Container

by Tammy Taylor~

I make sun tea any time it’s sunshiny and even close to  being warm – Summer – Fall – Winter or Spring!  I have a large hourglass-shaped glass picante jar that I fill with water & drop in a tea bag.  Then I place it on our picnic table in the back yard and the sun does the rest!  By suppertime (much earlier in the heat of summertime) our tea is deliciously brewed by the sun.  I just bring it inside, mix it with a jar full of water and voila!  Tea brewed with no purchased energy.  Can’t get better than that, right?

She uses a repurposed canning jar & a salt container spout destined for the recycling bin to make a convenient pourable sugar jar! Sun Tea #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 Quick & Easy Ways To Repurpose Denim

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan goes through his Wrangler jeans pretty frequently.  Between barbed-wire nicks and kneeling at the cattle chute wearing out the knees, sooner or later those jeans are no longer fit to wear. But all is not wasted –  I love all things denim!  So I’ve asked him to save those worn jeans for me.  There are several things I like to do with that sturdy denim material.  Come see!

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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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My Low-Waste Christmas Gifts

by Tammy Taylor~

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Whelp, the holidays are over y’all.  Our Christmas was grand, I hope you all had a great one too!  As I’m looking over the gifts so purposely given to RancherMan & me, I’m incredibly touched at the thoughtfulness of them.  Many of you like to give low-waste gifts so I thought it would be fun to share some of the fun gifts that RancherMan & I received.  They were environmentally friendly low-waste Christmas gifts and very well suited to our tastes.

We received several thoughtful low-waste Christmas gifts that were also environmentally friendly. Come see what we got! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homemade Pocket-Sized Hand Warmers

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know RancherMan & I like to make our Christmas gifts ourselves.  To us, it’s just so much more personal.  Plus by doing so we’ve removed ourselves from the consumerism and stressful side of the holiday.  We feel it’s brought us back to a more well-balanced Christmas filled with the love of Christ & the warmth of family & friends.  Sure it takes more time (and sometimes more money too) but we feel we’re living our values, and that’s important to us.  You can see a few of the homemade gifts we’ve made in the past here.  This year we’ll be giving experience gifts to our grandchildren.  We’re taking them to a live production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, performed in a vintage 1940’s theater – how fun!  But we still want them to have something to open during our family Christmas celebration too.  So we decided to make pocket hand warmers for each of them to keep their little handsies warm during the chill of winter. 

These Pocket-Sized Hand Warmers are perfect to keep little one's hands warm! #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Homestead Hack: Shorter Cooking Times In Slow Cooker

by Tammy Taylor~

We all love our slow cookers, right?  I mean, what’s not to love??!  You plunk ingredients into the vessel and walk away.  The slow cooker does all the work!  You only have to walk in tired from a day at work and smell the delicious aroma of supper ready & waiting to serve!  Yeah, we love our slow cookers here at the Homestead, and we use them a lot.  Oftentimes for preparing our supper.  Sometimes I use it for overnight cooking when making Homemade Applesauce or simmering bones for a delicious Homemade Broth.   I know a slow cooker is more energy efficient than using the oven or even the stove top in many cases.   But I’ve found a way to speed along the cooking times while keeping it on set to an energy-sipping ‘Low’.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack.

Would you like your slow cooker to cook your food a little faster on 'Low' and save a little energy too? Check out this Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Use WhatCha Got: Repurposing To Simplify Kitchen tasks

by Tammy Taylor~

My baby sis knows that I reuse various containers.  So she’s always checking with me before she sends something to the recycling bin. The other day she held up an empty container of Parmesan cheese (like you sprinkle on pizza) and asked if I’d like it.   RancherMan HATES that stuff so I’m never able to buy it.  So I enthusiastically accepted her offer.  She was a bit surprised at my excitement.  But when I told her what I was gonna do with it…

When my sis offered an empty Parmesan cheese container for me to repurpose I was excited. See how it simplifies my life in the kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Free Vegetable Broth!

by Tammy Taylor~

I like to use homemade broth for my cooking.  Let’s face it – no matter what you’re cooking it’s just more flavorful when it’s made with broth instead of water.  And it’s more nutritious too!  I make my own Chicken Broth from the bones of our chicken meals.  And I’ve also made Turkey Broth with the leftover turkey carcass after Thanksgiving.  And of course I’ve simmered veggie scraps into my own vegetable broth but there’s an even easier way!  C’mon y’all, use my battle cry with me:  “USE WHATCHA GOT!”  Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Check out this ridiculously-easy Homestead Hack…

I save nutritious vegetable broth that was previously wasted and use it for something I used to have to make myself or purchase. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Personalize Your Own Insulated Drink Holder

by Tammy Taylor~

How many times have you been at a gathering and enjoying an icy cold beverage?  As you chat with friends you set it on the table to impart your interesting story about your homestead.  When you look back you see 2 or 3 identical drinks on the table.   Do you dare guess which one’s yours?  What if you take someone else’s drink?    With a sigh you decide it’s not worth the chance of picking up the wrong one.  So you chalk it up as a loss & fetch yourself a fresh drink.  What a waste!  Surely there’s an easy way to keep tabs on your beverage…  Here’s how I battle against that waste – it’s easy and even kinda fun!

Personalize Your Own Repurposed Insulated Drink Holder - You'll never wonder which drink is yours at the party. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Thriving Plants When You Live In The Botanical ‘Hole Of Death’

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve said it before and I can’t say it enough.  I love it here!  I love living in the country and the small-town feel.  We’ve made good friends and feel a true sense of community here.  And there’s that old 1800’s Barn that just speaks to my heart!  My life here is perfect in all ways except one. I struggle to get plants, trees or shrubs to live in our yard!!  Apparently we built our home right in the middle of the Botanical Hole of Death.

A short list of some beautiful yet very hardy plants I've been able to get to thrive in our Botanical Hole Of Death. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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