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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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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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Homestead Hack: Reusing Potato Bags In The Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

I.  Hate.  Plastic.  Now in our area of NE Texas, plastic bags are not recyclable.  Actually from what I hear, even much of the plastic bags that are sent for recycling end up int he landfill anyway.  There’s just not enough demand for the recycled material from plastic bags. I personally think recycling is only a tool, not the answer anyway. To me, the answer is to eliminate as much waste as possible in the first place.

Let’s take a bag of potatoes for example.  Buying individual potatoes is the way to go for environmental reasons of course.  But our tiny budget and the limited shopping avenues we have available out here in the boonies means we have to take what we can get.  Sometimes that involves a bag of potatoes.  Now that bag is purposely made with holes to allow the potatoes to breathe. So I can’t even reuse them for dividing servings of Cook-Once, Eat-Twice entrees for the freezer.  But when they’re empty they still don’t go to the trash.  Nope, I’ve got another use for them.  You know my battle cry: Use Whatcha Got!

Homestead Hack: Rusing Plastic Bags In The Garden! Sometimes we buy a bag of potatoes. I've got another use for the bag. My battle cry: Use Whatcha Got! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Make A Raised Planter Using A Small Tire

by Tammy Taylor~

A few months ago RancherMan & I joined my parents for a quick dinner at a local restaurant.  On the sidewalk outside the restaurant was a cute planter.  Upon closer inspection, it looked like a small, thick tire that was painted & planted.  RancherMan said it was probably a riding lawn mower or golf cart tire.  I loved it!  Heck you always wonder what to do with an old tire anyway.  And their disposal is always an issue.  Plus I often worry that planters that you buy just can’t hold up to the rough Texas weather year after year.

These repurposed-tire planters seemed to be the best of both worlds – pretty, very durable and using something previously wasted.  I decided to give it a try.  But I didn’t have an old lawn mower tire and I really didn’t want to buy a new one.  It seems like such a waste of resources to buy a perfectly good usable tire & paint it up!

A cute nearly indestructible planter that can endure year after year in the challenging Texas weather. A repurposed tire to the rescue! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Plastic Free July – Our Successes & Failures

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’d never heard of plastic-Free July before, but I’m willing to jump on the bandwagon to eliminate as much extra plastic from our lives as possible.  Now I hate plastic and I shun it every day anyway.  But for me, it’s all about balance.  If I stumble I don’t obsess about it, life’s just too short.  But I’m usually pretty successful in eliminating lots of plastic with super-easy changes.  Come see ways I’ve been able to stop lots of plastic from coming into our home.  Maybe you can pick up a few tips.  We’d love to hear your tips too, be sure to share in the comments.  We can all learn from each other!

Plastic Free July is going great. There are a few stumbles, but many successes. How do YOU eliminate plastic from your home? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Repurposing An Empty Coffee Canister: Dried Herbs

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know we love our coffee.  We prefer Folgers to other brands of coffee.  Although I hate that it’s sold in plastic, at least the plastic canisters are convenient.  I’ve used them for simplifying Garden Weeding Chores.  And we’ve stored chicken feed and dog food in them too.  I’ve Painted Canisters for a cute planter for our back porch. (and also a cute way to share plants with friends).  And I even FINALLY figured out how to Remove The Print from canisters so I can use them for cute decorative pieces in my kitchen (more on that later).  But since this canister is food-grade plastic, I’m able to do even more with it.  I can store large quantities of dried herbs in them.

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