Tag Archives: Fall-Back Friday

Fall-Back Friday: Shortcut For Pizza Night!

by Tammy Taylor~

Cooler weather is sneaking up on many areas of the US.  But it’s still  hot, humid & sticky here in NE Texas.  How’s the weather where you are – are y’all enjoying cooler weather yet??   And we finally made it to the weekend too – TGIF y’all!  To celebrate the day I’ll share a Fall-Back Friday post with ya.  I’ll fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular with our readers in the past.  Today’s post is aaaaaaall about PIZZA NIGHT!

RancherMan & I like homemade pizza of course.  But we also like it’s quicker pizza cousin – the tortilla pizza.  And what better shortcut than to have on hand dehydrated Italian-flavored tomato leather to speed up those pizzas?  Pull out tortilla, place tomato leather & just start piling on the toppings.  The tomato leather rehydrates while the pizza is cooking. Now that’s homemade convenience food at its finest! Come see how I made tomato leather from leftover pasta sauce.

I've dehydrated leftover pasta sauce into tortilla-sized tomato leathers.  This shortcut makes pizza night even better.  #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Crazy Canning Lady!

by Tammy Taylor~

This time of year is so busy for us.  We’re currently weaning calves, preparing pastures for winter pasture planting and preparing for a fall garden.  But since I suffer with severe ragweed allergies that means RancherMan’s outside tending to the fences, pastures & cattle.  I’m currently tucked inside preserving fresh fruit.   I mean there’s so much fresh produce available!  My aunt always shares massive quantities of amazing fresh apples from her tree.  This year she shared TEN bushels with me!  TEN!!  Oh don’t worry, I shared some of the apples with family & friends and then I got to canning.  I wanted to make sure none of those delicious apples went to waste.

I typically also can pears that a sweet neighbor shares with us this time of year.  And all this fruit preservation happens at one time.  Oh sometimes it’s really a comedy of errors too.  I turn into Crazy Canning Lady!

Lots of fruit preservation happens all at one time. Oh sometimes it's really a comedy of errors too. I turn into Crazy Canning Lady! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Quick & Easy Laundry Scent Booster

by Tammy Taylor~

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Well TGIF y’all!!  It seems the days are getting shorter and cooler too.  I’ve always loved hanging our laundry out on our *Retractable Clothesline instead of using our dryer.  RancherMan recently installed a natural cedar-branch laundry pole for a little more natural look  in our yard.  So after the laundry’s dry I simply retract the lines & bring the clothesline inside and Boom!  Everything’s uncluttered again.  Love it!

But laundry’s even more pleasant lately with the cooler temps we’re enjoying.  Our clothes are air-dried no matter what time of the year it is.  I line-dry even in the cold months, although if it’s wet outside I’ll bring out the *folding racks & dry laundry inside.    Oh we have a higher-end dryer in the utility room and we’ll certainly use it if an emergency pops up.  But it hasn’t been turned on in years.

Not only is line-drying an environmentally-friendly choice and better for your clothing, but I love the scent of sunshine on our clean laundry.  But you know, sometimes you want a little extra scent on your guest towels or cloth napkins.  No worries, I whip up an easy laundry-scent booster in minutes for just such occasions!  And to celebrate Friday I’ll fall-back into the archives and bring that post to the surface for you today.  Enjoy!

I love the scent of sunshine on clean laundry but want scent on guest towels or cloth napkins. I whip up this easy laundry-scent booster in minutes! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Environmental Awareness On The Homestead

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I are tackling our summertime chores during these dog-days of summer.  One of those summertime chores is to mow pastures after the cattle eaten it down & have rotated to a fresh pasture. WHEW!  It’s hot out there, y’all!  We’re very careful about our sun exposure since much of our tasks are done outside (You can read my Sun Protection Post Here).

But y’all know my heart has an environmental bend. And fueling our tractors has always hurt my crunchy-green heart. You see, since the fuel openings on our tractors are at the top of the hood, filling them with fuel always involved spilling fuel.  Always.  I don’t blame RancherMan for this of course.  He had to first hoist a heavy 5-gallon fuel can to the top of our tractor’s hood.  Then he had to tip the can trying to get the spout into the opening before fuel began to pour.  He did all he could to make sure it all went into the tractor’s fuel tank but…

Then we stumbled upon a No-Spill Fuel Can!  That fuel can is probably hands-down my favorite environmentally-friendly item on our ranch.  I’ve heard others say they use it for their riding lawn mowers too.  So if you too hate to try to fill equipment with fuel without spilling, check out today’s Fall-Back Friday post, y’all!

Environmental Awareness On The Homestead - No-Spill Fuel Can. No more spilling fuel when trying to refuel our equipment! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Keeping Landscape Mint In Control

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all remember I planted mint in the flower bed in front of my house?  I loved it, but I was SO afraid it would get out of control. So I asked my dear Facebook Followers for their advice and I was properly scared by their responses.  WHEW! I needed to do something to make it play nice in the landscape. So I decided to dig up the mint & amend the planting area in a way to keep it within its bounds.  Yes.  Mint.  In its bounds!  And to celebrate Fall-Back Friday I’ll fall back into the archives & bring it to the surface for ya. If you (like me) are afraid of mint-gone wild, check it out.

I love mint but was afraid it would get out of control. I amended the planting to keep it within its bounds. Yes. Mint. In its bounds! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: FREE Wood Mulch!

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is in full swing y’all and what a glorious time it is!  Everything’s green and lush.  Blooms of every shape, color and scent abound. Our beehives have been split and expanded.  We’ll be adding honey super boxes soon!  And it’s time for us to finally get our chickens for the year – Fresh eggs, anyone?  YES!  Oh, and the garden?  The garden is giving me much joy as I see all the nutritious potential for the season.  I’m spending lots of time in the garden these days but it’s all enjoyable with very little weeding since we put a wide walkway perimeter around my planting area.  That perimeter was covered with repurposed paper feed sacks and topped with thick wood chip mulch.  Grass hasn’t been able to infiltrate my garden area.  YEA!

But wait a minute Tammy – isn’t that expensive??” you might exclaim?  Oh no, it was very inexpensive.  How inexpensive?  Howzabout FREE!  Did the wood-chip fairy visit?  Nope, but just as good.  And there was no mountain of plastic bags to dispose of like there would have been if we had purchased mulch.  But don’t fret, you might be able to get your wood mulch free too.  Today I’ll Fall-Back into the archives & bring this post to the surface for ya – check this out, y’all!

Fall-Back Friday: We scored tons of wood mulch for FREE and you can too! Check out today's Fall-Back Friday post. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Light, Fluffy Sandwich Bread – With Oatmeal!

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all, spring is finally on its way!  RancherMan & I love all the green popping up in the pastures & I’ve shared some gorgeous pictures of the wild plum trees blooming.  Plus our bees are emerging from winter stronger than ever.  Heck we’ve even completed our very first Walk-Away Hive Split!  I can’t wait for that first honey harvest in July.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, ya know?  Today is finally Friday and we can almost smell the delightful aroma of the weekend wafting in the air, no?  So to celebrate I’ll share a Fall-Back Friday post with ya.  That’s where I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular with our readers.  Today’s share is one of RancherMan’s faves – homemade  bread.  But not just any homemade bread.  I’ve amended my recipe to include oat flour from oatmeal I’d ground into flour.  OMGosh y’all.   So.  Good!  Check it out!

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Fall-Back Friday: Depression-Era Crazy Cake!

by Tammy Taylor~

What a fun, eventful week we’ve had – seems baby calves are popping out everywhere these days!  But we finally made it to Friday #canIgetaHallelujah??!!  So to celebrate this fine day I’ll fall-back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular with our readers in the past.  Oh and let me tell ya you’re gonna love this one too – Depression-Era CRAZY CAKE.  Crazy cake recipes were popular during the great depression when eggs, milk & butter were oh-so-hard to come by.  But just because ingredients were scarce doesn’t mean they didn’t whip up a little sumpin’-sumpin’ sweet for their family’s dinner table from time to time.  Enter this depression-era chocolate crazy cake recipe.   Yep that’s right, no butter, no milk, no eggs – heck not even a mixing bowl!  You’re gonna love this!  You’re welcome.

Fall-Back Friday: Depression-Era Chocolate CRAZY CAKE! Yep that's right, no butter, no milk, no eggs - heck not even a mixing bowl! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all! Today I’ll celebrated Friday by sharing a Fall-Back Friday post with you.  Fall-Back Friday is when I fall back into the archives and bring to the surface a post that’s proved popular in the past.  Today it’s all about finances.  I’m sure we all know someone that is struggling financially right now.  Some because they went a little overboard during the holidays but some are struggling due to circumstances completely unforeseen & out of their control.  Financial adjustments must be made sooner rather than later.   Today I’m sharing some ideas on how to save money when financial times turn tough unexpectedly.

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Fall-Back Friday: Best Homesteading Posts of 2015

by Tammy Taylor~

The end of the year is getting closer & closer, y’all!  Continuing our series of the “Best-Of” titles, today I’m sharing with you the most popular posts of 2015.  These posts were the most clicked articles on our little ole blog by our awesome followers.  In 2015 our readers were really interested in a fluffy KitchenAid Sandwich Bread, making their own Cream-of-WHATEVER Soup, following our 30-day No-Spend Challenge for groceries and easy ways to Ditch the Plastic in your Refrigerator, as well as many other DIY, MIY self-sufficiency posts.  I’ve laid ’em all out for easy reading for ya – check it out!

(psssst:  Be sure to tune in next week for the final tally of our absolute top 10 Homesteading posts of 2016!)

Wonder what the most popular homesteading posts were on the blog in 2015? Here it's all laid out for easy reading. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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