Tag Archives: Fall-Back Friday

Fall-Back Friday: 4 Easy Ways We Reuse Bacon Grease

by Tammy Taylor~

Many of us remember our grandmothers keeping a small grease can on the back of her stove.  Grandma knew that grease could serve a valuable purpose in her kitchen.  Maybe some of you still have your own grease cans.  I can certainly tell ya that bacon grease is a precious commodity in my kitchen.  To celebrate Fall-Back Friday, I’m falling back into the archives & bringing back a super-popular post.  I’m sharing 4 easy ways we reuse bacon grease in the Taylor household.  Check it out, y’all.

Many of us remember our grandmothers kept a little grease can on the back of her stove? Grandma knew that grease could serve a valuable purpose in her kitchen. I can certainly tell ya that bacon grease is a precious commodity in my kitchen. I'm sharing 4 easy ways we reuse bacon grease in the Taylor household. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Don’t Worry, Compost Doesn’t Stink!

by Tammy Taylor~

So you’ve set your New Year’s Resolutions (or New Year’s Goals) and now you’re all gung-ho to do better this year.  And maybe, just maybe one of your goals is to finally start that compost pile you’ve been meaning to start.  I mean, what’s not to love?  It reduces the ‘smell’ in your kitchen trash can because food’s not sitting in there for several days.  And it makes compost.  COMPOST!  You know, the stuff you typically drive to the store and plunk down your hard-earned money to buy in a big plastic (ugh) bag and then schlep home.

Your gut feeling is right – making it yourself is cheaper, uses your kitchen waste and DOESN’T come entombed in plastic.  All the way around, good for the environment, good for your garden and good for your budget #amiright??!  But you newbie composters may worry and think to yourself “If you’re rotting food scraps, doesn’t that stink??!”  Well worry not, dear readers.  Today’s Fall-Back Friday post brings that popular post back to the surface to ease your mind.  Check it out!

Are you new to composting? Do you worry it's going to stink? Worry not - check out this Fall-Back Friday post about composting. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Velvety Chocolaty Homemade Hot Cocoa

by Tammy Taylor~

I think January is one of the coldest months of the year.  Here in NE Texas we don’t really get cold in November.  And the first part of December it’s not unusual to be wearing shorts.  By the end of December we get what we consider cold weather, but oh January!  Now I don’t know about you, but when those cold winds blow I like to be inside with a warm fire going, a nice warm lap blanket and schnoodled up on the couch watching movies.  RancherMan & I enjoy a hot steaming cup of hot cocoa too.  Now the powdered stuff tastes good enough I guess, but it’s no comparison to the homemade version.  And it’s quick & easy too.  Just make a chocolate syrup using cocoa, sugar & cold coffee, add the milk and voila!

Quick & Easy Homemade Chocolate Hot Cocoa #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Christmas Season Roundup – Reduce Stress & Enjoy The Holiday!

by Tammy Taylor~

OMGosh y’all, I’m stuffed!  Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving as much as RancherMan & I did??  I love the holidays, we like to fill them with all the warm-fuzzies the holiday offers and encircle ourselves with the love of family.  But now Thanksgiving is over & it’s time to set our sights on Christmas #canyoubelieveit?

I know, I know, it’s easy to get overwhelmed during the Christmas holiday.  Today I’m sharing my Christmas-Idea roundup.  Not only thoughts for dealing with gifts but also holiday decorations, wrapping and even how to deal with the stress of it all.  Grab a cup of coffee & come check it out, y’all!  I promise you’ll find something that speaks to you.

It's easy to get overwhelmed during Christmas. I'm sharing thoughts about how to deal with the stress of it all for a more peaceful & beautiful holiday! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Healthier Double-Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies

by Tammy Taylor~

TGIF y’all!  To celebrate the weekend I’m offering a Fall-Back Friday post for you. I’ll Fall-Back into the archives & bring to the surface a post that’s proven very popular with our readers.  But first a little back story: My aunt tries to eat only healthy foods & is careful about what she eats.  But when she came for a visit I still wanted to bake up a sweet treat for her.  She loves chocolate too (I think that MUST run in the family) so I whipped up a batch of double chocolate banana chunk cookies.  It uses the natural sugars in the bananas and a touch of honey to sweeten them.  They’re delicious!

Fall-Back Friday: Healthier double-chocolate banana chunk cookies uses sweetness in the banana and a touch of honey to sweeten. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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