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Another Great Use For Repurposed Coffee Canisters

by Tammy Taylor~

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So y’all know RancherMan & I are coffee drinkers.  You know, like in “Stay away until I’ve had my coffee” kinda coffee drinkers.  Having a ‘Skip Coffee Day’ is never an option, so don’t even ask.  But we don’t want sweetsy, foamy flavored, overly-sugared drinks.  We want coffee.  Strong, black, delicious.  We prefer Folders coffee in the Taylor Household.  That plastic canister it’s sold in comes in handy for many uses when it’s empty.  We store chicken feed and dog food in them.  And RancherMan uses them in the shop to gather bolts & hardware together.  And I’ve even spray painted them and used them for sharing plants from my garden with friends.  But I still need to put them to use.  Our coffee consumption goes on, ya know??  So here’s another simple way those empty canisters still help me out.

Repurposing Coffee Canisters In The Garden. Those plastic coffee canisters. You love 'em, but how many can you use? I'm sharing another way I'm able to repurpose them. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Get FREE Veggie Plants For Your Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

So I recently shared an update on my veggie garden progress.  If you’ve read it you know my peppers and tomatoes were pretty much a bust this year due to our weird spring.  You see, I planted seeds in my indoor greenhouse and placed that greenhouse at a south-facing window in my home like I always do.  But the constant cloudy weather this spring hampered a good germination.  The few plants that did germinate were hardened off & placed in the garden.  But you know peppers and tomatoes like a little more sun, a little more heat.  All those seeds were just a big, fat bust. I’m disappointed since RancherMan had requested a Pico-De-Gallo garden this year.  Garlic?  Check.  Onions?  Check.  Cilantro?  Check.  Tomatoes?  Hummm… But I was recently able to replenish some of the vacant areas in my garden.  It cost me ZILCH.  “How can you get free veggie plants for your garden?” you might wonder.  I’m so glad you asked!

Free Volunteer Plants. Tomato planting was a bust in the garden this year, will I do w/o tomatoes? See how I've outfitted my veggie garden with FREE plants #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Need A Cute Gift Quick? Inexpensive Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak!

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I enjoy a fun tradition with a small group of our friends.  Every month we all gather to celebrate whomever is having a birthday that month.  The honoree gets to choose their preferred restaurant location and we all meet to offer birthday cheer to them.  We always sing “Happy Birthday” to them, family style(That means purposely horribly off-tune and out of sync with each other)  LOL!  Way too much fun!  Although gifts/cards are not expected,  cards are often brought & sometimes small gifts are brought as well.  But a cute, thoughtful gift doesn’t have to break the bank.

Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak. A cute, thoughtful gift doesn't have to break the bank. See how I made up several cute, inexpensive Himalayan Pink Bath Salt gifts. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Homestead Hack: Cute Container For Herb Cuttings

by Tammy Taylor~

The herbs are going well in my Edible Landscape so I thought I’d take a few cuttings & try to root them in my kitchen window.  I have a repurposed wide-mouth jar that I can use.  So I went to the ‘flower bed’ and trimmed a bit of Stevia, Sage, Oregano, Basil and Rosemary.  I brought them inside and removed the bottom leaves from each of the stems.  I sat those leaves aside so I could use them.  I’ll wash them up & chop all but the Stevia into small pieces & mix them into a bit of olive oil to make my favorite Herb Bombs. Then they’ll be ready & waiting to use this summer in my quick pasta dishes.  I’ve never grown Stevia before so I’ll probably just pop those leaves into my sun tea jar so they can sweeten RancherMan’s tea as it brews.

But I’ve always heard that when you’re rooting cuttings, the jar should be dark.  A dark jar keeps algae from growing in the water and also helps the roots do their thaaaang.  Some suggestions are to paint the jar or to wrap it in scrapbooking paper or something.  Hummm…  So what did I decide to do?  Say it with me kids: “Use Whatcha Got!”  That’s right. 🙂 Check out this Homestead Hack.

I took some herb cuttings to root in my kitchen window. But the jar needs to be kept dark. Check out this cute Homestead Hack idea! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Your Own Money

by Tammy Taylor~

Wordless Wednesday - Think About It: Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Your Own Money! Gotta Love It. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Think about it.  Isn’t it true??  Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Your Own Money!

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How To Make Clover-Blossom Jelly with Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

We’re just starting our second year of beekeeping this year.  Although we often plant winter rye and clover for early grazing opportunities for our cattle herd, we planted clover heavily in the pen right next to the beehives.  It’s beautiful in full bloom! We’ve kept the cattle off of this piece of land to allow the bees to do their thing with the clover blossoms.  I suspect there’s not a much sweeter delight than home-grown clover honey #amiright?  I can’t wait for our first real honey harvest in July!  But as we were walking through that paddock recently I commented to RancherMan how fragrant those blossoms were.  Wonder if I can make jelly from them?  Hummmm…

We have lots of clover blossoms in the pastures. Why not make Clover-Blossom Jelly with those fragrant blooms? It is delicious! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Leftover Biscuit Dough? Make Cinnamon Rolls!

by Tammy Taylor~

I tried unsuccessfully for years to make delicious homemade biscuits for RancherMan.  When I say unsuccessfully, I mean they always turned out too dry & crumbly.  Or with not enough flavor.  Or just plain blahhhhh….  But I’ve finally stumbled upon the secret of delicious, moist, flavorful homemade biscuits!  I make them often for RancherMan and sometimes I put jalapenos & cheese in them too!

But recently I was serving him breakfast in bed for his birthday and he requested eggs, bacon, gravy and homemade biscuits.  As I rolled them out I found I had some dough leftover (as I always do!) Usually I’ll cut them into more biscuits and place them on a piece of aluminum foil to cook right alongside the others.  But I wonder if I could make something different with this small amount of leftover biscuit dough.  I wonder if I can sweeten it & make a few cinnamon rolls?  Hummm…

I take the scrap dough from homemade biscuits & make a small pan of cinnamon rolls. They bake right alongside my biscuits! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Destructive Pests: Trapping Wild Hogs

by Tammy Taylor~

We have a wild hog problem here in NE Texas.  Bad.  So bad in fact that there’s no official ‘season’ for hunting them because they’re such an invasive, destructive nuisance. Their sheer numbers are astonishing. They come through like a cloud, leaving nothing but tilled ground & deep holes behind them. Terrible!   So terrible that the game warden says you can hunt them at any time, day or night at any time, any season. 

Wild hogs are destructive & plentiful. But they're just escaped domestic pigs - they're pork! See how we successfully trap them #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy Low-Tech Way To Kill Weeds

by Tammy Taylor~

Something with a single long taproot seeded itself prolifically in my front ‘flower bed’ last year. Now that spring is just around the corner, they all sprouted with a vengeance!  So that it doesn’t become a bigger problem I started digging out the plants that I could reach.  But I was dismayed to see how thickly they were sprouting in my rock feature at the downspout.  That digging stick wasn’t as effective in the rocks as it was in the soil.  And ugh, my aching back.  What a pain!

 

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Repurposing Empty Feed Sacks In The Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is on its way, y’all!  I’ve already planted up my Indoor Greenhouse with my heirloom seeds.  That way I’ll be able to put seedlings in the ground come spring.  And I’ve also been out in the garden preparing it for planting too.  If you’ll remember, last year we divided our fenced-in garden area in half.  In one half we still have the garden, although we ripped up our raised beds.  In the other half we placed our chicken run.  It’s been an awesome and very positive change.  But now it’s time to get in & prep the garden for a new planting season.  I’m a big fan of repurposing items wherever possible using my battle cry “Use Whatcha Got!  See how I use these empty heavy-paper feed sacks

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