Tag Archives: Frugality

Homestead Hack: Saving Your Fingernails When Cleaning

by Tammy Taylor~

We’ve all been there.  You scrub & scrub your stove but that tiny little stuck-on piece is being stubborn.  You scratch at it with your fingernail to dry to dislodge it.  But since your hands have been in the water, those fingernails don’t have the same ooomph as when they’re dry.  So you continue to scrub instead.  But I’m all for not spending more time cleaning that necessary.  And sometimes the easiest solution to a problem is also the simplest.  Check out this handy Homestead Hack.  Use Whatcha Got!

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MYO Chalkboard Labels For 2-Part Canning Lids

by Tammy Taylor~

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So I love to dehydrate food.  My pantry is filled with gleaming jars of dehydrated produce.  I’ve got sliced and diced carrots, sliced & diced onions, squash, okra and more.  Pretty much anything I’ve grown in my garden I’ve dehydrated.  I’ve turned into quite the dehydrating queen since obtaining my *Excalibur Dehydrator.  Heck those 9 huge trays let me dehydrate so much more than I ever could before!  When that produce is dehydrated I place them in clean jars in the pantry.  I wanted to have chalkboard labels for my jars.

Chalkboard Labels on jars in the pantry. I wanted chalkboard labels for the top of my storage jars. But I found a way to make them myself for CHEAP! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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8 Great Gifts For Your Environmentally-Aware Friends

by Tammy Taylor~

It seems everyone wants to tread a little lighter on the earth – I love that!  Are you searching for environmentally-friendly gifts for your friends?  Handmade items are all the rage this year.  If you just don’t have time to make homemade soap or natural beeswax food wraps you can find many handmade gift options at our Online store, and I’d be honored if you’d hop in & check it out.  But below are other sustainable gift ideas for your green-minded friends and family.

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5 Frugal Things This Week to Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

In order to both live as well as work here on our beloved homestead, RancherMan & I have to be very careful with our money.  Oh sure we could just give up on our dream & go back to the corporate world.  Then we’d have as much money rolling in as we used to!  But that’s not our life and it’s not our dream.  And the beautiful thing is that it’s not even a sacrifice to us to be mindful of where our money goes if it means we get to live a life that’s true to our hearts!

I know many of you are also mindful of your finances and my hope is this post about 5 frugal things this week gives you some encouragement.  Let’s dive in!

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7 Easy Ways To Reduce Plastic In The Kitchen

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve been on a quest for many years to eliminate as much plastic from our home as I can.  It’s almost impossible – plastic is EVERYWHERE!  So I’ve decided if it’s coming into our home, I’ll USE it in its entirety instead of buying more plastic.  But even then there are ways I’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of plastic that I use in my kitchen.

As much as I hate it, plastic is EVERYWHERE! Come see 7 easy ways I've been able to reduce plastic in our kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

 

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Cherry Pie Filling Recipe From Frozen or Canned Cherries

by Tammy Taylor~

The holidays are coming up y’all!  Every holiday gathering – whether Thanksgiving or Christmas – the non-negotiable dishes my family requests of the Taylor Household is that we bring  RancherMan’s Famous Green-Bean Casserole and my sweet, desserty no-cook Cherry Schtuff.  Now in the past I’d simply buy a can of cherry pie filling.  But I was often very disappointed at the abundance of filling and significant lack of actual cherry in those cans.  So these days I’ve found it’s much cheaper and oh-so-much-more delicious to make my own cherry pie filling.  I use either canned or frozen cherries and BOOM!

I've found it's cheaper and more delicious to make my own cherry pie filling using canned or frozen cherries. Plus there's way more actual CHERRIES! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Use All Of Your Spray Cleaner

by Tammy Taylor~

Cleaning – we’ve all gotta do it #amiright??!!  My favorite cleaner is much simplified from my younger days.  Back  then I’d prance down the highly-scented cleaning aisle picking up whichever cleaner spray had the most eye-catching label.  But I recently wrote about how cleaning has become complicated.  So my cleaner of choice these days is a repurposed spray bottle with soap & water.  Yep, soap & water!  Cheap and effective.  But sometimes when I’m using that cleaning spray and I’m closer to the bottom of the mixture I have a hard time getting it to spray.  I mean, when you tilt that bottle and the spray nozzle attachment doesn’t reach all the way into the cleaner, whaddya do?

Oh I’m so glad you asked.  Check out this homestead hack, y’all.

When I get to the bottom of the cleaning spray bottle I have a hard time getting it to spray. Check out this easy HOMESTEAD HACK! #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

Baked Apple Pie Tortilla Rolls

by Tammy Taylor~

Although almost most of our meals are cooked from scratch.  Sometimes off-the-homestead commitments results in me being unprepared for supper. But in all honesty since I use the cook-once, eat-twice method of cooking, I almost always have a main dish in the freezer for such occasions.

So I served thick charcoal-grilled ham slices, steamed carrots with butter & fresh rosemary and a serving of coleslaw.  The grilled ham slices were simply pulled from the freezer & the steamed carrots were remaining from yesterday’s meal and the coleslaw was in the fridge. So a delicious homemade supper was on the table in a flash. But when I take so many shortcuts for one meal I typically try to make a dessert for that handsome man of mine to make up for the meager offerings. It doesn’t help to make a quick supper if dessert takes lots of time.   I still needed a quick dessert option.  Hey, I know, I’ll use some homemade apple pie filling & a few tortillas to make baked apple pie tortilla rolls!

Need dessert in a flash? With apple pie filling & flour tortillas you can make baked apple pie tortilla rolls. No recipe is even needed! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Rehydrating & Enjoying Previously-Dehydrated Carrots

by Tammy Taylor~

Remember recently I ended up with a boatload of fresh carrots?  Now there was no way to consume that many carrots before they went bad.  So I was frantically sharing as many as I could with friends, family & neighbors but there were Still.  So.  Many.  Carrots.

So I dehydrated a huge bunch of them so I could enjoy them all winter long in our hot soups & stews. (you can read about dehydrating carrots here) These dehydrated carrots look awesome in my pantry in shining glass jars.  And they take no additional energy to store such as a refrigerator or freezer.  But I wanted to know how they would taste if I reconstituted them to enjoy as a veggie side dish.  Let’s check it out, shall we?

 

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Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters – Covered Dish Affair

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know we drink coffee that comes in small-ish plastic canisters.  When the coffee’s gone the canisters are handy and I’ve used them for so many things so far.  I’ve removed the paint & made them into a super cute bread box.  They’ve been painted & used for planters to share plants with friends. And I’ve even made them into feeders for our chickens too.  (the complete list is below) But recently we were invited to a covered-dish supper at our daughter’s house in a city a couple of hours away from home.  ROAD TRIP! LOL I agreed to bring our daughter’s favorite cake-mix cookies.

But you know how when participating in a covered-dish event it’s always inconvenient to find the right container to bring your food in?  Oh and then making sure you get your container back when you leave, what a pain.  Oh and all those various-sized plastic food containers & mismatched lids.  Ugh.  But of course today it was an empty coffee canister to the rescue!

We were invited to a covered dish affair & I agreed to bring cookies. I used an empty coffee canister to hold the cookies. EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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