Tag Archives: Frugality

Solar Cooking: Hard-Boiled Eggs In The Solar Oven

by Tammy Taylor~

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I love my solar oven.  I’ve said it time & time again, I hate to fire up my electric oven during the heat & humidity of our Texas summers.  Not only does it cost fuel for the stove to operate, but boiling eggs adds even more heat inside our home.  That requires our air conditioning to work overtime cooling it back down, therefore costing even more money.

Several years ago I bought a solar oven and I absolutely love it!  What a great item in your Emergency Preparedness toolbox! Then at a Mother Earth News Fair I attended a few years ago, a solar-cooking seminar presenter told us how easy it was to cook ‘hard-boiled’ whole eggs in the solar oven without even using water.  Color me intrigued!

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5 Things I Did This Week To Save Money & The Environment

by Tammy Taylor~

We all wanna be gentle on the earth, right?  I mean c’mon, none of us open our sleepy eyes, stretch & yawn and stumble to the kitchen to sip our coffee while quietly contemplating how to single-handedly destroy the earth!  But sometimes the big picture is just so…  BIG“What could I possibly do to make a difference?” you might wonder.  Or you may have no idea just where to start.

Well let me tell you, it’s easy to start right where you are! Remember it’s the many little things you do every day that come together to make something big.  And here’s a very pleasant surprise – it often saves you a little cold, hard cash too!  Take my week for instance, here are 5 easy things I’ve done this week to save some money and the environment too!

Save money & the environment too! Here are 5 easy things I've done this week to save some money and the environment too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How I Eliminated Sorting Socks In My Clean Laundry

by Tammy Taylor~

You know how it is, you do laundry and at the end of it all there’s Mt Socks.  Blue ones, red ones, white and black ones.  There are socks with stripes & geometric patterns.  Sorting them to match is always a struggle for me.  Some look aaaaaaalmost the same, but they’re not. Ugh.

You try to pair them up but there’s always (and I mean always) one sock of a pair missing.  I swear it’s like the washing machine is toying with you by playing hide-n-seek with that one sock.  You set it aside hoping the mate will show the next time laundry is done but it doesn’t.  Nor the next.  Nor…  Oh how I hate sorting socks!

So although I’m a huge ‘Use Whatcha Got’ fan, eliminating this maddening frustration for me is something I’m willing to do to save my sanity.  Read on, dear friends.

Do you hate sorting socks? I do! But I've found an easy way to eliminate that bag of mis-matched pairs and to streamline sorting socks on laundry day. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Solar Light Feature Using Aged Bois D’Arc Wood

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know that by making our gifts ourselves, RancherMan & I just feel we’re sharing our love more fully.  Yes it takes much more time & effort than just going out & buying something, but to us the effort’s well worth it. We make our own Christmas gifts and I often bring fresh-cut flowers from our homestead to loved ones in the hospital.  The gifts are always well received and the flowers are always gorgeous.  And a little bit of our hearts are always wrapped up in those gifts!

Recently RancherMan & I sat out to make a special gift for our daughter & son-in-law-to-be.   We wanted something beautiful that was also functional and personalized just for them.  Hummmmm…  They both love nature and are interested in woodworking, so we put on our thinking caps and came up with a great idea.  A solar light feature!

Rustic solar light feature using old, aged Bois D'Arc wood and rustic old barbed wire, metal elephant embellishment & decorative solar light. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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I Love Mother Nature, That’s Why I Recycle LESS!

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know I have an environmental bend.  Back in my fledgling environmental days I was pretty darn proud that my recycling bin was full while my landfill-bound trash bin was only half filled.  A badge of environmental pride!  And recycling is good, don’t get me wrong.

But recycling is still dealing with trash.

And I was shocked to find out the recycling that you diligently separate & send off often ends up at the landfill anyway.  (gasp!) So these days I’m actually recycling LESS and helping Mother Nature much MORE!

Why I Recycle LESS. Yes I love Mother Nature, but I've found by recycling less I'm not only saving lots of money, I'm saving the environment too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make A Cute Gift Box With A Greeting Card

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all remember last Christmas I showed you how to repurpose Christmas Cards into cute little Christmas gift boxes?  Well I thought I’d point out that you can use any greeting card to make these gift boxes.  A friend of mine was celebrating a birthday recently. I decided to gift her some homemade Lavender/Rosemary soap, but how to package it?

Quick and easy fix – I pulled the birthday card she gave ME last year and decided to turn it into a cute little gift box. Won’t that be the sweetest idea?  Plus it’s the perfect size for a bar of homemade soap!

You can repurpose a pretty greeting card into a cute gift box in minutes. It's easy and there's no waste! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fast Food: Basic Mix-n-Pour BBQ Sauce Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

I like to cook a big, honkin’ pork roast & then plan other dinners for later from the leftovers.  This Planned Leftovers way of cooking is a budget saver for sure!  From that leftover pork roast I may shred and whip up Carnitas Tacos one night, being sure to use some of the cooked onions & peppers from that roast.  I’ve also been known to make Pulled Pork Enchiladas.  But an even faster remade dish is Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches.

Recently I decided BBQ sandwiches would be perfect for supper.  It had been such a busy day, I needed tonight’s supper to be easy! I often have a spare bottle of BBQ sauce in the pantry for such easy-supper plans. But alas, not this time!  I decided to try to whip up a basic BBQ sauce using just what I had in my fridge.

A simple no-cook BBQ sauce for pulled pork BBQ sandwiches that can be mixed in minutes. This recipe's easy with basic ingredients from the fridge. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy No-Knead Rosemary Skillet Bread Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s well known that RancherMan loves bread.  A LOT!  I strive to keep him supplied in the soft & fluffy Sandwich Bread he loves.  And of course I’ve got other bread recipes in my arsenal too.  We love quick Beer Bread or spicy Jalapeno Cornbread.

And I’d been making cast-iron baked Boule Bread too. But that recipe requires you to heat a flat pan at the same time as you preheat the oven, tossing in water at the last minute to create steam.  That steam got between two glasses of my oven door & it’s nigh impossible to clean without disassembling the whole oven door!  So I’m looking for an easy no-knead skillet bread recipe that doesn’t require that step.

Then I found an even easier recipe for rosemary-flavored skillet bread. And heck, I’m able to flavor it with minced fresh rosemary from my garden.  Y’all know an easy no-knead stir-rise-bake bread recipe will be a fave in the Taylor kitchen!

Easy Rosemary Skillet Bread Recipe. A delicious no-knead bread baked in a cast iron skillet and seasoned with fresh rosemary from the garden. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Low-Waste Option: Snap Toothbrush

by Tammy Taylor~

As hard as I try to eliminate waste, there are some places where I just sigh & accept that plastic landfill-bound trash is just a part of my life. To eliminate the revolving trash of replacing my worn toothbrushes over & over, I tried bamboo toothbrushes.  I loved the concept of compostability, and was willing to power through a different experience for this lower-waste option.  But I had some issues with the bristles coming out in my mouth.  And more importantly I just could never get used to the feel of bamboo in my mouth.

Plus since it had nylon bristles, the toothbrush head portion wasn’t compostable.  So that meant at the end of the toothbrush’s life I either had to snap off the head and throw it away, or soak & pull the bristles out with a pair of pliers and throw them in the trash before composting the rest. Ugh…  So with a sigh I went back to traditional plastic toothbrushes sold in a big plastic package.  Eco-fail?

Then I heard about a more traditionally-styled toothbrush where you only replace the small brush head & reuse the handle.  Now color me intrigued!

I got to try a Low-Waste Toothbrush Option - replace only the worn heads and reuse the handle over & over again to lower toothbrush waste by 93%!  #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Things I Did This Week To Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I live & work right here in our very own NE Texas paradise.  Now it’s true that without a corporate-employment salary infusion, money’s tight for us.  So we’re very careful with our expenses.  But let me tell ya it’s worth it – keeping our income requirements low allows us to live this life we love oh-so-much!

Every now & then I like to share 5 simple frugal things we did over the week that helps us to save money.  Come see a few easy ways we’ve been able to shave a few bucks here & there.  Saving money where you can comes together to make a great overall impact!

Our income is low, but there are many easy ways to save money. Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save some cash! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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