Tag Archives: Frugality

Securing Our Underground Cistern: Use Whatcha Got!

by Tammy Taylor~

When RancherMan & I bought this piece of NE Texas paradise we were enamored with the rich history of the property.  Apparently over the decades it’s been home to several homesteads, I’m assuming one of the first was in the 1880’s when our barn was built! The most recent home was located at the front of our property but it burned down in the late 1950’s.  We’ve discovered whispers of their past lives that they left behind – so amazing!  There were two deep cement cisterns located where we think were either side of the house.  One had to be covered up when we moved here, but we preserved the deeper one to use as our Outdoor Irrigation for my veggie garden.

At the time we were living in the big city.  Someone had a small cedar fence that they pulled down – it was almost brand new.  That would be PERFECT to frame in our little cistern!  So we brought it here and constructed a cute little wishing well with that discarded fencing & some leftover metal roofing.  It looked cute & kept the cattle out of trouble when they were around the cistern.

When our cistern enclosure deteriorated we tore it down but we needed a way to keep our mini Schnauzer safe around it. Use Whatcha Got! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned Leftovers: Carnitas Tacos from Pork Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I hate food waste.  Now I’m sure we ALL hate food waste, but for some reason it’s a deep-seated hatred for me.  I’m not sure where such strong feelings originate – I never recall going hungry a day in my life.  But for some reason I simply cannot stand food waste.  I keep an eye on food freshness in my kitchen like a ninja!  I’ve spoken before about my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking where you cook a boatload of main dish & freeze the rest for future meals.  These entrees will be served exactly as they were cooked.  Homemade Meat Ravioli or Stuffed Bell Peppers are two examples.

But there’s another method of cooking I often employ to stop food waste in its tracks: Planned Leftovers.  This is a little different, a main ingredient is made in large quantities and then the leftovers are made into completely different dishes.  For instance I might cook a Slow-Cooker Sticky-Chicken one night and then make Tortilla Soup with the leftover chicken.  Make sense?  Now hear this: recently I purposely made massive quantities of pork roast.  One of my all-time favorite leftovers planning is Carnitas Tacos.  Oh man you’re gonna love this!

Planned Leftovers - remake leftover pork roast into a totally new dish: Carnitas Tacos. Delicious & you can make your own taco shells! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy Repurposed Dry-Goods Pour Container

by Tammy Taylor~

I make sun tea any time it’s sunshiny and even close to  being warm – Summer – Fall – Winter or Spring!  I have a large hourglass-shaped glass picante jar that I fill with water & drop in a tea bag.  Then I place it on our picnic table in the back yard and the sun does the rest!  By suppertime (much earlier in the heat of summertime) our tea is deliciously brewed by the sun.  I just bring it inside, mix it with a jar full of water and voila!  Tea brewed with no purchased energy.  Can’t get better than that, right?

She uses a repurposed canning jar & a salt container spout destined for the recycling bin to make a convenient pourable sugar jar! Sun Tea #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 Easy Ways We Reuse Bacon Grease

by Tammy Taylor~

We don’t eat lots of bacon here in the Taylor Household.  Oh yeah don’t get me wrong, we LOVE bacon and we enjoy it from time to time, but it’s not often included in our limited budget.   Lucky for us those two families who DO enjoy bacon often have agreed to save the resulting bacon grease from their breakfast delight for me.  (Thank you, and YOU know who you are!)  You might wonder why in the world I would want the less-fun part of the bacon… the grease?  Well here are 4 very important ways I’m able to use that breakfast byproduct to add a mighty punch of flavor and save money in my own kitchen too.

We don't use bacon grease every day but it's still a budget saver in my kitchen. Much flavor is added to typical staples too #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently I wrote about the benefit of planned leftovers.  That’s the method of cooking when you purposely cook more of an item than you will eat at one time, then bibbidy-bobbedy-boo presto-changeo remake the leftovers into brand new and delicious recipes.  Most recently I cooked a huge pork roast in not one, not two but THREE slow cookers.  Yeah, that roast really was was that big! I planned to remake the leftovers into new dishes later in the week.  I’ll be sure to share some of the fun recipes I made such as Carnitas Tacos, Pulled-Pork Enchiladas and more, but today I’m sharing the quickest & most basic delicious leftover idea: a Hearty Stew!

Planned Leftovers remade into the quickest meal possible - a hearty meat/veggie stew. Check out this Homestead Hack. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned leftovers: Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve written before about how I love the Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking and of course its close relative the Planned Leftovers method too.  With Cook-Once Eat-Twice cooking you might cook several meatloaves or stuffed peppers so you can freeze it for the same entree later.  With Planned Leftovers you cook much more than you’ll eat at one meal so you can remake the leftovers into something completely new and delicious.  I wrote recently about cooking mucho quantities of pork roast to use for planned leftovers.  But today I’ll share the planned leftovers I enjoyed from a recent Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken I made.

Planned Leftovers: Use leftover chicken, a few dried out corn tortillas, a few cans of veggies to make delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 Quick & Easy Ways To Repurpose Denim

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan goes through his Wrangler jeans pretty frequently.  Between barbed-wire nicks and kneeling at the cattle chute wearing out the knees, sooner or later those jeans are no longer fit to wear. But all is not wasted –  I love all things denim!  So I’ve asked him to save those worn jeans for me.  There are several things I like to do with that sturdy denim material.  Come see!

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The Absolute Most Popular Blog Post For Each Year

Here we are in a bright, shiny new year.  I hope all of you had an awesome 2016 and are looking forward with eagerness to the possibilities that 2017 holds. RancherMan & I have many exciting things to look forward to in ’17!  I’m thinking about opening an Etsy shop for some of the homemade soaps we make and maybe some of the repurposed denim crafts I do.  Perhaps even a few crosses made from the 1880’s barbed wire that we still have in places on our property.

But since we’re on the cusp of a brand new year I thought it would be fun to share with you the single most popular post in each year since I’ve been writing this little ole blog of mine.

Sharing with you the single most popular post in each year since I've been writing this little ole blog of mine. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I’m a big fan of planned leftovers.  Similar to Cook-Once, Eat-Twice, planned-leftover cooking is where you purposely cook more than you plan on eating at one sitting so you can use the leftovers in different dishes later.  One of my favorite foods to use when I’m purposely planning for leftovers is pork roast.  I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious roast with carrots & potatoes for supper?  Then it’s easy to turn that leftover meat into other dishes for other suppers.  So I often cook a large enough roast to assure I have plenty leftover meat for future meals.

I like to cook with planned leftovers in mind. Recently I cooked up a huge pork roast in a slow cooker. See what I have planned. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Quick & Easy: Rich, Chocolaty Hot Cocoa Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently our grandbabies came to stay with us for a couple of days.  It was cold and dreary outside, so there was no playing outside for them.  So I thought we’d pop some popcorn, plug in a fun movie and enjoy some hot cocoa stirred with a peppermint stick.  But there’s no need to resort to the packets of powdered stuff!  Homemade cocoa is delicious & only involves cocoa, sugar and milk, flavored with vanilla with a handful of miniature marshmallows floating on top.   Believe me when I say it was a huge HIT with the grandbabies!

Homemade cocoa is delicious & only uses cocoa, sugar and milk - flavored with vanilla & a few miniature marshmallows floating on top. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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