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How To Make Pear Sauce With Fresh Pears

by Tammy Taylor~

A sweet neighbor offered to let RancherMan & me come harvest from their huge pear tree.  We took a ladder but only had to pick the sweet pears within our reach to bring  back about 75 lbs of fresh pears!  I’ve heard of people making something similar to applesauce but using pears instead – Pear Sauce!  I love applesauce so I figured I should give it a try.  Using my slow cooker it was super easy too, the procedure is the same as when I made applesauce.  Check it out!

Pear Sauce is much like applesauce but made with pears. After being given a supply of pears I gave pear sauce a try. Check it out! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Tortilla-Sized Pizza Leather Made With Pasta Sauce

 by Tammy Taylor~

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When our garden is producing extremely well I like to preserve as much as I can from it.  Oftentimes our tomatoes are producing like GANGBUSTERS and I’m making Tomato Sauce and Pasta Sauce from it, as well as dehydrating it into Tomato Powder or just Dried Diced Tomatoes to drop into my wintertime simmering soups.  But one of my favorite ways to preserve tomatoes is by dehydrating it into tomato leather so I can roll it out directly on top of my pizza crust & just start piling on the toppings – the cooking process and the moisture in the toppings rehydrates the leather for me.

But I didn’t get many tomatoes this year so I find myself purchasing pasta sauce until I can make it myself again.  (sigh…) But recently I had leftover pasta sauce and wondered what to do with it.  Since we’ve recently discovered tortilla pizzas I decided to make some tortilla-sized tomato leather!

Recently I had leftover pasta sauce so I decided to make some tortilla-sized pizza leather. I'll use them on our tortilla pizzas! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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The Lazy Cook’s Wild Plum Jelly Recipe – No Pectin Needed!

by Tammy Taylor~

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There are several wild plum trees in our pasture.  The recent years of drought have killed off many of them, but there are still 2 or 3 small ones left. One of the trees produced enough plums this year for me to make this small batch of wild plum jelly. Is there any more beautiful crimson color than what’s displayed from a jar of homemade wild plum jelly?

Wild Plum Jelly recipe - No peeling, no pitting, no PECTIN Check out this Lazy-Girl's wild plum jelly recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How to Make Pumpkin Puree & FREE SEED GIVEAWAY!

by Tammy Taylor~

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The native American Indians planted a symbiotic garden called the ‘Three Sisters Garden’.  In this garden they planted corn – a staple in their diet, but it was also a heavy nitrogen feeder from the soil.  At the base of the corn plants they planted green beans to help replenish the nitrogen in the soil.  The corn repaid the bean’s care by giving them a hearty stalk to climb upon & support the bean plant.  Then squash was planted between the corn plants.  The squash benefited from the additional nitrogen as well, plus the large leaves of the squash vine would cover the soil to moderate the summer temps,  preserve moisture and act as a living mulch for the beans and corn.  All plants benefiting each other.  Love it!

This year I planted heirloom Sugar-Pie Pumpkins for the squash requirement of my Three Sisters Garden.  I like to use the pumpkin puree for my favorite homemade Pumpkin GranolaI now have several pumpkins that are now ready to come off the vine so I’ll be cooking them up into pumpkin puree.

MYO Pumpkin Puree From Fresh Pumpkins, SO EASY - Come See How I Make Puree From Our Heirloom Garden Pumkins. #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

How to Get Homestead Shade Trees For FREE!

by Tammy Taylor~

 

Y’all know I’ve planted many trees since moving here.  They typically struggle the first year & then succumb after the first 12-18 months.  I kid you not, I’ve lost 18 trees in our BACKYARD ALONE!  That’s lots of money wasted but dang y’all, I really miss the beautiful canopy of trees I’ve always assured that we enjoyed at each and every home where we’ve ever lived.  But it doesn’t make financial sense to keep plunking down money year after year to buy trees & get them planted when they obviously don’t want to live here.  But aaaahhhh…  Y’all remember my battle cry?  Use Whatcha Got!

I've been frustrated to buy, plant and lose so many trees since moving here. Come see how I've gotten homestead shade trees for FREE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Crazy Canning Lady: Canning Successes & Failures

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve canned food almost all my life – I actually enjoy it.  Recently I was gifted many fresh pears that I didn’t want to go to waste.  And THEN we took a long weekend to go visit my favorite aunt & uncle in west Texas.  My aunt sent me home with about 20 lbs of fresh apples PLUS a huge cooler packed with frozen cut/sugared apple slices & pureed apples.  OMGoodness there’s NO room in my freezer or fridge – that means more food to process!  That can mean only one thing: Go into power-canning mode for several days trying to FINALLY get done with the fresh produce that needed to be dealt with.  Although I ended up with many jars of delectable treats, getting there was a comedy of errors!  C’mon in & see.

Crazy Canning Lady had a Canning Marathon trying to FINALLY deal with all the fresh produce. Lots of canned goodies but getting there was a comedy of errors! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: Wild Plums

by Tammy Taylor~

 

The fruits of a wild plum tree are tiny, only about the size of a cherry. But they make some delicious jelly!  #TaylorMadeHomestead The fruits of a wild plum tree are tiny, only about the size of a cherry. But they make some delicious jelly!

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Cherry-Flavored Gummy Chews Made From Excess Garden Squash

by Tammy Taylor~

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Squash is a prolific veggie.  Summer gardens are often so overloaded with zucchini & summer squash that although you anxiously enjoy it the moment it’s harvestable in the spring, soon your family tires of squash every night.  You then attempt to preserve  some for winter months but still that squash harvest keeps coming Every.  Single. Day.  Finally in a futile attempt to dodge being consumed by the giant growing mountain of squash you start giving it away to grateful friends and family… for a while.  Soon even they run when they see you coming toward them with yet another squash harvest in hand.  You can’t stand to see that beautiful garden produce go to waste but “What’s a girl to do?” you wonder to yourself as you slowly disappear beneath the growing squash harvest pile…  Recently I was skimming my ~TMH~ Facebook newsfeed and I saw someone post about making a sweet chewy treat from overgrown excess garden squash.  Whaaaaaa….???  I’m intrigued!

What can you do with all that garden squash? Make sweet cherry-flavored gummy snacks for your family with overgrown zucchini or squash! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy Cheesy Spaghetti Squash & FREE Seed Giveaway!

by Tammy Taylor~

HEY I’m giving away free seeds!  When I asked RancherMan what veggies he wanted me to plant in this year’s garden he emphatically said “SPAGHETTI SQUASH!!”  I must admit I was a little surprised at his enthusiasm.  LOL   Spaghetti squash cooks into strands that visually resemble strands of spaghetti.  Now to me it doesn’t taste like pasta, its taste is of a mild squash that lends itself well to the other flavors you add to the dish and it’s certainly  low-carb way to get a dish that looks like pasta!   But we love spaghetti squash and although there are many ways to prepare it, I make a sort of vegetarian lasagna  that’s always been his fave.  It’s served right in the shell so it has a beautiful presentation as well.  Recently I was able to harvest our spaghetti squash and whip up his favorite cheesy spaghetti squash dish.  It was easy, delicious, healthy and quick to prepare.

Easy Cheesy Spaghetti Squash, PLUS I'll be giving 10 Spaghetti Squash Seeds to TWO lucky winners! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make A Frozen Watermelon Smoothie (or Daiquiri!)

by Tammy Taylor~

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Several weeks ago I got a seedless watermelon.  Now I love fresh watermelon but RancherMan only enjoys it in moderation.  I ate it fresh for a few days but wondered if I’d be able to eat it all before it went bad.   A friend of mine suggested cutting it into chunks and freezing it.  She said I could blend it up into a cool daiquiri on a hot summer day.  (of course you could leave out the alcohol and make it a slushie instead – a sweet treat for the whole family!)  I was intrigued and decided to give it a shot.  HA!! ‘give it a shot’!  See what I did there??!

Watermelon Smoothie - Cold, sweet refreshment on a hot summer's day that the whole family can enjoy! . Or add rum for a Frozen Daiquiri #TaylorMadeHomestead

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