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Texas Heat Superstar: Growing Malabar Spinach

by Tammy Taylor~

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I love fresh spinach & I’m sure to plant it every year in my edible landscape garden.  It’s beautiful, leafy-green and makes a lovely border.  Oh, and you can EAT it!  What’s not to love??!  But in our part of NE Texas the window of opportunity in enjoying fresh spinach is short.  In no time our spinach bolts and becomes bitter.  But I’ve recently been introduced to a completely different kind of spinach.  One that grows vigorously in a vine.  In the heat! Malabar spinach!

Malabar Spinach - Texas Heat-Loving Superstar! Dark-green heart-shaped leaves that grow in a vine even in the Texas summer heat. Beauty, edibility and heat-loving staying power. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze

by Tammy Taylor~

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My veggie garden did very well this year.  Usually by the middle of July the searing sun has wiped out anything that struggled to remain during the hot summer months.  But even though it’s been hot this year my garden has provided garden deliciousness well into the fall months.  Yea!  One of the fall feast-or-famine goodies from the garden is cantaloupe.  Now I didn’t plant cantaloupe this year, the vines volunteered from my compost.   But I let them grow to become a living mulch for the rest of the garden.  RancherMan eats only a modest amount of fresh cantaloupe & although I love it, how’s a girl to eat that much by herself??  I wondered if there was something I could do with all the excess cantaloupe – as it turns out, there is!

If you have extra fresh cantaloupe, make this Sweet Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Thriving Plants When You Live In The Botanical ‘Hole Of Death’

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve said it before and I can’t say it enough.  I love it here!  I love living in the country and the small-town feel.  We’ve made good friends and feel a true sense of community here.  And there’s that old 1800’s Barn that just speaks to my heart!  My life here is perfect in all ways except one. I struggle to get plants, trees or shrubs to live in our yard!!  Apparently we built our home right in the middle of the Botanical Hole of Death.

A short list of some beautiful yet very hardy plants I've been able to get to thrive in our Botanical Hole Of Death. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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