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Applesauce Is A Multi-Purpose Gem In Your Pantry

by Tammy Taylor~

WHEW!  I finally finished with all the fresh apples my aunt let us harvest from her tree & bring home.  Ten bushels worth!  TEN bushels.  T-E-N.  Wow.   I’ve made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies this winter.  And I dehydrated some of those delicious apples into crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips for snacks.  But I love the Slow-Cooker Applesauce the most.  I’ve even taken some of the regular applesauce & flavored & canned it into Cinnamon-Vanilla Flavored Applesauce.  And of course the liquid released when I cooked down those apples into applesauce wasn’t wasted either.  I strained & canned it for apple cider.

All are delicious, but today I was thinking about that applesauce.  How versatile it is in my kitchen.  Not only do I enjoy eating it straight from the jar, but it replaces a cooking item I typically have to buy.

 

Not only do I enjoy eating homemade applesauce straight from the jar, but it replaces a cooking item I typically have to buy. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Keeping Our Hens Mite Free On The Cheap

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I really enjoy raising hens each year.  We don’t really have a market for the eggs since I no longer work in an office.  Most folks around here are raising their own chickens for their own eggs.  And a friend of mine is selling eggs the local Farmer’s Market so I don’t want to move in on her business.  So every year we just buy 3-4 hens.  It’s enough to provide us with the eggs we want.  And we allow them to free range part of the day so they get much extra protein (and some excitement) from running around the house eating grasshoppers and such.  The garden pests are eliminated by them while providing us with even healthier eggs.  That’s really a win/win, no?

We typically sell these girls in the late fall.  They’re prime-age egg layers but we don’t want to have to overwinter them and their value is much higher as productive egg-layers than meat in the freezer.  Then in the spring we’ll buy new pullets and start again.  So I’m far from a chicken expert, but I thought I’d share what we do to keep our girls happy & mite free.

We use wood ash to reduce or eliminate mites on our chickens. We get happy hens using something that was previously just wasted. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Recipe: Homemade Shortcake Baked Up In A Flash

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently we received some really beautiful garden-fresh strawberries.  Oh the beauty of them!  I decided I’d use them to make one of my favorite desserts – strawberry shortcake!  But in the past I always bought the little round shortcakes wrapped in cellophane when I’d made strawberry shortcake.  This time I wanted to make it all from scratch.

So I sat out to find a recipe I liked.  I found one on the AllRecipes site that looked pretty straightforward so I decided to give it a try.  I mean, these beautiful strawberries deserve the best #amiright??

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How To Make Whipped Cream Sweetened With Honey!

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know we’re newbie beekeepers just in our 2nd year of beekeeping.  We absolutely love it.  Of course we got no honey harvest that first year, but this past July we finally made a small harvest.  Aaaaahhhh, there’s nothing like the taste of raw honey fresh from the comb #amiright?

I’m using honey in my kitchen these days wherever possible.  I’ve never made homemade whipped cream before but this recipe from Real Food Enthusiast looked easy & was sweetened with honey. You know I’m all over that!  I bumped the honey volume up just a bit to suit our tastes.  I found it’s true what they say about making homemade whipped cream. It really IS easy and I love the subtle taste of honey in this recipe.  Come see how easy it really is!

It's easy to make your own whipped cream in minutes. This recipe is sweetened with honey instead of powdered sugar. Delicious! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Repurposing an Empty Coffee Canister to a Cute, Country BreadBox

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve been sharing various ways I’m able to repurpose those handy coffee canisters once they’re empty.  I’ve painted them and used them for a Back Porch Planter to hold mint transplants.  (This also makes a cuter way to share plants with friends.)  I’ve also used them to hold large quantities of Dried Rosemary from that beautiful plant outside our back door.  And of course I use those canisters in my Garden to simplify my tasks there as well.  I even (after much trial and error) discovered how to Remove The Print from those canisters so I could use it decoratively in my kitchen.  But this is the first such decorative project I’ve attempted and I’m BEYOND thrilled at how it turned out!  I made a cute, country bread box out of it!

Repurposed Empty Coffee Canister into Cute, Country-Style Bredbox. I'm always repurposing those empty coffee canisters. But this time I've made a country bread box. Love it! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Breakfast Biscuits Are A Company-Worthy Breakfast In A FLASH

by Tammy Taylor~

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m hosting guests I always stress about what to feed them.  Will I be able to make sure they can eat according to the schedule they’re accustomed to?  How will I know when they’re hungry?  Will I be able to whip up something delicious while not being shackled to the kitchen?  And what will I serve?  What, what, WHAT??!!

If you stress about feeding guests too, I’m about to share one of my favorite breakfast-in-a-flash shortcuts.  I like to have ham & cheese egg biscuits.  My guests call them BOBs (Breakfast-on-a-Biscuit)  The beautiful thing is I can make everything in advance & just assemble & enjoy.

BOB, or Breakfast on a Biscuit - is a quick company-worthy breakfast of scrambled eggs, thinly-sliced ham & cheese on a biscuit. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make Your Own Homemade Minty Mouthwash

by Tammy Taylor~

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It was a great night’s sleep.  You wake up feeling refreshed and rested as you stretch and yawn – streak of golden sunlight peeping through the blinds.  But morning breath?  UGH…  C’mon, we all have to deal with it, don’t we?

Now I’ve found many ‘recipes’ for making your own mouthwash.  But often they’re overly complicated or use ingredients I don’t want to have to buy.  What’s my battle cry?  Yep, y’all remember it well:  Use Whatcha Got!

 

Reusable, repurposed flip-top bottle. Making my own Homemade Minty Mouthwash helps me toward the zero-waste lifestyle I strive for. And using only simple ingredients! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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How To Repurpose A Canning Jar For Rustic Flower Vase

by Tammy Taylor~

Most of the decor in our home is rustic country themed.  Although I’m not a minimalist, I really enjoy our living space to be simple and uncluttered, uncomplicated.  And since most of my actions are done with the environment in mind, I love to use items for more than one purpose.  Y’all know my battle cry: “Use Whatcha Got!”

One day RancherMan & I enjoyed a little exploring time in an area on our property where previous homesteaders took their ‘trash’ decades ago.  I love to catch a little glimpse into the past when I see what those homesteaders long ago discarded.  Several glass jars and a few household items have withstood the ravages of time.  I found some intact canning jars and of course I’ll never use them for food preservation.  But I love bringing parts of those past lives into our home. Come see how I used them!

Using old canning jars I found, I repurposed a canning jar to make an adorable rustic country flower vase.  I love it, and it's so easy to do!  #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homemade Cold-Process Soap: Morning Motivation MINT!

by Tammy Taylor~

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I was recently asked to give a talk to a delightful women’s group about the procedures of homemade cold-process soap.  Of course there’s no way for me to actually make the soap as part of the presentation.  Not only would mixing lye not be wise in an unknown setting but start to finish it takes about 2 hours to make the soap.  (although once the lye & oils are combined it comes together in only about 20 minutes)  What??!  You don’t think I could be entertaining enough to engage a group of strangers for 2 whole hours??  LOL

So RancherMan & I decided to make the soap in advance.  That way the soap could cure for 6 weeks before the presentation.  We would be able to send everyone home with a sample of the finished soap all ready to use.  But what soap shall we make??  After pondering a bit I decided to put that rambunctious mint to good use and make a mint-scented soap.  I think I’ll call it “Morning-Motivation Mint”!  Come see how we did it.

This is a very easy recipe for a good homemade cold process soap. Morning-Motivation Mint Cold-Process Soap - Refreshing! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Repurposing Coffee Canisters – Removing The Print

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve written before about repurposing those handy empty coffee canisters to a new life.  They’ve been used in my garden to simplify chores, and I’ve painted them & planted in them for my patio.  And those painted canisters make a cute presentation when I want to share plants with friends too.  But recently I had a foodsy-type repurpose I wanted to do with them.

Since I would be using them for storing food I didn’t want to paint the canister.  I dunno, it’s probably fine, but I worried about whether with repeated use the paint might fleck off or even get mixed in with our food.  For whatever reason, I wanted to leave the canister unpainted.  But removing the print proved to be more difficult than I thought.  Scrubbing the canister, using nail polish remover, paint thinner – even a straight-edge blade wouldn’t remove that print!  Hummmm…  this is going to take a little more investigation…

Removing The Print On An Empty Coffee Canister. I like to repurpose those coffee canisters, but how do you remove the print? It was more complicated than I thought. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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