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Just 3 Ingredients to MYO Natural Beeswax Lip Balm!

by Tammy Taylor~

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RancherMan & I are new beekeepers.  We wanted to begin raising bees for many reasons: to help the declining honeybee population, to aid in our vegetable garden pollination and of course – HONEY!  But there’s another beehive product that’s been very helpful – all-natural beeswax.  We harvested a couple of frames of honey last fall so I could FINALLY have raw honey which contained ragweed pollen. I’m hoping consuming that raw unfiltered honey will help with my fall allergies.  But how exciting that I now have natural beeswax too.

I purified the wax from those frames and decided to use some of it to make beeswax lip balm for myself as well as part of our homemade Christmas Gifts.  It really couldn’t be easier – only 3 ingredients!  Check it out, y’all.

She uses beeswax to make a natural lip balm in minutes. It really couldn't be easier - only 3 ingredients! Check it out, y'all. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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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 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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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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Top 10 Homesteading Posts of 2016!

by Tammy Taylor~

Whelp, here we are at the end of 2016.  What a great year it’s been! My veggie garden was screamingly successful this year.  And our homestead branched out with registered Angus heifers to augment the registered Hereford operation we currently have.   But it wasn’t without its darker moments too, including twin calves that died in calving and dealing with expensive yet crappy appliances.  But RancherMan & I tackled the successes and the trials together, side-by-side.  And that’s the way I always want it to be.

All this month I’ve been sharing with you the top homesteading posts on the blog for each year I’ve been writing.  I’ve linked to each of those years of Top-10 posts at the bottom of this post.  So if you haven’t already enjoyed ’em, well there ya go!

But without further adieu, here are the top 10 posts of the year for 2016:

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Homestead Hack: MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP!

by Tammy Taylor~

The other night I made a pork roast in my slow cooker.  Since I often use the Cook-Once Eat Twice method I was cooking with planned leftovers in mind.   My plan was to enjoy roast & potatoes for supper that night, then carnitas tacos with the leftovers.  So while I was cooking my roast I cooked up the taco veggies at the same time. I heaped in plenty of chunky onions and red, yellow & green bell peppers.

When the time came the next day to turn leftover roast into carnitas tacos I thought about the taco shells.  DANG I hate to buy those! They’re always so brittle yet hard – and several are often already broken in the package!  Also you have to buy 12 at a time, much more than RancherMan & I need.  Plus more times than not they just taste stale to me.  How I hate wasting money buying them.  Then I remembered something I read years ago about how to easily make taco shells as you need them.  Now’s a perfect time to give ‘er a try!

Do you hate to waste money on hard, stale taco shells? Check out this easy Crispy Baked Taco Shells Homestead Hack & make your own! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homemade Pocket-Sized Hand Warmers

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know RancherMan & I like to make our Christmas gifts ourselves.  To us, it’s just so much more personal.  Plus by doing so we’ve removed ourselves from the consumerism and stressful side of the holiday.  We feel it’s brought us back to a more well-balanced Christmas filled with the love of Christ & the warmth of family & friends.  Sure it takes more time (and sometimes more money too) but we feel we’re living our values, and that’s important to us.  You can see a few of the homemade gifts we’ve made in the past here.  This year we’ll be giving experience gifts to our grandchildren.  We’re taking them to a live production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, performed in a vintage 1940’s theater – how fun!  But we still want them to have something to open during our family Christmas celebration too.  So we decided to make pocket hand warmers for each of them to keep their little handsies warm during the chill of winter. 

These Pocket-Sized Hand Warmers are perfect to keep little one's hands warm! #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Mother Earth News Post – Cottage Cheese From Soured Milk

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I have been burning the candle at both ends lately it seems.  We’ve had business commitments, familial commitments and community commitments.  Truth be told we’ve been running a LOT!  So half of my gallon of milk sat in the fridge & got a little too close to it’s use-by date and ended up lightly soured.  I didn’t throw it away – I made cottage cheese with it!  It was very quick & so easy.

Homogenized Milk vs Raw Milk

Now I must say there are some very strong opinions out there on whether or not soured pasteurized milk is the same as soured raw milk.  I’ve tried raw milk before but I don’t much care for it so I buy my milk.  I haven’t done massive research on all the nuances into safety vs purity of raw vs homogenized milk.  I think there are valid points on both sides.  But in this post I’m sharing what I’ve personally done.

No Arguments!

I’ve made this cottage cheese from lightly-soured commercially-purchased milk several times.  My experience is that my homemade cottage cheese is absolutely delicious and tastes no different to me than commercially-purchased cottage cheese.  I’m happy to share this easy procedure with you.  But I won’t get into a soured raw milk vs soured commercial milk discussion, m’kay?  We’re all friends here & you have the right to your opinion and to nourish your body as you like, just as we all do!  I’m just sharing my personal experience here.  So we’re all good??  Alrighty then – here’s my post shared recently with Mother Earth News!

Half a gallon of milk got too close to it's use-by date and was lightly soured. So I made cottage cheese with it. Very quick & so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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