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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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Tightening Our Belts: A Financial Hit

by Tammy Taylor~

If you follow us on Facebook you’ll know RancherMan & I recently received a crushing hit to both our hearts as well as our budget.  We lost a prime young heifer in a freak accident.  She’d  already been weaned and was ready to be listed for sale – a hefty percentage of our annual income.  I realize that when you raise animals for a living, these things happen but it never gets easy.  We saw this sweet girl take her first breath of life and we were there with her at the end, giving her as much comfort & care as we possibly could.  But when you’re self employed these losses crush not only your heart but also your budget.  We are a very small family-run business so a loss like this hits doubly hard for us and at a really bad time of the year – leading into the holidays.

Financial Hit: Sometimes the financial belt must be tightened even more. Here are things at the forefront of our minds for the next several weeks #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Personalize Your Own Insulated Drink Holder

by Tammy Taylor~

How many times have you been at a gathering and enjoying an icy cold beverage?  As you chat with friends you set it on the table to impart your interesting story about your homestead.  When you look back you see 2 or 3 identical drinks on the table.   Do you dare guess which one’s yours?  What if you take someone else’s drink?    With a sigh you decide it’s not worth the chance of picking up the wrong one.  So you chalk it up as a loss & fetch yourself a fresh drink.  What a waste!  Surely there’s an easy way to keep tabs on your beverage…  Here’s how I battle against that waste – it’s easy and even kinda fun!

Personalize Your Own Repurposed Insulated Drink Holder - You'll never wonder which drink is yours at the party. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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I’m Co-Hosting the Creative Muster Blog Party!

I’m so thrilled to have been asked to co-host the Creative Muster blog party this week!  This is one of my favorite blog parties and there are always some awesome ideas shared.  So if you’re a blogger, share a few of your great creative family-friendly posts right here!  If not you can just sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the hop.  You’re guaranteed some great reading & some very creative ideas.

~TMH~

Great Ideas are found at the Creative Muster Party! Join us and other talented bloggers for some fun, food and inspiration!We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to party with us!
The Creative Muster is home to some of the most creative bloggers, which means we do a lot of sharing. If you’re looking to get exposure, find some inspiration or meet new people then you’re in the right place. Grab your favorite family friendly posts, share them, then sit back and check out some of the other amazing things that are being shared. There are a ton of great ideas to be found here!

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Vinegar Made With Pineapple Scraps

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve tried on numerous occasions to make apple cider vinegar.  But each & every time it was a failure for me.  I don’t know why but instead of turning into that ACV I desired, it turned into a sour mess.  But in contrast each time I’ve made vinegar with pineapple scraps it’s been successful!  So recently I had a fresh pineapple & I decided to make pineapple vinegar – it’s SO EASY!  And I used a *pineapple peeler/corer to peel and core that pineapple in less than ONE MINUTE!  (have I mentioned how much I love that thing??!!)  After enjoying that sweet, juicy pineapple I set out to make my own homemade pineapple vinegar.  It’s EASY, and I recently wrote an article for Mother Earth News Magazine about it.  Check it out!

After enjoying a fresh pineapple I made homemade pineapple vinegar. It's EASY, and I wrote an article for Mother Earth News about it. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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