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Preserving Apples Deliciously: Fruit Leather Roll-ups

by Tammy Taylor~

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Apples, apples everywhere!  My aunt shared ten whopping bushels with us this year!  As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there were many delicious things we did to preserve the apples but I tried something new this year:  Fruit Roll-Ups!  I made the fruit leather using nothing but homemade unsweetened applesauce.  There was no need to add sweetener, the apples were sweet enough all by themselves! And then I made another batch where I stirred in about a tablespoon of cinnamon & made apple/cinnamon roll-ups.  It couldn’t have been easier!  I share many of the ways I preserved these fresh apples at the bottom of the post, but for now let’s check out these fruit roll ups!

In preserving all the fresh apples my aunt shared with us, I decided to make fruit leather roll ups. It was easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fast Dessert: Strawberries & Homemade Whipped Cream

by Tammy Taylor~

Who doesn’t love dessert? We don’t have dessert every night of course but my handsome RancherMan does have a sweet tooth.  So it’s not unusual for me to have homemade brownies or even apple pie.  Or depending upon how hectic the day was I might take a shortcut and make something like homemade chocolate pudding.  A delicious dessert need not take lots of time or effort.  Heck one of our favorite desserts is strawberries & fresh whipped cream.  Dessert in a flash!

A delicious dessert needn't take lots of time, one of our favorite desserts is strawberries & fresh whipped cream. Dessert in a flash! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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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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Reducing Plastic In My Personal Hygiene Routines: Deodorant

by Tammy Taylor~

So, if you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all you know that I hate plastic.  Oh don’t get me wrong I think it has its uses, such as in the medical industry for example.  But for regular consumer products I hate it and strive to reduce what comes into our home as much as possible.  Since striving to reduce our plastics, colas & juices have been replaced with delicious icy-cold sun-brewed tea.  No plastic jug and it’s healthier (and so much CHEAPER) for us.  I’ve learned to make my own Face Powder and Dry Shampoo. and even spray Cleaner using repurposed containers. I learned to make my own Powdered Laundry Detergent and also Laundry Scent Booster for a little something extra when desired. It’s been quite a fulfilling and fun challenge for me.

Recently I was thinking about the many ways I’ve cut the waste from our personal hygiene routine.   RancherMan & I have made our own froufrou bar soap for years and I’ve even started making my own minty mouthwash (recipes are below).  But there’s one thing I haven’t shared with you yet.  I dunno, I just figured maybe it was a little TMI.  But it’s my deodorant.  Let’s talk about that.

I've been mindful of the waste in my personal hygiene routine. I'm making my own mouthwash & bar soap. Let's talk about deodorant! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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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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