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Homestead Hack: Separating Cream From Fresh Milk

by Tammy Taylor~

As many of you know, recently I had to bring a mama cow into the barn and milk out one of her quads since her newborn calf neglected it long enough for it to get very large.  I didn’t want to risk her getting mastitis and the longer the calf neglected it the larger it became.  Although our cows are not a dairy breed, she gave me about a half gallon of fresh milk from just that one quad!  I’d never milked a cow before & I was pretty excited to get that fresh milk, so I sat out to put it all to good use.  I decided to make homemade yogurt with it, but I turned to my Facebook Followers to find out how they easily skimmed the cream from the milk.

I was looking for an easy way to separate cream from fresh milk. A spoon was too time consuming, a gravy separator was better, but check this Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Build Your Own Cornhole Game

by Tammy Taylor~

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Cornhole games – all of a sudden it seems they’re EVERYWHERE!  It’s a fun game where each team stands 27 feet away from a tilted platform with a hole cut in it and tosses a corn-filled bag at the platform trying to make it go into the hole.  The team that reaches 21 points first wins!  RancherMan & I attended a festival recently with my brother & SIL and we saw there was yet another Cornhole game there, so we all joined in on the fun and it was a super-fun evening.  After that experience our wheels started to turn.  We host an annual family reunion at the ranch that we’ve named ‘RanchFest’ and it always involves competitive games.  We always make our games ranch related, so we sat out to make our own customized cornhole game.

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Inspecting Bee Hives

~by Tammy Taylor~

Welcome back to the Beginning Beekeeping Series.  We’re still NewBEES but there are many who are interested in raising bees, so we’ve been asked to blog about our experience.  I’ve written about the beekeeping preparation steps that were necessary before we ever obtained our first bees in this Preparation Post, and I’ve written another post about what to do when you actually Obtain your Bees, so if you haven’t read those posts be sure to check them out.  But now that we have our bees we know you don’t just put ’em out there & let them do their thing…  There’s a rhythm to tending to the hives to assure a healthy, thriving, productive hive.

We have the hives, we have the bees - what's next? Come with us as we inspect the inside of the bee hives! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Mother Earth News: Fenceline Weaning

by Tammy Taylor~

I recently wrote a post for Mother Earth News about the benefits of fence-line weaning.  Any animal caregiver knows there’s more to weaning than simply separating mama & baby.  Fenceline weaning helps reduce the stresses on both mama and baby and helps the transition go smoother, but there are important steps to be taken before weaning ever begins for it to be successful.  Come see how we prepare calves and dams for this transition and reduce their stress at the same time.

There are important steps to be taken before weaning ever begins for it to be successful. See our tips on successful fence-line weaning #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Obtaining Your Bees

~by Tammy Taylor~

Last week we talked about the beekeeping preparation steps that were necessary before we ever obtained our first bees.  There was lots to do: Educate ourselves on best beekeeping practices, join a local beekeeper’s association, decide where our hives will be located, prepare the location for the hives, obtain the beekeeping protective clothing and the bee hive expansion boxes and frames.  RancherMan even built an elevated stand for the hives, and we used heavy-duty cattle panels to section off the hive pen from the cattle pen.  All of these details are listed on last week’s Preparation Post, so if you haven’t read it be sure to check it out.  But now that we’re all ready, let’s get those bees!

We're new to beekeeping and have learned much, with much yet to learn. See what we did when we brought our first hives of bees home! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Becoming A NewBee

by Tammy Taylor~

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RancherMan & I love raising cattle, and we added chickens to the mix because they’re so much fun and, you know, EGGS!  But we were wondering what (if anything) we’d like to add to our current barnyard fun.  We’d tried raising goats but that just wasn’t for us, but then RancherMan hit on an idea:  How about BEES?  His thought is that bees will help keep the garden pollinated, and I’ll hopefully finally be able to obtain local honey that includes ragweed pollen to try to treat my allergies naturally.  Sounds like fun – let’s jump in! We’ve never kept bees before so we’re NewBees(groaaaann…)  There’s a lot to do before we actually receive any bees, come see how we prepared.

We've never kept bees before so we're NewBees! There's a lot to do before we actually receive any bees, come see how we prepared. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Things To Save Money This Week

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is almost here in NE Texas!  How glorious to see things turning green, colorful flowers popping up and the temps warming.  RancherMan & I have been busy building new chicken runs and preparing the garden for planting.  We’re in Planting Zone 8 so I’m safe to drop the veggie seedlings into the ground around Easter and  I.  Can’t.  WAIT!   But I digress… (eh hemm…)  Today’s topic is saving money, and saving money is important to RancherMan & me – being self-employed means we’re always keeping a watchful eye on our dollars.  Thankfully there are ample opportunities to save some cold hard cash.  C’mon and see what we did this week to save money.

5 FRUGAL THINGS! Being self-employed means we keep a watchful eye on our dollars. Thankfully there are always ample opportunities to save! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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