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The Lazy Cook’s Wild Plum Jelly Recipe – No Pectin Needed!

by Tammy Taylor~

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There are several wild plum trees in our pasture.  The recent years of drought have killed off many of them, but there are still 2 or 3 small ones left. One of the trees produced enough plums this year for me to make this small batch of wild plum jelly. Is there any more beautiful crimson color than what’s displayed from a jar of homemade wild plum jelly?

Wild Plum Jelly recipe - No peeling, no pitting, no PECTIN Check out this Lazy-Girl's wild plum jelly recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Pear Relish Recipe – Sweet & Savory Come Together Beautifully!

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve heard that pear relish is delicious but… I dunno. I mean sweet pears coupled with savory onions & bell peppers? And jalapenos? And MUSTARD? Blech! I’ve never been a fan of sweet & savory tastes together. But RancherMan asked me to get the recipe from a friend so I did. The instructions she sent were kind of vague and the recipe seemed to make quite a lot . What if all that food & work were wasted because, well… (see pears vs peppers & onions argument above!) So I made a small batch just to check it out. After sampling the results we found it delicious!  RancherMan has already asked me to make it again, this time a full batch #ifyouplease!

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make A Quick-n-EASY Ice Cream Cake

by Tammy Taylor~

My son and his family recently stopped by for a visit and it was very close to his birthday.  Now when he was little he always wanted to have an ‘unusual’ cake, especially since his birthday was during the heat of summer.  One year I decorated a halved watermelon for him – he loved it!  But often he asked for an ice cream cake.  I mean c’mon, what’s better in the heat of a NE Texas summer than ice cream cake?  Back in ‘the day’ I would plunk down an unreasonable amount of money to buy a dinky little ice cream cake at the store.  But I soon learned how to make it myself both quickly as well as inexpensively. C’mon I’ll show you how!

I make a quick Ice Cream Cake using Ice Cream Sandwiches for a deliciously cold sweet summertime treat. C'mon I'll show you how! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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EASY Mix-N-Pour Tortilla Recipe: No Kneading, No Rolling!

by Tammy Taylor~

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RancherMan & I eat tortillas. A LOT. But I’ve never been able to make them homemade to my satisfaction.  We prefer flour tortillas but no matter whose ‘Oh So Easy’ recipe I tried, they took lots of time, made a huge mess & turned out substandard. So when we ran out & needed to make a trek to the store to buy more I decided to give the no-roll tortillas a try. I’m reading that you just mix it up and pour it similar to pancake batter, smoothing them into a thin tortilla with the back of a spoon as they cook. Why not give ‘er a try?  if this works we may be able to kiss store-bought tortillas goodbye forever! Stand by, Houston….

Finally I can whip up a batch of tortillas start to finish in about 15 minutes! And there are many flavoring options & uses too for this Mix-N-Pour Tortilla Recipe! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Make A Frozen Watermelon Smoothie (or Daiquiri!)

by Tammy Taylor~

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Several weeks ago I got a seedless watermelon.  Now I love fresh watermelon but RancherMan only enjoys it in moderation.  I ate it fresh for a few days but wondered if I’d be able to eat it all before it went bad.   A friend of mine suggested cutting it into chunks and freezing it.  She said I could blend it up into a cool daiquiri on a hot summer day.  (of course you could leave out the alcohol and make it a slushie instead – a sweet treat for the whole family!)  I was intrigued and decided to give it a shot.  HA!! ‘give it a shot’!  See what I did there??!

Watermelon Smoothie - Cold, sweet refreshment on a hot summer's day that the whole family can enjoy! . Or add rum for a Frozen Daiquiri #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Deviled Eggs With A KICK!

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently during our annual RanchFest family reunion, RancherMan declared the meal would be comprised only of finger foods.  There would be smoked brisket sandwiches, chips/dips, veggie trays, stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos, fresh fruit trays, cheese/cracker trays and oh-so-much more!  But Y’all know with our homestead hens we’re getting lots of eggs these days and I’d really like to put them to good use.  Since it’s a finger-foods feast I planned to make deviled eggs to go with our no-utensils-required cuisine.  But I didn’t want to make plain ole ordinary deviled eggs, oh no.   This is RANCHFEST – I wanted deviled eggs with a Texas KICK!  Check out today’s Homestead Hack for ramping up the flavor of deviled eggs.

Homestead Hack: Deviled eggs with a kick. Give it a try, it's a delicious spicy twist on an old favorite! #TaylorMadeHomestead   Continue reading

SUGAR FREE No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

by Tammy Taylor

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TAMMY’S NOTE: This No-Sugar challenge documents Ashley’s 30-day attempt to remove PROCESSED SUGAR from their diet.  This challenge allows her to use natural sugars such as fruit, honey or true maple syrup, therefore it’s not meant for a diabetic alternative, simply a personal-health challenge. 

I used to make chocolate no-bake cookies for our kids all the time when they were growing up – it was one of their faves and they begged me to make them often.  Even our youngest who was not a big chocolate-flavor fan (I know, hard to believe she’s actually my kid, huh??)  Anyway, our guest-poster Ashley recently shared with us her four-week journey of a diet with NO refined sugar at all!  This no-sugar version of chocolate no-bake cookies was shared on her FINAL WEEK’s update.  What a great sugar-free spin on a favorite recipe!  And since it’s no-bake there’s the added bonus of not heating up the house on a hot summer’s day.  You’re gonna want to make these SOON!

SUGAR-FREE Chocolate No-Bake cookies using coconut oil. No oven heating up the house during the summertime plus it's CHOCOLATE #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Recipe: Savory Homemade Crackers – Easy & Super-Quick!

By Tammy Taylor~

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Recently RancherMan & I hosted a family gathering and I made our daughter’s favorite Homemade Hummus to scoop up with tortilla chips & enjoy as a snack.  But there was So.  Much.  FOOD!  So after the gathering was over I bundled up all the leftover food and I stashed it in the fridge.  A day or so later I noticed there was still hummus left, and y’all know how I absolutely hate food waste! (and how much I LOVE hummus!)  But all the chips had been consumed by now, how would we enjoy this hummus now?  I love to make things for myself for both financial as well as environmental reasons, so my mind got to rolling.  Hummmm…  I saw something online the other day about how easy it was to make your own crackers …

RECIPE: EASY SAVORY HOMEMADE CRACKERS - heavier than a saltine they worked perfectly for my homemade hummus. Give 'em a try! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homemade Sandwich Bread Variation: Oatmeal

by Tammy Taylor~

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Well y’all already know that I make an effort to supply my handsome RancherMan with his favorite Homemade Sandwich Bread, He loves it so much more than the commercial stuff and I feel good knowing that my bread is filled with only natural ingredients I recognize and can pronounce.  Plus DANG, the lazy-girl er, I mean efficient side of me loves that my *KitchenAid Mixer makes it so much easier!  But I find myself lately with an extra supply of oatmeal.  Although I’m using often with both hot, hearty Flavored Oatmeal as well as my own Homemade Pumpkin Granola for breakfasts,  I wonder if I can amend my bread recipe to use up some of these healthy oats too.  As it turns out yes I can, and with surprisingly delicious results!

SOFT OATMEAL SANDWICH BREAD - I've amended our favorite KitchenAid sandwich bread to include a bit of oat flour, The result is DELICIOUS! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Hot & Hearty Cabbage Stew

by Tammy Taylor

While visiting with a friend recently she commented that she had been eating lots of cabbage soup lately. Cabbage soup? YUM. This friend mentioned that cabbage soup was a healthy soup option on her Weight Watchers program and although I’m not really looking to lose weight I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now.  Especially during the cold winter months I like to enjoy hot soups & stews for lunch and I’ve started an endless soup regimen where I can enjoy ready-made hot  lunches for about a week.   I still have lots of dehydrated cabbage in the pantry so I figured I’d incorporate cabbage stew as my soup of choice for the coming week.

HOT & HEARTY CABBAGE STEW! I wasn't trying to lose weight but the scales inched downward when enjoying this delicious soup for a week's worth of lunches. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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