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Double-Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently I was so excited that my aunt was coming to visit!  She agreed to stay with us at our house for a couple of days.  Now this woman is the ultimate hostess when we stay with her, so I wanted to assure her stay at Chez Taylor was as comfortable as possible.  I made a pork roast with veggies so it would be ready for her as soon as she arrived.  And I prepared for breakfast by making buttermilk biscuits beforehand and cooking up scrambled eggs in my silicone muffin pan so we could have grab-n-eat breakfast biscuits the next morning.  But c’mon, there needs to be something sweet (and CHOCOLATE) to snack on.  Because I said so, that’s why!

With the exception of the chocolate chips these cookies are sweetened with natural sugars of banana and honey. Fluffy, soft & chewy #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze

by Tammy Taylor~

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My veggie garden did very well this year.  Usually by the middle of July the searing sun has wiped out anything that struggled to remain during the hot summer months.  But even though it’s been hot this year my garden has provided garden deliciousness well into the fall months.  Yea!  One of the fall feast-or-famine goodies from the garden is cantaloupe.  Now I didn’t plant cantaloupe this year, the vines volunteered from my compost.   But I let them grow to become a living mulch for the rest of the garden.  RancherMan eats only a modest amount of fresh cantaloupe & although I love it, how’s a girl to eat that much by herself??  I wondered if there was something I could do with all the excess cantaloupe – as it turns out, there is!

If you have extra fresh cantaloupe, make this Sweet Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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How To Make Pear Sauce With Fresh Pears

by Tammy Taylor~

A sweet neighbor offered to let RancherMan & me come harvest from their huge pear tree.  We took a ladder but only had to pick the sweet pears within our reach to bring  back about 75 lbs of fresh pears!  I’ve heard of people making something similar to applesauce but using pears instead – Pear Sauce!  I love applesauce so I figured I should give it a try.  Using my slow cooker it was super easy too, the procedure is the same as when I made applesauce.  Check it out!

Pear Sauce is much like applesauce but made with pears. After being given a supply of pears I gave pear sauce a try. Check it out! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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