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Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

I’m a big fan of planned leftovers.  Similar to Cook-Once, Eat-Twice, planned-leftover cooking is where you purposely cook more than you plan on eating at one sitting so you can use the leftovers in different dishes later.  One of my favorite foods to use when I’m purposely planning for leftovers is pork roast.  I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious roast with carrots & potatoes for supper?  Then it’s easy to turn that leftover meat into other dishes for other suppers.  So I often cook a large enough roast to assure I have plenty leftover meat for future meals.

I like to cook with planned leftovers in mind. Recently I cooked up a huge pork roast in a slow cooker. See what I have planned. #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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Easy Quick bread Recipe: Basic Beer Bread

by Tammy Taylor~

I make beer bread all the time.  Sometimes I make it flavored but oftentimes it’s just a basic beer bread.  When I want it flavored I’ll use add-ins that I enjoy such as homemade basil pesto & sun-dried tomatoes with olive oil to make a Pesto-Flavored Bread.  Sometimes I’ll chop fresh rosemary from the garden & add cheddar cheese for a delicious  Rosemary/Cheddar-Flavored Bread. Or one of our faves, cheddar cheese & diced jalapenos.  I’ve even added brown sugar and cinnamon-spiced apples for a deserty kind of apple cinnamon bread.  It’s all delicious!  But it occurs to me I’ve never written a post about my basic beer bread recipe.  Mea culpa!

Quick & easy bread recipe that requires no kneading? No rising? NO KIDDING! Check out this easy beer bread recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

Sugar-Free Chocolate / Sweet Potato Brownies!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Sweet potatoes often go on sale and are cheap cheap, CHEAP.  But these unassuming veggies are a real power house of nutrition too.  Did you know you can use them to even add vitamins and fiber to a delicious healthier sweet treat??  Recently we had a guest author share her experiences of going through a complete month without eating any refined sugar at all.  But c’mon, they still love their sweets!  During her FINAL WEEK of the challenge, Ashley shared a ‘sweet surprise’ – chocolate brownies made with sweet potatoes!  Oh yeah, you have to see this…

So moist and delicious and completely free of refined sugar. Eat healthy but still enjoy your sweets #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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