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Garden Update: February Chores

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s been a very strange winter indeed this year.  Oh we’ve had some blustery cold days alright but for the most part it’s been very mild.  Heck here it is the middle of February and it was 80 degrees with sunshine today!  But such wonderful weather lends itself well to working in the garden.  I want to prepare it for a super-productive harvest this year.  Come see what my February chores entailed.

To prepare my vegetable garden for full production, I must take advantage of warm-day opportunities. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently I wrote about the benefit of planned leftovers.  That’s the method of cooking when you purposely cook more of an item than you will eat at one time, then bibbidy-bobbedy-boo presto-changeo remake the leftovers into brand new and delicious recipes.  Most recently I cooked a huge pork roast in not one, not two but THREE slow cookers.  Yeah, that roast really was was that big! I planned to remake the leftovers into new dishes later in the week.  I’ll be sure to share some of the fun recipes I made such as Carnitas Tacos, Pulled-Pork Enchiladas and more, but today I’m sharing the quickest & most basic delicious leftover idea: a Hearty Stew!

Planned Leftovers remade into the quickest meal possible - a hearty meat/veggie stew. Check out this Homestead Hack. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Planned leftovers: Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve written before about how I love the Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking and of course its close relative the Planned Leftovers method too.  With Cook-Once Eat-Twice cooking you might cook several meatloaves or stuffed peppers so you can freeze it for the same entree later.  With Planned Leftovers you cook much more than you’ll eat at one meal so you can remake the leftovers into something completely new and delicious.  I wrote recently about cooking mucho quantities of pork roast to use for planned leftovers.  But today I’ll share the planned leftovers I enjoyed from a recent Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken I made.

Planned Leftovers: Use leftover chicken, a few dried out corn tortillas, a few cans of veggies to make delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Whispers of Past Lives…

by Tammy Taylor~

One day RancherMan took my hand & suggested we enjoy an unseasonably warm day & take a walk around the homestead.  As I often do this time of year when the poison ivy and snakes are (for the most part) dormant, I found myself once again at the location where the previous owners used to take their household discards. Although our barn and some of the barbed wire on our property dates back to the 1880’s, the last residents before us had their house burn down because of a lightening strike sometime in the late 1950’s.  So this area where they tossed their no-longer usable household items so long ago is like a mini time travel for me and I love it! It seems I can learn about those inhabitants from so long ago from what they left behind, a broken child’s die-cast car, broken household trinkets and canning jars.

WHISPERS OF PAST LIVES: The previous homesteaders home burned back in the 1950's, but I read their stories by what they left behind #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Veggie Garden Preparation: February Chores

by Tammy Taylor~

 

Well spring is coming y’all, but just because it’s still cold outside doesn’t mean there’s not lots to be done to prepare for a successful garden.  Gardeners know that gardening starts way before planting time, and during the cold months of winter is when I’m able to start making plans and taking steps to assure a bountiful harvest this year.  Come on, let’s see what we’re up to…

FEBRUARY GARDEN CHORES: Gardening starts way before planting time. During the winter months I'm able to take steps to assure a bountiful harvest #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: ‘Bunny Flowers’

by Tammy Taylor

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Henbit weed or cute bunny flower? It's all in your perception, folks. Look for the fascinating things in your life today! #TaylorMadeHomestead

When our youngest daughter was a toddler she used to love the late-winter weed henbit because to her it looked like a bunny rabbit, hence the name ‘Bunny Flower’. Some may just see a weed, others see something fascinating. It’s all in your perception, folks. Look for the fascinating things in your life today!

~TMH~

 

 

5 Frugal Tasks Today To Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I are able to live & work here on our Homestead – a place that speaks to our hearts – because we are very careful with our finances.  You know what they say, “small leaks sink great ships” or, you know, something like that…  Anyway, my point is that by paying attention to the smaller things, living frugally just becomes a way of life.  There’s really no sacrifice, just a consciousness of frugal tasks that make sense in the flow of our days.  In my case frugality is only part of the reason I’m paying attention – many times those same tasks are also environmentally friendly too, and that’s a two-fer win for me!

5 FRUGAL TASKS To Save Money: By paying attention, living frugally just becomes a way of life. Frugal tasks are natural in the flow of our days #TaylorMadeHomestead

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December Garden Chores – Planning For Spring

by Tammy Taylor

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Even though it’s now winter RancherMan & I are taking steps now to assure a productive garden next spring.  As you know my garden this year was a complete bust with the record rains this past spring that drowned my newly-planted veggie seedlings, followed by yet another gripping drought during the hot summer months.   In a desperate last-ditch effort to at least harvest SOMETHING I transplanted some of the scrappy veggie plant survivors into containers but the hordes of grasshoppers gleefully dashed those chances as well.   It’s now time to put the garden to bed for the winter and one of the blessings of living in NE Texas is that we’re often able to enjoy lovely temperate weather well into December – this year is no exception.  Even mid December we’re still enjoying cool days with highs in the mid to upper 60’s, even the mid to upper 70’s some days.  Gotta love it!  So now that the garden is officially done for the season RancherMan & I are taking advantage of this warm weather streak to prepare the garden for war next year.

Even though it's now winter I'm taking steps now to assure a productive garden next spring, come see the important end-of-season garden tasks #TaylorMadeHomestead

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