Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrated DICED Tomatoes

By Tammy Taylor

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This summer has been pretty weird, garden wise. After suffering 3 consecutive years of gripping drought we got a little rain this year. Oh don’t get me wrong, we’re STILL in the drought and suffering from below-normal rainfall but at least rains have come sporadically this year. But here’s the crazier weird thing: we had hordes of grasshoppers the likes I’ve never seen before.  They swooped in like a plague, sweeping through in clouds of flying hoppers & stripping each & every leaf off of most of my garden and then devouring any sprouting leaves that try to recover thus killing the plant entirely. Even my apple trees were stripped completely bare of leaves as well as many bushes in the yard and almost all of my garden. But for some reason the grasshoppers didn’t eat the tomatoes, so that blessing coupled with at least a little rainfall meant my tomatoes produced like gangbusters.  I only planted two tomato bushes (of course my favorite heirloom San Marzanos) but they’ve produced even more heavily than they usually do. I’ve frozen them and cooked them into tomato sauce and canned pasta sauce. I’ve dehydrated the skins for tomato powder and even made tomato leather for pizza. But what about dehydrating them into diced tomatoes to use for my endless soup this winter? Hummm…

Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating DICED Tomatoes.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Preserving JALAPENOS!

by Tammy Taylor

 

It’s finally FRIDAY y’all!  So in honor of Fall-Back Friday, I’ll fall-back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that has proved very popular with my readers for you to enjoy today.  Summer’s still hanging in and the garden is still producing that healthy goodness, so today’s topic revolves around the garden and preserving that precious produce that comes from it.  And one of my faaaaaavorite veggies?  JALAPENOS!  Oh man I can’t get enough of ‘em, and I’ve found a way to preserve them so I can use them long after the lazy days of summer are gone.

 

I'll Use Dehydrated Jalapenos For A Little Home-Grown SIZZLE In Our Food. No Purchased Plastic Containers Of Jalapeno Seasoning For Me! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Work To Be Done

by Tammy Taylor

There’s work to be done, good thing I LOVE my job! #TaylorMadeRanch

 

There’s work to be done, good thing I LOVE my job!

~TMR~

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Pumpkin Puree – Healthy Goodness From The Garden

by Tammy Taylor

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This year I planted heirloom sugar pumpkins in my garden and when it was time to harvest them I knew I’d first be able to enjoy them for a bit as decoration.  I love the way those little pumpkins looked propped on our cast-iron Franklin stove.  But several days later I was in the kitchen pouring myself the last of my favorite pumpkin granola, and I knew that  since I planted those delicious pumpkins for use in my granola it was time to cook those babies down into puree.   But we live in NE Texas, it’s hot and humid in the summer so whenever possible I keep the oven off in the house during those hot days.  Thankfully I have a secret weapon for keeping that summer heat outside where it belongs, even while cooking!  Now I’m about to put my secret weapon to very good use while preparing my pumpkin puree.

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Fall-Back Friday: Homemade Flavored Mayonnaise

by Tammy Taylor

 

Welcome to Friday y’all, the day when I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface for you to enjoy today a post that has proved very popular with my readers.  Now I’m pretty excited about today’s Fall-Back Friday post ’cause I’m talking about how easy it is to make something I used to buy.  You see I’m not a big mayonnaise fan, mostly because of the fat content, plus I hated to buy those expensive PLASTIC jars of the stuff when I wanted to make egg salad or cole slaw.   But I’m here to tell ya there’s a better (and much less expensive) way.  You can MAKE it yourself.  Oh yes you can, hear me out now.  And it’s EASY too!  I like to flavor mine with a crushed garlic clove right from my garden for a little extra punch.  Wanna know how?  Read on, dear friends.

Quick & Easy Mayonnaise that lasts longer than other homemade mayonnaise. There's a secret ingredient to help preserve it! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Bovine Traffic Jam

by Tammy Taylor

 

This is my idea of a bumper-to-bumper bovine traffic jam! #TaylorMadeRanch

 

 

While working the calves and sending them through the chute we witnessed a bumper-to-bumper bovine traffic jam!

~TMR~

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Fun In The Sun At Surfside Beach, TX

RancherMan & I got the opportunity to spend a week renting a lovely beach house at Surfside Beach near Galveston, Texas.  The plan was to meet up with my baby sister & her family as well as my big brother & his and we’d all gather for the week in this one large rented home large enough for all of us.  BUT just because my brother and his wife were moving to the other side of the country on the very day our vacation was to begin, they apparently thought that was more important than vacationing with us!  Humph! LOL  We tried to get my younger brother & his wife to come stay in that one now-vacant bedroom at the beach house but they were already on a preplanned trip far away.  We offered that same room to my parents but they couldn’t make it either, so there were just the five of us rattling around that big lovely 2-story 4-bedroom 3-bath house.

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Fall-Back Friday: MYO DRY SHAMPOO!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Summer is winding down and temps are cooling off, THANKFULLY!   It’s been a long hot summer and those most uncomfortable days are typically spent hiding inside in the air conditioning.  But with this cooling weather many of us are turning our thoughts back to the great outdoors.  Camping is a fun and inexpensive past-time and for today’s Fall-Back Friday I’m falling back into the archives and hookin’ ya up with a very helpful tip – making your own dry shampoo!  Now I’ve experimented with dry shampoos before & I never liked the metallic-like sheen they left on my hair but after experimenting a bit I’ve hit upon what I feel is the perfect mix.  This dry shampoo is made with ingredients that in all probability are already sitting on your pantry shelves.  Check it out!

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Wordless Wednesday: Best Friends

by Tammy Taylor

 

Our little bull calf is SO EXCITED to finally have a playmate, he & this little heifer are never apart. #TaylorMadeRanch

Our little bull calf is SO EXCITED to finally have a playmate. He & this little heifer are never apart. ~TMR~

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Safety From The Storm – Part II: Outfitting Your Storm Shelter

by Tammy Taylor

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Last week I wrote about how important it was for me to have an underground storm shelter installed close to our home at the ranch to be able to stay safe when tornado season hits.  There were many considerations for us to make for the actual installation so if you haven’t had the chance to read it and you’re considering an underground storm shelter I urge you to read Safety From The Storm – Part I: Seeking Shelter.  But now that our shelter has been installed, what do we stock it with?  I polled our wonderful ~TMR~ Facebook followers and they were so helpful (as they always are).  Using their suggestions as a guide, here’s what we decided would be stocked into our shelter.

Safety From The Storm Part II: SUPPLIES.  See How We Decided What To Stock In Our Storm Shelter.  #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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