MYO Sweetened Condensed Milk

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve been on a quest for quite a few years to make for myself those things I used to have to buy.  The reasons for this are really multi-faceted – first I feel pretty empowered that I’ve been able to provide for my family without a trip to the grocery store.  Plus making these things myself is always significantly less expensive than the purchased counterpart and that makes my budget happy.  It’s also typically healthier without the odd-sounding ingredients you typically see on commercial food labels and probably most importantly to me – it’s environmentally friendly with less landfill-bound trash. Now I don’t use sweetened condensed milk often but recently I made a favorite holiday dessert and it calls for a can of sweetened condensed milk in its list of ingredients.  I haven’t actually purchased this milk in years once I found out how easy it is to make myself.

It's shocking how easy it is to make your own homemade sweetened condensed milk. In our area a can of the name-brand stuff sells for about $3.49!   #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: This Birth Was A Fright!

by Tammy Taylor

 

This calf could not be delivered naturally by his young mama so we had to act fast to save his life!  All's well that ends well... #TaylorMadeRanch

This calf could not be delivered naturally by his young mama so we had to act fast to save his life!  All’s well that ends well… WHEW!

~TMR~

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Pre-Cook Your Holiday Turkey!

by Tammy Taylor

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Aaaaahhhhh the holidays! It’s one of my favorite times – the friends & family, the food, the fun!  It’s wonderful to gather together around a festive table and enjoy the delights of the season – homemade casseroles, side dishes, dressing, gravy and of course my favorite – roasted turkey. But here’s the deal – I hate to spend my holidays shackled to the kitchen both with all the cooking as well as the massive cleaning required when roasting a turkey. You may ask “But Tammy, is there a better way to prepare?” Well I’m here to tell ya “Why yes there is!

Don't get stuck on the holiday in the kitchen roasting & carving a turkey and wrestling those greasy cooking pans - Pre-Cook Your TURKEY!   #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Endless Soup For Warm Nutrition All Winter Long!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Now that Ole Man Winter’s blasting through it really brings a chill to the bones.  I find during the colder days of winter I really like to tuck inside on the couch near a warm fire next to my handsome RancherMan and enjoy the warmth and maybe a good book or movie.  But running a ranch means we have to venture outside to tend to the cattle no matter what the weather’s like.  Luckily I know how to keep us warm & cozy from the inside out after stomping back inside – hot soup!  Endless soup offers hot nutrition for very little cost or preparation and keeps us in hot soup lunches for a whole week.  Today in celebration of Fall-Back Friday I’ll be falling back into the blog archives & bringing to the surface my very popular post about endless soup.

My Endless Soup offers hot nutrition for very little cost or preparation and keeps us in hot healthy soup lunches for a whole week.  #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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Wordless Wednesday: The Stillness Of Winter

by Tammy Taylor

 

Each Season Shows Its Own Beauty.  #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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Environmentally-Friendly Gifts Can Be FUN!

by Tammy Taylor

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I’m very environmentally aware in almost everything I do. Now I don’t expect everyone to see things the way I do, we’re all different & and that’s a wonderful thing – being very environmentally aware is just part of who I am.   But if at all possible I’d love to give gifts with a lighter footprint.  But with all the competition this time of year to grab the attention of your holiday gift receivers you’ve got to wonder, can you really give more environmentally-friendly gifts that they’ll actually love?  As it turns out, yes.

Can you really give more environmentally-friendly gifts that they'll actually love?  As it turns out, yes!  See my low-waste options.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Low-Waste Reusable Gift Wrap

by Tammy Taylor

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On a Christmas morning long, long ago as I sat in our living-room floor with a steaming cup of coffee in my hands, my heart was full as I listened to the excited chatter of our children as they opened their gifts.  But soon after that gift-opening frenzy I stared with dismay at the mountains of trash that was left behind.  As I loaded up multiple mammoth trash bags with all that trash I thought there had to be a better way.  I mean that paper was purchased (of course shrink-wrapped in dreaded plastic) and used to decorate that gift under the tree for such a short time, then in less that a minute that beautiful paper was turned into landfill-based trash.  There just had to be a less trashy way to adorn my gifts without contributing to an already-bulging landfill problem.  So I sat out to change the way I wrap my gifts.  Although I’ve written about it before it’s been awhile so I thought it would be helpful to see what works well for us.

Trash the TRASH!  I changed the way I celebrate Christmas by using low-waste wrappings. It's easy and beautiful to adorn your gifts without contributing to the landfill! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Grinch to the MAX

by Tammy Taylor

 

Our Mini-Schnauzer Bailey does a fine job portraying MAX from "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"! #TaylorMadeRanch

Our Mini-Schnauzer Bailey does a fine job portraying MAX from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”.  LOL

~TMR~

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Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #100

 

I’m SO EXCITED that I was asked to co-host a fun linky party.  I’ve partied with them for a long time now but I’ve never gotten to co-host.  It’s fun to see all the fun projects crafts & recipes y’all are always adding – last week there were over 300 entries!  Without further adieu, let’s get the party started!

Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #100
Always packed full of Great Ideas and Inspiring Links!
Great Ideas

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

by Tammy Taylor

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One year I just got completely frustrated with all the consumerism associated with the holidays.  Every year we were struggling to equal or top last year’s gifts, then there was the shopping, the crowds and the mounting EXPENSE!  Now don’t get me wrong I’m not against gifts – they’re a fun way to share our love with those around us.  But whatever happened to the real meaning of Christmas, gathering with family & friends and spending time together in celebration of the birth Christ??  When did that get shoved aside & it all become about the GIFTS and the tunnel-vision mindset of “what’s in it for me??”  RancherMan & I had a heart-to-heart talk with each other that year & decided although it would take much more effort on our part, we wanted to give more personal gifts – something from our hearts.  We’ve now been doing this for several years – way before I had my own blog so I don’t necessarily have pictures of everything.  But I thought it would be helpful to know some of the gifts that we’ve given that were well received.

Although it's much more effort I want to give #homemade #Christmas gifts - something from my heart. See the #gifts given that were well received. #TaylorMadeRanch

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