Fall-Back Friday: Homemade Pancakes

by Tammy Taylor

Well we finally made it through the week.  TGIF, right??!  I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about Friday is this blog’s Fall-Back Friday feature, where I fall back into the archives of the blog dig my way back out, bringing back to the surface a post that has proved very popular with my readers so you can enjoy it today.  (yeah, I know – I’m a giver!)  Today’s post is about one of my favorite foods: pancakes.  Not just any ordinary run-of-the-mill commercial pancakes, but buttery homemade goodness.  Oh my, now I’m seeing a breakfast-for-dinner menu in our very near future.  And the great news is that they’re both quick & easy to make, using common ingredients in almost every pantry – check it out!

Homemade Pancakes Label #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: BIG Shudder, Small Package

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: This is the smallest scorpion I've ever seen in my life.#TaylorMadeRanch

There are a few critters that get my instant skin-crawling attention, especially when they’re inside the house – scorpions are way up at the top of the list!  This has got to be the smallest scorpion I’ve ever seen in my life.

~TMR~

 

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MYO Italian Seasoned Tomato Leather

by Tammy Taylor

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My garden was practically decimated by the grasshoppers this year for some reason – I’ve never seen an infestation like this!  They descended upon my garden and ate every leaf off of every plant in the pepper section including dulce peppers, pablanos, as well as most of the rest of the garden.  But for some reason they passed completely by my tomato bushes.  And surprise of all surprises I’ve not even seen the dreaded tomato hornworm that I usually battle each summer either.  Add to that the fact that the weather this summer has been odd, unusually cool and with timely rains – not at all what I’m used to seeing for summer gardening here in NE Texas.  The result has been the perfect storm for my tomatoes.  Although I only planted two tomato bushes this year they were my favorite heirloom San Marzanos and they always produce more than we can eat fresh and also plenty for us to preserve.  This year is my first attempt at making a tomato leather in my dehydrator.

Dehydrate your own Italian-flavored tomato leather to use all those healthy garden tomatoes.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Repurposing Items To NEW LIFE

by Tammy Taylor

Today’s Fall-Back Friday post is about something I feel very strongly about here at the Taylor Household: REPURPOSING.  For me it’s an environmental thing but an unintended (yet happy) consequence is also financial savings.  You see, not only are you not adding to the bulging landfills with single-use items, you’re not having to BUY those things in the first place!  And the important part is – it’s EASY to do.  It’s not really a sustainable move if it’s difficult or cumbersome.  Come read the many ways we incorporate repurposing into our everyday lives to significantly reduce our landfill-bound trash (and save a little cash too!)

Repurposing Is An EASY Way To Reduce Landfill-Bound Trash. #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: COWopotamus

by Tammy Taylor

 

Cowopotamus #TaylorMadeRanch

While strolling through the pastures RancherMan & I discovered a new form of life – a hybrid hippo & bovine – COWopotamus!

~TMR~

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Failed Fences, GOOD NEIGHBORS!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Panic sat in when RancherMan came rushing into the house saying he found the pasture gate open and the two weanling heifers were missing.  We frantically searched the barn paddock and the south pasture, tree lines, creeks, etc. but they were nowhere to be found. Apparently they had nosed the chain enough to unlatch the gate and simply walked down our driveway, out to the road and disappeared.  With our hearts pounding we jumped in the car and started down our county road, quickly looking in the open pastures as we drove along.  As my head throbbed, visions of potential outcomes were going through my mind.  What if they went toward the highway?  Or they got hit by a car?  What if someone got hurt?  Where do we even start to look?  What if we can’t find them?

When Our Fences Failed We Found Out How Important It Is To Have GOOD NEIGHBORS  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Blender Salsa!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Well folks, Friday has once again rolled around and that means it’s time for a new fun-filled installment of Fall-Back Friday – a feature where I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that has proved very popular in the past.  How timely that today’s feature is blender salsa.  I don’t know about you, but my garden tomatoes are producing like crazy!  (yes, I’m loving that…) What better way to enjoy those beautiful crimson orbs than to make salsa out of them using fresh tomatoes and a mixture of dried herbs & spices common in most pantries?  Check out how easy it is to whip up this dry salsa mix to use with YOUR fresh garden tomatoes!

Make your own blender salsa with garden-fresh tomatoes.  #TayloMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Sunrise Silence

by Tammy Taylor

 

Quietly, beautifully, dawn breaks.  Today's a blank slate, let's do something GREAT with it! #TaylorMadeRanch

Quietly, beautifully, dawn breaks.  Today’s a blank slate, let’s do something GREAT with it!

~TMR~

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Laundry Problems On The Ranch (and maybe your house too!)

by Tammy Taylor

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 I think it goes without saying that there are some laundry problems on the ranch that are a little more specific to our lives here than, say, the typical suburban household.  For instance it’s not only common but typical for our clothes to be hit with cow manure.  Hey, if you’re in the chute trying to work a cow when she lets loose, something’s gonna get hit!  (well, HOPEFULLY the typical suburban household doesn’t have to deal with that particular stain anyway…  LOL)   But some stains that are very prevalent here on the ranch are probably the same laundry monsters you may be dealing with in your own home.  One such laundry problem for us is blood, but I have a secret for getting most blood stains out of our clothes…

I've discovered a secret for getting blood stains out of our clothes - EASILY! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Apple Crumble From Canned Apples

by Tammy Taylor

 

Well it’s Friday y’all, time for me to Fall Back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that has proved very popular.  And lucky you – today I’m talking about using your home-canned produce to produce something quick yet amazing.  You see, last fall I canned apple slices in light syrup and my Faaa-VORITE thing to make with them is apple crumble.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s DELICIOUS.  Check it out!

 

Apple Crumble serving - Taylor-Made Ranch

 

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