Fall-Back Friday: EASY Homemade Dill Pickles

by Tammy Taylor

 

TGIF everyone!  In honor of Friday I’m falling back into the archives to bring back to the surface a post for you to enjoy today.  And today’s topic is timely since most of us are just enjoying the last veggie rewards of our gardens for the season.  If you’re wondering what to do with those last few cucumbers from the garden, BOY do I have a treat for you!  Now of course I’ve made my own pickles many times in the past using garden cucumbers but never to my satisfaction… until NOW.  Oh yeah, there’s a secret weapon to whipping up delicious homemade pickles quickly AND easily.  Check it out…

I've made homemade pickles in the past but never to my satisfaction until NOW.  There's a secret to delicious homemade pickles. #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Horse Apple Triplets!

by Tammy Taylor

It’s not often you see three horse apples (from our Bois D’Arc trees) combined into one!  #TaylorMadeRanch

It’s not often you see three horse apples (from our Bois D’Arc trees) combined into one!

~TMR~

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Our Low-Waste Morning Coffee

by Tammy Taylor

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Coffee makers have certainly gotten bigger, more expensive and much more complicated over the years.  Although many people really love their specialized coffee makers with all those bells & whistles, single-cup brew options, multiple brew settings and timers to have the coffee start  brewing all by itself, RancherMan & I enjoy the more simple brewing offered by our vintage percolator.  We think it offers an exceptional cup of coffee and there are several reasons why we prefer it over the newfangled ones of today:
Our Low-Waste Vintage Percolator Offers An Exceptional Cup of Coffee. There Are Many Reasons We Prefer It Over The Newfangled Ones Of Today  #TaylorMadeRanch
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Fall-Back Friday – What Color Eggs Will My Chickens Lay?

by Tammy Taylor

 

In honor of this week’s Fall-Back Friday I’ll be falling back into the archives and bringing to the surface a post for you (and ME) to enjoy today.  Today’s topic is determining the color eggs your hens will lay.  I was surprised to find out you can often tell what color eggs your hens will lay by looking at their earlobes.  (Really?  I didn’t even know chickens HAD ear lobes)  Now for some reason our current hens are on strike.  ALL of them!  This year we only have 5 laying hens, but the year-old one that’s been laying for months hasn’t presented an egg to us in over a MONTH.  The other four should have begun laying around the end of August, but nary an egg from any of them.  I’m perplexed!  They’re all young so no moult issues.  And they’re not broody, just not laying.  We even locked them in the coop for a week or so to check to see if maybe they were laying eggs somewhere in their free-range territory.  Nuttin!  So at least with today’s post I can look back fondly on those good ole days when we were getting lots of eggs.  If you are new to chicken raising like us and wonder what color eggs your hens will lay, check it out!

Chicken Eggs #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Baby Watch

by Tammy Taylor

 

Still Impatiently On Baby Watch For Our Next Bovine Blessing.   #TaylorMadeRanch

Impatiently on baby watch.

~TMR~

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Dehydrated Salsa In A Jar – Great Gift Idea!

by Tammy Taylor
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So, y’all know I’ve been virtually a dehydrating fool since I got my  * Excalibur Dehydrator earlier this year – so much fun!  I love to have all those dehydrated veggies in my pantry, their pretty sparkling glass jars lined up smartly on the shelves.  I’ve been using those dehydrated goodies in my simmering soups when I make endless-soup lunches for RancherMan & me and of course I also often rehydrate and use them in dishes I’m cooking.  I love that my healthy garden vegetables take up so little space now and no additional energy is needed for them to stay preserved.  Recently I diced fresh tomatoes from my garden and dried them – I’ll use these tomatoes the same way I’d use canned diced tomatoes, a common item on my grocery list.  But as I bundled up those pretty red dehydrated diced tomato jewels into a glass jar I got to wondering – wouldn’t it be cool if I could make salsa where all you do is add the boiling water, stir, rehydrate and eat?  I sat out to experiment.

 

 Dehydrated Salsa Jar - What A Great Gift Idea. Healthy Goodness From The Garden, What's Not To Love?? #TaylorMadeRanch~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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Fall-Back Friday: Jalapeno Cornbread Baked In Cast Iron Skillet

by Tammy Taylor

 

The weather’s starting to cool down these days and it always gets me in the mood to tuck myself into the kitchen a cook up some comfort food.  For us that comfort food usually includes a batch of homemade cornbread baked in my grandmother’s cast iron skillet & I often like to add a little zing to my cornbread by adding chopped jalapenos.  Now I tried for years to find a good cornbread recipe but mine always came out dry and crumbly.  ALWAYS!  What?  You have the same problem?    Well have heart, I finally learned to make cornbread that was soft, moist and very lightly sweet, and in honor of today’s Fall-Back Friday I’m falling back into the archives and bringing out my Jalapeno Cornbread recipe just for you.  Of course you can leave the jalapeno out if you don’t want that heat, but I almost always add them.  Ready to Fall-Back?  Jump on the train, keep your arms & legs inside at all times, here we go!

 

Jalapeno Cornbread - baked Lable #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Be Still And Know…

by Tammy Taylor

 

Be Still And Know That I AM GOD.  #TaylorMadeRanch

RancherMan & I ran across this old weathered country church years ago in the mountains of New Mexico. I used that picture to write my favorite phrase: Be Still And Know That I AM GOD. That phrase brought me much comfort last year as I was dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. But I put my faith in Him and He saw me through it.

There’s nothing that God can’t do! Today, give it all to Him – you’ll be amazed at where your life can go.

~TMR~

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Pretty In PINK – Going Too Far??

by Tammy Taylor

Last year something happened to me that affected me profoundly – I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Now hear me out, I’m going somewhere with this…  Several surgeries and thousands of prayers later I’m cancer free, praise GOD!  But this cancer experience has changed me forever.  I’m more keenly aware of the importance of faith, family & friends,  I no longer take good health for granted and I’ve discovered that I really like the color PINK.  I have hot pink shoelaces in my shoes, a bright pink cellphone case, a pink tablet case, pink hats and many pink shirts in my wardrobe.    RancherMan supports me in this great pinkness and he is often the gift-presenter for my pink accessories.  But sometimes wonder, do I go too far?

I Discovered I REALLY Like The Color Pink - But Am I Going Too Far In My Pinkness? #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: PUMPKIN GRANOLA!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Aaahhhh…  Fall-Back Friday, it’s one of my favorite days.  Today I’ll be falling back into the archives and bringing to the surface a post that’s proved very popular with my readers in the past.  And today I’m pretty excited because I’m sharing with you one of my most favorite things goin’ on in my kitchen – PUMPKIN GRANOLA!  Years ago I started looking for a better alternative than the over-priced sugary cereals in the grocery store aisle.  I had some successes and some failures but this my friends, THIS is a keeper!  I often have heirloom pumpkins growing in the garden to give me a little more homemade satisfaction but you can easily use a can of pumpkin puree instead.  Nothing screams “FALL” like pumpkin and oh my goodness you’re not going to believe how good it tastes!  Check it out.

Delicious Homemade Pumpkin Granola.  OMGoodness You Won't Believe How GOOD It Tastes.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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