Wordless Wednesday: Need. More. COFFEE!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Need. More. COFFEE!  Looks like our mini-schnauzer Bailey agrees with me!  LOL  #TaylorMadeRanch

Looks like our mini-schnauzer Bailey agrees with me!  LOL

~TMR~

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Showing Love In Times Of Sorrow

by Tammy Taylor

 

She was a sweet woman, spunky and mentally sharp in her late 80’s when I met her, and I absolutely fell in love with her the first time I met her at our church.  A few years ago her daughter threw a small birthday gathering for her when she turned 90 and no matter what was going on in RancherMan’s & my life that day, I would be there to celebrate with her.  Her daughter & Son-in-law were devoted to her and when her health began to wobble a few years later they made sure she was well provided for and that they were always there to attend to her physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Then recently I noticed she wasn’t at church & I heard she was in the hospital.  Her daughter told me for some reason she was in the hospital every January for the past 6 years – one year a broken bone, another a UTI, yet another the flu, etc – for some reason it was always something in January she said.  “But,” she warned me “This infection might be the one that takes her.”  I immediately teared up at the thought.  I was told that the hospital would discharge her in a day or so but her daughter told me it could be under the care of hospice.  RancherMan & I made plans to go see her as soon as she got home.  But then the call came…

After a friend lost her mother I knew she would need any comfort I could give her.  But what to do?  And what NOT to do? #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Bovine PHOTOBOMB!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Too funny, here's a Bovine PHOTOBOMB!  #TaylorMadeRanch

Too funny, here’s a Bovine PHOTOBOMB!

~TMR~

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Saving Money In The New Year

by Tammy Taylor

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Many people aspire to improve things at the beginning of the year.  They may look at aspects of the prior year and vow to do better this year.  Of course this often includes becoming physically healthier or learning a new skill.  Or it could be to reach for a more fulfilling job or make the plunge into self employment.  But almost always there’s a critical eye cast on our finances from the previous 365.  Questions bounce in our heads “How could I do better this year?  Save more?  Spend less?  Be more mindful with my hard-earned dollars?”

Financial tips - what works for others and how those steps might actually work for you. Here are home finance favorites in my own bookshelf.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly

by Tammy Taylor

 

I know several people that are struggling financially right now.  Some because they went a little overboard during the holidays but some are struggling due to circumstances completely unforeseen & out of their control.  Sometimes people find themselves with a large unexpected bill or maybe laid off either temporarily or permanently and BOOM – financial adjustments must be made sooner rather than later.  Of course families are varied and the journey to a more secure financial future will be different for each family’s circumstances.  Some have very young children or teens living at home, some are single while yet others are empty nesters.  Some families must work extended hours or deal with long commutes & some are stay-at-home parents. But there are some aspects of financial wellness that often remain the same no matter where you are in life – you find that by just cutting your waste that your finances are much more positively aligned.  I certainly found that to be the case when we were adjusting our finances due to shortfalls.

I know people struggling financially, some due to circumstances unforeseen & out of their control. I'm reflecting on our own financial journey. #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Bovine Carwash?

by Tammy Taylor

 

When I was a kid I didn't understand why cars didn't get CLEANER when it rained.  This morning I'm having a flashback to those days... LOL #TaylorMadeRanch


When I was a kid I didn’t understand why cars didn’t actually get CLEANER when it rained. Why did cars get so dirty when it was raining, I mean heck there’s falling water rinsing the surface – shouldn’t that make the car cleaner and not dirtier?

This morning I’m having a flashback to those days… LOL

~TMR~

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FINALLY – A Soft, Delicious Sandwich Bread!

by Tammy Taylor

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RancherMan loves bread.  A lot.  And y’all know I like to try to provide for my family whenever possible.  But bread?  Hummmm…  I’ve read the recipes and they all talked about how easy it is, but bread has always been a challenge for me no matter how hard I try, and I’ve tried for years.  I always end up with a short, squatty, heavy-textured loaf. RancherMan has never complained but I longed to make him REAL sandwich bread.  You know the kind: soft, fluffy and aromatic.  I’m stubbor… I mean PERSISTENT so I kept trying over the years and I’m happy to say at last it appears the stars and the moon have finally aligned.  Que the celebratory choirs I’ve finally been successful in making the perfect homemade sandwich bread!

FINALLY, a soft, flavorful sandwich bread!  My KitchenAid speeds the kneading time significantly and the results? DELICIOUS!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: No-Cook Drizzly Chocolate Frosting

by Tammy Taylor

 

Welcome to 2015 – we hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas season and are ready to greet the new year with gusto.  In honor of the new year I bring you our very first Fall-Back Friday post of 2015.  Fall-Back Friday is where I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that has proven very popular in the past.  Today’s post is a healthier yet DELICIOUS no-cook drizzly chocolate frosting.  Now this is my favorite frosting to go with the 60-second microwave mug brownies that I sometimes whip up for RancherMan & myself.  While the brownie is cooking I whip up this drizzly chocolatey delight to top the hot brownie.  That combination almost makes that quick inexpensive mug brownie into a molten lava cake.  Ummmm….  And the ingredients include such wholesome ingredients as local honey, cocoa and coconut oil.  Check it out!

Here's a recipe for healthier no-cook drizzly chocolate frosting which includes such wholesome ingredients as local honey and coconut oil.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Full Moon Rising

by Tammy Taylor

 

Another shot of the full moon - I'd love to get an iPhone app to make the beauty I'm seeing with my eyes transfer to a photo.  Any advice?  #TaylorMadeRanch

The full moon was rising and the colors in the sky were absolutely BEAUTIFUL pinks & blues. So I attempted to capture the beauty with my lightweight 8-mp camera on my iPhn 4S. Although the camera on my phone takes some pretty awesome pics, I’ve never been able to capture the beauty of the moon with it. I know it’s not a high-end camera but I was really hoping that there’s an app for that. Any advice from iPhone users on “Taking Moon Pictures For Dummies” apps to help me?

In the meantime please close your eyes & picture the most amazing sky with a bold bright beautiful moon while looking at this mighty (yet woefully short) attempt of mine.

~TMR~

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New Year’s GOALS And How To Accomplish Them

by Tammy Taylor

 

Sing it with me now, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind…”  Aaaaah it’s that time again.  A brand new year.  I love new beginnings and a new year is a wonderful beginning filled with promise & possibility.  Many folks celebrate the new year by making New Year Resolutions.  You know the ones – “I resolve to lose weight, or save money, or (fill in the blank)“.  I think reaching for improvement is an important thing to do and there’s no time like the start of a brand spankin’ new year to do that.  But even though your heart’s in the right place those open-ended resolutions often get forgotten within the first two weeks of the new year.  #amiright??  I quit doing New Year’s Resolutions several years ago and somehow the aspirations I have for improving things into the new year have not been abandoned.  How do I do it?  Read on.

I quit making New Year's Resolutions & starting making New Year's GOALS. You need a way to actually attain your goals, see what works for us.  #TaylorMadeRanch
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