Wordless Wednesday: White Beauty

by Tammy Taylor

Wordless Wednesday: We don't get much snow in a typical winter this far south in NE Texas, but when we do it's certainly BEAUTIFUL! #TaylorMadeRanch

 

We don’t get much snow in a typical winter this far south in NE Texas, but when we do it’s certainly BEAUTIFUL!

~TMR~

Share Button

Grocery No-Spend Challenge: FINAL WEEK!!

by Tammy Taylor

*includes affiliate link

 

WHEW, what a month it’s been!  Y’all know RancherMan & I embarked on an entire month-long Grocery No-Spend Challenge.  It was a rigid challenge, allowing for no purchases whatsoever on anything grocery related which included dining out, beverages and herbs, etc.   Week One wasn’t bad at all, our pantry & freezers were full so there really wasn’t much change to our routines.  Week Two had a few catches but it was still easily workable.  By the time we got to Week Three was a little more of a challenge and we had to make a few adjustments, but I had pretty much hit my stride and we had our eye on the end of the month so our motivation was still pretty high which helped a lot. But how about that last week?  Read on, dear friends.

We've completed the LAST WEEK of our Grocery No-Spend Challenge, and there were certainly challenges.  How'd we do?  Read on, dear friends.  #TaylorMadeRanch

Continue reading

Share Button

Fall-Back Friday: Starting Seeds Early Indoors EASILY!

by Tammy Taylor

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty tired of Ole Man Winter these days.  It’s times like these when I’m *so* anxious to get my hands in the dirt that I’m able to pacify that need by planting what I call my “Indoor Greenhouse”. This way I’m able to use my heirloom seeds but still have the advantage of planting seedlings in the garden come spring.

So to celebrate Fall-Back Friday, I’m falling back into the archives and bringing back to the surface a very popular (and timely) post for you to enjoy.  You’re not gonna believe how self-contained everything is for my indoor greenhouse – check it out, y’all!

Check out my indoor greenhouse - I'm able to use heirloom seeds but still have the advantage of planting seedlings in the garden come spring.  And everything is self contained! #TaylorMadeRanch

(read more)

Share Button

Wordless Wednesday: You Think YOU’RE Having A Bad Day??

by Tammy Taylor

 

You think YOU'RE having a bad day #TaylorMadeRanch

I had to laugh out loud at this poor little bull calf, mama pooed all over his head!  You think YOU’RE having a bad day?? LOL

 

~TMR~

Share Button

Cancer just SUCKS!

by Tammy Taylor

Many of you know I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.  Praise GOD I’m now cancer free, but I’m not gonna lie it was the most frightening thing I’ve ever been through in my life.  Now I want to do something about it – I want to fight back, to kick cancer’s butt.  I’ll fight it for the fear it caused me and so many others like me, and especially for taking loved ones away from us.  I won’t sit still!  Want to read my story of trial & triumph?  Read on, dear friends…

I want to fight back, to kick cancer’s butt... but I can't do it alone.  Let's DO this!     #TaylorMadeRanch

(read more)

Share Button

Grocery No-Spend Challenge: WEEK 3!

by Tammy Taylor

 

WHEW – things are getting interesting!  RancherMan & I have embarked on a month-long grocery no-spend challenge.  Although we didn’t purposely stock up before this challenge (which to me would have defeated the purpose) we did start out with healthy & overflowing pantry & freezers.  Week One was a breeze, no real changes necessary except that I had to start making lots of homemade bread.  Then Week Two was a little bit more of a challenge, but still doable.  But now the pantry is getting more & more bare & the freezers are emptying out nicely.  How did we fare for week three?  Read on, dear friends.

We're doing a month-long grocery no-spend challenge.  We've survived the first two weeks but how did we fare for week 3?  Read on, dear friends. #TaylorMadeRanch

Continue reading

Share Button

The TRUTH Behind Perfect Facebook Posts…

by Tammy Taylor

 

I’ve read how people are oftentimes negatively affected by reading about others’ festivities on Facebook – holiday pics, vacation photos, or lavish special-occasion dinners, etc.  It’s common knowledge that many people start to feel inadequate when reading about Martha-Stewart styled Christmases or picturesque views one of their FB friends enjoyed on their vacation. They begin to compare their normal everyday life to the sparkly perfection they’re reading about from their friends’ posts.  Their perfect holiday or perfect children.  Their perfect vacation or perfectly made & presented home-made meal.  Now I’ve never really been affected negatively by reading Facebook posts because I look at it this way: People are NOT gonna post the boring blah parts of their lives, only the shiny parts. And that’s ok, I actually enjoy reading about what’s going on outside these four walls.  But it got me to thinking…

Many people feel inadequate comparing their life to the sparkly perfection they're reading on their friends' Facebook posts. What is the TRUTH? #TaylorMadeRanch

 

Continue reading

Share Button

Wordless Wednesday: Serene Winter Scenery

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: Even in the bleak midwinter, there is beauty. 1880's Barn!  #TaylorMadeRanch

Even in the bleak midwinter, there is beauty.

~TMR~

Share Button

Grocery No-Spend Challenge: Week 2

by Tammy Taylor

 

Ok y’all, we’re still trucking along with this grocery no-spend challenge where we’ve agreed not to spend any money on food of any type (except Valentine’s Day) for the entire month of February.  That includes fresh foods such as milk, fruits & veggies (although we may tweak this as the challenge goes on)  It also includes soft drinks & juices, spices, eating out, etc.  Week one went without a hitch since our freezers and pantry were well-stocked with food to start with, but what about week 2?  Were there any hitches?  How much discomfort?  What have we learned?  Read on…

Can we go a month without buying any food at all??  I've embarked upon a grocery no-spend challenge for a full month - see how we survived week 2.  #TaylorMadeRanch

Continue reading

Share Button

Fall-Back Friday – Homemade Chocolate Truffles

by Tammy Taylor

 

Well TGIF y’all!  Is everyone ready for Valentine’s Day?   RancherMan & I have a special Valentine’s Day tradition, we make each other a special meal together to celebrate this special occasion.  One year I told him that he could pick the main dish if I could pick the dessert.  I wanted CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES.  But oh my they are so expensive to buy.  But wait, it’s Fall-Back Friday when I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proven popular in the past with my readers and how timely it is too!  Yep, I’m gonna share with you an easy & absolutely delicious recipe for no-cook homemade chocolate-dipped truffles, and just in time for Valentine’s Day too.  You can surprise YOUR sweetie…  You’re welcome!

An easy & delicious recipe for no-cook homemade chocolate-dipped truffles, just in time for Valentine's Day.  You can surprise YOUR sweetie...  #TaylorMadeRanch

(read more)

Share Button