MYO Healthy Chicken Broth – Cheap & EASY!

by Tammy Taylor

 

I made a delicious slow cooker chicken dinner recently.  Now y’all know I like the Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking so after supper I sectioned off the larger pieces of chicken into meal-sized servings, labeled them and put them into the freezer.  That gives me chicken portions for two more suppers.  I took the remaining smaller pieces and put them in the fridge for a chicken casserole recipe I wanted to try later in the week.  That’s THREE suppers worth of chicken left over even after we’d enjoyed delicious chicken for supper that night.  But we’re not through yet – oh no.  There’s still much more food left in that sad looking picked-clean bird.  I’ve written before about making various broths but today I want to make my own chicken broth, and there’s a special ingredient to make it more calcium rich.  Check it out.

MYO Inexpensive Healthy Broth #TaylorMadeRanch

Continue reading

Share Button

Wordless Wednesday: Winged Beauty

by Tammy Taylor

 

A large beautiful Sphinx moth hanging out on our back porch.   #TaylorMadeRanch

A large beautiful Sphinx moth hanging out on our back porch.

~TMR~

Share Button

No Corporate Paycheck? How Do You DO IT?? (part 2)

by Tammy Taylor

 

OK y’all, yesterday we started a two-part series about surviving in self-employment mode without the benefit of a regularly-scheduled corporate salary infusion on the side.  The topics covered were how important pre-planning is before you ever make this independence leap, then adding the steps of recognizing “needs” vs “wants”, paying cash, buying only high quality, researching purchases, finding lower-cost alternatives, repairing instead of replacing things and buying used where possible.  But that post was stretching out so long that I gave y’all a breather yesterday and today we’ll finish up talking about surviving without that corporate paycheck.  If you missed yesterday’s post you can read it here.  For the rest of us, let’s look into some more ways to break the corporate paycheck shackle so you can follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

 

Making Ends Meet Part 2 Check Out This 2-Part Series On How To Survive Without That Corporate Paycheck. #TaylorMadeRanch

 

Continue reading

Share Button

No Corporate Paycheck? How Do You DO IT?? (part I)

by Tammy Taylor

 

RancherMan & I both live and work right here on our ranch. While this lifestyle is blissful & absolutely amazing for us, it also means there’s no regularly-scheduled corporate paycheck for either of us. We’re often asked, “How in the world do you DO IT?”  It’s true, as any self-employed person will tell you there are many more hours of work necessary for often much less income. And while it’s also true that we don’t have near the disposable income we used to have when we worked in the corporate world, that world just didn’t work for either of us. We were both weary of the concrete jungle and hustle & bustle of the city. That citified world is not what spoke to our hearts, we longed to live away from the rush and the noise. We longed to slow our lives down and enjoy nature. We longed for our work to be personally meaningful for us and for US to be the ones that called the shots for our jobs. But how? How can we possibly make it without that regularly-scheduled corporate salary infusion? HOW??!

No Corporate Paycheck?  How Do You DO It??  Making Ends Meet Part 1 #TaylorMadeRanch

 

Continue reading

Share Button

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

(read more)

 

Share Button

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~

Share Button

Our Low-Waste Morning Coffee

by Tammy Taylor

* includes affiliate link

 

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
Continue reading

Share Button

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

(read more)

Share Button

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Watch

by Tammy Taylor

 

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

Impatiently on baby watch.

~TMR~

Share Button

Dehydrated Salsa In A Jar – Great Gift Idea!

by Tammy Taylor
*Includes affiliate link

 

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~ ~ ~ ~ ~

(*If you click on my affiliate link and buy something I get a small referral percentage from Amazon)

Continue reading

Share Button