MYO Rosemary-Scented Hairspray

by Tammy Taylor

I’ve been interested in making my own toiletries for quite a while now.  It’s a fun hobby that pacifies the environmental side of me as well as my budget-minded side.  Recently I ran out of hairspray and I hated to buy another blasted plastic spray bottle of the stuff.  (um yes I hate plastic, why do you ask??)  But let’s face it, I work on a ranch so my needs for hairspray are few – the cows don’t mind one bit if I have my hair pulled back in a clip!   But my board-straight hair does need some help when we’re out and about.  I’ve toyed around with different ingredients before but this time I’m pretty pleased with the results.

MYO Hairspray With A Few Typical Household Ingredients And A Repurposed Spray Bottle!  #TaylorMadeRanch
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Wordless Wednesday: Texas Bluebonnets

by Tammy Taylor

Wordless Wednesday: Texas Bluebonnets

It’s Texas tradition to pose cute pets & cute kids in a patch of Texas Bluebonnets each spring!

~TMR~

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The Many Magical Uses Of Baking Soda

by Tammy Taylor

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Almost everyone has baking soda in their kitchen for use with cooking, and most people also know it’s very helpful with deodorizing etc.  But baking soda is used pretty heavily in the Taylor Household for many other uses.  (thank goodness you can buy * baking soda in bulk!) By using this one product for so many uses I’m able to clean my teeth with the very same product I use to bake bread or scrub the toilets.  CRAZY, right??!  Here are some of my favorite ways to use baking soda.

The Magic Of Cleaning With Baking Soda - See The MANY Products I Can Replace With One box Of Baking Soda!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Teaching Free-Range Chickens To Come HOME

by Tammy Taylor

Last year we tried our hand at raising chickens for the very first time.  We bought day-old chicks and raised all that fuzzy cuteness into adult chickens/roosters.  We ended up with four hens and two beautiful roosters but someone STOLE both of our roosters!  Can you even believe that??!  Aaaanyway not wanting to overwinter the hens due to predator issues we sold them last fall after I had preserved many of the excess eggs by freezing  them.  I used those frozen eggs all winter and about the time my freezer started running low on my supply we decided it was time to raise chickens again this year!

How do you get your new chickens to free range during the day yet come back to the coop each night to be locked securely from predators? Read On! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Rich Chocolaty Homemade Brownies

by Tammy Taylor

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a confirmed chocoholic.  That’s right, an unashamed, unrepentant, CHOCOHOLIC!  Now I love brownies, but I love the fudgy, bendy, chocolaty ones.  Oh yeah, you know the ones – you pick them up & they are so soft, and with just one bite you’re transported into chocolate heaven.  THOSE BROWNIES!  I have a secret to tell you, I hold the recipe to that chocolate deliciousness (shhhhh….)

Rich Chocolaty Fudgy Brownies In The Same Time As A Premade Mix, But BETTER! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Bowling With Bovines

by Tammy Taylor

 

Bowling With Bovines #TaylorMadeRanchWhen the cattle are spilled over the pasture like this it looks like we’ve been “Bowling With Bovines”.  Looks like we’ve got a spare to pick up!  ~TMR~

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What I’ve Learned About Free-Range Eggs

by Tammy Taylor

RancherMan & I are slowly learning what veteran chicken-raisers have known all along about raising chickens and about fresh free-range eggs. Last year we raised our very first batch of chickens from day-old chicks.  It was lots of fun seeing them turn from fuzzy peepers to a full grown egg-producing chicken.  I learned that it took them 21 weeks to grow enough to produce their first egg and I also learned that chickens don’t just lay eggs in the morning.  In fact their egg-laying time isn’t even a balanced 24-hour time span.  (or maybe they just like to sleep in from time to time – who knows?? LOL)  But I learned even more about the eggs themselves. For instance I didn’t know:

What I've Learned About Free-Range Eggs.  Fascinating!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Man’s Best Friend… Responsibly

by Tammy Taylor

RancherMan & I have been thinking about getting a dog for quite a while now.  We haven’t had any pets for many years and the hankerin’ to get a pooch to hang around the ranch with us has been quietly whispering in our ear for years.  We’d talked about it many times but I’m allergic to pet dander so the type of dog we ended up with needed to be more than cute and lovable, it needed to be a lower allergy breed like a poodle, a schnauzer or a terrier.  And I wanted a dog small enough that it could be in inside dog and I wanted it to have what I’ve always called ‘puppy eyes’.   RancherMan preferred a dog that wasn’t too small to comfortably be outside roaming with him, one that wasn’t a young puppy and he preferred it to be a female.  So there ya go – our long list of requirements!

There's a More Responsible Way To Add A Lovable 4-Legged Cutie To Your Family.  Read Of Our Story #TaylorMadeRanch

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MYO Thousand Island Dressing In Minutes

by Tammy Taylor

RancherMan’s not much of a salad guy, but he knows I’ll be pushing the fresh veggies on him every chance I get.  Recently I came by quite a quantity of carrots and in an effort to make sure they didn’t go to waste I blanched & froze quite a few, steamed quite a few for supper sides and also sliced up some raw ones as well.  In a sneaky sneak-more-veggies move I have a covered container that I keep in the fridge with these sliced carrots & while I’m preparing supper I’ll bring it out for him to snack on.  But he’s not one to snack on carrots without dipping them into a sauce of some kind and his sauce of choice is Thousand Island dressing.  But then the unthinkable happened – we ran out of the dressing.   (In my best southern belle voice) “Oh gracious, what evah shall I do??”

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing Using 3 Ingredients & 3 Minutes Time!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Wild Plum Blooms

by Tammy Taylor

Wordless Wednesday: Wild Plum Trees Blooming #TaylorMadeRanch

Although consecutive years of drought have taken most of my wild plum trees, I’m thrilled to see these blooms.

~TMR~

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