Wordless Wednesday: Look For Beautiful Things

by Tammy Taylor

 

I believe in this life we live that we see what we're looking for - either good or bad. Be sure to look for the beautiful things in your life! #TaylorMadeRanch

I believe in this ole life we live that we see what we’re looking for – either good or bad. There is beauty in even the most mundane chores but you’ll completely miss it if you’re looking only for the negative things. Be sure to look for the beautiful things in your life…

 

~TMR~

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Come With Me For A Day At The Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

Summer is officially here and WHEW it’s really heating up lately.  We’ve already endured one the the wettest springs in history around here so many of the routine tasks we typically stay on top of have been pushed back for drier weather.  Although there are still plenty of muddy areas around the ranch, we’ve got lots to do today so we’ll do whatever we need to do to get the job done.  Did you ever wonder what a typical day at our NE Texas ranch really looks like?  C’mon with me for A Day At The Ranch…

Did you ever wonder what a typical day at our NE Texas ranch looks like?  C'mon with me for A Day At The Ranch... #TaylorMadeRanch

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No-Sugar Peanut Butter Oat No-Bake Cookies #TaylorMadeRanch

No Sugar Challenge – WEEK FOUR! (2 Sugar-Free CHOCOLATE recipes)

by Ashley Ashley

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It’s official! The challenge has been completed. I can’t believe it has been a whole month without and refined sugar. There has been some discussion over the past weeks about what constitutes sugar during the challenge. Some people don’t think honey and 100% maple sugar should be allowed during the challenge, but this is simply what worked for me during my challenge. I have felt that in a very small moderation that honey has added enough of the sweetness that I craved so hard for the first half of the challenge that it made it an easier transition. If I decide to be as rigid in the future with the sugar-free diet, I may eventually cut those sweeteners out as well. This whole process has been one big learning experience the whole way through, but it has been a lot of fun learning along the way. If you have missed the previous weeks I urge you to check out  week 1week 2, and week 3.  But now join me for the last bit of my challenge and check out the chocolate, chocolate, chocolate recipes below that are free from refined sugar!

Ashley shares TWO SUGAR-FREE CHOCOLATE RECIPES!  Whoever said healthy was synonymous with gross? Check out these super-easy sugar-free recipes! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Homestead Hack: Protect Plants From Free-Range Hens

by Tammy Taylor

 

I started heirloom seeds indoors this winter so I’d have seedlings to plant outside when the weather warmed enough.  I was thrilled that I finally got some sage and basil to sprout since I was not successful sprouting them last year.  I tenderly planted those herb seedlings in my edible landscape and eagerly anticipated harvesting fresh herbs soon.  Then one day as I headed outside I saw that the free-range hens had been in the planted beds scratching the mulch and in the process scratching & eating my herbs.  Gggrrrrr…  Let’s see, what can I do to protect these seedlings as they grow?  Say it with me kids – use what you’ve got!  Check out the Homestead Hack I used to successfully protect my seedlings from our free-range hens.

Protect Your Seedlings From Free-Range Hens.  Check out the Homestead Hack I used successfully.  Use what you've got!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Garden Update: June

by Tammy Taylor

 

Well this has been a strange year indeed for the NE Texas gardener.   In May our area received almost daily torrential rainfall and much flooding.  Of course this was AFTER I planted my tender little seedlings from my indoor greenhouse.  I attempted to replant from seed directly into the garden but they drowned as well.  Third time’s a charm…  Come see how my garden’s making out these days…

Come with me for a stroll through my veggie garden.  Yes it's been a challenge but I'm determined to harvest at least a small amount this year #TaylorMadeRanch

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Sugar-Free Breakfast Muffins #TaylorMadeRanch

No-Sugar Challenge – Week THREE (Bonus: 2 Sugar-Free Dessert Recipes!)

by Ashley Ashley

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I can’t believe it!  There is a light at the end of the tunnel after all!  I have made it through three weeks of absolutely no sugar.  (If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to check out Week 1 and Week 2)   Although I must be honest with you, it doesn’t really feel like a challenge anymore, just one or two days into the third week of the challenge the cravings just stopped.  It’s almost like there was a switch and I simply didn’t want sugar anymore.  I was no longer consumed (no pun intended) by the thought of sweets and junk food.  I was also finally seeing all of the benefits that I’d heard about when you cut sugar out of your diet, like more energy, an elevated mood, a healthy glow to my skin, and my productivity seemed to sky rocket at home and at work.  I was so weary of the challenge those first couple of weeks because I knew I would have cravings for the unhealthy foods I was so use to and now I look at them and have zero desire to consume them.  This has officially become the new relationship with food that I wanted.

No-Sugar Challenge: WEEK 3! Ashley's sharing tips to go through a full month without eating any refined sugar  She included TWO great recipes! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: God’s Garden

 

 

These beautiful flowers were found blooming right out front.  Some call them just weeds, I think they're God's own garden! #TaylorMadeRanchPhoto credit:  Ashley Ashley

 

These beautiful flowers were found blooming right out front (some call them just weeds, I think they’re God’s own garden!)

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Peeling Boiled Eggs Like A BOSS!

by Tammy Taylor

 

RancherMan & I have several free-range hens and they provide us with an ample supply of fresh healthy eggs.  I like to boil up a whole pot of them at a time and keep ’em in the fridge for a high-protein snack for him to grab-n-eat when he’s hungry.  But he really likes the convenience of having them already peeled when he reaches for them.  Hey, I’m a happy girl that he’s eating something provided right here from our ranch instead of reaching for sugary or salty snacks so I’m very willing to make it as convenient as possible for him.  Luckily there’s an easy way for me to keep peeled hard boiled eggs in the fridge at all times.

We like the convenience of having pre-peeled boiled eggs in the fridge.  There's an easy way to peel eggs using just water and a jar! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Month-Long No-Sugar Challenge: WEEK TWO!

by Ashley  Ashley

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I did it!  I’ve made it all the way through week two and I’ve only gone through twelve breakdowns!  Ok, so maybe it really hasn’t been as bad as I thought it might be.  I will admit that this has been, by far, one of the most difficult challenges that I have ever decided to take on.  It was mildly easier than week one, but it was still rough on the sugar cravings.  I’ve also become painfully aware of how much and how often we are surrounded by food.  Every day is someone’s birthday or a celebration of some sort where someone will bring donuts in the morning, a cake in the afternoon, or suggest going out for a nice dinner at a favorite restaurant.  Saying no almost feels like an insult on some occasions, but say no I did! If you haven’t already done so, check out how we fared on Week 1.  Then read below to see how my second week of absolutely no sugar went.

NO-SUGAR CHALLENGE - WEEK 2!! Embarking on a month-long no-sugar challenge, Ashley shares how they fared WEEK 2 and also shares a fun recipe! #TaylorMadeRanch
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Homestead Hack: Get Rid Of Squash Bugs Naturally

by Tammy Taylor

 

My garden has really had an uphill struggle this year.  The month-long torrential flooding rainfall NE Texas received washed out my garden necessitating that I replant it…  TWICE!  But finally blue skies have returned to our great state and I’m giving the garden yet another go.  I’ve been replanting seeds & lovingly tending to the few survivor plants – I was so excited to see a spaghetti squash plant had survived!  As I tenderly removed the encroaching grass & weeds from around this tiny fragile plant I was horrified to see those dreaded coppery-colored eggs on the underside of the leaves and a scurry of the most vile almost undefeatable foe in any garden… Squash Bugs!  Ugh.  I’ll not let them take what little garden I’ve had survive this year, I WON’T!  But squash bugs are notoriously difficult to control, the only sure way is to remove all eggs and also both adult and nymph bugs by hand.

Today’s Homestead Hack is timely.  Use what ya got!

Squash bugs are notoriously difficult to control, the only sure way is to remove all bugs by hand. Read todays Homestead Hack. Use what ya got! #TaylorMadeRanch

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