Wordless Wednesday: Foggy Sunrise

by Tammy Taylor

 

07-14 Foggy Morn With Cows #TaylorMadeRanch

My morning was touched with fog silently covering the trees, and the distant mooing of our newest calf is the only thing that surrounds me in this beautiful peace. ~TMR~

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MYO Quick & Easy Healthier FUDGESICLES!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Aaaahhhh, summer fun.  Picnics, swimming, baseball and cookouts.  Who doesn’t love summer?  But summer in Texas also means hot, hot, HOT!  Of course living & working on a ranch means that RancherMan & I work outside during these dog days of summer so we’re always looking for ways to keep cool.  A few weeks ago I started playing with recipes for making my own healthier popsicles.  I used RancherMan as a very willing guinea pig for several batches until I perfected it.  (Taste-Testing Homemade Fudgesicles?  RancherMan’s got a tough job, huh?  Poor guy!)  I wanted to make my own popsicles for several reasons:  They’re healthier, produce less landfill trash, are much less expensive and c’mon let’s be honest – it’s EASY!

Homemade fudgesicles: healthier, less landfill trash, much less expensive and c'mon let's be honest - it's EASY! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Living Deliberately – Voluntary Simplicity

by Tammy Taylor

 

It’s Friday y’all, and that means it’s time for another Fall-Back Friday post!  You see, on Fridays I do this fun thing where I dig back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular in the past.  Today’s post is something I know you’ll enjoy, it’s a lifestyle that’s near and dear to my heart.

It seems it’s all the rage these days – folks are trying to slow down and live each day more deliberately – the movement is called “Voluntary Simplicity” and it’s really gaining momentum.  What about you?  Are you ready to get off the fast track & start living in the moment each day?  Read on, dear friends…

Life Has So Much More Meaning When I Slow Down & Live Deliberately - Voluntary Simplicity!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: HOME is Where The Heart Is

by Tammy Taylor

Road view #TaylorMadeRanch

Home is where the heart is, and my heart resides at the end of this old dirt road. It’s a place that speaks to my heart, a place where I find solace, peace and comfort. A place where LIFE in all its glory happens. A real place, filled with hard work and pride in a job well done. And when I lay my head down at night, I smile knowing that tomorrow holds the same promise.

~TMR~

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Preserving The Harvest: Plums

by Tammy Taylor

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I recently acquired two different varieties of ripe plums that totaled about 30 lbs.  Now I love fruit, and plums are some of my faves – so sweet, so juicy!  But I’m going to have to preserve some of these plums if I’m going to keep them from going bad before they’re all consumed.  I love plum jelly but I’ve made so much jelly lately including apple butter, blueberry jam and even honeysuckle jelly that I don’t need any more in my stockpile.  Even though I like to stock my pantry with jellies to sweeten my homemade yogurt, with only two of us at home these days I don’t want to make more than we can use.  What else can I do with these delicious plums?  Hummm…  I like to sweeten my homemade pumpkin granola with dried fruit and I recently used the last of my dehydrated jujube fruit, so maybe I can dehydrate these plums into raisin-sized chunks to naturally sweeten my granola?

Preserving The Harvest: Plums.  See How I Dehydrated Plums Into Little Plum-Flavored Raisins.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Quick Homemade Garden Salsa

by Tammy Taylor

 

Last week I opened up to y’all about difficulties I was having trying to be a full-time blogger AND a full-time rancher at the same time.   I’m first & foremost a full-time rancher and although I LOVE my fun blog, this is the busy season for us and I need to focus my attention on ranch duties, and there are MANY.  You have all be so supportive – THANK YOU!!

So there will be a few changes until the fall when I hope to return to my regular blogging schedule.  For now my “Tumble-Back Tuesday” posts will be published on Fridays and called “Fall-Back Friday”.  They still reach back in the archive and pull a very popular post from the past back to the surface for your to enjoy, but having this post on Friday instead of Tuesday spreads my posts a little more evenly throughout the week.  So, without further adieu – my very first Fall-Back Friday post is great one to share with you.  Everyone loves a fresh garden veggies and it’s even better when you can turn those veggies into fresh salsa lickety-split.

Garden Veggies - Taylor-Made Ranch

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Wordless Wednesday: Welcome Little One

by Tammy Taylor.

Welcome to the ranch little one - you're gonna LOVE it here! #TaylorMadeRanch

Welcome to the ranch little one – you’re gonna LOVE it here!  ~TMR~

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MYO Reclaimed Wood Vintage Wall Feature

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve been revamping our guest room lately. Last week I shared with you the headboard that RancherMan & I made from repurposed barn wood pulled from our 1880′s barn when it was refurbished a few years ago.  I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!  But now what to do with that wall?  RancherMan & I don’t like much visual clutter so I was in a quandary.  Do we just leave the wall blank?  Well, maybe, but I think it looks a little TOO bare.  What to do…  Then I remembered a great piece old aged wood that Rancherman had to cut off the original boards we were using for the headboard because it was split, but I loved the split. And the ridges. And the knot-holes. It was a beautiful piece of aged wood. So I asked him to save it for me.  My mind was spinning on ideas to make a meaningful pictorial wall feature.

I Love My Reclaimed Barn Wood Vintage Wall Feature - Check It Out!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Speeding Up And Slowing Down

by Tammy Taylor

You know, last year was a hard one for us as I was diagnosed with breast cancer – those frightening words no woman wants to hear.  RancherMan encouraged me to start a blog, mostly I think to distract my troubled thoughts but also to give me a creative outlet during a prolonged period of treatment & recovery.  (Yes, I do LOVE that sweet man-o-mine!)  So timidly I dipped a toe into the blogging world & it was more fun than I could have imagined.  I happily wrote short stories about our lives here on the ranch to share a glimpse into our world with those outside our gates.

Looking For Balance In My Life, I'm A Full-Time Rancher, Not A Full-Time Blogger...  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: 8-Legged Beauty

by Tammy Taylor

 

I Love The Beautiful Black And Yellow Garden Spider With Its Intricate And Interesting Zig-Zag Web.  #TaylorMadeRanch

I’ve always loved the size and color of the black and yellow garden spider with the interesting  zig-zag pattern they always spin into their web.  Beautiful!

~TMR~

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