Homemade Chicken Pot Pie… From SCRATCH!

by Tammy Taylor

A few days ago RancherMan & I were delighted to receive a visit from two of our children and  two of our grandchildren.  For some reason I seem to always stress about the food when we have company – what to serve?  Will there be enough?  Will they like it?  On this day I was hoping to make something in the slow cooker so that I could spend more time visiting with our kids and grandbabies.  I decided on an inexpensive $5 whole chicken because I knew I could make a delicious Slow-Cooker Chicken, only I’d leave out the heavy spices for the grandbabies’ sake.  Our chicken dinner was delicious and after we all ate I pulled the meat from the bones & cooked the carcass into healthy chicken broth (6 pints!) and sectioned the leftover meat into three hefty meal-sized portions for RancherMan & me.  Now that’s a lot of mileage from one $5 chicken!  With one of the three portions of leftover meat I decided to make some homemade chicken pot pie for supper.

I Made Chicken Pot Pie from scratch using leftover Chicken. I Made The Pie Crusts & Cream Of Chicken Soup From Scratch Too.  Easy & DELICIOUS! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: MYO Repurposed Barn Wood Headboard

by Tammy Taylor

 

Well TGIF Y’all, we finally made it to the end of the week.  The weekend is right around the corner… And since you asked so nicely, today I’ll share a Fall-Back Friday post with you.  For those of you that don’t know, Fall-Back Friday is a day where I reach back into the archives of the blog and pull back to the surface a post that has proved very popular in the past.  And today’s post has been VERY popular with our readers!  You see, RancherMan & I needed a headboard for our guest bedroom and I wanted something unique that would fit in with our ranch decor.  And let me tell ya we nailed it!  Using repurposed wood from our 1880’s barn we built the perfect headboard for our home.  LOVE IT!  Check it out.

Using repurposed wood from our 1880's barn we built the perfect headboard for our home.   Check it out. #TaylorMadeRanch

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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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