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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Tumble-Back Tuesday: MYO Hummingbird Food

by Tammy Taylor

 

Today’s Tumble-Back Tuesday post reaches back in the blog archives for a post that has proved very popular & brings it to the surface for you to enjoy. Today’s topic? HUMMINGBIRD NECTAR!  I used to buy those little packets of pre-made mix when I filled my hummingbird feeder.  They only cost a couple of bucks so I never really even thought about it.  But when I started to become aware of trash I was generating during the course of my typical purchases I started providing many things for myself that I used to just buy without a second thought.  Wonder if I can make my own hummingbird nectar too?  As a matter of fact I can – and it’s so shamefully easy I wish I’d started doing it sooner!

Making Your Own Hummingbird Food Is Easy & CHEAP!  Check It Out.  #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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MYO Reclaimed Lumber Barnwood Headboard

by Tammy Taylor

When RancherMan & I moved to our NE Texas ranch we outfitted our home to suit our new lifestyle.  We were now empty nesters so our needs only included one guest bedroom for the occasional overnight guest.  But we were basing our probability of overnight guests on the number of overnight guests we typically entertained when we lived in the city.  Back then there were only sporadic overnight visits during the holidays and maybe an occasional weekend.  For the most part our family lives very close to each other and although we get together often it’s seldom necessary to spend the night.

Headboard Using Reclaimed Wood From 1880's Barn - Beautiful/Sentimental/Environmental/Inexpensive.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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