Wordless Wednesday: Preparing For Winter

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: Cold weather's coming, wood is stacked & ready!  #TaylorMadeRanch

Cold weather’s coming, wood is stacked & ready!

~TMR~

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Keeping Your Dollars: Saving On Groceries

by Tammy Taylor

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In keeping with our theme of keeping those hard-earned dollars in your pocket where they belong, today we’re looking at trimming waste from your grocery budget.  We all may have different reasons for wanting to cut back – maybe a large unexpected bill needs to be paid, maybe you’re saving up for a new home or car, or maybe there’s too much month and just not quite enough money to get to the end of it.  For me the motivation was a desire to have a lighter footprint and convenience foods came with a shocking amount of over-packaged waste.   It’s interesting though that my desire to have a lighter footprint also saved substantial amounts of money from our grocery budget.  Whatever your motivation, one of the worst budget hits is wasted food so make sure all the food you buy goes to fulfilling your family’s nutritional requirements. The good news is that there are many easy ways to make the most of your food dollars.

There Are LOTS Of Super-Easy Ways To Save On Groceries.  Come See What Works Best For Us. #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast

by Tammy Taylor

 

Well TGIF y’all!  To celebrate us making it through this week kickin’ and screamin’  I’ll be celebrating Fall-Back Friday with you, my favorite peepsAs you know Fall-Back Friday is where I fall back into the blog archives and bring back to the surface a post for you to enjoy today.  And boy oh boy do I have a special treat for you, are you ready?  ARE YOU??  I’m sharing my recipe for Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast.  Oh yeah!  It’s super easy to make this fancy-schmancy breakfast (pinky swear) for times when you want to impress company or just enjoy a special treat for yourself and your family.  You are NOT gonna miss this.

You’re welcome.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Love At First Sight

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: Mama and new baby - Love At First Sight!  #TaylorMadeRanch

Mama and new baby – Love At First Sight! 

~TMR~

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MYO FireStarters With Items You Already Have

by Tammy Taylor

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Y’all know RancherMan & I like to use resources found right here at our ranch whenever possible.  I use grass clippings for moisture-saving mulch in our veggie garden, collect rainwater for outside irrigation and we use wood cut from downed limbs in our fireplace to warm our home.  There’s nothing quite like staying toasty-warm in the blustery winter months with the help of a roaring fire.  (remember: Fire Safety First – read my recent post about the importance of regular chimney cleaning)  When we lived in the city we had a built-in fireplace that had a handy-dandy gas log lighter to make starting a fire an easy endeavor.  But now that we live on the ranch we have a beautiful freestanding antique Franklin-style cast iron fireplace.  I absolutely love it but back in the day they didn’t include gas-fed log lighters on many of their showroom models.  How oh how to get that fire started without utilizing those wilderness tactics of using flint sparks & dead leaves that RancherMan learned in the Boy Scouts…  Yes there’s an easier way and man oh man are you gonna love this!

Check out these easy fire starters I made in just a few minutes using dryer lint & melted wax. I show everything step by step. They worked great #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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Winter Maintenance: Cleaning The Chimney

by Tammy Taylor

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RancherMan and I like to heat our home with resources found right here on our ranch instead of purchased fuel whenever possible.  Thanks to last winter’s brutal ice storm we have plenty of  tree carnage downed limbs to clean up.  It would be a herculean task to completely clear that massive quantity of broken limbs so we trimmed the “fans” off of them for the burn pile in the pasture and cut the trunks into firewood.  We have enough firewood fodder to last us our entire lifetimes!  And of course there’s nothing like the comfort of a roaring fire to ward off winter’s chill.  But the natural byproduct from burning a wood fire is creosote build up in your chimney pipes.  It’s important to remove that flammable substance to keep from experiencing a dangerous chimney fire.  Thankfully chimney maintenance is pretty easy.

It's important to clean flammable creosote from your chimney each year, we cleaned our own for the first time this year.  Luckily it was EASY!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look FAT??

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look FAT? #TaylorMadeRanch

I’m out in the pasture several times each day checking the cow that we anticipated would calve around the end of October. I’m still not seeing the final signs of pregnancy indicating labor is imminent. Poor girl, she looks miserable!

~TMR~

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Roasted Garden Tomatoes – DELICIOUS!

by Tammy Taylor

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My veggie garden was hit hard this year by hordes of grasshoppers that ate every leaf off of each plant, then ate any leaves that tried to re-emerge which killed most of my garden plants.  Almost all of my garden was decimated before it was given a chance to provide nutritious goodness for us – it was awful.  But for some reason those dang grasshoppers didn’t much care for the tomato plants so we really got a bumper crop of them this year.  I’m so thankful!  There are lots of things I did with my fresh garden tomatoes to both enjoy them right away and also to preserve them for later, but today I wanted something different.

I love garden tomatoes & there were many ways I enjoy them, but I wanted something different. These ROASTED TOMATOES were amazing, easy & versatile!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday – Homemade Pear Preserves

by Tammy Taylor

 

TGIF y’all!  We finally made it through the week and that’s a doubly-good thing.  Not only did we finally crawl all the way to Friday but that means that today I’ll be sharing a Fall-Back Friday post where I fall back into the archives to bring back to the surface a post for you to enjoy today.  And what a delicious post it is – homemade PEAR PRESERVES.  If you’re lucky enough to have your own pear tree (or have friends willing to share) you’re NOT gonna want to miss this!  But even if you have to buy your pears this recipe will be worth it.   Check it out folks.

 

Pear Preserves #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Summer’s Not Done Yet!

by Tammy Taylor

Summer's Not Done Yet!  Walking across the pastures these tiny purple flowers almost go unnoticed - BEAUTIFUL! #TaylorMadeRanchWalking across the pastures these tiny purple flowers almost go unnoticed – BEAUTIFUL!

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