Fall-Back Friday: Italian Seasoned Tomato Leather

by Tammy Taylor

 

Well, summer’s certainly not lifted its grip on us yet, it’s still plenty hot and for most folks who didn’t have their gardens decimated by crazy weather or grasshoppers (eh hemm…)  garden production is still in full swing.  So to celebrate Fall-Back Friday I’ll fall back into the blog archives and bring back to the surface a very timely post – making your own Italian-Seasoned Tomato Leather.  You see, I found that you could season & dehydrate those blended tomatoes into a leather and (get this) just lay it out on your pizza dough and just start adding toppings.  No, REALLY!  Y’all are not gonna believe this…

I found that you could season & dehydrate garden tomatoes into a leather. Just lay the leather on your pizza dough and start adding toppings! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Sea of Sunflowers

by Tammy Taylor

 

Recently on a trip to New Mexico we passed through Questa and this beautiful yellow sea of sunflowers. #TaylorMadeRanch

Recently on a trip to New Mexico we passed this beautiful yellow sea of sunflowers.

~TMR~

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FUN Trip To Red River, New Mexico

by Tammy Taylor

There nestled in the Red River Valley in Northern New Mexico is a quaint little town simply called Red River.  It’s close to Angel Fire & Taos ski resorts and is probably better known for its small skiing facilities in the winter.  But the truth is I much prefer to be there in the summer, it’s absolutely beautiful!  As a matter of fact Red River is where RancherMan & I spent our (summertime) honeymoon when we got married – he loves it as much as I do.  So periodically we’ll take a road trip and spend a couple of days there.  Luckily an opportunity came up to do just that recently.
Red River, NM is probably known for its ski facilities but I much prefer to visit in the summer, it's absolutely beautiful! Check out the FUN! #TaylorMadeRanch
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Quick Homemade Dessert: Baked Apple Hand Pies

by Tammy Taylor

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RancherMan and I recently got to enjoy two of our grandbabies for a week while their parents were out of town.  What a fun time we had with them!  The oldest was very amused that I make so many things from scratch.  Ya know, there are several reasons for that – it’s healthier, it’s obviously cheaper, there’s less landfill waste and c’mon let’s be honest, it’s fun to feel self sufficient.  But one day I asked them if they wanted to help me to make some homemade Baked Apple Hand Pies.  (little apple pies you can eat with one hand – much like fried pies)  They were both very excited to jump in the kitchen and get to baking with grandma.

HOMEMADE BAKED APPLE HAND PIES (little apple pies you can eat with one hand) are  a quick homemade dessert that's sure to please! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Homestead Hack: Dual-Purpose Planters

by Tammy Taylor

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I love to grow things, but although I do have a few flowers growing around our home my first love is to grow food. My dad always said, “It’s great to have a shade tree but it might as well give you something to eat too!”  Good advice, dad.  I have several beautiful planters on my front porch that greet our guests with beautiful lush greenery.  But the beauty you’re enjoying need not be just for the eyes.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack.

Love to have decorative pots planted on your porch? Your beautiful planters can serve a dual purpose - Check out this Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Quick & Easy Double 9″ Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

by Tammy Taylor

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I don’t make pie crust often – it’s just RancherMan & me in our empty-nest home these days and making pie is something I typically only make for larger gatherings a few times a year.  But occasionally I’ll need to make a pie crust for things other than a pie, like recently I made a homemade Chicken Pot Pie and I needed crust for that (it was delicious by the way) and even more recently while the grandbabies were visiting I made some baked Apple Hand-Pies (little apple pies you can eat with one hand – kinda like fried pies) and of course I needed the crust for that as well.  Thankfully this recipe makes a delicious flaky crust in no time.

No need to buy Pie Crust, it's super easy to make yourself. This recipe yields me a tender flaky crust every time. Quick - Easy - Inexpensive!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday – Taming The Laundry Monsters

by Tammy Taylor

 

DANG y’all, it’s turned hot, hot, HOT!!  Hopefully the temps are more moderated where you are than they are in our part of NE Texas.  But we’ve finally made it to the end of the week – TGIF!  And to celebrate this accomplishment I’ll share with you a Fall-Back Friday post – where I fall back into my archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved popular with my readers.  Today’s topic is taming those laundry monsters.  You know, those hard-to-clean stains.  Now you know we have some pretty hard to clean stains here on the ranch, maybe you do too?  Thankfully there are some tips & tricks – read on, dear friends…

Taming Those TOUGH Laundry Monsters - Thankfully there are some tips & tricks   #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Saying Goodbye

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: When our yearling bull was sold, our young granddaughter had a hard time saying goodbye to her favorite 'Little Buddy'.  #TaylorMadeRanch

When our yearling bull was sold, our young granddaughter had a hard time saying goodbye to her ‘Little Buddy’.

 

~TMR~

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MYO Cream-Of-Chicken Soup In A SNAP!

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I  wanted to make my handsome RancherMan a homemade Chicken Pot Pie, but I wanted to make it totally from scratch.  Cooking with cream-of-something soups helps to make recipes quick & easy but you know those commercial cans of soup are full of sodium.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have a can of the stuff sitting in my pantry for ‘those’ moments, but whenever possible I like to make my own cream-of-Chicken soup (or celery, or mushroom, or…)  The good news is that it’s so super easy to make myself that the can of commercial stuff is still sitting unused in my pantry.  Check it out, y’all!

MYO CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP!  Cans of Commercial Soup Are Notoriously High In Salt & Fat.  Quick, Easy & Inexpensive. Make It Yourself And SAVE!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Exciting News – I’m Writing for Mother Earth News!

by Tammy Taylor

 

If you follow our Facebook Page you’ve probably already heard the news – but I’ve been accepted as a contributing writer for one of my absolute favorite publications: Mother Earth News!  I’m so very excited about this opportunity and article topic ideas are buzzing in my head already.  I’ll still be keeping up with my own blog here at Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead of course, but I’ll be submitting articles to the Mother Earth News several times per month as well.  Would you like to see my very first Mother Earth News article?  It’s titled: A Texas Rancher Shares Homestead Inspiration.  Check it out!

Texas Rancher Shares Homestead Inspiration #TaylorMadeRanch

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