Relay For LIFE – Helping Ordinary Folks Dealing With Cancer…

by Tammy Taylor

Y’all know I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year – what a frightening time in my life!  During my surgeries & recovery a group of friends walked in the Relay For Life in my honor to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  This Friday I’ll be doing some walking myself – Praise God!  Please, if you or someone you care about has been affected by cancer, or if you just want to send some comfort – YOU can help!

Pink Ribbon

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Wordless Wednesday: Awakening Morn

by Tammy Taylor

Awakening Morn  #TaylorMadeRanch

It’s such a blessing to witness the newly-awakening morn.

~TMR~

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Predator Guard for Our Martin House

by Tammy Taylor

Several years ago RancherMan bought a martin house as a gift for me, knowing how much I loved birds and also knowing what a challenge it was for me to get any trees to grow in our backyard.  We put that martin house on a heavy reinforced triangular telescoping pole and attached it securely to a line post on the fence to our yard.  For years I’ve enjoyed watching nests being built and young being raised, and I love the robotic R2-D2 sounds the martins make as they swoop around the yard.

See How We Made A Predator Guard To Keep Snakes Away From Our Purple Martin House!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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How We Reduced Our Landfill Contributions

by Tammy Taylor

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Recycling, it’s quite the catch-phrase these days and of course it’s an important way to help protect the environment.  But what about PREcycling? Precycling can be defined as making purchasing decisions that will delay or reduce the need to recycle or dispose of waste.  Repurposing items to another use is a good example of precycling.  I’ve been able to reduce all kinds of landfill-bound trash by repurposing items.  I’ve eliminated spray bottles previously filled with cleaners going to the landfill by refilling those spray bottles with my own cleaners made from a mix of either soap/water or vinegar/water.

Recycling Is Good But What About PREcycling?  Read All The Ways We've Reduced Landfill-Bound Trash. #TaylorMadeRanch

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MYO Rosemary-Scented Hairspray

by Tammy Taylor

I’ve been interested in making my own toiletries for quite a while now.  It’s a fun hobby that pacifies the environmental side of me as well as my budget-minded side.  Recently I ran out of hairspray and I hated to buy another blasted plastic spray bottle of the stuff.  (um yes I hate plastic, why do you ask??)  But let’s face it, I work on a ranch so my needs for hairspray are few – the cows don’t mind one bit if I have my hair pulled back in a clip!   But my board-straight hair does need some help when we’re out and about.  I’ve toyed around with different ingredients before but this time I’m pretty pleased with the results.

MYO Hairspray With A Few Typical Household Ingredients And A Repurposed Spray Bottle!  #TaylorMadeRanch
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Wordless Wednesday: Texas Bluebonnets

by Tammy Taylor

Wordless Wednesday: Texas Bluebonnets

It’s Texas tradition to pose cute pets & cute kids in a patch of Texas Bluebonnets each spring!

~TMR~

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The Many Magical Uses Of Baking Soda

by Tammy Taylor

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Almost everyone has baking soda in their kitchen for use with cooking, and most people also know it’s very helpful with deodorizing etc.  But baking soda is used pretty heavily in the Taylor Household for many other uses.  (thank goodness you can buy * baking soda in bulk!) By using this one product for so many uses I’m able to clean my teeth with the very same product I use to bake bread or scrub the toilets.  CRAZY, right??!  Here are some of my favorite ways to use baking soda.

The Magic Of Cleaning With Baking Soda - See The MANY Products I Can Replace With One box Of Baking Soda!  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Teaching Free-Range Chickens To Come HOME

by Tammy Taylor

Last year we tried our hand at raising chickens for the very first time.  We bought day-old chicks and raised all that fuzzy cuteness into adult chickens/roosters.  We ended up with four hens and two beautiful roosters but someone STOLE both of our roosters!  Can you even believe that??!  Aaaanyway not wanting to overwinter the hens due to predator issues we sold them last fall after I had preserved many of the excess eggs by freezing  them.  I used those frozen eggs all winter and about the time my freezer started running low on my supply we decided it was time to raise chickens again this year!

How do you get your new chickens to free range during the day yet come back to the coop each night to be locked securely from predators? Read On! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Rich Chocolaty Homemade Brownies

by Tammy Taylor

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a confirmed chocoholic.  That’s right, an unashamed, unrepentant, CHOCOHOLIC!  Now I love brownies, but I love the fudgy, bendy, chocolaty ones.  Oh yeah, you know the ones – you pick them up & they are so soft, and with just one bite you’re transported into chocolate heaven.  THOSE BROWNIES!  I have a secret to tell you, I hold the recipe to that chocolate deliciousness (shhhhh….)

Rich Chocolaty Fudgy Brownies In The Same Time As A Premade Mix, But BETTER! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Wordless Wednesday: Bowling With Bovines

by Tammy Taylor

 

Bowling With Bovines #TaylorMadeRanchWhen the cattle are spilled over the pasture like this it looks like we’ve been “Bowling With Bovines”.  Looks like we’ve got a spare to pick up!  ~TMR~

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