Fall-Back Friday: Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding

by Tammy Taylor

The unofficial start to summer has arrived, and so has Fall-Back Friday where I fall back into the archives & bring to the surface a post that has proven very popular in the past with my readers & bring it to the surface for you to enjoy today.  Today’s topic?  Dessert!  Chocolate pudding is my fave and I like to make it from scratch – it’s by far the easiest dessert to prepare and both RancherMan & I absolutely love it.  For today’s Fall-Back Friday post I’ll share both the easy step-by-step instructions as well as my recipe with you.

Chocolate Pudding  ingredients - Taylor-Made Ranch

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Homestead Hack – Remember Where You Planted Seeds

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I was in the veggie garden REPLANTING it since all the rain decimated it the first time.  I started by hacking out all the grass that was choking my veggie beds by growing very well, thank you.  Then when I had finally once again cleared the beds, with renewed hope I replanted my veggie seeds.  Now I know that the grass will make a run for it again so I’ll need to keep the garden hoe handy to keep that dang grass at bay so it doesn’t get out of hand.  But I don’t want to damage the area where my veggie seed is securely tucked away.  How will I know where my seed or tiny seedling is planted so I don’t accidentally damage or destroy it while maintaining the garden?  I’m starting a new feature called Homestead Hack where I share ideas-on-the-fly that are helpful around the ranch – here’s my Homestead Hack for today!

In replanting my veggie garden how will I know where to weed around where my seed was planted?  Check out this helpful Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Slow-Cooker Spicy Sticky Chicken

by Tammy Taylor

 

I’m not gonna lie, I love the convenience of a slow cooker.  I have two different sizes of slow cookers and they’re busy cooking something all of the time here, sometimes both slow cookers at the same time!  I’ll admit I’m Tammy & I’m a slow-cooker addict.  (Hi, Tammy…)  But what’s not to love?  I mean, you combine ingredients the night before or even in the morning, set the crock in its base, turn it on and supper cooks while you’re not even there.  Now that’s the kind of laziness convenience that speaks to me!  One of my favorite main dishes to cook in my slow cooker is a spicy sticky chicken.  I have no idea where the name comes from, but stay with me now – you’re gonna LOVE THIS!

Slow Cooker Spicy Sticky Chicken: Whole chicken perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection  while you're away. Home-Cooked Goodness In A SNAP! #TaylorMadeRanch

 

 

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Stupid-Easy Homemade Hummus In Minutes!

by Tammy Taylor

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Our youngest daughter stopped by the ranch for a visit recently.  MAN I love the fact that she still wants to hang out with us and makes time for us in her busy life!  Anyway, she arrived early on Sunday morning and we immediately set in to visiting and laughing like we always do.  As we have done on the last several of her visits, we decided to putter in the kitchen on this day.  During her last visit we whipped up our own invention of Spicy Jalapeno PopperRolls so it’s pretty typical for us to wing-it in the kitchen.  She told me she recently made some – as she phrased it: “Stupid-Easy Hummus”, and it didn’t call for tahini.   Now I love me some hummus but hate the price gouged paid in the store.  So in the past I’ve attempted to make it but living out here in the boon-docks I have a hard time finding such fru-fru ingredients like tahini.   She said she tweaked the ingredients list several times & felt she really had a winner so I told her we should whip up a batch and let me check it out.  She was absolutely right, it really was stupid easy!  Oh man, if you like hummus you are NOT gonna want to miss out on this y’all.  Check it out!

Flavorful Homemade Hummus In Minutes Using Just A Few Simple Inexpensive Ingredients.  It Really IS Stupid-Easy To Make!!  Check It Out.  #TaylorMadeRanchPhoto Credit: Ashley Ashley

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Wordless Wednesday: Too. Much. Water!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: Although precipitation isn't forecast until this evening, moisture rises from the waterlogged ground as fog this morning. #TaylorMadeRanch

We’ve had so much rain for so long that although more precipitation isn’t forecast until this evening, moisture rises from the waterlogged ground as fog this morning.

~TMR~

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Veggie Garden Update: May

by Tammy Taylor

 

It was with high hopes in late winter that I planted my indoor greenhouse with my heirloom seeds.  Those seeds sprouted into tiny seedlings and I anxiously planted them in my garden immediately after Easter (as is recommended in our planting zone 7B here in NE Texas.  But the strange spring weather battled with my tender seedlings.

Mother Nature has been fighting back this spring.  Alas, I've had to start all over in May.  Want to see how it's going?  Read on.  #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fall-Back Friday: Taking A BITE Out Of The Grocery Budget

by Tammy Taylor

 

WHEW – spring has certainly sprung!  But we’ve finally gotten to the end of the week, the perfect time for a Fall-Back Friday post where I fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proven very popular with our readers for you to enjoy today.  And today’s topic is Saving Money On Your Grocery Budget.  We’d all like to save a few bucks and there are some quick & easy (and painless) ways to save money, it just takes keeping an eye out to reduce food waste.  Check it out!

Fall-Back Friday: today's topic is Saving Money On Your Grocery Budget.  #TaylorMadeRanch Pantry

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Wordless Wednesday: Still Reflections

by Tammy Taylor

 

Wordless Wednesday: I was struck by the beauty of the reflection of the clouds in the still water.  MAN this place speaks to my heart!! #TaylorMadeRanch

 

I was struck by the beauty of the reflection of the clouds in the still water.  MAN this place speaks to my heart!!

~TMR~

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Spicy Baked Jalapeno Popper Rolls

by Tammy Taylor

 

My daughter & I were in my kitchen recently dreaming up a brand new recipe – a combination jalapeno popper and egg roll, all rolled into one!  We didn’t want anything quite as cheese-heavy as traditional poppers, we wanted a savory filling of black beans and spices along with onions, garlic, cheese, etc.  As we sat out to experiment to make a recipe we both agreed – the final result was delicious!

Jalapeno Popper Rolls!  Combination Jalapeno Popper / Egg Roll made with a savory filling of black beans and spices along with onions, garlic, cheese, etc. #TaylorMadeRanch

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Quick & Easy – MYO Breadcrumbs

by Tammy Taylor

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 Recently I was in the kitchen with our daughter whipping up a brand new concoction that we’d never heard of before – just making up the recipe on the fly, but our dish needed breadcrumbs.  Thankfully they’re super easy to make and today I already had a jump start on them.  You see I often use a shortcut when making pizza and slice up thick rounds from bread to use as our pizza crust.  As luck would have it I had a round loaf of bread that I had sliced up into thick pizza crusts for our homemade pizza the night before, but the rounded top didn’t make the cut (LOL – see what I did there??)  So I had chopped it up & sat it aside to begin drying.  But now I’ll use that bread to whip up some homemade breadcrumbs in a flash.

Making your own breadcrumbs is not only an inexpensive alternative to store bought, but super quick & easy too.   See how.  #TaylorMadeRanchPhoto Credit:  Ashley Ashley

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