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Mar 1, 2019

Today is Friday and a Thought of the Walk day. It has been a long couple of weeks selling random things and seeking to rent my duplex apartment out and this has gotten me to thinking about how technology is changing human behavior. It may seem like i am down on technology - I am not. But I do think we need to be aware of how we come across when we use it so that we are using the technology, not letting it define us.

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Feb 27, 2019

Today is the first in a two-part series about 8 plants that you should grow in your yard or on your homestead if you can. Some of these are “wildly available” and others domesticated but all of them serve a culinary purpose.

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#HollerHatWednesday on Instagram

4 of the 8 plants you should grow

Make it a Great Week!

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Feb 25, 2019

It is easy to be sucked in by the siren’s call of being busy and checking things off your list — but are you viewing your time as an investment? We will talk about that and more today on Living Free in Tennessee.

Workshop registration

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Bugging in happened – almost had to tap into my condensed milk – which we need to rotate through
  • What I put in the car
  • Working through the green beans
  • Making Sweet potato chili
  • Method: weekly assessment of what needs to be used up and freezer audit season

 

What’s in Season

  • Watercress
  • Duck eggs (also at the workshop)
  • Lettuce
  • Green Onions
  • Wild Garlic
  • 1st spring dead nettle popped up

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Segment

Stump the Sauce

  • Sick of homemade vinaigrette – ideas for different salad dressing?

Operation Independence

  • DAS WEBSITE – on last task (that is of course taking longer than ever expected)
  • Creative Outlet: Alzheimers, friends, singing, lifting your spirits (how that plays into independence)

Main topic of the Show: ROI on Your Time

Make it a great week!

Song: Belly Dancing Vamp Tune, by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Feb 22, 2019

Today April Ray of Radiant Acres joins me to talk about transitioning to the homestead from city living ---but not quite. Many folks need to have one person working a full time job while the other gets the homestead up and running.

April and her husband and three children live in Hampshire, Tennessee, a tiny town an hour outside of Nashville. Four years ago, after living their entire lives in big cities (Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles), they moved out to the country with a desire to grow their own food and be more self-sufficient. But April's husband, Nick, kept his day job in Nashville and they've learned to be both city and country dwellers at the same time. They've discovered that homesteading isn't an all-or-nothing venture. Self sufficiency doesn't happen overnight. Instead, there's a long period of learning, growing, adventuring, failing, succeeding -- and commuting -- that takes place on the journey.

https://www.facebook.com/raydiantacres/
Instagram @raydiantacres

Feb 20, 2019

Today, I will share with you how I go from seedling to plant in the ground, talk a bit about garden bed preparation, how to know when it is time and care of newly transplanted plants.

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

Stump the Sauce

  • Sausage Hash and Roast Beef Hash

Main topic of the Show: Transferring Seedlings Into Your Garden

  1. Prepare the ground
  2. How to know when it’s time
  3. How to transplant
  4. Care after transplant 

Do the same with store plants!

Make it a great week!

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Feb 18, 2019

Today we will go through several things you can to do get your head right and enjoy the darkest days of winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a fake thing, but it is something you can take on and change your narrative. So, let's do this!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Not using canned vegetables as much and here is why
  • Audited what we have canned and in the root cellar and integrated them into the workshop menu
  • Watercress is slow in the creek but growing well in the AP system
  • Lost 2 heads of lettuce - left the cover off
  • Should be doing sprouts but I am not… need to kick that into gear

What’s in Season

  • Watercress
  • Wild Garlic
  • Nettles are almost ready
  • Mushrooms

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Segment from David Oswalt

Stump the Sauce

  • My french press makes the coffee taste like ash...?

Operation Independence

  • We have applications in for the duplex and it will be done by the end of this month! (A bit on rental income and the pros and cons)

Main topic of the Show: Chase Away the Wintertime Blues

Make it a great week!

Song: SURPRISE!!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Feb 15, 2019

This is a shorter episode where I share something that occurs to me while out on a walk. We focus so much on getting things done around here that sometimes it is easy to forget to make time for your mind to wander and a walk is a great way to do that. Today, I have some thoughts on the great tradeoff of control for other things such as reach, security, money and more. There is a constant pressure between these things and many folks do not assess their choices with this knowledge in hand.

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Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

Feb 13, 2019

Today, I will talk about early spring plants, planting and the roulette game that many of us play as part of our gardening effort.

Holler Hat Wednesday: Latest photo is up and quite a few of you have figured it out!

Get your ticket for the Spring Workshop

Early Spring Plant Roulette

What is early spring plant roulette?
Mama Sauce’s radish planting strategy
The Method

Link to how to start seedlings: https://livingfreeintennessee.com/2017/03/06/episode-26-starting-seedlings-for-the-newbee/

Make it a great week!

 

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

  • Instagram: @nicolesauce1
  • Twitter: @nicolesauce

 

 

Feb 11, 2019

Today, I will walk through areas to address if you plan to host an event or workshop so that you set yourself up for success and I will share what I learned as a seasoned event planner from last year’s spring workshop.

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Register for the LFTN Spring Workshop!

Cost is $400, but we only need your $100 deposit when you register.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • AP system update
  • Been gone a lot so not cruising through the stores as fast as I would like
  • Potato update 
  • Pottage is up for tomorrow…

Stump the Sauce

 

  • How to use up too much BBQ sauce

 

 

Operation Independence

  • Dryer Installation
  • Pump House Repair (A Note on living in the country and producing your own water)
  • Duplex is about ready

Main topic of the show: Tips for Running a successful Workshop on Your Land

Advice

  1. Start planning way before you think you have to. This has been in the works since June 2018
  2. Find great speakers
  3. Build a solid event team
  4. Safety and Security
  5. Systems (registration, check in, parking, camping, meals, sessions, Zello, Slack, Google Docs, Nametags)
  6. Make it an experience - it is not just some folks learning about rocket mass heaters it is

Make it a great week!

Song: Dr. Feeley, Dr. Skinner by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

Feb 8, 2019

Today, we welcome back a friend of the podcast: The Tactical Redneck as he discusses his learning process in gardening from the first day he planted seeds to squeezing ever last ounce of fertility from poorly cared for soil where he is now.

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

Feb 4, 2019

Today, I have a pretty short episode about family, making time for them, and why it matters. Why short? Because today, I am coming to you from California while visiting my family -- and nieces -- who I have not seen in over a year. And what a visit it has been. I will be here through Tuesday and fly home on Wednesday, which means that the podcast for Wednesday will be a replay because I have realized that flying across the country, and also recording a podcast is not going to work this week. But don’t worry. We will be back to normal on Friday...and the Holler Hat content post will go out as planned as it is the last one before Thursday’s drawing for a free membership!

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Spring Workshop: Jessica Mills, AKA Dixie, from Homemade Wanderlust will be sharing what she has learned about building a personal online brand. You will not want to miss her session!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Wild Garlic is up
  • AP lettuce survived the deep cold!
  • Groundhog did not see his shadow

Listener feedback

Operation Independence

  • Operation Back Rehab
  • Daniel: Congratulations

Main topic of the show: Family is Everything

Make it a great week!

Song: Grandpa's Song by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

 

Feb 2, 2019

Today is Friday and that means a Thought of the Walk episode! And it it all about perspective on todays show. About when -- and when not -- to open your heart to different perspectives.

Jan 30, 2019

Today, I thought it would be fun to wrap up the month of the modern homesteading kitchen topics by discussing what you should have in yours. It will break up into two categories the Basics and More Advanced. For me, good living and home cooking go hand in hand. And a good set up in the kitchen helps make this possible.

Holler Hat Wednesday:

  • Instagram: Nicolesauce1
  • Facebook: groups/lftncoffeebreak/

Listener Feedback: Sauerkraut questions

What every Homestead Kitchen Should Have

What I have:

Knives:

Pressure Canner

Crock pot: https://amzn.to/2Tjpqcd

Hamilton Beach Food Processor: https://amzn.to/2Gc7mg

Carey Pressure Canner/ Cooker: https://amzn.to/2Tn64TQ

Sous Vide: https://amzn.to/2WpZwWt

Oster Bread Maker: https://amzn.to/2WxQfMb (The quality of this machine has fallen over the years but the price point it right. If anyone likes a different brand for quality, toss your link in the comments.)

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

Jan 28, 2019

Today, I’ve got a picture for you into our world here at the Holler Homestead and what one month of a disciplined MY3Things approach has gotten us, how the plans shift and change so that you can start to look at your efforts the same way.

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Spring Workshop: David Oswalt from Cider Hollow Farms, Learn grafting and build your independence fund - he may have some scion for pre-order too so keep your eyes peeled.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Tough Pork Shoulder
  • Doing my usual bad job of using up the sweet potatoes - anyone need some
  • Sweet potato slip time is here
  • Really should be starting my lettuce, but travel
  • Joshua’s bolting lettuce: Tried temperature adjustment - next up, lights on a timer (They are getting sun all the time). Look for other stressers like nutirition

Stump the Sauce

  • From Dori: How to make lard without smelling up the house

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Autofab’s Audio

Listener feedback

  • Story of my band - not sure who asked
  • Wish Tamlyn a speedy recovery

Operation Independence

  • GSD Day at the Duplex: The good, the bad, the ugly

February is Already Here...and it is time to assess progress.

#My3Things
HIFIVE to Cindy who is having a girl - that is awesome!

Make it a great week.

Song: Feed My Hunger, by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

Facebook Group: Facebook.com/groups/lftncoffeebreak/

Jan 25, 2019

Today, I talk with a member of our community about building medical preparedness into your life both on the homestead and in general. Chris spent 4 1/2 years volunteer firefighter and is a recent graduate of combat medic reclass school, as well as a National registered EMT. Better yet, he gets where we are coming from and has good stuff to share.

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Resources from Chris:

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

Jan 23, 2019

 I LOVE making cheese, I have not had access to raw milk to make cheese with in a number of years - so why not cover the basics on cheesemaking? So today, I will walk you through the basic process and end on 2 assignments you can start with to being to hone your cheese making chops.

Holler Hat Wednesday - send your guess to...

  • Instagram: Nicolesauce1
  • Facebook: groups/lftncoffeebreak/

Getting Started with Cheese Making

 

2 Recipes

  • Sour Cream (Learning to culture) - put whole milk or cream in a jar --- add sour cream (2 tblsp). Shake and wait.
  • Farmers Cheese

Resource List

Getting started

Intermediate

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Shawn Mills

Resources

 

  • Instagram: @nicolesauce1
  • Twitter: @nicolesauce

 

 

Jan 21, 2019

Today, we talk about Business Startup and some of the things that most people do not think of before they leap in. Why? Because lots of you are well down the path of getting something going and right this moment is a great time to pause, think about some things that you may not have recently.

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Spring Workshop: Sandor Katz author of Wild Fermentation will do a session on fermenting.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Fermentation recipes on Facebook: #ferment
  • Seed swaps - Rachel

Stump the Sauce

  • What to do with crumbled goat cheese

Operation Independence

  • Simplification FTW
  • Wood Heat

#My3Things

  • HIFIVE to Salima
  • Also, her body butter is awesome

Main Topic: Business Startup - What People Forget to Think About.

Make it a great week!

Song: Anonymous by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

  • Membership Sign Up
  • Facebook Group: Facebook.com/groups/lftncoffeebreak/
  • Instagram: Nicolesauce1
  • Facebook: groups/lftncoffeebreak/
Jan 18, 2019

Today is a thought of the walk day and I take on what may be to some a sensitive issue: Privilege. My take may not be a new one, but this issue seems to get so bogged down in vocabulary, debate and this intellectual analysis and that intellectual analysis. As I was taking a hike through the forest, I realized that with all the academia, spin, politics and hysteria around the concept of privilege, it is not as complicated as we try to make it.

Also, I wanted to thank all of you who have signed up for the Membership portal this week. Your support means so much to me.

Make it a great week.

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Jan 16, 2019

Today is Wednesday and that means we will talk about a homestead-specific topic. Last week, y'all were so interested in fermentation that I thought we would do a bit of a part two on the topic that outlines how to lacto ferment vegetables both with and without a brine, I will share a few recipes, and we will have some fun!

Holler Hat Wednesday Reminder

If you want to discuss this further, head over to livingfreeintennessee.com website, or hit the facebook group.

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Jan 14, 2019

Today we will have a bit of a variety show for you, mostly based on questions and comments from y’all from the last week or so. So today we tackle a backlog of sous vide questions, most importantly my thoughts on the plastic bags leaching into our systems, a celebration of someone who made a major life accomplishment from our community - and she is a regular, when it is a good idea to find a change of scene on a big project, what to do with too many tortillas, and a review of the #my3things approach to planning, along with an update on how I am doing with it this year and feedback from a friend.

Spring Workshop Session: Rocket Mass Heater Build - remind of timeline for tickets (In a little over 3 weeks, we launch. 9am Feb 9).

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Time-pressed meal: T bone steak sous vide
  • Easy crockpot chili (with crowder peas)
  • Dehydrated dog treats from freezer burnt meat
  • Time to get the seedlings started in TN - We will dive in when I get home from this trip

Stump the Sauce

  • Making a roux with vegetables in it
  • What to do with too many tortillas from Bryan

Operation Independence

  • Awesome project in Houston
  • Started taxes in January

Main topic of the show: A variety of questions and feedback

Sous Vide

  • Plastic bags and leaching?
  • Sous Vide in mason jars
  • Using water to seal a Ziploc (also BPA free)
  • Can you sous vide prepared foods that come in a plastic bag
  • What does not sous vide well?

Christie: How to integrate #my3things when so much unexpected stuff happens on the homestead?Pia Sonne got her masters degree - let's celebrate!
Update on my year goals only 2 weeks in
What a change of scene can do for you on big scary projects (like writing a book)

Make it a great week.

Song: Strange Child

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Song: Strange Child

Resources

Jan 11, 2019

Today, I have an interview with John Athayde about this project and lessons we learned from it about managing client expectations, how to have a better handle on scope, and more when you take on a big project that is difficult to define, while also being urgent.

Direct Download

Announcements

  • Nicole is on the road next week
  • Listener Feedback

Interview with John Althyde

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Jan 9, 2019

So today, I will talk through several different kinds of fermentation - several of which you may already consume, benefits beyond homemaking and budget, and why you would even venture into a fermentation habit to begin with…

Also, It is Holler Hat Wednesday:


Remember how I told you to learn something new this winter while you have time? Home fermentation is a skill worth learning and one of the oldest ways to preserve food - though not the oldest. And it doesn’t take much money to get started. 

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Jan 7, 2019

What do you put in your content plan? We will talk about that today. Also, we will hear from Shawn from Hack My Solar as he reviews his first power bill after changing jobs and moving to a house that is on the grid. And finally, in one of those things that happens where y’all are thinking the same thing at the same time, I will give thoughts on how to get your own podcast going. Nice that the question on that came in the same week as we are discussing content creation, right?

Spring Workshop Session Announcement: Beyond Razor Sharp Knives and Tool Sharpening, Patrick Roehrman

Direct Download

Will be opening workshop registration February 9 at 9am Central to members first!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Dehydrated mushrooms and how to use them
  • Cushaw squash update – last serving is in the fridge
  • Trying a new shopping method

Stump the Sauce

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Cider Hollow got this segment from the booze Whisperer

Operation Independence

  • The grocery game and downsizing stuff

Content Planning, Energy Use and More

What is a content plan and why would you need one? Promoting an idea, project or product takes communication. If people don’t hear about what you are up to, they won’t “buy in.” And by “Buy in” I mean not only purchase something, but also things like download your podcast, read your blog post, spread the word about you, etc. If they do not know you or your product or service exist, things stagnate.

So, after you have set your marketing goals, know who you want to target and have an idea about the big picture message of a project, know where these folks are and what they are interested in, you need a content plan. This is even more important if the product you sell is CONTENT.

  • What is a content plan?
  • What do you need to make one?
  • Then what do you do next?

Listener Question (Victoria):
How to start a podcast on the cheap.
1. Use a podcast host like Libsyn but link to your own blog page not theirs

2. Equipment: Built in mic to see if you like it

3. Editing software: Garage Band

4. Use Auphonic to compress the crap out of the file

5. Just get going!

Make it a great week.

Song: Suicide, by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Jan 4, 2019

Today, I kick off a new daily show concept: Thought of the Walk. You see, going for a walk clears your head and often allows you to see things that you once thought were complex into a simpler light. So tune in today for my first "Thought of the Walk." Wonder what it will be about....

Jan 2, 2019

It’s the first episode of 2019 and we had a wonderful week off. Today, I will talk through processing deer as well as share recipes along the way that we use.

My independence fund got a huge boost last week in the form of venison. 40 pounds to be more specific. Processing it cost me $38 in supplies, of which I only used ¼, so that works out to $.23 cents a pound spent for $120 in meat (conservatively). Add to that the 6-8 quarts of deer stock I will be canning and it was a pretty big score!

Concepts

  • Skinning and gutting (How I learned to field dress)-- do not pierce the gallbladder!
  • Quartering
  • Tools & Knives
  • Some Cuts
  • Storage and Rigor

Make it a great week.

Advisory Board

Resources

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