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Aug 23, 2019

Today’s topic was suggested on the Mewe chat group. Someone wondered if I could give a breakdown of project tracking systems and pros and cons. Then Mama Sauce showed up in town and I thought what better way to do this than to interview her - the person who has been with me through practically all of the gyrations and tribulations of FIVE different tracking systems until we have landed on what we use today.

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Interview with Mama Sauce: 5 Project Management Systems We Have Hated

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Aug 21, 2019

It is Wednesday so it is a homesteading day and what better topic to think about, dream about and focus on when it is 95 degrees outside and 95% humidity, than preparing for winter? 

#HollerHatWednesday: WHY IS SHE WITH THE TRN AND what is everyone around her doing?

Hold the Date: September 14 - Green Chili Weekend Event

Stump the Sauce

  • Tim on relocating peppers into the house for winter

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • What to drink after a very long, hot drive

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Hitting the fall planning and planting
  • Another small wave of tomatoes 
  • Chard and basil
  • Sweet potato greens

Main topic of the Show: 5 preparations for winter you can do now

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Aug 19, 2019

Today, I talk about some of the mental instability that is increasingly visible because of tools like Mewe and Facebook - and to encourage reactions in kindness.

Amazon Highlight: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emory

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 30 chickens, 30 necks, 60 missing feet
  • Freezer Audit happening this week when Mama Sauce arrives
  • Catfish from the farm sitter
  • Already using up this year’s salsa
  • Time to get serious about drying winter herbs like goldenseal, peppermint and mullein

What’s in Season

  • Goldenseal
  • Elderberry
  • Wild Watercress (unusually early)
  • Peppermint
  • Excited to see it will be another decent paw paw year!

Operation Independence

  • Debt O Meter - selling stuff we don’t need
  • New finance structure for all businesses is working - but taking discipline
  • New offering at Spark Communications Group: Website development coaching program (one on one - 5 sessions)

Hack My Solar Workshop Debrief

Main topic of the Show: Kindness and Sweeping Generalizations

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Aug 14, 2019

A look at the homesteader as a whole person. What makes a homesteader successful or not successful? Well, it turns out that there are some things that many successful homesteaders have in common and today we will talk about four of them.

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

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Stump the Sauce

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Dseased green bean vines are still producing like mad
  • Tomatoes are about finished
  • It is time to clean out the ap and interplant fall things

Main topic of the Show: 4 Essential Characteristics of the Successful Homesteader

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Aug 12, 2019

Today we talk about today and its role in building the life you choose to live on your terms. Because today is the first day of the rest of your life.

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Amazon Highlight: Terro Liquid Ant Bait Traps

I wrote a cookbook! Cook With What You Have

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Freezer re-org month is upon us - you never know what treasures you will find
  • Canning green beans in 2 weeks
  • First box of onions is in hand 
  • 30 meat birds

What’s in Season

  • Okra is here
  • Harvesting wild herbs for winter
  • Time to dry some comfrey
  • Passion flower vines have flowers but no fruit yet

Operation Independence

  • Basecamp update: 
  • Debt Payoff: Tractor for sale 

Main topic of the Show: The First Day of the Rest of your Life

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Song: Tripped Out by Sauce

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Aug 9, 2019

Today is Friday so we have a thought of the walk and there has not been one of these in quite awhile since I took Fridays off in July. And today’s topic was sparked as part of a conversation over on our Mewe group about bullying. Because kids are mean, right? Or is it the artificial situations we put them in? But we will talk more about that in the main content of today’s show.

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Janet Szabo is collecting links of listeners who have blogs, podcasts or what have you content sites - reach her in the Facebook Group or the Mewe Group.

Feedback on layout software from Derek

Main topic of the Show: Thought of the Walk on Bullying

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Aug 7, 2019

Today, we will address a set of homestead/food freedom related questions: What to do with too much squash, composting outhouses, keeping your animals alive in the heat of the summer, small business finance, self-publishing and more.

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Mewe Chats Tuesday and Thursday at 7am

Amazon Highlight: Getting Things Done

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

Stump the Sauce

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Vacation and neglect
  • Tomato blight
  • Lots of green beans
  • Starting more seeds this coming weekend

Main topic of the Show: A variety show

Tamlynn: How to keep animals alive in the hear

Jenni: A series of Aquaponics questions

Ken Eash: Composting Outhouse

Joel: When and how should I harvest plantain and mullein?

Ryan: Business finance 101

Jenni againi: What's the best way to season a natural carbon steel wok?

Ken again: How finely do you ground your coffee for a french press?

Chuck and Barbie: How do you self publish

Thesia: Combining two flocks of ducks, or introducing young ones with adults. 

Amazon Highlight: Getting Things Done

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Aug 5, 2019

Today, I am on vacation so we have a replay episode and this is one from just about a year ago. It is all about #My3Things. This was the initial kickoff of that concept on this podcast and I thought it would be fun to revisit it a year later and think about how things have grown over this past year, the relationships you have developed with one another, and how many things we have all gotten accomplished in that time! 

Now...off to sip a cocktail by the pool!

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Aug 2, 2019

Today, we have a fun interview with Tamlynn Clyde about lessons learned from the July Grocery Challenge - you remember right? The challenge where we decided not to go to commercial grocery stores for a month to test our pantry strength, our community relationships and ability to feed ourselves.

Remember, if you want to join us for an interview, you can do so by filling out the guest form here.

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Tamlynn Clyde and her family currently live in North Texas on a 5 acre homestead. They raise honeybees, dairy goats, chickens, fruits and vegetables. She hates humidity, chiggers, and going to the grocery store.

Reach her on Facebook here.

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Jul 31, 2019

And today we got 15 baby ducks and so must juggle the super small babies and the less small babies who cannot be raised as a flock yet because they are too far apart. And as I got to thinking about it, I realized that I have never shared how we seek tp protect our ducks from predators, so today I will review our 4 strategies for protecting our ducks from predators while free ranging them.

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

Email feedback to nicole@livingfreeintennessee.com

Stump the Sauce

  • From Emily: What to do with too many limes?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Manually watering the AP Dutch buckets because the drip system is plugged up
  • Green beans
  • Sweet potato greens in abundance
  • Tomatoes are slow going this week
  • Squash is GONE
  • Peppers are a bust this year - I did not give them enough light and space

Main topic of the Show: Protecting Ducks from Predators

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Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 29, 2019

Today, I really wanted to step back and take a look at something we do not talk about much here on Living Free in Tennessee - and that is reasons WHY people do not start their businesses. Or rather the top 5 excuses I see people using to not get started. 

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Amazon Highlight: Sherpa Himalayan Salt 

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Time to re-order salt
  • Yes I did buy mason jars
  • Traded coffee for turkeys
  • Put up 22 pints of salsa, got another 20 lbs of tomatoes to process today 
  • The living room canned good storage area is full -- sooner than usual

What’s in Season

  • Jewel weed
  • Comfrey
  • Cook with what you have - the green beans that went to long! --- book promo.

Operation Independence

  • Basecamp update: cleared out the last of the smelly paneling and the bathroom is ready for drywall. It is coming along a bit slower than planned because of my schedule.
  • Saved $500 on tyres
  • Announcement - no show on Monday - vacation day

Main topic of the Show: 5 Excuses for

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Song: Burned, by Sauce

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Jul 24, 2019

And here is a fun topic for the summer: 3 ways to combat loneliness on the homestead. Because now it is summer. But winter is coming

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

Stump the Sauce

  • Stump the Sauce: How about them apples?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • The garden has outpaced my ability to keep up with the harvest, but this is more about my schedule than the garden
  • A mid July cooling off inspired me to get some new plants going in there - the first round are getting long in the tooth.
  • I am seeking sources for fall plants since I did not actually seed trays this year. Anyone local have some started?

Duckling Update - what really happened --- 2 ducklings have survived.

Main topic of the Show: 3 Ways to Combat Homesteader Loneliness

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 22, 2019

Today we talk about canning, jamming, drying and freezing peaches along with tips I have learned over the years to make things go smoother.

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Urban Homesteading Workshop in Charlottesville, VA

Hack My Solar Workshop in Clinton, TN

Amazon Highlight: Zyliss Garlic Peeler

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Peachapalooza - jam city
  • Out of jelly jars and low on canning jars and have not yet done beans, corn, dilly beans, green chilies or salsa
  • Focused on eating through the freezer - still haven’t done the summer audit
  • JulyChallenge Update - chocolate rations story
    • Assessing weaknesses - bourbon, chocolate, snacks - not a true weakness
    • In-Season means in-season (Onion problem is not really a problem)
    • Paper supplies are mostly well managed but it is going to be close on some items
    • I do not plan my pet food well

What’s in Season

  • Jewel weed
  • Red amaranth
    • Nother wild green that is packed with nutrient
    • Harvest young flowers to eat
    • Seeds are a grain that is gluten free
    • >>I always identify it when it is a bit late to eat the seeds but plan to cultivate a patch on my wild food hillside

Operation Independence

Main topic of the Show: Preserving Peaches

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Song: Thanks Dave by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 17, 2019

 

Today I will catch you up on the duck hijinks at the Holler Homestead and talk about mail ordered ducks and the trials and tribulations that can happen with them.

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HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

July Challenge Update

Email feedback to nicole@livingfreeintennessee.com

Cook With What You Have - Dori’s Story

Stump the Sauce

  • My salsa is too hot
  • Canning Yellow Tomatoes

What’s Up in the Garden

  • The July heat is stressing some of my plants and I am having to manually water
  • Sweet potato greens are coming on
  • Malabar spinach and Thai water spinach is not growing very fast - not sure why

Main topic of the Show: Mail Order Baby Ducks

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Jul 15, 2019

And the topic I have set up for today is one that people have been asking be to cover for quite some time. 5 ways to make good conversation. You may wonder why the asked me of all people to do this. I mean, I can talk for an hour at a time and it ends up being a podcast - and this narration does not a conversation make.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Salsa
  • Stewed tomatoes
  • Still eating workshop leftovers 
  • Time to do a freezer audit/defrost

What’s in Season

  • Sassafrass leaves
  • Mullein flower
  • Plantain seeds
  • Dill weed is about done

Operation Independence

  • Still working on basecamp 

Main topic of the Show: 5 Ways to Make Interesting Conversation

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Song: Burned by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Jul 10, 2019

Originally, I had planned to talk about hand tool maintenance, but then I kept getting lots of questions about tomatoes - like what to do if you get too many, or not enough, or if your salsa is runny, or how to preserve them so I thought, why not talk about one of my favorite topics? Canning tomatoes and other ways to preserve them!

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

Ken Eash - A Good Carpenter

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/constructionandhandymanservices/

Stump the Sauce

  • What do I do if I make homemade salsa and it is runny?

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Bourbon Ice Cube Update (slushy story)

What’s Up in the Garden

  • It is too hot!! 
  • Next round of seeds are in - watching the AP carefully for evaporation

Main topic of the Show: Canning, Using and Preserving Tomatoes

Shop on Amazon

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Jul 9, 2019

I stared and stared at the blank screen today, trying to figure out what to write about. I talked to Autofab and Tactical this morning and nothing specific came out. This almost never happens and the challenge is that what I want to share is something that doesn’t happen much but should. And it has to do with hard work, community, fellowship and forward progress. And I wasn’t sure if it was different enough from my episode on hard work.  

But then 3 pm rolled around and all I had were my usual segments, coffee orders shipped, and a big, blank screen.

So today, you get the story of Basecamp, the cleanup project and the GSD crew.

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Feedback from Bryan - Untouchable Day

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Grocery challenge
    • Hashtag: #Julychallenge on social
  • Ham Holler Stew
  • Roasted potatoes and the Evo Olive Oil Sprayer: https://amzn.to/2FWuhvx
  • Broke into this year’s pickles
  • Cook with What You Have
  • Almost through last winter’s venison

What’s in Season

  • Watercress is harvestable again which is strange for this time of year
  • Creek Mint
  • Lilies
  • Wineberries
  • Blueberries
  • All the garden things

Operation Independence

  • GSD Crew Dropped In
  • Debt Payoff is Nigh

Main topic of the Show: Helping Hand Days Are Normal

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Song: Wolf by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Jul 3, 2019

What else to talk about in a week where I am processing a bushel of cucumbers than making pickles?! So today, I will talk to you about making pickles a few ways, as well as share a fun relish recipe.

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

Stump the Sauce

  • Got nothing this week - send in your questions!

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Bourbon Ice Cubes

What’s Up in the Garden

  • It is time to start new tomatoes below the current tomatoes
  • Dill is heading out - hoping to get a patch started in the yard that comes back each year
  • Cucumbers are starting to come on!
  • Lots of green beans - reseeded at the base in the AP to hopefully get a second round later in the year

Main topic of the Show: All About Pickles

QUICK PICKLES

FERMENTED PICKLES

Hot Pickle Relish

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 1, 2019

Hard work. We sometimes underestimate the impact that hard work has on us. And I don't mean just the hard muscles, but the spiritual benefit of working hard and getting things done. And after you work hard, you play hard right? So today, i thought we would examine that a bit more.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Grocery Store Challenge 
  • Eating mostly off the garden at the moment
  • Canning Pickles

What’s in Season

Operation Independence

  • Looking at buying land to put in a hipcamp ground

Main topic of the Show: Hard Work Matters

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Song: Tripped Out by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Jun 28, 2019

Today, I wanted to give you what you were supposed to get on Monday - a walk through of this side hustle life and how, over time, they can lead you to your passion - that is assuming that you are at a place where you are ready to find it.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 2 more gallons of honey collected - $20 a quart
  • Actively using up last canned goods from 2017
  • Grocery store challenge - purpose to test my pantry management
    • One item allowed - mine is half and half
    • Travel does not count
    • Farmers market is ok, but not buying prepared foods
    • Regularly scheduled things (like my annual salt purchase) is allowed

What’s in Season

  • Yay!! Tomatoes
  • Edible flowers 
  • AP greens and green beans
  • Squash - still not doing awesome with the squash
  • Harvesting potatoes

Operation Independence

  • Closed on the new rental house - which folds into today’s show nicely. We’ve been doing the initial sterilization - and I use that word strategically because the last inhabitants were not sanitary with their bodily waste, or that of their animals so we have been cleaning out all manner of fecal matter both in the main house, the yard and the basement. It has been rather horrific and Tactical Redneck has shouldered most of this burden because he doesn’t want me to repeat last year and get sick.
  • Product recommendation: Rocco Stain and Odor Eliminator: https://amzn.to/2IVWwfE
  • How does this lead to independence? It will become local revenue in the form of rent over time and hopefully build into  another rental and another and another.

Main topic of the Show: A Side Hustle Life

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Song: Cilly Song by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Jun 19, 2019

Today, I needed a reminder about living my life on my terms, not society's so we have a replay. We will take a walk through the benefits of simply living. Simply living – as in simply living your life, not letting others live it for you. Why Simply living and not simple living? You gotta listen to find out!

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Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Jun 17, 2019

Today we explore investing in family and what it means to build your dynasty, why that is not a bad thing, as well as who your family should be.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Canning Reorganization Update
  • Workshop Leftovers, the gift that keeps on giving
  • Getting a handle on how much vinegar we use in a year 9Orders for pickup)
  • Comment on sears and the mercantile

What’s in Season

  • Creek mint
  • Mullein is blooming
  • All the garden things!
  • Still no ripe tomatoes

Operation Independence

  • Embarking on a new real estate project soon - starting the process of expanding the number of properties I manage
  • Keeping  Redneck around is resulting in things getting fixed without needing to call “a guy”

Main topic of the Show: Investing in Family

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Song: Grandpa's Song by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Jun 12, 2019

Today we will talk about the 8 projects you can do to master canning. Because canning is a great way to tap into abundance and enjoy your results all year long. But canning, like any skill, works best as a progression.

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

150k sweepstakes ends on Monday - get you shares in and email me to be entered into the drawing.

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Show Resources

Stump the Sauce

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Whisky Ice Cubes

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Green Beans
  • Chard
  • Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Basil
  • Still no ripe tomatoes
  • Time to start second wave of summer veggies and the fall garden plants

Main topic of the Show: Steps to Mastering Canning

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Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Jun 10, 2019

Today, we cover some ways to get started in cooking with what you have rather than a recipe.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Cook With What You Have will be available for download on the membership portal on Friday! 

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • All the processing is happening
  • Working toward all wide mouth jars
  • 13 quarts of beets pickled
  • Bone broth in process
  • Herbs drying
  • Want: Canning Kitchen set up outside

What’s in Season

  • Day lilies: Salads and sautes
  • Dill: Pickling and salads
  • Elderflower: Fritters & Tea
  • Honeysuckle flower: Simple syrup for beverages this week
  • Hearty greens like dock and plantain are getting a bit chewy, but you can harvest and eat plantain seeds

Operation Independence

  • 10 Quarts of Honey extracted - a $200 value. Keeping 4 for us and selling the rest.
  • Finished out some of the wrong kind of project opening up more time for the long term push

Main topic of the Show: Cook with What You Have

Book Recommendation from the show: Ratio

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Song: Dr. Feeley, Dr. Skinner by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Jun 7, 2019

Today I examine a bad cultural habit we have of demanding that others give up their rights just because we had to give up ours. This is a thought of the walk episode so it is short.

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Main topic:  Thought of the Walk on Power Abuse

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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