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Oct 30, 2020

Today is a show where you get to ask me questions and I will answer them. Find out where I get the closing songs for Monday’s show, why you should boil your pressure-canned foods before you eat them, how to integrate a new goat on the homestead and more.

We will be livestreaming the recording of this so if I see a good question or two there, I will integrate it.

Roastery Update

  • Tale of the venting hood
  • Developing New Processes

Main topic of the Show: Ask Nicole

From Amanda:

Would you feel comfortable sharing a little background for those of us that are new followers? Such as what is your property / homestead like? 

How long have you lived there? 

How did you find your property and what led you there? 

I’ve heard you say “we” many times before and talk about shared pantry and cooking. Do you live with others? Or, do you have some type of community living happening? 

How does that work? 

Just wanted to get to know you and your homestead a bit more. Thanks and looking forward to listening!


Where do you get your music that you end your podcasts with?

Joy -

Question about pressure canning - if when pressure canning the temperature gets up to 240 degrees and is high enough to kill botulism then why must you boil the contents for x amount of minutes after opening? Shouldn’t the bad bacteria be dead already? Thanks, only one season into canning but I have 50+ quarts of pressure canned meats in the pantry and want to be safe when eating.


What makes decaf decaf?

David O

Over 200k people have been killed by coronavirus. How many people must die before we eradicate this deadly virus?


Is being offered stock in a company you work for worthwhile? Context-the bar/restaurant I’m managing at is going to give managers shares in the company in January, I think it’s a good passive income stream but is it really?


Health insurance options, particularly medi   share type options or what are other self employed doing for health insurance.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

Advisory Board



Oct 26, 2020

We have talked about pantry management a ton this year, but I got a question asking for me to go over how I manage my pantry during the youtube livestream of the Winter is Coming show for 2020 so I thought I would share with yall what I do here, with the space and other boundaries I have at the Holler Homestead. 


Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Getting ready for venison season
  • Update on shortages
  • Setting the foundation for winter lettuce

Featured Forage: Chicken of the Woods - Laetiporus sulphureus

  • Wild Edible Phil a cosophy (Mushrooms are cited for being the thing to double check -- but double check everything)
  • Eating new mushroom varieties
  • Grows on oak trees at this time of year in tn
  • Laetiporus sulphureus has a potent ability to inhibit staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), as well as moderate ability to inhibit the growth of Bacillus subtilis.[6]
  • Preparing: Sautee, bread and fry, bake -- it is all good
  • Storing: dehydrate for long term, freeze for shorter periods

Operation Independence

  • Explain the independence fund
  • Roastery Expansion is all that we are doing - high quality plywood and electrical parts

Main topic of the Show: Pantry and Root Cellar Management

Pantry Management Philosophy

  • I hate shopping
  • I hate most restaurant food
  • I hate wasting food
  • I hate wasting money
  1. Make your pantry management work for you
  2. Plan for stability through weather events, job loss, etc. Build in luxury (Pad Thai) 
  3. Store what you eat, and eat what you store (Spirkodamus)
  4. Learn your needs so that you can tap into times of abundance
  • Start by paying attention (Learn what you really eat in a journal for one month)
    • Shopping online helps, eg TP
    • Involve the whole family -- gameify if needed
  • Find out why you have to bip out to the store for just one item -- what is it and why did you not include it in your weekly or monthly shopping list?
  • 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 months, 6 months, 1 year (And a word on hoarding)
    • Spirko’s concept of doubling
  • Pantry areas to assess
    • Food: Fresh foods, Freezer foods, Canned/jarred foods, dry foods
    • Cleaning Supplies
    • First Aid Supplies
    • Paper Goods 
    • Toiletry Items
    • Plant and Animal Supplies
  • Space considerations 
    • Humidity and temperature
    • Clutter Buster
    • Creative solutions
      • Garage shelving
      • Crawl space
      • Walls
      • Under bed storage
      • Attic
      • Outbuildings
      • Back of cabinets
      • Shelves near the ceiling
      • Send me ideas?
  • Holler Homestead process
    • Boundaries: root cellar gets hot/cold by season, canned goods cant freeze, my home is 100 sf, two bedrooms without much storage
    • What do I mean by load from the back and take from the front
    • Base philosophy: long term storage, short term storage, kitchen storage
    • Inventory system: Freezer vs other storage (Dates)
    • Root cellar process: seasonal rotation and reviewing contents
      • Potato varieties
      • Squash varieties
      • Rodent control
    • Meal planning approach
    • Dealing with spoilage
    • Establishing budget (Challenges & victories)

Only you can set your pantry up the best way for your household -- there is no one way.

Make it a great week!

Song: 911 by Sauce

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


Advisory Board



Oct 23, 2020

It is interview show day and I am excited to tell you about today’s topic: a better way with Xavier Hawk where we talk in minute detail about his alternative platform for living, transacting and building communities, Phireon. This may not feel like homesteading or entrepreneurial as we start but as the episode progresses, you will see why I think this is such a great topic for our community.

Kickstart Holler Roast Update: Will start shipping next week -- look for an email with your preferences over the weekend.

Show Resources

Phireon Partners:


Main content of the show

Xavier Hawk co-founded a home health agency with his family in 2001, and then went off grid with his wife and four daughters to their mountain homestead. Here he went on to invest in real estate, commodities, and crypto currencies where he found his Niche. He architected the world's first asset backed blockchain system, negotiated the world's first blockchain solution for a nation, and architected the intentional neighborhood design growing in popularity with real estate developers around the globe. He currently sells emerging tech in the sectors of off grid energy, border security, last mile infrastructure, connectivity, and border security to enterprise level clients through his company Phireon Global Partners.


Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

Advisory Board



Oct 21, 2020

Winter is coming is our theme for this week and along with winter comes the holiday gift-giving season. We have an annual tradition of sharing handmade gift ideas at LFTN and today, we will review four things you can do to share that you care in a more personal, homemade way.

Links to past episodes on handmade gifts

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

Holler Neighbor Livestream, Thursday at 7pm:

Stump the Sauce

  • From Samantha: Do you dry your herbs in bundles or do you strip the leaves and put them in the dehydrator? Or something else entirely? 

Tales from the Booze Wisperette -- need questions

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Garlic is planted -- this winter is coming schedule is the BOMB
  • Transplanted half the hydro strawberries -- will see how they do
  • Harvested Horseradish, and transplanted it, interplanted with the strawberries
  • Planted two peach and two cherry trees -- they look a little shocked so we are checking in on them every day
  • Greens are coming off the AP, as are green onions
  • Need to get the Egyptians planted

Main topic of the Show: 4 Homemade Gift Ideas

Family Recipe Boo

Bourbon Kahlua

  • 1 liter bourbon, 100 proof
  • 2 vanilla beans (where to get them)
  • 4 cups strongly brewed coffee – i mean really strong man, like espresso
  • 8 cups brown sugar (I use 4 now)

Walking Stick

Advent calendar

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

Advisory Board



Oct 19, 2020

Today we have a reminder about winter. Winter is nigh. Soon the plants will go to sleep, bare root trees will beg to be planted, and the cold times will be upon us. With the cold comes a need to keep our water from freezing, our animals from taking sick, and ourselves ready to get snowed in. This looks a bit different on a homestead than in the city and we will talk through what we do at the Holler Homestead to prepare.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Winter perspective: Auditing everything to make sure we are ready
  • Use up vs Put Up
  • Moved canning out of the kitchen’
  • Drying more herbs
  • Mushroom season

Operation Independence

  • Made it home with the roaster, saw friends

Main topic of the Show: 2020 Winter is Coming

Usually, we start our winter preparations in August and I do this episode on the hottest day ever. Not this year. Cold temperatures have hit us a bit sooner than normal an caught me without things in order for winter.

Goal of winter preparations:

  1. Livestock taken care of
  2. Humans covered
  3. Water systems secured
  4. Preset spring growing

This year, we are taking a catch up approach

  • 10am-12pm WINTER IS COMING blocked time

Heat: Firewood and fire organization, chimney sweep and stove repairs, kerosene and propane heaters checked on, finishing the rocket mass heater

Livestock: Increase feed on hand, first aid audit, bedding needs, water antifreeze systems, shelter update

Humans: Audit first aid, add winter preps to the pantry (like milk), winter clothing & comfort audit

Food storage: move roots to the root cellar, reset kitchen to use up rather than put up

Systems: prepare the gas things for overwintering, remove window AC units, take in summer water things, secure the pump house against cold, drains

Gardens: reset the hydro system, drain the AP wicking beds, row cover, prepare the ground gardens for spring, plant the garlic, fall bulbs, row cover

Winter Festivities: Handmake gifts, start special foods, decide what will be “held” for holiday meals.

There is so much to do when winter is coming -- this is why I usually start in August. But not this year. This year, it is not to be. But despite all that, it will get done. It always does. And the time will come so fast when I am tucked in by the fire, brandy in hand, planning the spring gardens...

Make it a great week!

Song: Grandpa's Song by Sauce

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


Advisory Board


Oct 14, 2020

Today, I wanted to go back to a concept we talked about around this time last year. The word of the year. One word that you use to change your life for the better and you concentrate on it all year. Jenni Hill has been a rising start with this approach in the LFTN network and I linked to an interview we had with her about it.

I figured this month would be a good time to start sharing the progress of my word of the year: Grow.


Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Packing keto for a road trip
  • Harvested the rest of the dryable herbs -- a freeze is coming
  • Freezer reorganization observation 
  • Holiday food shortages

Operation Independence

  • #roadtrip
  • Trading for labor

Main topic of the Show: Grow as a Word of the Year

>>What is word of the year

Jenni’s Episode

>>How do you find one?

  • Journaling
  • What do you want to change
  • What will get you there
  • Take time
  • How does it fit your life strategic plan? 
    • Link to episode
  • Word of 2020: grow

Grow: How are we doing?

  • Q1: Lost 20 pounds on Keto, coffee was up 20%, corporate facilitations booked, workshop sold out fast, launched new webinar concept and it was being well received
  • Q2: COVID -- workshop delayed, all corporate facilitations cancelled, coffee flat lines for two weeks, LFTN 20
    • Hyper overdrive
    • Choices: business resupply
    • Choices: focus
    • Choices: mental and physical health
  • Q3: LFTN20 financial hit, the corner (link to episode), a heart to heart with John Pugliano, the decision
    • SOE project
    • Unloose the Goose 
    • The fire
    • Mental and physical health
  • Q4: Coffee, Podcast, Webinars, Personal Growth, Election, Riots, Civil War
    • Launch new subscriber portal
    • Launch new Portal
    • Christmas Coffee
    • Grow another 20% listenership

The hardest part about your success and mine is that we are each in the driver seat -- drive your best trip.

Make it a great week!

Song: Learning What Leaving Is

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


Advisory Board



Oct 9, 2020

Today is a TOTW day where was have a shorter episode about just one random thought I have had. And Nashville is threatening to (and probably will) retroactively enforce a 33% property tax increase on its people. I am one of those people and it made me think of taxes, thuggery and the company store. New perk: JUST A MUG for $30!


Let’s talk about how we want to evolve as a society shall we? How we think things could be? 

I imagine a world where the “human nature” approach of bonking someone over the head with a club to steal food, their spouse or children, gold, or clothing from them is not acceptable. Where we are free trade, to give, to help, to feel, to be. 

What do you envision?

Because right now, we still find it ok to steal food, children, money and life from people in the interest of serving the greater good. What does the greater good even mean? This definition gets so twisted. As if clubbing someone over the head is ever in service of the greater good anyway… How can it be good if the only way to get there is via pillage and thuggery?

It makes me think of the Company Store approach in mining towns. Workers had to buy their housing, food, supplies and health care from the corporation they worked for. Full stop. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty. Plenty went wrong. By establishing this dependency on one source for basic needs and extending store credit from time to time, these mining operations established a legal form of slavery. The overpriced goods, underpaid employees and if you pushed back, they sent their thugs to beat you.

And slavery is bad is it not? 

Why then is it any different to demand payment from people at the cost of their property, their personal freedom, their lives if the do not pay? Why is it ok for anyone to keep part of my labor and work? Why can they take my children if I do not pay and put them in a system with a long history of sexual and physical abuse? Why do we allow this to happen?

Some people think I am crazy for thinking of taxes this way, but that is what they are. People are extorted for money in order that it can be used to pay for things like an education system that is failing our children, social services rife with abuse, medical services that can fail the individual with a one size fits none approach, and yes. The roads. They extort money for the roads. No opt out. Fines, loss of property, jail time and loss of your children if you do not pay.

How is it not thuggery to get money in this way? How is it not slavery that you do not keep what you earn to spend as you will? How is it not thuggery to take my money and force me to finance your foreign wars? Your ripping apart of families through the drug war? 

People will answer that I signed a social contract to live in the US -- I have to pay to live her. I signed no contract.

People will answer that it has to be because if we did not force everyone to pay for some things, people will use drugs, die on the street, never fix the roads and children will stop learning.

To which I ask - really? Is that really what will happen if we move away from a forced-taxation system? Are you sure? 

What if instead of fighting with me about defining taxation as thuggery, you put your creative energies toward something a bit more creative? Like ask yourself this: How can we care for people in our society without a taxation structure? How can we build and maintain roads without enslaving people? How can we do this a different way?

Just because we do not do it this way right now does not mean it cannot be done and really the core issue that seems to get in the way of truly solving this question is envy and greed. Not what you may think of in this regard though. It is the greed of some who have less than they wish they had wanting to force those who have more to use it toward this end. Meaning those who wish they had more want to force those who do to spend their money in a way the person who has it may not wish to spend it.


They have more so they should spend more. Really? Is that any of your damn business? You have no right to tell other people what to do with their labor, their capitol. 

You have no right to send armed men to their homes to arrest them just because they earn more than you and you think they need to give more than the do, do you? Well, some people think that they do have this right> the right to force people to pay, to steal from them, to harm them if they do not comply. And the tricky thing is that they frame it in humanitarian terms. But stealing from Michelle to help Amanda isn’t a moral act. Helping Amanda is a moral act. And we seem to have forgotten the difference.

We’ve talked a bunch about prioritizing the will of the masses over the rights of the individual -- a practice that ends in abuse of the many individuals that make up the collective in the best of cases. Taxation is just a fancy word for piracy and thuggery. A way to make you feel good when your labor is stolen to support things you may or may not agree with. 

Let’s work to do better than this -- to envision a world where we answer this question: How can we care for people in our community without pillaging everyone? How can we care for people without greedily judging your neighbors and coveting what they have accomplished? How can we care for people in our communities with compassion rather than through enslavement? 

That is the world i want to see and that I know we can build.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

Advisory Board



Oct 7, 2020

Last week, I was away for five days doing some very important family time. Next week, I will be gone again. So there have been other people handling the homestead -- people well prepared to do everything here. Yet, no matter how well I prepare things always seem to get jiggy when I leave town. Today we will talk about the homestead madness that greeted me at 11:30PM Saturday when I returned from a trip to California.

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

Kickstart Holler Roast update: preparing for the building and the sign from SUE

Cybersecurity Webinar October 15 at 7pm CT:

Stump the Sauce

  • From Lynn - Changing the codes on chickens
    • Raise rabbits, quayle and other “pets” that are quiet
    • Know thy neighbor -- and no roosters
    • Changing code is hard
      • Assess the reason it was put in place
      • Learn the laws and codes at the state, county, city and local level. Where is the problem?
      • Find who supports you and who does not in government leadership for the level of govt that impacts this rule
      • Launch an initiative to change it
        • Stories
        • Marketing
        • Signature drives
        • Support Groups, etc

Main topic of the Show: Homestead Madness

  • What happens when you leave town or one of you leaves town.
  • Nick Ferguson and the Pig
  • 12 hours flying with a mask
  • Power outage
  • Ways to keep baby chicks warm: How warm they need to be, Body heat, move them inside, hot water bottles, water heater, any heater!!, move them to a friend’s home, generator and lights (not the best but the easiest in our case)
  • Limpy Duck Surgery (How to do it and why)

It always seems like things go nuts when one person is gone and that may be true -- or it may be that you unknowingly do things a little each day that avoids calamity on the homestead and when that eye is gone things save up until they bust. 

Either way, even with the best homestead sitters and farm sitters in the world, best to schedule a catch up day or two when you have been on the road both for yourself and for the health of your plants and animals!

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

Advisory Board



Oct 5, 2020

Today, we will talk about how people are pushing back in big and small ways against the cultural mind controls that are being instilled on us and if this pushing back works?


Tales from the Prepper Pantry

Where we talk about storing what you eat and eating what you store.

  • One last round of herbs for winter: lemon balm, mint, comfrey, chamomile tea, (echinacea from Brian??), Mullein, berry leaves
  • Time to harvest sweet potatoes
  • Last round of winter squash for storage
  • Keeping an eye on weather for root cellar set up

Featured Forage: chamomile

  • antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity.
  • sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory
  • Harvest flowers
  • Make tea

Operation Independence

  • Dig a ditch? Add extra lines
  • Simplification Schedule

Main topic: Does Pushing Back Work?

I’m not Givin away my SHOT! 

In many ways, they are glorifying the violence that it took to make the American Revolution happen. A country born of violence. Furthered by violence in the civil war under the auspices of ending slavery – an institution that was dying even as the civil war started. 

More violence. Pushback.

And today, we are seeing violence. Violence and the call for the opposite of freedom under the auspices of being against that fascist orange guy and FOR FREEDOM. Because apparently no leader who has come before him was furthering fascism. Just the orange man.

And the right screams socialism. And the left fascism. Never caring that both are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

14 years I dedicated to working in the Liberty movement. FOURTEEN wasted years in many cases desperately trying to get people to just PLEASE TRY to communicate about liberty in a way that grounds the morality of protecting the individual in the why not the what, in the emotional reasons not the data. 

In a way that explains why protecting individual rights over collective opinions is the basis for lifting more people out of poverty, finding the means for caring for our sick, and growing both intellectually and spiritually. And the sharpest resistance to this idea, this approach were the most intelligent among the liberty thinkers. Voices were raised. Efforts were undermined. Some really smart people rose like stars in the movement, loved by others who already agree with them. 

But the whole time, the targets were wrong. 

Convincing people who already agree with you is not how to create enduring liberty. Creating a society that values people and their individual rights doesn’t just happen without an ongoing barrage from those who either want power over others, who are scared to be in control of their destiny, or who simply don’t want to think, they just want to live. 

And most people fall into the last category. They just want to live.

Hell - I fall into that category -- I want to live the way I want and for people who disapprove to leave me alone. I am not hurting anyone am I?

Yet for fourteen years, I did not give up. I pushed. I fought. I scrapped. I politicked. And at the end, I was so tired. SO beat. 

I had found some great allies. I had found some folks who were better at furthering my marketing mission than I was. And I saw a coming tidal wave. One I wrote about in the 90s. I missed the deadline. Did not stop the swell and now the wave is peaking. 

In Hamilton, people run around the stage excited that they are making history. So much change! A world where an orphan immigrant can become part of the leadership. And he’s not giving away his SHOT!

But do you really want to be a part of history? The American Revolution spurred lots of suffering.

And now our country has people fighting on the streets. Assassinations. An industrial media complex that falls in line with whatever narrative is needed to keep the masses divided. 

A rising generation cultivated to put the opinions of the masses above the rights of the individual.

Did you see the shift? It started with code complaint calls to the city inspectors. As if someone else’s tall grass is an attack on the whole neighborhood. The tattle culture. 

Moralizing of small indiscretions making the disciplinary action for it way out of sale of the perceived transgression. Where pointing your finger like it is a gun can get you expelled. Where CEOs get fired from companies they founded for unpopular opinions. Where people allow themselves to be locked inside their homes well beyond the duration of the perceived threat because authority has said so. Where science only matters if it fits the narrative.

The only reason this shift is happening is because we allow it. So how do we push back now? The reality ahead is a really messy election and more violence. Possibly a fundamental shift in governmental structure. Seems like we live in a time when history is being made, doesn’t it?

Far from being invigorating, I wish it were not so. But that wish is wasted, I suppose.

 So then, does pushing back on this reality do anything? That is the real question. Right now, there is not a clear enemy other than an idea – the idea that the collective matters more than the person in it. And when the collective matters more than the person in it, it becomes pretty easy to use the person in it as a slave, or to imprison them, or to kill them – does it not?

Collectivism is spun as a way to care for all, yet it disregards the needs of the individual to do this. Somewhere in there is a flaw. Somewhere in there you end up with a collective that fails most as it grows. 

But back to the question – does pushing back work?

In many ways no.

  • One person not wearing a mask while outside changes nothing – even that lady with the viral video. It only served to support the this or that narrative of masks = the only lifeline there is vs masks are bullshit. And furthering that divide makes it even harder to stop the tidal wave of tyranny.

  • One person standing on the street corner yelling Jesus Died For Your Sins is also not an effective way to grow a church, is it?

  • One person standing against an angry mass of collectivists rising up against the structural systems they hate will get consumed and tossed away like trash – which is what they are in the eyes of the collectivists – and they will be forgotten in no time.

It is no different than how we interact one on one is it? The first reaction when someone tells you no or argues with you is to dig in, stand your ground and refuse to hear beyond your established opinion. It is hard to reprogram yourself to consider the other side - and I mean really consider it. It takes work. Most people don’t like to work.

Yet pushing for something rather than against something is what we need to ride this tide. You CAN push back. You can stand up if you BUILD something rather than against it. 

And it may or may not work. 

Think of the famous Tank Man of Tiananmen square and the people massacred by their own government. And the subsequent failure liberalization in China until a few years later -- and the current back-stepping of the progress enacted in the late 90 and early aughts.

Tank man pushed back, pushed for something. And perhaps the international reaction helped put pressure as the soviet union and Berlin wall fell. 

Pushing for something  -- or building it -- rather than just against it seems to be the best way to see change for the better. And individuals working around bad systems to replace them, as ueber did for example, seem to get that spark going. 

And individuals working together to help each other can create quite the pushback. Think of the underground railroad or the many who helped Jews escape death camps. They pushed back - but they did so in a way that pushed for something.

Punching a nazi or a commie doesnt get you anywhere in this game So why do it?

Arguing with people who drink the kool aid changes nothing but the amount of time you have left to do something productive. 

But pushing for something just might -- so think about that next time you are looking at how things are changing. Creating pathways around the dysfunction -- to build your own way and help those around you do the same is the only pathway I can see.

So are you going to give away your shot to make some momentary noise, or spend it on something that can endure?

Make it a great week!

Song: Strange Child by Sauce

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


Advisory Board


Oct 2, 2020

Today I come to you from California where I have had five great days with my family, learning new things while also pushing the ball forward on LFTN and Holler Roast Coffee. I have made a ton of tradeoffs this week, including two episodes. We will talk about the what and why of tradeoffs and why they are important to your long term success and happiness.

  • Next Week’s Schedule

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Chickens are in the freezer
  • Grabbed 4 turkeys from Schoolbell Farm -- glad someone local is willing to raise them
  • Selfish Sunday will revolve around a last round of gathering herbs for drying
  • Need to address the firewood problem

Operation Independence

  • update
    • Reached 20k
    • Found a building
    • BHAG -- How you can help

Main topic of the Show: Episode 351 - Tradeoffs are Good

You know that pang? That little feeling of guilt and remorse? That moment when you are doing one thing and not another, or many other? 

That little pang is good. It is an indication that you are doing the right thing. That you have come to a point along your journey toward your true purpose where it is time to work through a series of tradeoffs.

It is not a sock in the gut -- oh shit I am doing the wrong thing sort if feeling. Merely a brief moment of remorse when you realize that you need to focus one place and the expanse of another to move things forward.

Not everyone has that feeling, but everyone who is successful does have one thing in common: the need to choose the most important place to focus for long term progress. And often this means letting the less important thing wait. Or letting it go completely.

Yes. tradeoffs are good. They mean you are growing. They mean that you are willing to do what it takes to succeed. And when you have the big picture in mind, they are not easy to figure out.

If you tap into our Mewe Group you will see folks at different places in their walk to freedom, often paralyzed with too many options, not sure where to go. They what if themselves to death when they could have been moving forward. And some what iffing is good -- I mean I have four or five ways to get home from California right now if my flight does not happen in the morning. Those ways came from a healthy amount of what iffing.

But when you spend all your time what iffing, you forget to spend your time actually doing. 

And when you spend your time trying to be everything for everyone, to do everything for everyone, you lose yourself in the shuffle and build a lifestyle that is no different than being a slave wager, stuck in dept, working for someone else rather than building your life how you want it.

Tradeoffs are hard sometimes. And it can hurt when you realize that you really should not do what you used to do. But if you really embrace tradeoffs and relentlessly focus on trading off the things that get in the way of your progress, you will find that you end up in a much happier place.

Yes. Happier. Not necessarily richer. Happier.

Because really what we are building with our side hustles, with our enterprises, on our homestead or city steads -- what we are building is the life we want to live and that means happiness.

Someone in our network recently told me that he does what he does to finance all his interests -- all the fun stuff he gets to do because his business is successful. To which I though --RIGHT ON. This is a person who had built his business they way he wants it, built his lifestyle the way he wants it, and it allows him to do things he wants to do.

And that took tradeoffs. I see him up before me doing homestead chores. I see him working out much later than I do. I see him helping lots of people around him achieve what they want to achieve. I see him not giving up -- never giving up.

Nut you know he has tradeoffs, right? Sometimes he trades sleep. Sometimes he trades a night of partying. Sometimes he trades -- well heck -- sometimes he trades things we will never know about. Because he is doing it the right way and not bitching about his tradeoffs.

But tradeoffs are there -- they are always there.

Take this week. Here I am in California, two podcasts in the hole, putting together a guerrilla show for y'all because I traded off recording in order to recover and to have quality time with my family. That may not seem like the best business choice but it is. And here is what the tradeoffs look like:

  • Holler Roast needs to get lots of things completed by mid October. More than full time input while keeping other things moving -- traded off promotion time for LFTN, a holler neighbor livestream, New web contracts, sleep, time with my animals -- Kept my commitments to other content creators depending on me -- this means I took a small hit to my own podcast because I had to trade off time  and rather than 
  • Immune system taxed -- Cancelled livestream, chose one thing per day to achieve and rolled back hours to make sure I handled this
  • Roaster schedule vs california -- family won (why this is), Tradeoff: promoting kickstarthollerroast, podcast episodes, new web clients, being onsite for the roastery preparations, legal appointments -- goose got done because it is a livestream.

And the end result? My niece had a great birthday with her family. I have learned to paint by numbers and make slime. I have had a chance to catch up with my sister on some important things. My energy is back. And there is a lifestyle clarity coming.

I love working hard. I love having plants and learning new things. I love getting sleep and exercise. I do not have time to do this if my income-generating projects take 12-14 hour days, seven days a week.

So there were tradeoffs this week. And some things need to be permanently traded off if I want a life I enjoy living. With time for new things, for being with family and friends. 

It may sound like a cop out, but it isnt. It is a shift that has been coming all year as we grow. Growing means MORE. But more of the right things, not more of everything right? And to do it well, to make sure that you are able to have the kind of life you want financially, in your relationships, and at home -- tradeoffs are part of the growing game. This for that, not always this AND that.

Thought when asked if she wanted ice cream and whipped cream on her apple crumble, my niece did say both -- and she was not wrong.

But look around at how you are building your world? Farmers market taking a ton of time and not bringing in what you could if you had that time to really focus on doing what you need? But it means a temporary drop in revenue that you are not entirely sure you can replace. Ask yourself, what is the best choice for the long term? What transitional steps do I need to take. Because if you cannot do both and end up with a lifestyle you want, then why do it at all.

And no I do not mean just let things got -- I mean let the RIGHT things go. When you dont do the right things, you will often find you get a sock in the gut ,not a pang of regret. That pang is there to let you know you traded… make sure you trade up.

And. Embrace the pang!

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


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Sep 25, 2020

We are getting a cold snap about four weeks early next week and so I thought today would be the perfect time to invite Knighthawk on to talk about heating with fire. 

A word on next week’s schedule and why I cancelled the livestream.

Show Resources

Sir Handy Website

Main content of the show

Knighthawk has a background in fire alarm maintenance and HVAC automation for commercial buildings. He is also one of the main handyman resources in the Tennessee LFTN Network. In February, he launched his handyman business, Sir Handy. He joins is today to talk about one of his favorite topics: Fire!


Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Sep 23, 2020

Today is the third in a four part series on using garbage on the homestead. We will talk about all the stuff that things ship in that end up on your land and taking up space.

Holler Neighbor Livestream, Thursday 7pm:

#HollerHatWednesday: Why does she have her thinking cap on?

What’s Up in the Garden

Main topic of the Show: Shipping Garbage on the Homestead

Set: Living on a homestead is so much easier with Amazon and other mail order arrangements - but it comes with a waste stream challenge.

  1. Cardboard and Paper
  2. Crates and Pallets
  3. Internal Packing Materials (Peanuts and plastic)
  4. Packaging

A word on choices (for shipping and packaging)

Landing: Dealing with waste takes clarity of purpose before you set a plan and one of our long term goals is to reduce waste. This is why I use a sodastream for carbonated beverages rather that drink perrier or la Crioux. 

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce.

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Sep 18, 2020

Today is a Friday so we have an interview show today and I managed to track down Sal the Agorist, one of the cohosts over at Unloose the Goose to talk me through some basics that I need to know about 3d printing. 

  • Green chili day is almost here!
  • Thanks to the fella who donated his chicken ticket - we found the perfect person to give it too and she is very thankful
  • KickStartHollerRoast is just about 500 shy of our second stretch goal -- thank you!

Show Resources

Sal The Agorist

3D Printer go BRRR

Main content of the show

I met Sal through Unloose the Goose and discovered a smart guy who has thought of some great ways to work around the system. His Podcast - the Agora takes a look at ways to voluntarily exchange outside of “THE SYSTEM and he understands the importance of self reliance as part of your strategy toward choosing freedom.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Sep 16, 2020

Food waste is a major issue in many households and just because you live on a homestead does not mean you magically end up in a place where food waste is no longer a problem. So today in my second in the series of handling waste on the homestead, we will discuss food waste strategies.

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

No podcast Monday due to the processing workshop.

Stump the Sauce

  • Dori - What about dessicants?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Fall flowers are in -- time to add fall bulbs
  • Unearthing the sweet potatoes and cushaw needs to happen
  • Ive dropped the ball on lettuce already - may buy plants

Episode 347 - Handling Food Waste on the Homestead

  1. Use It All (Covid shutdowns, Holler Stew, Processing and Preservation)
  2. Compost (Meat and bones too)
  3. Chickens & Ducks
  4. The PIG
  5. Wild Animals

Membership Plug

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Sep 14, 2020

A few people have reached out to ask for help on crowdfunding projects and so I thought today would be a great time to talk about why Kickstart Holler Roast has not so well, so quickly. Some of the things that came into place for this project look intention and were not and I think we can all learn from this about not only crowdfunding things, but marketing ourselves and our businesses.

Reach out if you want one of the 2 open chicken seats.

Green Chili Weekend Registration

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Very tardy on the fall stock up order
  • Mama Sauce has helped process so many veggies that we may make this an annual event
  • Working through freezer meat at a much faster clip of late
  • Still in a “put it up” phase but about to enter into a “use it up” phase
  • Holler Stew this week

Featured Forage: Rosemary -

Herbal Uses: 

Tonic, astringent, diaphoretic, stimulant. Oil of Rosemary has the carminative properties of other volatile oils and is an excellent stomachic and nervine, curing many cases of headache.

Historical uses

  • Hairwash
  • Reverse nerve damage and regain feeling in limbs. It was prepared by putting 1 1/2 lb. of fresh Rosemary tops in full flower into 1 gallon of spirits of wine, this was allowed to stand for four days and then distilled. Hungary water
  • Headache, colds, colic, tummy complaints

It is antibacterial

Culinary: Tastes good in almost anything, really. Rosemary cheesecake? Yes please. Rosemary, garlic and lamb? Yum, Mixed with sage in a chestnut dressing, absolutely. Its strong flavor will replace the more subtle ones so if you have rosemary, lemon cod, you are tasting more the spices than the fish.

Rosemary ice cream is very tasty. Garlic rosemary bread.

Growing it: recommended to grow it along a wall in a sheltered spot -- and I have killed about 1900 of these plants since living in TN

Operation Independence

  • Today's show is all about this

Main topic of the Show: Episode 346 - Why My Crowdfunding Project Is Working

Some folks have reached out not only to congratulate me on the successful crowdfunding campaign, but to ask which plugin we used, and how they could set a foundation for similar success.

Lessons Learned


  • You Own Your Message
  • Anticipation
  • Provide Value
  • Don’t Be Afraid To Ask (The Pep Talk)
  • Beta Launch
  • Communicate
  • Dig Your Well Before You Are Thirsty
  • TEAM - (brainstorm, graphical design, web development, additional gifts)


  • Have Stretch Goals that fit with the project.

In the end, if you have a great idea and the right message and a solid offering for a crowdfunding project, you have a good foundation. But as with all our small business efforts, if you have not developed your strategy for marketing and communicating about the project, it is a much tougher, uphill row to hoe.

So I guess it boil down to network, communication, and value in the end.

Make it a great week!

Song: Burned by Sauce

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


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Sep 11, 2020

It was supposed to be a thought of the walk episode, but I am too stunned to thing straight. So today, we talk through why! is now live if you are interested in supporting the crowdfunding campaign.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

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Sep 9, 2020

Today, begins a series of talks about how to handle waste on the homestead, starting with the easiest waste to work with: Livestock waste.

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

Holler Neighbor Livestream, 7pm Tomorrow:

Unloose the Goose: 7:30pm today:

Stump the Sauce

  • None

Tales from the Booze Whisperette

  • Whisky Ginger Drinks for the Non-Whisky Lovers

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Resetting everything
  • Preparing Garlic Bed
  • Preparing Spring Planting Beds
  • Hail Mary Seeds

Handling Waste on the Homestead

Homesteading gives you the opportunity to greatly reduce the waste impact off your property for a number of reason:

  • Land absorbs and processes waste naturally - when you are not crammed in densely, you can build waste systems that not only help process waste, but use it in a way that becomes a natural cycle rather than a smelly landfill
  • The more you produce onsite, then less waste is created through packaging, etc
  • Genuine Environmentalism vs Political Action Environmentalism

Concept 1: Animal Waste

  • Humanur vs septic vs catholes
  • Poultry Waste
  • Rabbit Waste
  • Goat Waste
  • Pig Waste
  • A word on Density

Waste is a part of living and something that becomes politically charged when it need not be. Most sane people would prefer to live in a word that functions with natural cycles and how we handle our waste is part of that. Packaging can easily be used in a way that reduces environmental impact, so we need not go on a big packaging crusade, but rather can look around at what we and our families do for waste and be our best stewards. That is how you get lasting change. Person by person and voluntarily.

As I think through this series, I get excited. There are so many examples of people turning what was once garbage into both a new resource AND a wealthy lifestyle. I look forward to sharing these with you.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Sep 4, 2020

Today we have an interview show with a very sassy homesteader who also knows a thing or two about homesteading with both her boys taking college courses this year. None other than Amy Dingmann. We will talk about homeschool from a getting started perspective today.

  1. Kickstart update
  2. The Isaac Morehouse Podcast:

Show Resources

Main content of the show

Who is Amy Dingmann?

You might know Amy Dingmann from her Farmish Kind of Life podcast (and website of the same name) but she’s also a mom of two sons that she homeschooled until college. She runs the website The Hmmmschooling Mom, and has recently started a homeschool life coaching business where she helps potential, new, and experienced homeschool parents through the ups and downs of the homeschooling journey.

Make it a great week

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Sep 2, 2020

Today is usually a how-to day, but I got up to lots of reactions to censorship this morning and wanted to have a fireside chat with yall about censorship. Personality after personality is being deplatformed and we need to talk about that. 

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and what is she getting ready for??

Stump the Sauce

What’s Up in the Garden

  • The squash, beans and cucumbers are dying out and the reseeding I did in mid August is a total wash. Pulling a hail mary September planting
  • So many cushaw squash
  • Prepping the ap for fall lettuces and greens
  • Kratky pepper transplants and tomato wall shut down

Censorship - it is enough to get your eyre up when someone censors you isn’t it? We have been debating for years if it is OK for the behemoth social platforms like Facebook and Youtube have the right to set standard of what is and is not ok to talk about. And we’ve seen some people deplatformed - usually someone with an extreme position. And we have mostly looked the other way, because it did not impact us.

But with the advent of covid, and the rioting and a scary political agenda rising up behind those crisis, censorship has moved past the so-called crazies and into a propaganda moving machine. Anyone who challenges the expected narrative is shut down and shut down fast. Ok. Not anyone, but a surprising number of people.

Dare to suggest that we go to a free speech platform and people get mad about it.

Dare to question the settled science of covid (how can it even be settled when the disease has only been known for maybe a year), and you get the squeltch. Tha dfamous facebook warning that your statement that vitamin d is a supplement you should add to improve your chances of fighting off covid gets marked as fake news. 

Yes. this happened to me.

Then 2 months later a new research paper came out confirming that d deficiencies may be a big factor in how sever you get covid.


You see it is science and there has not been enough time to confirm the hypothesis, but people are working on it.That post did not get shut down btw.

But back to censorship.

Why do we continue to give our dollars to the corporations that want to silence all but a very narrow narrative?

And if you think I mean a left one you are wrong. Sure, more righties are being banned right not, but that will change and blowback on moderate left opinions as soon as they know they can get away with it.
Sound paranoid?

Maybe I am a little - maybe that is my confirmation bias.

But when JB Spears does a spoof comedy video on covid and gets a video booted from youtube for making a covid joke, then when he works with his rep to address it is told that it is what it is, and the next one may see his entire channel pulled down, you know that all common sense has left the building on this issue.

And we are talking about private companies.

Some really misguided people are calling for government intervention on this matter.

Why? How will that improve the situation? 

These large corporations are entrenched in  the government - there is not much of a separation between them. They are both furthering agendas. This is how government works -- it is subject to special interest pressure. We sometimes fool ourselves into thinking that a grassroots uprising on an issue will force the government to change things - but until it is linked with lobbying, it is really hard to get any change at all.

And this is the crux of calling on the very machine that is part of the problem to fix the problem. Why would they bother?

I am sorry that I am going to hark back to Nazi Germany for my next thought. We are not currently exterminating people in concentration camps and that is not my point with this. But much of my understanding of how controlling a population through propaganda works is from looking to that time, so bear with me here. Not calling the Zuck Hitler here...He is an engineer and this is probably at the core of the problem in his choice to push censorship.

Back to nazi Germany. The price you would pay for providing a counter narrative during this time was much higher than the price we are paying now. You could be imprisoned, or executed.

But that was not the nest way for them to further the narrative they wanted was it? No. Using propaganda to show most of the population the story they wanted them to see was how they controlled the population. Establishing a foundation of tattling and enforcement and bullying was how they controlled the population. And these methods of control were much less expensive to implement that cracking down violently on the the people. Not that violence did not happen. It did. And it happened in some cases neighbor to neighbor ir child to parent. Think about that.

When people online virtually pile on someone for having a dissenting opinion, when they publish their home address, pictures of their kids, when they call their boss and demand they be fired, is this any different than a child reporting her parents for speaking against the Nazi regime and opening them up to consequesces? Yes, They had a different opinion of what is right, but should your opinion be the foundation for imprisonment?

Our founders did not seem to think so and neither I even if your opinion is that I am a poopy headed jerk, even if your opinion is that race does equal the merit of a person, even if your opinion is that communism is a viable economic system, even if your opinion is that hydrochloroquin paired with zink does work to reduce the severity of covid.

You should be able to talk about your perspective without being bullied, imprisoned, beaten up or deplatformed. Bit these companies do own their platform and can do what they want right?

Sure they can.

So why not put your effort, your advertising dollars, and your time into something better? Something that values free speech and open discussion, something that may jjust help us get to the core of what is really going on here?

Because continuing to let the propaganda narrative move forward as is, and to react to it is merely making you a pawn in the game rather than the creator of a better one.

Just a thought.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Aug 31, 2020

This weekend, I had some pretty cool bartering opportunities and with everything changing so quickly, it occurred to me that we have not talked much about barter around here and how you can build it into your lifestyle, as well as why you should consider doing so…

LFTN Highlights this week

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Shopping in the neighbor’s freezer
  • Shared Neighborhood Pantry concept
  • Putting up tomatoes and beans this week
  • Increasing efforts on forage 
  • Ball Jar and Lid shortage - will put the word out when they can be ordered again

Featured Forrage: Wild Sumac

The waving red berry tops reminded me of this wonderful wild forage - wild sumac. This is definitely a plant you want to cultivate in your food forest.

Edible uses:

  • Young chutes and fall roots
  • Berries to eat and for tea


  • Source of tanic acid, iodine (What if you could not get iodized salt?), calcium and lots of other important minerals that your body needs


>>A word on poison sumac<<

Operation Independence

  • Did a barter this weekend that added at least $500 to the independence fund. And the result us less dependence on shipped in energy.

Main topic of the Show: Barter Builds Community

How can we set ourselves up for stability no matter what the powers that be decide? How can we be ready for the coming economic downturn or depression that is certainly coming our way? How can we help those in our community make it through tough times?

These questions have been rattling around in my head as well as my email inbox from all of you for weeks. 

Right now you cannot buy ball jar lids anywhere for a reasonable price. But last spring, we did an LFTN bulk buy and some of us have lids, so we have been offering a few dozen to people who need them at a reasonable price or for trade.

There have been som significant crop failures this year and with the oligarchy shutting down trade to a trickle in some parts of our trade system, this will mean price increases in the future -- unless you do not need to buy those crops, or unless you find another way to weather the spare time.

Our money is limping along, trying not to inflate too rapidly or deflate suddenly through lots of strings being pulled by those in power. And it looks more and more like they really do want to crash our economy.

Scary isn’t it.

Yet here we are, with a powerful community of doers, all communicating, getting things done despite what is happening, doing our best to build the life we want to live on our terms.

So back to the question - how can we increase stability in our network. Well, why not barter more. The monetary system can go screw if you don't need money to get what you need or want.

Buying $5 in squash gives me about 5 squash. Buying $5 chicken eggs gives me about a dozen eggs. Trading 5 squash for 12 eggs, then is a wash, no matter what inflation or deflation does to their value. If a year from now the $5 amount becomes $20,000, a direct barter is still a squash for eggs trade, no matter what we decide to call the value.

But barter is much more than a more stable way to exchange value for value, it is also a great tool for building community.

So many times people ask me how to build community. They see what we do here and want to have that in their life. A strong community takes effort, trust and strong relationships. When I can really trust you, it is easier for me to want to invest my most valuable resource, my time, into interacting and transacting with you.

If you think about it, the same goes for bartering. If I do not trust you, how do I know you will live up to your end of a barter agreement? Especially if we are trading non-tangible things like video production for web development work.

Now sure, the crypto world has some create tools to address the trust problem. But here we are at LFTN. A solid community that over the years has developed strong relationships. A strong community where one or another member has stepped up to posit new ideas then run with it.

Just last week over on the mewe group, I say Amy and Ken get all organized about creating a listing of all the LFTN businesses so that we can do business with one another. I mean, if you are going to buy spices, why not get them from Melissa, right? So now there is a growing spreadsheet with folks listing their businesses and side hustles.

So why not add to that momentum through barter? Why not add a columns that says “takes barter?” in the spreadsheet so that folks know if that is a conversation they can have with that person?

How Barter Furthers Independence

  • MINE
  • Develops Trust (Relationship futures)
  • Avoids Government Intervention where they should not be (Vaccine paranoia stories)
  • Makes you establish the true value of your labor and products outside a shaky monetary system 
  • Builds confidence
  • Builds a country economic network that is hard to break up during hard times

How Barter Furthers Community

  • Established Trust among individuals
  • Established trust in a community
  • Brings new people into the network
  • Highlights shared interests

Why this matters to you:

  • Lately we are seeing how unstable our economies and society really is -- and investing time into having a network is more important than ever (It always was)
  • Barter can help you know what you will need vs what you have so that you can fill any gaps you discover
  • Confidence (you do have something to barter if you think about it and that just might be your stable income source if we get a bad crash)
  • Many of you are very unhappy with how regulations are set up -- tool to step around some regulation (Do your research)
  • You are helping yourself while helping others (Barter to actual free markets)

We have a good thing going here with our community and we can see what is happening in the world around us. And Barter is a tool we really have not much explored to help all of us stay stable through life’s ups and downs. 

I mean sure, if what you are bartering is electrical work and you need to use money to buy parts, perhaps your agreement is that the person buys the parts and barters the time. But that is the glory of barter: You can do with it what you want. You can set it up how you want. And as you do this, you are building trust with another person. A person who may become part of your inter circle network. A person who just may drive out to your homestead to make sure you are ok when that tornado hits and you lose all comms in the region.

And it also lets you take full advantage of your creativity and labor. Because no one is there to take a piece from you in most cases. It is aaaaaal yours. And this make barter even more beautiful.

Think about it next time you decide to do something - ask yourself - is this the time I want to barter. And if it is, see if the other person is interested.

Make it a great week!

Song: Every Way by Sauce

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


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Aug 28, 2020

Today, I am joined by a visitor to the Holler Homestead to do a thought of the walk on the concept of filling your cup. You can't pour from an empty cup, so the saying goes and lately I have been burning the candle at both ends - to use way too many cliche sayings in one sentence. So as I navigate a busy fall, I wanted to talk about ways to fill the cup and find balance.

Fair warning: If you visit the Holler on podcast day, sometimes you end up on the podcast, right Ken Eash?

Direct Download

Chicken Processing Workshop is Sold Out

Main topic of the Show: TOTW on Filling Your Cup with Ken Eash

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

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Aug 26, 2020

Pressure canning really freaks some people out. We have all heard stories of the famous exploding pressure canner. But to safely process green beans, aside from making dilly beans, you need to use a pressure canner or freeze them. Today, I will walk you through the pressure canning process, using green beans as the example.

#HollerHatWednesday: What is she up to now?

Unloose the Goose tonight at 7:30pm

Stump the Sauce

  • From Ken: Maintaining the Blackstone

Tales from Another Booze Whisperer

  • Four Summer Mocktails

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Time to take out the tomatoes -- looking to transplant something in their stead
  • Doing a hail Mary round of seeds in the garden
  • Garlic bed preparations in the next 2 weeks
  • Lots of cucumbers, squash, sweet potato greens
  • The truth about my fall garden: Beets, greens, garlic, and brassicas and that is likely it

Episode 339: Canning Green Beans

When to pressure can

Equipment needed

Annual Safety Check 

Gage vs weighted canners

Canning Resources: National Center for Home Food Preservation

  • Push pull of commercial vs useful food safety

The Process

Chicken Processing Workshop

Green Chili Weekend

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Aug 24, 2020

Today is a variety show where I take questions and share thoughts about: Podcasting, wholesale pricing in your business, the coin shortage, what is up with our food supply outages, strawberries and getting ready for what may happen.

Holler Neighbor Livestream:

Poultry Processing Workshop:

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

Featured Forrage: Paw Paw

Operation Independence

  • Evening journaling and making time for myself

Main topic of the Show: A Variety Show

Podcasting questions

  • Melissa: How to record Interviews

Wholesale pricing in your business

The coin shortage

Debi on shortages

The chicken story


We are trying to get 2 strawberry wicking beds constructed per month. At the moment we have 3 different varieties of plants to spread out the harvest window.

Does it make sense for each bed to be dedicated to a single type of berry or should we plant 2-3 varieties in each bed?

Getting ready for what may happen: Talk with my sister

Make it a great week!

Song: Feed My Hunger by Sauce

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


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Aug 21, 2020

Today is a Thought of the Walk (TOTW) episode. Every so often, I go on a walk. Sometimes I have a thought to share. Opportunity is the Friday thought - and how to make room for it in your life -- or how to choose which one is best when all of them come at once.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!


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Aug 18, 2020

Today, as promised, I have a very special interview with none other than Gregg Yows about his creative side hustle, prepping, transition and with a special launch of something new.

Chicken Processing Workshop:

Show Resources

Revolution Rock And Roll


Main content of the show

Gregg Yows is a creative guy who ties flies, loves the outdoors and has a mysterious hobby that is slowly growing into a business. Hear all about it on today's show. Ok fine. He's a AWESOME musician. He just released a song today that I think y'all will like. 

Download Five Gallon Bucket

Make it a great week

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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