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Now displaying: August, 2023
Aug 29, 2023

Today Nicole Sauce and John Willis welcome Joel Ryals to talk about building on your passion, the rumors of coming shut downs, and more.

Featured Event: SelfRelianceFestival.com

Sponsor 1: StrongRootsResources.com: https://bit.ly/42UPCgJ

Sponsor 2: DiscountMylarBags.com: https://bit.ly/43r4dkx

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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 28, 2023

Over the weekend, I got y'alls attention with a post about bookkeeping software. And I FIRED QuickBooks Online. Based on your response, I think it is time to have a discussion about the struggles of a creative addressing things in business that are outside our areas of talent and priority. I will share the things I must make myself do and how I handle it. Just because I am not inclined toward a thing does not mean I should ignore it.

Featured Event: Back to the Land Festival: Backtothelandfestival.com

Sponsor 1: AgoristTaxAdvice.com

Sponsor 2: The Wealth Steading Podcast: InvestableWealth.com

Email feedback to nicole@livingfreeintennessee.com

Livestream Schedule

🎙️ Tuesday at 12:30 pm - Don't miss the Tuesday Live with Bobby Spags and John Willis. You can also stream it on Odysee, here: https://odysee.com/@livingfree:b

LFTN YT: https://www.youtube.com/@lftn/streams

SOE YT: https://www.youtube.com/@SOEtacticalgear/streams

🎙️ Thursday at 7:30 pm - SRF Live with Toolman Tim! The master of kicking the poverty mindset to the curb will join me. Be sure to tune in for a great show!

You can catch the show:

SRF YT:  https://www.youtube.com/@selfreliancefest

LFTN YT: https://www.youtube.com/@lftn/streams

SOE YT: https://www.youtube.com/@SOEtacticalgear/streams

🎙️ Friday at 10:30 am - Tune in to the Homestead Happenings Show for all things homesteading. You can also stream it on Odysee, here: https://odysee.com/@livingfree:b

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 64.5 jars of green beans put up
  • 20 jars of salsa
  • Added 8 pints of tomato sauce - tomato sauce shortcut tips
  • The turkey that was rabbit - a recipe
  • Covid shot down rumors, assessing your storage, thoughts on proper reaction to all this noise

Weekly Shopping Report: 8/26/2023

Dollar Tree: One drink cooler is still out of order, but the others are mostly full. There isn't much Venom left, so I hope they get more, although they do have the brewed tea now. Other stock looks good too, and the store was busy enough that a second line was opened.

Although we skipped Home Depot, I checked online for the price of a 2x4x8, and it remains at $3.68.

Aldi was last. We found most of what we wanted except cherries and dark chocolate; they had other varieties which I skipped. They did have heavy cream back in stock. Staple prices were: milk: $2.78; eggs: $1.06; heavy cream: $4.69; OJ: $3.19; butter: $3.19; bacon: $3.99; sugar: $3.09, and flour: $2.19. I may need to add potatoes; Sonia said this is the first time they were over $6, and they had been under $5 or even under $4.

Untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.899 / gallon. A side effect of having a rental car while ours was in the shop is that I got to discover that the usual corrupted stuff (with ethanol) is $3.399 / gallon.

Frugality Tip from Janet

Save 8-1/2 x 11” sheets of paper (printer mis-prints, etc.) and when you have a large stack of paper, take it to a copy shop and have them turn it into small notepads for you.

Operation Independence

  • Today’s show is all about WHY a creative would invest hours of time in tracking finances and doing other annoying clerical things. It is all about optimizing tax deductions to keep more money in my pocket as well as increasing efficiency in my enterprises so that we are increasingly stable.

Main topic of the Show: Creatives' Struggles in Business

I struck a chord over the weekend with a post about Quickbooks Online and bookkeeping: I fired QBO. I got more engagement on that post than most over the past few months. People reached out with advice and suggestions. People also reached out saying the want to follow my progress because they have the same problem.

And what is the problem? I am a creative. I think big picture first, then details. If I was going to be screened, I would probably be diagnosed with ADHD and my chosen lifestyle aplifies those characteristics. In fact, they REALLY wanted to diagnose me in the third grade and Mom would not let them. Thank you MAMA SAUCE.

Creative Challenges in Business

  • I know that tracking details gives critical feedback, but I hates it
  • Bookkeeping and tax codes are freaking complex - unnecessarily so - and this impacts tracking systems leading to frustrations
  • The bookkeeping and finance industry has no motivation to make this easy for us
  • High Pressure of doing it wrong: Fines, audits, and jail time OH MY!
  • The challenge of FINISH

Characteristics of creatives:

  1. We thrive when making something - and suffer when tracking things, unless it supports making something
  2. Prone to starting multiple things at one time
  3. Either shift focus often or can only concentrate on one thing (The coming presentation problem)
  4. Prefer operation outside the box, dont really care about rules or procedure

That being said, I know the power of having things tied up, prepared well in advance, finished and tracked from a feedback standpoint. The beauty of being in business is that the money stops when you are not meeting the needs of your customers and that is a pretty instant feedback.

Addressing Creative Challenges in Business

  • I know that tracking details gives critical feedback, but I hates it (Mindset)
  • Bookkeeping and tax codes are freaking complex - unnecessarily so - and this impacts tracking systems leading to frustrations (What I have tried, shortcuts, outsourcing)
  • The bookkeeping and finance industry has no motivation to make this easy for us (Work in advance to simplify your corporate structure)
  • High Pressure of doing it wrong: Fines, audits, and jail time OH MY! (You found your why - don’t let it paralyze you)
  • The challenge of FINISH (#My3Things)

Summary:

  1. Outsource or Hire to your Weakness
  2. Change your perspective: Investing time in tracking is an important tool toward future success and being able to create more
  3. #my3things

So my creative listeners - what do you do to handle your creative challenges in business?

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 25, 2023

AC is my friend this week. We finally had a set of days above 100 and Autofab reminded me that this happens every year between mid August and Mid September. 

Winter is coming.

Featured Event: Girl Gun Weekend: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/girl-gun-weekend-2023/

FUNDRISER: https://www.kalebhouse.org/

One Million Downloads Reminder: 

Forage

  • Elderberries are ripe
  • There are weeds dying because it is hot 🙂
  • Pasture is much better than last year

Livestock

  • Helping animals with heat
  • Male sheep ate the bark off the fodder trees
  • Baby ducks are out of the brooder (2 weeks old)
  • Time to process more rabbits plus the stray we found

Grow

  • Deep harvested peppers andmade salsa
  • Post Mysterious Trip Harvest
  • Tomatoes not liking 100 degree days, a lesson
  • Beets germinating so struggling to keep the baby plants alive through this three day period
  • Adding lettuce seeds Saturday or sunday
  • Water automation is a god send
  • Harvesting brussels sprouts tonight

Harvest Meals

  • Holler Stew
  • Devilled Eggs

Holler Neighbors/Community

Infrastructure

  • Moving a garden gate
  • Wiring still isnt done
  • Moving the chimney in the main house, getting parts for that
  • Waiting to hear from Signature Solar about electrical issues with our cinder block wall giving us a shock.

Finances

  • Getting more feed which will serve as the foundational trip for our more in-depth financial tracking system

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 21, 2023

Today, we will talk about the content creating homesteaders that are kicking butt and taking names, and what that feels like.

Featured Event: August 24 at 6pm: Spokane Washington Meetup: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/spokane-washington-meetup-2/

Sponsor 1: DiscountMylarBags.com: https://bit.ly/43r4dkx

Sponsor 2: Freesteading.com: https://bit.ly/3o2BcMR

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 1st Cheddar is aging
  • Focused un using all the bits and bobs from the freezer that have long been there
  • 7 gallons of tomatoes in the freezer ready to process
  • No canning was completed this week, instead we fed the neighbors for a Holler Neighbor Campfire Night
  • New Green Bean Recipe - Grumpy Acres Calls The Cowboy Green Beans

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Our main shopping trip was Sunday rather than Saturday, as on Saturday one of the trips included a gun show at the Knoxville Expo Center. There, I found a few items, including a tourniquet, some small freedom seeds, and a garden implement for planting them.

Dollar Tree was a usual stop. The cooler containing the Venom I prefer is still down, so my drink was room temperature; oh well. Stock levels in the other coolers are still mostly good, with all at least half full, and some full. There were a lot of drinks on the shelves as well.

Home Depot had at least two visits. The price of a 2x4x8 has taken a pretty big jump, back up to $3.68.

As usual we got our groceries at Aldi. They do not have any of the 70% chocolate I prefer, nor the 85% alternative. Staple prices were:

Eggs: $1.06; whole milk: $2.86; heavy cream: $4.69; butter: $3.19; bacon (1 lb. low sodium): $3.99; OJ: $3.19; sugar: $3.69; flour: $2.19.

A gallon of untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.899.

Frugality Tip: Send yours in

Operation Independence

  • Subpanel is moved for the Cabin Solar so that final automation can be completed
  • Heating water with the sun
  • Starting Sept 1, changing how we track homestead finances

Main topic of the Show: Failing Homesteaders From The Internet

The world of content creation has been rapidly growing in the homesteader and hobby farm sectors. You notice that?

Over the past few weeks, I noticed something interesting about fellow homesteaders on the Internet who are kicking butt. Most of the don’t realize it.

You see, there is this constant feeling that things are undone on a homestead and that is amplified when you are also working a job, or doing content creation which is like a whole other job.

That said, there are lots of homesteaders who are just plain showing the world that they are kicking ass. But when you get to know them, they are worried about the same things.

Then there are the homesteaders who are making great films but not actually doing the work. We’ve seen a few scandals in that regard of “Off Grid” folks living in the city but filing on their off grid locations.

So why am I bringing this up? It is because someone embarrassed me the other day. They said nice things about my homestead and what we are able together done here, while also making this podcast and shooting some video. All I could think of what hose cluttered my living room is right now, how behind I am on the remodel, and how crappy the quality of my videos is. I aspire to make these cool tutorials, then end up just shooting something as fast as I can and getting it out there so that SOMETHING is done. 

Then I spoke with another friend who is newer to homesteading who was feeling like he hadn’t reached his stride yet because after a year, he had only done the following things <Insert an impressive list of stuff here>. He could not see how much he HAD DONE.

I started reaching out to other content creators who I know who seem to be doing awesome things and started hearing similar perspectives. They see what other homesteaders are doing, race to take care of everything while creating content that they feel is  not good enough, constantly behind, etc.

<CHEESE STORY>

Guys, what gives? What if we are the problem? What if we are undermining ourselves with these perspectives?

* You are the story you tell yourself, so make it a good one

* Maybe people like to see real content that may to be top quality editing

* Let’s face it, You don’t make much money as a content creator - Youtube is definitely NOT paying the bills so we all have to get creative on that front

* Every time we waste a thought on feeling inadequate, we miss an opportunity to show someone how to do something they did not now how to do. Homesteading is a never-ending learning experience, you know more than you think you know

* Most homesteaders are in fact bad asses. Bas asses who will jump in to save a hurt chicken or lamb. Bad asses who will hand pick cabbage worms off their plants to avoid insecticide. Bad asses who have figured out how to look at a pile of produce from the garden and pit it together into a tasty meal. Bad asses who can make 14000 egg dished because there is always a time when you have too mane. Bad asses who have had to look at remorse and feel the guilt when an animal in your care died because of you either not knowing what to do, or accidentally creating a situation that was unsafe for the animal, or it just died and you somehow think it is your fault. 

* We are fearless.

* We are not afraid to start something we know nothing about

* We are relentless and don’t give up

* We jump into things that other folks would never do and are more resilient because of it

But most of all, we have something most of the world does not: a true connection to nature, the cycles of life, and to God - however you define God. We are living in a way that is more grounded in the world and nature than most in modern society and because of this, we feel humble.

And I think this is why, when folks say something nice about what we do, we stammer, look around guiltily, and feel like they should be talking to someone else.

But what will change if we instead do this - say Thank you! I’ve worked hard to get where I am and often feel like I have not done enough and it is really nice to hear someone say that to me.

And what if we start telling each other more proactively when we see some homesteading kickassery?

What would that feel like? How could that change our worlds?

Just food for thought as we go into this hot week in August.

Make it a Great Week

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

Community

Resources

Today, we will talk about the content creating homesteaders that are kicking butt and taking names, and what that feels like.

Featured Event: August 24 at 6pm: Spokane Washington Meetup: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/spokane-washington-meetup-2/

Sponsor 1: DiscountMylarBags.com: https://bit.ly/43r4dkx

Sponsor 2: Freesteading.com: https://bit.ly/3o2BcMR

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 1st Cheddar is aging
  • Focused un using all the bits and bobs from the freezer that have long been there
  • 7 gallons of tomatoes in the freezer ready to process
  • No canning was completed this week, instead we fed the neighbors for a Holler Neighbor Campfire Night
  • New Green Bean Recipe - Grumpy Acres Calls The Cowboy Green Beans

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Our main shopping trip was Sunday rather than Saturday, as on Saturday one of the trips included a gun show at the Knoxville Expo Center. There, I found a few items, including a tourniquet, some small freedom seeds, and a garden implement for planting them.

Dollar Tree was a usual stop. The cooler containing the Venom I prefer is still down, so my drink was room temperature; oh well. Stock levels in the other coolers are still mostly good, with all at least half full, and some full. There were a lot of drinks on the shelves as well.

Home Depot had at least two visits. The price of a 2x4x8 has taken a pretty big jump, back up to $3.68.

As usual we got our groceries at Aldi. They do not have any of the 70% chocolate I prefer, nor the 85% alternative. Staple prices were:

Eggs: $1.06; whole milk: $2.86; heavy cream: $4.69; butter: $3.19; bacon (1 lb. low sodium): $3.99; OJ: $3.19; sugar: $3.69; flour: $2.19.

A gallon of untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.899.

Frugality Tip: Send yours in

Operation Independence

  • Subpanel is moved for the Cabin Solar so that final automation can be completed
  • Heating water with the sun
  • Starting Sept 1, changing how we track homestead finances

Main topic of the Show: Failing Homesteaders From The Internet

The world of content creation has been rapidly growing in the homesteader and hobby farm sectors. You notice that?

Over the past few weeks, I noticed something interesting about fellow homesteaders on the Internet who are kicking butt. Most of the don’t realize it.

You see, there is this constant feeling that things are undone on a homestead and that is amplified when you are also working a job, or doing content creation which is like a whole other job.

That said, there are lots of homesteaders who are just plain showing the world that they are kicking ass. But when you get to know them, they are worried about the same things.

Then there are the homesteaders who are making great films but not actually doing the work. We’ve seen a few scandals in that regard of “Off Grid” folks living in the city but filing on their off grid locations.

So why am I bringing this up? It is because someone embarrassed me the other day. They said nice things about my homestead and what we are able together done here, while also making this podcast and shooting some video. All I could think of what hose cluttered my living room is right now, how behind I am on the remodel, and how crappy the quality of my videos is. I aspire to make these cool tutorials, then end up just shooting something as fast as I can and getting it out there so that SOMETHING is done. 

Then I spoke with another friend who is newer to homesteading who was feeling like he hadn’t reached his stride yet because after a year, he had only done the following things <Insert an impressive list of stuff here>. He could not see how much he HAD DONE.

I started reaching out to other content creators who I know who seem to be doing awesome things and started hearing similar perspectives. They see what other homesteaders are doing, race to take care of everything while creating content that they feel is  not good enough, constantly behind, etc.

<CHEESE STORY>

Guys, what gives? What if we are the problem? What if we are undermining ourselves with these perspectives?

* You are the story you tell yourself, so make it a good one

* Maybe people like to see real content that may to be top quality editing

* Let’s face it, You don’t make much money as a content creator - Youtube is definitely NOT paying the bills so we all have to get creative on that front

* Every time we waste a thought on feeling inadequate, we miss an opportunity to show someone how to do something they did not now how to do. Homesteading is a never-ending learning experience, you know more than you think you know

* Most homesteaders are in fact bad asses. Bas asses who will jump in to save a hurt chicken or lamb. Bad asses who will hand pick cabbage worms off their plants to avoid insecticide. Bad asses who have figured out how to look at a pile of produce from the garden and pit it together into a tasty meal. Bad asses who can make 14000 egg dished because there is always a time when you have too mane. Bad asses who have had to look at remorse and feel the guilt when an animal in your care died because of you either not knowing what to do, or accidentally creating a situation that was unsafe for the animal, or it just died and you somehow think it is your fault. 

* We are fearless.

* We are not afraid to start something we know nothing about

* We are relentless and don’t give up

* We jump into things that other folks would never do and are more resilient because of it

But most of all, we have something most of the world does not: a true connection to nature, the cycles of life, and to God - however you define God. We are living in a way that is more grounded in the world and nature than most in modern society and because of this, we feel humble.

And I think this is why, when folks say something nice about what we do, we stammer, look around guiltily, and feel like they should be talking to someone else.

But what will change if we instead do this - say Thank you! I’ve worked hard to get where I am and often feel like I have not done enough and it is really nice to hear someone say that to me.

And what if we start telling each other more proactively when we see some homesteading kickassery?

What would that feel like? How could that change our worlds?

Just food for thought as we go into this hot week in August.

Make it a Great Week

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

Community

Resources

Aug 19, 2023

Today, we return to our interview show series with a chat with the Renegade Butcher. Josh joins us from his overly hot studio, in the heat of summer, in Texas to talk about what he has been working on, AI, Nostr, Butchering meat and more.

1 Million Download Celebration Reminder: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/2023/08/14/one-million-downloads-celebration/

Featured Event: Girl Gun Weekend, Last Call!
https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/girl-gun-weekend-2023/

Sponsor 1: DiscountMylarBags.com: https://bit.ly/43r4dkx

Sponsor 2: Freesteading.com: https://bit.ly/3o2BcMR

Show Resources

RenegadeButcher.com

Main content of the show

Josh grew up in the midwest with an ever-growing passion for cooking and food in general. Making his way to Texas nearly a decade ago, he added craft butchery and charcuterie as well as Texas style barbecue to his list of culinary obsessions. Eventually starting his own series of small businesses in an effort to help ease the pressure on small processors caused by the events in 2020. Not only has he been working to teach small ranchers and homesteaders how to process their own livestock in person, he runs a video/audio podcast, has built an active online community and has launched a much anticipated line of seasoning blends based on his own personal recipes. His blends have been well received by his wild game customers, and his sausage products are in demand every fall with local hunters.

Make it a great week

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

Community

Advisory Board

Resources

Aug 18, 2023

Today we talk about the great duck reset of 2023, a new way to do green curry, community fun and more.

Featured Event: Midwest Preparedness Project: https://www.midwestpreparednessproject.com/ 

Sponsor 1: StrongRootsReources.com: https://bit.ly/42UPCgJ

Sponsor 2: AgoristTaxAdvice.com: https://bit.ly/3hDFWpa

Weather has been awesome - nice and cool relatively speaking.

Forage

  • Elderberries are ripe

Livestock

  • New baby ducks
  • The hatches are all meat birds
  • Teenagers are integrated with old flock and the other babies are learning to
  • Need to check sheep for work pressure - flokie’s ears are hanging down
  • Sheep love box elder

Harvest meals

  • Green curry turkey - roasted the leg quarter first and it tasted good
  • Tomato, cucumber, basil mozzarella salad

Grow

  • Ts peppers are coming on
  • Swimming in tomatoes
  • Green beans, harvest 3 this week
  • Reseeding beets, top watering each day
  • Swiss chard looks sad
  • Malabar spinach and forever spinach doing very well
  • Deciding if I feel like direct seeding lettuces, etc before my secret trip next week

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Island Mt Pat is back in town, bonfire with the whole neighborhood this weekend

Infrastructure

  • Shocking gutter
  • Seconds away from all cabin wiring being complete
  • Getting ready to fix the rest of my home joist problem

Finances

  • Sending another round to the auction

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!

Community

Advisory Board

Resources

 

Aug 17, 2023

Today we take your questions on trombincino squash, songs, society, building your business, and more.

Featured Event: Self Reliance Festival: https://selfreliancefestival.com/?aff=nicolesauce

Sponsor 1: The Wealthsteading Podcast: https://bit.ly/3oPLTmr

Sponsor 2: Senior Chief Electric: https://bit.ly/3MKKbuu

Show Resources

Special Operations Equipment

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SelfRelianceFestival.com

 

Main content of the show

Mona

What is the change you made coming up to this SRF that you think will make the biggest improvement?

ANOTHER QUESTION

Curious if either of you have a reaction (good, bad, or indifferent) to that song "Rich Men North of Richmond." I just heard it for the first time this morning.

From Lettie = What is one topic that has not been done at SRF that you would like to see?

  • Scything
  • Assassination

John: Have you always been the  kind of person who goes your own way without really caring what other people think?

John: If you could not sew anymore, what would you do?

Nicole

From andrea

  1. How do you store the tromboncino squash? And do I harvest it when it turns yellow? What are ways that you use it in your food?
  2. You talked about harvesting chocolate mint on Monday's show. How much of it do you use to make tea? I have some growing and figured that it would make a great Christmas present but I am not sure how to use it in tea. I am just used to buying the already put together tea.

Make it a great week!

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

Community

Resources

Aug 14, 2023

It’s time to celebrate! We have had our first million downloads at LFTN. Today we reflect on how we got here and how we want to celebrate!

Featured Event: Oct 28 & 29, Kentucky Sustainable Living Festival

Sponsor 1: Holler Roast Coffee: https://bit.ly/3oq04OO

Sponsor 2: EMPShield.com: https://bit.ly/3MBBELx, COUPON CODE LFTN

Livestream Schedule

🎙️ Tuesday at 12:30 pm - Don't miss the Tuesday Live with Skypirate. Due to the nature of Skypirate’s job, this may get rescheduled. He does important things and they can be unpredictable. This week, we are only streaming to LFTN and SRF on YT due to SOE having gotten a STRIKE! You can also see this stream on Odysee, here: YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PX-bHfC3AEOUPWgJ5d40g

https://odysee.com/@livingfree:b

🎙️Interview shows are BACK! I am interviewing Josh the Renegade Butcher this Wednesday at 4pm. 

YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PX-bHfC3AEOUPWgJ5d40g

Odysee: https://odysee.com/@livingfree:b

FB: https://www.facebook.com/LivingFreeInTN

🎙️Backwoods Butcher and Renegade Butcher are going HEAD TO HEAD! Join us for an SRF live as we talk about their coming contest!

YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PX-bHfC3AEOUPWgJ5d40g

Odysee: https://odysee.com/@livingfree:b

FB: https://www.facebook.com/LivingFreeInTN

🎙️ Friday at 10:30 am - Tune in to the Homestead Happenings Show for all things homesteading.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Taught a canning class this weekend and ended up just 2 quarts shy of our 60 quart goal
  • Added 7.5 quarts of tomato sauce, thanks rick
  • Added 5 pints of salsa from the Holler Tomatoes and peppers
  • Greatly reducing the stored commercial foods (like spaghetti sauce), but still keeping some on hand (why)
  • Green Curry Turkey this week

Weekly Shopping Report. 8/7/23

Our first trip on Saturday started with Dollar Tree as usual. The cooler with the Venom I like has been dead long enough that the drinks there are now room temperature. Oh well, I'm not interested in Coke or Pepsi products for caffeine. 

Next we went to Hobby Lobby so Sonia could pick up some art supplies. We had not been there in a while, but I didn't notice any significant changes. The parking lot was mostly full as usual, and Sonia found what she wanted.

We skipped Home Depot today (I figured I'd check online for the 2x4x8 price), so the next and last stop was Aldi. The pad I was keeping in the car to record prices is still in the car; we've got a rental due to the car dying. I looked at the same things, and don't recall any significant changes. I'll grab another pad for next week.

Back home, we realized we forgot the fruit. We also discovered that some ladder supports we had ordered were eunuchs (both missing their nuts), and Sonia also decided she wanted some more of a particular product she bought at Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby isn't open on Sunday, so we took our second trip today. Hobby Lobby was just as busy, and Sonia got what she wanted.

The second stop of the weekend at Home Depot also allowed me to check the price of a 2x4x8. It is back up to $3.25 after being just $2.98 last week. That's still lower than it has been; they're probably still adjusting.

Aldi had the cherries, bananas, and cantaloupe we had forgotten.

A gallon of untainted regular remains at $3.899, but I suspect it is wishful thinking to believe it will stay there.

Frugality Tip

None submitted this week

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Main topic of the Show: One Million Downloads

I never even gave a thought to having a million downloads when I first started Living Free in Tennessee, especially with only 14 downloads of my second episode. Yet we passed that number a little while ago. 

So the question came up, how do we celebrate?

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Aug 11, 2023

Best baked wings recipe, funny new "found" livestock and more.

Featured Event: Midwest Preparedness Festival

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Forage

  • Watercress is back
  • Pawpaws are about three weeks out
  • Creek mint
  • Yard mint
  • Echinacea seed

Livestock

  • Found Pet Rabbit
  • Strays I have found: cats, dogs, a pig, and this rabbit
  • Moved the boys from the girls (tell the story)
  • Girls are more outgoing without the rams around
  • Feed needs through the seasons

Grow

  • Did not get the beet seeds in before I left, hope to today
  • Tomatoes are coming on fast
  • Time to harvest the brussels sprouts - no really this time
  • Fall garden transition
  • Baby ducks are ready to integrate when we are ready to integrate them
  • No egg season is here (Typical timing for ducks)
  • Need a “hard” harvest today
  • There was a peach and we did not know it

Harvest Meals

  • New Wings Recipe

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Steve oversaw the installation of fiber here because they were about 4 hours late
  • Neighbor Pat is back in town the helicopters have also returned
  • Meetup update

Infrastructure

  • Gate is in for the chicken area - thank goodness
  • Still working on perimeter fence, a lesson

Finances

  • Making salsa from our tomatoes and Rick’s tomatoes he dropped off t the meetup

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Aug 8, 2023

Today we talk about public policy in the US, what motivates police from an arresting and ticketing standpoint, why girls should do gun training, and more with Dana McLendon and John Willis.

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Aug 7, 2023

Today we talk about real estate, AI, community gardens and more with Davian McKnight and John Willis.

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Aug 4, 2023

Today, we talk about surprise baby rabbits, baby ducks in training, garden abundance, food preservation, ruining cheese, and more.

Featured Event: Girl Gun Weekend, Last Chance: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/girl-gun-weekend-2023/

Forage

  • Goldenrod
  • Red Clover
  • Paw Paws in about a month
  • Comfrey
  • Mullein flower

Livestock

  • New baby rabbits
  • Not breeding until september
  • Baby ducks did all ducks go to bed successfully
  • Time to separate the ewes from males
  • Ducks are integrating
  • Sheep have a second grounding rod and the fence shock is improved

Grow

  • Tomatoes are coming on
  • Direct seeding fall garden plants (Weather looks favorable)
  • Japanese beetle attack and wood vinegar
  • Observation about which plants got targeted 
  • Last round of summer squash is up - have gotten two zucchini off of 6 plants (SVB)
  • Covered up in cucumbers
  • Peppers starting to come on
  • Trying to root willow - aquaponics works best

Harvest Meals

  • Cheese class yielded ALL THE CHEESE: Chevre, mozzarella, cream cheese, cheese dip
  • Making cheddar after my Oregon trip

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • The stray dog
  • Weekend Meetup

Infrastructure

  • The gate to Holler Roost is up
  • Another round of hard fencing is in process
  • Still wiring

Finances

  • Hip camp

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Aug 2, 2023

Today we talk about content creation, tools, new ideas, and building your business with Jack Spirko and John Willis.

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