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Nov 29, 2023

Today we have an interview with AJ Harrison from Preparing4Prosperity all about propane and its many applications, safety, and more.

Featured Event: Dec 6-10, Live Free Academy Online Health Summit (1st 2 days are FREE): https://livefree.academy/op/exit-and-build-health-summit/?ref=183

AJ’s BIO

AJ's life journey began with learning bullet casting and knife making in his youth. At 17, he explored Africa on a six-month safari, a transformative experience. He later became a volunteer firefighter, dedicating two decades to community service while diversifying his career in construction and plumbing. Capitalizing on a business opportunity, AJ acquired a catering company during Covid, focusing on sustainable practices and using homegrown ingredients. He also embraced homesteading, turning a small land into a self-sufficient property. AJ shares his wide-ranging insights and experiences through his podcast, inspiring others in pursuits like homesteading, family life, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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

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Nov 27, 2023

Join me for our annual brainstorm for homegrown gift ideas for the holiday - because allowing gift giving season to bring you down is no good. Better is to choose some things you can hand-make and give to a community of others who appreciate the care over the commercialism.

Featured Event: Dec 6-10, Live Free Academy Online Health Summit (1st 2 days are FREE)

Sponsor 1: Paul Wheaton and Permise.com - Stocking Stuffer for the Gardeners in Your Life: https://gardener-gift.com?f=442 (2 for $50, 12 for $140, 100 for $805)

Sponsor 2: StrongRootsReources.com: https://bit.ly/42UPCgJ 

Livestream Schedule

Monday, 2pm: Homegrown Gift Ideas

Tuesday, 12:30pm: Tuesday Live with Toolman Tim Cook and John Willis

Wednesday, 1pm: Interview with AJ Harrison, Using Propane to Be Off Grid

Friday, 9:30am: Homestead Happenings

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Meal planning strategy, no kitchen: Premade stews from freezer, a chicken, pulled pork
  • Incoming cows - not sure when!
  • Outfitting the camper: Crockpot cutting board, and sioux vide
  • Keeping resupply to a minimum through the renovation

Weekly Shopping Report

Black Friday deals going on.

Dollar Tree was first. Although we found parking easily enough, they were busy enough to have three lines open, which is rare, and I saw at least one person stocking shelves. One of the food coolers in the back appears to have croaked, as it was empty ("66" on its display), but all the others were 3/4 full. The drink coolers were in good shape too, except for one making a bad rattling noise intermittently as it tried to start.

Home Depot was next. Ryobi has a new line of USB-charged tools, and we picked up a rotating brush on the spur of the moment. The new batteries are NOT compatible with their old low-voltage ones. They have USB-C ports on them.

Aldi was last. We found everything we wanted. The only muzzle in sight the whole trip was the woman taking care of her mom with cancer, and she'd be wearing it without the scamdemic. Staple prices were: milk: $3.02, eggs: $1.24 (+), heavy cream: $4.69, OJ: $3.29, butter: $3.49 (+), potatoes: $3.49, bacon: $4.49, sugar: $3.09, flour: $1.99, 80% lean ground beef: $4.49.

A gallon of untainted gasoline remains at $3.899.

Frugality Tip from Margo

You can get yourself, or a friend, prepared for an upcoming surgery, life event, or just a day when you don't want to think about what's for dinner, by making up crockpot meals. Chop veggies, add seasonings and bag and freeze. Take the meat out the day before and add the frozen veggies with seasoning to the crockpot. I like to freeze bone broth in ice cube trays and throw a couple in the crockpot with a roast, stew meat or chicken, so add them to the bag of veggies for a quick and easy ready to go meal.  Saves you from ordering that take out, and saves you some time.

Operation Independence

Take advantage of cyber deals that are actual cyber deals - which requires pricing awareness. You can get $.99/lb turkey, 80% off at Wayfair, or other deals this week.

HRC has free gift wrapping through Friday.

Main topic of the Show: Homegrown Gift Ideas

  1. Custom Cutting board
  2. Cookie in a jar: Christmas Macaroon Mix
  3. Soup in a jar: Country Soup in a Jar
  4. Dried herbs in a jar
  5. Home canned goods basket
  6. Aprons and napkins
  7. Shapely Suet Treats
    Materials: 1 1/2 cups shortening (look for palm oil free options),  3/4 cups nut butter (any kind), 3 1/2 cups wild bird seed, 1 cup quick oats, 1/2 cup corn meal, mould
  8. Cookies, quickbreads, treats
  9. Sachet (with your dried herbs)
  10. Homemade tea blends
  11. Freeze Dried Anything (Affiliate Link: https://affiliates.harvestright.com/1095.html
  12. Service Coupons

What ideas do you have for homegrown gifts?

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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Nov 24, 2023

If you got silence on episode 819 - here is a copy of the audio for you. Sometimes Fountain will not replace the file when I fix it. We actually do not know why it published with just a billion minutes of silence. This seems to be happening oddly from time to time. 

Show Notes:

Today we talk about colder nights, harvest abundance, livestock hijinks and communications between the Redneck and Nicole.

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Forage

  • Watercress
  • Oyster Mushrooms Should Be Popping

Livestock

  • Ducks wandering too far and duck jail
  • Helping with Duck Jail
  • Sheep are starting to eat hay - Need more hay (1.5 days per bail)
  • Your livestock will tell you what is needed to keep them if you listen. Sheep got out - a piece of hard fence was high and they let us know
  • Goat getting out
  • Escaped rabbit! (Bring up supplemental food)
  • Baby rabbits are well 
  • Reduction in roosters has greatly aided chicken dynamics

Grow

  • Time to plant garlic - gathering leaves for mulch
  • Hacking away at food forest maintenance a little at a time

Holler Neighbors/Community/Redneck & Nicole Communications

  • The house remodel talk
  • Communal Thanksgiving

Finances

  • It is nice to have savings
  • Help Inventorying freezer meat

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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Nov 24, 2023

Today we talk about colder nights, harvest abundance, livestock hijinks and communications between the Redneck and Nicole.

Sponsor 1:Agoriat Tax Advice - Free Download:  https://bit.ly/agoristtax ; Website: AgoristTaxAdvice.com: https://bit.ly/3hDFWpa

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

Forage

  • Watercress
  • Oyster Mushrooms Should Be Popping

Livestock

  • Ducks wandering too far and duck jail
  • Helping with Duck Jail
  • Sheep are starting to eat hay - Need more hay (1.5 days per bail)
  • Your livestock will tell you what is needed to keep them if you listen. Sheep got out - a piece of hard fence was high and they let us know
  • Goat getting out
  • Escaped rabbit! (Bring up supplemental food)
  • Baby rabbits are well 
  • Reduction in roosters has greatly aided chicken dynamics

Grow

  • Time to plant garlic - gathering leaves for mulch
  • Hacking away at food forest maintenance a little at a time

Holler Neighbors/Community/Redneck & Nicole Communications

  • The house remodel talk
  • Communal Thanksgiving

Finances

  • It is nice to have savings
  • Help Inventorying freezer meat

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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Nov 20, 2023

Today we talk about the past few events and what we learned from them here in the holler. I will also go over our usual Monday segments.

Featured Event: Dec 3 West Knox County Gathering, Email Kerry for address and directions 

Sponsor 1: FreeSteading.com

Sponsor 2: Strong Roots Resources

Livestream Schedule

Monday at 4pm Central: My Interview with The Rural Report with Debut on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAAGcUEPzik 

Tuesday, 12:30: Live with Evan Dixon of Radio Made Easy and John Willis of Special Operations Equipment.

Friday, 9:30am: Homestead Happenings 

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Processed 6 roosters for freezer camp (hand plucked them)
  • Went to smoke our bacon and it turns out there is only 3lbs cured so I will be doing a series on curing bacon as we cure the rest of the bellies
  • Been shopping at the grocery store for fresh veggies even though we usually do not do this
  • “Shepherd’s Pie” and “Stroganoff” to use up winter squash
  • Hoping to find wild mushrooms this week
  • Basing meals on odds and ends

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

We made our usual three stops today. Dollar Tree was first. Though there is still a good variety there, the plastics area is again beginning to be depleted. We wanted a new trashcan for the bathroom, and we may have gotten the last one of its type. The coolers remain in decent shape for quantity and variety, but they're still not putting any energy drinks in them. Oh well; in this weather, room temperature is okay. I saw the first cloth face-diaper I've seen in quite a while on a woman in here.

Home Depot was next, as I wanted a couple of things for a car toolbag. They have some "Black Friday" stuff out, so it might be worth a look. A 2x4x8 is still $3.18. They have good stocks of alkaline batteries, but still few lithium other than a normal amount of coin cells and CR123. I saw some deals on Ryobi and Milwaukee tool batteries as well.

Aldi was last. We found everything we wanted, including my preferred 70% chocolate. Staple prices were: eggs: $1.23 (decent increase; I hear the parasites have forced the slaughter of millions more birds); milk: $3.02; heavy cream: $4.69; OJ: $3.19; butter: $2.99; bacon: $4.49; potatoes: $3.49; flour: $1.99; sugar: $3.09; 80% lean ground beef: $4.19.

Untainted (i.e. no ethanol) regular gasoline remains at $3.899 per gallon.

Frugality Tip from Will

Last fall a friend of mine was processing turkeys for thanksgiving and she was overwhelmed and it was taking her far longer than expected. So she sent out a request for help. Having processed hundreds of birds I went over and helped get caught up. When we were done she asked "What do I owe you?" I pointed at her amazing garlic bed she has been growing for years and said a few of those. Well this fall I just planted bulbs I grew this year from that garlic. Not only did this help a fellow homesteader, but I now have a strain of garlic that I know grows here and it cost me nothing. As a bonus being 30 minutes apart if something ever happens to either of our garlic beds we can always help each other get restarted.

Operation Independence

  • Holler Repair Project on 2023, an update: Hearth being built this week for woodstove. No more electrical heaters!

Main topic of the Show: People often as WHY - WHY should I go to an event? It costs so much.

Poultry Processing with Joel

  • If you missed this class, you made a huge mistake 
  • Intro was amazing
  • Always something new to learn - I am rewriting my processing book as a result of this class
  • Took the fear out of the process
  • Met a local farmer who is growing chickens that rival Polyface ones: Hoff the Grid Homestead
  • We got praise third hand from Joel saying it was one of the best run classes

SRF

  • Best Team Ever! Things went so smoothly
  • Every. Single. Talk. changed someone’s life. From Joel Ryals Build a Niche Business, to Joel Salatin giving a talk he doesn't usually give
  • More people skipped sessions and that is a good thing
  • Integrating art and music because we must balance our creative with our logical
  • Connections Session and stories pouring in after about what people are doing to change their lives- And therein lies our differentiator.
  • Things are taking their own shape: eg the onsite interview thing that happens, the nightly campfire

TSP

  • 1st time ever: no speech, just MCing
  • Family Reunion and new people
  • Do less
  • Steven Reisner’s session on growing plants
  • Network of big brothers at a time when things are hard for me = healing

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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Nov 17, 2023

Today, we share the weekly update and a continuation of last week's homestead visioning discussions, as well as take many questions from the livestream participants.

Sponsor 1: InvestableWealth.com

Sponsor 2: DiscountMylarBags.com

Forage

  • Looking at Jerusalem artichokes

Livestock

  • Bunnies - 3 and 3 or 4 so a light litters this round
  • Possibly Pregnant Ewe
  • Chicken processing time/ quarantined bird
  • Forage is hard for sheep due to no rain (Field hay)
  • New paddocks available with the underbrush died back
  • Duck Jail, culling old ducks

 

Harvest Meals

  • The perfect I have no kitchen meal
  • Perpetual bone broth
  • Beef processing

 

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • The 10 point buck
  • Floating animal care
  • GSD at Bryans

 

Infrastructure

  • Need to go to wood chip mecca
  • Need to do garlic

 

The Dream Discussion

 

Finances

  • Cow this year is coming in around $4/lb butchered

 

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. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

 

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Nov 15, 2023

Today, I am joined by Mary Bryant Shrader from Marysnest.com to talk about from scratch living as well as discuss highlights from her book: The Modern Pioneer Cookbook.

Features Event: Save the Date: LFTN Spring Workshop

Sponsor 1: EMPShield.com: https://bit.ly/3MBBELx, Coupon Code LFTN

Sponsor 2: FreeSteading.com

Show Resources - Find Mary

https://marysnest.com/my-cookbook/

https://marysnest.com 

https://www.youtube.com/marysnest 

Main content of the show

Mary Bryant Shrader, is the founder and host of the Mary’s Nest YouTube channel which has nearly 54 million views and 1 million subscribers all over the world who want to learn traditional cooking skills. She’s also the author of the bestselling The Modern Pioneer Cookbook, a traditional foods lifestyle manual covering bone broths, ferments, sourdough and more.

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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Nov 13, 2023

Today, we have a show on the lessons I have learned from this year's remodel that apply to homesteading in general. I will also cover our usual Monday segments.

Featured Event from the Weekly Mail: Winter Market and Dance, Dec 2, The War Room in Strawberry Plains, TN, 11am

Sponsor 1: AgoristTaxAdvice.com: https://bit.ly/3hDFWpa 

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

Livestream Schedule

  • Monday, 2pm: Four Lessons Learned from The Great 2023 Home Renovation
  • Tuesday, 12:pm: Tuesday Live with J. A. Dudley and John Willis
  • Wednesday, 10am: Wednesday Interview with Mary Brandt Schrader
  • Friday, 9:30am: Homestead Happenings

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Life without spices
  • Bone broth every day, working through frozen bones before canned bone broth
  • New cow has arrived, + a text from a friend
  • Looking forward to setting up my winter lettuce area

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

We took the short version (no Home Depot stop) of our usual trip on Saturday.

Dollar Tree was first. Still no energy drinks in the coolers, but they have plenty on the shelf. The food coolers are pretty full, the drink coolers perhaps a little more than half full now. They've been generally a little busier than in past months, with a single line generally insufficient for the number of customers. It's not food they're buying; I still see a lot of party-crap being sold.

We didn't stop at Home Depot, but looking online, a 2x4x8 has taken a pretty big drop, to $3.18. Their Black Friday deals have apparently started, so we'll make a point of visiting soon.

Aldi was the second stop. I saw a couple more price drops, and no increases since last week. Staple prices were: eggs: $1.11; milk: $3.06; heavy cream: $4.69; OJ: $3.19; butter: $2.99 (drop #1); bacon: $4.49; potatoes: $3.49; flour: $1.99 (drop #2 but might have dropped last week); sugar: $3.09. I may add ground beef to the list; 80% was $4.19/lb.

A gallon of untainted regular remains at $3.899. I really like that the Kona gets ~28-30mpg.

Frugality Tip from Steven with a video

Turn your basket into a lift: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#label/Frugality+Tip/FMfcgzGtxdWzDxsZqqfvCBFWKfszrcpr?projector=1

Operation Independence

Thoughts on living in the glamper and why it is a good thing.

Main topic of the Show:  Lessons From The Holler Homestead Remodel

Background on the perpetual remodel of 2023

Why now?

What I tried before and what happened?

Lesson One: Home is the source of rejuvenation +what it means

Lesson Two: Advice: Take a year before making BIG decisions on your homestead, or take 16, whatever. You need to know what you really want and that can change over time. +what it means

Lesson Three: The Power of Community, Connections, and Know Thyself. +what it means

Lesson Four: Time an advance, long term vision make living with the chaos much easier. (The plans, the schedule, the camper) +what it means

How this related to living the life you choose on your terms and the perpetually changing kitchen. Also thoughts on how this will impact unpacking +what it means

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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Nov 10, 2023

Today I am joined by the Tactical Redneck to have a big picture conversation that was inspired by a house being listed on our little back country road for $519k. What started as a "what if" conversation turned into future visioning. We will also go through some of the stories that have erupted from the homestead over the past two weeks while i was away.

Sponsor 1: HollerRoast.com: https://bit.ly/3oq04OO

Sponsor 2: Harvest Right: https://affiliates.harvestright.com/1095.html 

Forage

  • FIrst frost has happened, forage is moving below ground

Livestock

  • Baby rabbits
  • Ram Story

Homegrown Cooking

  • Crockpot meals with preset kits due to construction project
  • Using up Green Tomatoes
  • When to tap into your canned goods
  • Incoming beef and freezer tetris/using things up (Looks like lots of stew around here)

The Great Visioning Talk of 2023

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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Nov 9, 2023

Today is an interview show with Sue Zoldak from The Zoldak Agency all about creating your personal brand, why you might consider doing so, and tips on expanding your reach.

Sponsor 1: Permies.com, Rocket Mass Heater Bundle, Just In Time For Winter! Only $65 https://freeheat.info/?f=495

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

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Main content of the show

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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Nov 7, 2023

Today chickens and poultry, well water systems, shtf medical and more with Jack Spirko and John Willis.

Sponsor 1: EMPShield.com: https://bit.ly/3MBBELx Coupon Code LFTN

Sponsor 2:  The Wealthsteading Podcast: https://bit.ly/3oPLTmr 

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Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

The Survival Podcast

Main content of the show

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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Nov 6, 2023

Today, we have an update on my word of the year: Breakthrough and some late breaking lessons. How is your word of the year going.

We also cover all our usual Monday segments.

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

Sponsor 2: Strong Roots Resources: https://bit.ly/42UPCgJ 

Livestream Schedule

  • 9:30 AM Tuesday Live with Jack Spirko and John Willis.
  • 2 PM Wednesday Live Interview with Sue Zoldak
  • 9:30 AM Friday Homestead Happenings

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Travel food update - Pantry is still providing
  • Last of the green tomatoes harvested, what I do next
  • Meatloaf prep for my last week away
  • Restocking first aid and nutraceuticals

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

We made our trip on Saturday, as usual. The first stop, also as usual, was Dollar Tree. Stock looks good there, from the shelves to the coolers, for both food and drinks. The store was busy enough for the one woman working a register to holler for "All to the front!"

Our second stop was Hobby Lobby, where Sonia added some stencils for her crafting. She actually found the ones she wanted in the baking area, and those are a lot cheaper than the ones in papercraft aisles.

We skipped Home Depot, but looking online a 2x4x8 is unchanged this week, at $3.48.
Aldi was last. I don't think the produce looked anywhere near as good as in recent weeks. Most of the bananas were very green. The cantaloupes looked old and wrinkled, and the few bags of green grapes left just didn't look that good, so I got a bag of dried dates instead. The chocolate section continues to diminish, but an alternate I like was available. Staple prices were: eggs: $1.11, milk: $3.02, heavy cream: $4.69, OJ: $3.19, butter: $3.29, bacon: $3.99, potatoes (10 lbs.): $5.59, flour: $2.19, and sugar: $3.09.

A gallon of untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.899.

Frugality Tip from Margo

Traveling can end up costing a lot of money. With the choice of hotels over Air BNB, hotels sometimes look like a better choice. But when you get a house you have a kitchen and most of the time a washer and dryer. A trip to a local farm stand and/or a grocery store to buy food to cook will actually save you money over eating out. And you know what you are eating. So way in your meals on you choice of hotel vs. Air BNB and you will find a few more dollars for a house, is actually a savings. 

~Margo

Operation Independence

  • Glamping site coming in the spring

Main topic of the Show: Breakthrough Word of the Year

What is the word of the year

Why I chose breakthrough

Key points through the summer:

  • Boundaries
  • No
  • Decide
  • The things you make time for will happen

Latest lessons

  • Family and relationships are very important to me
  • Siloing
  • You must slow down to go further

What’s next

  • Slower, steadier show schedule
  • More value in the membership portal
  • More focus on Holler Roast coffee
  • #My3Things book

Also, I WILL get a pool! 

What will your word of the year be next year?

MeWe reminder

Make it a great week!

 

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

 

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Nov 1, 2023

Today's episode is a previously recorded session that I did with the Tactical Redneck at the Oct 2023 Self Reliance Festival.

Get all the recordings here for $95: https://nicolesauce.podia.com/self-reliance-festival-october-2023

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