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An Oregon Cottage Podcast: Simple Real Foods, Gardening & DIY
28 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
3 Year Review of Hundred Year Old Farmhouse Fixer - SHL Ep. 14
It's been three years since we bought our hundred year old farmhouse fixer in rural Oregon. It seems like it needed everything repaired except the location. In this episode we quickly review our progress over the first two years and then bring you up to date on what we've just completed in year three.
18 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
In-Progress Tour of our Hundred Year Old Farmhouse - Episode 13
In this special episode of Simple Homemade Life, we're bringing you a full farmhouse tour - the first we've done since the before tours! See what we've done, where we're at in the remodel, and even some spaces we haven't shown before. We're finally in the stages of finishing rooms instead of foundation, electrical, insulation, and such - in other words, the fun stuff!
12 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Fall Garden Tour & Five Tasks To Get Ready For Winter - SHL Ep. 12
By mid-fall (some prefer to say "autumn") most of your produce is harvested and your plants are starting to decline. Jami talks about how this is a great time to do some final tasks to get ready for winter and a healthy growing season next year. Plus we have a few things to show you as we renovate the farmhouse.
17 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Top 5 Preserving Tips For The End Of The Season
At the end of the garden harvest season you have a lot of vegetables coming in and you need to preserve as much as you can. No wonder posts about preserving are getting the most traffic on AnOregonCottage.com Jami shares her top five tips for easy preserving, things that will save you lots of time and ensure you can enjoy your produce year-round. Plus an update on saving thousands on bathroom tiling.
15 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
Make Menu Planning Easy - SHL Ep. 10
Meal planning not only saved us money and helped us to eat much more healthy food, but it saved Jami's sanity. When you know what you're going to have for dinner in advance you don't get that sinking feeling at 5 PM each day wondering what you'll come up with. Plus, your shopping will be streamlined and your family will quit bugging you with questions about what's for dinner. Jami shares her best menu planning tips and lots of free resources to get you started. Then we both talk about the one supply every home remodeler needs: audiobooks.
12 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Pros and Cons of Raised Beds for Gardening - SHL Ep. 9
If you can't tell, we love raised beds for gardening. They're especially good if you want to raise lots of vegetables while pulling hardly any weeds. Raised beds make it easier to create healthy soil. They save on watering. They save on space. They allow you to get higher yields and more variety in a small area. And they make it easy to add season-extending attachments like row covers. Jami discusses 7 materials you can use to create raised beds (we've personally used 6 of them). And then Brian talks about the one material you should never use.
11 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Ways To Use Broken Concrete Around Your Garden - SHL Ep. 8
Broken concrete is a great building material for garden stepping stones, raised beds, retaining walls, and patios. Gardeners who want to encourage concrete recycling have given it the name "urbanite." We discuss all the ways we've used broken concrete in our gardens, the pros and cons of using urbanite, and how to get it for free. Plus, Jami talks about the canning and preserving she's started for the year.
14 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
7 Pros AND Cons of Moving Rurally - Simple Homemade Life Ep. 7
Moving to the country is a dream for a lot of people. We've done it and we can say that there are a lot of positives. But there are some negatives too. It's not for everybody. Find out the 7 pros and 7 cons (in our opinion) of moving rurally.
17 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
SHL Episode 6 - 7 Things That Might Derail Your Old Home Renovation--And How To Fix Them
We talk about the big problems you can run into when you start doing major remodeling work. At the time they can be very discouraging and seem like they're going to shut down your project. But we've found ways to solve all of them. Plus, Jami talks about getting new lighting fixtures that look like they're old.
12 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
SHL Episode 5 - How To Cut Up Soaker Hoses For Garden Watering
Learn why soaker hoses in your garden not only save water but also promote healthier growth. It's because they drip or finely spray water at the base of your garden plants, allowing it to soak down to the roots. But what do you do if you have three 6 foot beds and a 50 foot soaker? You cut it up and put it back together again. Jami and Brian also share about their faux marble countertop and metal table top projects.
14 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
SHL Episode 4 - Tips For Using Reclaimed Wood
We share what we've learned about harvesting and reusing old wood from our 1920s farmhouse. Reclaimed wood has a few drawbacks, but these are more than made up for by how cool it looks, the reduction in waste, and how much money you can save. Jami talks about what she did for the beds outside the garden and Brian shares his inspiration for the Garden Gate Arbor he made for less than $100.
11 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
Simple Homemade Life Episode 3 - The Easy Way To Trellis Tomatoes
Jami tells how she discovered cattle panels (metal fencing) for trellising tomatoes, and explains why they help the plants grow better and make harvesting easier. Then she describes how you use bungee cords to hold the plants up as they grow. Brian gives some tips on which kinds of posts to get to hold up the panels and how to attach them using zip ties. Plus tomato preserving ideas and more.
13 minutes | May 22, 2020
Simple Homemade Life Episode 2 - Update On Kitchen Renovation
With the kitchen completely gutted, we talk about how we're planning for countertops, flooring, lights, and appliances. For example, we're doing an island and we want to make sure people can get past it. Brian also tells the story of installing the beam, which he can laugh about now. Plus, updates on some other parts of the house. See the video version of this on An Oregon Cottage YouTube channel.
11 minutes | May 8, 2020
Simple Homemade Life Episode 1 - Mid-Spring Vegetable Garden Preparation
In this new series (available also as a video on YouTube) we focus on a single challenge or task that needs to be done and discuss its solution. For "Simple Homemade Life Episode 1" we're out in the garden, talking about what you need to do in the middle of spring to get your vegetable garden ready for a great growing season.
3 minutes | May 5, 2020
Brief Announcement About Change In Podcast
We're making a format change to An Oregon Cottage Podcast. Listen to this brief announcement for an explanation. Or just keep subscribing to hear what the new format will sound like.
22 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
All About Sourdough
Jami and Brian talk about a baking topic that's everybody seems to be interested in: How to make sourdough bread. They discuss the 5 Big Myths and then Jami answers some of her readers' most frequently asked questions. Get recipe ideas for other things you can make with sourdough, like some amazing dinner roles. Plus, find out about some cool new discoveries.
27 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Traveling Internationally When the World Goes Crazy
What's it like to be almost 8,000 miles from home as the world goes on lockdown? We'll tell you. Hear about our truncated trip to Australia. Find out what we've been doing on the farmhouse during our self-quarantine. Plus pantry meal ideas and some cool things we've recently discovered.
32 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Time To Leave The Sugar Shack?
Remember when we were told that eating fat made you fat? Brian & Jami talk about years of research that show just the opposite. People are eating much more added sugar than at any time in history, and the results are showing up in health statistics. They talk the latest findings and ways you can reduce your added sugar intake and your taste for added sugar--so you don't miss it. Plus, there are some farmhouse updates and the latest cool discoveries for travel.
29 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
Are We Washing Our Clothes Too Much?
Brian and Jami review recent evidence that we're doing too much laundry. Clothes don't need to be washed each time you wear them (at least outer ones you haven't spilled spaghetti sauce on). Frequent washing wears your clothes out sooner. And now they're finding microfibers in a lot of marine life. We have some farmhouse updates, a winter dinner menu, and share some cool new discoveries.
34 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
What's Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
It's tough losing weight at any age, but especially when you're over 50. Jami and Brian discuss the latest research on food and weight loss and break it down into the three big areas that might be sabotaging your efforts. Jami has a farmhouse update on trying to choose flooring. She shares her favorite recipes that help you gain a healthy weight. And then both she and Brian share some cool things they've discovered lately.
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