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Century-Old Farmhouse Fixer: One Year Progress Report

This is a special edition of the podcast that's also available as a video on YouTube. Jami and Brian talk about the progress they've made in the last 12 months on their century-old farmhouse fixer, and they specifically discuss things they learned and what they'd do differently. Plus, how their family pitched in to get the farmhouse ready for a small wedding.


Last Minute Christmas Ideas

In Episode 48 Jami & Brian talk about what to make for last minute gifts. Jami highlights several easy projects from her video "17 Homemade Gifts In 6 Minutes." They discuss quick and easy holiday recipes, and Christmassy things to do with family that don't take a lot of planning. They give the latest updates on the farmhouse--with the wedding happening days away. And finally, share some cool discoveries they've made.


Hoarding & Marie Kondo, Farmhouse Updates, Favorite Cookies

Jami and Brian talk about when hoarding meets Marie Kondo--what makes people want to keep everything? They discuss all the updates to the hundred year old farmhouse as their nephew's wedding date approaches. And Jami shares recipes for the family's favorite cookies (some holiday). Plus some cool discoveries.


Travel, Farmhouse Wedding Plans, & Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

In Episode 46 Jami and Brian discuss why they just spent two weeks traveling to southern Ohio and then southern Arizona, and cool stuff they discovered in both states. Jami share her best Thanksgiving recipes, the ones that have gotten rave reviews. Then they both share the coolest things they've discovered lately: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee, and the world's most comfortable booties.


Episode 45: Weight Loss After 50 - The Harsh Truth

Jami and Brian discuss the challenges of maintaining (or getting back down to) a healthy weight after you turn 50. They talk about "the beach picture" from the 1970s and theories why obesity has become so widespread since then. Jami talks about her real food recipes for weight loss. They discuss all the things being completed on the farmhouse, cool things they've discovered, and more.


Episode 44: Landscape Machinery 101, Huge Boulders, & Fall Caramel Apple Dip

Jami and Brian talk about the walk-behind stump grinder, the commercial size wood chipper, and the tractor with backhoe that they recently rented. Brian had never used any of it before and in each case was handed the keys with about two minutes of instructions. Jami shares her fall apple tasting tradition. They discuss some updates on the farmhouse, and cool things they've discovered.


Episode 43: Books Made Into Movies: The Good & The Bad

Jami and Brian discuss what happened when some of the books they've really enjoyed got turned into movies. Some were great adaptations. Others they couldn't watch all the way through. Jami shares tips for making the ultimate food for movie-night-at-home: Pizza. Plus, farmhouse remodel updates and some cool new things they've discovered.


Episode 42: Too Many Gophers

Jami and Brian detail their ongoing struggle to eliminate a huge gopher colony that has taken up residence on their property. The only thing that has worked so far is too expensive. Jami talks about how much you can change recipes and still have them turn out--when canning, this can be dangerous. Plus updates on the farmhouse fixer, a phone app for blocking robocalls, and more.


Episode 41: The Pros and Cons of Being Your Own Contractor

Jami and Brian discuss the positives and negatives of being your own general contractor to oversee your remodeling project. It all really depends on your budget and what you hope to do. They have some farmhouse updates. Jami lists her top 6 recipes to can or freeze in September. And Brian talks about surfing in Oregon.


Episode 40: 1900s Farmhouse - Restore or Remodel?

Jami and Brian talk about what they found as they removed the vinyl siding from most of the old farmhouse: Missing windows, a phantom door, and what did the original trim look like? They discuss restoration vs. renovation and how to have modern updates while being authentic to the house style. Jami shares her best zucchini recipes, and during recording Brian spots the neighbors removing a major eye-sore. Plus lots more.


Episode 39: TV Shows & The Cabinet That Made Jami Cry

Jami and Brian remember the TV cabinet they bought that Brian thought was great because it was cheap and Jami was disappointed because it was so beat up. Now fixed up and one of their favorite pieces of furniture. They discuss their favorite TV shows from the very late 80s to today. What's the common theme here? Jami gives a real-life example of a week of menus, plus lots more.


Episode 38: Cookbooks & Recipes, Foundation Update, Garden Woes

Jami lists her favorite cookbooks, the ones that have survived both recent moves and that she still finds favorite recipes in. She discusses with Brian about how well cookbooks survived the ebook and online recipe revolution. They share some happy farmhouse updates and some sad garden updates. And then talk about some cool things they've discovered. Leave your feedback for the podcast on a voicemail by calling (541) 658-0215.


Episode 37 - Books: Why Read, What to Read & Tips to Find the Time

Jami and Brian talk about why reading books is so much better than reading little social media posts. They discuss the different formats (yes, audiobooks count and are sometimes better). And how to find the time to get books read. Then they get into just a brief overview of some of their favorite books. And Jami goes through an example week of menus. THIS IS OUR LONGEST EPISODE TO DATE. But it easily could have been twice as long.


Episode 36 - How Much Is Eating Out Costing You?

Jami and Brian talk about the costs of eating out all the time. It's not just expensive in terms of money. Jami shares some of her favorite go-to meals that you can make quickly and easily when you don't feel like spending a lot of time cooking. Brian talks about the latest updates on the farmhouse. Plus lots more.


Episode 35 - Dealing with Invasive Blackberries + Farmhouse Updates

Jami and Brian talk about the bane of Northwest gardeners--the invasive Himalayan blackberry and how they've dealt with it in the past. This time around they've had to take extreme measures. They give some updates on the remodeling progress of their hundred year old farmhouse fixes. There's food coming in from the garden, so Jami shares some early harvest recipes. Plus some cool things they've discovered and lots more.


Episode 34: What We've Learned From DIY Remodeling

Jami and Brian discuss Remodeling Magazine's list of remodeling projects that give you biggest and smallest return on your money when you sell your house. Then they talk about their own projects compare and the "you have to live there" factor. Jami shares recipes from the garden for spring, and they both discuss a riveting book series they've been listening to together.


Episode 33: Is Your Car Costing Too Much?

Jami and Brian talk about how much average people are spending on new cars and how you much more freedom you have in your life if you don't spend that much. They discuss what they've found to be the used-car "sweet spot," not too cheap but still nice, and then list off the things you need if you're going to drive used vehicles--like a mechanic you can trust. They give a wild goldfish update on the Farmhouse, plus talk about cool books and TV shows they've recently discovered.


Episode 32: Is That Kitchen Gadget Worth It?

Jami and Brian talk about the kitchen gadgets and small appliances that are worth taking up storage space and spending $$ for. The bottom line is it has to do something really useful or replace one of the more standard small appliances. Jami talks about the advantages of freezing your garden produce. Brian discusses health sharing ministries as an alternative to high insurance rates. And much more.


Quick Announcement About A Schedule Change

We are going to an every other week schedule for releasing podcast episodes.


Episode 31: Sights and Sounds of Austin, Texas

Jami and Brian recorded this episode on their street-level balcony near downtown Austin, Texas. Because they were staying in the busy Red River District, you hear lots of cars, an airplane, and even some panhandlers asking for money. Jami and Brian talk about some of the great experiences they had over the course of a few days, including some of their favorite places to eat. Because they're on the road, they recommend some travel items that have worked well. And lots more.