Lisa Bass

Episode 123 | Seasonal Eating: Spring Edition | Erin Worrall of The Cedar Chest Farm

With the first official day of spring right around the corner, I am getting so excited to welcome spring into my kitchen.  There is nothing like cutting fresh herbs from my garden, gathering eggs from my hens, collecting milk from my cow.  In today’s episode, Erin and I discuss the many ways that seasonal eating can be accessible to all of us.  Whether or not you have a garden or farm animals of your own, you can find ways to eat seasonally and source your food locally.  With all of our modern conveniences, we don’t have to eat seasonally, but Erin and I make a case for why you might want to consider eating this way.  There is so much beauty to be found in living in rhythm with the seasons.

Episode 122 | Selecting and Caring for Chickens | Kathleen of Oak Abode

It’s that time of year!  The time when backyard chicken keepers and full-blown homesteaders alike start thinking about expanding their flocks.  My conversation with Kathleen of Oak Abode covers everything a new or prospective chicken owner might want to know.  We address the four main aspects of chicken keeping: food, water, shelter, protection, as well as many other questions we are frequently asked.  Whether you are considering getting chickens or have been keeping them for years, this episode is full of practical tips and lessons we have learned along the way.

Episode 121 | Answering Your Questions About Owning a Dairy Cow | Angel Turner of Rosehill Farm

I have been so excited to bring this episode to you all because I get so many questions about our dairy cow! Angel Turner was the perfect person to join me in this conversation. She has gained a great deal of experience with dairy cows in just a short time. It has been less than a year since Angel brought home her first family milk cow, and since then, she has taken on the task of halter breaking over 15 milk cows and matching them with families. We could have talked forever about all things dairy cow, but we managed to address the most frequently asked questions in the time we had together. If you are considering whether a family milk cow might be right for you, this episode will give you a peek into both of our journeys of getting started with owning dairy cows.

Episode 119 | Planning Your Garden, Selecting Seeds, Preserving the Harvest | Meg Hollar of The Hollar Homestead

Although winter is still in full swing, it’s already time to start thinking about planting seeds for your summer garden.  In today’s conversation, Meg Hollar of The Hollar Homestead joins me to talk all things gardening: selecting seeds, preparing the soil, what we are growing, and even how to use and preserve the harvest.  We have both been gardening for many years now, but we are continually learning more each year.  Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, this conversation may give you some new strategies to try this year!

Episode 118 | Creating a Nontoxic Kitchen | Molly Hill of Maison Pur

If you are working towards removing toxins from your home, you have likely concentrated a lot of your efforts in the kitchen.  After all, if you are going to spend your time and resources sourcing and preparing high quality food in your home, you want to make sure you are not reversing all of that progress by cooking in pots and pans that pose a risk to your health.  In this episode, Molly Hill of Maison Pur joins me as we walk through cookware, bakeware, dinnerware, food storage, small appliances, etc.  Molly definitely gave me some new things to consider about a few of the pieces in my own kitchen!

Episode 117 | Cozy Winter Cooking with Farm-to-Table Restaurant Owner in the Italian Alps | Vea Carpi of Mas Del Saro

It was so fun to talk to a fellow homesteader and mama who shares my love for cozy winter cooking.  My new friend, Vea Carpi, is a farmer, cook, wife, mother, and restaurant owner in the Italian Alps.  In this conversation, she shares all about her unlikely story of becoming a homesteader and what she is currently cooking and serving in her restaurant and home.  I came away from this conversation with so many new ideas to try in my own kitchen, and I hope you will find some inspiration too.

Episode 116 | Embracing the Simplicity of Winter on the Homestead | Melody Haege of Renaissance Woman MN

Winter on the homestead is a time of natural slowing down.  The days are shorter; the list of projects is smaller.  After my conversation with Melody, I’m not sure I know of anyone who embraces all of the beauty that winter brings better than she does.  As a homesteader, homeschooler, homemaker, and hunter in Minnesota, Melody doesn’t let temperatures below zero keep her from enjoying the outdoors with her five children.  No matter what climate you live in, Melody shares tons of ideas for embracing the winter season both indoors and out.

Episode 115 | Where to Start with Natural Living, Cooking from Scratch, Holistic Health | Elizabeth Parsons of Purely Parsons

It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start in your natural living journey.  I get asked all the time, “Where should I start?”  On today’s episode, I am talking to Elizabeth Parsons of Purely Parsons about this exact question.  We have both been living a natural lifestyle for over a decade, and if …

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Episode 114 | Decluttering and Moving Towards Minimalism | Dawn Madsen of The Minimal Mom

At the beginning of a new year, many of us are thinking about decluttering our homes.  That’s why I am so excited to bring you this conversation with Dawn of The Minimal Mom.  Dawn has shared over 500 videos on her YouTube channel on minimalism, decluttering, and organization, but you don’t have to want to be a minimalist to benefit from her message.  Listen in as Dawn and I both share how our journeys toward living with less stuff became our normal way of life.