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Cultivate Simple 29: Stew 1.0

May 13th, 2013

An honest and unrehearsed discussion about trying to live a more simple life. This is episode 29 and today we are talking about everything.

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

What’s For Dinner?

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Books of the Week

8 Comments to “Cultivate Simple 29: Stew 1.0”
  1. Misti on May 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Regarding bees, I recommend this one for top bar methods:

    Also, try Tecnu or Tecnu Extreme for washing after coming in contact with poison ivy. My husband gets it just by looking at it and uses this all the time to reduce infection time. I’ve also used it for the times I’ve gotten it. Poison Ivy kind of looks like Virginia Creeper but once you learn to separate the two it is really easy to differentiate.

    I was curious about Feedburner potentially going away as I know you were having problems with feeds publishing. If you come up with solutions to that let us know!

    Also, if you are going to be a Mainer now y’all should head west sometime in August to any of the trail towns there (Rangeley, Andover, Monson and there are a couple others) and do some trail magic. Y’all would probably get a kick out of the stories thru-hikers tell and the thru-hikers would love trail magic. Trail magic winds down the further north you go but is always appreciated! That would definitely be a folksy thing!

    And the final ‘also’…have you had the, I wouldn’t call it privilege, opportunity to try Moxie yet?

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    • Elyse on May 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Ooh, Moxie! Haven’t heard of that in a long time!

      I also enjoyed the local color in this podcast. I grew up in Maine, and remember the laid-back feeling Brian was talking about. Glad to know it’s still the same!

      Susy, I’m in the same boat with you – weird people come up and talk to me all the time! Glad to hear I’m not the only one.

      Enjoyed the updates!

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    • Susy on May 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      We have tried Moxie, not quite our thing, but everyone should try it!

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      • misti on May 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

        The first time I tried it was at a trail magic cooler in Caratunk after we’d crossed the Kenebec River. I was looking forward to downing some sugar and was greatly disappointed. It must be either a love it or hate it thing.

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  2. Daedre Craig on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    If you were a little disappointed with Diablo III, you should try Torchlight (available for Mac or PC) or Torchlight II (only currently available for PC). I like Torchlight II more, but I can only play it when my boyfriend’s PC is available.

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  3. elizabeth on May 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I didn’t listen to this podcast, but I was just thinking about your strawberries. I always loved your Spring strawberry posts about shortcake. Did you take your plants with you to Maine or will you be buying new?

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  4. DebbieB on May 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I listened to the podcast on Monday when it posted – forgot that I wanted to leave a comment. “Stew” – that’s a great name for a catch-all catch-up episode. :)

    I wanted to enthusiastically vote for a cast-iron ebook or podcast spotlight – I’m so tired of the non-stick pans that don’t stay non-stick and are putting weird stuff in my food. I want to switch to cast-iron but I don’t know where to start. When I read Amazon reviews, the mind just boggles at the contradictions. I want some cookware that will last for years and can be passed on to my girls.

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  5. Matt on May 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Your crazy neighbor would like to add that there’s no rule that you have to open a Langstroth up as frequently as every three weeks. If you don’t count supering or pulling supers, which really doesn’t disturb the brood nest, then I don’t open mine up more then 3 times a year.

    That’s of course that’s if everything is going well, a colony in trouble (which you can diagnose from the out side more times then not) will require more attention.

    Not to say there’s anything wrong with a Warre hive, just saying there’s not a whole lot wrong with a Langstroth either. It’s really what you want to make of it.

    Also…you might be surprised to find out that sugar syrup is actually better for bees then fall honey in most cases. The darker honey can be very tough on their digestive system which in parts of the world with long winters can be an issue. Sucrose may lack some things but it is easy for them to digest.

    (Sorry, caught up on the pod cast last night)

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