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Join Jami Boys of the website An Oregon Cottage and her husband Brian (always a co-conspirator in DIY projects and videos) as they discuss cooking simple, real foods, growing food and flowers, and tackling easy home improvement and decor projects - the kind everyone can do. You'll hear the things that went well, as well as things that didn't go according to plan (that you just have to laugh about).

Never ones to get hung up on perfection or abilities, they believe everyone can make a house a home and live a simple handmade life. Whatever level you want to create things, whether it’s full-throttle make everything from scratch or just dipping your toes into cooking or creating a warm home environment, you’ll find something here you can use - and have fun doing it.

An Oregon Cottage Podcast: Simple Real Foods, Gardening & DIY Jami & Brian Boys

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Join Jami Boys of the website An Oregon Cottage and her husband Brian (always a co-conspirator in DIY projects and videos) as they discuss cooking simple, real foods, growing food and flowers, and tackling easy home improvement and decor projects - the kind everyone can do. You'll hear the things that went well, as well as things that didn't go according to plan (that you just have to laugh about).

Never ones to get hung up on perfection or abilities, they believe everyone can make a house a home and live a simple handmade life. Whatever level you want to create things, whether it’s full-throttle make everything from scratch or just dipping your toes into cooking or creating a warm home environment, you’ll find something here you can use - and have fun doing it.

    Are We Washing Our Clothes Too Much?

    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.

    • 29 min
    What's Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

    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.

    • 34 min
    Farmhouse Fixer Year 2 Review - Also Available As A Video

    Farmhouse Fixer Year 2 Review - Also Available As A Video

    Recorded in the new master bedroom, which is super echoey, we review the progress we've made over the past two years on our century-old farmhouse. We've done a lot, but still have a lot to do. We talk about what we've learned and the pros and cons of being your own contractor. Plus, we have an entertainment suggestion for after a long day working on your house.
     

    • 21 min
    Christmas Trees - Real vs. Fake

    Christmas Trees - Real vs. Fake

    We discuss the holiday debate for the ages: Should you get a real Christmas tree every year or buy and reuse an artificial one? The argument is getting more one-sided every year. We have some actual updates on the old farmhouse to share. Jami shares a week of easy dinner recipes for winter. And we both have a recent cool discovery to tell you about. 

    • 26 min
    DIY Christmas Gifts

    DIY Christmas Gifts

    Homemade Christmas gifts are not only a great way to stay within your budget, but they can be more meaningful than something you purchased. They demonstrate thoughtfulness and are unique, something that's hard to come by in our mass-produced world. Jami's video "17 Homemade Gift Ideas in 6 Minutes" recently got a big spike in viewership and we discuss what commenters were saying about. DIY food gifts are especially nice to receive. Learn which ones have gotten the best response. Plus cool things we've recently discovered.
     

    • 25 min
    Thanksgiving Surprises

    Thanksgiving Surprises

    Everybody's family does Thanksgiving differently. So when you celebrate for the first few times at your in-laws, things that one spouse thinks are normal seem odd to the other. We share a few "surprises" we experienced. Then we actually have some farmhouse and garden updates. Jami lists her favorite Thanksgiving recipes for things that aren't on the usual list. And we both share our latest discoveries in "This Is Really Cool."
     

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

daughterofhim ,

Very Informative-but not in a nerdy way-LOL

This is one of only a few (less than 10) podcasts I listen to. I wish I had time to listen to them regularly, but my life is too busy in this season.
They are fun to listen to though & I like when they do their YouTube videos because I am so visual....I like to “ see” the progress they are making. I also love their resourcefulness, their frugality & their courage to even attempt DIY’S!

tbtlm ,

I LOVE this podcast

I’ve been a great fan of the website from the beginning and when they started doing a podcast I just couldn’t wait for the first listen. Jami and Bryan are so funny, inspiring, real, and helpful! They just turn my dull days into happy days when I listen to their cheerful voices. Thank you guys for these awesome and helpful podcasts! It took me a loooong time to put in a review, for that I apologize.

Valientor ,

Not pretentious, enjoyable to listen to!

I love being able to relate to the regional things (since I live just north of Portland) and experience this journey thru you that I likely will only dream about doing myself in remodeling an older house. Also appreciate the granola recipe as I lost mine and this is perfect replacement-but just not with steel-cut oats. Tried it: not my fave.

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