Cooke’s Frontier with Charley Cooke

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Charley is taking a 3-week break to help her family recover from the wildfires in her area. Watch for a brand new episode coming in early October!

Charley Cooke is a wife, busy homeschool mom of 4 and a passionate advocate of deliberately slowing down to savor the good life.

In this show, Charley will discuss everything and anything about the journey her family is on with topics including homesteading, homeschooling, basic preparedness, long term preparedness, canning, green cleaning, gardening, animal husbandry and so much more. Her quest for learning and reviving old fashioned skills knows no bounds and is a constant source of delight and discouragement at the same time. Charley hopes to encourage everyone to take a step towards being more self-sufficient- no matter where you live or what your situation is.

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Cooke’s Frontier: 10 Lost Skills Worth Finding & Learning

10 Lost SkillsApril 14, 2014: This week, Charley gives you 10 Lost Skills Worth Finding and Learning. These are things our parents and grandparents knew how to do and just got lost in the shuffle of “progress”. They include:

1) Learn to bake bread.

2) Learn to cook over various forms of heat.

3) Learn to take care of small animals and fish.

4) Learn to make soap.

5) Learn to wash and dry clothes outdoors and indoors with out using electricity.

6) Basic and advanced first aid, using plants and natural resources whenever possible.

7) Learn to garden.

8) Learn as many ways of preserving food as possible.

9) Learn basic sewing skills.

10) Building a fire

Cooke’s Frontier: Charley answers your kitchen & cooking questions

Kitchen Q&AApril 7, 2014: This week, Charley answers all your kitchen and cooking related questions that have been sent in via email. Learn her preference for certain salt, what she likes to take as camping meals, how she gets tall, light biscuits and MORE!! You can read the show notes for this podcast HERE.

Cooke’s Frontier Radio Show: Building Downtime into Your Day

JourneyApril 1, 2014: This week Charley talks about building downtime into your day and why she thinks it’s so important. She also shares what she does to ease into the afternoons without major meltdowns from the smaller members of the family.

Cooke’s Frontier Radio Show: Spring Chickens

Cooke's Frontier Radio Show: Backyard HensMarch 24, 2014:  Spring is in the air and our thoughts have turned not to love, but to chicks!  It’s time to get ready for new chicks and in this weeks show, Charley shares her favorite tips for getting your chicks set up to ensure a great result.  She also shares the recent chicken law changes in her hometown and a review for Dehydrated Potato Slices, along with a new Recipe of the Week for Au Gratin Potatoes.

Cooke’s Frontier Radio Show: Gearing up for gardening and canning season

tomorrowMarch 17, 2014:  Spring is (almost) in the air and Charley is having a hard time keeping her hands out of the dirt! In celebration of Spring, this podcast shares some ideas for gearing up for gardening and canning season. From compost to canners to rake handles and more, there are a lot of things to get ready before the fun can start. This weeks show is meant to encourage and inspire your planting and preserving preparations.

Cooke’s Frontier Radio Hour: Becoming A Prepper Strethened My Marriage

Cooke's Frontier Radio Show: Deeply lovedMarch 10, 2014: This week Charley talks about how becoming a prepper has strethened her marriage in ways she never would have imagined.  She shares some reader comments and gives you a new Recipe of the Week for Extra Crunchy Fried Chicken.Cooke's Frontier Radio Show: fried chicken graphic


Cooke’s Frontier Radio Show: Bread Baking 101

Lemon Bars

  • Types of yeast: Active Dry, Quick Rise or Fast Rise and Fresh Cake.
  • Proper water temperature
  • How to proof yeast
  • How to properly measure flour ad ranges in flour measurements )
  • Proofing problems and How to make a proofer out of your oven
  • Kneading
  • The role of salt in bread
  • The “hollow” tap test
  • Cooling bread
  • When you should slice and with what

Recipe of the Week: Lemon Bars

Cooke’s Frontier Radio Show: Landscaping with Plants for Curb Appeal and Home Security

Cooke's Frontier Radio Hour: landscaping for home securityFebruary 24, 2014:  This week, Charley talks about the different steps their family has taken for home security since a recent property break-in, including using plants, shrubs and trees as a home security defense. She also shares a new recipe of the week for Apple Oatmeal Muffins with Maple Glaze.

Cooke’s Frontier Radio Show: Trimming the Grocery Budget

Cheesecake shortcakeFebruary 17, 2014: The topic this week is saving money on groceries!  Charley discusses a few of her favorite tips as well as tips from her fans.  From menu planning to impulse control to avoiding the warehouse gimmicks, she covers it all. Recipe of the Week this week is for an absolutely delicious Cherry Cheesecake Shortcake.

You can also find recipes and resources from this blog post: Trimming the Grocery Budget