Are you ready?! The premiere for the new season of Little People, Big World aired on 5/17/2022 Tuesday at 9PM ET on TLC. In this live re-run from 5/19/2022, Lisa and I did a live chat discussing everything from the new season!
Amy Roloff: Well, hi, Lisa.
Lisa Dixon: Hello.
Amy Roloff: It’s been a while.
Lisa Dixon: I know. I think you have to invite me on the Instagram.
Amy Roloff: Oh yeah. Oops, sorry. Oh, gosh, let me see if I know what to do. No, that’s wrong. Oh, wait a minute here. Okay, I just did.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. I’m connecting. Yay.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Sorry, I had to invite Lisa. Yeah, I had to invite Lisa to Instagram.
Lisa Dixon: Hey, do we have an echo? Oh, there we go.
Lisa Dixon: Turn your volume down.
Amy Roloff: It’s all the way down.
Lisa Dixon: Mine too.
Amy Roloff: Well, why are we having an echo?
Lisa Dixon: I’m not sure.
Amy Roloff: I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: It’s on your end.
Amy Roloff: Because I don’t think I should put it on mute, huh? Right?
Lisa Dixon: You want it on mute?
Amy Roloff: No.
Lisa Dixon: There, is the echo still on?
Amy Roloff: No. Oh, yeah. Well, anyway, you know what? We’re just going to get going anyway. Do you hear it?
Lisa Dixon: I don’t hear it now.
Amy Roloff: I do. Oh, maybe not.
Lisa Dixon: Testing-
Amy Roloff: I don’t now.
Lisa Dixon: One, two, three, testing. Gone? Is your computer volume-
Amy Roloff: Oh, maybe that’s it.
Lisa Dixon: Or your phone volume. Your phone volume?
Amy Roloff: No, my phone volume’s all the way down. Do we hear it now?
Lisa Dixon: Testing one, two, three.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Well, I can barely hear you if I turn my computer down. Anyway, Chris just walked in the door. Well, you guys, how are you doing? What a month it has been? We want to say welcome to Girlfriend Chit Chat, Lisa and Amy. I suddenly don’t know what to do, I’m so afraid, oh, dear.
Lisa Dixon: Look at the paper, that’s why we have an outline.
Amy Roloff: Lisa writes notes.
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 00:02:20].
Amy Roloff: Anyway. Thank you everyone for joining us. We’re always so, so appreciative. And Chris, if you want to say hi, that’d be great. I’ve got a big thing going on in my garage that I’ve got to work on. And later on, I’ll be watching two of my grandkids, so I’m very excited about that. But thank you everyone for coming on board, joining us in this chit chat, we’re going to highlight some things. We’ll see how that goes if you know what I mean. Because the biggest question is, have you seen the premier episode of Little People, Big World?
Lisa Dixon: Oh dear, as you would say, oh dear.
Amy Roloff: I know, oh dear.
Lisa Dixon: Well, let’s thank everyone for coming on today, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram. And now, we’re also on your favorite podcast platform, which [inaudible 00:03:21] a rerun. Yeah. So Spotify, Apple, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Amazon, and more. So if you want friends to see, you can have them go there or if you want to watch it again, it’ll all be in a rerun there.
Amy Roloff: And then in the meantime, once we start getting into these modes of all that technology that’s available and fun and stuff like that, we’ll try and come up with some other chit chats that may be different than the live or something, whether it just be me and someone else or just Lisa and I, we’ll see.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, that’s great. So thank you for all the wonderful questions and comments that came in the last week. Well, actually the last day or two from the episode. So we have some of those for our audience and for you to answer, so that’ll be fun. And how about, are there any other special days? How did May go for you? Were there fun days?
Amy Roloff: May was huge. Getting a call at 2:30 in the morning.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: And that is one reason why I always leave my iPhone on. Ever since I got an iPhone, a cell phone, I have always left it on. As my kids got older, they went into college, older high school, it doesn’t matter, even right now I do that. Excuse me. And one of the reasons I do that is because I always want my kids and when my grandkids get older, I want them always to know that Mimi or their mom or grandma is always available. And so I left my phone on, thank goodness, got a call. Tori and Zach are having a baby. So I spent a couple days watching Jackson and Lila while they gave birth to Josiah, beautiful baby.
Lisa Dixon: I love that name.
Amy Roloff: Everyone thinks all their babies are cute, which is true, you should, but Josiah is cute. Oh, he is a cute baby.
Lisa Dixon: I love that name.
Amy Roloff: And then May comes and then there’s Mother’s Day, then there’s Jackson’s birthday, then there’s the twins birthday. My nephew’s birthday, even though my nephew and my sister don’t live here still, it’s my nephew’s birthday. It’s my sister’s birthday, I’m like, May, how much more can you pack?
Lisa Dixon: That’s a lot.
Amy Roloff: And then we also have a good friend that we know whose birthday… So happy birthday, Erin. I hope you’re having a good day.
Lisa Dixon: That’s great. Well, how about some special shoutouts to Little People, Big World fans. We have Susie Miller from San Francisco.
Amy Roloff: Then we have Steve Cody from Newark, New Jersey.
Lisa Dixon: Nancy Taylor from Richfield, Washington.
Amy Roloff: And then Debbie Corsak from Bend, Oregon.
Lisa Dixon: Thanks for watching.
Amy Roloff: So I really appreciate these four being fans, but I know many of you here are also fans, so thank you, thank you, thank you so, so much.
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 00:06:40] Cooper-
Amy Roloff: Let’s get some shoutouts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and all this other stuff.
Lisa Dixon: Meg Libby Cooper, her birthday’s in the month of May, very cool, maybe we could grab some shoutouts-
Amy Roloff: We have Jan from Australia.
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 00:06:53] BC, Brenda. Hey, welcome.
Amy Roloff: Hugs from Austin, Tennessee. McMinville, welcome to the neighborhood.
Lisa Dixon: We like that. We like McMinville, awesome.
Amy Roloff: Manchester, Vermont, Edmonton. I think Kentucky, Newfoundland.
Lisa Dixon: Melody Webb. Hi, great to see you here. Benton Phil, Arkansas from Instagram. [inaudible 00:07:21], Someone from Paraguay.
Amy Roloff: Well, we have Santa Barbara. We have Iowa. Hawaii. Oh, we’re coming back to Hawaii people.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. Happy birthday Kelly Connors, hers is tomorrow, so awesome.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. Atlantic City, Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Lisa Dixon: Los Angeles, Alabama.
Amy Roloff: Cocoa, Florida, I think it was. Argentina.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, welcome.
Amy Roloff: Alberta, Canada. Oh, no, we’re going through British Columbia on our motorcycle ride. Myrtle beach, Ontario. Oh, hello from [inaudible 00:08:01]. Well, neighbor. Saddle Brook, New Jersey, was that right? Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
Lisa Dixon: Orlando, Florida.
Amy Roloff: Is that where that tragedy happened? Was it Saddle Brook?
Lisa Dixon: I’m not sure.
Amy Roloff: You know where the horrible school shooting. Anyway, if not, we don’t want to get into that, that whole community will be sad for a very long time.
Lisa Dixon: Seville, Ohio, Maryanne Garren, Chicago from Leanna. Wow, we’ve got a lot of people.
Amy Roloff: Well, you know the thing that reminds me Lisa? Every time I see everyone from all of these different places.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: It makes me like, okay, after we’re done, let’s hop in the car and go to some of these places and just give a shout out and say, hello, come on out.
Lisa Dixon: Hi. Nice to meet you. Well, I think this is a community. We talk about this every time, but this is a community. This is we’re like all sitting together having a great conversation of current events. Today’s the premier doc, but we bring other things into it too.
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: And just really try to make this a part of-
Amy Roloff: Well, make it fun.
Lisa Dixon: Make it fun.
Amy Roloff: We make it fun. There’s a whole lot of political stuff going on. And obviously we also just got done with primary, if you’re having any primary elections in your state, Oregon, we did. And so that was like big stuff and we’re going to have big stuff come November. So to me, the most important thing to do is to do the four letter word. And that is to vote.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: However it is in your state, I encourage you to vote.
Lisa Dixon: That’s an interesting-
Amy Roloff: I think a lot more people, we should exercise that privilege.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: Because primaries don’t get that much attention. And I think, I mean, only 33% of eligible voters, I think in Oregon, voted. I mean, it’s like, can we at least have half?
Lisa Dixon: I know. Yeah. Hopefully in November we’ll get a better turnout, but some things have got to change. We can’t keep doing the same thing.
Amy Roloff: Well, I mean, and the problem there is that what change means for someone else is different for someone else. But we need something to get more of us here instead of that opposite ends.
Lisa Dixon: Right. I totally agree.
Amy Roloff: To me, that’s the change I would like to see more of.
Lisa Dixon: Well, Amy, it’s May 19th. How did we get here? We’re almost into summer.
Amy Roloff: I know Memorial Day is coming up.
Lisa Dixon: I know. I can’t believe it.
Amy Roloff: No.
Lisa Dixon: I cannot believe it.
Amy Roloff: I can’t believe it.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Well, we’ve got a lot of great info to cover today. Last Tuesday night’s opening premier was-
Amy Roloff: Well, but I think one of the things, if people had the time, I think the one episode that they showed, because they do a marathon of Little People, Big World before the new season comes out in order to catch everyone else up, what’s been going on and stuff like that. So they redid the wedding episode, correct?
Lisa Dixon: Yes, they did. And that was wonderful. I watched that two more times.
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: They repeated it for two weeks and I cried both times. I was like-
Amy Roloff: Well, I think-
Lisa Dixon: It’s so beautiful.
Amy Roloff: I keep missing it. I keep missing [inaudible 00:11:57] and stuff. And so one of the things I’m trying to do, and sometimes that’s a battle, but is getting a copy of our two hour wedding special for Chris and I. So that is one of our anniversary things that we’ll do each year, is to-
Lisa Dixon: Watch that.
Amy Roloff: … recapture that moment and-
Lisa Dixon: Have you watched it at all?
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: Okay.
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. It was so beautiful. We’ll talk about that.
Amy Roloff: I thought we were talking about it now.
Lisa Dixon: Well, we wanted to talk first about our giveaway. We have our giveaway.
Amy Roloff: See, I made a note and I have wedding special.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. We’re not scripted, really. We just try to stay on track. So anyway, for our four lucky winners today, our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, at the end of the show, we’re going to have a code word, so stay on, hang on. And once we get that code word, we have a spa package, which is a soy candle, which is wonderful, locally made, and three bath soaks. And these are locally made and we love them. They’re on our Amy Roloff’s Little kitchen website too, if you’re interested in checking it out. But four lucky winners today will get one of these spa packs. So I just wanted to say that and-
Amy Roloff: And I think if you need a moment just to calm yourself down, be by yourself, do something that’s just for you, and you’ve got this nice little bathtub and stuff like that, this is a nice thing. You got the candle, you got this nice aroma in the bath and everything.
Lisa Dixon: It smells so good.
Amy Roloff: With special music and I don’t know, I just think it’s a good thing.
Lisa Dixon: All handmade, we love them. So anyway, just wanted to plop that in there. So yeah, I thought showing the wedding and then the review, that was unexpected. I don’t know, were you expecting them to go through and put a whole review of your story with the kids and then with Chris prior to the wedding?
Amy Roloff: Well, I think, no, I knew they would do something, but the way they did the hour before the actual wedding, both Chris and I were surprised and like, wow, that is a really good capture of five years or whatever wrapped into this.
Lisa Dixon: I know, it was beautiful. It was unexpected and they did such a great job. So shout out to your-
Amy Roloff: Oh, my production team.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, production team and TLC. So let’s get down to the premier, just a few things.
Amy Roloff: I know, see how quiet I am?
Lisa Dixon: I know, but I’m just saying, I thought that, yeah-
Amy Roloff: Well, the thing is, I hope everyone watched, or those who did, watched the premier, it will definitely give you a sample of the process and what went on during this time. And it’s not just a day, it’s not just a few days, it went on for quite some time and you’re able to see some of those moments of that. And I will admit, it was tough. It was tough on me because I have years and years of just the farm and my kids and being married and then divorce. And it’s like, it all came to this moment, that-
Lisa Dixon: Almost full circle.
Amy Roloff: … I wasn’t expecting, at least not this way. And so just keep watching the other episodes, because I think it just tells more of the story and you’ll get a better rounded view of all of this. Because I don’t want to give too much away because we got a lot more episodes to come and-
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. And just a few things. I mean, it was a behind the scenes, so we want a few little things to talk about, just like-
Amy Roloff: No.
Lisa Dixon: I mean, I thought again, it was well done because the first five minutes, you pretty much were caught up on what was going on. The first five minutes, they had talked about the situation, talked about Zach and Tori.
Amy Roloff: And a lot of that had to go on between Matt and our son, Zach and I felt bad for Zach because there’s certain expectations. I also felt bad for Jeremy. There’s certain expectations and I don’t think the time was given to really negotiate, but I wasn’t a part of any of that because I don’t live on the farm. I don’t need to be a part of it, but yeah, let’s just say it was tough.
Lisa Dixon: Zack and Tori moved out of state. They’re in Washington now.
Amy Roloff: Oh, when they found out that the farm deal wasn’t going to happen, they wanted to look for another house, another place that… Because they already had it in their mindset that they were going to move from their current house. So they happened to find another place in Washington about 45 to an hour to get there.
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 00:17:42] traffic.
Amy Roloff: Well, traffic, it could be an hour and a half, getting across that bridge from Oregon to Washington, people, it’s a nightmare.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: It’s a nightmare. So anyway, and so what you’ll see later on is I’m not always a fan of change, but change has to happen. And I just have to be a little more intentional in planning when I go over there, how long do I stay? If I go over there about 3:00, 3:30, I’m not going to come home at 5:30 because then I’ll be stuck in an hour and a half of traffic. I’d rather stay there an extra hour and a half and be home in 45 minutes.
Lisa Dixon: Right. Yeah, it’s a trek over there for sure. But a beautiful property and well-
Amy Roloff: I’m just glad that they’re happy there and the kids seem to be really happy and stuff. But obviously they’re farther away from cousins and family, which sometimes when you decide to move, you don’t necessarily agonize over that because it doesn’t seem that big of an issue until your family keeps growing and stuff but-
Lisa Dixon: Well, I think one of the things that hit me on this that I was really pretty shocked was, when Matt mentioned, and Karen, that they had cameras at the farm and he wanted to watch the-
Amy Roloff: Well, sometimes I don’t know whether that is true or not, or Matt is good at throwing out certain comments and you’re not quite sure, is this real or is this not? Because of the kids.
Lisa Dixon: I will say this, when Deb and I were putting together the wedding, the brides room that was in office, I was told to unplug the camera that was in the corner off, up in the ceiling for the office. I’m like, oh, I didn’t even know there was a camera in here. So I’m glad at least while we were dressing-
Amy Roloff: Well, I was a little surprised that there might have been one there, but I do know there are security cameras around the farm.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: Because it’s such a big place, there could be a lot of people that come on and you wouldn’t even know it.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, of course. But on the day of your wedding, I mean, I agree with Karen, she said that was creepy. I think it’s creepy too.
Amy Roloff: Well.
Lisa Dixon: Just saying, she said it first.
Amy Roloff: Said it first, I don’t know what was going on?
Lisa Dixon: So do I get some questions from some fans? Bernadette asked, how did you adjust to your grandkids moving away? Mine are moving to Arizona soon.
Amy Roloff: Well, Bernadette, it depends on where you live and they’re moving to Arizona. So I know that when I moved, when I got married, my mom and dad aren’t very emotional or they’re, oh, but what are you doing? You can’t do that, Amy. What are you going to do out in California? And all that other stuff. I’m sure it really impacted her when I moved and then my brother moved to Colorado.
Amy Roloff: So to have Zack Tori move, I’m glad they’re only 45 to an hour away. I can definitely see them more often than if they were to live several states away. I would definitely have to fly. And then you got to go into, well, how often can I get there if you got to fly? So I’m definitely glad that they found a place, but they’ve moved, but haven’t moved so far away where it’s even more of an effort to see the grandkids, see Zach and Tori, see the family and how they’re all doing.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, that’s good. How often do you get to see Zach and Tori now that they moved?
Amy Roloff: Well, you know what?, it really depends because I do a lot during the week, sometimes during the weekends. And with the warmer weather coming up, Chris and I will probably be doing some more motorcycle rides and everything, even though we’re taking the big one to Alaska here in June.
Lisa Dixon: Talk about that. Yes.
Amy Roloff: But not every weekend can just be going to see the grandkids, we want to do other things as well. So we’ll pick and choose and they’re going to be doing family stuff too. So it’s a give and take thing, just like a lot of different families are having to go through and especially families that are divorced and their kids have to see their mom or dad and vice versa and time there. And so you definitely have to make an effort. You may have to plan a little bit more, but you also have to see what they’re doing, what we’re doing. Okay, this is the day where, let’s get together and make it happen.
Lisa Dixon: That’s good.
Amy Roloff: So how often do I get to see them? It all depends, but I try and see them at least a couple times a month, which doesn’t sound very much.
Lisa Dixon: When they call, you’re usually ready to go, right?
Amy Roloff: Oh yeah.
Lisa Dixon: That’s your grandma gig. It’s like-
Amy Roloff: Well, I think I’ve tried to always be in that mode and I think partly a lot of it had to do with, we didn’t have family here. I know I’ve mentioned this 50 million times.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: But we didn’t have family hair, so it’s not like I could call up my sister or an aunt or their aunt or cousins or whatever it may be. Hey, can you watch my kids? And they’re still around family. I wanted them to always know that as best I could, I’d be there for them.
Lisa Dixon: That’s good. Well, various people have asked regarding specific countries, when will Little People, Big World be available to watch in other countries?
Amy Roloff: Well, that I do no know when the show will air in different countries, especially this current season. Because I don’t know how far behind you guys are. So I think you could be anywhere from six months to maybe a year because you’re still watching the previous season.
Lisa Dixon: Right.
Amy Roloff: And I know there’s probably different elements that go into, making the show here, what do you got to do to air it over in a different country?
Lisa Dixon: So you had traveled to Brazil, right? Was it Brazil?
Amy Roloff: Sao Paulo. I traveled to Sao Paulo, brazil.
Lisa Dixon: Do you remember, were they behind?
Amy Roloff: Fabulous trip. I just loved that the TLC people down there were wonderful for what I had to do down there for TLC. And then they took me all over. They took me out to dinner and it was wonderful. I didn’t make it to Rio de Janeiro, which I was kind of bummed out. But they told me if you think Sao Paulo is crowded, Rio de Janeiro is even more so, I think. It’s also right there on that ocean.
Lisa Dixon: Cool. Okay. Kim asks, would you and Chris ever consider doing your own show?
Amy Roloff: Would anyone watch it?
Lisa Dixon: Why do you say that?
Amy Roloff: I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: Because you’re so… What’s the word I want to use? Normal, non drama, there’s not a lot of drama with you guys.
Amy Roloff: No. I would say non celebrity, we don’t… How do you say it?
Lisa Dixon: I think you still have a lot of drama, you guys are doing well.
Amy Roloff: Well, it’s just natural drama. I enjoy doing what we’ve done over the years, but like any job and anything you do, because this is a job, this isn’t like we’re having a party every day, there’s pros and cons to it. And this episode to me, is one of those cons.
Lisa Dixon: Con, that’s a funny word.
Amy Roloff: Pros and cons.
Lisa Dixon: I know. It just sounds funny.
Amy Roloff: Oh, and then so yeah, I think if it was the right thing or…
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Amy Roloff: I think if it was the right thing, or something like that, sure, we’d definitely be into it.
Amy Roloff: But we’d also love to do a travel journal type of thing too, because we’d like to document a lot of our motorcycle rides. Just being the age we’re at, we’re going on this type of an adventure, which is different than a motor home and all this other stuff.
Lisa Dixon: What about just you on your own?
Amy Roloff: I would do something on my own, absolutely.
Lisa Dixon: Maybe some cooking.
Amy Roloff: Who wants to see me cook in your house?
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Wouldn’t that be fun? Some cooking, some traveling, some fun times.
Amy Roloff: Because that, to me, is a natural thing. It’s an element of me. I could definitely do a show, “Let’s put Amy in the most awkward situation, and see how she responds.” Doing that kind of thing is just a part of me. I enjoy just learning from other people and seeing what they do. I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, yeah. Well, and the thing too-
Amy Roloff: You all let me know if you’d ever see anything. I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: Well, and it’s been great, because you’ve been working super hard putting recipes together every week, and sharing your cooking. A lot of the things you do, you’re learning different things as you go. It’s not like you’re [inaudible 00:27:26]
Amy Roloff: Some of it, yeah.
Lisa Dixon: “I’m doing this. I’m trying this recipe, and I might want to add this to it, or I might want to do this.”
Amy Roloff: That’s pretty much what I do.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Pretty cool. I think if anybody wants to watch even right now [inaudible 00:27:40] channel.
Amy Roloff: In fact, I was just going to say that. A coming up recipe will be spinach pie. I’m sure a lot of you guys made spinach pie, or some of you have, have not. I had it the last time I went back home to Michigan. I thought, “Oh my goodness. It has been so long since I’ve had this. I want to make this.”
Lisa Dixon: That’s what inspired you.
Amy Roloff: It did. I want to make this. So I did my little video. I made the recipe. I thought you should be able to use fresh spinach, and not frozen all the time. You need like three boxes of frozen, but I’m like, “Okay. How do you equate fresh to frozen?” Because you start with this amount of spinach, and it shrinks to this. I think I had four, five fresh spinach, big leaf spinach and stuff. Or I used …
Lisa Dixon: Bunches.
Amy Roloff: … two big, huge bags of spinach, whatever. Well, the first time I made it, I just used hot water on it, because it goes down so quick.
Lisa Dixon: Yes, yeah.
Amy Roloff: However, I made the dish, and I’m like, “Okay. There’s something not right here. This is not how I anticipated this being. Something is not right in the spinach pie kitchen area.”
Amy Roloff: What I realized probably is because I didn’t cook it down enough, and so the spinach still had water in it, even though I squeezed it out yet, but it still had to shrink down a little bit. So to me, it was a little bit too wet.
Amy Roloff: I think the other thing I did, or I got overzealous, is that I buttered the … Because I made this one with phyllo dough. You can make it with puff pastry, or you can make your own crust or whatever. I think phyllo dough or puff pastry is good, because it goes with the spinach, because it’ll still cook down. I’m rambling on. I know. Right, people?
Lisa Dixon: That’s okay.
Amy Roloff: Anyway, it was too wet. I thought, “Okay. I have to make it again.” The video was still okay, but I had to make it again and really focus on the spinach, because I tried to ad lib it. I still used fresh spinach, but I cooked it all the way …
Lisa Dixon: Down.
Amy Roloff: And make sure you squeeze as much water out of it as you can. It turned out so much better and the way I had pictured it being. So I had to do that twice before I confirmed on my recipe.
Lisa Dixon: Well, I watched one time with Joanna Gaines, Magnolia. She said sometimes it takes her eight takes to make one recipe, to just get it to where she wants it. So two takes for you, that’s not bad.
Amy Roloff: Well, I think sometimes when you’re making a new recipe, yeah, it will definitely take me several times. A lot of the recipes that I do make, I’m usually familiar with it. But when I change it up and it doesn’t work, then I’ll say, “Okay. I might have to go back with the original.”
Lisa Dixon: There’s a reason why.
Amy Roloff: Or something like that. I would have to say, I don’t do it that often, because number one, time and money. I don’t have enough resources to buy all the ingredients and do it eight times.
Lisa Dixon: Eight times, yeah. Yeah. You’re the true home cook. This isn’t a big production. It’s the home cook and sharing.
Amy Roloff: Well, I think any time you make a dinner, it can be a big production. Some meals are in a jiffy. Other meals, you’re like, “Okay. It just took me two hours to make this, and we’re all done in 20 minutes. Hello.”
Lisa Dixon: Right.
Amy Roloff: [inaudible 00:31:23] parents want their kids to sit around the table longer. It’s like, “Wait a minute.”
Lisa Dixon: “Wait. I just did this for five hours, and it takes you 10 minutes to eat and run.” I know, I know.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Let’s get back to some of these questions. One was, “What’s the best thing about your newlywed life?”
Lisa Dixon: Okay. Yeah. What is that? Are you a newlywed?
Amy Roloff: I think being how old we’re at, the age that we’re at, I think it’s easy to fall into your little routine and stuff like that. I think there’s still things that Chris is probably bothered by me, and a lot of that has to do with neatness. Oh dear.
Amy Roloff: I think another thing for me with him is that women have a tendency to repeat themselves, or in order to start a conversation, start with something that you already talked about, but it gets the juices going as to, “Oh yeah,” and then it leads into other conversations. Well, he will say, “We already talked about that.” I’m like, “Well, maybe not enough.” Excuse me.
Amy Roloff: No. Newlywed life is going great. COVID definitely put … We got engaged in 2019, and suddenly, we’re in the house together almost 24/7 because of COVID and everything. That made us feel more at home as well, and settling in and stuff.
Amy Roloff: I know the point I was trying to make. We still do date night. I don’t care what age you are, when Jeremy and Audrey really made a point to do that when they got married, I thought, “How wonderful that is to start it from day one.”
Amy Roloff: Just like anything else, you have an idea, help make it consistent, create a habit. Then it becomes part of your norm, which is very important, because once you don’t do it, then you feel like you’re missing something, and you want to go back to it.
Amy Roloff: So Chris and I try and do … We may not do it every week, but we definitely try and do a couple of date nights.
Lisa Dixon: I love that.
Amy Roloff: At least a couple of times a month, whether it be just going to a restaurant, usually, it’s listening to local music, or in the summertime, it may be a ride, a new route that we may want to do or something, but it’s really getting away from your norm and just going out and doing something.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. And being mindful of each other, and just, like you said, get rid of everything around you, all the noise, all the things, and move away from that, and just celebrate each other, right?
Amy Roloff: Well, that is … With three kids, for Jer and Aud, that’s one of the things that they really wanted to do. They have many, but one of their marriage goals, I think, was to date one day a week, do 52 dates in the year. Now, that can be tough when you got three young kids-
Lisa Dixon: Little kids.
Amy Roloff: And you got all these projects going on. You got work to do, and just all of this stuff. So most of the time when I go over there, it’s because I’m watching the kids, so it allows them to have date night.
Lisa Dixon: Is that why you’re going tonight?
Amy Roloff: Yes.
Lisa Dixon: Fun.
Amy Roloff: That is why I’m going today.
Lisa Dixon: After this.
Amy Roloff: For me, it’s part of me getting to see the kids. Not that I don’t want to talk to Jer and Aud too. Usually, we’ll do that. But if I can help out with that, because I wish I had done that a lot more early on in previous marriage. But I think it’s important for anyone to do it.
Lisa Dixon: I love that.
Amy Roloff: Make it a habit. Take the time to do that. Find someone to watch your kids. Like I said, they often talk about this too at Beating50Percent. It does not have to be a big elaborate date. It just needs to be something that you both get out, whether it be a walk in the park.
Lisa Dixon: Go get some ice cream.
Amy Roloff: Going to your favorite restaurant to have a drink and appetizer. Whatever it may be.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, yeah. I love that. I love that.
Amy Roloff: So yeah.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. Next question.
Amy Roloff: Well this is from B Shook.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: If you were at the meeting with Zach and Matt, would things have turned out differently?
Amy Roloff: That’s hard for me to answer. I don’t have any idea, because I reflect back on maybe how I negotiated with Matt. Where I’m at right now to that time, I would’ve done things differently, but I can’t go back. So I can’t really say, just because I was there, that it would suddenly be different. It could have been worse. I don’t know. I’m not sure how worse more it could be, but …
Lisa Dixon: Well, I think in the show …
Amy Roloff: It could have been worse.
Lisa Dixon: … you made the comment that Matt treated it as a business deal, but this was his son, and again, you were his wife. It was both of you were treated as a business deal, not a family member.
Amy Roloff: Well, the one thing you have to remember, the boys and myself aren’t unrealistic in the fact that, yeah, this is a business deal. Absolutely.
Lisa Dixon: Of course.
Amy Roloff: But with what we know and what we have done over time, it’s also a big chunk personally as well. You can’t just ignore all of that, when it’s a big chunk, this is my opinion, and make it all business. You can’t treat those that are directly a part of your family and just assume, because it’s business, you’re like any other vendor. I’m not like any other vendor. My boys aren’t … These are your boys. They’re not-
Lisa Dixon: You all built the farm. We built the [inaudible 00:38:01]
Amy Roloff: No one assumed to get anything for free or less than. I think they all knew that, of course, times have changed.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, exactly.
Amy Roloff: Dad deserves something.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, but Zach did mention that he took into consideration what Matt paid you, and had added onto that what it would be to have … for an offer.
Amy Roloff: Well, I don’t know what that was. I don’t know what that was.
Lisa Dixon: He mentioned that in the episode.
Amy Roloff: I don’t know what the amount was, so I can’t really speak on that. That’s why … keep watching the episodes, because you may find out more from that. Yeah. It might have not been enough, I guess. I don’t know. But it is what it is.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. [inaudible 00:38:57]
Amy Roloff: It’s just a very sad situation, in my opinion, because this is personal to me. I can’t make it all business. It’ll never be that way.
Lisa Dixon: No.
Amy Roloff: Business was part of our personal life.
Lisa Dixon: Exactly.
Amy Roloff: So it can never just be business.
Lisa Dixon: That’s a good way of putting it. Again, saying that you guys all built this together. It wasn’t just one person who built this, the show or the farm. [inaudible 00:39:25]
Amy Roloff: Well, the example I gave to you was you can’t have four cooks in the kitchen. Where’s your sous chef? If you have four cooks in the kitchen, nothing’s going to get done, because you’re all going to be like …
Lisa Dixon: Right.
Amy Roloff: You need sous chef. You need the dishwasher. You need all these other people.
Amy Roloff: I have always acknowledged that, yeah, Matt did a lot of work on the farm. He organized it, built a lot of stuff. He has that creative things. But to spend all your time in that, it’s like, “Well, what happens to these four kids? Do they just float around, or just survive on their own?” That was my emphasis was making sure that all happened.
Amy Roloff: Hopefully, you end up complementing each other, and you cross paths. The unfortunate thing is that we didn’t do very well at that. Business was a priority for him where, because I thought it was so much, personal needed to be emphasized as well.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, yeah. Well, again, I think personality distinguishes that too, because in your life, personal is so deep for you. Your family is so deep to you. Having the grandkids, that all means so much to you, more than any dollar amount or [inaudible 00:40:57]
Amy Roloff: Well, me, because the thing is …
Lisa Dixon: … raised.
Amy Roloff: Well, the thing is also, business can go away. If it goes away, and you have not the family you thought you wanted or have, or whatever the situation may be, was business really worth it, emphasizing that so much?
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: Everything comes at a cost. I just think this has come at a big cost. But we will always all see it differently. That’s the unfortunate thing. But I feel for my boys. Something that they were brought up with didn’t happen in the way that we thought it would.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. [inaudible 00:41:48]
Amy Roloff: If it gets sold to some other stranger, that will be kind of weird. But I left my farm in 2019. That last scene, I think, in that episode, what, season 21 maybe?
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, yes.
Amy Roloff: Can’t remember. Season 21 or 20 maybe. I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: I think it was 21, 21.
Amy Roloff: It’s my life, people. I can’t even remember my life. You have to say goodbye, because you can’t go back.
Lisa Dixon: Well, I think if that part of the farm sells to a stranger, Matt’s side is going to be completely different than what any of the kids grew up with. It’s a different … you know.
Amy Roloff: Oh yeah. That’s what I mean. You have to put aside what you grew up with. When they go and visit their dad, or whatever may happen, it’ll never be the same. Never ever. You can’t keep hoping and wishing.
Lisa Dixon: Right.
Amy Roloff: You can’t stick a screw in a square peg, or whatever that thing is.
Lisa Dixon: A square peg in a round hole.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. It’s just not going to happen.
Lisa Dixon: Well, grab another question. What do you want to answer?
Amy Roloff: Grab another question, huh?
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. Here. “Will there be a pumpkin season this fall?”
Amy Roloff: As far as I know. I think Matt said this on one of his posts or something, but yeah, there will be another pumpkin season. I would anticipate that this probably would be the last one for Roloff Farms pumpkin season, but I could be very, very wrong.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. Don’t speak for them.
Amy Roloff: That’s what I mean. But there will be a pumpkin season this year.
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 00:43:48]
Amy Roloff: I would say if anyone’s interested in going, just look at Roloff Farms’ website or page or something, and get whatever information whenever they put that out.
Lisa Dixon: But it will be interesting, because the part of the farm that’s for sale right now, and it’s public, that is the farmhouse, the castle …
Amy Roloff: Well, it depends on if anyone does buy it that soon.
Lisa Dixon: Right. But if they do …
Amy Roloff: [inaudible 00:44:16] be able to be negotiated. But he had moved pumpkin season to his side, a majority of it, back in 2020.
Lisa Dixon: Last year. 2020 or last year?
Amy Roloff: When COVID started. We had to do it differently.
Lisa Dixon: Okay.
Amy Roloff: We had to do it differently because of COVID.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. So that’s a different …
Amy Roloff: If people came to pumpkin season in 2020 and 2021, it will still be somewhat like that.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. All right.
Amy Roloff: I’m not sure I’ll be part of it.
Lisa Dixon: Let’s see. Jesse asked, “What is your view on some people saying that it’s Matt’s choice what happens with the farm, when you and the kids …” We already covered that. Filmed it, built it and sacrificed.
Amy Roloff: Well, it is Matt’s choice, because he has a loan with me to pay off my amount, the buyout amount.
Lisa Dixon: That was a question. Did he owe you money? Because he mentioned that.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, yeah. No. He mentioned it in his post. He needs to pay, rightfully so, my half. I don’t get the full amount. I only get half the value at that time, which was several years ago, which is completely different to what he is doing now.
Amy Roloff: He owns that, so yes, it is his choice. He can do whatever he wants with that.
Amy Roloff: But I’ve always said, too, he might have built a lot of stuff and had the creative ideas, but the farm was the family. We all had elements of the farm. So what it is today was definitely a part of all of us. But it’s solely his choice on what he does with it, because he owns it.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. He owns it.
Amy Roloff: He doesn’t have to report to me, or ask me, or ask anybody anymore.
Lisa Dixon: Right. Well, I-
Amy Roloff: Which I’m sure will be a whole lot easier for him.
Lisa Dixon: I think in season 22 at the last part, he [inaudible 00:46:32] going around the track saying, “It’s all mine.” [inaudible 00:46:34]
Amy Roloff: Yeah. Well, wait a minute. What? The last season?
Lisa Dixon: Uh-huh. he said, “It’s all mine,” because that’s when you moved out and everything.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, yeah,
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. So it’s his, lock, stock and barrel. It’s all his. Okay. Okay.
Lisa Dixon: I want to go back to the premier, because there were some really cute things. I saw you and Chris went over to Zach and Tori’s for dinner. Zach tells you that they’re moving to Washington.
Lisa Dixon: Chris said something that was really heartfelt. He said that he was surprised that they were moving so far, because of him not having children, he had gotten close to Zach and the grandkids, and he was really going to miss them.
Lisa Dixon: That just melted my heart, that he was so warm and fuzzy, because he could have said, “That’s your family. I’m just here. I’m your husband, but I’m not a part of that.”
Amy Roloff: Well, I think one of the things that really made it easy for Chris to embrace all of this is because how it naturally progressed on how my kids embraced him. He has no expectations whatsoever. Doesn’t even think about it or anything. Everyone calls him Chris. Ember, Jackson, everything. It’s like, “No. I’m not their step grandpa. No, no, no, no, no, no. You’re the grandmother. You’re Mimi and I’m Chris.”
Amy Roloff: I’m just appreciative that, overall, the kids have embraced him. They have accepted Chris into the family. Because it was so organic. It’s like Chris came out of the blue in my life.
Lisa Dixon: He did.
Amy Roloff: It was so organic and natural. I think part of that was he didn’t expect anything. But not having kids around, he’s enjoying these little moments with the kids.
Amy Roloff: Like for Jackson’s birthday, I don’t know if he doesn’t like the gifts I choose or what, but he likes buying a gift. It’s usually from both of us, but he likes going out, picking out a gift.
Lisa Dixon: Really?
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: Oh my God.
Amy Roloff: I’m like, “What are you trying to do, buddy? Up me one?” Up one or whatever.
Lisa Dixon: He’s not had an opportunity to do that before.
Amy Roloff: I know. Well, I’m just razzing him.
Lisa Dixon: That’s the cool part.
Amy Roloff: I’m just razzing him.
Lisa Dixon: I love that.
Amy Roloff: But it just tickles me that he really would … Well, the girls. I think he did it with Lilah too. But when the girls get older, he probably won’t do it with the girls, because girls are a whole different breed to him.
Lisa Dixon: Well, we will see. We will see, because that’s still a bond. That’s awesome.
Amy Roloff: But he’s enjoying that kind of family perspective that I bring.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, yeah. I love that. Then Zach had mentioned that you took the news well and appreciated your support. I loved that part in the scene too, when you said, “Well, it’s not my choice. I’d love you to be closer to us, but I have to support you guys and be there for you.” [inaudible 00:49:58]
Amy Roloff: I’m a firm believer in that. I knew that they were looking. They were looking a little farther out, and maybe occasionally touching upon the Washington area and stuff. But the one thing that my parents never did, unless it was life threatening or something like that, they never butted in, like, “Well, you can’t do that, because look at how it’ll interrupt our life,” or all that stuff.
Amy Roloff: Because I grew up with my parents, their grandparents, in the way that we don’t have to live your life, so why would we dictate it? If this is a choice that you feel is best for your family, and what you feel like you need to do, I may not like it, but there’s nothing wrong with it.
Amy Roloff: So I am going to go, “Of course, I’ll support you. We’ll just adjust and make it happen.” You may not be 10 minutes away. You may be now 45 minutes to an hour. It’s like, “Okay. The woman and Mimi and grandmother, who’s always late, will have to put a little more effort into planning.”
Lisa Dixon: Well, speaking of your parents … Oh my gosh. I didn’t want to cry. Just watching your dad take you down the aisle … He had just had surgery.
Amy Roloff: I know.
Lisa Dixon: He flew out from Michigan.
Amy Roloff: He had surgery two weeks or something prior.
Lisa Dixon: Flew out from Michigan, walked you down the aisle, and danced that night with you. He’s just a wonderful …
Lisa Dixon: And the night before, people don’t know this, but the night before the wedding, after the rehearsal, your dad sat there with all your family. He said to me, “Look at all I have created as a family.” He was so proud of being there, and having his kids, his grandkids, because your sister was there, your nephew [inaudible 00:52:03]
Amy Roloff: Well, my niece and-
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Lisa Dixon: Was there your nephew [inaudible 00:52:02]?
Amy Roloff: Well, my niece and nephew came from my older sister who had passed away a number of years ago. But, see, to him, it all falls to family. My dad was a civil architectural engineer for Ford. He could have gone up the ladder if he chose at Ford Motor Company headquarters. He could have chose to go up the ladder, but he chose family, because if he were to take those steps up the ladder,
Lisa Dixon: He wouldn’t be there.
Amy Roloff: It would be less time. He wouldn’t be able to come home and eat almost every dinner with the family, maybe vacations. He got up to management level of whatever sort, but it’s not like he was head of two departments, or whatever it is. But to him, it’s like the job was a means to put a roof over our heads and food on the table. It wasn’t he was in love with the job and the business. He liked what he did, but he also taught at Henry Ford Community College, which I’m not sure if that’s a university or something now, but it’s Henry Ford Community College. He loved teaching, and I’m like, well, duh. And I remember helping him grade papers, like the multiple choice ones, you know.
Lisa Dixon: I didn’t know that about you. That’s interesting.
Amy Roloff: Oh yeah.
Lisa Dixon: How’s your dad doing today? People are asking, how’s your dad?
Amy Roloff: He just got back a couple of weeks ago. He just got back from doing a road trip to Nebraska for another reenactment.
Lisa Dixon: What?
Amy Roloff: But this time, he did not stay in the little lean-to tent, because it’s got to be all real, made like it was back then. It was windy. It was cold, and he got to stay in the lodge. I said, “Well, Dad, are you like the oldest one there?” He goes, “Yeah. I’m the senior gentleman,” or the senior trapper, or whatever it is.
Lisa Dixon: And he’s 93, right?
Amy Roloff: Yes. He’s 93. So I think he was very appreciative that he could be out the wind and everything. I’m like, well of course. You get yourself a cold, and oh my goodness.
Lisa Dixon: But he’s not fragile. He is the strong guy. He has a really cool gold chain that he wears, and he’s kind of hip. I love Gordon. I love Gordon.
Amy Roloff: There are elements of my dad, I’m like, oh brothers. As soon as the kids get older and out of the house, I’m like, who are you?
Lisa Dixon: I love it. I love it.
Amy Roloff: To me, you can either choose to look at what’s on your side of the white picket fence and just really like… And there’s nothing wrong with striving for something else or goals or more, whatever it is. But when more becomes so much greater than appreciating what you have right here on your side of the fence, I think is what really trips a lot of people up, whether it be their relationships, whether it be with their kids, whether it be with their families and stuff like that, because this is unique to you.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. [inaudible 00:55:39].
Amy Roloff: Just because your kids aren’t doing what someone else is doing, or something like this, what is good for you and your family?
Lisa Dixon: Well, and I think you just kind of nailed it, that even with your family dynamic, you were the one with family intentions and watching the kids, and then Matt had business aspirations, and it just didn’t work.
Amy Roloff: Well, yeah, it just didn’t mesh.
Lisa Dixon: Didn’t mesh with what you were used to.
Amy Roloff: I am just very blessed and just very fortunate that Deb and I… Oh yeah, by the way, hi, Deb. Hi, Deb. Our good friend, Deb, that we put on that whole wine & art event, and one of the guys invited Chris.
Lisa Dixon: How random was that?
Amy Roloff: Listen, you guys, this was not planned.
Lisa Dixon: How-
Amy Roloff: Things in this show, I would have to say 99% is, like we have an idea of what we’re going to do, but things that are said, what happens, whatever we’re doing and stuff like that, it’s just real. Obviously, I’ve said this a million time, it’s edited, but it’s real.
Lisa Dixon: It’s not scripted.
Amy Roloff: No.
Lisa Dixon: And the day Chris, so you met him at the wine & art party, and then you invited him to your pool party.
Amy Roloff: Yep.
Lisa Dixon: And this guy didn’t know, he had like maybe one or two friends there, didn’t know hardly anyone, and he asked you on a motorcycle ride, and all of a sudden Patrick-
Amy Roloff: I know. And I’m like, you don’t even know who I am.
Lisa Dixon: But wait, he had no idea, never had watched the show. And then Patrick, the producer, goes, “Oh, you’re going to take her on a motorcycle ride? Is that something we could maybe film?” And I’m like, you’re scaring the guy off before… I watched that happen. And I’m like, [inaudible 00:57:41], and he goes, “Yep. We could do that.” And I’m like, okay, this guy’s worth sticking around.
Amy Roloff: He is definitely up for a lot of stuff, but you’re right. When I found that out afterwards, I’m like, oh, this could have so gone south.
Lisa Dixon: So [inaudible 00:57:57].
Amy Roloff: So south. Because the older you get, not everyone is a fan of doing this show with me. And that’s why I love my friends, Lisa and Deb. We have our neighbors, we have a couple of friends that all do things occasionally, which I totally get. I totally understand. I’ve been doing this a long time and started from when we did to here and went through the whole gauntlet of reality TV and the phases that reality TV has gone through. And so, yeah, when they did that, I’m like, oh, brothers.
Lisa Dixon: But shout-out to Patrick. He [inaudible 00:58:41].
Amy Roloff: But the one thing I’m really appreciative of Chris is that he and I, we don’t talk about a scene. Like, let’s just say we’re filming tomorrow. We’re going to do a motorcycle ride. Okay, they’ll give us an idea of what they want us to talk about. I’m like, okay, yeah, yeah, yeah. Thank you for your idea. I’ll see what kind of mood I’m in.
Lisa Dixon: But it’s based on what you’re already doing. It’s not the big make-up, here, you need to talk about this. It’s based on what you’re doing. They just have to organize.
Amy Roloff: Well, they have to, because logistics-wise, when you bring a crew and you’re going off campus, meaning away from our house and some, you have to, because logistic, they have to figure that all out. You can’t just show up some place with a film crew. That ain’t happening.
Lisa Dixon: Isn’t it like right now today when I put our little outline together? We’re not scripted, but we do want to stay on track and have some kind of organized-
Amy Roloff: Because Lisa likes to stay on track.
Lisa Dixon: Organized thoughts [inaudible 00:59:39] right, Debbie?
Amy Roloff: I go AWOL.
Lisa Dixon: Organized thoughts.
Amy Roloff: Anyways, so we’re going to go on this motorcycle ride tomorrow. They’ll give us an idea of, hey, we’d like for you to talk about this and this and that. But when I wake up tomorrow morning, I’ll be like, no, I don’t feel like that. We’ll talk about this or that. But I’ll usually wrap it around something around what they want to do, because you also have to understand this is also my job. Meaning, so I try and balance business with personal, because I don’t want to get lost in the business. What my dad has always said when I grew up and as a kid and everything,
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 01:00:21].
Amy Roloff: That’s what keeps me grounded, or I try my best, keeps me grounded and my feet planted. I don’t want to get lost in my job, whether it be reality TV, or if I was a nurse,
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 01:00:34].
Amy Roloff: A secretary, or insurance, or working at retail, whatever it may be,
Lisa Dixon: Insurance?
Amy Roloff: Yeah. You definitely want to kind of like what you do, because you’re going to spend half your life working at what you’re doing. So you should at least like it, and hopefully the people you work with are decent, and maybe possibly you have a friend or two from work. Who knows? So I try and balance personal and business, because-
Lisa Dixon: You have to.
Amy Roloff: In the job that I do, I do it more than anybody else, because it’s about my personal life.
Lisa Dixon: I know. I love it. Well, let’s get to a few more questions.
Amy Roloff: Well, let’s do some shout-outs here, because I know I’ve been rambling on and… All these people.
Lisa Dixon: And [inaudible 01:01:23], if you’re listening, you might want to grab some shout-outs and post them so we can see, because they go by so fast. So if everyone [inaudible 01:01:30] or even a few questions.
Amy Roloff: Well, Brazil… Oh no. We’ve got another season we’re filming, people. Oh, Garden [inaudible 01:01:45], Michigan. My oldest sister used to live there with her kids before they moved to Florida.
Lisa Dixon: Trinidad and Tobago from the Caribbean. Yes. If you see my picture back here, it’s from Jamaica.
Amy Roloff: We got Lake Superior, Thunder Bay. I think it said that.
Lisa Dixon: Nice.
Amy Roloff: Virginia, because Lake Superior, that’s Michigan area.
Lisa Dixon: Very cool. Somebody asked if the scene with Matt and Zach was scripted, and no way was any of that scripted [inaudible 01:02:18].
Amy Roloff: No.
Lisa Dixon: Nothing.
Amy Roloff: I would have to say, Matt may have more of an idea of what he’s doing in a scene, but I would have to say from the majority of the rest of us, we have an idea of what it’s about, but I don’t really know what I’m going to do or how I’m going to feel or what I’m going to say until I’m actually in that. I like to keep it real, both Chris and I, we like to keep it real. And I think I didn’t finish that. We don’t talk about a scene prior to it to say, okay, what do you think about this? Are you going to do this? And me? We just let it happen. And of course that kind of makes me nervous with someone, but Chris has been graciously willing to be a part of what I do for several years now. So I’m very thankful for that.
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 01:03:15] posted as we were talking, too, some shout-outs. I kind of went off and said, “Oh, what did you… ?” But these were some questions that came up. Clinton Township, Michigan, Mary Jo [inaudible 01:03:27]. Let’s see, what else do we have? San Diego, California.
Amy Roloff: We had Clinton Township, Michigan. Clinton Township. Gosh, where is that? My sister lives in Clarkston, but I don’t think it’s near that. Clinton. I know where Clinton is, but anyway.
Lisa Dixon: [inaudible 01:03:45] from Atlanta, Georgia. That’s very cool.
Amy Roloff: We have someone from Mexico. Gracias. Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, Pearl River, Florida. Hudson, Ohio. Woo.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, Pearl River, Louisiana; Rochester, New York.
Lisa Dixon: Here’s, let’s see, Betsy Surina from Tumwater. Oh, Tumwater, Washington.
Amy Roloff: Oh, Dublin, Ireland.
Lisa Dixon: I saw that.
Amy Roloff: Dublin, Ireland. You know what? One of these years if, who knows what social media’s going to be like in five years, because everything changes so darn quick now, I want to do the whole England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland. I want to take a month and go out there.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, my gosh. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Amy Roloff: Oh, I think it’d be huge.
Lisa Dixon: Wouldn’t that be fun?
Amy Roloff: But yeah, we had Mexico. We have Norway. We have Kenya, Africa, Greenfield…
Lisa Dixon: Anchorage.
Amy Roloff: Vermont.
Lisa Dixon: South Africa, [inaudible 01:04:51] Pleasant Garden, North Carol-
Amy Roloff: Hopkins, Michigan. The reason I don’t read your names… You got Roseburg, Oregon; Oxford, Florida, is because it goes by so fast, I can’t. My glasses aren’t as sharp as I thought they were.
Lisa Dixon: Linda Vivaz said, would you both consider doing a talk show? How would that work? Maybe.
Amy Roloff: Oh, I think we would.
Lisa Dixon: It would be fun.
Amy Roloff: You know what? You know the talk show that I really like when they have two people? I loved it when Kathie Lee and Regis. I loved it when it was Hoda.
Lisa Dixon: That’s your favorite.
Amy Roloff: And Kathie Lee Gifford.
Lisa Dixon: You always mentioned Hoda [inaudible 01:05:27].
Amy Roloff: Well, I love it because they’re just…
Lisa Dixon: Themselves.
Amy Roloff: Well, they’re themselves, obviously. They need to have some form of notes and stuff.
Lisa Dixon: Outline. Outline.
Amy Roloff: They just feel natural. They feel real. They feel like they’re in conversation and stuff like that. And they don’t get too heavy on the political. They’ll touch on some things and everything. And now it’s Hoda and Jenna, Jenna Bush. Can’t remember married name, but anyway.
Lisa Dixon: And you know who is doing some reporting for them? Our good friend Jason [inaudible 01:06:10].
Amy Roloff: Yes. Jason Kennedy. Are you sure that’s happening?
Lisa Dixon: Yes. I’ve been watching it. He just did it [inaudible 01:06:17].
Amy Roloff: We know Jason Kennedy. He was gracious enough to help us out on our charity foundation a number of years ago. He was a host of E! News. I think they changed their format or whatever they’re doing, but they just had a baby, which I’m so excited for he and…
Lisa Dixon: Well, it goes way back, because we met him, and he was starting a charity foundation called Generosity Water.
Amy Roloff: Oh yes. Generosity Water.
Lisa Dixon: And we were his first donation. So when we did that personally, you and I gave some money,
Amy Roloff: And you got to go and I couldn’t because I was filming.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. Actually I think I went twice to their event.
Amy Roloff: Because filming… See how filming interrupts my life?
Lisa Dixon: Well, and we were able, I think we actually were able to support six or eight wells, clean water wells, for different countries. So kudos to Jason and his wife and their beautiful new baby. His name is… It begins with an R.
Amy Roloff: Ryder.
Lisa Dixon: Ryder.
Amy Roloff: No, no, no, Ryver.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Ryver with a Y…
Amy Roloff: I think it’s R-Y-V-E-R.
Amy Roloff: Yes. So Jason, if you’re watching, shout-out to you, we love you, and [inaudible 01:07:38].
Amy Roloff: Jason is a good guy, and I love it that he and Justin Bieber are friends, because that’s why as a parent, you hope that your kids will be okay the older they get. I mean, Justin Bieber definitely had his like,
Lisa Dixon: Well, he was young.
Amy Roloff: [inaudible 01:08:02]. Well, he had fame at a very young age. And when you’re young and you’re kind of like on your own, and you have all of this boom, boom, boom. I am so excited to see where he is right now, and I wish-
Lisa Dixon: He’s in a great place.
Amy Roloff: For him and his wife, Hailey, all the best. I hope they’re a couple that will really be able to hang in there in this whole celebrity… They’re the real celebrity, but this whole celebrity and being in the limelight, I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: But he’s in a good spot, because Jason’s an awesome guy.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, Justin Bieber, I think has been able to weather the storms and be able to still be there. Like I said, I just wish him and Hailey all the best.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. That’s [inaudible 01:08:55].
Amy Roloff: Never met the guy. I could be his mother, grandmother, who knows?
Lisa Dixon: Here’s Tita.
Amy Roloff: Good guy.
Lisa Dixon: Tita Roldan. Love you, Amy and Lisa, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ooh, I’d love to go there. Is that near the Amish area, and they have [inaudible 01:09:16]?
Amy Roloff: I think it is. No, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I think it is. Philadelphia obviously is, has a lot of history of our country and everything. Pittsburgh reminds me… You know what Pittsburgh reminds me of? It’s so silly. Billy Joel and Allentown. Allentown. I think that was in Pennsylvania. His song about Allentown and the steel mills, stuff like that. But no, Pennsylvania’s a good, it’s a good state. I love my Midwest.
Lisa Dixon: About if talking about Philadelphia, no, sorry, Pittsburgh, Dan Bertoni. If you’re out there, want to shout-out Dan, we love you. He’s my paison.
Amy Roloff: Besides my Detroit Lions, I always loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. And I think it was because of Terry Bradshaw was the quarterback back in the day. I’m like, oh my gosh. And now that guy is everywhere.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, that’s funny. Somebody said, are we looking at doing any summer fun stuff? We’re looking at trying to maybe go to this vintage trailer park with Deb, you, and I, and maybe having some fun times.
Amy Roloff: There’s this place. I think it’s around Silverton area. It’s called the Vintage Trailers, and think of like the 1950s or the 1960s, and you get to stay in these vintage trailers and stuff like that. And I just thought for Lisa that’s palatable, because it’s glamping, really. It’s glamping.
Lisa Dixon: No tent, okay? No tent. And there’s a bathroom.
Amy Roloff: You know what? I should take you guys on a camping trip. We’ll get some blow-up mattress or something, but we’ll go-
Lisa Dixon: They always deflate.
Amy Roloff: No.
Lisa Dixon: You wake up in the morning and they’re on the ground.
Amy Roloff: No. The one that Chris and I have when I went camping with him, I thought I can do tent camping, because this mattress… a Coleman blow-up mattress. The best. I thought I can do this all the time. It is comfy. It is great.
Lisa Dixon: No thanks. I’ll bring my car and I’ll sleep in the back.
Amy Roloff: You want me to get Lisa and Deb out of their comfort zone? And we’ll go… Oh, we’re going to have to fish for our food. I have never cut a fish. Like you got to chop off the head.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, no. I don’t even want to touch the worm that goes on the hook. How do we even get the fish?
Amy Roloff: Maybe I’ll have some hot dogs just in case. Oh, Patrick. That’s what I’m going to do. Patrick. Patrick’s my executive producer. I’m taking these girls real-life camping.
Lisa Dixon: No. I’ve only been when I was in Campfire Girls, and we stayed in a lodge and-
Amy Roloff: Then you are long overdue.
Lisa Dixon: And then my friend Mary asked me, she went camping up in Washington. And so I brought my SUV and I had a mattress, foam mattress, and we slept in the car because there was so many mosquitoes, it was disgusting. And then my son, I took Nicky with me, and we walked out into this little lake and he got a rusty fish hook in his foot. And I’m like, no, this is not for me. I want to be in the Caribbean where I can float in the turquoise water and have a drink with an umbrella in it.
Amy Roloff: We are doing the hardcore camping. You guys, what do you think? Come on. I’m a Michigan girl at heart. We’re going hardcore camping. Patrick, that’s our [inaudible 01:13:05].
Lisa Dixon: Oh, my god.
Amy Roloff: That is our next activity.
Lisa Dixon: You guys help me. That will not work. How would I even do my hair?
Amy Roloff: Put it in a ponytail. And you know what you do? All you do is make sure you have a garbage bag. You can use wipes to to-to-to, to-to-to, and then…
Lisa Dixon: What is that to-to-to thing? What is that?
Amy Roloff: Usually they’ll have a hand thing, or maybe we’ll go to a place that actually has a toilet.
Lisa Dixon: Yes, please. I can’t go without a toilet.
Amy Roloff: Not an outhouse?
Lisa Dixon: No.
Amy Roloff: Oh, I think you guys got to give me help here. I think that’ll be… We’ll see if that happens.
Lisa Dixon: Someone says no camping for me [inaudible 01:13:50].
Amy Roloff: Okay. It’s after 5:00. So let’s do some more questions.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. You go first.
Amy Roloff: [inaudible 01:13:55] asked what’s your favorite summertime lunch?
Lisa Dixon: So we’re talking about foods and cooking.
Amy Roloff: [inaudible 01:14:02] is at… I’ll either have breakfast and I’ll go right into dinner. Lunch kind of gets lost. Really, my favorite summertime lunches is either a sandwich or using my leftovers and turning it into a wrap, or creating a salad with it, or something of that sort. Because even if you grilled a steak and you’ve got leftover steak, create a salad. Like in the fridge right now, I have leftover shrimp that I cooked last night for Chris and I, and I thought, okay, we have shrimp. Like what can I do? I can make a little rice bowl or a little pasta bowl, or make it a little more healthy, find whatever summer veggies and the fruit, eat all of that, as much as you can. It’s the best time to go visit your farmers markets and everything. You could do slivered zucchini and roast those. And they become like little chips and stuff. And then you could add the shrimp to it with a little bit of arugula, some really fresh tomatoes, and just make your salad dressing light, a vinegarette.
Lisa Dixon: Sounds good. Do you know what time it is?
Amy Roloff: I know. That’s why I said we got to go.
Lisa Dixon: Okay, well I’m going to go ahead and give the summer code.
Amy Roloff: Oh yeah. You give the code and I’ll do the rest of the questions. You give the code.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. All right. So thank you guys for watching us. It’s been over an hour, hour and 15 minutes. We always run over, but Amy seems to have so much to say, and I love hearing what she has to say, except for the camping thing. Not really, but anyway…
Amy Roloff: Yes, we’re going camping. I’m texting my producer after this.
Lisa Dixon: Win candle and three spa soaks that are local from one of our local artisans. Please text, or not text us, but just go ahead now and put in ‘summer,’ that’s the code. And we are going to pick a winner from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and iTunes.
Amy Roloff: So ‘summer’ is the code. Summer.
Lisa Dixon: So just put ‘summer.’
Amy Roloff: Type in ‘summer.’
Lisa Dixon: Type in ‘summer [inaudible 01:16:26].’
Amy Roloff: Someone just said it is 9:45 in the oldest city in North America. I feel really foolish right now, because I’m not sure what the oldest city in America is. My first instinct is to say St. Augustine, Florida, but I think that’s only three. The only other thing I… It can’t be Boston area.
Lisa Dixon: No, that’s three hours.
Amy Roloff: So the oldest city in North America. Oh, they said North America. Well, North America is, are the United States. Can’t be Maine.
Lisa Dixon: Maybe. Maybe they’ve got a different…
Amy Roloff: Somewhere in Maine?
Lisa Dixon: Tell us.
Amy Roloff: St. Augustine, Florida?
Lisa Dixon: 7:15 in Chicago.
Amy Roloff: Yes. No, it can’t be, that’s only two hours.
Lisa Dixon: It’s 8:16 in New York.
Amy Roloff: Oh no. Chicago is. Yeah, you’re right. It is 7-something.
Lisa Dixon: So 8:15 in Florida. Maybe someone’s [inaudible 01:17:31].
Amy Roloff: Well, I’m going to find what the oldest city in North America is. So if someone doesn’t-
Lisa Dixon: Somebody Google it.
Amy Roloff: See, someone else said St. Augustine, Florida.
Lisa Dixon: St. Augustine is Eastern Standard Time.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, so it’s only three hours. Anyway, let’s get going. So how did you manage cooking when your kids were younger and you had busy evenings? Well, I will tell you this. The way I cook right now is definitely not the way I cooked when I was raising kids. I have a lot more time to do a lot more homemade, like my tomato sauce.
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Amy Roloff: … a lot more homemade, like my tomato sauce, making bread, and salads, and fresh veggies, and all of that stuff. I use a lot of frozen veggies and stuff like that because frozen is really better than canned, because frozen is [crosstalk 01:18:18] a really quick cook, but you still have to cook it. Pasta was great.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: For lunches and stuff, we used hot dogs. I made macaroni and cheese a lot. Spaghetti was huge, no wonder Zach likes that.
Lisa Dixon: I know. That’s his favorite from you.
Amy Roloff: What?
Lisa Dixon: That’s his favorite dish from you, right?
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: Except for the enchiladas.
Amy Roloff: Enchiladas was Jeremy.
Lisa Dixon: Oh!
Amy Roloff: Jacob was usually biscuits and gravy, but there was something else he liked that I made for him for his birthday. Oh my gosh. I can’t remember what it is now. And Molly, what was Molly’s? I don’t know what Molly’s was. Fried rice? Oh my gosh. I better find that out.
Lisa Dixon: You know what? You’ll have to find that out.
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: That’s-
Amy Roloff: I already have Father’s Day gifts for my boys picked out.
Lisa Dixon: Oh!
Amy Roloff: Yeah. Marisa asked, “When did you first get into cooking and what inspired you?” Well, I wrote a lot of this in my book, A Little Me, which we have on sale over there at Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen.
Amy Roloff: I probably started cooking for the family when I was about 14 years old, but I got involved… When I was a little girl, I had this, back in the day, it was a metal kitchen set where now it’s play school, Fisher price or whatever.
Lisa Dixon: Right.
Amy Roloff: This [inaudible 01:19:46] metal. I loved that little kitchen set. Absolutely love it. I would pretend that I had all my stuffed animal friends coming over for dinner, and my baby dolls, or… And sometimes when we couldn’t afford it or I didn’t get a lot of the play food, I would cut out paper and make little eggs, and toast, and all this stuff…
Lisa Dixon: Oh.
Amy Roloff: And pretend that I was cooking. I don’t know. I’ve always had a thing for that. And I look through Seventeen magazine, and trial and error and made this food. And of course, my dad, he would be like, “Unless it’s green or crawling, I’m eating it.”
Lisa Dixon: Aw!
Amy Roloff: Some of the stuff that I made, I’m like, “Oh my gosh!”
Lisa Dixon: But he [crosstalk 01:20:33].
Amy Roloff: But anyway.
Lisa Dixon: That’s awesome.
Amy Roloff: I started cooking for the family then. But also, when you’re a teenager, you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen making food for the family. You want to go out and hang out with your friends or an activity or something. So, back in my day, there was Minute Rice available. There was Tuna Helper, there was Hamburger Helper. Excuse me.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, get a little sip of water.
Amy Roloff: So, I did a lot of that. So, I didn’t do a lot of homemade cooking like I do now, like making my own crust, and pies, and desserts, and vegetable dishes and stuff. But that evolved over time, and when you have time. I still love cooking. I love it to this day, and I hope when I die, I will be wearing an apron.
Lisa Dixon: You know what? I’m going to make a note of that. I might go before you, but you should put that in your will.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, will. “When I die, make sure I’m wearing an apron.”
Lisa Dixon: You know what? You should tell your kids that, because I told my son, Brandon, my oldest, he’s going to be 38. I said, “You’re going to be wheeling me up to the hair salon, and I’m going to be getting my hair done. And you’re going to be taking me, because I am not having gray.” I love gray hair, I’m not saying it’s bad. But for me, I like what I have, and I’m going to try to keep it for as long as I…
Amy Roloff: I just want to say, people. I think I am so right when I say, she’s my glam friend. She is my glam friend.
Lisa Dixon: I’m Italian, I can’t help it. It’s just part of my blood.
Amy Roloff: Sierra asked… Oh, she asked two questions. Oh, this one was, “What is your favorite summertime meals?” Interesting. I would have to say one thing that I’m going to try and do is do barbecue. Chris does a lot of our barbecue, but I may try and do some barbecue because I really want to learn a lot more about marinating meat before you barbecue. I don’t have a smoker, like a Traeger or all those other brands out there.
Lisa Dixon: You need to get a Traeger. You would love them.
Amy Roloff: Well, there’s other brands too, but I don’t have a Traeger. But my one friend Deb though, you know our friend Deb? She has a regular grill and what she does, she has this little tray, little bowl or whatever. And she puts the smoke chips in there, and then she cooks whatever she’s cooking. It may not be as intense, but some of those flavors get into that. Anyway, I want to do some more grilling, but with grilling you have to be there, and that’s probably why I don’t do a lot of it because I’m busy making all the other side dishes and stuff like that.
Lisa Dixon: Well, with the smoker, you just turn it to the degrees you want and-
Amy Roloff: And let it cook for three hours.
Lisa Dixon: It’s like an oven. It’s like putting it in the oven, but it’s got… When you take it out, it has a pink smoke ring around the outside of the meat, and oh my God. Yeah.
Amy Roloff: So, for summertime meals, I like to make them light. I don’t like them to be too heavy. So, I generally don’t do soups or heavy stuff. Well, of course a brisket because pulled pork sandwiches are just the best. But I want to try either boneless ribs, like St. Louis barbecue ribs or something, but anyway. Okay. Emmy, I think this is right, Emmy asked, “Lisa, what is your favorite meal Amy has made? Split pea and ham soup?”
Lisa Dixon: That is my favorite that you’ve made.
Amy Roloff: Oh, it is not. Is it?
Lisa Dixon: Oh my God. It is so good.
Amy Roloff: You like split pea ham soup?
Lisa Dixon: It’s hearty. Yes! I wrote that on the sheet because that is. I love that. Oh my gosh.
Amy Roloff: Because most people don’t. Chris doesn’t like it, all my kids and…
Lisa Dixon: I love it. I love it.
Amy Roloff: I love it too. It’s always been my favorite.
Lisa Dixon: It’s so warm. It’s been your favorite too?
Amy Roloff: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yep.
Lisa Dixon: Only homemade. I would not buy it in a can, I don’t do soup like that. No, that’s my favorite that you’ve made. I just love it.
Amy Roloff: Wow.
Lisa Dixon: So hearty, warm.
Amy Roloff: I might have to do that in November then.
Lisa Dixon: Well, let’s do it. Let’s do it. Okay, we’re going to take a quick break and…
Amy Roloff: A quick break?
Lisa Dixon: No, break and talk about who won. We’re going to start announcing the winners.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, we should because people probably have to get on with their evening instead of listening to us.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. I think we’re still waiting for one winner from Twitter. If anyone’s listening on Twitter, put in the summer… Comment in the summer so we can-
Amy Roloff: You know, that’s one thing I forget to mention. I probably should have done a little post and just mentioned on Twitter that we were doing a live today.
Lisa Dixon: Oh my gosh. Well, hopefully our marketing team’s done some of that too, but-
Amy Roloff: Well, the thing that I would… I mean, I could talk about a whole ton of stuff, but if you guys have anything, we’re only doing this once a month. June, we’re not able to do, because I am gone most of the month on this motorcycle ride. Lisa’s gone for a little bit, so I think our next live is June 11th and I’m anticipating… Or no, July 11th. And I’m anticipating that’ll be the week before the last episode. So, I’d love to get your guys’ thought…
Lisa Dixon: Oh my God, this might be a two hour.
Amy Roloff: On how the whole season of Little People, Big World Season 23 has been going if you’re watching.
Lisa Dixon: This might be a two hour live if we have to talk about all those.
Amy Roloff: Well, I just… So, if you guys have any questions around those episodes or a topic that you would like Chris, Chris, if you would like Lisa and I to talk on. If Chris was there, I was going to say, “Can you say hi?” If you-
Lisa Dixon: Christine Fisher.
Amy Roloff: What?
Lisa Dixon: Wanted to say, Christine Fisher said she’s recovering from surgery, and this live is really lifting my spirit. Christine, get better soon.
Amy Roloff: I hope your healing and recovery continues to go well. Sometimes it doesn’t go as quick as we had hoped, so I just hope it’s… Just think about the hare and the turtle, you know the bunny rabbit and the turtle? Steady as you go, you will get to where you need to be in your healing. Or The Little Blue Engine That Could. I tell you, those are my two motivating [crosstalk 01:27:37].
Lisa Dixon: Oh, yes.
Amy Roloff: Slower isn’t always a bad thing.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: Hang in there. I hope your recovery goes well.
Lisa Dixon: Well, while we’re getting the winners, will be posted here in a few minutes when [Naveed’s 01:27:51] got those ready to go.
Amy Roloff: Posted? Aren’t you going to say them?
Lisa Dixon: I’m going to because he’s going to post them so I can say them.
Amy Roloff: Oh, okay. Got it. Got it. Got it.
Lisa Dixon: We have an independent person who is pulling these.
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah. We don’t do it. No.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. Naveed’s going to start posting here and we will-
Amy Roloff: Well, let’s do some questions though.
Lisa Dixon: Facebook-
Amy Roloff: Debbie asked…
Lisa Dixon: Facebook is Jean Twis. Jean Twiss. T-W-I-S… Sorry, Amy. I didn’t mean to cut you off.
Amy Roloff: No, no. Go ahead.
Lisa Dixon: [crosstalk 01:28:22] On there. So, congratulations on Facebook.
Amy Roloff: So, let me repeat that. On Facebook, it is Jean Twiss. The very most important thing for you to do is to email arlittlekitchen…
Lisa Dixon: @Gmail.com.
Amy Roloff: There you go.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. So, Alicia Gonzales, congratulations from YouTube.
Amy Roloff: So, YouTube, Alicia Gonzales, right?
Lisa Dixon: Okay, and on Twitter, writing these down, is Sandra Watts.
Amy Roloff: So, on Twitter, it’s Sandra Watts.
Lisa Dixon: All right. And we’re going to post where you need to email me after this. And then Instagram-
Amy Roloff: What about IG?
Lisa Dixon: Right there. Who is that?
Amy Roloff: I don’t know. I can’t see it.
Lisa Dixon: You can’t? Diann Hoerger.
Amy Roloff: The chat is on.
Lisa Dixon: Oh. Diann Hoerger, H-O-E-R-G-E-R, is Instagram.
Amy Roloff: Okay.
Lisa Dixon: We’ve got Facebook, Jean Twiss. YouTube, Alicia Gonzales. Twitter, Sandra Watts, and Instagram… One more… Instagram, I didn’t get it written down yet.
Amy Roloff: Did you get them?
Lisa Dixon: Diann Hoerger. Yes. All right. Now, we are going to post where you need to email me and you will see at email@example.com. That’s-
Amy Roloff: You mean this AR Little Kitchen that I’m seeing right now, everyone else can see?
Lisa Dixon: Yes! We’re getting better. Amy, we are getting technically… We are moving on up. We’re moving on up.
Amy Roloff: I’m sorry. I thought that was just something that I could see, that’s why I repeated it.
Lisa Dixon: I’ll tell you, we are technically challenged, but we make it work. And thank you to Naveed, who helps us from Coresand Media. He’s the one that has helped us out. But before we go, I just wanted to say, check out Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen and subscribe because we are offering anyone who’s a subscriber to cook with Amy. Once you just subscribe in our Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen, if you go in there and subscribe to our newsletter, we are offering you to have a cooking lesson with Amy at our-
Amy Roloff: Well, no, no. Let’s not say a cooking lesson. Let’s cook together. You’re cooking with Amy.
Lisa Dixon: Let’s cook together. So, February 23rd, we have one. It’s already booked, but-
Amy Roloff: February?
Lisa Dixon: Did I say February?
Amy Roloff: Yes.
Lisa Dixon: Sorry!
Amy Roloff: May.
Lisa Dixon: May 23rd. We’re already booked.
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: But the next month, once we get things together, we’re going to figure out when the next one is, and we’re going to reach out to those people who’ve subscribed. If you subscribe, once you see an announcement and you want cook with Amy… I’ll be there too. I’m kind of the sous chef. Like she said, you need a sous chef.
Amy Roloff: Well, you do. It takes a team.
Lisa Dixon: I know, I know. So, anyway, make sure you apply if you want to do it. It’ll be fun. We do these about once a month and we love it. So, subscribe. And then let’s see, what’s the next one? Oh, we have spring fudge on sale this week, 10% off. And the coupon code is LPBW10. And I don’t know if Naveed’s listening, if he could put the coupon code up.
Amy Roloff: LPBW. Little People, Big World. LPBW10.
Lisa Dixon: 10. So, that’s for our spring fudge.
Amy Roloff: If you want to get that spring fudge, it’s really good. You got cookies and cream. We’ve got, I think, butter pecan. We have…
Lisa Dixon: Lemon.
Amy Roloff: I know lemon, and then what’s the chocolate one? Chocolate…
Lisa Dixon: Chocolate walnut I think.
Amy Roloff: Chocolate walnut?
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: Okay.
Lisa Dixon: So, if you want to get it, we’re getting low. Oh, there we go. See, look, Amy. It’s on the screen!
Amy Roloff: And the other thing is when summer fudge comes out, it will remind you of an old fashioned summer.
Lisa Dixon: Yes, yes.
Amy Roloff: We kind of like to shake it up for you.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: But if you guys have any recipes or any ideas that you’d like me to cook, let me know.
Lisa Dixon: Did you receive any face masks in the mail yet?
Amy Roloff: I didn’t check my mail today.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, okay. So, in June, first part of June, because we’re not going to be here. Amy’s going to be on a big motorcycle ride to Canada, right?
Amy Roloff: Well, what we’re doing is we’re going through Oregon, Washington, through British Columbia, Canada. And hitting into, just basically tipping our toe into Alaska, because I tell you, it’d be a whole month’s trip. I think when we get Sitka, I think it’s Sitka, then Chris and I will travel back.
Lisa Dixon: Okay, cool. Cool. So, June, we’re kind of out. I’m in Cabo. She’s in Alaska. I’d rather go to Cabo, I think you’re going to freeze your behind off on that motorcycle.
Amy Roloff: But who’s going to have the better adventure?
Lisa Dixon: But it’s going to be cold! Cold. So, anyway, check back in June for summer flavors of fudge, summer earrings. And Amy’s earrings that she’s wearing today, those are her favorite, daisies.
Amy Roloff: These are my favorite. See, these [crosstalk 01:34:08].
Lisa Dixon: Those are out now.
Amy Roloff: Daisies!
Lisa Dixon: Lightweight hoodies, military pattern face masks-
Amy Roloff: Now, what you have to understand about the military patterns, I think it’s about the 4th of July and stuff, right?
Lisa Dixon: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Memorial Day up through…
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: So, they’re just acknowledging military theme I would call it.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: Like the 4th of July. It’s not like it’s going to be Army, Navy, you know that stuff.
Lisa Dixon: Marines, there’s one that says Marine.
Amy Roloff: Oh really?
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. We’ll post those. Just look for them.
Amy Roloff: You know who’s in the kitchen, she’s the cook on this one.
Lisa Dixon: Anyway, a part of it will be donated. If you purchase masks, part of it will be donated back to a great charity and we’ll post all of that for you.
Amy Roloff: A charity that benefits veterans.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. We’ll post that once they’re ready. You can reach us or look at all of our stuff at amyroloffslittlekitchen.com.
Amy Roloff: Okay. You know what? We’re way past the time, and I’m sure people have left the scene. They have left the building.
Lisa Dixon: They let the building. Some people, some people-
Amy Roloff: One of the reason that we’re not going to do a live in June is because obviously Chris and I, in the next two weeks, we’re getting ready for our motorcycle ride. Making sure we got everything, the bike’s all fixed up and ready to go, and hopefully, [crosstalk 01:35:31] repair a flat tire or… I don’t know. I’m just kidding.
Lisa Dixon: You’re going to food blog while you’re there, right?
Amy Roloff: I’m also going to bring bear repellent. Someone told us to bring bear repellent.
Lisa Dixon: Repellent.
Amy Roloff: And make sure… But you know what guys? I hope I capture the fact that I want to see a bear and I want to see a moose. That is very important to me, because-
Lisa Dixon: As long as the bear isn’t chasing you.
Amy Roloff: Any of you who ride motorcycles or on the back of someone who rode motorcycles, the scenery flies by. It’s not like you take all these pit stops and walk around and all this other stuff. So, Chris has got to pay attention. I’m like, “Oh yeah. Look at that. Oh, look at that,” because I’m the passenger.
Lisa Dixon: How many miles are you going to travel? Do you know?
Amy Roloff: Oh, I have no idea.
Lisa Dixon: Wow.
Amy Roloff: I’ll have to ask him, but I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. You’re going to have to do some stretches and some yoga when you get off that bike every day.
Amy Roloff: I’m sure you guys follow my other kids. If you don’t, follow them. Jacob and Isabel, or Zach and Tori, and Jeremy and Aud. You’ll definitely get updates on my kids a lot more than what I will do, but they’re all doing wonderful. They’re all doing great. Josiah is… I think Zach called me today. He’s making his voice known. So, for us new moms, maybe waking up in the middle of night, maybe verbalizing a lot more, maybe crying. But who cares? He’s an adorable boy.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: Adorable boy.
Lisa Dixon: I’m just kidding.
Amy Roloff: And Jackson and Lilah adore him. Lilah’s always checking up on him from what I can… Talking to them and stuff like that. I’m just so happy that all my kids… And Molly and Joel, they’re doing great too. They’re working. They’re just enjoying both of them together, and they’re taking a big trip I think in September or something like that. I’m just very happy for them too.
Lisa Dixon: Christine Fisher said her sister was in a… Oh, it went by too fast. Some kind of a motorcycle group and they drove, so that’s cool. There’s a lot of groups, motorcycle groups out there.
Amy Roloff: Oh no. No, it’s huge. It is a whole new community. The one thing I wear on my motorcycle, in fact, I might get some reflectors for my helmet because I want to make sure people see me. Okay? That’s all I want to do. Because half the accidents of motorcycles, because other people don’t see the motorcycle. So, I’m either going to buy a new scarf or where the one I had, which came from Alaska last time. I wear this bright blue scarf that I got from Alaska several years ago from a cruise. So, it’s flying behind me because I want people to see us!
Lisa Dixon: I loved in this premier, you wore your motorcycle jacket that said just married. That was awesome.
Amy Roloff: Because you gave it, yeah.
Lisa Dixon: I gave that to you. I said, “Oh, I love that!”
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: You had to have that. You had to have that.
Amy Roloff: Well, you guys, this has been long enough. We’re on almost two hours. Unbelievable.
Lisa Dixon: Wow!
Amy Roloff: I just really want to say thank you guys so much for just watching Little People, Big World. Continue to watch. It says so much and it’s just a story about a family. Those of you that have been watching for a long, long time, from the very beginning, coming to this point in the family life and then seeing what happens way after this season, it’s going to be very interesting as well.
Amy Roloff: I just appreciate you watching and I would very much appreciate your feedback because I’m just interested. You get to see what you see, what television airs, and it just gives me a perspective of from what I know behind the scenes or personal life. Because as we mentioned multiple times before, we’ll be filming three hours, but you guys only see three minutes of it. It gives me a perspective of what someone sees in those three minutes. What do they think? What do you all think? Stuff like that. Thank you for that.
Lisa Dixon: Thank you, and we love you as a community. I mean, these are our friends, you are our friends. We love this. And just coming into your homes, you come into Amy’s home, my home, work together, and just talk about what’s going on in life. So, love it.
Amy Roloff: Well, I think the other thing too is just let me know your thoughts, good or bad.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: I’m not here just to get patted on the back. No one is perfect, but all I can say is…
Lisa Dixon: We received a lot of comments today. We’re going to have to go back through this and look.
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah. But all I can say is that I do my best, but I like to think that I do my best for my family, my kids, and eventually me.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. [Christy Champagne 01:41:03] said, “Women supporting women.” I love that, but there are a lot of guys on here too, and we love you too.
Amy Roloff: Well, no, I agree. I think when you see women supporting women, I think that’s very important because we often are most critical about ourselves. And I think that has a tendency for us to be so critical against other women, or with other women or whatever it may be. We have to stop being so critical with ourselves.
Lisa Dixon: Right.
Amy Roloff: And really look deep and down, and…
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: It’s like, did you mean well? Where was your heart? Where was your mindset? I mean, I have certain thoughts about this season and everything, and part of me is feels guilty because it’s like, “Wait a minute. You shouldn’t think like that, Amy.” Regardless, it’s not good.
Lisa Dixon: Well, it’s a tough season. It’s going to be a tough, tough…
Amy Roloff: It is.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. You guys are going to want to watch every-
Amy Roloff: And for me to sit here and smile, and I think it has lot to do with… I don’t know where this guy is, but he’s somewhere here.
Lisa Dixon: Well, you’re mama bear and you protect your kids.
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: And yeah.
Amy Roloff: Well, I like to get all sides to it. And yeah, I’m mama bear and I will do what I think is a good thing and the right thing to do for my kids.
Lisa Dixon: All right, sister. We’ve got to go.
Amy Roloff: We do, we do. Thank you guys so much. You know what? Have a safe summer or getting into the summer. Be mindful of other people. Let’s all be a little more patient. I mean, especially in the states here, I don’t know about other countries, we’re still going through COVID. We’re needing workers, or there’s not enough workers, and we have to wait a little bit longer. Then we’re facing inflation. There’s a lot of things. But I’ll tell you, just look inside your home, go through a photo album. Or just look in your backyard, or just look at your kids and just say hey. You know what? You’ve got a lot to be thankful for as well.
Lisa Dixon: Yep. Yep. And remember to be kind, think kind, and stay kind.
Amy Roloff: And I hope you guys all join us in July sometime. So, thank you. Love your feedback. Keep them coming!
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