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Join the Amy Roloff and Lisa Dixon as they discuss all things Summer, Little People Big World, and more. They’ll be answering as many fan questions as possible, so submit your questions on Facebook or Instagram.
Amy Roloff: Lisa on. Let’s see if I can do this. Okay.
Lisa Dixon: Hey, everybody. Amy’s just getting us connected on Instagram, so thanks for your patience.
Amy Roloff: I don’t see you. I don’t see your request.
Lisa Dixon: Invite me. You have to invite me.
Amy Roloff: Oh. Oh brothers. Oh, here we go. Invite. There we go. Hey. Hi. I’m Amy. Amy Roloff.
Lisa Dixon: Woo hoo.
Amy Roloff: Instagram. I’m cooling. I’m tapping into Facebook and YouTube and Twitter. So I’m Amy, Amy Roloff. Thank you guys for joining me along with Lisa.
Lisa Dixon: Hey.
Amy Roloff: We’re just two friends that, I guess, just like to catch up on life and family and the show and food. What else is there to talk about? I know. Don’t answer that.
Lisa Dixon: Plenty. Plenty.
Amy Roloff: I was going to say there is plenty, but we don’t need to go into that other field. We already have our game going on here.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: And that’s politics. I think we’ve had enough of it in our daily life, however you receive your info. Anyway …
Lisa Dixon: I got cut off of Instagram. I think you have to invite me again.
Amy Roloff: Okay. It’s always something.
Lisa Dixon: It’s always something.
Amy Roloff: Oh, I need to …
Lisa Dixon: Oh.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Are you on?
Lisa Dixon: I am now, but I don’t see you.
Amy Roloff: Well, do you see me now?
Lisa Dixon: Not on Instagram. The wheel is spinning. You guys, we were 30 minutes early.
Amy Roloff: Instagram, can you tell me? Can you guys hear me? Can you see me? That would be a good piece of information.
Lisa Dixon: That is funny. Okay. Someone says, “Hi, Lisa. Can you see Amy on Instagram?” Can you guys … Oh, I don’t know. Okay. My wheel is just spinning. I can’t see you, but let’s just keep going.
Amy Roloff: If you guys don’t understand right now, I’m on the West side. She is on the East side. Let’s just say Lisa needs to move to the West side. I’m just saying.
Lisa Dixon: Can you invite me one more time, please?
Amy Roloff: Okay.
Lisa Dixon: It keeps saying thank you for joining and it disconnects me.
Amy Roloff: I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: Can you invite me one more time? I think we need this to start earlier or something. I don’t know. Okay.
Amy Roloff: Well, I don’t understand.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. For some reason, it’s not letting me connect.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Well, let’s just keep going because I think I’m on mine.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: So anyway, Instagram, you’re just going to hear me so I will try and include you in on life.
Lisa Dixon: For right now.
Amy Roloff: But anyway, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, thank you for being on.
Lisa Dixon: Yay.
Amy Roloff: Let’s see. I don’t know. Hello. Hello, everywhere. Hello.
Lisa Dixon: Let’s see. We’ve got lots of people.
Amy Roloff: We’ve got England. We have Colorado. And …
Lisa Dixon: Here we go.
Amy Roloff: Let’s see, Texas. Texas, you guys are going through a lot. And we got Mexico, Costa Rica, West Virginia, Ohio, New Orleans.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. I mean, how’s everybody doing? Y’all going through the heat wave? We don’t have it yet, but we’re supposed to get it next week. Right? The heat wave?
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah. No. No, we are. I’m wondering why I hear you as an echo.
Lisa Dixon: I turned …
Amy Roloff: But we got San Diego. We got Boston. Oh, Michigan here. Oh, Lena, Michigan. Love it.
Lisa Dixon: Ooh.
Amy Roloff: Florida. You know what I would love to do?
Lisa Dixon: What?
Amy Roloff: I would like to do a travel podcast and just park it in some of these small towns and just have a little podcast and just describe the things we did or saw and just talk to those people, then go to the next town because look at this. Oh, Dallas, Oregon, Florida.
Lisa Dixon: Oh.
Amy Roloff: Aniston, Louisiana, Colorado. We got Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois. We got Vancouver, Canada.
Lisa Dixon: Grand Rapids.
Amy Roloff: Pennsylvania.
Lisa Dixon: Oh. I want to shout out to my niece.
Amy Roloff: Salem, Oregon. Oh my God. Hello.
Lisa Dixon: Hey, I see my niece Anna on from California. Yay. Good to see you.
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah. Who else was I supposed to say hi to? Ellen, if you’re on here, hello, hello, Ellen, my friend in Michigan. Let’s see. Who else? Who else could be on here? Well, you all are on here.
Lisa Dixon: Rose and Steve, Ontario, Canada. Welcome. Oh, I saw Morocco on your Instagram. Wow.
Amy Roloff: Long Island, New York. Niagara Falls, Canada. That’s awesome. Australia.
Lisa Dixon: Tucson, Arizona.
Amy Roloff: Wow. Well, let’s get going. We’ve got to say we got some special shout outs. We do some special shout outs. I appreciate you all being fans, but we just randomly pick some other names that are just special fans of Little People, Big World, so I really, really appreciate that. Appreciate you all watching the show and as we’ve come to an end to season 23 … Now, think about that, people. Season 23.
Lisa Dixon: Wow.
Amy Roloff: Can you believe it?
Lisa Dixon: Season 23? Wow.
Amy Roloff: Back in the day, I was thinking if we’d get past season one or two.
Lisa Dixon: You wanted to get through it.
Amy Roloff: Well, probably at the time, because when has there not been something going on in my family and in our life?
Lisa Dixon: It never stops. It never stops.
Amy Roloff: But the thing is that was family. That was life that was living on the farm. That was us being married. That was us, I guess, what do you say, falling apart, but starting over, seeing my kids becoming who they are now. Basically y’all have seen a generation.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, for sure. The second generation’s already here. Yeah. Well let’s do a few more shout outs and then we’ll be done. I wanted to say special shout out to Bunny Bronson. Hi, Bunny. We saw her a few months ago. She did a whole train ride across the United States.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. Hi, Bunny. I think we said hi to her the last time, but I’m so glad you’re on again, so thank you, Bunny.
Lisa Dixon: I just saw her pop in. Yeah. And then we have Carrie Clark from Fargo, North Dakota.
Amy Roloff: Wesley Simpson from New York.
Lisa Dixon: Lori Bennett from Boston, Massachusetts.
Amy Roloff: And Marjorie Mince from Seattle, Washington.
Lisa Dixon: Hey, welcome.
Amy Roloff: So look at this. We got Boston. We have New York. We have North Dakota. We have Seattle. Man, we’re all over the country.
Lisa Dixon: I love it. I love it.
Amy Roloff: I need to get a map and put one of those push pins in it.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. Didn’t you have that?
Amy Roloff: A world map. Well, we had it at the farm.
Lisa Dixon: Yes, I saw that.
Amy Roloff: But it was really interesting sometimes, over the years during Pumpkin Season, to see where did everyone come from, especially those that flew in or even when they drove, so it was really interesting to see where people came from. And I’ll tell you, we were just amazed. I was dumbfounded.
Lisa Dixon: That was a cool map.
Amy Roloff: That people came from all over, really.
Lisa Dixon: Do you still have that map? Is it in the barn?
Amy Roloff: Well, it had push pins in it. We might have taken a picture of it or something.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. I’d love to see the picture.
Amy Roloff: But we do have a map, but to me, it just reminded me how appreciative and to stay humble as we did the show over the years. It helped me not to, or I did my best, to try and not get my feet off the ground and think I’m something else than just trying to be me.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Terry P. said she’s watched the show since the beginning. Very cool.
Amy Roloff: Oh, wow.
Lisa Dixon: I’m sure a lot of people have. Well, we have a lot of great info to cover today. We will have a recap of the season finale. Hope everybody’s watched it. Right, Amy?
Amy Roloff: Yeah. What did y’all think about that season finale?
Lisa Dixon: And then we’re going to have our giveaway, like we do every time at the end of the show, so wait for the code word. We’re not going to say it right now. We’ll wait till the end of the show, but we’ll do an Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube winner, so we’ll have four winners. And we’ll have a spa pack with the three soaks and the vanilla scented candle, so hang on for that.
Amy Roloff: Look at Lisa. She would be great on QVC.
Lisa Dixon: Let’s get started. I’m Vanna. I’m Vanna. It’s an A, the letter A.
Amy Roloff: Oh, that’s funny.
Lisa Dixon: So yeah, I hope everybody’s watched. And if you haven’t, it might be a spoil alert, but you should watch.
Amy Roloff: No, I think it’s summertime. I think in the heat of the day, it’s nice to stay in your AC and pick your favorite show and if Little People, Big World is one of them, like I said, I’m very appreciative. It’s like watching distant family relatives, family that most of the time you may have never meet, but here we are. Yeah, let’s get started on that, because that’s probably the big question of the day, the last episode of season 23. Now, let me just tell you this. We are currently filming and I’m assuming we’re filming for more episodes, but that is not my choice. I don’t know what the network will decide to do later on, but I’m assuming that at some point you guys will see what we’ve been filming, so I’m very appreciative that we are still filming for another season and you guys will just have to wait and see, just like me.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Yeah.
Amy Roloff: I just do my thing and we wait and see.
Lisa Dixon: The season finale was pretty informal and emotional, but it really brought everything full circle, I think, for the season. It just set up and you can talk about a little bit of the buyout from the farm, what you assumed, and lead into that.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. I think there was a lot going on here. Boy, man, where do I start? There was a lot going on in this last episode. And even though I watch my episode, I don’t intently focus on it. I’ve said this over and over before. When you film it and then three months, four months later, you see a rough cut out of it, which is pretty much done. It’s not like we can re-edit this whole episode because the amount of time and money it took to get to where it’s at is huge, tremendous. The editing people, oh my goodness. Anyway. And so to see it then and then to see it again, sometimes it’s like, “Can I ever get away from my past?” because it still keeps coming up in that six months, eight months, or that year.
Lisa Dixon: How about two years? When was your divorce final?
Amy Roloff: Well, we’ve been doing this for 23 season. We were separated in late 2013, early ’14. I was served divorce papers in early ’15. Our divorce became final early first quarter of 2016. Then I looked for a house in 2019 and 2019 was a crazy, crazy year for me because all of it led into … I’m not going to say I felt like it would be best for me to move away from the farm, just with the thoughts and the feelings that I seem to have had from the kids and definitely from Matt, and let them negotiate all of that. 2019 was looking for a house almost three quarters of the year, which it was tough looking for a house. Moving from the house into a neighborhood, it was tough. And then miraculously, Chris proposed to me. And then after he proposed to me, a week later, my mom passed away, and so there was just so much going on in my world. But to recap this last episode, the biggest question that I-
Lisa Dixon: Well, can we stop for one second? Hold on one second because you negotiated selling your part of the farm.
Amy Roloff: I was going to get into that.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, okay. Sorry. I was … Go for it. Sorry.
Amy Roloff: No. You know what? That’s what my producers say, but you know what? I can’t answer a question about my personal life in five words or less.
Lisa Dixon: You just keep going. I’ll just sip my sangria, my summer sangria while you’re talking.
Amy Roloff: Well, I’ve got my wedding drink here going on because we will be celebrating one year being married here soon.
Lisa Dixon: Yes.
Amy Roloff: Before I started looking for a house, Matt and I negotiated. And one of the biggest questions that I get is, why didn’t I buy the farm? Frankly, I’m in a spot, would have, should have, could have, but I can’t do that. I can’t go there. I can’t have that part of my thinking. It’s not worth it. It’s one of those things and I would not recommend. You can look back and hopefully moving forward, you may look at things differently and ask questions or gain that type of information and hopefully make better choices or decisions, but I can’t go back.
Amy Roloff: But because this last episode aired, yes. Would have, should have, could have definitely came in. Matt bought me out of half the value of the property based on a two-year appraisal value, so meaning it was two years old, because it took us time to negotiate and all this other stuff. And then because of general conversations that we had, I accepted that based on the fact that I thought, “Well, because we’re based on a two year, okay, you take that, Matt. Plus you’ll add some on there, rightfully so.” The property has definitely increased in value. I was imagining a certain amount. Definitely not what is on the market right now because my kids couldn’t afford that.
Amy Roloff: Anyway, that was my assumption so I accepted his buyout on one part on the property that he lives on because we both owned it. I took that money to buy the house that I’m in right now. Then when I sold the farm, well, basically when I sold the farmhouse is what I’m talking about a two year old proposal. Sorry, I’m all over the page. And so I thought the kids would have an opportunity, much more reasonable opportunity if they could or wanted to negotiate. And unfortunately, I wasn’t part of the negotiation conversations. I don’t know what was said or what was dealt or any of that and I’m sad that over the years that my kids have subtly been … That’s been the tone of raising our family on the farm, that one day someone else, one of them will probably end up buying it. We didn’t care who it was. It’s just someone will but it.
Lisa Dixon: Right. And they were told that over and over again in different scenarios. Someday this will be yours, someday this will be yours.
Amy Roloff: And so when both of them stepped up at different moments, I won’t get into the details of who stepped up first and how that crumbled between the two brothers, but anyway, so it is what it is. It’s on the market and unfortunately, I let fear and the amount of money that was even just half the value for me was a lot, but it would’ve taken everything that I had to buy Matt out. And I would guess I was too afraid to say, “Well, how can I recoup that? What would I do?” So anyway, would have, should have, could have, regrets, maybe.
Lisa Dixon: I think a part maybe you left out that could have made the kids upset is that he also reduced the size of the property.
Amy Roloff: That’s true. Okay. You’re right. I did.
Lisa Dixon: And that was set.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, because I was bought out on all 33 acres. Now he’s selling it for half the acreage, the original side of that property, the north side of the property. That, to me, is a big difference.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. And I think one of his comments was the kids felt entitled and that he didn’t think they could take care of it, so he said he would end up taking care of it but-
Amy Roloff: I think a lot of times, parents think, especially when they own a business or when they own a farm or something like that, never think the kid is going to do it like they’ve done it. My thinking is they shouldn’t be doing it like you do it because they will never meet up with those standards or with those parameters or any of that. No kid is going to do it like their parents do. You need to allow them to be able to do it that works for them, that helps them be successful, that helps them accomplish whatever they want to accomplish. So if one of the kids bought the farm, I think either one of them would’ve done a great job.
Lisa Dixon: Absolutely.
Amy Roloff: Would they have done it like Matt? Absolutely not, because Matt’s got a different style, a different personality, so does Jeremy and so does Zach. But even if it all grew up in weeds or something like that-
Lisa Dixon: It’s their property. They can do what they want.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Yeah. It’s their property. It would be hard for Matt to see that happen. But under no circumstances, from my opinion, would he ever have to go over there and maintain it or whatever. They might ask him for advice or input, but none of them, Jeremy, Zach, none of them would ever assume or expect, I should say expect, that Matt would be helping them out or needing to help them maintain it. But the thing that I hope, it is what it is now. The for sales sign is up and I just hope with that final thing, it’s going to take some time for us all to adjust to that, that, “Wow. To us, it will not be Roloff Farm.” To someone else, yes, absolutely. It still will be whatever they perceived it to be or if they’ve never seen the show, it is what it is.” But for us, it will never be the family farm or Roloff Farms. Matt still owns all of the south side, because that was a separate tax lot. Now part of the north side, which he split-
Lisa Dixon: Because he changed that. Yeah. He changed the-
Amy Roloff: Yeah, it’s a property line adjustment. And so he could live there, build his house. He could live there for 10 years and sell it. He can do whatever he wants with it.
Lisa Dixon: Right, right. You’re out of it. But don’t you think reducing the farm-
Amy Roloff: Well, so does all the kids, unless depending on what’s left or whatever he does, he divides it, the portion of it. But still, the kids are going to have to sell that farm unless someone buys someone else out. So again, [inaudible 00:22:21] buys someone else out, a kid will still own all the property, but they get to … Either way, the kids would’ve got their money. My sister works for a firm that deals with a lot of estate planning and we’re talking these people have money, money, money and I can just only imagine what the scenarios are with those family. You’d be amazed at what people, what families … Boy, I don’t like these glasses.
Lisa Dixon: I like them.
Amy Roloff: But I can’t see. What people will fight over. It’s funny because my sister’s been in Michigan. She lives there. That’s the state I grew up in. She’s been taking care of my dad in the sense of checking up on him and making sure his estate is all set up, his trust and everything. And I think both my brother and I just both said, “All three of us will try and work whatever we work out, but basically, whatever we work out cannot end up being a burden for Kathy when my dad passes away because she lives in Michigan.” It just can’t be regardless of what I want or maybe Roger wants because we’re out state and we want this place to stay here because we want to come back and visit one time a year or something.
Amy Roloff: You have to make up your mind that it’s not worth dividing the rest of the family over. Do what you think is best. And I think if one of the boys own the property, my hope would be that they own the property. They get to do whatever they want to it. They could tell the family, “None of you guys are allowed on it,” but that wouldn’t have happened. It just wouldn’t have happened. We [inaudible 00:24:19] but out of respect of whoever owns it within the family, you still got to call them up and say, “Hey, we were just thinking about popping in. Can we hang out at the farm? You don’t have to get the door. We’re not going in your house,” but anyway.
Lisa Dixon: Right. Well, and I think that was a surprise to the boys of reducing the property. I don’t think they were expecting that either, when they were going into negotiate with Matt. I think that was one of the bigger shocks that upset them.
Amy Roloff: I’m not sure if that was the first round of a negotiation, whether that was in the picture or not, or it became in the second round of negotiation part of doing that. So like I said, I wasn’t part of those conversations so I can’t really say on it, but you’re right. I think asking for that money with only half, Jeremy even went back a second time, even at the family discount, which it was still a whole heck of a …
Lisa Dixon: What does that mean?
Amy Roloff: It was still meaning-
Lisa Dixon: I know.
Amy Roloff: In Matt’s eyes, he wasn’t putting it up full market value. But even at that price, it would’ve taken everything that he had. And I said, “Is it worth it, Jer? You got a family. Is it worth it to be Dad and …”
Lisa Dixon: And it was a lot more than what you got bought out for, so …
Amy Roloff: Oh, gosh, yeah. Oh, well, I only get half the value anyway because you’re not buying yourself out. You’re only buying the other person who owns half of it.
Lisa Dixon: I know. I know. I thought Matt also said in an episode before that he was going to let everybody know individually because it was sensitive information that he was selling. And then he sent everyone one email, a group email to everybody just to let them know. And Zach, on the show, [inaudible 00:26:21] didn’t care.
Amy Roloff: To tell you the truth, I think it was probably best that he sent it out to everyone all at one time. Sometimes when you send out a text message, you send it out to one and then a day later, because you forget, you send it out to the other or something like that.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. But in an email? Couldn’t he have at least gotten the family together? I don’t know. I don’t know.
Amy Roloff: And Zach is right. No one responded to it because it became past. It’s passed.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: But to cap all of this, I think in the long run, now that it’s up for sale, whenever someone does buy it for however much, I think it really matters what I do, what Chris and I do, what Matt does, what Matt and Caryn do, and then how the kids are able to process this. Two of my kids are like, “Whatever.” It really impacted the boys a lot and so maybe this could be the process that at least helps internally. It helps us get past this to a point where we want to … They all show up for family events, don’t get me wrong. We show up for birthday parties and certain things like that. But maybe other than special holidays or something like that, maybe we can all just get together and just hang out for the sake of hanging out.
Lisa Dixon: Well, what I love is that Zach and Tori have their own property. Jer and Auj have their own property. They post all the time about that and it’s on the show for Zach and Tori, but wow. They’ve just started their own legacies and …
Amy Roloff: Well, and Molly and Joel are up in Spokane and that’s where they’ve been for the last four years of college. They’ve been married, I can’t even believe they’ve been married five years.
Lisa Dixon: They have. I remember the wedding.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. They’ve been married five years.
Lisa Dixon: Wow.
Amy Roloff: Wow. They will be married five years here in a couple weeks. Isabelle and Jacob will be celebrating three, come September. Zachary and Tori celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary, and Jeremy and Audrey will be celebrating their eighth. Now to me, as a mom, as sad as the farm is, I’m just thrilled that these, my kids have-
Lisa Dixon: They’re thriving.
Amy Roloff: … Have found their life partner, have these families, have each other and they’re thriving and the boys are able to move on and stuff like that. So check, well …
Lisa Dixon: If you haven’t watched the episode …
Amy Roloff: Molly and Joel are on social media, which is totally understandable if you knew who they were, but …. Follow Jer and Auj then Zach and Tori and Isabelle and Jacob.
Lisa Dixon: And yeah. Just watching their story.
Amy Roloff: They’re all different kids.
Lisa Dixon: And they’re all doing well, all of them, so that’s the best part of all this, that they’ve moved on. Everybody moves on, put a button on this and …
Amy Roloff: But that’s life, too. There was a comment somewhere, several comments anywhere, that people think I’m living in the past and all this other stuff. Well, like I said from the beginning, I’ve filmed the thing, but I’ve got to preview at four months later. I got to watch it couple months after that.
Lisa Dixon: I think it was hard for Matt to come up with replies to what was going on. I think he was at a loss for words.
Amy Roloff: Well, I’m sure it was hard for him in a lot of ways but like I said, Matt’s a business person and …
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. He said it was an unpopular decision, so oh, well.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. Anyway …
Lisa Dixon: Well, let’s wrap that up.
Amy Roloff: Hopefully you’ve watched the season. Watch this last episode. I hope it says a lot. Like I said, on these types of reality shows, all I can speak of is my own. We air the laundry out, but people, you cannot expect that we’re going to air all of the laundry out because there’s just so much that you just won’t get, even if I did, because it’s from my perspective. And then you get another perspective from another family member and then another perspective from another family member and so on and so on, but I think you can learn from personal stories and stuff like that. And I just continue to hope that you guys still follow us and still watch the show and because the journey continues and it’s going to be really interesting to see what that next journey is.
Lisa Dixon: Right. Right, and I really felt, in this episode, you found your voice. You were straightforward. You didn’t back down. You just told it as you felt [inaudible 00:31:49]
Amy Roloff: Sometimes when you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of it … We could ask half these people here that are on this live. Sometimes when you’re not in the middle of it, you now step back and you’re almost like everyone else. You can now see into this. But when you’re in the middle of it, all you can see is around yourself.
Lisa Dixon: That’s a good point.
Amy Roloff: And it’s hard to see all of these other parts because you have to somewhat take care of yourself or your kids and there’s definitely parts you miss.
Lisa Dixon: Right. Well, I think that’s good. How about taking some questions? Do we want to take some question? Let’s look.
Amy Roloff: Oh my gosh, yeah. You know what? Because your questions are one of the things that I so, so love, so, okay. Okay. Where are we now?
Lisa Dixon: Okay.
Amy Roloff: Yaelreese on IG asks …
Lisa Dixon: Instagram, yeah.
Amy Roloff: Is there going to be another season of Little People, Big World? Well, all I can tell you right now is that we are filming. Because we are filming, I’m assuming that there will be another season, but stay tuned. Like it has been in the past with whatever we’re filming, if the season does come out, it may not come out until March or April of next year. So just stay tuned, watch Discovery, stay tuned to TLC and things like that because when they make an announcement or something like that, that’s when we know, too.
Lisa Dixon: Right, so that’s good.
Amy Roloff: I hope so. Let’s put it that way. I hope so.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. How about Rachelcrew on Instagram asks, is it difficult sharing your life on TV?
Amy Roloff: Well, I’ll tell you. That could be a whole live version in itself. Yeah. In the beginning, it was very, very difficult. I try to be constraint, be careful of what I said, and then after a little bit of doing it, it seemed like from internally, “I may not have said this right or why did I say this? This was too much,” and stuff like that. And then I took it in the realm. You know what? I just can’t. I won’t please everyone. I won’t please the fans that are watching, I won’t please internally. I won’t … Who do you need to please the most in order to feel good about what you’re doing and as you proceed? And that’s me.
Amy Roloff: And so what I tried to do over the life of the TV show is to be honest, to be real, to be humble, but also to be somewhat in control because I don’t think it’s appropriate on TV to say everything that you want to say because I don’t have control over editing. And so I learned that over the first couple of season or five seasons, maybe. What you see of me on TV, I try and be honest. I try and be real. I try and be caring and thoughtful because that’s who I think I am.
Lisa Dixon: I can attest to that.
Amy Roloff: In the beginning it was hard, but I enjoy the opportunity to share life on TV because if there’s one little thing that someone got out of our story on TLC, I would count that as a success, and that’s like every speaking engagement that I do. Not everyone’s going to enjoy what I have to say because pretty much it’s about me. It’s about my life. This is what I’ve been doing for what gosh, 16 years, 17 years on television, so I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned a lot about life, but if there’s one person in that audience that I’m speaking to that got something out of what I was speaking, I count that as a success because I took the burden off that I’m not going to please everyone. Not everyone’s going to get or even believe or even understand or even feel it applicable in their life. And the problem is, not the problem, that’s okay. That’s okay.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Here’s a comment from somebody on the audience. I’ll just say this. Meatless meatballs.
Amy Roloff: Oh my gosh. Okay. All of you who are vegan and vegetarians, bless your heart. Bless your heart.
Lisa Dixon: Absolutely.
Amy Roloff: I personally would have a hard time. I tried tofu. I’m sorry. I don’t like it. I can’t even remember the brand that I use for meatless meatballs. It would be like a vegetarian or maybe a vegan, their reaction of how I reacted to this meatless product and turn it into meatballs.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Yeah.
Amy Roloff: I looked at it and I’m like, “I’m feeding them dog food. What?”
Lisa Dixon: Well, first you fed Matt mushrooms on a different show and then you do meatless meatballs.
Amy Roloff: Listen, those were cut up in such little pieces. Come on.
Lisa Dixon: I know. I do that at Thanksgiving, too. I chop the mushroom up into tiny pieces so my kids don’t know there’s mushrooms in the stuffing.
Amy Roloff: Well, Chris doesn’t like onions because he’s sitting right over there, but Chris doesn’t like onions so I try not to put a lot in, but I try and chop them up really fine because it adds a certain flavor.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. I love it. I love it. And my kids don’t know the difference. But anyway, we found another question.
Amy Roloff: Well, no. When I did the meatless meatballs, I was like, “Oh, this is going to take everything I have,” because I wanted to throw up right then and there. But okay, meatless meatballs, I made it like I typically would with ground beef. So like I said, bless you that are vegan and vegetarian. I think it’s great. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just not something for me and I married a guy. He’s a meat and potatoes man.
Lisa Dixon: Mary Richie on here said that, “Well, you’ll get used to the taste.” And well, maybe you will, maybe you won’t, but it’s good for anybody that loves it, eat it.
Amy Roloff: Absolutely.
Lisa Dixon: I thought that was a funny scene.
Amy Roloff: And like I said, I made it like a meatloaf so I thought it would be hide the, whatever. I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: I just love those little things that-
Amy Roloff: I couldn’t handle it.
Lisa Dixon: … Come out in those scenes.
Amy Roloff: But cauliflower rice, the best.
Lisa Dixon: Oh yeah. That’s good.
Amy Roloff: Oh my gosh.
Lisa Dixon: So good.
Amy Roloff: That was really good, the best. I loved it.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. That was good.
Amy Roloff: Loved it.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. Let’s see. Pumpkin Season this fall. Any news on-
Amy Roloff: Well, wait a minute. Wait, we got some more question. Marsha Pierce, Facebook.
Lisa Dixon: I thought we already answered.
Amy Roloff: Did you ever [inaudible 00:39:24] your side of the farm to Matt? Well, Marsha, if you happen to be on this live, hopefully you will. I think I already answered that, so parts of me, yes. I do regret because I think I could have made a different choice on that, but also different choices of what I did with it afterwards, but anyway. Lots of questions, you guys did have lots of questions. I didn’t really read the opinions about Matt and Caryn.
Amy Roloff: But about the farm and Pumpkin Season this fall, from what I’ve heard from Matt, Pumpkin Season is still going to happen. So if you guys are making your plans at Pumpkin Season, you know what you could do me a big favor on? If you happen to be coming to Pumpkin Season this year, email Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen or some people have found my email out there in social media land. Let me know what day you’re coming. And I’m not sure if I’m going to be there every weekend, I really haven’t made up my mind what I’m able to do or what I’m going to do, but … Oh, yeah. Someone said, “Hi from Michigan.” You guys, I’m sorry. When I see Michigan, that’s my home state, so sorry. Anyway, let me know if you’re coming out for Pumpkin Season and I’d be happy to say hi and meet you and get a photo or whatever you want. So Pumpkin Season, as far as I know, is on.
Lisa Dixon: As far as you know, because that’s not your anymore.
Amy Roloff: You know what? For some reason Naveed, if you’re on here, I can’t remember what the Roloff Farm website is because some other people have stole that name that we originally wanted put it on so I was going to tell people to go to this one website. I’m not sure if it’s …
Lisa Dixon: The post on social when Roloff Farms is going to open.
Amy Roloff: Oh, I know, but I was just going to tell everyone here. Pumpkin Season is still happening, but it won’t happen-
Lisa Dixon: As far as you know today.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. It won’t happen in a traditional way. If you’ve ever been to Roloff Farm’s pumpkin patch before, it won’t happen near the old farmhouse. Because of COVID, Matt moved at all towards his property and his side of it in order to make it a little more COVID-friendly, a little more user-friendly, that kind of thing.
Lisa Dixon: Okay.
Amy Roloff: And has the farm sold yet? As of I know, it hasn’t sold yet. No.
Lisa Dixon: No. I wanted to give a shout out to Linda Vivas from Naples, Florida. I have friends that just moved down there halftime. They live halftime in Oregon and halftime in Naples.
Amy Roloff: Are those your friends?
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Some people that lived next door to us. So yeah, pretty exciting. I want to go visit down there.
Amy Roloff: Well, my friends Alicia and Randy, some of you guys may have seen them on the show once or twice or something like that, but they’re down in Florida now and Chris wants to take a trip down to Florida and see them. And I’m like, “Well, if we see them, I got my nephew in Port St. Lucie. I’m going to go see him.” And then, well, my Aunt Joan, who came to my wedding, who is my dad’s sister-
Lisa Dixon: She was really nice.
Amy Roloff: … I cannot not see her. Come on. They’re both in their 90s. Goodness gracious.
Lisa Dixon: Oh. Someone wanted to know. How’s your dad doing?
Amy Roloff: Okay. This is the one thing I’m bummed about because, obviously, I’m still doing television and I can’t be on vacation all summer long. Well, I couldn’t even afford to be on vacation all summer long, but we took this big motorcycle trip to Alaska and everything. And that was 18 days and it was a wonderful trip. I could go on and on. I think what the trip told me most about myself, I think I need to be a little more proactive on where we’re going and what we’re doing because I still have a hard time of seeing everything whiz by me. But if you’re a rider, that’s the thrill. You’re riding in this open area, small, unbusy roads. But I’m like, “Wait minute. Look at these gorgeous mountains passing by [inaudible 00:44:13]”
Lisa Dixon: Flying by.
Amy Roloff: So I think just like any road trip for that many days, you pick the highlights of, “We’ll spend two nights here,” meaning a night when we get there, a day to see the sites or take a hike or ride around, and then the next day you take off, so I think I’ll be a little more proactive on, “This is what I think we should do.”
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. And maybe have a few stops. I really commend you for sitting on a motorcycle that many days. Physically, I don’t know if I could do it. How did you feel when you got off?
Amy Roloff: You know what? I think there were some days when it seemed like the scenery was repetitive, the same old, same old, because just like on an airplane, I get what you would call a little anxiety. I’m too enclosed. I got to get out, claustrophobic, or sometimes I get this, I think what they call restless leg syndrome. And so it’s like, “Okay, I got to move,” so I’ll be moving my leg in an airplane. In the bike, well, you can hardly move around.
Lisa Dixon: Can you even scoot around or are you just [inaudible 00:45:31]
Amy Roloff: Well, no, because you know what I’m afraid of if I scoot, well, the bike better not go that way or this way.
Lisa Dixon: I know. Again, I don’t know how you do it. I really … That’s crazy.
Amy Roloff: Well, my saving grace is that generally, we stop every hour or every hour and a half, just to stretch. But sometimes sitting that long, I’m like, “Okay, my butt needs a rest.”
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: But I love riding. Would we do the ride again? Absolutely. What was the point of all this? We got into this thing.
Lisa Dixon: No, you were just saying what you were doing. Just another thing that you did this summer is went on your motorcycle ride and I think that was really cool. And then you’ve also done the LPA Conference. When was that?
Amy Roloff: Oh, yes. I want to answer this one question. Someone asked me, “Is this the orchid Caryn gave to Chris and I when we invited Caryn and Matt … I should say Caryn and Matt. Is this the orchid that Caryn and Matt gave to us when we invited them over to the house?” Yes, it is. This is the orchid that Caryn and Matt gave to us. It is still beautiful, still flowering and all that stuff.
Lisa Dixon: I have the same one. Did I tell you that? I have the exact same one. I got it for Mother’s Day. It’s purple and it’s been in my office window.
Amy Roloff: Well, I do not know enough about orchids, but when it doesn’t bloom, I’m not sure what to do with it. Someone had asked that question on IG. It goes by too fast.
Lisa Dixon: They all want to know how your dad is doing.
Amy Roloff: Oh, that was where it brought to this. So because I took the motorcycle trip … Chris has played poker with all of these guys for eons, years and years and years, every five years, they take a big trip, so we’re going to Italy. We’re leaving August 26th, coming back the 7th and we’re going to Italy. I’m so excited because we’ll be in Florence for a few days, September 3rd through the 6th, 7th, but we’re going to stay two hours south of Florence, so that’s more in the Tuscany area, and that’s an area I’ve never been to so I’m really excited for that. I’m really disappointed that I can’t go back to Michigan for my two weeks, two and a half weeks, three weeks summer fling. I’m really, really bummed because that’s when I go and hang out with my dad, hang out for about a few days, just he and I, and so I’m going out there in August for my nephew’s wedding celebration in August. I’m going to be out there on North Lake area, hanging out with my dad. We’ll go to my nephew’s wedding celebration the next day, hang out with my dad, and then I come home that Monday.
Lisa Dixon: So he’s just moving right along, right? Nothing in his way. He just keeps going? He’s driving and …
Amy Roloff: It is. I think one thing I noticed from my dad, the older he gets, because, people, he’s 93 and a half years old.
Lisa Dixon: That’s awesome.
Amy Roloff: He’s losing motivation and that can be a scary thing the older you get, because what does that mean? Well, my dad and mom were very … They kept busy all the time, so he’s looking out at all of these weeds in the yard. “Well, I got to go pick the weeds.” I said, “Okay, Dad.” “Yeah. But man, I’m losing my …” because he’s seeing the whole entirety of all these weeds that grow like wildflower in Michigan. And I’m like, “Well, Dad, just don’t think of it as a whole big thing. Just do a little bit. Okay. Go in, whatever, pick some more the next day, next day. Don’t think about you having to do it all in one day because, come on.” 93 and a half, I’d be tired.
Lisa Dixon: I think they go stir crazy. My dad passed at 93, but at 92, he had full on Parkinson’s and he lived at home.
Amy Roloff: Well, that’s a different thing. He had something.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, but he could not stay in the house. And I had my oldest son living with him just to keep an eye on things. And my dad crawled down the stairs to get out of the house, to pick the weeds in the rose garden. He was not going to be held back. I couldn’t believe that.
Amy Roloff: Because that generation, they got to be doing. They got to be moving. They have to accomplish something. Your dad, I’m sure, is just like my dad. They have to be busy.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, yeah. All the time. All the time.
Amy Roloff: Well, I’m praying that my dad hangs in there so that next year when I go back, I’ll probably go back in January too, I usually do, but next summer he’ll still be able to go up north and I’ll spend a couple of weeks out there. And so I told him, I said, “Well, Dad, you still got to be around because I’m coming back.”
Lisa Dixon: He’s a strong guy. He’s a strong guy. Well, we’ve had a ton of questions on here. Are you going to get another dog?
Amy Roloff: You know what? I am looking for another rescue dog. What I have found though, during COVID, everyone got a dog. After COVID, maybe not so many people can care for their dogs now because they either have to go to work. They’re not at home anymore. So a lot of the dogs, which I think find is so sad in the rescue shelter areas that I have seen here in Oregon, are the bigger dogs, the harder dogs. It’s just like anything else. The older you are, the bigger you are, and some of the dogs that people don’t necessarily know how to handle or are considered harder. So I really haven’t found that dog yet, but I also know I’m traveling. I’m going to be proactively looking when we get back from Italy. And Chris doesn’t really want another dog. He thinks we’re going to be doing all of this traveling.
Lisa Dixon: I thought he did. I thought he did.
Amy Roloff: Well, he does and he doesn’t, but I said, “Don’t worry about it. Just like your fish, well, guess what? I’ll take care of the dog poop.”
Lisa Dixon: Oh, well, speaking of fish, one of the cutest scenes in the finale was when you and Chris put the whole aquarium together. And then the frogs came in and Jackson said, “Oh, I’m naming it Jet.” A bunch of people have said that was so cute.
Amy Roloff: Well, we just had the family over the other day and showing them pictures of our Alaska trip and everything. And I’m not going to tell you what Jackson said, because I’m sure they’re going to use it in the clip or the episode. And yeah, use it in the episode so I don’t want to spoil it here, but I tell you, Tori said the cutest thing of why he named the frog Jet.
Lisa Dixon: Why?
Amy Roloff: And I’m like, “Oh my goodness.” It reminds me of why Chris named every fish he has Henry.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, that’s right. He’s had four Henrys, at least.
Amy Roloff: So that should give you a clue.
Lisa Dixon: Interesting, interesting.
Amy Roloff: But no, it was cute and I just think it’s adorable as to … I’m just so pleased how Chris is getting into the family thing because he is never had family or kids, and the grandkids are embracing it. My kids are embracing it and I’m happy about that because Chris does it out of sincerity. He doesn’t do it for any other reason.
Lisa Dixon: I have to say that for people, they come into your house. They see your life and Chris is newer on the scene, but he is the best guy. It was just a blessing for him to come into your life.
Amy Roloff: He helps me be neater.
Lisa Dixon: How’s your office doing?
Amy Roloff: Which is needed, people. Okay? It is needed.
Lisa Dixon: He is the nicest guy. And talking about that, you’re coming up on your one year anniversary. How did that happen? We were just planning your wedding.
Amy Roloff: A one year anniversary and we’re both turning 60. Wow. Okay, people, there are days where I look at myself, I’m like, “Oh, yeah. You are 60.” Oh, God.
Lisa Dixon: Welcome to my club. I turned 60 last year.
Amy Roloff: There are other days where I’m like, “Oh, gosh. No way am I 60,” but I think it’s all up here. I think just like you have to do in certain other stages of your life, I think I’m just trying to be, which I don’t know. Hasn’t been so great after the motorcycle trip. Like my dad, I got to get my motivation back to walk, watch my food content and everything, because Italy’s coming up. But besides Italy, I got to change the mindset-
Lisa Dixon: Just a number.
Amy Roloff: … About quantity of food, what do I eat, and movement.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. So we had a guy, Jamesbub said, “Are there any bloopers?” Before I finish that, we had someone by the name of Clarissa that was saying inappropriate things and our moderator just blocked her, just so you guys know. I know a lot of people are saying on here, “Please block Clarissa,” so thank you, Naveed, for doing that. And we’ll keep looking because there are some people on here that are doing some wild stuff.
Amy Roloff: I’m not sure what was being said, but like everything else in life, social media is a tool and just like everything else in life, the computer is a tool. It’s got a wealth of information, but you also can give a lot of information. And I always say, “Check within yourself. Is this good information to give? Would you actually say something like this to someone right to their face?” And even if you would, is there a better way to say it? Like I said, I don’t know what was going on because half the time it moves so quick.
Lisa Dixon: Well, we got it fixed.
Amy Roloff: Again, do we even have to go there, people?
Lisa Dixon: Who knows if it is Clarissa? It could be some troll robot, whatever.
Amy Roloff: We’re trying to do the best we can.
Lisa Dixon: So back to Jamesbub’s comment, he said, “Are there any bloopers on Little People, Big World?” Well, I’m not familiar with that, but we did make some really good bloopers last Monday when we filmed recipes for Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen. Do you remember those bloopers?
Amy Roloff: No.
Lisa Dixon: We might have to find those. I know Naveed has the footage of pronouncing some of the names.
Amy Roloff: The only thing that you can see bloopers is if Discovery TLC decided to do that. But because this is more of a documentary style and about a personal family’s life, I don’t think you’ll really get a lot of that. Now, the one thing that has happened over the seasons, and I don’t know if you go back to past seasons if this will happen, especially in the last year or two, internationally it’s different than what it’s shown here in America in the States. And so when you see the previous episodes, before you see the new one, you’ll see some added additional footage that you didn’t get to see here in the States when it aired for the first time. They’ll add that little extra footage that the international got to see, I think. I think. I’m not sure.
Lisa Dixon: Well, I think we should come up with some bloopers of us filming those recipes though, too.
Amy Roloff: Listen, every day I’m live. Every time we do live is a blooper.
Lisa Dixon: Since they know they love your voice so much, can you just say once, “Previously on Little People, Big World”?
Amy Roloff: Oh, boy.
Lisa Dixon: Let’s hear you say it.
Amy Roloff: Previously on Little People, Big World.
Lisa Dixon: Bravo, Bravo.
Amy Roloff: Well, I tell you. No one believes me, but ever since I had kids, my voice has lowered. I’m serious.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Mine too, mine too.
Amy Roloff: And I definitely know that if you don’t keep up with singing, your voice can’t hit those high notes. But in church and stuff like that, I used to sing soprano. People, I couldn’t sing soprano if my life depended on it. Another question that I get a lot is a lot of people are saying, “Well, why doesn’t she use her married name?” and stuff like that.
Lisa Dixon: I know. On here, too.
Amy Roloff: I responded to a comment. Sometimes these headphones itch my ear. Anyway, I use my married name when it comes to legal stuff or bank and personal business and all that stuff. It’s Amy J. Roloff-Marek. Lisa gave me some input along with some other people. All of my kids are Roloff. My grandkids will be a Roloff until they marry or whatever it is. Roloff is my married name where I had all my kids and grandkids. I want to still be associated and tied so later on, these kids will still feel like they’re connected. So legally, my name is Amy J. Roloff-Marek.
Lisa Dixon: That’s great.
Amy Roloff: I asked Chris. We talked about it and he goes, “Amy, you do whatever you want. It doesn’t matter to me.” Well, a name is very important to me. I grew up in a family where Knight, my maiden name this Knight, K-N-I-G-H-T. And yeah, I heard it from my dad all the time. It’s like, “You walk out that door. You’re a Knight,” meaning you represent this family. Don’t be an idiot. Don’t be stupid.
Lisa Dixon: I can just see your dad being …
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah. Can’t you? That has always stuck with me. You do your best, mistakes happen, and you just ask for forgiveness and apologies. But I always say that individuals, you really need to look in your heart and really be honest with yourself. What was your intention in the things that you did or said and learn from it and move forward.
Lisa Dixon: I love that.
Amy Roloff: Anyway, I’m a Knight, always will be.
Lisa Dixon: You’re a Knight.
Amy Roloff: It’s my given name, but Roloff is the family name that my kids are associated with, so that’s why I keep that. Marek is the name that I will die with because that is who I’m married to now. But for business, it is Amy J. Roloff.
Lisa Dixon: Amen, sister.
Amy Roloff: Well, hopefully-
Lisa Dixon: Don’t need to apologize.
Amy Roloff: … We can end that question.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. Let’s talk about cooking. You made a sorbet for you and Chris this week, right? What flavor was that?
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah. I went to the farmer’s market about a week ago. I was so thankful these raspberries still were good. Made raspberry sorbet. In fact, a lot of you guys may have made raspberry sorbet or anything. I think it was one of the first times that I’ve made it and oh, it turned out so good. In fact, we just got done playing pickleball with our friends Lisa and Art Fletcher. Get that, people. I have a Lisa and Art Dixon and I have a Lisa and Art Fletcher.
Lisa Dixon: I know.
Amy Roloff: What are the odds that one person would know a Lisa and Art and a Lisa and Art?
Lisa Dixon: When we go parties, it’s like, “Hi, Lisa. Hi, Art. Hi, Lisa. Hi, Art.” I love it.
Amy Roloff: Anyway, we played pickleball with them today. It was a filming thing, but I brought some of the raspberry parfait. In fact, see this right here, you guys? I’ve got a recipe out there for my granola. I love it. I could eat that all day. I have to tweak the recipe though, because in one of the directions, I forgot to say, “Add in your dried fruit,” but anyway.
Lisa Dixon: But the sorbet was yummy?
Amy Roloff: Oh, the sorbet was good. It was good. I must admit it was good. It was good. The hardest part about making raspberry sorbet, you make the choice whether you want seeds in it or not. I chose not to have seeds in it.
Lisa Dixon: That sounds good, yeah.
Amy Roloff: And the time process to keep mashing the puree through a little strainer.
Lisa Dixon: A little tiny …
Amy Roloff: Yeah, a mesh strainer. That, to me, was the hardest thing about making sorbet. I did do it in my ice cream maker and I’m glad I did. You don’t need an ice cream maker, but it’s a process you have to do too, because when you just make it and you stick it in your freezer, you have the chance of having more ice crystals and that’s not good. So you have to take it out, soften it up a little bit, stir it up again, then put it back in there.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, to make it more creamy.
Amy Roloff: Yeah, or a little more creamier.
Lisa Dixon: Does anybody have a hack out there for getting the seeds out? That might be interesting to ask people, put it out there if you-
Amy Roloff: I can’t imagine what they would do, though.
Lisa Dixon: Have some a work around.
Amy Roloff: Because you don’t want to water down the puree of what you already did.
Lisa Dixon: No.
Amy Roloff: Anyway, it was good. I’ll have a recipe out on it. And coming to food, what are you guys doing during this summer? I love salads. You know what I go do for recipes, people, because Chris doesn’t like fruit with protein. I’m like “Really?” I like a dinner salad, really. I think what I have to do is make a salad, just put meat and potatoes on it. He’ll be happy. And then on mine it’s like, “Oh, but what about peaches and a little feta and a little bit of this and a little bit of that?”
Lisa Dixon: Watermelon with feta and mint, oh my gosh.
Amy Roloff: But if you want salad with protein, but anyway.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Well …
Amy Roloff: Okay. What else?
Lisa Dixon: I’ve had a lot of people ask, “When is your cooking show on?” Well, we have a YouTube channel, Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen, and so Amy’s posting recipes there.
Amy Roloff: Lisa knows more about that than I do.
Lisa Dixon: Well, people want to know. And right now on Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen, you can get a electronic version of her recipe books. There’s two different editions now.
Amy Roloff: Volume one, volume two.
Lisa Dixon: Yep. And we’re working on a hard back cover for a cookbook, hopefully to be out for the holidays or the beginning of next year, so stick around for that.
Amy Roloff: But this cookbook, to put it into context, this cookbook will really be all the recipes that I have done on the YouTube channel, Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen, so it’ll include the electronic version of volume one and volume two, so you’ll have anywhere from 75, maybe 80 recipes in there. A lot of people have asked. They love the electronic, but they also want something that they can touch and feel and have in an open book format.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. And we’re going to put a journal page in each one of the recipe areas so you can write down, “Oh, I added this or I did this or made changes.”
Amy Roloff: And that’s a part of a cookbook that I really love because it’s what I do a lot of times. I’ll definitely come up with my own, but how many different ways can you really make meatloaf? Everyone has their own version of it.
Lisa Dixon: Meatless.
Amy Roloff: So a lot of times, you look at the recipe and you’ll make it exactly the way it is or you’ll have an idea. “Okay, that’s great but you know what? I don’t like this so I’m going to add in this,” so that journal page will give you an opportunity to make your own personal notes to personalize this recipe for your family or whatever you may be doing.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, so that’s exciting.
Amy Roloff: I love that concept.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, and we have aprons.
Amy Roloff: Good thought.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. And we have aprons on Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen site. Just go and check it out. It’s fun. But one of the things we’re working on too, is about once a month, we do a Cooking with Amy. And if you subscribe to, and Naveed could maybe put that up on the screen, that email to subscribe, we will be sending that out and we’ll pick four or five different people for each Cooking with Amy, so you could have an opportunity to cook with us. Monday, we’re filming a new one.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Pretty soon, Lisa’s going to give you guys the code for the giveaway.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah.
Amy Roloff: But I know it’s 5:10. I think I’ve got a meeting to go to in about half hour or so. I want to whip through some of these questions because we didn’t get to all of them. So Lisa, you want to give that code now?
Lisa Dixon: I think we should because it’s 5:09. Is everybody ready? Let’s do the code.
Amy Roloff: We’ll give the code now and I’ll whip through some of the questions afterwards.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. Sounds good. Are you really going to whip through them, though? Promise?
Amy Roloff: I am.
Lisa Dixon: Promise?
Amy Roloff: It will not be a book answer, people.
Lisa Dixon: It’s just a little thing between she and I. Just kidding. JK, JK. All right.
Amy Roloff: Did you guys see the wedding episode? I wrote a book in my vow. Oh, boy.
Lisa Dixon: You did. You had how many pages was your wedding vows? Eight?
Amy Roloff: I don’t know. Let’s not …
Lisa Dixon: I don’t know. And they didn’t show all of it either. Just so you know, they edited some of that out.
Amy Roloff: They had to.
Lisa Dixon: It was beautiful, but yeah. Okay. Here we go. Ready? Drum roll. Heat wave is the code, heat wave. Everyone can relate to that. Right? So go ahead and put in the comments heat wave. We’re going to take a person from YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and four lucky winners will get a vanilla candle with three body soaks and go ahead and say that. We’ll pull some people while Amy …
Amy Roloff: The key word is heat wave. Heat wave.
Lisa Dixon: Heat wave. Woo, look at that buzzing. People are …
Amy Roloff: Oh, [inaudible 01:09:13] Michigan. And then we’re going to say hi to some people who have been here. Okay. This is from Gmadison44 on IG. “Who designed your backyard oasis?” You know what? Oh my gosh. I am being so thankful for the previous owner of this house who bought this place back in, I think 2007, and probably worked on this yard and we’re benefiting from it all. I’d have to give credit to the previous owner. I love that at the previous owner actually did something with their backyard. Chris and I love just sitting out there. We have this little gas little fireplace. So when it gets cooler, we’ll sit out there and have that going and hearing the waterfall and there’s something blooming all the time, whether it be one plan or so and so. Anyway, I got to give credit-
Lisa Dixon: Well, you have a koi pond.
Amy Roloff: Pardon?
Lisa Dixon: You have a koi pond back there.
Amy Roloff: A little koi fish pond, so I’ve got to give credit to the other person.
Lisa Dixon: Okay.
Amy Roloff: Okay. What are some of the activities like doing during the summer? Okay. You’re if you’re asking me at my age right now, I love going for walks. I love going for hikes. I love seeing my grandkids and playing with them in the summer, whether it be in their little kiddie pool or sprinkler, who knows what, but I love doing that.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. That’s awesome.
Amy Roloff: What is the biggest thing you’ve learned about your … Oh, sorry. I forget to name these people. OnesavedbyfaithnanaB on IG. “What is the biggest thing you’ve learned about yourself and your marriage to Chris?” Wow. I think the thing I’ve really learned more of, because it’s probably easier. It’s that I don’t have the chaos of raising a family. I don’t have the chaos of half our life being on camera. I don’t have the chaos of, I don’t know, other things. So I’m hoping that I’m learning to take more time to listen and to appreciate that he may have a difference opinion. I may have a difference opinion and that’s okay. I’m learning how to speak up more and have a voice in the marriage and not to get what I want and have it my way, but just to have conversation and to talk. I think it just reaffirms how, not all the time, but I’m pretty well-adjusted. I’m easy going. I let a lot of things slide because they’re not worth quibbling over and I did it in my previous marriage, I thought.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Uh-oh.
Amy Roloff: And so proud is that I like being married. I’m married to a man who enjoyed … What? What did you do? I wasn’t even looking.
Lisa Dixon: Remember I said if I rub my nose, you need to go to the next question.
Amy Roloff: Oh, gosh, so I talked too long.
Lisa Dixon: I’m just kidding.
Amy Roloff: I’m glad I’m still learning and I hope to continue to learn in Chris and I’s marriage relationship.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. No, you guys have a great relationship.
Amy Roloff: One of the other questions I had too, was … Oh, we didn’t even speak about the LPA Conference. Oh, I tell you. People, it’s like a reunion. You go to when you last saw each other. You catch up by filling that gap and it’s like you never left. Anyway, the Little People of America Conference in Spokane over 4th of July was wonderful, but we don’t have time for that. The other question I had was … Sorry. Well, I’m trying to cruise.
Lisa Dixon: Well, I just want to ask, how did Chris like it? What did Chris think of the conference?
Amy Roloff: You know what? I tried to prep him as much as I can because he knows me. He knows Matt. He knows Zach. Little people. He knows my grandkids. But when you go to a little people conference and you see hundreds of them, it can be a bit overwhelming. And people, just like the regular world, just like the outside world or whatever you want to call it, we come in different size and shapes and everything else as well, so how do you prepare someone for that? But I tell you, he had a good time. Oh, he had the best time.
Lisa Dixon: I love it. I love it.
Amy Roloff: He got to meet some of the people that I’ve known for a long time. And I think we’re going to go to the Austin, Texas National next year.
Lisa Dixon: Sweet.
Amy Roloff: The other question I got was, “Would we ever move from this house?” And I think eventually we will move from this house. On the farm, I had a master on the main and we did have a two-story, but that was okay. And I don’t mind having a two-story, but I would like a master on the main. I want to have a good kitchen like what I have here. And Chris would definitely like a shop area. And we definitely need a three-car garage.
Lisa Dixon: A man cave.
Amy Roloff: Am I asking a lot? Really, people, am I asking a lot?
Lisa Dixon: No.
Amy Roloff: I don’t know. So eventually, we keep looking, dabbling, see if there’s anything out there, eventually. Prices are so high. So I don’t know if we’ll ever find such a place.
Lisa Dixon: Things need to settle down a little bit. The prices in Oregon are just crazy. Someone was mentioning, “Is there a song called Heat Wave?” Of course there’s a song called, [singing]. You know that song, right?
Amy Roloff: Oh, yeah. Heat wave. Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: Sing it.
Amy Roloff: And I know that a lot of you guys are facing some heat. I think being born and raised in Michigan, obviously, it’s not quite the humidity like a lot of you guys are facing down south in Alabama and all that area, Mississippi. And the heat that we’re having out in the Pacific Northwest, to me, is a lot drier. You guys are facing a lot so I hope y’all are hanging in there and-
Lisa Dixon: Yes. Praying for you guys.
Amy Roloff: … Do what you can, but to me, drink water. Drink water.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. Okay. Naveed, is that [inaudible 01:15:57]
Amy Roloff: We are ready for winners. I appreciate y’all being here. We’re going to do shoutouts to all of you guys from wherever you’re at as well.
Lisa Dixon: Yes. All right. Let’s have our winners. Naveed, start when you’re ready. Post the names. Facebook, Kathy Tankersly Mason. Congratulations.
Amy Roloff: Facebook.
Lisa Dixon: Kathy Tankersly Mason, go ahead, from Facebook, and email us at Arlittlekitchen@gmail.com and send me your address and we will get a nice spa kit sent out to you.
Amy Roloff: Repeat the email again, Lisa.
Lisa Dixon: Naveed took it off the screen so we’ll go through it again.
Amy Roloff: I know, but you can still.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, I didn’t write it down. Did you write it down?
Amy Roloff: Arlittlekitchen.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you meant the winner. Your turn for YouTube. Sorry. Naveed will put up firstname.lastname@example.org. Okay. You go.
Amy Roloff: Oh.
Lisa Dixon: We get a little rummy after about an hour and a half here, people.
Amy Roloff: Okay. YouTube. Shaynee Kaaihili. Shaynee Kaaihili on YouTube. Email arlittlekitchen.com with your address and information.
Lisa Dixon: No, email@example.com.
Amy Roloff: What did I say?
Lisa Dixon: Arlittlekitchen.com.
Amy Roloff: I’m sorry. Arlittlekitchen@gmail.com. And that was Shaynee Kaaihili and anyone else who’s winner or if you have any questions.
Lisa Dixon: Only the winners because we get a list of the winners. Okay, we have a winner. Twitter @GKL1961. Ooh. That’s my year of birth. That’s a good one. All right. Arlittlekitchen@gmail.com. Okay. Your turn, Amy.
Amy Roloff: Well, did that Twitter person know? Did we say it again? IGK1961?
Lisa Dixon: Okay. We’ll put it up again at the end.
Amy Roloff: Well.
Lisa Dixon: She said, “Yay.” Cheryl McCann, her name is Cheryl MaCann.
Amy Roloff: Naveed, I didn’t get that last one. You got to redo that again.
Lisa Dixon: Amy’s all over the place. We’re just all over the place.
Amy Roloff: Okay. Here we go. IG Angela Berndtson @ angela_berndtson_, so IG Angela Berndtson. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Dixon: There it is, right there. Right there.
Amy Roloff: So you guys, thank you. Thank you so much.
Lisa Dixon: Congratulations, everybody.
Amy Roloff: We have Tampa, Florida. We have heat wave in Louisiana. Who else we got?
Lisa Dixon: Love you more. Hola.
Amy Roloff: Oh, get it together, girl. I know. Me, right?
Lisa Dixon: Colombia, Chile, Clemson, South Carolina. We’re all a hot mess, someone said.
Amy Roloff: Well, you know what? It’s not remotely, not even remotely could we be on the level of, I loved it when Hoda and Kathy Lee or Kathy Lee and Regis, when they did their little chit chat, stuff like that. It’s easy.
Lisa Dixon: It’s fun.
Amy Roloff: It’s fun. You talk about stuff that people can relate to. And one of these days, I’ll pick out articles or stuff that’s happening in real life but this is not political, people. I’m not getting into that.
Lisa Dixon: No, no, no. This is good. And this is our community. Puerto Rico, Scotland, Patamore from Scotland.
Amy Roloff: Oh my gosh.
Lisa Dixon: We look forward to this as much as you guys do. It’s just fun. It’s just a lot of fun. Temecula, California. All right. So Naveed, do you think you could post the winners one more time too, just in case they missed? He’s our moderator and our producer, awesome guy. He puts up with us.
Amy Roloff: We got Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Alberta, Connecticut, Roanoke, Virginia, I think.
Lisa Dixon: Roanoke.
Amy Roloff: Idaho. Scotland. Yes.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. Wait, say Idaho again.
Amy Roloff: Idaho.
Lisa Dixon: Why do you always say Idaho?
Amy Roloff: I don’t know. Idaho.
Lisa Dixon: I love it.
Amy Roloff: Tennessee. Minnesota. Idaho.
Lisa Dixon: Nova Scotia. San Diego. Debbie Duncan.
Amy Roloff: Oh, Nova Scotia. New Jersey. San Diego. Yeah. I think my YouTube is stuck here.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, really?
Amy Roloff: Because it’s not getting past this one thing.
Lisa Dixon: Sometimes mine does that, too.
Amy Roloff: It’s stuck on yours. I don’t know. I don’t know what it is. Are you guys still around on IG? I hope so.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, it might have shut off. No, it’s still going.
Amy Roloff: No, it might have shut off.
Lisa Dixon: The IG?
Amy Roloff: Yeah.
Lisa Dixon: I’m seeing Phyllis from Florida. Amy, you are [inaudible 01:21:33]
Amy Roloff: I don’t have it going. It’s stuck on this. So many people have wanted request.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. Here are the winners again. Kathy Tankersly Mason for Facebook.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. It stopped.
Lisa Dixon: YouTube is Shaynee Kaaihili. Mine’s still going, Amy.
Amy Roloff: Mine’s not.
Lisa Dixon: Okay. YouTube Shaynee Kaaihili.
Amy Roloff: Because it’s not going up.
Lisa Dixon: Twitter.
Amy Roloff: I’ve got all these hearts, but …
Lisa Dixon: Twitter is Twitter @GKL1961. And Instagram is Angela Berndtson and she’s @angela_berndtson_ on the screen here. And then again, we’ll post … yeah. Naveed’s saying Instagram’s working on his end. I see you too, Amy. It hasn’t stopped.
Amy Roloff: Okay, great. Well, thank you, guys.
Lisa Dixon: Keep rolling.
Amy Roloff: Well, I can’t see where other people are at. It’s stopped on you. I don’t know.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, weird. Sometimes if I have a text come in or something, it’ll stop the scroll on Instagram.
Amy Roloff: I haven’t had that because I put that thing on. It just says view requests. There’s over 60 people.
Lisa Dixon: Oh, no. You don’t want to view their requests.
Amy Roloff: Well, I can’t do that.
Lisa Dixon: No, so requesting there’d be …
Amy Roloff: Well, we have Massachusetts, Milwaukee, Texas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan. So anyway, you guys, thank you guys so much. It’s almost 5:30.
Lisa Dixon: What?
Amy Roloff: I’ve got to get to …
Lisa Dixon: Are you kidding?
Amy Roloff: Yeah, I’ve got to get to an event. As always, if you guys see the post on when we’re going to do our next live, feel free to not only ask questions, but even things that you want. Jackson, Michigan.
Lisa Dixon: Topics.
Amy Roloff: Let us know things that you may want us to talk about, whether it be just about parenting, being a grandmother, getting older.
Lisa Dixon: Food.
Amy Roloff: Just life in general. I’m not going to get into politics, so that’s one thing I’m not going to do.
Lisa Dixon: No.
Amy Roloff: Because that can just be a tunnel, what is it, the rabbit’s hole?
Lisa Dixon: Down the rabbit hole. Yes.
Amy Roloff: It’s just not a good place. We get too much of that on however you receive your information when it comes to that, but yeah. Just make it fun, just whatever.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Subscribe.
Amy Roloff: When you see our next live at any time, not only ask questions, but … Yeah, subscribe to my YouTube channel, Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen, and all this stuff. I’d love to stay connected. Half the time I’m so focused on trying to come up with recipes. What am I going to make, what am I going to cook, doing the video and that, but I always try and make an effort to respond to your guys’ stuff.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Love it. Yep. And try out our new summer fudge flavors. We have root beer float, orange cream, classic chocolate, and Oregon Berry. Oh my gosh.
Amy Roloff: I know. Come on. Does that not speak summer?
Lisa Dixon: It won’t be here for too long. Yeah.
Amy Roloff: Oh, I tell you. Yeah. Even melt the fudge a little bit and drizzle it over ice cream. You’ll have your root beer float.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Yummy.
Amy Roloff: Or take the chocolate fudge and make your s’mores. So you got your graham cracker, you got your marshmallow, chocolate fudge and your s’more. Come on.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. Very good.
Amy Roloff: Delicious.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. And if you subscribe, you have an opportunity to cook with Amy, so look for that.
Amy Roloff: And we do the cooking with Amy over Zoom, just to be clear.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah. It’s going to be fun. Monday’s our next one so it’s already full. And then one other thing we didn’t touch base, just very quickly, is that we have military pattern face masks, if people are still wearing those. And part of the proceeds are going to the, oh my gosh, Fallen Soldier. Where did we … Maybe Naveed can put it up on the screen.
Amy Roloff: I think it’s either Wounded Soldiers, Fallen Soldiers, something of that. And to me-
Lisa Dixon: It’s on our website.
Amy Roloff: … I so am on board with that because I don’t care where you are at when it comes to all of that, but people have made the choice to defend our country and sacrifice their life, their families have sacrificed, and that’s the least we can do is to help them out when they have encountered-
Lisa Dixon: I think Wounded Warrior. I think it was Wounded Warriors.
Amy Roloff: … such challenges. Wounded Warrior Project.
Lisa Dixon: Yep. Very cool. Yeah, so check it out on our website and you can get your Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard. We have all those masks available. Okay.
Amy Roloff: And I just want to wish you all a very good rest of the summer. We might try and do another live before I actually go to Italy.
Lisa Dixon: Yeah, let’s try.
Amy Roloff: Yeah. We’ll check on that. But anyway, you guys have a great summer. Enjoy it. Enjoy being with friends and family. Enjoy being out there. Enjoy what we’re still able to do and stuff. So just be thankful, just be appreciative, be humble, be kind, and I’ll tell you, life can sometimes be a lot easier.
Lisa Dixon: That’s right. Yep. Be kind, think kind, and stay kind. All right. Well, 5:30.
Amy Roloff: All the best you guys.
Lisa Dixon: Woohoo.
Amy Roloff: Bye-bye.
Lisa Dixon: Love you guys. Thanks for joining us.
Amy Roloff: Okay.