Turning Lemons into Love & Profit

This real example of how to turn lemons into lemonade is a perfect example of Pruppism.  Pruppies combine the strength of preppers and yuppies to gain a simpler, happier, more profitable life.   There is a strategic approach to earning extra income that I am trying to turn lemons into more than lemonade.

The commercial product in our orange grove is the navel orange, but we have a number of Myer lemon trees in the grove as well.  These trees produce way more lemons than we can use.   They just create costs taking care of the trees.  Or do they?


Recently I picked a large batch of these lemons.  We threw them in Purely Green to clean them up and tried two recipes for preserving lemons.  One recipe was “Lemons in Salt and Oil”. The other was “Lemons in Brine” (1).

This required just a bit of cutting and cooking.  They turned out great.

“What’s next?”, I thought.  Now all we have to do is figure out what to do with them.


I asked the entire family.

Our son-in-law and webmaster, David Cross, is a fabulous chef and he sent a few quick suggestions about what to do with preserved lemons.

Moroccan Tagine with preserved lemons always works great, and you may use any meat and with a little tweaking, fish.

You could also use the preserved lemons in dhal, and there is a type of soup from India called Rasam that you could use preserved lemons, in place of tamarind, and possibly blended so you get only the salty/sour/bitter flavor rather than pieces.

Chopped finely and added to Tabbouleh you could serve that alongside grilled chicken or lake-caught bass.

I’d be willing to bet that a little with mint would make an interesting ice cream flavor too if you ignore the edict about not mixing sweet, sour, salty and milk all in one dish.

A decent salsa would benefit from a little added, and you could then stuff a chicken breast with that.

You could add some to Gremolata and use that to garnish a braised lamb, veal, or pork shank Osso Buco.

I immediately dug out our Moroccan tagine.


I picked a cauliflower from our greenhouse.


Merri threw in some venison from the farm, some sweet potatoes and squash and we slow cooked a stew.


Merri and I love puttering in the kitchen and enjoyed the meal, but this activity was more than knowing how to enjoy preparing a healthy meal.  This activity was more than just about knowing how to preserve some extra tasty vitamin C for the food closet.

Yes, it is nice to know that if America’s food supply were to suffer, we know how to  keep our larder stocked.  In this case, I am thinking ahead about an expansion of business as well as survival and fun.

Pruppies know how to have fun, eating well and protecting their food supply but they also know how to use modern technology to turn their passions into profit.

As we preserved the lemons, as we cooked the meal, we were thinking about a New York Times article “How to Have a Dinner Party: Friends Not Required (2)”.

The article said: “Long a major organizing principle of urban social life, the dinner party has taken a hit in recent years as restaurant culture has thrived, raising the bar for culinary accomplishment intolerably high.”

The article explained how the website platform, Feastly, is like Airbnb for foodies.  The program connects diners with chefs.  Feastly has hundreds of thousands of users across 60-odd cities worldwide.  “There’s a growing awareness of the personal disconnection between people.  The internet leaves many social interactions online, by computer or smart phone.  A person can have thousands of friends and followers online but they have to dine alone.

People want to have off-line interactions and research shows that personal connections are important parts of happiness.

Organized dinner parties help people find like-minded souls because meals can help define common interests.  A quick look at Feastly’s site, eatfeastly.com (3) showed 43 different food types one can choose from.  A few of these choices include: Asian Noodle Soup, Burmese, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Gastropub Food, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Nordic, North African, Portuguese, Russian, Sri Lankan, Soul Food, Taiwanese, Vegetarian and Vietnamese.

There are a number of emerging versions of the meal sharing platforms at this time.  “EatWith” and “OneTable” are examples as well as “Feastly”.

Keys to success include a rating systems like Uber and airbnb use.  These services also urge their chefs to have a theme for each meal.  Many people have empty places in their social lives but they don’t like to gamble with social experiences.  The more they know about the meal, what to expect and who might attend, the more people will show up.

I immediately contacted Feastly and asked about being a chef in the Orlando or Charlotte areas.  My thoughts gravitated to meals served Al fresco in our North Carolina woods or on our Florida lake in the grove.   The idea that guests who came to eat might also stay in our rental units also popped into my mind.

Feastly is not active yet in either state, but this is okay.  I am not ready either.  In fact I might never do this, but getting enthused and finding out about the idea are steps one through three of the Seven Step Evolutionary Business Cycle. This cycle can help us all take small steps in creating and growing small businesses that turn our passions into profit.  The cycle is:

#1: Get an idea.

#2: See if  the idea leads to enthusiasm.

#3: Let the enthusiasm lead to an education.

#4: Let the education lead to action.

#5:  The action will lead to profit or loss.

#6:  The profits or loss will create experience.

#7: The experiences lead to bigger and better ideas.

Pruppies look at ways to enjoy peak living, everlasting wealth and natural health with Pruppie strategies that unite new technology and the wisdom of old ways.

There you have it, food!

We have enjoyed learning how to grow, harvest, preserve and prepare in the oldest of ways, but look at selling it at a themed dinner party that collects new friends who are like-minded souls.  We earn a bit (or a lot), meet new friends in an enjoyable, fulfilling process.  That’s Pruppie thinking.

I am not sure we will ever host a meal through such a platform.   The idea might not make any sense at all for us, but I’m testing and learning having fun in the process.

I never forget the line in the movie “Babe” (4)  “Farmer Hoggitt knew that little ideas that tickled and nagged and refused to go away should never be ignored, for in them lie the seeds of destiny.”

Most important, I hope that seeing how I spotted that this idea might mean something for us and have moved it forward, will help you spot and take advantage of ideas that make your life richer and happier as well.


(1) Alexandracooks.com:  Preserved lemon recipes

(2) Nytimes.com: How to have a dinner party; Friends not required

(3) EAtfeastly

(4) Babe: The seeds of destiny.

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Live Better and Be Free – 5 Global Earning Experiences

Here are 5 global income experiences and 7 business secrets that can help you live well and free anywhere despite the pandemic.

I began my international business over 50 years ago and have been creating and running international micro businesses since.

During that time my wife, Merri, and I have been able to live, work and earn all over the world… literally anywhere we wanted because of seven secrets we gained which we share here with you.  We have been blessed with global earning experiences that helped us make millions… but were also fun, such as with British Lordships.

See how this one micro business helped us rub elbows with British Royalty.


One of Merri’s businesses that worked with British Royalty was featured in Doonesbury.

Global Earning Experience #1:  Lepers.  Our micro businesses have been fulfilling.  Merri started her international business in her 20s (long before she knew me) importing Italian clocks to the USA.  This earned so much ($80,000 in the first year) that she created other micro businesses helping orphans in the Yucatan and Haitian lepers (at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital) produce crafts she sold for them in the USA.

Excellent income ($80,000 in the 1970s was a lot of cash)…  incredible contacts… working with Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who created the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti… and enormous satisfaction.  Merri still cries over 40 years later when she tries to speak of the gratitude of the lepers and her time and life in Haiti.

Plus she gained lessons that allowed her to live and earn… in many places and many ways.

Then we got together.

Global Earning Experience #2:  Lords.  Another of Merri’s ideas (in the mid 1980s) was to broker British titles to wealthy Americans.  We made a ton from that… even gained 15 minutes of fame when Gary Trudeau learned about this business and immortalized it by having B.D. Zonker buy a title!

What fun… profitable, plus stimulating, meeting and working with the Blue Bloods of Britain… visiting their castles… invited to their events and affairs.

Before I get ahead of myself, may I ask you a question?


Would you enjoy living in two or even more places wherever and whenever you choose?  Would you be happier with more freedom, lack of debt, and a life of riches, adventure and fulfillment?  Would you be glad to feel confident that you can discover interesting and fun business ideas again and again that not only bring in extra income but also help the poor and improve the environment?

If so then read on… because… Merri and I have led that lifestyle for decades and can show you how to live it too.

The key is to earn from home offices.   They are part of a micro business secret and you’ll see why have two home offices (and using two cars in business) can save thousands in taxes.

You can also enjoy such a lifestyle because after years of search, I found business secrets that you can use and enjoy.


Waterfall at our North Carolina Farm.  See enjoyable benefits of a micro business in water.

Global Earning Experience #3: Hospitality.  Here’s a hotel we owned and operated in Ecuador.  Once we sold this we joined the sharing economy and began offering rentals in our North Carolina cabins through AIRBNB and houses in Florida.  We became designated super hosts within months and added thousands of extra dollars to our income every month.

Caring is just one example of how to live anywhere and earn, especially now that the pandemic will change how people vacation.


Having a variety of places to live is part of one of the secrets on how to earn more, have a better life with more fun, adventure and greater freedom.

Global Earning Experience #4:  Import-Export.   Here I am at our Florida house showing clients how to import.


I was wearing a hand tailored, made to order, high quality wool suit from Ecuador that could be imported into the US for as little as $135 .  Plus that Panama hat was made in Ecuador.  This is odd but true, all genuine Panama hats are made in Ecuador.  We imported Ecuador roses year round as well, all from one of our tax deductible US home office.


The secrets we’ll share below are not about how to buy suits or flowers though.   The secrets show ways to make money (while helping others) marketing products and services wherever you are and much more…. globally.

Global Earning Experience #5:  Green Produce.   We have an orange grove and lake at our Florida home and


are among the first to test new organic ways to make citrus farming better for the environment and the consumer.  In North Carolina we cultivate Wild American Ginseng as well as aquafarm.

These are just a few of the business experiences that can help you have the freedom to earn globally.  They are shared in our emailed correspondence course that you can now have FREE.

The course teaches a system based on seven secrets so powerful that it creates money for you regardless of where you are:  in town, out of the country, traveling or even in places as remote as we live.

These secrets have worked for us in real estate… titles… tours… agriculture… clothing… hospitality… alternative health…  spirituality… printing… publishing and art businesses for Merri and me all over the world.

Merri and I have created a special program we call “Live Well and Free Anywhere” that makes it possible for you to enjoy extra income doing something you love.  You can gain full or part time and enjoy excellent profits as you have fun and do something good in the world.

My search stumbled on the fact that most millionaires make their money in business.  This discovery led to a study of rich businesses, ones that generate everlasting wealth.  Here are three of seven secrets we share in our program that we learned and have used in our  micro businesses:

Secret #1: They must enjoy the multiple effect.  A product once created must produce profits again and again, almost on a never-ending basis.  Each investment made needs to make huge returns.

Secret #2: They need to be greater than their owner’s time.  They must produce income even when the owner doesn’t put in day-to-day effort. You may already be wealthy or earning a high income.  You may not even need another business or extra income, but some day you might.  One surgeon explained it this way.  “I am making a fortune because peoples’ lives are in my hands.  Once my hands are no longer steady, my income stops.   My entire financial well being will then be in someone else’s hands!”

Secret #3: These money making systems should be enjoyable and fun.  Sadly most people make money for the sake of making money.  Many spend their lives working, just to have a few precious hours having fun.  The most important fact about making and keeping wealth is that those who were richest absolutely love what they were doing.  Money is of secondary importance to their effort.  And as things are, this means they actually ended up making more money.

These secrets created a fantastic way to make money with my own international micro business doing what I love!

You too can have everlasting wealth by turning your passion into profit.

You too can have the freedom to do what you love from any place you like, even operating (actually preferably) from your bedroom, dining room or den if you wish.

What do you love? Rare cars?  You can make a fortune creating a business around them.  Do you prefer fine art? Or do you love beautiful jewelry, coins, gems, real estate, furs, model railways, dolls, scientific equipment, war memorabilia, old and rare books, or whatever?  Do you prefer social subjects rather than objects?

Are you concerned with the environment or humanitarian problems, with crimes, war or poverty?  Would you like to help wipe these social problems out in the course of your business?

Are you a golfer? Do you love to travel? Why not make all kinds of money in a global business related to golf?

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place, help people get along better together?  You can do something good for the world, increase your income and live wherever you please in the process!

Whatever your passion you can learn how to earn by creating a micro business based on it.

Take fishing, for example.

I am no great aquafarmer, but the numbers and lifestyle work on a small scale.  We pay about $3.50 a pound to stock the fish, they double, triple, even quadruple in size and we sell them at a local butcher shoppe for a modest profit.   This is not a big deal, but does generate income, helps attract guests to stay in our rental cabins, puts some great trout dinners on our table and is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my daily labor.  I need this to counter balance sitting in front of a computer.

Over a couple of months the fish grow… a lot.

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Millions of people love fishing but don’t have a pond.  This does not mean they cannot be involved in fishing.  Here are just a few of many ways that others have profitably matched this passion with profit.

Two of my friends, John and Lou, grew up near me in the Oregon mountains.  They were outdoor adventure types and moved to Canada, where they homesteaded 1,200 acres on a trout-filled lake in mid British Columbia.  They built a fishing camp that attracts fisherman from around the world.

Duncan Kinderman on the other hand loved fishing and castles.  He bought a castle on the River Tay, a great Scottish salmon river, and offered time shares for fisherman from Britain, Europe and the US.

Another entrepreneur I know was from Montana.  His skills were in marketing so he sold fishing trips for fishing camps.  He attended rod and gun exhibitions, met owners of these camps and arranged to sell their fishing trips to the US, Argentina and even in Russia to fisherman around the world.

Ralph Kylloe on the other hand loved fishing and photography so he created the book, “Fishing Camps”, which was published by Gibbs Smith publisher. This allowed Ralph to travel across the country enjoying fishing camps as he photographed and wrote.

Steve Ambrose, another friend of ours, had family commitments at home so he set up a bass fishing business in Florida that served Americans, Germans, Canadian, Dutch and Belgians.  Later as his children grew, he used his client base to arrange fishing trips in Argentina.

Each of these people had provincial backgrounds and differed in age, situation and skills.  Their common link, the love of fishing, led each to a global micro business.  Each was able to blend a unique nature and set of skills to develop a global business that surrounded them with fun, like minded fishing souls.

There is such an abundance of opportunity that Merri and I have created this program to help you have your own micro business that can be managed almost anywhere.  This program is unique because Merri and I are unique.  We started our global business together.  Since we’re almost recluses, we decided to do the whole business by ourselves… thus we create micro businesses that do not require large staffs.

We began working at home.  Today, though we have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, we still work at home on our remote farms and employ only a few people to help.

You’ll learn how to turn advertising dollars into a fortune.  You’ll learn how to create your own ads and when to use the internet… search engines… pay per click… classifieds, space ads, direct mail or word of mouth… even flea markets and roadside stands in some cases.

See how to build a PR list and social business network on the World Wide Web to gain thousands of dollars in free publicity.  I even share my most secret results on my marketing so you will know why sometimes you sell more units of a product at $49 instead of $29.

Learn how one couple used ads about retirement to supplement their retirement income and received free trips all over the world.

Learn how we have made money over the Internet (specific details, specific experiences, hard earned knowledge over the last 13 years!)  With an inexpensive computer you can easily run a business from home and still have tons of time left over – even if you are computer challenged.  Merri and I have certainly proven this.  We were one of the first to run a successful website and still rank high today even with millions of competitors.  The secrets in the course include a step-by-step approach.

Merri and I with our webmaster, David Cross, were leaders in beginning internet micros businesses and have sold millions over the web.  You gain ways to earn global income over the net from that experience as well.

Business people or professionals who want to add an extra profit center to their business or who want to change their business entirely will benefit.  Those who want more control over their career can profit.  Plus those who love global travel and want to turn their trips into profitable tax deductions!

Even older entrepreneurs are taking advantage of technology.  One of our friends and clients, Mickey E., was a 72 year old real estate broker, when she began a small global business.  With just a computer and internet, she created publications that attracted English real estate buyers.  This allowed her to become a top sales person in the biggest real estate firm (selling over a billion dollars of real estate a year) in town.  She later used the tactics she learned to move to Ecuador (in here late 70s) and start a micro business there.

This course is also for couples who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.

This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through an International Business.

To order the entire “Live Well and Be Free Anywhere” program normally costs $299.

The course is so complete Merri and I extend our “no fooling around-complete satisfaction guarantee”.

If you are not fully satisfied in any way,  just tell us within 60 days and we’ll send you a 100% full refund with no questions asked.

Normally to order our entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program would cost $299.

Right now you can get this program FREE.