January 27, 2012

Homesteading Goals

I listed some goals over at The Prairie Homestead's Facebook page and it inspired me to share it with you all.  I wrote HERE how we try to do a lot of things around our homestead for ourselves.  Self-sufficiency is the key for us.  In the three years we have lived in our home we have learned and begun many projects.  We have a large garden, several blueberry bushes, a cherry tree, make our own laundry soap and dishwasher soap, raise chickens for eggs and for meat, raise dairy goats, make yogurt, ice cream, and do a lot of canning and cook from scratch.  I am so thankful for all that we do for our family, but there's always room for improvement.

This year I want to...

1. Master the art of bread making.  (I've been pouring over Homestead Blessings: The Art of Bread Making dvd.)

2.  Help my girls sew some skirts again with the help of Homestead Blessings: Art Of Sewing dvd.

3.  Start our garden from seed (did it a few years ago and ended up making money selling starters!) Yep, you guessed it...the West ladies have a dvd for that, too. Homestead Blessings: The Art of Gardening

4.  Start an herb garden.  Again the West ladies have a wonderful dvd all about growing and identifying herbs and what to do with them. Homestead Blessings: The Art of Herbs
5. Make cold frames.  Cold frames are covered in the gardening dvd.

Do you have any homesteading goals for the year?  You don't have to live on 3 acres to have a "homestead", though, you know.  You can live in town and have the homestead mentality.  Being self-sufficient, doing for yourself and not depending on store bought what-nots.  Give it a try!  Share what you'd like to do!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your tips, I myself am 51 and raising two grandchildren. When my sons were growing up we lived a simple life and had a garden and I am trying to do the same with these two. We just bought our home, so will putting in our garden this spring. I use your recipe for homemade laundry detergent and I love it. I have always tried to cook as much as possible from scratch and enjoy many of the recipes that you post. Thank you have a blessed day.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I'm going to have to think about homesteading goals...but I had to smile when I saw you recommend all of those HOmestead Blessings DVDS :) :) I really like their site and I'd like to purchase some of their DVDS... :) :)

I have made my own powdered laundry soap and other DIY cleaners. It's really nice, non-toxic and so inexpensive. I'm also making all of my meals at home :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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