February 10, 2016

Let's Learn to Do Stuff


Homesteading is all about learning basic skills and knowing how to "do stuff". Wanting to live simply, striving to eat a healthy diet, saving money... those goals probably mean you are growing your own food, cooking from scratch, and are juggling lots of do-it-yourself.


So let's learn how to do stuff!

Recently I asked you to help me by filling out a short survey, and your responses were great - thank you! A high percentage of you said you "want to learn to do ___". The specific skills varied although there were several that showed up quite often. Mostly you want to learn basic skills. Let's do that!

I'm producing a series of posts with tutorials on many subjects, skills used in the kitchen, the garden, the barn. Let's call it Skills 101. I'm looking forward to helping you add to your list of skills, to inspiring you to try new things, and to giving you confidence to face the future.


Right now I'm going through already-existing posts that fit into this series and adding them to an index page so they'll be easy for you to find. Just click here to see that page. I still have many posts to work through, so be sure to check back often as I add new and older posts.

Is there something in particular you'd like to know? I'm using your suggestions from the survey but if there's a particular skill you'd like to learn, please leave a comment below.




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15 comments:

  1. sounds like a great series Kathy!

    I loved your soap tutorials.
    Have you ever made butter with your goats milk?
    Can you do it without a separator? I have not tried it.

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    1. Sandra, I'm glad you enjoyed the soapmaking series. Yes, I've made butter from goat milk without a separator, but have to let the milk set in the refrigerator and spoon off the cream. The butter is white.

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  2. It's so important to continue learning new things. It's what keeps life interesting! When I finally get past learning all of this info about blogging, I'll probably move back to homesteading things. I've always loved to learn to do things like this for myself.

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  3. You're right, Jamie, it is important. It's good to keep learning, isn't it?

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  4. Cindy McE9:06 AM

    I am really excited about you Skills 101. I will be learning to can this year (if it's the last thing I do!). We will be planting a garden and it will hopefully do better than last year. Thanks for taking the time to teach all of this. Cindy in OK

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  5. Good for you, Cindy!! Canning (both waterbath and pressure canning) are two of the things I'm going to cover. I hope it will be helpful for you.

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  6. I'm so glad I found you on the Simple Saturday Blog Hop. I'd like to learn how to do some more homesteading skills. I have a garden bed that's been dormant a few years but I'd like to dig it out (since the stray cats have been using it), put new soil in there, and do some basic vegetables. I'll check out your Skills 101 page!

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  7. Hi Angela, I'm so glad you're here! I'm currently building some raised beds and will be planting in them for the first time this spring, so I hope you'll come along on this wild ride.

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  8. Great idea! I'm sure there are lots of skills we would all like to learn or improve upon.

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

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  9. Great ideas! thanks for adding to From The Farm...this is another great favorite!

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather!

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  10. Thanks for sharing with Front Porch Friday. Looks like a great list!

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  11. Great idea! Thank you for sharing this series on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  12. What a great idea, Kathi! It's wonderful to have so many resources easily accessible in one place. Thank you for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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    1. Thank you, April. I'm planning to continue adding resources to the list. Thank you for stopping by.

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