Homestead Skills: September

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You guys, I have been on a planning and goal setting spree! In my Homestead Skills Checklist post, I outlined all the things I wanted to learn, and I love to schedule, so I wanted to share my September schedule with you all! Now I have some accountability and will be able to have you all call me out if I don’t accomplish something. I have some fun new things in the works for those of you that subscribe to my emails too! September is going to be such a fun month!

September Homestead skillsWeek 1: Get some plants in their pots! I consulted many gardening websites and the Farmers Almanac and came up with some veggies I want to grow. Lettuce, spinach, and sweet potatoes are on my list. For the potatoes, I am going to use a potato bin!

Week 2: I am going to knit myself a sweater! I have been looking at a ton of different patterns, but I really need to level up my knitting game, plus I have so much found yarn in my house, that everyone I know will be sporting something I’ve knitted for them. I know I live in Florida, but we’re going back to Kansas for the Holidays, so I am getting the kids outfitted with hats, mittens, and scarves. You can follow my Knitting board here!

Week 3: Composting! I am gearing up to have my family go on a ZERO WASTE challenge. This is going to be tough, especially after a summer of easy foods and we had more waste than I have ever seen. My aim is to get us on track to not wasting and create great habits for the future!

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One of my first ferments, Ginger soda!

Week 4: FERMENTED FOOD! This is something that I have loved for a long time, and I cannot wait to start brewing kombucha and adding fermented salsa and pickles to my meals and get my stomach back in order.

Week 5: Home organizing and tracking. With all these new ideas and challenges, I really need to stay on top of what I am doing, what is working, what needs to change, etc. I am still trying to figure this out, but I NEED this in my life. If you are an organizing guru, drop your link in my comments, because I want to interview you!

That is it! This is a jam packed month, but I am ready to really begin to tackle these homestead skills! I’ll be sharing the books, tools, and links I use to figure this stuff out, and if you all have any handy advice, please don’t hesitate to drop a comment and let me know what has worked for you in the past.

Homestead Skills Checklist

In my suburban homestead planning post, I talked about how I wanted to do as much as I could on a smaller scale. So, I really wanted to create a homestead checklist to work through things I either need to brush up on or learn entirely.

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Our garden back in 2014

I originally had the idea for this homesteading blog before our daughter came along. In those days, we were still tending to nine raised beds, six chickens, and two ducks all in our back yard. We were also on a mission to find at least five acres with a modest home and I was so excited at the idea of the new journey we were headed towards.

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Our girls! I miss their eggs!

Soon, our jobs grew, our family grew and the dream of having our homestead with gardens, orchards, chickens, and animals faded to the back. It has been sad for me to leave this dream in the back of my journal to make way for my family and all that we need to accomplish on a day to day basis. This checklist is my way of reaching out to that dream and work on the skills that I will rely on when the dream becomes alive again.

homestead skills checklistThanks to everyone that I follow on my Pinterest boards, I got some amazing ideas on what skills are being used and what categories I need to brush up on.

Let me share a few things I have done over the past few weeks that fall in line with this thinking. First, I made enchilada sauce from scratch! It was so great and only took me a few moments to whip together in my Vitamix.

Then, when I was decluttering, I found a ton of yarn and my knitting stuff. Knitting was one of the very first things I taught myself using YouTube videos, and I am really proud of what I learned over that time. So, I have been working on picking it up again, but I keep getting frustrated and putting it down. I am currently in the market for some quick and easy projects to boost my knitting confidence (Knitters drop me some links or send me some pins on Pinterest!)

Little by little, I am going to be building on these skills and getting back into the swing of preserving foods, learning some home and garden care, and reconnecting with the outdoors.

You can download my Homesteading Skills Checklist! These are just my starting skills, feel free to add your own and have fun with it.

What are some things you want to accomplish in your home?

We are going to have so much fun y’all!! I will share my wins along with my failures and undoubtedly ask questions to all of you!

Tell me about your self-sufficiency dreams and things that you are already a rockstar with! Comment below!



Why I chose to return to homemaking

This is an accurate depiction of what I look like on a daily basis.

I have spent the last five years in a corporate executive assistant role for a large healthcare provider; and for the most part, I have enjoyed my work.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in the field and almost immediately found this as my career. I love the people that I support, but over the past year or so, this work has not been fulfilling to me, and although I am gaining more responsibility, I am feeling like I am wasting my time.

This feeling is what led to my decision to come back into the home to be with my family, support my husband in his endeavors, and create a home that we all can enjoy and be proud of. I once was a homemaker when my son was small and my husband’s work sent us overseas to live in Italy for three years. When we returned to the States, I was excited and beyond ready to “get back to work”. Everyone would say, “I bet you can’t wait to get back to work, you must have been bored.” I’d agree and update my resume and continue the hunt.


My son and I back in ’09.

Thinking back on that time though, the time when I was home with my son as a growing and learning toddler, I was NEVER bored, we were always on the go. We would travel, be with our friends, volunteer, and still have time to keep a clean home and cook a good meal. Now that my daughter has become a full-fledged toddler, I was really wanting to come back home.


I mean…look at that face!!

I want to share in my daughter’s new learning experiences, I want to do actual activities with both my son and daughter and not just taxi them to school and soccer, and try to squeeze in some fun stuff while trying to keep my home the way that I want it.

Really, this is an admission that I cannot do it all, I cannot have the full-time career, the beautiful home, the experiences with my children and my husband. When thinking about what I was willing to give up; my career was on the top of that list. I am okay with that. I know that I can do work that I enjoy here in my home, with my husband, with my children; and feel completely full and accomplished at the end of each day.