5 Skills I Want to Learn This Year

I was recently challenged to think of five things I’d like to learn this year. I had already been thinking about this, but I thought if I made a list and put it down here it would help to solidify it all in my brain. Also, there’s that love I have for lists – any kind of list!

I always wanted to be like Ma Ingalls ever since I first started reading the Little House books when I was six. I’ve been so happy all my life to challenge myself to learn “old-fashioned” skills. I’m hoping to add to my skills this year.

So, in no particular order here’s what I’d like to learn and why.

  1. How to bake bread without an oven. I think this would be a great skill for when we go camping or for if we lose power. We lost electricity for more than 48 hours during the Ice Storm of 2013. I already have an ebook about emergency and outdoor bread baking. I’m going to print it up soon and see about practicing this technique.
  2. How to make cheese. I’ve always thought I needed raw milk to do this, but I found a couple of recipes lately that make me believe I can do it with commercial milk from the store. So this is something else that I’m going to try in the next couple of months.
  3. How to smock. Okay this one isn’t a skill that would help us survive, but I’ve always loved the beauty of smocking so I want to learn how to do it. I’m hoping in a few years that I’ll have a few granddaughters to use this skill for.
  4. How to make candles. I have a kit to get me started. Eventually I’d like to do it on my own without a kit.
  5. How to make soap. The big hold up for me with the soap is finding the lye. I’ve read so many books about how to make soap. This really fascinates me.

So there you have it. My list of things to learn this year. What would you like to learn this year?

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Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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  1. Julie Geoffrion

    I just want to learn to smock 🙂 Obviously, I’m obsessed with sewing the most LOL.
    We are reading the Little House series right now and I LOVE SO MUCH that Laura describes in detail how they do and make things 🙂 What a great picture and learning experience for the kiddos. Genevieve loves all the meals they describe :).

    • JenSchon

      Joy and I always said if you were thrown out in the woods somewhere to just ask for a Little House set and you could survive. 🙂
      I’ve also added learning how to knit socks to my list of things I want to do. I don’t know why, but I’m really interested in this.

      • Julie Geoffrion

        See I’d like to learn to knit socks, too – seems like a calming thing to do 🙂

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