How are you doing with homemaking skills? Are you growing as a homemaker, learning and gaining knowledge in this area? Or are you at a standstill? There are many facets of homemaking, and we should look for ways to excel in this lifework.
An Example of Learning New Homemaking Skills
Canning. Making pickles, applesauce or canning some type of vegetable…. it’s not my thing. It is all new to me and completely foreign. I didn’t grow up doing it, and actually I never knew of the process until about 15 years ago and when I finally decided to do it myself, it was intimidating.
I believe we as homemakers should add new skills to our repertoire now and then. Canning was something I added to mine. I bought the necessary supplies, found some beginner recipes, asked several friends a lot of questions, then set about trying it for myself. And as it turns out, having this skill as well as the tools to do the work is an asset to my family.
The day my husband brought home a pickup truck load full of pears was the day I went out and bought the supplies I needed to can this abundance. In the last two years, we’ve canned pears, pickles, applesauce, tomato paste, and tomato sauce.
Last week my husband came home with 75 lbs. of apples. Since I’m still new at canning, I asked those of you who follow the facebook page for this blog what type of sugar free recipes you would suggest for apples. Several ladies mentioned apple butter, but I only remember making that with an exceptional amount of sugar. A few of you reassured me, so my daughter set out to make apple butter. She used about 30 apples and ended up with 5-6 quarts of apple butter!
See, now that I have this skill and the supplies, I’m able to use it all at a moments notice.
If you are diving in and learning something new, perhaps you know someone else who is already doing that same thing that you can call with your questions. I’m betting she will be more than happy to tell you all she knows about that particular aspect of homemaking. The benefit to this is, of course, being able to teach and train your daughters or other young ladies you know.
What about you? What is something you want to learn to do?