Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Message - Building skills 2

Make your own fruit leather with your dehydrator for a fun and healthy snack! Get the recipe here - LINK
Last week I talked about starting to develop your basic skills. Here's a look at a few more new skills and how you can build on some we talked about before.

Drying food
As produce comes in fast from your garden this summer, drying and canning are great skills to help us build our storage. Here's a few ways you can first start out using your dehydrator.  - Here's a neat way to do a homemade fruit roll-up or what I call fruit leather. Also, using the plain applesauce leather, melt a few caramels, spread in the leather and roll, then cut like tiny cinnamon rolls.

On a cold winter morning it is great to add your dried apples to a steamy hot bowl of oatmeal.

A fun snack is to peel and dice your apple, shake it in flavored gelatin and dry. Yum! Herbs and spinach are great dried. You can store them in a jar and use them in lots of things. Add to soups and casseroles or whatever you like.

Take a look at these sewing links. I really like how she takes you all the way through from the beginning to the very end.

Learn how to knit using regular and circular needles along with the different styles of knitting such as american and continental. - this is a great video to show you how to start knitting. Pick up those needles and give it a try :)

These next three videos show you how to start knitting on circular needles...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Message - Building skills

Here is a recipe for my favorite rolled wheat bread - Link

It's important to start building your skills. Here's a look at some basic skills that are a good place to start. 


Baking your own bread is healthier and cheaper than buying store bought bread, plus it's super delicious especially right out of the oven! Here's a look at how you can start to learn how to bake bread for your family... - this is a video on how to knead dough by hand.

Food storage
You never know what's going to happen in this economy, for example: layoffs, downsizing, drought and the recent rise in grocery prices. Having food storage can help offset these problems during a time of need.

This is what all beginners should watch! I find her method to be great - - noodle around and get great recipes and see her storage and how to get organized.

This the other blog I like -

Learning to sew can help you save lots of money. Being able to mend the clothes that you have and remake items helps you stretch your family budget.

Here's a link on how to fix those favorite jeans that have worn out -

Check out the basics in sewing to help you get started -

Try these skills out. Try to learn something new all the time and see how your skills increase!
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