Craft ahead. Now that the major holidays are passed I look at what needs to be done while our days are still slow. My son will need to have a hand made card for each of his class mates for valentine’s day. I like to add somthing special to them. This year I have already crochet 30 of these little hearts and have them tucked away. This week I will make make 4 or 5 larger hearts for teachers. Crafting ahead saves my sanity.
Save your marigold seeds. I love marigolds they make lovely chicken treats, tate tea, look so nice and ward of bugs. What’s not to love about these amazing little flowers. Back in October I pulled all of the flowers off of my biggest healthiest marigold plant. I than had my 7 year old sew them all together and hung them to dry. Now in December while the ground out side is frozen solid I pulled them down and pulled out the seeds. My dining room now smells like marigold and I have a jar full of seeds for my 4th year of free marigolds.
Make your own laundry soap. I change what kind I use every few months. because honestly I get sick of making the same kind but I think this one will stay around for a while. I am currently using a dawn dish soap based recipe. I found the recipe on pintrest (what can’t you find on pintrest?)
To make a one gallon batch.
*1 gallon container with a tight fitting lid
*3 tablespoons of borax
*3 tablespoons of washing soda
*2 table spoons blue dawn dish soap.
Here is the link to the original recipe
- Make snacks to freeze for the coming school year.
- Make bread
- Cook up and use chicken I got on sale.
- Makes fresh pasta
- Try a new recipe. I think I will go with another one from smitten kitchen, since I am too lazy to search else where. I have spinach i need to use so I may have to try this yummy looking slab pie. ( http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/12/breakfast-slab-pie/)
- Catch up on laundry.( I always fall behind)
- Make laundry soap.
- Clean each room for 10 minutes a day.
- Clean Fridge
- Clean and organize the kitchen drawers and cabinets.
- Clean and organize the hall closet.
- Crochet more baby hats for gifts.
- Work on scarf.
- Cut out 4 lunch bags.
- Sew lunch bags?
- Start thinking up Christmas gifts.
- Clean the chicken coop.
- Put chicken wire on the bottom of the rabbits home.
- Get the boys to start harvesting rabbit food for me.
- Look up and maybe try to ferment chicken food. ( hoping this will save us money on chicken feed)
- ferment garlic (This has been on the list for almost 2 months)
- Can beans.
- Dry herbs for tea.
- Weed all beds.
- sort seeds for fall planting
- plant out more buckwheat
- Earth up potatoes
- Update the garden note book.
- Forage for goose berries
- Try the new work out video at least 2 times.
- Take the boys for a hike.
- Go the the library
- Go to bed at 9:30 pm
- Wake up at 5:30 am
while the last few months have been super crazy I have managed to find the time to work on my blanket and work on this super silly hat for my friends new baby. I had some lovey friends give me more yarn for my blanket and I delight in seeing it grow as I add each persons yarn. As for the hat….well I think it speaks for its self. Although I have to say the hardest part was finding breast colored yarn locally that was soft enough for a baby and not too expensive.