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DIY in 2011

I was inspired yesterday by Money Saving Mom’s post, 12 Do-It-Yourself Projects I Plan to Attempt in 2011.

There are a lot of things I’d like to try in the coming year, as well… And I very much agree with her reasoning that it’s too easy to put it off without more concrete goals and planning.

Crystal’s idea was to decide on one project to do each month, and commit to doing those and blogging about them. Her choices are not too far off from things I’d like to try!

She mentions homemade laundry soap and homemade dishwasher soap. Those sound great, but I’ve tried the laundry soap, and it seems like it’s just not getting the job done with our icky water here. Ah, well…

Here’s my list so far:

January: Learn to sew a Blind Hem, and hem Wolf’s new dress pants.

February: Make From-Scratch Chai Tea. Yummmmm!

March: Make Homemade Hamburger Buns (Anyone have a fabulous recipe to pass along?). We’ve been making bread so long, it’s sad that we don’t already do this!

April: Plant some food-producing plants in a container garden or raised bed.

May: Make Freezer Jam.

June: Make Plum Jam (the “regular” kind) – these two should make for an interesting comparison!

July: Make homemade soap.

August: Make cheese (I understand Mozzarella is a good place to start).

September: Preserve something in the dehydrator.

October: Make Homemade Apple Butter.

November: Make a pair of fleece footie pajamas for each of the Littles. (Set in a zipper, make feet…)

December: Make Homemade Marshmallows.

There are many, many more things I want to do, but these are the ones that came to mind as just the right “significant projects” for this list.

Do you have any Home Ec projects you’d like to try this year?

“A goal is a dream with a deadline”


7 Responses to “DIY in 2011”

  • Jennifer says:

    I think the Divas have a good hamburger bun recipe. I know I’ve seen one and bookmarked it but I can’t find it at the moment. I wish we lived closer, I have a whole jar of Chai concentrate with your name ALL OVER IT!! LOL It will probably sit in my fridge until it decays. LOL

    September can be Peach Honey by Paula Dean. It’s like a Peach Marmalade and my boys LOVE it!! I made it with fresh SC Peaches and it is to die for!!

    Oh, and you do have ICKY water down there!! We always bring our own jugs of water when we go there. LOL At least you get lots of suds!! LOL

    • Tiffany says:

      I picked something else for September, only because my hubby is *not* a fan of honey. That sounds delicious, though, and I may have to make it anyway…

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