Thursday, January 5, 2012

21 Amish Goals for 2012

I have a confession to make . . . I kind of want to be Amish. But with the internet and electricity and stuff! ;) What good would my being Amish be for the life of this blog?! Likely not very good! Haha.
Amish Country
Image Credit: Corey Ann on flikr
No, I'm not quite ready to live in the boonies and sew everything by hand by candlelight. And I'm very satisfied with my own religion. But I seriously do want to up the ante where my self-sufficient/provident-living skills are concerned. This book was gifted to me by my wonderful father-in-law for Christmas. And it has only fueled my desire to learn more Amish, or in the author's case - Mormon Pioneer - skills!
The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency used by the Mormon Pioneers by: Caleb Warnock
One of my biggest resolutions for the year 2012 is to become a more knowledgable and more provident homemaker. So, if nothing else than to make myself feel a bit more accountable by writing these things down, I'm writing down my Amish/Mormon Pioneer goals, hopes and dreams for the year 2012. Ready? Here they are:
  • Churn some of my own butter.
  • Plant a decent perennial vegetable garden in a box.
  • Learn how to start my own yeast. Start it, and keep it alive. Use it regularly.
  • Expand and cultivate my herb garden. (We have to replant a whole new Rosemary plant because we already ate the whole thing. Too delicious.)
  • Upcycle at least a few old items of clothing so that I do want to wear them (nicer fit/shape, improved visual interest.)
  • Make a new candle from old candle wax and use it.
  • Bottle fresh Summer peaches for Winter days.
  • Make fuel sources out of old tuna cans, cardboard and paraffin wax.
  • Learn how to make soap and make some.
  • Make and can my own homemade applesauce.
  • Make a scrap rug for Lincoln's room.
  • Make and can homemade jam of some kind this year.
  • Embroider something by hand with the leftover chenille thread from my arm chair slip covers. 
  • Sew a scrap quilt - not by hand. ;)
  • Make and dry pasta from scratch for later use.
  • Figure out the darning stitch on my spaceship sewing machine and mend something with it.
  • Made a loaf of bread from home ground wheat and home started yeast.
  • Only bring and use reusable grocery bags. It's time to buckle down on this one! (I forget more than I remember to bring my bags. Sad but true story.) 
  • Learn how to carve wood and carve the wooden doors for the computer hutch Squire is building.
  • Have a year's supply of food stashed away.
  • Play the piano at least 20 minutes every day.
And! Maybe one day I'll be as cool as this guy. . . 
Amish Farmer and Mules
Image Credit: Bob Jagendorf on flikr
  Nope. Pretty sure that's not possible. 

But here's to trying anyway! :)


  1. That's awesome! I actually went to Amish Acres in Indiana early this summer and was impressed! They have better machines than we do when it comes to apples, though! They have one that cores, peels, & slices apples just by turning the wheel! My favorite thing ever though was the smoke houses. One was to dehydrate fruit & veggies & the other was to dehydrate meats. Would love to learn how to do that! But I have a neighbor who makes scrap rugs all the time, so if you want to learn, she's got it down! She's always ripping old sheets to make them! Good luck!

  2. Yay for awesome self sufficiency! :) You'll do it, no one's more determined than you!

  3. Jami!!! My blog isn't updating yours on my list! I've been wondering where you were and missing your awesome posts. I don't know why my blog does that sometimes. Anyway, I LOVE your goals, and it was super fun catching up on a ton of your posts, and not having to wait for you to post. Ha! Good luck with your goals this year.

  4. Wow-- you rock!!! I can't wait to hear about your success with these goals! I am going to learn how to do soap this year--one of my goals. Maybe we can do it together?

  5. I wish had half as much motivation and desire to do those things. I pretty much lack all desires to do most of the things on your list! lol. But you are so awesome and I wish someday I can be a little more like you.



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