Skills That Add Home to Home Life

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Most everyone has some sort of dwelling where they live. How we manage our home determines whether it is a home or just a place where you sleep. So what sort of things make a home special? It is not a big fancy house or nice furnishings. It is the special touches that your children will associate with home as they grow older and start their own homes. It is the home cooked meal that they remember as their favorite, or the smell of freshly baked cookies, or the way you always put fresh flowers in the house, even if it was one little rose in pretty vase. The time to cultivate those memories is when your children are young. It may seem insignificant to you but rest assured that you are making memories for them.

As the Family and Consumer Science Agent for Clay County, I plan to have a series of programs in 2018 that center on skills that make a home a home.

Starting in February, the first series starts February 13 and runs through February 16 at the Clay County Center. Each class starts at 1:00 and will finish up at 4:00 p.m.

During the first four days we will cover the basics operating a sewing machine and cover general trouble shooting. If you have a sewing machine, bring it to class. If you do not own a sewing machine, I will try to have machines for you to use in class. We will talk about using a pattern in general and tips to remember if you want to attempt making a simple pattern. Using a pattern that you draft in class, we will construct a simple kitchen apron.

During the second four days, 2-20 through 2-23 we will wear our newly sewn aprons while we cover the basics of preserving food using the hot water bath method. We will make Ambrosia Conserve and Salsa. The two recipes will be preserved using the hot water bath method.

What is the special home skill? Learning the basics of sewing which which will enable you to extend the life of your clothes as you make small repairs. You might even venture on to sew something for yourself or your home. Making kitchen curtains is a pretty simple adventure with a lot of satisfaction. You can be assured of the correct size for your window and the fabric pattern that is just right for your kitchen.

And of course, the skill of preserving food is covered. There is a great deal of satisfaction when you open your pantry and gaze upon the neatly labeled jars of food being stored up for the winter months ahead.

The series in March will be covered in the next publication. Be sure to be on the look out for the entire series. Other methods of preservation will be covered along with making jams and jellies. Using a serger sewing machine will be covered in March. We will touch on herbs during this series. I am excited to present this series of classes. We cover  a variety of skills that will help make your home more than just a place to sleep.