Create a Self-Reliant Life
I aspire to be a bread maker, to have the wonderfully fragrant and comforting scent of fresh bread in my house every day. With just a few simple ingredients you can create a satisfying addition to any meal. I think this lost art is a skill that every self-reliant person needs to have in their arsenal.
Unfortunately, my aspirations do not always work. Either I get lazy and don’t make time for the hours it takes for traditional bread, or I make bread and it doesn’t rise. It smells great, but it’s basically inedible. A brick. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done it. Let’s just say I’ve ruined so many batches of bread that I have almost given up.
I’ve tried baking with natural yeast, but was not able to sustain the babysitting that the yeast start required and, after all that work, it went sour. Some day perhaps, I will try again.
Next I tried making artisan bread with the Kneadlessly Simple: No-Knead Bread method and it never quite worked the way it looked in the book. I’m sure it’s just me. I’m artisan bread challenged and need to take a class – or talk to a grandma – to get my technique straightened out!
Recently, I had the opportunity to try a Craftsy online class. One that promises to help me overcome my artisan bread handicap. It’s called Artisan Bread in Minutes. It covers seven lessons and 2.5 hours of instruction about how to make my own no-knead bread and use the dough. It’s like going to a community center and taking an indepth class. Except you get to do it in your own home and watch it again, and again.
How many things have I learned from community education over the years? A bunch. Pressure canning, hot process soap making, and (too many to count) gardening classes. Each of these were relatively inexpensive in the $30-$40 range. I got great handouts, but I can’t go back and watch those instructors again.
That’s what I like about taking Craftsy classes. They are available any time I want to watch and refresh my technique. I also have access to the instructor (via email) If I have any questions that aren’t answered in the class material handouts. Perfect for busy people like me!
Craftsy Classes for Preparedness
I’ve listed several classes below in the areas of gardening, woodworking, sewing and cooking. they have even more available. How much farther would you be be in your preparedness quest if you had access to these quality classes? My goal is to take a new class each quarter and learn (or refresh) a skill.
After I finally master the artisan bread thing – I’m on to artisan cheese making, creating benches & boxes, and refreshing my sewing techniques.
This weekend it’s a Craftsy sale
This weekend only, save on ALL online-video Craftsy classes, and gain the skills you need to create something you can showcase forever, with lessons you can access forever. The weekend of 6/5-6/7/2015 Craftsy invites inspiring enthusiasts to create the unexpected using online classes. They are offered at 50% discount.
Craftsy’s ‘Create the Unexpected’ event – get discounts on all online classes that you can access forever!
Duration for the discount:
Friday, 6/5 through Sunday, 6/7 @11:59PM MT. The classes you purchase are available forever.
Here are some of the classes I think will help you become better prepared and self-reliant. This only scratches the surface.
- // Cooking With Cast Iron
- // On the Rise: Bun & Roll Techniques
- // Artisan Bread Making
- // Low & Slow: BBQ at Home
- // Love your Vegetables
- // Artisan Cheese Making
- // Homemade Italian Pasta
- // 180 Cooking classes
- // Table Saw Tips & Techniques
- // Milling Lumber
- // Handheld Router Techniques & Tips
- // Benches & Boxes
- // 22 Woodworking classes
- // 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know
- // Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine
- // The Sewing Studio – Great for Beginners
- // Learn to Sew: Simple Bags
- // Choosing & Using Your Favorite Fabrics
- // Fast & Flexible: Log Cabin Quilts
- // Project Upcycle: Thrifty Sewing Projects
- // 258 Sewing Classes
- // Gorgeous Garden Design
- // Vegetable Gardening: Smart Techniques for Plentiful Results
- // Vegetable Gardening: Innovate Small Space Solutions
- // Designing Elegant Edible Gardens
- // The Extended Harvest
- // Building a Raised Bed Garden
- // Growing Heirloom Tomatoes
- // 33 Home & Garden Classes
If you are considering learning a new self-reliance skill, maybe taking a series of Craftsy classes for preps (at 50% off) is just the thing you need.
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