Homesteading defined by Merriam Webster is "the home and adjoining land occupied by a family." So when I talk about homesteading skills I am referring to my home and all things pertaining to helping our home, property, and family run smooth. I remember when I was first married, I absolutely did not have any skills. My Mom was an excellent homesteader and as I reflect on all things she did, I am truly amazed and very grateful for the hard work ethic she gave us.
When I think of HOME in homestead, my mind quickly goes to the kitchen. As a mom of 11 children I learned through the years I did not thrive in chaos, especially in the kitchen. The heart of the home is the kitchen. Cooking and preparing food became a very large part of my time. My mind was always thinking and planning about food.
In addition to the kitchen, our property of 3 acres is another asset for our family. We have chickens for eggs, rabbits for fertilizer, miniature donkeys, goats, peafowl, and ducks for pets and animal husbandry. We also have a garden and our hope and prayer is to keep expanding this.
Most importantly, home and property are all for our family. Learning and working together creates bonds that are not forgotten. Returning to heart of the home is important to us in our striving for learning creative and frugal ways to homestead.