Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 Resolutions

Wow! How is it already the 4th? This year is flying by, haha! I have not posted my New Year Resolutions, shame on me. I am super excited for this year and what it will bring. I just know this is going to be the best year yet!

Change Jar
No Eating out
Electricity Reduction Challenge
Needlework Challenge
Homesteading Challenge
Frugal Challenge
Waste No more Food Challenge
Homemade Christmas
Photo a day blog
Sell on Etsy
Get Charity up and running
Go Greener Challenge
20 wishes Challenge
Granny Miller's Self Reliant Challenge

Now most of these are Challenges on Frugal Village Forums

I am in serious mode of wanting a farm. It makes me happy and always has. So a lot of my goals this year are geared towards this.

What are your goals this New Year?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Year In Review

Well as 2010 ends, all I can say is I am thankful. 2010 was very hard.

1. Post 5 to 7 blog posts a week. While I didn't complete this challenge there was a good reason. In midst of getting this blog up and running I became very caught up in the numbers... visitors, views projects I was completing.. and lost sight of what Frugal Farmhouse was suppose to be about. I took time off, re-centered my head and while I may not post as much as super bloggers... I am still here.

2. $5/person/week grocery challenge- succeeded until about July. Will be going back to our skimpy grocery budget so I am sure you will here more about this again.

3. Homestead skill a month challenge- This is my favorite resolution and have carried it over to this year.
My goals were:
1. How to make butter-nope..
2. How to make hard boiled eggs-nope but will try
3. Make homemade tortillas- yes and will continue to perfect these.
4. Hm laundry soap-yes and I love it!
5. Hm pasta-yep
6. Hm taco seasoning-yep
7. Hm ranch dressing- yep
8. Learn how to can- nope
9. Hm sourdough bread- yep, and it is way to time consuming lol
10. Rag rug-nope
11. How to darn socks-nope
12. Fine tune MY recipe binder with all hm yummy goodness- This is more of an on going process, and have realized this now.

4. 2010 homemade Christmas- I did not make anything.. to be honest but only spent about 30 total.

5. Fling 2010 Things in 2010 Challenge- completed and went well over that number.

6. 2010 sewing challenge- I did complete a garbage bag full of project snuggles blankets that I donated other than that nothing was completed on this challenge. In midst of losing unemployment I sold my sewing machine to pay bills... I was given my grandma's ancient machine and am so excited to pick it up next time we are there.

7. 2010 needlearts challenge-
1. shopping bags made out of plastic bags nope..
2. dish clothes- lots and lots!
3. socks- so hard, nope.
4. hats for Warming Families-nope

8. pantry freezer challenge- did really well on this challenge. and replenished it all back haha!

9. 20 wishes challenge-

1. learn how to make quilt blocks-no..
2. make curtains for bedroom-YES!
3. get rid of half of clothes-YES!
4. keep my house clean-YES!
5. get rid of 1000 things in January YES!
6. learn how to knit-nope
7. achieve my financial goals- no
8. find a meaningful job-.... sadly.... no...
9. have a successful monetary blog- still working on this.
10. if I haven’t used stuff in storage by march get rid of it.- yes.
11. Take online courses- lost internet for a long while, so no.
12. Learn to can- nope
13. Document important recipes from grandma- still working on this.
14. Read 12 books this year- read a hand ful
15. Charity work, project snuggles, warming families- did a few things, but plan to do a lot more
16. College- started researching
17. Reduce food intake, food waste- YES!
18. Keep resolutions and challenges-sort of :D
19. Saved for later
20. Saved for later

10. Save $1000 by March 15th- luckily didn't have to complete this.

I did not complete a lot of my goals, but I learned a lot. I have set the bar even higher this year and am excited to see 2010 go.

I look forward to experiencing it all with you. I hope you had a happy and safe new year!