Learn in a Weekend
Things we could do this weekend: laundry, gardening, dusting ... OR learn a powerful, useful, and helpful skill to make our lives better or more fun.
01: Learn a Card Trick in a Weekend
Being able to astonish your friends and family with card tricks is easier than you think. Join award-winning “mathemagician” Art Benjamin to master a surprisingly easy, yet wow-worthy, card trick that involves simple counting and spelling.
02: Learn to Build a Campfire in a Weekend
Building an outdoor fire to provide light, heat, and a cooking source is not as easy as putting a match to a pile of wood. Elizabeth Andre shows you step by step the best way to lay, maintain, and properly terminate a campfire.
03: Learn to Play a Van Halen Riff in a Weekend
Playing the guitar is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy yourself, but nothing beats being able to master a song by one of the masters. Spend some time with Colin McAllister and discover you can emulate Eddie Van Halen’s two-handed tapping technique.
04: Learn to Grill BBQ Chicken in a Weekend
Chicken is probably the most common food item you'll find in people's homes because it's accessible, affordable, and relatively easy to cook. Taught by expert chef Bill Briwa of The Culinary Institute of America before his passing, learn how to break down a chicken; get insights into flavoring methods, including dry rubs and sauces; and get tips on how to perfectly bar-b-que chicken, all in one quick and easy session.
05: Learn to Saber a Champagne Bottle in a Weekend
Is there anything more impressive than sabering off the top to a champagne bottle? However, there are certain things you need to know in order to do it right, and there are many ways it can be done wrong. This fast and fun lesson shows you how to open champagne with a flair and how to avoid the pitfalls of this dramatic action.
06: Learn to Sleep Better in a Weekend
Partly due to smartphones, laptops, and other devices, we generally are getting less “good” sleep than ever. Join Molly Birkholm to get eight easy, yet impactful, tips to help you achieve quality restorative sleep more often.
07: Learn to Plant a Tree in a Weekend
Not only are trees lovely additions to your landscape, but they also can keep your home cooler in warm seasons, and they benefit the environment. Although planting a tree may seem like a daunting task, it is easier than you think. Melinda Myers provides you with tips and tricks to use for your new tree to root and thrive.
08: Learn to Cut an Onion in a Weekend
It seems like a fairly easy skill, but much like an onion, properly cutting an onion has many layers. Learn how to correctly peel an onion, how to hold your knife, which direction to cut, and different cuts for different types of cooking. You’ll see how accurately cutting an onion is nothing to cry over.
09: Learn to Tie Three Knots in a Weekend
Mastering the art of knot tying has dozens of practical uses. With this accessible lesson, you’ll learn how to tie three useful and utilitarian types of knots: a clove hitch, a bowline, and a trucker’s hitch. You’ll also get examples of uses for each type of knot and ways to customize them to suit your specific needs.
10: Learn Smartphone Photography in a Weekend
Just because a picture is taken with a smartphone, it doesn’t mean it should be less interesting. Smartphones offer great photo-taking features these days and they can do some amazing things. Join National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore to reveal all the features your Smartphone camera offers. Discover how to use them to their best advantage, so you can capture breath-taking photos when, and wherever, you come across opportune moments.
11: Learn Fruit & Vegetable Canning in a Weekend
Canning is an age-old practice used to keep perishable foods preserved safely. The canning process uses heat to kill the microbes that cause food to spoil. It also is a great way to test your culinary skills with delicious results. Join modern homesteader Greg Pryor to learn how to can common fruits and vegetables and how to make jam.
12: Learn to Waltz in a Weekend
The waltz is the epitome of grace and refinement, yet it’s surprisingly easy to learn. Join Rob and Alyssa to learn the basics of the Waltz and then perfect your technique by learning how to create the "floating" effect that makes this dance appear so effortless and elegant.
13: Learn to Smoke-Roast a Turkey in a Weekend
Frying your turkey is so last year. Take your turkey up a level this year—along with your culinary skills—by learning the totally tasty and surprisingly simple methods to smoke-roast it. Perfect the seasonings, time it for perfectly moist meat, and even get tips on the carving and complementary sides.
14: Learn to Stay Fit at Work in a Weekend
“Eight-Minute Abs” are great, but you can give yourself a full-body workout in just 10 minutes that will help you relax, improve your balance, and tone all your muscles. No fancy equipment needed—just a quiet space, 10 uninterrupted minutes, and the motivation to feel better.
15: Learn to Play Blackjack in a Weekend
Out of all the games in which you play against the casino, blackjack is the one that gives you the best chance of winning if you play it properly. On the other hand, if you don’t use a savvy strategy, blackjack can be a very expensive game. Learn how to keep the odds in your favor with simple math tricks.
16: Learn to Draw a Head in a Weekend
Effective figure drawing comes with many challenges. In this quick lesson, you can get ahead—by mastering the head. Using a tried-and-true formula, you’ll gain tips and tricks to perfect the ratio; symmetry; and shaping of the face, head, and neck.
17: Learn to Make Fresh Pasta in a Weekend
Making your own pasta can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task, but with this quick and easy lesson, you’ll find yourself rolling out the rigatoni, in no time. If your pasta machine has been sitting in the pantry, it’s time to pull it out, dust it off, and put it to work.
18: Learn to Pour a Beer in a Weekend
It may seem a simple task to pour a beer. Open, pour, drink. But much like wine, beer can be poured in a way that enhances your enjoyment of drinking it. Small details such as the angle of the glass you are pouring into, to the actual glass you use, can make a difference. Join Charles Bamforth to master the perfect pour.
19: Learn Basic Tai Chi Positions in a Weekend
Tai chi is practiced all over the world by people of various ages and stages of health because it uses slow pacing and low-impact motions that anyone can master. Follow David-Dorian Ross as he walks you through the simple but effective Snake and Crane positions step by step.
20: Learn How to Pan for Gold in a Weekend
Mining is one of the oldest and most important applications of practical geology. Discover how and where to go prospecting for gold, using the panning process perfected by the Forty-Niners.
21: Learn How to Grill Dulce de Leche Fruit in a Weekend
End your summer menu on a sweet note by discovering how easy it is to cook fruit outside. Plus, the chefs provide an easy recipe for a Cajeta, also called dulce de leche, that becomes a tasty sauce for any sort of grilled fruit.
22: Learn to Play Chess in a Weekend
Make "check" and "mate" part of your everyday chess vocabulary, with help from an international master of the game.
23: Learn How to Scape Your Space in a Weekend
Discover how to reshape your space through 'scaping.' Learn how you can scape literally any surface in your house all by selecting objects and placing them into the right spot, all while playing with scale, shape, and color.
24: Learn How to Fix a Running Toilet in a Weekend
The two most common problems when a toilet is running are a faulty flush handle and a worn-out flapper—and both are relatively easy and fast to fix. With some new parts, a few simple tools, and the know-how you gain from this accessible lesson, you’ll have your toilet back to normal in no time.
25: Learn to Regulate Your Emotions in a Weekend
Regulating your emotions is not the same as suppressing them. Learn how to strike a balance with your emotions and avoid knee-jerk reactions or outbursts when unexpected issues arise, or things don’t go the way you had hoped.