Tumbling is an optional step in Fiber processing. You can processes your fiber with out a Tumbler. However I feel our processing time is much faster with the tumbler. It has cut down how many times the fiber needs to be washed and how picky we have to be well skirting the fiber. Tumbling the fiber is the process of "tossing" the fleece around inside a wire cage with separators that open up the fleece allowing the dirt, second cuttings and vegetable matter to fall to the ground.
My Husband built our Tumbler using his cement mixer. I will share more on how he built it soon.
Next up Washing your fleece or take another look at the steps to Hand Processing Alpaca Fiber.
Have you heard about the Holiday Train? For the past few years I had heard about it on the news and had wanted to see what it was all about. However the arrival time for Lacrosse has always been so late (9:15 pm this year) and we live an hour south so not very doable with little ones. So when a post on a friends facebook page came a crossed my news feed that it was going to be stopping in Marquette, IA at 5:15 I knew this year I was going to make it work :) And I am so Glad I did! The kids had a blast. The "WOW" from my littlest one was so cute. The train looked so magical decorated with all the lights and the band was wonderful! The temps were -8 last night but we bundled up and danced along with the music to stay warm. It was a lot of fun.We will defiantly be making this a new family traditions.
About the Holiday Train
Making a difference, one stop at a time The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 25 and will be visiting over 150 communities across our network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. Everyone who attends is encouraged to donate food and money which stays in their community.
Since its inception in 1999, we've raised more than $7.4 million and over 3 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada. (info taken from their site here)
Last Christmas we started a new family tradition of having an advent calendar. I had bought a large drop cloth for another project and had plenty left over for this. The fabric drop cloths are a great way to get a lot of fabric for cheap. For the pockets I used fat quarters in varies colors and designs.
Each pocket has a scripture verse, a fun activity and this year we add a daily joke....the kids love telling jokes so they are enjoying this. We use our little candy cane reindeer to mark which day it is, he works nicely. And having the calendar up helps the kids to be able to count on their own how many days until Christmas. Which helps with the daily (sometimes constant) question of "how many days until Christmas."
Do you have an Advent Calendar? If so what do you put in your pockets? What other holiday traditions do you enjoy?
There is something about the cold weather keeping everyone inside that makes me want to get more organized around the house. Today I started to tackled my baking cupboard and flour cabinet. Gluten Free baking has transformed my baking supplies. What use to be a single container of all purpose flour is now sixteen different containers of all the different flours and mixes I use to make all our gluten free goodies.
Something that has helped me cut down some of the prep time with gluten free baking is to fill jars with mixes of our most used baked goods. Currently my cupboard has jars for Pizza, Blueberry muffins, & a Bread/Bun/Roll mix. I am planning on adding more jar mixes to help save time in the kitchen such as English muffins, Yellow cake, Tortillas & Cinnamon rolls for starters. I save all our spaghetti jars and reuse them for our jar mixes they work great.
I am in the process of sprucing up the jars so they look prettier in the cupboard. A little scrapbook paper and packing tape is all I used to make these new labels. I also have the directions on the back of the jars to save me the step of finding the recipe.
What do you think of the jars? What have you found helpful to save some
time in the kitchen?
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