A Cement Mixer?

Using my only free time this past week, I have been cracking, picking out the meat, and freezing our walnuts from this past summers harvest.  The weather has been so nice, March Madness and Sirius radio have been keeping me company, and I have been able to enjoy all the calla lilies, iris, and princess lilies that have started to bloom.  What more do you need hmmmmm………?

The whole process of getting these walnuts ready for the freezer got me to thinking.  Steven and I are always trying to find easier, time saving ways to get our chores done.  We own an acre and a half, all of it is in use.  Fruit trees, vegetable garden, flower beds galore.  I remember picking up all the walnuts, crawling on the ground and tossing them into 5 gallon buckets.  That task wasn’t as awful as husking the walnut, taking off the outer husk can really make your hands sore (as well as black stained).  I love the walnuts, they last us through out the year for baking goodies, pesto, snacking and more.  But, my hands just couldn’t go through another year of husking those beauties.

Steven came up with the perfect solution!  Our cement mixer!  Genius, truly my husband is a genius.  I love it when he thinks way outside the box, LOL.  He would pour one bucket in at a time and let them tumble for quite a few hours.  Wha laa, the husking process was completed by the walnuts rubbing against each other while tumbling around in the mixer.  Who would of thought of that?  Cement mixer used for something off the wall like this?  Try it sometime, or try thinking outside the box too……………. Cyn

About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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