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Solar cider cooker

Sep 27

Dear Diary, today was very exciting we made our own apple cider! We picked our own apples and washed them. We cored the apples, and mashed them to make juice. We finally cooked the apple juice with a SOLAR COOKER to make it safe to drink which is called pasteurization.

How does a solar cooker work? The sun’s rays hit the shiny metal or foil covered card boards and then bounce onto the black pot of apple cider. The heat of the sun cooks the apple juice!

You can help feed families in Africa by buying a solar cooker to send them:
Visit Solar Cookers International today!

My chipmunk dream

Sep 17

Last night I dreamed I was a chipmunk. My dog Myles and his friends have been watching the chipmunks so much in my dream I imagined it was me they were watching. It was very strange being a chipmunk and seeing Myles staring at me through the glass door of our back porch.

School report on Tuvalu

Sep 17

Today was family report day. My report was on Tuvalu the country where I was born. I told my classmates about my family that lives in Funa Futi. FunaFuti is both the name of an island and the capital of Tuvalu. Tuvalu is a beautiful, tropical country made up of nine islands in the middle of the South Pacific near New Zealand and the island of Fiji. Tuvaluan people speak a language similar to the people from Hawaii and Fiji. Thank you!

If you would like to learn more visit the official Tuvalu tourism website at:
http://www.timelesstuvalu.com

The Permanent Mission of Tuvalu to the UN http://www.un.int/wcm/content/site/tuvalu

Chipmunk salsa buffet

Sep 15

Today, Myles and our animal friends watched the chipmunks through the screen door on the back porch the whole day. There is a rumor in the forest valley that the chipmunks are opening and all-you-can-eat salsa buffet. There is already an all-you-can-eat nacho chips buffet near our house that some other chipmunks opened.

My mom said she hopes that the new salsa buffet opening does not mean that the hot peppers and tomatoes in our gardens start disappearing.

Smells like chocolate

Sep 12

Beatrice's flower smell projectI can’t believe it I found a flower in the prairie that smells like chocolate. It is a pretty yellow flower with 10 petals and a pretty orange center. My mom told me that the yellow flower is part of a plant genus called Rudbeckia, and that the center of the flower is made up of parts called the stigma, pistil and stamen. In my journal I am going to draw a diagram of a flower with the names of all the parts. I will let you know when I am done.

I am giving this chocolate smelling flower my highest ranking on my smell chart lovely!

Collecting prairie seeds

Sep 10

prairie seed harvestWow today is a very fun day I am out in the prairie with my friends harvesting the seeds from all kinds of wild flowers and plants. These plants are native to Wisconsin. It is very easy to collect the seeds. I remove the seeds from the wild flowers and seed pods using my hands.

My friends the hens use their beaks to remove the seeds, but sometimes they eat the seed because they are hungry. After we collect the seeds we put them in a bag to let them naturally mature, and later we put them in paper bags and store them in a cool place ( 55F is a nice temperature!)

Chipmunk watching friends

Sep 06

chipmunk watching audienceToday Myles watched the chipmunks out our screen porch door with two of his friends Cecilia the hen and Harold the bunny. I think I heard Harold say he saw the chipmunks wearing very small hard hats and carrying a tiny ladder. Cecilia commented on how the chipmunks seemed very secretive. Myles barked a few times but mostly he moved his head around while his tail quickly wagged back and forth.

Planting a potato

Sep 06

Plant a potato and get sixWe had some old potatoes in our kitchen that began to sprout leaves in a paper bag underneath our sink. My mom told me that we can take the old potatoes and plant them like seeds in a pot full of dirt. After 13 weeks the old potato that I planted in a basket of soil grew into a new plant. And when I pulled the potato plant out of of the dirt like my mom told me to do there were six new potatoes ready to eat! Six potatoes grew from one old one!