Adrian calls scarecrows, Scarey Crows.Â We were pretending to be scarey crows.
This is how you make them.Â Rake some leaves.Â Rake more leaves.Â Then stuff the leaves up your shirt and up your arms.Â A trick is to use overalls or two shirts.Â That way they don’t scratch you. Stuff the leaves some more and some more.
Different color clothes are the best kind.Â For scarecrows hats, stuff them.Â You can use buckets or hats or dress up clothes hats or you can make one.
If you smile, it is the best thing! If you want a funny scarecrow face, get a BIG leaf, poke two holes (for eyes) and then poke a nose and no mouth.Â Use it as a mask.
I am learning how to make bread.Â The bread is good!Â Here is how to make it.
Pumpkin Pilgrim Bread
Mix in a large bowl,
1/2 c cornmeal (white is best, but yellow is okay)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon salt
1/4 cup rye pieces (like for cereal, or use 1/2 cup rye flour with the other flours)
1 cup quick oats
2 1/2 c boiling water (we used the water we cooked the pumpkin in)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoon butter (or oil)
1/2 cup cooked pumpkin (or canned)
Let cool until you can put your finger in it and not burn your finger.
Add the remaining ingredients.
2 teaspoon dry yeast
2 cup whole wheat flour (hard white or hard red tastes good)
1/2 cup soy flour (if you want)
3 to 4 cups white flour (more hard white wheat tastes good)Â You may need more!
Stir in enough flour to make the dough not sticky.
Knead it until it feels right.Â Let it rise until you poke your two fingers in.Â If they don’t come up (the indentations) they are ready.Â Divide the dough in half.Â Form into rolls and put them in greased pans.Â Let rise again.Â Bake at 375 degrees until the loaf is browned nicely and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom of the loaf.Â It takes a long time.Â (About 45 minutes)
We have been learning about butterflies while we raise them.Â Monarchs start out as eggs and then hatch into caterpillars.Â They eat a lot and start making their web.Â They go into a “J” and they make their chrysalis.Â Then they turn black, black, black, black and then they will start pulling away from their chrysalis and then they will emerge! In the fall Monarch butterflies start leaving for Mexico.
We are making Monarch butterflies for Mexico.Â Some friends and us are doing them together. We made them yesterday and we will mail them.Â Momma says that we can watch on the computer where our butterflies are. When they get to Mexico, we should be able to see that.Â In the spring, when the real Monarchs come back, we will be sent some too.Â Â Here is a picture of all the butterflies that were made.
We won’t get the same butterflies back.Â They may or may not look as nice because they flew a long way.Â If you want to watch too, here is where!
I have a new boy butterfly! His name is Flower (we thought he was a girl).
I looked for caterpillar this morning.Â I was looking on milkweed.Â I wasn’t looking under leaves, but we found a huge caterpillar.Â Now it is making its web on the top of our cage.
Momma tried a new trick.Â She learned about it from a book.Â She made a little envelope and put the butterfly in carefully.Â We put the envelope in the refrigerator for three minutes (Momma said NEVER longer than 5 minutes!).Â We took it out and it was moving very very slowly, because it was cold.Â (Momma said that they are cold blooded, and the cooler refrigerator makes them cold.Â So they need to warm up).
We took him out and holded him and got pictures.Â Now he is in our big cage that we made.Â We will let him loose soon.
We have been raising Monarch butterflies.Â I raised a girl Monarch butterfly.Â I have a chrysalis, two caterpillars and one egg.Â I like my caterpillars. The biggest caterpillar we have is Georgie. Soon the butterfly should be hatching.
When their wings are straight, straight, straight, we release them. You have to pinch them by their body in the front.Â You pinch them soft. Then you take them outside and put them on a thistle that is open or a flower.Â Put them on a thistle and they will stay and eat.
When the butterfly opens its wings, if you see a black dot on the bottom of the wing, it means it’s a boy.
If you see a butterfly that looks like a Monarch, but is smaller and has a line near the bottom of it’s wings, it is a Viceroy butterfly.Â He likes to eat milkweed too!