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    Ramses and I are trick-or-treat pros. We get so much candy every Halloween that it lasts us until the next year. Some of you will point out that Halloween shouldn't be all about candy and we shouldn't be eating so much of it. But to you, I say "Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!"

     

    Ramses' & F.W.'s super tips for getting the biggest

    Halloween candy haul you've ever seen.

    Ramses and F.W. Trick or Treating

    1) Have a couple of costumes ready. Start early and run to all of houses on your route. Then, run home, drop off your candy, and change costumes. Go to all of them again. Do this as many times a possible. We suggest fake mustaches, vampire teeth, funny wigs and other easy to switch accesories to help you change your appearance quickly!

     

    2) Have an adult drive you to all the big houses in the fancy pants neighborhoods. They usually have the real good candy. You might even get full candy bars!

     

    3) Try to get your parents to take you out later in the night. People are looking to unload their extra candy and you can be a willing recipient. Can you believe that there are people who want to get rid of candy?!

     

    4) Ask around at school beforehand and see which houses have the most generous candy givers. Planning a route that is known to have good candy hordes is smart trick or treating. Rember, quantity of houses does not always beat quality. Sometimes it's best to go to fewer houses where the nice people know how to spoil a trick or treater instead of hitting a bunch of houses where they give out the dreaded pennies.

     

    Oh, and make sure your parents are okay with you getting so much candy, and show it to them before you eat it. They might go on about your teeth and dentists and stuff, but they're parents and that's what they're supposed to do.

     

    Happy Halloween and Happy trick-or-treating!

     

     

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    F.W. and dragonfly

     

     

     

     

     

    I brought some empty notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and tape on our camping trip so everybody could make their own nature journal. I think it's the best way to remember and store all of the cool stuff you see when out in nature. Here, I'll show you how you can make one too!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Get a notebook that is a style and size that you are comfortable with. It can either be blank or lined, but spiral bound notebooks are the best type for this kind of journal.

    Cover to F.W.'s nature journal

     

    Also make sure it is roomy enough for you to draw in it or to glue in samples (like flowers or leaves). Your nature journal is basically just a record that you keep of things that catch your eye when you are outside.

     

    F.W.'s Nature Journal spread

    Here are some ideas of the kinds of things that you can put in your nature journal.

     

     

     

    If you're stuck on how to get started try getting out your drawing supplies and drawing your favorite tree in your backyard. Along with the drawing write down any observations you make about the tree and maybe take a sample of its leaves to tape into your book.

    Nature journal tree.

     

     

    After you add drawings or samples to your journal, find out what they are and write them down. Your parents or a friend might know, or else you can always look it up. But if you don't know what something is while looking at it don't worry about it. Just write and draw what you see with the best description you can give and you can always figure out what it is later.

     

    Nature Journal berries

     

     

     

    Try filling a whole page with just stuff you see from one spot, and see how it all adds up to really give you an good idea about a place!

     

    nature journal river

     

     

    If you are lucky enough to come across something like baby birds in a nest, you can do an ongoing entry in your journal where you check on them every couple of days and record their changes. Just make sure not to get too close to wild animals, and of course never touch them.

     


    Uh oh, I better go explain it a little better to Kiweenie. I see him over by a bush squishing bugs in his book and then licking the pages! Oh yeah, that's another rule—don’t ever kill anything to put it in your journal. If it is alive, then draw a picture to remember it by. Have fun nature journaling!

     

     

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    Eating in China is soooooo much fun! You just walk around the street and there are people with little carts set up, or in tiny storefront shops, selling delicious dumplings, soups, buns, and my new favorite—spring onion pancakes! The only way these are anything like a pancake is they're flat. Other than that they are more like a yummy, savory, fried dough (I definitely wouldn't recommend them for breakfast). In China, they only cost us about ten cents each, and I got one fresh from the cooker. It was so hot it burned my hands, but it was worth it!

    I really wanted to learn how to make these so I got Moo-Cow's expert cooking help. It turns out that they are simple to make with just a few basic ingredients! Here's our recipe. I hope you find them as delicious as we do!

    Spring onion pancake ingredients

     

    You'll Need

    • 3 cups plain flour
    • 1/2 cup hot water
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 1 tsp oil (plus some for cooking)
    • salt (optional)
    • 1 small bunch of spring onions (about 5 or 6 stalks)

     

    Mixing ingredients

     

     

     

     

    1. Mix the flour, oil, hot water and a dash of salt together in a bowl until crumbly.

     

     

     

     

     


    Kneading dough

     

     

    2. Add the cold water while gradually working it into the dough. Mix until you have an sticky dough with even consistency. You don't have to use your hands like Moo-Cow, but if you do be sure to flour them to help keep the dough from sticking.

     

     

     

    Covered dough

     

     

     

    3. Cover the dough and let it sit for 30 minutes.

     

     


    Cut spring onions

     

     

    4. While you wait for your dough, cut your spring onions (aka Scallions) into litte round slices. Don't be afraid to cut the onion all the way down to the end, it's all good!

     

     

     

    Flatten dough.

     

     

    5. Spread out a piece of wax paper and dust it with flour. Rip off a hunk of dough and flatten it out into a thin circle.

     

     

     

     

    Adding spring onions

     

     

    6. Sprinkle your flattened dough with the chopped spring onions.

     

     

     

    Roll the spring onion pancake

     

     


    7. Roll your spring onions up in the dough.

     

     

     

    squishing the spring onion pancake flat

     

     

    8. Squish your roll back into a flat pancake! Make sure you flatten it pretty well so it cooks properly.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    frying up spring onio pancakes

     

    9. Add some oil to your pan and get it good and hot. Fry your spring onion pancakes until they are golden and crispy on both sides.

     

     

     

    Eating spring onion pancakes

     

     

    10. Eat them while they're hot (but not too hot)!

     

    Also, you can follow Moo-Cow's lead and make a simple dipping sauce. He made his with 2 parts soy sauce, 1 part rice vinegar, some garlic slices and a sprinkle of chopped spring onions. Mmmm, soooo good!

     

     

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    We're continuing with our Summer Scrapbook! Ramses and I took a lot of pictures this past summer, and we saw some fun stuff. Check this out!
    the subtle toad
    Hey, do you see that there? No, right there. To the right. What is that lump of stuff?
    Toad in the grass
    Hey I know that lump, it's Terrence! Terrence Toad. Tony Toad's cousin.
    ramses sticks his tongue out at a toad
    Terrence is a little stuck up, and wouldn't talk to us. He didn't even crack a smile at Ramses' best faces. Oh well, it was still good to see him.
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    Now that Fall is coming, I thought that I would share some of the pictures Ramses and I took this summer. There are a lot of good ones, but I'm only going to show a couple at a time. Just to warn you, most of them are weird creepy crawly things like this!

     

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    Keby said she thinks this is called a fishing spider, but I'm not sure if she's right, I didn't see any little spider sized fishing poles around. Ramses and I found this under an old board near the water and couldn't believe how creepy and big it was!

     

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    When we went back a week later it was still there, and it turns out the it was a she! We thought at first we interrupted a game of spider soccer, but Keby told us that was an egg sack and soon hundreds of little spiders would hatch out of it! We didn't go near that board anymore.

     

    Like insects? Check out the MCFC Insect Print Edition.

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    I recently got an e-mail from Ling W. asking "What is your favorite desert?" I get that question a lot, along with “What's your favorite food?” I don’t know why people ask me those questions so often. Moo-Cow is the real cook around here, but I do cook dinner for me and Ramses almost every night, and maybe people know about that.

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    Anyway, I love so many foods I don’t have one specific favorite. I remember this one time Ramses and I got a question asking what our favorite flavors of ice cream are. We thought it was the best “Dear Ramses and F.W.” question we had ever gotten, so we ran right over to the ice cream shop and tried every flavor. Unfortunately we had so many scoops that I ended up feeling too sick to think of a favorite.

     

    Some of my favorite meals have been at Keby’s. During the summer she has some really good food growing in her garden, and she mixes it all together in yummy salads, and side dishes. I know the regular stuff she has, like tomatoes, carrots and lettuce, but some of the stuff has really crazy names I can never remember, like zebrakeenie (or something like that). I remember I liked the zebrakeenie a lot.pizza-time.jpg


    One food I know I don't like is grass. I always see Moo-Cow eating it so one time I thought I would try some for myself. Yuck! It was pretty gross. And it made my mouth taste like grass all day long!

     

    Here is a list of some of my actual favorite foods:

    pineapple & banana pizza, oatmeal pancakes, anything cooked on a grill, plain spaghetti with just butter, apple with peanut butter and raisins, my mom's homemade macaroni and cheese, and anything named cookie (or biscuit if we're
    back in Australia.)

     


    Thanks for the question Ling!

     

    Check out F.W.'s recipe for his Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes!

     

     

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    Wow, so here I am with my very own section on the internet. Becky, the editor, told me that I could write about whatever I wanted to on here. When Ramses heard that he also got a blog he ran right to the computer and started typing. He was muttering something about “finally giving the fans what they really wanted.” I’m not sure what he meant by that.
    When Ramses got off the computer, I couldn’t decide what to write about. Instead, I wrote a new flucorder song about not knowing what to write on the computer. It’s called, “Hmmmm, what do I write about?” I’ll record it and ask Becky if she can put it online so you can hear it too.

    Even after I wrote my song, I couldn’t come up with anything. I decided to ask everyone else what they were writing about and maybe it would give me ideas. I found Keby (in her garden of course) and she said she had written about starting a new garden. That’s a totally good idea! Too bad it’s already taken.

     

    Then I found Ramses and he said he had written a bunch of stuff about how great he thinks he is. Well, I’m DEFINITELY not going to write about that! Rhetorical said he was going to write about all the places he has lived in the past and people that he has met throughout history. I haven’t met too many people, so I can’t do that either. Moo-Cow wasn’t much help. When I asked him what he was going to write about, he gave me a manuscript for one of his mystery stories he writes. I don’t like mysteries, they’re usually too scary. I didn’t even bother asking Kiweenie because I saw him chomping on some bugs and taking notes, so I can guess what he’s going to write about.

     

    So I never came up with anything. Wait a second, look at how much I wrote about not having anything to write about! Yay! Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to compose a new song called “Wow, I wrote a lot about nothing!”

    F.W. Playing Flucorder

    8 Sketches of a F.W. performing a new composition.

     

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