An Issue From the Zucchini Archives!
THE ZUCCHINI CLUBHOUSE NEWSLETTER
...the official newsletter from The Zucchini Brothers!
from ZucchiniLand! And welcome to this archived edition of our Zucchini
Clubhouse Newsletter, a quarterly publication filled with interesting
facts, news from ZucchiniLand, stories, educational tidbits, projects,
and much more! Please feel free to print this out and share with as many
people as you want!
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NEW & EXCITING ZUCCHINI PROJECTS
The taping for Time Warner Cable's "Sounding Board" television series went
well. We had a fun and lively audience, and we'd like to thank everyone
who joined us for the live taping because we couldn't have done it without
you! We also just finished recording some new songs for the "Letter TV"
series for Destiny Images. These songs are about dipthongs, long and short
vowels, etc., and we're pleased with how they turned out. We're gearing
up for our summer concerts and are looking forward to having some vacation
time this summer, although we will be working on our radio shows and getting
ready to record a new CD this fall. As always, we'll keep you updated!
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Steve Zucchini here, just jotting down the notes
for my corner from the backyard of the Zucchini clubhouse. Guess what? My
"supersonic rocket ship" is all assembled! And I took some advice from some
of our fans: I put a piece of red metal (no sharp edges, of course) on the
back of the rocket ship to look like a flame. Oh, and I also put a tail fin
on the back. It looks really cool. "Well, what's so special about that?" you
ask. Well, this isn't just *any* tail fin; it's a tail fin from an old 1959
car! Yup, some of those old cars, believe it or not, looked like rocket ships.
Hey, I even used old car seats and part of an old dashboard! This rocket
ship may not actually fly, but, hey, you can't deny that it's creative and
"funky!" Now I have to paint it. Any suggestions?
On the subject of food, my favorite berries are back in season: blueberries,
strawberries, and raspberries. Mmmmm...I'm a berry fanatic. And let's not
forget tomatoes and basil; I can't do without my pesto!
Have a great summer. Relax, stay healthy, read, eat berries, AND come to
a Zucchini Brothers show!
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and I'm feelin' fine! And I'm happy to report that the outdoor fireplace
and tipi I built in the spring have managed to stay dry. They're in a much
better location than they were previously. In fact, the old location is now
a frog pond! There are at least 12 frogs living in the pond, and every time
I walk by, on the way to the new fireplace and tipi, I hear a frog jump--plop!--into
the pond. At first, it's hard to see the frogs because their colors blend
in with their surroundings. But if you become really still and focus your
eyes, then you can see them. (By the way, if you like frogs, you'll probably
enjoy going to www.EnchantedLearning.com/themes/frog.shtml.)
I love summer--swimming, hiking, barbecues, stargazing, listening to the
noises at night... And of course I enjoy sitting around the campfire with
Sam and Steve and our mom and dad, singing, sharing stories, and roasting
marshmallows. Yum! The only problem is the bugs--especially mosquitoes,
horseflies, and ticks. My brothers and I are careful to wear light-colored
clothing (including long pants and socks) and to check ourselves for ticks
when we've been outside.
Well, I hope you have a safe and fun summer, and if you're ever feeling
down, eat a tomato fresh from the garden. As Lewis Grizzard said, "It's difficult
to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."
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all you people! It's nice to talk to real people. I've been muttering to my
toys and junk all spring long. Been cleaning my room--what Mom calls "spring
cleaning" and Dad calls, "Get to work, Sam, and get it over with!" Mom's term
is more poetic, but Dad's is to the point.
I stumbled on some seeds under my bed, in packets--old ones I'd forgotten
about. I decided to add 'em to the garden this year. Only half of them sprouted,
but that's not bad considering I bought them 4 years ago. So now I have
Swiss chard and rutabaga added to our garden.
The Zucchini Land Zebras are doing a little bit better this year, although
they're in last place. They've won almost as many games as they've lost,
and Sadge Blake, their best pitcher, has overcome his earache. Let's all
cross our fingers for a good season!
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LET'S ALL GET CREATIVE
: : : : : : Seashell Photo Frame : : :
This project makes a wonderful (not to mention impressive) gift and is
great for displaying a summer photo. You will need:
* white Sculpey clay or other white polymer clay (get a 1.75 lb. package,
and you can make more than one frame) * waxed paper * rolling pin * plastic
knife * various small shells and starfish * metal picture hanger (the kind
with teeth) * sponge (a natural sponge works especially well) * paper cup
or plate * foam paintbrush * aqua colored acrylic paint * hot glue gun or
white craft glue * photograph
Here's what you do:
1) Knead the clay until it's soft enough to work with. Place clay on a
clean piece of waxed paper, and (using a rolling pin) roll it into the shape
of a frame. To keep your rolling pin clean, put another piece of waxed paper
on top of the clay. With the plastic knife, cut out a center opening for
your photo, and trim the frame to the exact shape you want it.
2) Carefully and firmly, press the shells into the clay, and then remove
them. You can use the same shell more than once. It's good if you can avoid
making a significant impression in front of where the photo hanger will
end up going so the photo hanger won't pierce all the way through. Make
sure you press firmly enough so you make a distinct impression with the shells,
but be sure not to press so hard that the shell cuts all the way through
3) Add texture by dabbing/gently pressing a dry sponge around the entire
surface of the frame. Press the sponge just firmly enough to texturize the
clay surface; you don't want to make an impression anywhere near as deep
as those made by the shells.
4) Bake the frame (shell side up) in a preheated oven according to the
directions on the package.
5) Remove the frame from the oven. Carefully (remember the frame is still
fragile and hot) transfer it to a wire rack (still shell side up), and insert
the picture hanger into the center top of the backside of the frame. Let
it cool for 20 minutes on the rack.
6) When the frame has cooled, you're ready to paint it! Put some of the
acrylic paint into a paper cup (or onto a paper plate), and use the foam brush
to neatly paint the whole front surface of the frame. Be sure not to get
paint on the impressions; these will remain white. Let the paint dry for
15 minutes. If you wish, you can do a second coat of paint once the first
has dried; let the (optional) second coat dry, too.
7) Now it's time to attach your photo to the frame. Put a line of hot glue
or craft glue on the back side of the frame all around the center opening.
Place the photograph so it shows through the center opening (when looking
at it from the front) exactly as you want it. Press the photo in place so
it adheres to the back side of the frame. Let it dry.
8) Hang your beautifully framed picture, or give it to someone as a gift!
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FROM THE ZUCCHINI KITCHEN (Mmmm!)
: : : Sun-dried Tomato Pesto : : :
Steve loves pesto, and this recipe is one of his favorites!
* 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (*not* the kind packed in oil) * 1/2 cup hot
water * 1/4 to 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil * 1/4 to 1/3 cup pine nuts
or walnuts * 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped * 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
(you can use reduced fat) * 1/4 tsp. black pepper * 1/4 tsp. thyme
1) Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in warm water for 15 minutes. Squeeze dry.
2) In a food processor, combine the soaked sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil,
pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan. Process to a smooth paste, stopping once
or twice to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.
3) Stir the pesto into pasta or rice or spread on crackers. Store in a
jar with a tight-fitting lid.
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Here are some summertime jokes for you!
What's black and yellow and goes "zub, zub, zub?" Answer: A bee flying
What's black and white and red all over? Answer: A sunburned zebra.
What did Daddy Lightning Bug say to Mommy Lightning Bug? Answer: Junior
sure is bright for his age!
Why couldn't the frog talk? Answer: It had a person in its throat.
What kind of ant lives in a house? Answer: An occupant.
How can you avoid infection caused by biting insects? Answer: Don't bite
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HEY! IT'S THE WORD OF THE DAY
: : : Amphibian : : :
(noun): class of vertebrates including frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders;
creature living both on land and in water; a vehicle able to operate on
land and water.
"Amphibian" can also be used as an adjective.
Sentence: The frogs in our frog pond alternate between hopping around on
the land and swimming in the water; therefore they are amphibians.
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QUOTES OF THE SEASON
"People are a lot like seeds you plant in a garden..."
"All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All
you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within, and
you will surely find it." (Eileen Caddy)
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DID YOU KNOW?
: : : Silver Pennies : : :
A few days ago, we were out by the tipi moving some rocks around, and guess
what we found (with a little help from our dog, Polly)? Four *silver* pennies
dated 1943! Well, we were pretty excited because we'd never seen silver
pennies before. We figured they were rare and therefore quite valuable.
After briefly planning amongst ourselves what we would do with our fortune,
we brought the pennies inside the house to show our parents. Of course, we
anticipated they'd be *very* pleased. Well, they certainly seemed curious
and interested. Then our mom did some research on the internet and informed
us that our zinc-coated steel (or "silver") 1943 pennies aren't rare after
all since nearly 1.1 billion of them were minted. In fact, she told us that
*copper* 1943 pennies are the ones that are rare and valuable. It turns out
that the silver pennies were made during World War II in an attempt to conserve
copper, which was needed in the war effort. The way you can tell if you've
found a rare and valuable 1943 penny is to put the penny up to a magnet.
If it doesn't stick to the magnet, then you are a very lucky person indeed!
So now we're looking around for 1943 copper pennies! Our dad cautioned us
not to get our hopes up, but hey, you never know!
Finding the silver pennies made us curious about how coins are made, and
we came across a fun and informative U.S. mint website to pass along to
Check it out!
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THAT'S EASY FOR YOU TO SAY!
Try saying this tongue-twister 3 times, fast:
"She sifted thistles through her thistle sifter."
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WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
This time, we want to share with you a cool website about food safety,
which is located at: http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/educate.html.
You'll find a printable food safety coloring book, quiz, crossword puzzles,
songs, a word match, and much more. You can even print out a certificate
of completion. Have fun!
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