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Cinnamon Penguin and the Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Penguin is curious

Cinnamon Penguin waddled into the kitchen and jumped onto a chair. Cinnamon then jumped onto the table. The penguin looked at the stuff on the table; it was the first time Cinnamon had visited another part of the house.

Jenya was at the counter. She saw Cinnamon and knew what was coming, but she didn’t want to rush the penguin. She sifted some flour onto the countertop.

Cinnamon waddled around in a circle. “What’s that?” The penguin pointed at the object on the table.

Jenya put down some dough and kneaded it. She looked up at Cinnamon and said, “That’s a napkin holder. It’s holding napkins.”

“Why?” asked Cinnamon.

Jenya continued kneading the dough while she talked. “Sometimes, our hands or faces get dirty, and we use napkins to clean them.”

Cinnamon nodded. His beak moved up and down with the motion. “What are those?” The penguin pointed at a couple of ceramic pieces with holes in the top.

Jenya rolled out the dough. “Those are salt and pepper shakers.”

“What do they do?” asked Cinnamon.

“They help us spice up our food.” Jenya put the roller down.

Cinnamon sniffed at the pepper shaker and sneezed. The penguin ruffled out its feathers trying to shake the pepper away. “I’m not sure I like pepper or salt.”

Jenya laughed and picked up a spice bottle.

“What’s that?” Cinnamon asked.

“This is cinnamon. It’s the spice you were named after.” She shook it onto the flattened dough.

“What’s it for?” Cinnamon asked.

“It’s for making sweet treats to fill your belly.” Jenya smiled. “In just a little bit, we’ll have cinnamon rolls.”

“Will they have fish?” Cinnamon wanted to know.

“Not this time.”

Cinnamon watched as Jenya rolled the dough in on itself and cut it into circles. Jenya put the rolls on a baking sheet and put them in the oven.

Jenya washed her hands and came over to the table.

Cinnamon wrapped his wings around her. “Those smell so good! Thank you!”

You can adopt Cinnamon Penguin and help Cinnamon learn new things! Cinnamon would love to meet you and make a forever home.

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How to Get a Handmade Roly-Poly Penguin

Freshly Hatched Roly Poly Penguin

My wife has knitted four different roly-poly penguins, and we’re giving them to the first four people that sign up to our Patreon at the $25 level or higher! This offer will only last through April 29th, so if you want one of these, you need to sign up today!

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Penguin Paper Dolls on Easter 2020

Penguin Paper Doll

I’ll admit, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of paper dolls for as long as I can remember. Now, it isn’t a fascination that I have done much with because paper dolls aren’t very manly, especially while I was growing up, and they aren’t very modern. But there was a time when dolls weren’t very manly, then G.I. Joe (affiliate link) came along, and soon after, they were known as action figures. Paper dolls could go the same route, so I decided to try my hand at making some. And so, for this Easter, I offer up the Penguin Paper Doll.

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Roly Poly Penguins Debut on Patreon

Roly Poly Penguin 1

My wife has spent the last couple of weekends knitting. She works at a hospital and has been using knitting as a way to relieve stress. During that time, she made some Roly Poly Penguins! These penguins are so funny and soft. They are also great for those who enjoy experiencing tactile stimulation. They are just the right size for an adult hand or two child sized hands.

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New Zealand: Christchurch’s Canterbury Museum Stuffed Birds

New Zealand birds of the garden

The Canterbury Museum in Christchurch has a large collection of stuffed birds. This is where I found out the name of the type of bird that stole lunch from our table.

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New Zealand: Photos from Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Shark Shuttle

We decided to go to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium after seeing the building on our Auckland Explorer Bus, Hop on Hop off tour. We went to see the penguins. Kelly Tarlton was a diver who wanted people to see the ocean the way that divers could. This attraction in Auckland brings his dream to life. The exhibition opens with an exhibition on life in Antarctica at Scott’s Base. Many of the explorations of the southern most continent used New Zealand as their last place to get outfitted before they went to the coldest, most inhospitable place. Kelly Tarlton’s then has the penguins, and moves to the underwater exhibitions with sharks, rays, and other fish. Here are some photos from our trip to the Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand.

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New Zealand: Royal Tiki Tour with Royal Albatross Centre Delivers All the Birds

Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

Taking the Royal Tiki Tour with the Royal Albatross Centre is one of the best decisions we made for our trip to New Zealand. The Royal Albatross Centre allows visitors to see the only mainland colony of nesting royal albatross in the world while also providing the opportunity to learn about the equally endangered red-billed gulls and see little blue penguins returning home in the evening.

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Penguins Available for Adoption at Salem Holiday Market 2019

Jenya and penguins at the Salem Holiday Market 2018

All of our penguins are handmade and unique. So, if you like one, you need to contact us and let us know or get to Salem Holiday Market 2019 between Dec. 13 and 15. You can get a coupon off entry, and if you join our Patreon, you get $1 off every $10 you spend!

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New Zealand: Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Shark Shuttle

After visiting Devonport, on the ferry back to Auckland, we had to choose between a whale and dolphin watching cruise and Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s. The wind was aggressive and cold enough to encourage us to opt for Sea Life. Plus, Tarlton’s has the world’s largest display colony of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic penguins. It was time to see penguins, even if they are in captivity. They also have one of the coolest vehicles in the world. I just wished it would have played a selection of shark music. (You know, the “Jaws” soundtrack, Mack the Knife, Baby Shark, Fins… Am I missing any shark songs? (affiliate links) Let me know in the comments.)

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New Zealand: A Short Survey of Dunedin

A penguin colony?

Jenya and I are going to Dunedin, New Zealand to relax. We’re not going to go whole hog to experience all of the attractions available. Instead, we’re going to see the penguins and the beach.

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