Rachael Ray on Some Days

In my personal holiday land, the past week felt vaguely like a bad cooking show. You know, one of those that producers put in the 2 a.m. slot, hoping that viewers don’t tune in. Nevertheless, I rolled my sleeves up and decided to become a slightly lesser version of Rachael Ray.

Exactly a week ago, I tempted fate and toasted marshmallows indoor. Disclaimer: as an employee of the University of Kansas, I cannot encourage improper toaster usage. Such actions may cause one’s fire alarm to go off. Since the alarms are linked directly to Lawrence County Fire and Medical, trained staff will show up at your front door if you set one off. Being one of these “trained staff members,” I felt qualified enough to get a little pyro. Marshmallows should be toasted outside, over a rolling bonfire, under a vibrant starry sky. However, since I could find neither, I cautiously (emphasis on cautiously) roasted the mallows over my toaster. Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day!

In my humble opinion, peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms form the greatest combination of snack mix known to man. No “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts” about it. But for National Trail Mix Day, August 31st, I made do with the contents of my cupboards. The following documents my results:


I call it “The Nutty Professor”: a mix of caramel corn, cheerios, and peanuts.

If you thought this foray into food couldn’t get anymore enthralling, well guess again! Any idea as to what’s in this cup?

Take two parts lemonade, two parts blueberry yogurt, and toss in one part frozen yogurt. Mix and freeze to receive:

A homemade blueberry popsicle. (Seriously, who has ever seen a blueberry popsicle?!?) Incase you’re itching to try it out, I recommend experimenting on September 2nd–National Blueberry Popsicle Day. (A big thank you to my hand model, my own mother, Stacy Ploeger.)

Thanks for tuning in,


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