Articles by " Athena Flint"
27 Feb

Cooking with Kards: True Blood Holy Hoecakes

Here at Kards, we love good food. We are pretty proud of our interesting selection of cookbooks. I mean, if you don't know already, we are the #1 go to spot to get any books by Jamie Oliver or the Barefoot Contessa. We are the fans.

Recently, I thought it would be a fun idea to try to learn how to cook things. And of course, I turned to the cookbook section here at KU. I mean, where else can I find a whole book full of recipes that all use Heinz ketchup AND  50 Shades of Chicken. (or Kale! 50 shades of Kale. Who wrote these things???)

Now, the people who work here all have varied opinions about the 'best' cookbook, but in the interest of starting a really awesome conversation with you, our lovely readers. I've decided to try out some recipes and tell you how they went. And also hope that you all share your favorite recipes with us!! Spread the food love! Bring Samples! ... Okay, well you don't have to bring us samples, but we would totally eat the heck out of them...

This brings us to my first recipe review/ discussion!!! Are you ready for it? Truebloodcover
True Blood; Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps. 

If you are a fan of True Blood, you should probably check this thing out. It has recipes from like all the main characters, and they all have blurbs written in the character's voice. It's pretty dang cool.

Also, the food looks pretty NOM worthy. And the drinks are totally fun things to get you in the Vamp mood.  There is a basic recipe for a "Ruby mixer" which is supposed to be just like Trueblood. know. Without the blood.

For my first Recipe I chose Letie Mae Davis' Holy Hoecakes. (It comes right before the recipe for Stake and Eggs. Get it?)

Holy Hoecakes are basically a corn meal pancake. The secret is that you cook them in bacon grease. YEAH BACON.

These things are ridiculously easy to make, and they have only like 4 ingredients. I used regular yellow cornmeal instead of the white cornmeal it asked for, mostly because I couldn't find white corn meal at the grocery store. And it took me like 10 minutes to make them. (not including bacon cooking time....)


This was my final product! So good! So easy!

The end result was pretty delish. They're kind of like pancakes, but dense. But hot diggity dog, put some maple syrup on them and they were like way good to go. YUM!

So if any of you lovely people own the Trueblood cookbook, or any other cookbook, we would really like to hear all about your delish (or not so?) meals! Send pictures! We will make you famous.

Peace Out, Kard-lovers!


  • 1 cup white (or yellow) cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat (rendered from about 4 slices bacon), plus more as needed
  • Maple syrup or cane syrup, for serving


  1. Combine the cornmeal and salt in medium bowl. While stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, pour in the boiling water in a steady stream. Beat until smooth. Let stand a few minutes.
  2. Heat the bacon fat in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When very hot (but not smoking), reduce the heat to medium-low.
  3. For each hoecake, drop about 2 tablespoons of the cornmeal mixture into the skillet and pat gently into a flat circle, about 4 inches in diameter. Cook several hoecakes at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side, turning with a wide spatula. Transfer to a plate. If needed, add more bacon fat to the skillet to make the remaining hoecakes.
  4. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.
22 Feb

Curling is Cool! (February 23rd! It’s a National Holiday, guys!) I don't mean curling your hair. If anything, that's hot. (ba-dum-shhhh) get it?


I first fell in love with curling, not through watching the sport itself, but because I was in love with the Canadian actor Paul Gross. I decided to watch all the movies he had ever made (all of which are pretty damn good, even the weird ones!). The movie that made me fall in love with curling, the sport, is called Men With Brooms.

That tag line, guys. Also, yes. Leslie Nielsen. Sometimes he's even a serious person in this movie.

Okay, so this movie is a Rom Com, but it is also a heartfelt story about adults finally growing up and overcoming their fears. It features this curling team that reunites on a day long past their prime, solely because their former coach died and asked in his will that the team play (and win) with the rock (curling stone, for those of you who need translation) that now contains his ashes. Yes, that's what I meant.

Through the movie's exploration of curling, I found myself absolutely falling in love with the sport. And I'm not a sport person. (When I was young, I told my teachers that my favorite sport was reading. Seriously.) They talk about the sport with such reverence that it is almost impossible to not feel your whole world shifting a little. Suddenly that shot of a guy sliding down the ice, gently but forcefully convincing a giant rock to land right on the button is just magical.

And of course, the movie is just chalk full of the strangest humor.... I mean it has Leslie Nielsen in it. He plays a former curling champion who now lives on his farm growing mushrooms. (The special kind, duh.)

So, I seriously recommend celebrating today's holiday, Curling is Cool Day, by finding a copy of this wonderful movie and falling in love with the sport.

Oh, and if you know someone who is a Die-hard curling fan, don't forget to stop by and get one of our Curling is Cool greeting cards! (We have cards for everything, don't you know.)


21 Feb

“Spoon? Why a Spoon, Cousin?”

If your response to the title is "Because it's dull, you twit", than you love Alan Rickman. or Robin Hood. But probably you love Alan Rickman.

Today is Alan Rickman's birthday.  YAY!

Why is Alan Rickman so great? LET ME TELL YOU:

--Alan Rickman loves the theater so much (AS HE SHOULD) that he has turned down multiple movie roles in favor of live theater. You can often see him in shows in New York, and he is amazing.

Private Lives

Private Lives

--When Alan Rickman was young, he had a speech impediment and had to have vocal training. This leads us to today, where is voice is the most amazing thing ever. It even has its own facebook page.

yeahhhhh.... we all do.

--I'm sure all you geeks knew this like a million years ago, but it needs to be mentioned again. Alan Rickman was J.K. Rowling's first pick for the character of Snape. In fact, she gave him insider tips about the character BEFORE BOOKS WERE RELEASED. HE KNEW ALL ALONG.

No one else could have done Snape like Alan Rickman. <3

--According to IMDB, Alan Rickman turned down the role of Sheriff in Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves twice before he was told that he could have complete control over his interpretation of the character. And then he did an amazing job creating the Sheriff of Nottingham. like whoa.

"That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas."

-- In the filming of Die Hard, the shot where Hans Gruber falls from the top of the building was  was actually Alan Rickman being dropped by a stuntman from a 20-foot high model onto an air bag. To get a genuine surprised look, the stuntman dropped him on the count of two instead of three.

what about THREE?

That's just a few things in the list of Awesome Alan Rickman Facts.

And to finish it off, here are some amazing pictures and videos of him being sexy and amazing!



6 Feb

Gifts to give some one with a brand new office job! Or the same old boring office job!




Do you spend your days in the cardboard box they call cubicles? Do you know someone with a brand new Adult Job? Well here are some things that you should probably have to fill the tiny space you call 'office'!

- A beach wall calendar to stare at when you get tired of working.
- A page a day calendar so you can waste 5 minutes a day ripping that page off.
- A mug that you will recognize when your coworker steals it.
- Some hand sanitizer for when you meet the guy who wanks at the water cooler.
- A lunch box that will make you feel like a kid again for 5 minutes so that you forget how old and responsible you are now.
- Snarky file folders to put the stupid office memos in.
- A mouse pad that doubles as a note pad because really you only have so much room in that cubicle.
- Office citations that you can write up...but really shouldn't actually send to your new coworkers
- A fail button for when you attend your first office meeting. Seriosuly. Use that thing. People will love it. 

Happy Job-Having, you adult, you!

4 Feb

Books to read if you think girls should be taken more seriously

These books feature strong women, young and not young, who change the world in a big way even though people thing they're 'just a girl'.




blue sword





10 Jan

National Letter Writing Day: A (Sappy) Letter For You All

To my Beloved Reader,

I once went to a rather strange play. It was about a young man who traveled to Paris in search of his past, taking with him a bundle of love letters. The letters were old and faded; they had been written by his grandfather to his grandmother long, long ago.
As he read through the letters in a small apartment in Paris, he encountered the all-engulfing , romantic, fiery love that his grandparents had shared. But the letters only told half the story, as his grandfather had saved none written to him.
This young man in continually inspired by the words of love put on paper. Finally, he reads one last letter. This one spoke of deep sorrow. His grandfather had outlived his beautiful wife, and dearly regretted not saving the letters she wrote to him. She had saved every word he ever wrote to her in a beautiful box so that she could remember his love at any moment. But he did not and, once she was gone, wished that he had something to hold in his hand and read with his heart.

As I walked out of the theater at the end of the play, I thought through all the keepsakes I have: playbills from shows I loved, pictures of friends, movie ticket stubs and dried flowers. The ones that are most precious to me are the letters that were written to me. They are there when I need them to reread and remember that I am loved and full of potential.

Today is National Letter Writing day, which is why I have written this letter to you, dear Reader. The month of love is just around the corner. The world will tell you that you should be buying chocolates, flowers, shiney gifts, but sometime the best most precious gift you can give is a heartfelt letter full of the reasons that your special someone is just so special.

Write well, dear Reader.

With Love,
A. Lirael Flint




8 Jan


Today we celebrate the great wonderful world of Bubble Baths! (Yeah, I know that song is about champagne, but I don't care)

I have always been a huge fan of a good relaxing bubble bath. (Usually paired with a dangerous habit of placing my laptop entirely too close to the tub so that I can stream Netflix....)

the all magical bubble machine.

My love of bubble baths started very young. One of my favorite reasons for visiting my Aunt's house was that she had this very strange and loud device that made ALL THE BUBBLES. See that thing on the right there? Yeah, it looked kind of like that except bigger and with more 80's production values. Like really cheap yellowing plastic. You stuck it in the bottom of the tub, and then there were bubbles EVERYWHERE! It was magical.

Now, I'm sure a lot of you have your perfect set up for a bubble bath already, but just in case it's been far too long since you've had a bubble bath and you want a very detailed how-to guide, here it is!



How to take a Bubble Bath for the person who needs all the tips:

Step 1:
Clean your tub ahead of time.
Look, this is the hardest step, but you're getting it over with first. It's also well worth the hard work, so just go ahead and do it. Cleaning your tub will make you feel much more relaxed and happy. No one wants to be mid bath and then start thinking about the slime and grime that is possibly encrusting your tub. But make sure you do this a day or so ahead of time!! Don't clean your tub and then just jump right it! there is bound to be some residue cleaning solution in your tub, and that stuff is killer on your skin!
*While you're cleaning your tub, make sure your tub actually has a drain stop! Some tubs sadly lack this feature. If your tub doesn't have a plug, you can always buy one!

awwwwwwwwww. kitty bathtime.

Step 2:
Collect the following supplies:
-Bubble bath solution! Choose a scent that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside! In a pinch a few dollops of shampoo or soap will work just fine, but to really get all the bubble action, you want to stick with actual bubble bath!
- A nice bottle of wine (optional, but you don't know relaxation until you mix hot water and an alcohol buzz)
-Some candles! If you want a scented candle, make sure you choose a smell that will mix nicely in the air with your bubble bath smell. You want something light and fresh, not a heavy thing that will give you a heachache after 30 minute of being in an enclosed room with it.
-A good book. Stop on by for recommendations!
-Music. You want something relaxing and meditative. Seriously. Don't be like, mannnn I just really like metal, I'm going to just listen to that. No. That's music for cleaning your house and boosting your pulse. You want to do the opposite of that.
- Toys! (also optional.) (also..... I'll let you decide if I mean kid toys or.... adult toys.) Just make sure they're water safe! Obvi, don't stick anything with batteries or chords in the water with you unless it's actually supposed to do that.
-A Very Fluffy Towel!
- Possibly one of those bath tub pillow things. sometimes the ceramic can be a little hard on your neck, and you can get a nice bath pillow for relatively cheap.
- Have roommates? You might need to print this out to hang on the door.

pop that bubble, gurl.

Step 3:
Create the perfect setting!
It's time to bubble bath! You have all your supplies ready, and your tub is clean! Now to start creating the spa-like scene for your epic bath.
-Start filling your tub. This can take a while, so it's nice to start this while you're prepping. Make sure to add the bubble bath in early, and occasionally give it a good stir to create an even amount of bubbles. Also, make sure to keep the bathroom door closed so that all that warm lovely steam fills the room.
-Light those candles! Just make sure they are not close enough to accidentally set your hair on fire.
-Put on some low soft music. (You're going to want to be able to adjust the volume AFTER the water stops flowing. Just keep that in mind.)
-Make sure the bathmat is there for when you get out. (I know that sounds like common sense, but I can't even tell you the numbers I have almost died because my bathmat was not where it should have been when I got out of the tub with my super wet, very clean feet.)

Step 4:
Fill an easy to reach table or surface with all the things you need during your bath:  fluffy towel, book and a small hand towel to keep it dry,  wine (Seriously consider using a plastic cup, because broken glass in water is like a literal death trap.) and toys of course.  Once everything is within reach, it's time to....

Step 5: 
HAVE A BATH. And enjoy the hell out of it.

Have fun bathing, guys!

P.S. Don't like bubbles? Use Bath Tea or Bath Bombs instead! ( We might have some in store, but they're going quick!)


4 Jan

Books to read if you want to eat healthy for some reason.


These books have some great things to say about REAL food for your REAL body. 


food rules