Every diabetic’s favorite holiday is coming up…S’MORES DAY!!! In case you’ve been living under a rock in Tianjin, a s’mores has three ingredients: graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and melted chocolate bars.
It is totally recommended that you get creative with your s’mores ingredients! Substitute peanut butter cups for chocolate bars! Or cut open a banana lengthwise, scoop a bit out, fill it with chocolate and marshmallows, then wrap in tinfoil and put it in the embers of your campfire for a few minutes. Instantly your s’mores is now healthy (and gluten free)!!!
The first official s’mores recipe was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts in 1927, but culinary historians believe the tradition began much earlier than that. Leave it to the Girl Scouts to make everything official! You’ll always want “some more” of this delicious treat, and if you’re eating it correctly it’ll sound like s’mores!!!
Most children don’t know how to eat healthy, I was no exception. Oftentimes, when deprived of campfires in the winter, I would microwave chocolate chips and marshmallows in a Pyrex measuring cup, then dip graham crackers in it. Sometimes, I skipped the graham crackers altogether and just dug in with a spoon. MMmmmmmMMmm
If you are a gardener, farmer, or zucchini enthusiast, then you’re probably ready to celebrate National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day on August 8. Each year, like a plague upon their houses, neighbors with abundant harvests rush upon bare porches adorning them with fruit (yes zucchini is a fruit)! One must employ great stealth not to be seen. After all, we want people thinking, “What the hell is that? Is that a zucchini? Whose zucchini is this? Is it my zucchini?” If one doesn’t employ great stealth, then the jig is up!
So, here is some advice for any novice zucchini sneaks:
- Remember to harvest some zucchini blossoms. By harvesting the zucchini blossoms you will reduce the overabundance that normally results from growing zucchini. Zucchini blossoms can be eaten raw, fried, or stuffed and cooked.
- Even one zucchini plant will produce a mountain of zucchinis!
- Be creative. Don’t just lob a zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch like an apathetic kid on a paper route (unless you hate them or something). Internet legend says to leave a basket under the cover of darkness, but that seems too simplistic. Have fun with it! Wear a disguise, disguise your zucchini, leave a note, don’t leave a note, leave a recipe…the possibilities are endless.
- However you decide to leave your zucchini, your neighbors will be thrilled to share in the fruits of your labor. Sharing is cool and so are you. Perhaps you should share your favorite zucchini recipe too.
Here are three wonderful zucchini recipes to try if you’re one of the lucky ducks that gets free zucchini!
If you’re a fan of funny, punny fantasy stories, you probably are very familiar with Piers Anthony. His Xanth book series is well known to be painfully packed with puns. They’re hilarious and wonderful and light and fun, but if you’re someone who takes personal offense at someone rearranging the English language, this series is probably not for you.
There was a point in my life that I would proudly be able to say that I had read all of the Xanth books. that was back when there were only 28 or so. There are now a whopping 39 books in the series. With like 5 more in the works already. Partly, this is because fans of puns send them all to Mr. Anthony, hoping their own unique word play will end up in his next books. So I’m sure he has a million books’ worth of material by now.
If you are a fan of light reads that will pull you in but also allow you to pick up and put down whenever you want, Piers Anthony books are so totally for you. If you’re not into the pun thing, don’t worry, he has a million other non-Xanth stories.
My particular favorite is the Incarnations of Immortality series. Each book in the set is about one of the immortals; Death, Time, the Fates, the devil, etc. They’re very fun and fast. Perfect for airplanes or bus rides.
The point is, this guy is someone who you should know about. And now you know a bit. the next step is to pick up one of his million books and give him a try!
Or maybe a nice bowl of fresh blueberries with cream?
Crisp peppers! Cool cucumbers! Carrots! radishes!
Farmer’s Markets are one of my very favorite things about summer. I am 100% more likely to buy vegetables when I can get them outdoors from a local farmer. And it’s not entirely because I’m a snob and like my veggies pure and simple. It’s not entirely because I want to support my local farmers, although I super duper do. I think it’s really mostly because simply going to a farmers market inspires me to be overly healthy for at least a day or two. So I feel all alive and fresh and I buy one million tomatoes and 5 bundles of kale.
Pittsburgh has a pretty rad selection of farmers markets. If you’re willing to travel, you can pretty much find a farmers market somewhere every day of the week.
I think the thing I love the most about farmer’s markets (aside from them being like, good for your karma or something) is that I always end up finding a vegetable that is new to me that I just HAVE to try and cook. I mean, now that we have a Market District, we can get pretty much any vegetable we want at any point in the year. (Which is honestly a little scary, guys. I mean things have growing seasons for a reason.) But far before Market District had caught on, I met my first tomatillo at a small farmer’s tent in Oakland. It changed my life.
National Farmer’s Market Week is August 4th through 10th. I challenge you to go to at LEAST one farmer’s market to celebrate! Buy something radically new and strange.
Or just buy some tomatoes, because farm grown tomatoes are seriously the best thing in this world. end.
Beatrix Potter, the mastermind behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit, lived a quiet way life, appreciating simple pleasures. She shared these simple pleasures with the masses. She was born in London on July 28, 1866 and lived a lonely and sheltered Victorian childhood. Her parents discouraged her from making friends her own age. Beatrix had the privilege of meeting famous artists, politicians, and thinkers, but this means little to a young girl who just wants a friend. She was educated at home by governesses. Having little opportunity to make friends, nature became her one true friend for the rest of her life.
Beatrix spent summer holidays with her family in an area of the country known as Lake District. She drew from a young age, observing her pets, other animals, and plants. She devoted much of her life to farming and countryside conservation, probably due to her early life and love of her memories at Lake District.
A bit of a late bloomer, Beatrix did not begin her career as a children’s author and illustrator until she was 35 years old. She was quite dedicated to her vision of Peter Rabbit. More than six publishers rejected The Tale of Peter Rabbit, so she printed two hundred and fifty copies privately. Beatrix was interested in all aspects of book production, from the conception of the story, to the binding. She made her books as cheap as possible to reach as many children as she could; after all, they could buy it with pocket change. Her books were tiny to accommodate her readers’ tiny hands. By the end of 1903, over 50,000 copies of Peter Rabbit had sold. The publishers that rejected this classic tale must have been regretting their rejection.
Being a keen businesswoman, Beatrix paid close attention to what her audience desired. She looked for innovative ways to capitalize on her creations. Shortly after publishing Peter Rabbit, she created a Peter Rabbit doll, which was followed by wallpaper and a board game. She tested her prose on her friends’ children who were always thrilled by her tales. The merchandising began with Beatrix’s interest in finding new ways to expand her imaginary world. Her tales have been translated into over 35 languages and have been published all over the world.
Beatrix always wrote what she knew and was inspired by real animals and their unique personalities. The real Peter Rabbit was Beatrix’s pet, “Peter Piper.” She often sketched him in front of the fire lying on the hearth rug. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is modeled after her first pet rabbit who she smuggled into the nursery in a brown bag. His name was “Benjamin H. Bouncer” and he was fond of treats and hot buttered toasts!
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, is based on a farm duck who often scampered off to lay eggs in secret nesting places. Sometimes Beatrix had to use a hen to sit on Jemima’s eggs. Jemima was always scampering off somewhere, neglecting her eggs. Beatrix blended fantasy and reality flawlessly. Her imaginary world was filled with truth. This tale in particular is so closely associated with Hill Top Farm that it has been described as a “poem of the farm itself.” The farm’s idyllic landscapes are still recognizable today.
For the last thirty years of her life, Beatrix focused on preserving her beloved land that inspired so many stories. She preserved Lake District for future generations and ensured the area would be untouched by developers. In her seventies she wrote, “as I lie in bed, I can walk step by step on the fells and rough lands, seeing every stone and flower…where my old legs will never take me again.” Towards the end of her life she stated, “If I have done anything — even a little — to help small children appreciate honest, simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good.”
Beatrix Potter has done quite a bit of good. We at Kards Unlimited love her to pieces! She shares our love of animals, nature, simplicity, gardening, children, and imagination!!! We have a complete collection of her tales that includes even more information on this amazing woman’s life. Did you know she was engaged and within a month her fiance died? Yep, that tragic bit of information is in the book, along with much more! If you have kids, or you are a kid at heart, these tales will warm your soul and make you want to find animals to observe! So come in to KU, grab a sketchbook, then go back out and bond with nature! And if this post gave you the gardening itch, we sell “Garden-in-a-Bag,” it makes gardening a sitch. Go forth into the world and make Beatrix Potter proud on her birthday!!!!
Today’s Daniel Radcliffe’s birthday and we wanted to celebrate the wonderful man he is.
Here he is rapping Eminem.
Here he is walking like, a billion dogs.Here he is um, being HARRY POTTER.
Don’t you just want to be BFF with him?
He gives to great charities, and look, here he is with a cute PUPPY!
He’s weird, but he’s my kind of weird.
To conclude, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!
I went to the Zoo just about every year when I was a kid. But for some reason, my most vivid memory from the zoo is scraping my knee and crying by the polar bears. It was a great time.
However, when we were choosing blogs this month, I just knew that I needed to write something. Because despite not really being like the most enthusiastic person when it comes to zoo visits, I can personally tell you about my time at Steve Irwin’s house.
Okay, no. That’s a lie. I was at his Zoo. But he grew up there! At the zoo! his house is on the property! He got to wake up every morning and feed those crocodiles.
The day I was at Steve Irwin’s zoo, it was pretty cloudy. So my pictures aren’t the best. But I wanted to share them with you, because it was super cool to be walking the same ground that Steve Irwin walked on. In Australia. Oh, hey. did I mention that I went to Australia? yeahhhhh.
Anyway, here are some pictures of Steve Irwin’s back yard. Literally.
Pretty much everyone knows what ventriloquism is, but in case you don’t, ventriloquism is the art of throwing one’s voice. The ability to speak while appearing not to speak. Great ventriloquists can have full conversations with thin air! Can give life to otherwise inert objects! (Usually a puppet of some kind, but it’s fun when it’s something else too!) Ventriloquists, in short, make boring (and, depending on the puppet, sometimes creepy) things fun!
National Ventriloquism Week is coordinated through the Vent Haven Museum in Cincinnati. William Berger, a Cincinnati industrialist, founded the museum using his large collection of ventriloquist’s dummies that he had accumulated over many years and business trips. The week is celebrated on the third week of July every year (that’s the 19th through the 25th this year).
Even if you can’t make it out to Cincinnati for the celebration, appreciate the fine art of ventriloquism by seeing a show or watching one on Netflix if there isn’t a live one convenient. Or practice some ventriloquism of your own! You never know when it might come in handy!