Idea Exchange: August 6th – August 10th

Monday, August 6th:

TODAY IS: Root Beer Float, National Gossip, Natioanl Kids, Fresh Breath, Lucille Ball’s birthday (1911), Wiggle Your Toes

We talked about Root Beer Floats, different kinds of peppers and chiles, the difference between heat/humidity and dewpoint; tapioca flour and the 5 kitchen items you should never skimp on. Tina Swain was announced as our APRON WINNER for the July Contest and we shared the following recipes: Cilantro Lime Butter (for sweet corn) and Horseradish-Cheddar (a sweet corn spread), Lemon Sheet Cake, Colorful Corn Salad, Roasted Peach Skillet Cobbler.


Tuesday, August 7th:

TODAY IS: Raspberries and Cream, Sea Serpent, Beach Party, National Night Out, Professional Speakers, National Lighthouse, Purple Heart (1782), Particularly Preposterous Packaging

Topics of discussion this morning were: sea serpents, lighthouses, and folklore regarding August weather. Recipes for today: Melting Potatoes (very popular right now!) Yellow Squash and Corn Saute, Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini and Grilled Cauliflower.


Wednesday, August 8th:


Darci the Drummer is a picture book for children ages 4 to 9bringing to life the story of a 2nd grade girl who is a passionate drummer at heart, bashing away to the beat with natural rhythm on anything she can find when she hears a good song. Darci dreams of the day when she can play on a real drum set with skill. However, her little brother hates the raucous noises she makes, and she has no idea how she can even become a “real” drummer. Despite the hurtful criticism from her brother, and the ensuing self-doubt, her parents help show her the way via surprise drum lessons and the encouragement to keep working at something she loves. The story invokes the passion of music and of learning how to play an instrument; it introduces children to various musical terms and the names of some interesting famous drummers that span different musical genres; and it highlights the importance of musical education and the determination needed to improve oneself through practice.

TODAY IS: Sneak a Zucchini on you Neighbor’s Porch Night, Frozen Custard, Swim, Admit You’re Happy, $$Dollar$$ Day, (US Dollar debuted)

We talked about the dollar bill and what the various markings mean. Recipes today: Almost Heaven Cake, Potato Waffles (request from Rachel Ray’s program), Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Pizza, Parmesan Zucchini Bread.


Thursday, August 9th:

TODAY IS: Rice Pudding, book Lovers, Dance a Polka, Middle Child, Celebrate your Lakes, Hand Holding, Smokey the  Bear’s birthday (1944), Art Appreciation

I shared the best places to Polka in Wisconsin, according to Travel Wisconsin. We also talked about the history of Smokey the Bear (or Smokey Bear-his “given name”), types of hard neck and soft neck garlic and things you can recycle. Recipes shared: Caramel Apple Float, Honey and Green Garlic Butter, Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto and Summer Soda Quenchers.


Friday, August 10th:

TODAY IS: S’Mores, Lazy Day, Gals Night Out, Spoiling Your Dog, Ragweed, Candid Camera (1948), Aspiring (1893)

We discussed relaxation day and how to celebrate, Spoil your pet day and things you can do, the history of Kool-Aid, Candid Camera, Presidential jokes and the characteristics of the “middle child”. Recipes given: S’mores Pudding, KFC-Copycat Coleslaw