IDEA EXCHANGE: 12/11-12/15

Monday, 12/11


10:05AM-Jane Losey, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board shared some great recipes from the website

TODAY IS: Noodle Ring and National Mountain Day


We talked about Dutch Process vs. Natural Cocoa and how to season a Cast Iron Skillet. We also shared the following recipes: Ham and Spinach Two Cheese Pasta, Parmesan Saltine Toffee, Chocolate Caramel Mascarpone Tarts, and Coffee and Doughnut Truffles.


Tuesday, 12/12


“For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author’s relationship to nature.” —Publishers Weekly

The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder’s deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder’s books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure for anyone enchanted by Laura’s wild and beautiful life.

TODAY IS: Ambrosia Day, Gingerbread House,

Christmas Minute: SONGS OF THE SEASON


Shared a recipe to make a stiffener for crocheted ornaments as well as some Christmas hacks. Recipes: Cast Iron Gingerbread Cookie, Orange Crush (a hot mulled beverage), Wake Up Casserole with Canadian Bacon,

Wednesday, 12/13


From the classic Margarita to the Love Byte, “Cocktail Chameleon” is award-winning designer and producer Mark Addison’s invitation to join him as he dresses up twelve cocktails in twelve unique variations for 144 signature takes on the classics. Mr. Addison tantalizes with molecular mixology to create the Anti-Gravity, instructs on how to reinvent the beloved Bloody Mary with sake, and invokes the famed royal rose garden with the Versailles. Inspiring the creative mixologist in everyone, Cocktail Chameleon will become an instant ally for hosts looking to elevate an occasion, or a much-needed friend to help unwind and end the day on a high note!

TODAY IS: Cocoa Day

Christmas Minute: Saint Lucia Day



LOVE, SANTA, Martha Brockenbrough

In a series of letters, a young girl writes to Santa to ask about the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, and of course, Christmas goodies. Year after year, Santa writes back, and a heartwarming relationship develops, until one year, the girl writes to her mother instead: Mom, are you Santa? Her mother responds to say that no, she is not Santa. Because Santa is bigger than any one person — we bring him out through kindness to one another and the power of imagination. This transformative tale spins a universal childhood experience into a story about love, giving, and the spirit of Christmas.






Thursday, 12/14


Sometimes Labrador dogs are just full of vinegar. They get into everything imaginable and their name could be easily changed to Mischief. Bailey had one of those playful days. Does she end up a naughty dog or a good dog at the end of the day?

Local author Paula Loizzo and illustrator Kate Miller will be my guests to talk about their new children’s picture book and  how you can get a copy for gift giving this  holiday season.


TODAY IS: Bouillabaisse

Christmas Minute:



Friday, 12/15

TODAY IS: Lemon Cupcake


Check out our visit to Breaking The Mold in Fox Lake!