Idea Exchange: April 1 – April 5

Monday, April 1st:

Wisconsin tradition and natural beauty meet political activity and a constant influx of new ideas in the cool college town of Madison. Starting from the city’s center the State Capitol, set between two gorgeous lakes downtown bustles with restaurants, breweries, theaters, galleries, shops, startups, and more, then segues into the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, where 40,000-plus Badgers pursue studies and Jump Around on football Saturdays. The city spreads out to eclectic neighborhoods and parks, then on to small towns, rolling farmland, and forests. It’s a smart, family-friendly, come-as- you-are place, with far more than 100 things to do in any of its four distinctly extreme seasons. Please consider this book your starting point for exploring this vibrant, independently spirited city.

Today we talked about April Fool’s Day, sliced bread, one cent, dollar sign, the UW Marching Band Spring Concert how to soften marshmallows and ways to use lemons for your  health and home. Recipes shared: Cheesy Ham and Asparagus Bake, Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce, Rhubarb Lemonade and Chocolate Chip Scones.

TODAY: Sliced Bread, Sourdough Bread, April Fool’s Day, Tatting, “Sorry, Charlie”, Check your batteries, Boomer Bonus Day, Dishwasher (1889), Apple Computer (1976)



Tuesday, April 2nd:

Talked about: favorite children’s books, peanut butter and jelly sandwich history, freezing rain vs. sleet; two furthest points in the US and how many miles apart they are and planning an Easter Egg Hunt. Recipes:  Heavenly Freezer Cake, Zippy Egg Casserole, Cheddar Mustard Beer Bread and Peanut Butter and Jelly Crescent Roll Ups.

TODAY:  Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Fun at Work, Yo-Yo, International Children’s Book, Ferret, Youth/Teen Hockey


Wednesday, April 3rd:

We talked about chocolate mousse and how to make, American Circus History, walking to work, and four things you should know about chocolate. Recipes: Stuffed Spiral Ham, Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins and Dark Chocolate Mousse.

TODAY: Chocolate Moose, Find a Rainbow, American Circus, Workplace Napping, 



Thursday, April 4th:


Health and wellness entrepreneur Peter Darrow thought he had life
all figured out. A native of the posh and privileged Upper East Side, the
young millennial lived large–attending elite schools, throwing lavish
birthday parties, and spending summers in the Hamptons. Then one day
his seemingly perfect, polished life came crashing down. Over the course
of three hellacious years, his father died, he inherited and burned through
a shit-ton of money, his girlfriend dumped him, and his first ever business
floundered. One morning he found himself looking in the mirror thinking,
Whose life am I living anyway?

Today we discussed post-it notes, ways your home can make you sick, when NOT to use vinegar and car cleaning tips. Recipes: Springtime Spaghetti, Easy Buttermilk Baking Sheet Pancakes, Oven Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus.

TODAY: Chocolate Milk Powder (1828), Cordon Bleu, Walk Around Things, Student Government Day


Friday, April 5th:

Today we talked about words from the first dictionary that are no longer in today’s dictionaries; where the phrase “Go for Broke” comes from, Flash Drives, bell bottoms, deep dish pizza trivia, twinkies, how to soften butter; salted vs. unsalted butter; when to use butter and when not to and strange and wacky tax laws. Recipes shared: Caramel Bars, Sour Cream Blueberry Coffee Cake, Brandy Glazed Carrots, and Nutty O’s.

TODAY: Dandelion, Caramel, Raisin and spice Bar, Bell Bottoms, Stories, Read a Road Map, Paraprofessional Appreciation