Idea Exchange: April 9 – April 13

Monday, April 9th:

TODAY IS: Dry or Powdered Milk, Chinese Almond Cookies, Name Yourself, Listening, First Public Library opened-1833, Winston Churchill

Today we talked about 20 different uses for Magic Erasers, foods to improve your mood, coconut oil hacks and how fast rain falls (you’ll be surprised at the answer!). Recipes: Fruit & Flax Smoothie, Fabulous Carrot Cake, BLT Pasta, Carrot and Zucchini Bars, Strawberry Spinach Salad Breakfast Wraps, Parmesan Chicken Nuggets and Chinese Almond Cookies.


Tuesday, April 10th:

TODAY IS: Cinnamon Crescent, National Sibling, Golfers, Encourage a Young Writer, Salvation Army Founders

Recipes we covered: Cutie Cups, Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas, Cinnamon Roll Cake, Steak and Potato Toasts.


Wednesday, April 11th:

TODAY IS: Cheese Fondue, Barbershop Quartet, Eight Track Tape, Jackie Robinson, School Librarian, Big Wind


Topics we covered: Saddest movie; 8 track tapes, and Tornado Awareness Week. Recipes: Kid’s Breadsticks, and Spaghetti Mac.


Thursday, April 12th:

When Eric Wendel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1966, the survival rate was 10 percent. Today, it is 90 percent. Even as politicians call for a “Cancer Moonshot,” this accomplishment remains a pinnacle in cancer research.

The author’s daughter, then a medical student at Georgetown Medical School, told her father about this amazing success story. Tim Wendel soon discovered that many of the doctors at the forefront of this effort cared for his brother at Roswell Park in Buffalo, New York. Wendel went in search of this extraordinary group, interviewing Lucius Sinks, James Holland, Donald Pinkel, and others in the field. If there were a Mount Rushmore for cancer research, they would be on it.

Despite being ostracized by their medical peers, these doctors developed modern-day chemotherapy practices and invented the blood centrifuge machine, helping thousands of children live longer lives. Part family memoir and part medical narrative, Cancer Crossings explores how the Wendel family found the courage to move ahead with their lives. They learned to sail on Lake Ontario, cruising across miles of open water together, even as the campaign against cancer changed their lives forever.

TODAY IS: Licorice, Grilled Cheese, Reach as High as you Can, Look up at the Sky

Tips we shared: how to handle severe weather; honey bees and how we can help them thrive; grilled cheese trivia; and we found out if it is possible to have lightening without thunder. Recipes included: Ravioli with Roasted Veggies, French Toast Cups, The Lil’ Kahuna, and Grilled Cheese Roll Ups.



Friday, April 13th:

TODAY IS: Peach cobbler, Friday, the 13th, Blame someone Else, National D.A.R.E. day, Plant Appreciation

We discussed the severe thunderstorm warnings and hail; I gave “nutty” facts about pecans and shared the story of the game of Scrabble. Recipes given: Apple Pie Filling, Orange Pecan French Toast, Cookie Peach Cobbler, Baked Apple Raisin Oatmeal, Stuffed Bubble Biscuit and Rhubarb Cinnamon-Nut Bread.