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Mornings Are Short When You Hit Snooze

Mornings Are Short When You Hit Snooze

My elementary school was small, rural and pretty close to home. There was one section of students per grade and generally nothing out of the ordinary was offered. The only exception was the I-TAG (Iowa Talented and Gifted Program) that was ...
Recipe: Honey-Infused Deviled Eggs

Recipe: Honey-Infused Deviled Eggs

Here’s a little something you didn’t know about my wife’s family. They used to raise their own honey bees. Yes, it’s exactly as you would imagine. Her dad suiting up in one of those full-bodied bee-proof outfits arme ...
Popcorn and Pillow Forts

Popcorn and Pillow Forts

After the Bridgestone/Tire Rack events had concluded, I scheduled some time to meet up with my cousin who is currently residing in Denver. We grew up next door to each other and she was as much a sister as I could ever have. We talked and c ...
Behind the Scenes with Dr Pepper Snapple

Behind the Scenes with Dr Pepper Snapple

Life is dynamic. Opinions and attitudes evolve. Things are liked, then disliked. Policies and procedures are amended. Technology and innovation change the way we work and play. We all know these as trends. I feel incredibly fortunate to be ...
Five Quick Striped and Marbled Cookies

Five Quick Striped and Marbled Cookies

Exactly a year ago, I featured a really simple holiday recipe appropriately titled “Baked Goods for a Beginner” that is easy to make but presents very nicely. We occasionally feature fun recipes here, like Corn Dog Sushi and Pla ...
Ultimate M&M Peanut Butter Muffins

Ultimate M&M Peanut Butter Muffins

Raise your hand if you are a parent and you’re proudly raising geeks. I know I’m not the only one. Know how I know? Because we attended the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo a few months back and we were far from the only f ...
7-Ingredient Vegetable Salad Recipe

7-Ingredient Vegetable Salad Recipe

Although I’ve never had a monk fruit nor ever seen one, I’m intrigued by this new sweetener option. I am ever the snacker so having options that are not only filling but more nutritious is really important. We stock the pantry a ...
Plantation Salad Dressing Recipe

Plantation Salad Dressing Recipe

Some of the coolest legacies are ones with true roots that went to the grave with those involved. Here in the Quad Cities, chefs try to recreate “Plantation Salad”, a local specialty salad dressing named for the restaurant that ...
DIY: How to Clean Makeup Brushes

DIY: How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Recently I have discussed my interested in improving my beauty care regimen. I’ve been trying new products like essential oils, serums and creams as well as using higher quality makeup. Yet I fail to remember to do one of the simplest ...
Hanging out with Rev Run and Go-Gurt

Hanging out with Rev Run and Go-Gurt

Years and years ago when Miss M was just a baby, we were sitting in a McDonald’s for lunch. I couldn’t help but watch a mother and daughter as they sat down to eat. The young girl, just a toddler, wasn’t partaking in a Hap ...