Author Archives: Brandi Bengtson

A-peach-iate August with these Peach Recipes

This month we’re celebrating Peaches! Every day of August you can enjoy a sweet peach as a snack or in a meal. The sweet taste of peaches infused in meat and desserts is sure to be the talk of the dinner table. You’d be surprised what savory dishes peaches can create for your dinner table or those barbecues and picnics that still continue during the warm August weather. Continue reading

Much Ado About Nothing: Simplify Your Life Week

July is coming to a close and soon we’ll be in August! Can you believe August is already here? Life goes by so fast and gets so cluttered that it’s important to keep in mind ways to reduce stress or clutter in your life. The first week of August is “National Simplify Your Life Week”. This yearly observation is given in order to help bring attention to reducing clutter as well as other things in your life that may pile up over time.

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Books and Movies with Villains, Oh my!

A library is full of worlds and villains hidden within the pages of our books. The question is – why do we often find ourselves loving the bad guy? Why do we have fandoms, Pinterest boards, and Counter Displays devoted to these Villains? Well, villains are a key part of stories. If they aren’t believable, there is no story, no conflict, nothing for the hero to defeat. Some may be more anti-heroes, out for themselves but not evil as their story progresses – Loki Laufeyson is a case and point for this. A villain in Avengers but throughout the rest of the Marvel universe, he’s mischievous and has some good points to his character. Some villains you can understand why they are the way they are. You sympathize with them and sometimes they’re put together so well that you can believe their motives. Continue reading

This Has Garlic, That Has Garlic, Everything Has Garlic!

Image result for garlicGarlic is good for many things. It adds flavor to dishes, helps protect you against vampires, and lowers your blood pressure. Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to take those resolutions to another level. National Blood Pressure Month brings attention to heart disease and high blood pressure. There are many ways to reduce ones blood pressure through healthy eating while still making tasty dishes. Sure, they’re not all low in calories but they can definitely be good for your blood pressure and help fill your stomach.

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National Jewel Day!

Jewelry has been around for centuries, even older than the Egyptians who loved to use Turquoise and other stones in their adornments. Time has not stopped the desire to adore polished stones, glittering gems, and beautiful pieces that may have significance to the wearer. Popular enough that even religious symbols exist upon chains as a fashion statement – in glittering gold and silver with diamonds, rubies, etc. Humans have found a way to make part of nature something we can take with us. Crystals can be made into decorations like hearts for a loved one to hold or an animal. Traditions are embedded in with jewelry and the stones that create it. We have such a fascination with necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and other decorations that a day was created to celebrate it. March 9th is National Jewel Day a time to celebrate by wearing your favorite necklace or other jewelry and show it off. Continue reading

Recharge Your February with Self Care

Aside from Valentine’s Day, February is full of curious holidays. Days that are full of good intentions like Random Acts of Kindness Day, Be Humble Day, or Do A Grouch a Favor Day. All of these holidays have passed this month as well as Single’s Awareness Day which brings up this month’s opportunity for growth – Self-care. School is well underway and tax season has started. The stressors from the Holidays have subsided for a bit but there’s a chance that as each day goes by, sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Perhaps there’s been a lot to do at work, finals to focus on, but it’s always good to remember ways to take care of oneself even when stress is high. Continue reading

Your Tea-Riffic Guide to National Hot Tea Month

The New Year comes with Resolutions for 2018, goals to better ourselves or find new determination in healthy diets. Unfortunately with the current temperatures still freezing us inside and out, it’s hard to keep warm and healthy. Trying to change an entire routine can be frustrating and often overbearing when we are still recovering from the holidays as well as colds and stubborn weather. Life catches up and soon one realizes resolutions have imploded and all energy has waned. Taking it little by little can help reduce stress – such as making small changes each month, creating habits that are easier to stick to. There’s a happy solution – Tea. It has many flavors and can be brewed in various ways that can be used not only to warm up your body and wake up your mind, but to help stave off those nasty winter cold woes. So, to January, there’s no better way to celebrate a cold beginning to 2018 than by having National Hot Tea Month!

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It’s the season for baking and celebrations! December is well underway, bringing the New Year closer with each breath we take. Or each cookie we bake. To celebrate the lovely time of year where we can smell fresh baked cookies – December 18th is your day! National Bake Cookies day is a real holiday folks, one full of beautiful gooey cookies to eat.

With the holidays taking up most of our time it’s hard to know what to make. Sure, there’s your classic sugar cookies, but why not take this special day to whip up something new? It’ll tantalize your taste buds and maybe help keep you from feeling winter blues. Continue reading

It’s Not Easy Being Green: America Recycles Day November 15th is America Recycles day! It takes place every year in the middle of November to highlight ways to recycle. It is much like earth day with a focus on how to reduce our carbon footprint.

Pinterest has so many ideas for what can be reduced, reused, and recycled. Also known as up-cycling, you can take many used products (like empty jam jars) and reuse them for other things. Being here on campus, it’s comforting to know that I can grab a bottle from the vending machine and will be able to dispose of it in a recycling bin. This is one of the ways that you can utilize the resources offered on campus. We also have fountains to refill your water bottles and recycling bins for paper when you no longer need old notebooks or papers. Continue reading