Quit Hatin’ on the Cornfields

Sky, originally uploaded by lclea.

Ok enough of the winter. Now that it seems like spring has finally gotten its act together it’s all good. In my last blog I poked fun at where I’m living saying it was in the middle of a cornfield. That’s a complete exaggeration, I live right next to a cornfield (huge difference). The upside is I have great views out my back windows. No Walmart or Target to mar my view. I get pretty awesome sunsets, but where it rocks is when we are gettin’ some weather. This is the last storm that blew in two days ago and it literally blows up and marches across the fields. Nothing is better than cracking open a cold one and watching the action.  I love this picture, you can just tell something’s coming. So all in all, cornfields aren’t too bad (besides the occasional critter, rouge farmers and distant mooing, but I digress).

Oh what am I doing posting when I should be crazy at the end of the semester, you ask? Well, my dear this is called procrastination. Let’s see how many blogs I can crank out before May 15th.


The one reason I’m glad I moved from Colorado

Cold Colorado, originally uploaded by lclea.

Some places in Colorado got over 4 feet of snow yesterday whereas here, it was 70 degrees. Unfortunately, in a few days I’m sure the snow will be gone and it will still be, well, Colorado and I will still be living in a cornfield. sigh…

Why the world needs S’meeps

Every year it happens.  Easter comes rolling in with its pastel sugar soaked goodness and yeilds the beginning of spring. Yah!   It also however, brings with it the harbinger of the holiday, Peeps.  I’ve never liked Peeps, there I said it.  It is possibly the underlying fear that the unused peeps just get recycled every year, either that or they taste gross.  That being said, they do look very festive in a Easter Basket.

Then I learned about s’meeps.  It is basically if s’mores and peeps had a baby.  It is possibly the best idea ever.  Who doesn’t like s’mores, and the peeps don’t have get tossed into the landfills and where they’ll hang around forever like styrofom.  The only glitch is umm, well someone apparently told the Peeps (see the picture above).  Check out both the recipe below and follow the links below to get in on the fun.

Happy Easter and don’t go waistin’ those Peeps!



– makes 4 s’meeps –

Adapted from Peeps: Recipes and Crafts to Make with Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat by Charity Ferreira.


4 Peeps (1 package)
4 graham crackers, separated into 8 halves
Four 1-ounce squares semisweet or dark chocolate (depending on preference)


1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350°F.

2. Place a 1-ounce square of chocolate on 4 of the graham cracker halves. Top each chocolate with a Peep. Say your goodbyes.

3. Put your Peep sacrifice laden graham crackers on an aluminum foil covered tray and pop them in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch them carefully as toasting Peeps can turn into burn victims beyond repair in the blink of an eye. Vigilance!

4. Once the Peeps are toasted to your liking, take them out of the oven and squish them with a graham cracker half. Feast.



We need a little spring…

tulip, originally uploaded by lclea.

For some reason spring is having a tough time rolling itself out of bed this year. Blame it on the groundhog, or climate change or whatever, I’ve decided to push it along a little. Granted for me spring brings a lot of writing, but it also holds the promise of summer, and warmth and lower electric bills and no classes, all good things… In fact I propose spring is all good (except for some pesky flooding, sorry Fargo). Bring on the spring, I could use it right this very minute.