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A notebook with bright pink and orange post-it notes, topped with a school lunch apple. A chocolate covered pencil pretzel sits on top of the notebook, with two others to the right.


Wow time flies in quarantine! My apologies for not posting the past two weeks but I have been busy! Which is a nice contrast to the beginning of this pandemic. Many of you know that I got accepted into the Professional Training Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as an acting apprentice for the 2020/2021 season. We have been working on some fun projects and one of them actually goes LIVE TODAY (Sept. 17th)!


A photo reads "15th Annual New Voices Young Playwrights Festival Virtual Reading". A large translucent red quill spans the middle of the image, behind it are productions stills in black and white, some layered with the colors, purple, red, green and yellow.


We have been working on a virtual staged reading for the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. Basically, Actors Theatre creates and opportunity for young people of all backgrounds to see plays and make plays. Then the Creative Engagement department works with local high school students in Louisville and the surrounding areas to develop and revise these plays and eventually selects several to be staged. Now in any given year, this would be performed live, but this year it will all be streamed on Facebook LIVE performed by the Acting Apprentices! You can click HERE and tune in live tonight (Sept. 17th) at 6 pm CT / 7 pm ET.

I also wrote an article about my blog for my Grandpa’s newspaper, the China Insight! Pre-Covid you could find the physical paper at practically every Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities area. For the time being, the paper has gone online and you can view the article HERE.


The Webpage of the China Insight Newspaper, photo of me eating fries in a diner with several articles listed below


Now that I have completed my shameless plug(s), let’s get Back to School with Pencil Pretzels!

Many students across America have gone back to school. Now this can mean many different things for different communities and families. Some are fully back in person; some are doing a hybrid learning format and some are completely online. For working parents, this can pose a whole new set of challenges. You’re working from home and now you also have to be tech support to your child(ren). Chances are you are probably running out of ways to engage and entertain them. I have had a few people reach out to me asking for kid-centric content on my blog so I’m going to try and sprinkle some of these kid-friendly baking/cookie activities throughout my blogs this year.


Four chocolate covered Pencil Pretzels


Today we are starting super simple with these easy Pretzel “Pencils”. In any year other than 2020, I would also recommend giving these to friends, but you can save that for 2021 (fingers crossed). Regardless, making these pretzels can be a fun way to connect with your little one, talk about what their doing in Zoom school, and pass some time (tantrum free) while you’re at it.

Also, you can pull this recipe out like an old trick for pretty much any holiday. Just change up your color of candy melts and add some holiday appropriate sprinkles. Or turn your pretzel rod into Frosty the Snowman and let him take a soak in your mug of hot chocolate during Christmas time. All I’m trying to say is that chocolate dipped pretzels are a highly underrated snack. I hope you and your kiddos enjoy!




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A notebook with bright pink and orange post-it notes, topped with a school lunch apple. A chocolate covered pencil pretzel sits on top of the notebook with a bite out of it, with two others to the right.


happy eating!



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