Shannon Kelley

Shannon Kelley

Shannon Kelley is a grad student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri pursuing a Masters in Education with additional academic interests (i.e. majors) in English and Communication. She values wit above much else, enjoys being busy almost as much as being lazy, will watch anything considered a "cult classic," and loves playing hostess, especially if doing so involves snacks, friends, and  solid rounds of storytelling.

Best Party Theme: My eight roommates and I fell in love with themed house dinners last year. Favorites included Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and the Brady Bunch, though planning the murder mystery dinner was an unmissable experience as well.

Signature Cocktail(s): A “shot party” (Red Bull, Vodka, Soco, Peach Schnapps), is always a favorite to start off a night, though the VWL (Vodka Water Lime) is also “sweeping” Kirksville in popularity.

Best Breakfast/Late-Night Indulgence: Fried Egg Sandwich (think "Spanglish").

Most Viable Hangover Cure: Reminiscing about the night with friends. Somehow, everything (and everyone) is funnier in the morning!

Daytime Indulgence: Dips with five ingredients or fewer (preferably including either cream cheese or sour cream).

5 Fun Ways to Finish Your Keg

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With a standard one containing 15.5 gallons of beer (and costing around $80), a keg is one of the most cost effective and fun ways to mix up your party. After all, with a keg, no one’s stashing their case of Bud Light in the corner, or having to carry around their half-full bottle of wine; it’s much more communal. You just never know what attractive party-goer you’ll meet while you’re pouring your crew some refills. 15.5 gallons, depending on the party size, could be an awful lot of alcohol…or, your party could be like the one I attended last …

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You’re Invited: Pinterest Party

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What do Mod Podge, chocolate chips, pudding, pretzels, chalkboard paint, scrapbook paper, and Sterilite drawers have in common? Well, pretty much nothing other than that they are all items that can be found on the Pinterest home page. Like any savvy blog-reading college student, you’ve probably given Pinterest a whirl, I’m sure, and if not – well why not? If you have clicked through the wonders that Pinterest has to offer, you may understand the stressful moment many Pinners reach, when they realize they’ve pinned so many DIY projects, recipes, and more that they haven’t even done. This is such …

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The Truth About Smoothies: Making a Healthy Choice

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Though the calendar tells us that summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, for me, summer is signified by the end of school, the start of farmers’ markets, and the beginnings of my summer produce cravings. As I strolled through the grocery store this afternoon, I eyed strawberries, questioning whether or not it was “time” to pick up a batch. While I eventually decided that they could use a little ripening, my promenade through the aisles of fruit and vegetables made me all the more excited to enjoy them together, in blended form.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is smoothie

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Looking Forward: Advice from a Recent Grad

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It’s that time of year again: graduation. For me, even though I’m graduating with my master’s this weekend, I’m feeling a little nostalgic about my own undergraduate graduation ceremony, just one year ago. These past few weeks my newsfeed has been bogged down with statuses boasting of ”last” events and completed goals, blast-from-the-past photos, sad goodbyes, and more angry F you’s to certain classes and professors.

Like most recent graduates, it’s hard for me to believe that it’s already been a year since I crossed the stage. Every couple days, I become re-overwhelmed with the thought, sending texts to friends …

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Review and Giveaway: Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook

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**Giveaway Closed: 4/23/2012**

With mangled hand-me-down pots and pans, minimal ingredients (or money to spend on them), and crowded kitchens, sometimes it’s easy to have a college meal go awry. For me, however, a cast iron skillet meal is always a sure thing. After all, as The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook boasts, “Cast iron skillets are bound up in American cooking. No matter which part of the country you grew up in, your mother or grandmother most likely cooked in cast iron.” The cookbook explains that the reason for this quality, un-screwup-able nature of cast iron cooking is that “cast …

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Look Ma No Oven! Golden Graham Bars

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It’s safe to say that a few years ago I became addicted to the luscious Golden Graham treats shown in the photo above. They were sold at the convenience stores on my campus and in the Student Union Building, and it seemed that whenever they caught my eye, I couldn’t help but drop a couple bucks to fulfill my craving. I always found a way to justify the purchase: late night studying, an extra hard work out earlier, or even, hey, I’m not consuming those calories from beer tonight, might as well replace them with this! Eventually, I weaned myself …

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Review: Caraway Tea

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Tea is essential in college. Whether you need an extra caffeine boost, you’re looking for an herbal remedy for a bug going around, or even the long island iced kind…tea is at your side, ready to cheer you on through the hustle and bustle of life.

Located in New York, Caraway Tea Company, a member of the Specialty Tea Institute, and a supporter of various charities, is ready and waiting to serve all your tea needs. Caraway offers black, herbal, green, white, fruit, and rooibos teas in an even larger variety of flavors. Lucky for me, I had the …

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You’re Invited: Dead Presidents Presidents’ Day Party

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While everyone else is doing up the same old Mardi Gras party this weekend, try your hand at something a little more unique: a Dead Presidents Presidents’ Day Party! Presidents Day is no longer that day you got off school when you were younger, but instead can be an incredible party opportunity. An awesome thing about planning this party is that there is an unbelievable number of all-American recipes, drinks, and decorations out there just waiting to be discovered–so this party can go any direction you dream of taking it. For mine, I’m planning a bit of the traditional and …

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The Eaters Among Us: A Football Player’s Take on Food

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Aaron Tjarks is a student at Truman State University where he has spent much of his time on the offensive line for the Bulldogs Football team. In his time off the field, he bartends at the world-famous (okay, maybe just Kirksville-famous) TP’s Office, one of the most popular, and my personal favorite, bar on the Kirksville square and has a little time for studying. He’ll graduate in May with his degree in business and communication. Aaron also happens to be one of my dear friends, and one of my biggest supporters as a contributor to Small Kitchen College, so …

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How To: Pack Snacks that Matter

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The picture above shows the number of things I juggle on my way out the door when leaving for school in the morning. Packing is a nightmare, and sometimes it’s all I can do to make it to the car without dropping something, much less remembering everything. More often than not, I forget to grab a snack of some kind, which leaves me anxiously awaiting lunch from the minute I leave the house. So, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to change my ways, and so far I’ve been successful! Read on for the things I’ve learned in my …

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