16 Foods Only A Midwesterner Truly Appreciates (And Loves More Than Life Itself)

16 Foods Only A Midwesterner Truly Appreciates (And Loves More Than Life Itself)

If theres anything we love as much as football and the word 'ope', it's food.

The Midwest is a special place. We love our sports, we love the Great Lakes, we love to respond to any situation with a resounding 'ope.' Another thing we love? Our food. Here are just some of our midwestern fan favorites.

1. Ranch

The king of condiments that pairs with just about everything.

2. Velveeta Cheese

The ultimate melting cheese, perfect for dips.

3. Or any cheese in general tbh

Thank you, Wisconsin.

4. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Combine those listed above with shredded chicken and you have perfection.

5. Chicken strips or nuggets

Probably dipped in ranch.

6. Corn

If you're surrounded by it, why not eat it?

7. Puppy Chow

No, I'm not talking about what you feed your dog.

8. Hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst

Famous at ballparks, diners and backyard cookouts alike.

9. Cincinnati style chili

10. Beer

Nectar of the gods.

11. Food that is cooked and/or soaked in beer.

Beer bratwurst, anyone?

12. Beer Cheese Soup

Combining the best of both worlds.

13. Ketchup

If it's not dipped in ranch, it's probably dipped in ranch.

14. Donuts

A good donut shop can be a towns claim to fame.

15. Buckeyes

I don't mean the nut, I mean the delicious candy.

16. Anything deep fried or on a stick

Just walk around any state or county fair and see what you can find.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale

Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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Yes, Mixing Colors Is Okay

Since day one, we are taught to not mix our paints, our markers, etc. for fear that the resulting color of the colors that were, in fact, mixed, will be ugly. I let my kids mix their colors.


I recently got a job as a teacher's aide for grades first through third. Now, I am only eight days into my new job, have no field experience in teaching before this job, and didn't imagine that being an aide to seventeen children could be so difficult.

My class LOVES to do arts and crafts. Of all the things that our classroom has to offer, the first question I am asked every morning is, "Miss Shaylie, are we going to paint today?" My kids ~love~ to paint. We have painting parties every single day. With watercolors, acrylics, stencils, canvases, and more, these kids stay busy for nearly eight hours just by painting.

The other day, I was finishing my lesson plans and watching my kids paint, when I began to eavesdrop on their conversations. Among the many interesting things that I heard, the best thing was this, "*insert name here*, you can't mix colors! If you do, you'll ruin them!" this little seven-year-old literally shrieked. The children proceeded to argue about why you shouldn't/can't mix colors when drawing with markers or paint.

After about five minutes, a quiet child stepped in and said very boldly, "Guys! You see, you can mix colors!" She proceeded to mix purple and blue and then demonstrate the ombre effect on her canvas which she was using. The other children sat back in awe. And I mean, jaws dropped, eyes wide, the whole works.

It was like these kids have either never been given the freedom to mix colors or that they had never even thought of mixing colors. The room grew silent. The children then crowded around the canvas in awe of the beautiful teal color that was created as a result of the purple and blue being mixed.

I am not sure why this moment seemed so memorable to me, or even important enough to me to include in an article. I think the reason why I was in awe, was because we are taught since the first day of school to not mix our colors.

To me, mixing our colors is a way of telling us to try new things, no matter what the end result may be. If we are told to not mix our colors, then, aren't we telling our children that they can't do something, try something new, or experiment? And isn't life supposed to be about finding who you are, experimenting, and trying new things?

In Kindergarten we are told to keep our paints clean and crisp, therefore, we are told to remain crisp, clean, and pure. Uniform. But, by the time we graduate high school, we are told that the world is in our hands and to take advantage of it while we can.Experiment. Find out what you like. Try new things. Why is this so discouraged to our tiny humans?

Mixing colors in my classroom is okay and it always will be. Without trying new things and mixing our colors, my student wouldn't have created the beautiful teal color she did. And without the teal color, our Father's Day cards wouldn't look nearly as beautiful.

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