Guest Recommendations: Kaylee Harles

Fiction writer and poet Kaylee Harles recommends combination desserts, Polaroids, and every season of Friday Night Lights but one.

Friday Night Lights (Except Season 2)

Yes, it is a teen drama. Yes, it is about football. Yes, it takes place in Texas. But, it is, without bias or exaggeration, the quintessential American television drama that no one watched while it was on air, a stunning portrait of rural America across a sweeping Western landscape that never falls into the trap of cynicism. It takes plot lines you’ve seen a thousand times and treats them with dignity, respect, and depth when you least expect it. You will laugh, you will cry, you will learn what a “running back” does. You will mock Tim Riggins’s greasy hair and brooding looks only to weep once you realize he’s just a misunderstood greasy-haired brooder. You will dream of Coach Taylor adopting you. You will want to become Connie Britton. You will lovingly accept the atrocious murder plot line of season two and never mention it to yourself or to me or to any other FNL fan again. The entire series is available on DVD as well as Netflix streaming, so, grab a box of Kleenex and a pillow to hold, and become a Dillon Panther in the 43 minutes it takes to watch the pilot.

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Sneese’s

I wish I could take credit for this, however, Sneese’s were invented by my dear friend, Jamie Huberty, baker by day and a soon-to-be mommy by night. Now, you might be thinking, “What is a Sneese’s?” First of all, how dare you. Second of all, a Sneese’s is the most delicate and scrumptious dessert known to man. Thirdly, how dare you. Fourthly, a Sneese’s is the perfect combination of a Snickers bar and a Reese’s cup. To indulge yourself in this mouth-melting delight, heed to the following instructions: Chew the nougat part off a Fun Size Snickers bar (which, let’s face it, is the worst part of a Snickers bar anyway.) Then, put the remainder of the bar on top of a Reese’s cup, squish them together, and put the concoction in your mouth. You are now the possessor of the greatest chocolate secret known to human race. However, I must warn you, if you see a Peanut Butter Snickers at your grocery store, do not be fooled. This is not a Sneese’s, and is, in fact, an insult to Sneese’s everywhere.

Polaroid Instant Cameras

We’ve all become accustomed to taking a picture and being able to see it, edit it, and post it into Facebook instantly. Long forgotten are the days when we had to protect the film from sunlight, hook the teeth of it onto the camera’s spools, drop off the black plastic cylinders into the hands of a Walmart employee and hope for the best. Polaroid Instant cameras offer the best of both worlds. There’s the instant gratification as well as the nostalgia of printable photographs for fellow camera nuts like myself. If you don’t have one collecting dust in your basement somewhere, you can easily find cheap cameras on eBay. The film is a bit harder to come by and prices range from $10 for twenty pictures to $24 for eight. But to me, it’s all the more worth it to save the Polaroids for only the most special of moments, like a plastic bag blowing in the wind or your cat getting its head stuck in a cereal box. You can buy the film online via The Impossible Project, or, for about half the price, at Target or Walmart. I prefer the Impossible film because the quality of color saturation is beyond compare, but if you’re looking for a fun photo booth at your next party, the cheaper stuff will do just fine.

Illustration for The Bygone Bureau by Hallie Bateman

Kaylee Harles is a fiction writer and poet who spends most of her energy trying to graduate from college. You can find her physically in Minneapolis and metaphysically on Twitter.