Game Day Snacks

This year, having an apartment has made watching sports unique! We are able to make snacks, invite friends over and enjoy being hostesses. For some, food is the most important aspect of watching a sporting event and we can definitely agree with that. Here are some game day recipes that are favorites (tried and true) and some we would like to try!

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Matchstick Root Veggies
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Cherry Chocolate Blondies
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Candy Corn Mix + Guacamole
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Pumpkin Muffins
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Hot Dogs in Crescent Rolls
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Brownies + Banana Bread + Chess Squares + Sweet Potato Fries

 

Favorites:

  1.  Ina Garten’s Guacamole
  2. Cherry & Chocolate Blondies
  3. Root Veggies sliced french fry style
  4. Candy Corn Trail Mix
  5. Hot dogs wrapped in Crescent Rolls
  6. Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins
  7. Chess Squares (sorry can’t share the recipe, it’s a family secret!)
  8. Pumpkin Muffins

Recipes To Try:

  1. Cheddar Tomato Scones
  2. Buffalo Chicken Empanadas
  3. Pineapple- Teriyaki Chicken Wings
  4. Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sliders
  5. Healthy Baked Apple Chips
  6. Brown Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
  7. Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars

Freshman 15: How to Avoid It

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The short lived excitement of cafeteria food. This was the first and last healthy, colorful meal they offered.

Entering college it’s one thing your older friends, relatives, and parents will tell you, “watch out for the freshman 15”. You probably think to yourself no, it won’t happen to me because a)I’ve never really had to worry about weight, b)I eat healthy, and c)I exercise on a regular basis. These are all wonderful things to do in life, but something makes them much more difficult in college. Emily and I pride ourselves in the fact that we were able to stay happy, healthy, and fit, without gaining the dreaded “freshman 15”. Here are some tips to avoid it and come back from your freshman year the same or better as when you left.

  1. The cafeteria food is deceiving. You may think you are eating healthy by choosing vegetables or soups, but the amount of oil and butter added to these items are astronomical, so be careful.
  2. Create an exercise schedule.
  3. Drink plenty of water daily.
  4. Avoid eating/snacking after 8pm. This one is tricky especially being in a dorm where your food is always in your room. So with this in mind, try to keep your room stocked with only healthy foods.
  5. Do not snack while you study. This leads to mindless eating that you will regret later.
  6. It’s 7pm, you are in the middle of studying for a huge exam, so you consider ordering a pizza or anything quick. AVOID this scenario at all costs. Take a thirty minute break and go eat a real dinner. Eating junk for dinner  won’t lead to productive studying anyway.
  7. The cafeteria has a variety of desserts, all of the time. Don’t let yourself grab dessert after every meal. Your body will become used to this and then when you try to cut back, you will have cravings. Try to limit yourself to 1-2 desserts after dinner per week.
  8. Limit your intake of processed carbs and sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.
  9. Walk everywhere! Even though the university transit might be more convenient, make time to enjoy your walk to class. An open, walking campus is one of the benefits of living on campus.

Four Finds

Here are four things that made my Monday a little brighter!

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1. Sometimes you need a little inspiration from others to get yourself going. These motivational quotes are a great pick-me-up. (My fave: #43)

2. This past week I made sweet Valentine’s Day sugar cookies for friends and family.

3. There were so many great Super Bowl commercials this year. I’ve re-watched the Heinz “Wiener Stampede” a few times for a laugh.

4. With all the treats from Valentine’s Day, this article tells the benefits of eating chocolate.

 

The Lesson of Burned Salmon

Do you smell that? Is it smoking in here? A quick glance around the room proves, yes indeed the room is filled with smoke.  How did it spread out so quickly without our realization? A moment of panic and then quick thinking.  Fling the windows open (But bugs!) Forget the bugs for this moment, the fear of a fire alarm and sprinklers is too great. Flip the oven vent on (who knew that existed?) run to the door and begin to furiously open and close it.  This makes sense in my head, let the smoke escape the room and spread out into the whole building.  A second of silence listening for the now inevitable fire alarm.  Nothing.  IT’S BURNING! Oh yes, the fish.  The outside of the once originally red salmon now has a… dark black crusty outside, but somehow defying the laws of physics, the inside is still pink.  We can’t turn back now.  Look on the bright side,  instead of pan-seared we will call it blackened.  It’s all about perspective.  Did you use oil? Some… Pour or spray? Spray.  Ah… the mystery has been solved, but a lesson has also been learned hopefully one that is remembered the next time around… if there is a next time.  Somehow burned food is not repulsive when you have purchased and cooked it. Sweat rolling down our faces and trying to maintain a conversation over the roar of the oven vent we discuss the taste and texture of this fish.  We conclude that no, fish is not easy to cook, but yes, we will do better next time.  Our one sense of accomplishment out of this failed endeavor is that we, sneaky and ingenious girls that we are, fooled that evil fire alarm from tattling on us and drawing crowds to our room, pointing and laughing, YOU BURNED THE SALMON?  The memory of our mistake and imperfection lasts for days through the slight tinge of smoky fish that greets you as you walk off the elevator and completely envelops you when you open the door.  Ah, it is nice to be home.IMG_0728

Four Finds

This is a new series that will be posted every Monday.

Here are four fun finds to help you start off your Monday right!

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1. Here are 19 super cool cookie cutters that would be perfect for any and all occasions.

2. Life2Canvas art is beautiful to look at.

3. When my roommates and I were craving something sweet Friday night, we whipped up these super simple from scratch brownies. My roommates can be quoted saying “they are better and just as easy as box brownies”.

4. I’m dreaming of beaches while our forecast says snow. The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2016 is beautiful. Numbers 4 and 37 look perfect to me.

Happy Monday!