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The Most Important Meal of the Day?

30 Apr

For years, we have all been hearing, “Don’t skip breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day.” A lot of us (I) have been ignoring these words for years. And the reason for that, to put it simply is: I’m lazy. School starts early (you know what I’m talking about 8AMers). Why would I wake up even earlier than the sun just to stomach a few Cheerios? It just never seemed worth it.

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When I look at the concept in the grand scheme of things, it obviously makes sense. Start your day with a well-balanced meal and kick start your metabolism. Also of course, there is that side benefit of not being completely starving in your 11am class. So recently I thought to myself, why not give it a shot? Let’s see. Will it really make an impact in my overall life?

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So to promote starting my day off right, I decided that for one entire month I was going to force myself to make time for some breakfast. Now just for the sake of reality, as great as the eggs and toast from above look, that didn’t quite happen each day. BUT, I did make sure to put something into my system. I wanted to make sure it was something healthy, however, because I didn’t want to just overload myself with sugar. Mostly, it happened to just be half a grapefruit.

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That’s probably not the most balanced breakfast, but I figured it was better than nothing. Initially, it was weird eating that grapefruit… But overtime, I definitely did start seeing some change. My body started craving breakfast in the morning. Also, I noticed the cravings that I used to have way later in the day and towards the night, started going away. And most significant (and something my poor mom has been trying to beat into my head for years) is that I finally had some energy during my 8am class!!

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So Wildcats, just to summarize, I definitely recommend it! I am really going to try to keep this up throughout the year. I used to be the person that woke up 15 minutes before I had to hit the door that desperately threw on my clothes. Now, I am the person that wakes up 20 minutes earlier, and puts grapefruit in a ziploc. 😉 LOL, okay hopefully I’ll soon move on to making eggs and such. Anyway, give it a shot, Cats! Maybe you’ll see an improvement in your energy too!

-Amna

#AdventurousApril: Trying a Hot(?) Pepper

15 Apr

Hi everyone!

So this April I wanted to do something a little adventurous but also kind of fun! I have always wanted to do the hot pepper challenge. Growing up in a Pakistani household, I’m definitely no stranger to spicy food. However, I still thought it would be fun to straight up eat a hot pepper and see if I could handle it!

So I decided, why not now?

I headed down to the NRich store in the Student Union with my beloved coworker, Shannon, and low and behold- peppers! I knew it was a sign, so I had to buy it. Shannon expressed some concern though, and neither of us were quite sure if serrano peppers were actually hot. (Hm, if only there was some way for us to magically search and figure out the answer to that question…)

But anyway, we decided to ask the other college student who was working as cashier. He seemed pretty certain that I should be good to go, so I made the purchase! By the time we got back to the office, a lot of my coworkers were working. When I told them what was happening, they too were skeptical.

However, I’d like to say this: They were hot. Not “kind of hot” as I might have said six times in the video below, but quite hot.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I failed my ancestors. I couldn’t handle the spiciness, people! Please watch as I completely lose it at work.

Shout out to Shannon for recording the video and coaching me through it!!

Best Wishes, Wildcats!

-Amna 🙂

Keep Pushing!

7 Apr

We finally made it to April, people! March seemed endless for sure, but we aren’t quite through with the school year yet. I know how hard it can be to stay motivated at this point in the semester. It seems like professors pile midterms and papers on at the same time, on the same day, in the same second (do they meet together and do this intentionally? probably not, but feels like it!). But to make it clear, it sometimes feels like at this point you’re just getting trampled with the load.

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I’m here to tell you though, keep pushing! Whatever your dreams or aspirations are, hard work and dedication pay off in the end, and I really believe that. Now, I can understand if you don’t necessarily buy my word on that- as I, too, am just a mere college student- however, here are some really smart people saying stuff to the same effect:

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Disclaimer: I don’t really know who said the last one, but it’s a pretty background, right?

So whatever it is that motivates you: money, family, glory (or all of the above), keep going. You might not think that the Spanish quiz on Tuesday has any impact on your life overall, but study for it! Do great on it. Then, do the next thing on your list. And keep going. I really believe that our work ethic now will determine where we will land in the future.

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So, grab a bottle of water (or a Starbucks coffee) and get back on the track (or back in the library). Keep grinding and pushing. Hopefully, you’ll look like this guy up there^^.

Or… if you’re like me, you might look like this—->

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Whatever it takes though and however hard it is now, it’s going to be worth it! So good luck, Wildcats. Finish this semester off strong!

-Amna 🙂

 

#MiddlingMarch: We All Need Someone to Lean On

3 Apr

We are officially in the thick of the second semester as you all can probably tell. I’m sure, like me, you all are just trying to keep your heads up with all these midterms. Please know, that you will make it! Even though it’s hard now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. During my Freshman year, I made a fatal flaw that I want you all to avoid. I became so wrapped up in my studies and exams that I completely caved inward. I kept all my problems, worries, and stresses to myself.

I didn’t look too cute when I finally couldn’t cope. Everyone, seriously everyone, in my opinion, needs someone to lean on. So whether it be a family member or a close friend, talk to someone if you feel really stressed. Honestly, talk to someone before it even gets to that point.

So the first step is finding someone that is willing to listen. For me, that is my mom. I cannot believe that there was a point in time that I thought that it was excessive she wanted me to call her daily. She wants to make sure I’m doing well! Freshman year I would just give her cursory answers: “yeah, I’m fine,” “oh yeah, I sleep enough,” “don’t worry.” I’m sure you are all familiar. I urge you now, though: Confide! Take advantage. If someone, maybe not your mom, is willing to listen and care, talk to them. Sometimes sharing your burden with someone else lifts the weight off your chest, even if just a little.

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Make sure that you can be there for them too. Ask them how they are doing. Talk to a friend, tell them what your day looks like, ask them how their day looks, meet them in the library, knock out some assignments together, grab Starbucks. I promise, I promise, I promise you will feel better knowing you’re not alone in this.

So good luck, Wildcats! Don’t let the midterms weigh you down too much and reach out to your loved ones. They want to know how you’re doing.

-Amna 🙂

 

Being a Peer Mentor

31 Mar

Hi, my name is Amna Mazhar, and I am a peer mentor for the department of Academic Success and Achievement. Here is a little about myself: This is my second year at the University of Arizona, and I’m an MIS Major in the Eller College of Management. This was the first year that I have paired being in college and working at the same time. Just to start, I want to say that I love being a peer mentor. I have learned a lot this year, and I want to say a little bit about how rewarding this experience has been for me and could be for you!

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Being a peer mentor has taught me a lot. Not only do I feel more comfortable speaking with people I don’t know – we call about 50 first-year students each month – but I also find myself feeling more capable. There is a multitude of resources that our campus offers, and one thing that I always like to bear in mind is that first-year students don’t typically know about them. The knowledge and experience that we hold and offer students can immediately impact their daily life.

To give you more of an idea of what this job holds, I’ve listed out some of our routine tasks and responsibilities:

  • Working with a partner on specific features of our weekly newsletter (from formatting to contributing content)
  • Writing blogs on a regular basis regarding information that would be useful to new students on campus
  • Connecting with roughly 50 students monthly, on the phone or in person, to relay important information and touch base on how they are doing.
  • Keeping detailed documentation, written and online, of interactions with students
  • Updating first-year students about a number of campus resources, dates, and deadlines they should be aware of via social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Organizing and administering, with the help of the team, monthly events for first-year students to involve them with campus

This might seem like a lot, but that is another great thing about this job. It has made me so much better at time management. Learning how to balance my school and homework schedule with my work schedule has really taught me how important it is to use time wisely. I find that I am more efficient and effective at any given task at hand.

Another great thing about this job, fundamentally, is being able to make connections with students. Sometimes all a student needs to hear is that someone is looking out for them and genuinely cares about how their day is going. We are here to help and facilitate the sometimes overwhelming transition into college life! If I haven’t expressed this clearly enough, this is an extremely rewarding job. If you like helping others and being creative, this is a great job for you, and I would encourage you to apply!

-Amna

Plan(ner) Ahead!

26 Feb

Alright, I don’t know about you all, but one thing I really hate is missing deadlines. By this, I’m referencing a variety of things: forgetting to turn in an assignment due at midnight, being late for an event/meeting, or even forgetting about that exam in an hour! It’s so frustrating because I think most us do care about these projects, assignment, etc., but we just forget. We are human after all! Sadly, the world of college is not very forgiving. So despite how much you might care in your head and heart, that glaring 0 on your D2L page will continue to haunt you… Or is that just me?

LOL, so maybe “haunt” is a bit exaggerated so far as word choice! BUT, I’m sure you all can agree that it’s not a good feeling, right?! I am URGING you all to really consider implementing what I say next:

BUY A PLANNER AND USE IT!

This is not a trick, people. This is not some crazy plan of mine to try to get you to conform to the MAN. Seriously, I don’t get anything out of you all using planners, BUT I REALLY THINK YOU SHOULD. My planner has changed my life.

Amna before planner:

(A true mess, all over the place, just trying to make it in the world)

Amna after:

(Still trying to just make it in the world, but also a lot less flustered all the time!!!)

You know, if you’re still a skeptic, (Really, the Rachel Green gifs didn’t convince you?) I understand. I completely get it. Maybe you never had a planner in high school. So why use one now? I think by second semester most of you all have realized… there are a lot of responsibilities to deal with in college. If they haven’t yet, things are going to start stacking up! Don’t let your busy schedule get the best of you.

So just for a frame of reference, this is a page of my planner:

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I start by thinking of each class I have, and what I need to do that day for that class. Then, I’ll allocate what homework I need to get done by order of importance. At the bottom of that day, I’ll write down things I need to complete for work and also any club-related duties I have to handle. Then, I cross off as I go!

*Pro tip: Even if you’ve already completed a task, write it down! You can cross it off, and if you’re anything like me, it’ll give you a great sense of satisfaction.

Just give it a try!

And let me know how it goes if (WHEN) you do! You’ll look back at your past, planner-less self and laugh! (Check out the image of Joey laughing, that’ll be YOU!!!) Good luck on your Midterms, Wildcats! (PERFECT TIME TO GET ORGANIZED)

– Amna 🙂

#FearlessFebruary: Presentation Anxiety

20 Feb

As a business major, the ability to present in front of audiences, both small and large, is integral to my success. Currently, in my first semester at the Eller College of Management, many of my professors are stressing the concept of communicating ideas whether through writing or speaking. For me, business writing makes a lot of a sense. Speaking, on the other hand, is a different story…

Luckily for me (sarcasm), my finance professor is aware of the necessity of public speaking in business. For that reason, in the form of extra credit, we are given the opportunity to present a finance-related article before the lecture. Might I add, we do this in front of a class comprised of over 200 people. Needless to say at this point, public speaking does not rate high on my list of favorite activities. However, finance exams are hard, and I knew that I would need the extra credit. So, I needed to get myself up there without looking like this:

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Or this:

Basically, looking like Dwight K. Schrute = unacceptable for an in-class presentation. I have to admit, before going up there, as corny as it sounds, I could feel my heart jumping in my chest. It’s so silly because I knew that nobody in the class had my bullet points in their minds. It’s not like they would even be able to tell if I messed up content wise! But nevertheless, there I was feeling like the audience was waiting for me to deliver an Oscar-level, compelling, heartfelt, and tear-jerking speech…about finance.

Honestly, the presentation it wasn’t so bad. Surprisingly, I am not just saying that. I think the key to delivering a good presentation, especially when you have presentation anxiety, is having a firm understanding of the content you are delivering. If you know what you’re talking about, you are going to appear knowledgeable, and in turn, you will project confidence.

So no, my presentation was not Oscar worthy. However, it also didn’t kill me! If you have a presentation like me, I hope that my little story might encourage you to get in front of an audience. If not, I hope you at least enjoyed my .gifs from The Office. (Great show, highly recommend). Good luck!

-Amna

 

#DreadedDecember: The Month of Gifts

23 Dec

Most people look forward to the end of the year. Beautiful lights, holiday spirit in the air, and gifts on gifts on gifts. But one thing nobody really talks about is the actual process of buying presents. Instead, we talk about snuggling in blankets by the fire and drinking our weight in hot chocolate.

I like all these things as much as the next girl. But, am I alone in my hatred of shopping for holiday gifts? The endless lines, the crowded malls, and the RUTHLESS shoppers? Seriously, I remember once having socks intended for my GRANDMOTHER snatched from my hands by a ruthless old lady. (I’m sure she was a nice woman and it’s just the time of year, BUT STILL.)

Anyway, this year I made it a point to go shopping before things got too chaotic. By that I mean, I made it a point to be in the mall looking for gifts for my loved ones WEEKS before Christmas day. I thought to myself, good job Amna, for once you’re on top of things. For once, you won’t be scrambling to assemble and wrap your presents as you’re rushing out the door. So does this mean that my holiday shopping was smooth sailing?  That buying presents for my friends and family was a fun time even?

Sadly, the answer to that question is no. Because, another thing about holiday shopping, or just gift shopping in general, IS THAT IT’S HARD. You have to find the perfect, thoughtful, useful gift for everyone WITHOUT breaking the bank account. As college students, I think this a pretty standard struggle, but for some reason especially during this time of year- the time of giving, I guess- I find my balance taking a real dip.

Sorry, everyone. Really not trying to sound like a Grinch. I hope you are all looking forward to spending the holidays with your families! Maybe some of you will be able to relate to my holiday struggle/rant. Regardless, I wish you all the best holiday season! Try not to get stampeded at the mall! 😉

-Amna

#NovembertoRemember: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

18 Nov

For most of us, coming to the UA was a decision made primarily for the sake of education. Makes sense, as it is a university. It was definitely my reason for coming here. And now in the middle of my second year, I have to say I have developed a sense of appreciation for this campus and all the #beardown fever. But one thing that I haven’t quite been able to explore as a student of the UA, is the city in which it resides- Tucson, Arizona!

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So this November, I wanted to take some time to explore the city. Through some quick online research, I found out that this small city is fairly rich in terms of history and culture. Also, there is some sort of Gem Show that it is known for nationally– so if anyone wants to let me know what that’s all about… But anyway! While I was doing some investigating, I found that Tucson is known for putting on the All Souls Procession, a weekend-long event and celebration that is held in honor of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. 

Basically, this holiday focuses on gathering family and friends to pray for and remember the loved ones who have passed away, and help support their spiritual journey. The sentiment itself, in my opinion, is really beautiful. So this last weekend, I decided: why not go check it out?

I have to say, the celebration and level of excitement at this festival definitely exceeded my expectations. Painted faces, men and women in full costume, paraders traipsing around on 6-foot-tall stilts- these were only a few of the sights that I came upon, all jammed in the streets filled with color, chatter, and music. To say the least, it was mesmerizing. But one other thing I will never forget is how friendly and truly happy everyone seemed. With every eye I met, there was an easy and genuine smile that followed.

While this procession opened my eyes to the rich history and sense of tradition in Tucson, what it also showed me is that we truly live in a very friendly, uplifting community. So, Tucson-native or not, try to go out and see the city that we are living in! Even if that means hiking up Mount Tumamoc or visiting Mount Lemmon. Some people say that there isn’t much to do in Tucson, but slowly I am realizing that is not quite the case. Try exploring and finding out for yourself.

-Amna

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

18 Nov

One of the great things about Thanksgiving time is finally being able to sit down and take stock of all the great people in our lives and show them how grateful we are for them. However, you can never downplay the importance of Thanksgiving food! Here are some of our favorite meals, treats, and recipes:

Side Dishes

Chunky Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving for a vegetarian is all about the sides. My favorite is chunky mashed potatoes! Try out this recipe for my favorite mashed potatoes!

Ingredients:
10 Potatoes
1 cup of milk
½ cup of chives
3 tablespoons of sour cream
Salt
Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Boil water
  2. Wash and peel potatoes
  3. Let potatoes cook in water until soft (approximately 30 minutes)
  4. Remove from water and place in large mixing bowl along with milk and sour cream
  5. Whip potatoes to a chunky consistency
  6. Add salt, pepper, and chives to taste

I usually add all the ingredients to taste, so feel free to keep adding more milk and sour cream if it’s not as creamy as you’d like. Good luck everyone I hope it turns out as delicious as mine does!

-Alyssa

Mac & Cheese Bake

I don’t know about y’all, but when there comes a time to eat, mac & cheese has a special space in my heart! An easy and DELICIOUS recipe for a fancier mac & cheese is listed below!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (8-ounce) package processed American cheese, cut into strips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, salt, mustard, and pepper; cook, stirring frequently until mixture boils and thickens.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  4. To the milk mixture add the Cheddar and American cheeses; stir until cheese melts. Combine macaroni and cheese sauce in a 2-quart baking dish; mix well.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Such a simple and AMAZINGLY delicious recipe that’ll have you reaching for more! Remember to leave room for turkey!

-Lils

Gravy made from Turkey Drippings

One of my favorite side dishes at Thanksgiving dinner is mashed potatoes with gravy! Why not add your own gravy made from the drippings of the Thanksgiving Turkey? This gravy can be used on the potatoes and even the turkey if you want a little more flavor! It is simple and you can brag to everyone that it is made from scratch!

Ingredients:
¼ cup Turkey Drippings

2 cups Water (or broth)
¼ cup Flour
Salt, Pepper and other Spices you enjoy

Instructions:

  1. Pour the turkey drippings into a saucepan and stir in the flour until it is all mixed together. You may want to add the flour a little in at a time so it does not make a mess!
  2. Put the saucepan onto the stove and cook over medium heat and stir constantly.
  3. Stir in the liquid and bring to a boil for 1 minute, while still stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and add in salt and pepper to your desired taste.

This is one of the easiest ways to make your own gravy and if you don’t like the texture, add in more flour to make it thicker or add more water if you want a thin gravy. You can make it how you like it, just enjoy!

-Courtney

Roasted Green Beans

My favorite Thanksgiving food is mashed potatoes, but Alyssa already gave you a great recipe for those. So I’m going to share my super easy roasted green beans recipe.

Ingredients:
Fresh green beans (however many you need depending on how many people you’re serving)

Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Pepper
Other spices to taste

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and snap off the ends of the green beans. Spread the green beans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and spread around to coat the green beans. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and any other spices you want to taste. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until they are brown and crispy. And that’s it!

This is a super simple recipe but they turn out so well and are a perfect crispy side dish!

-Jessica

Holiday Cheese-balls

While we are waiting for all of our guests to get together for Thanksgiving dinner, my mom makes an amazing appetizer that we all love! Her Holiday Cheese-balls are to die for and they are easy to make, here is how:

Ingredients:
2 pkg of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Softened)

1 cup of chopped Planters Walnuts
¼ cp finely chopped red peppers
2 green onions, sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Ritz Crackers
Plastic Wrap

Instructions:

Mix cream cheese and feta with a mixer until blended. Add the ingredients above and mix well and then put into a ball with your hands. Keep it together with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Enjoy with ritz crackers!

-Yolanda

Potato Wedges

One of my favorite foods ever are potatoes, so naturally I came up with a yummy potato wedge recipe that’s perfect for any occasion!

Ingredients (makes about one full 9 x 13-inch cake pan):
6-10 medium sized potatoes
Olive oil
Nonstick cooking oil spray
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Oregano

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Cut potatoes into wedges and throw into a bowl with about 2 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano to taste. Toss in a bowl until all of the potatoes are covered in the ingredients. Spray cake pan with non-stick cooking oil spray and spread wedges evenly on pan. Put pan into the oven and let bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

-Diana

When I was younger, I couldn’t stand sweet potatoes. One Thanksgiving my mom tried out a new recipe that wasn’t chock full of sugar and it changed my mind forever!

Ingredients:
6 medium sweet potatoes (2 1/4 pounds)
¼ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  • 1 Heat oven to 375ºF. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork to allow steam to escape. Bake about 45 minutes or until tender.
  • 2 Cut thin, lengthwise slice from each potato; carefully scoop out inside of potato, leaving a thin shell. Mash potatoes in a large bowl until no lumps remain. Beat in sour cream and milk. Beat in brown sugar, butter, and salt until potatoes are light and fluffy.
  • 3 Place shells in ungreased rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Fill shells with potato mixture. Cover and refrigerate no longer than 24 hours.
  • 4 Heat oven to 400ºF. Bake uncovered about 25 minutes or until potato mixture is golden brown. (If baking filled shells immediately after mashing potatoes, bake about 20 minutes.)

My favorite thing about this recipe is that you really get to keep the flavor of the sweet potato and the butter and brown sugar enhance that flavor! The very top of the filling also gets a little crispy, which is a fun added texture! This is a great alternative to the sweet potato mash with marshmallows

-Gabriela

Main Dishes

Spicy Shrimp Alfredo

Thanksgiving in my household is always different, and I love that. One dish that always seems to make its way back to the table is this completely random pasta dish me and my mom put together one year. It always hits the spot and it always changes a little every year, but the foundation of this dish is the same. Check out the recipe below!

Ingredients:
1 Box of any Bowtie pasta

1 lb of peeled and deveined shrimp
1 jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce
1 bag of frozen peas
2 medium bell peppers
1 large head of broccoli
Red chili flakes
Favorite Hot sauce
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder

Instructions:

Start boiling the pasta in a pot. While that is going, start cooking the shrimp! Add salt, pepper and chili flakes. Once the shrimp is done, transfer to another bowl and add the veggies. Season the same way, but add a little dash of garlic powder and once the vegetables start to get a little soft, add the alfredo sauce, hot sauce, shrimp and pasta into the pot and voila, you’re done. The easiest and yummiest thing I love about Thanksgiving is done in no time!

-Mehruba

Desserts

Pumpkin Pie

The scent of pumpkin pie wafting throughout the house from the oven is the epitome of the holiday season for me. Honestly, I wish it was a year long treat, but what can you do? Here is the recipe that we use at my house:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions:

MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
POUR into pie shell.
BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

-Amna

Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats

I love this recipe because it is sooo easy to make it! It looks really professional and beautiful with garnishes (so try adding them), but the best part is that it takes only 15 minutes tops! Hope you try it out sometime!

Ingredients:
6 cups Rice Krispy cereal
3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10ounces) mini marshmallows
1 bag or three candy bars (my favorite, snickers and almond joys)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F . Melt butter completely on medium low heat. Add most of the marshmallows to the pot and continue to stir until they are fully melted (leave a portion to stir in once the cereal is added for texture). Once melted, add the rice Krispy treats and stir completely until everything is fully incorporated. Pour into a heat safe baking dish (for ease, try buttering your hands and molding the rice krispy treats into desired shape). Cut up pieces of candy and add to the top. Put treats into the oven so the candy can fully melt on top (around 3-6 minutes in the oven should do). This is a seriously simple, but delicious treat you can bring for Thanksgiving dessert!

-Mandi

 

Buttermilk Pie

For me, thanksgiving just signals that pie is near! Here’s the recipe for buttermilk pie, this is one of my favorite desserts of the holiday season.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
½ cup of soft butter
½ white sugar
3 Tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon of grated nutmeg
1 9inch unbaked pie crust

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 360 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs until frothy then add in butter, sugar and flour.
  3. Beat mixture until it is smooth, then stir in buttermilk, vanilla, lemon juice and nutmeg.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.  
  5. Bake for 30-60 minutes

Well guys, I hope you enjoy this delicious treat

-Khmille

Rudolph Noses

3 Key Ingredients:
25 pretzels — square or twists
25 hugs or kisses (whichever you prefer)*
25 holiday M&M candies

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a tray with parchment paper and place the pretzels on the tray.
Unwrap the hugs or kisses and place on top of the pretzels.
Bake for 3-4 minutes or until the hugs/kisses are soft but not melted.
Press an M&M candy into the center of the hugs and kisses right out of the oven.
Allow the chocolate to harden.

-Shannon

Ambrosia Salad

In the ancient world, the gods of Olympus were known to eat nectar and ambrosia. This is the closest thing to ambrosia I have ever tasted! Try this fruity, fun and easy dish to sweeten up any holiday meal!

Ingredients:
2 bananas sliced
2 apples cut into bite-size pieces
1 bunch of grapes cut in half
1 can of peeled mandarin oranges
1 container of cool whip
Mix together in a large bowl. Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.

-Amanda

We hope you all have the best holiday. Try some of these recipes out if you get the chance. Happy Thanksgiving!

-ASA Peer Mentors