Triple Layer Ice Cream Pops

This summery recipe from Better Homes and Gardens was really simple to make!

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Ingredients: 15 Oreos, crushed; 3 Tbsp melted butter, cooled; 3 cartons of your favorite ice cream, softened; popsicle sticks or spoons; 9×9 baking pan

  1. Line the pan with wax paper (or if you’re lazy like me, buy a disposable pan that doesn’t need to be greased)
  2. Crush the cookies! The best way is to put them in a plastic baggie and roll them over with a rolling pin. Stir together the cookie crumbs and butter, then line the tin with the mixture. Freeze this for ten minutes.
  3. Spread an even layer of your first ice cream over the tin. BHG had specific measurements but they confused me so I just made it up as I went! Freeze for 15 minutes.  Repeat for the second layer.
  4. After adding in the final ice cream layer, place your popsicle sticks and spoons evenly throughout the tin. Freeze for about 2 hours, though mine looked much better after freezing over night.
  5. cut between the sticks into bars and enjoy!

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New Year’s Eve Dinner

Before I begin this post, I would just like to admit that I have never cooked chicken before. I’m not a huge fan of cooking and I’m not a huge foodie (unless its covered in chocolate). So, here, on December 31st, 2014, I will chronicle my first chicken cooking experience.

But to start, I finally made something I have been wanting to try for forever: Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese. Basically you make Mac and Cheese, and then put it with another piece of cheese to make a sandwich. It is a sandwich of awesome.

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The Recipe:

Baked Chicken with Onions, Potatoes, Garlic and Thyme 

Serves 4 but I made it for 2; Takes 1 Hour

Ingredients: 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces, 1 lb white new potatoes halved, 1 large red onion cut into eighths, 1 head of garlic cloves separated and unpeeled, 6 sprigs thyme, 1 lemon quartered, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper

*I used the same amount of everything except chicken. I only put in two breasts and two legs and it turned out fine*

Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken, potatoes, onion, garlic, lemon and thyme in a 12 by 16 inch roasting pan. Whisk together olive oil and vinegar and drizzle over chicken and veggies. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper. Turn chicken skin side up. Cook until browned, about 50 minutes.

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This whole thing actually turned out a lot better than I thought it would! My mom laughed at me while I was touching the chicken, but it ended up being very juicy and pretty good!

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Wishing you all a year of great times!

Holiday Parties Galore

A great thing about being a part of different organizations in college is the excuse to go to multiple holiday parties!

DZ always has a holiday party with ATO the week before finals, and this year it was a ton of fun! I love getting dressed up in ugly sweaters and Christmas gear and just looking silly.

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Here’s my Little and my Little Little! I got my Christmas bear sweatshirt at Love Saves the Day in New Hope, PA. It’s an 80’s original and super sparkly. I picked up a santa hat headband from Target, and wore leggings and some red lipstick.

I also hosted the Writing Center tutor party at my apartment. Of course I needed to decorate so I ran to Wegman’s and picked up a tiny christmas tree, and outfitted it with a bow and a felt bucket from Target. I also got some other sparkly and festive decorations!

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Here are my fellow Lead Tutors and our Assistant Director!

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Here are a couple recipes from the night! I made Holiday Mocktails, and one of the other tutors, Iana, made Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites; both were a big hit.

Holiday Shirley Temple Recipe

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1/4 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup sprite, 2 tbsp grenadine, garnish of choice

pour the orange juice and sprite into a glass, and then pour in the grenadine, letting it sink to the bottom. I recommend adding a straw so you can stir the drink together once you’ve admired the cool effect of the grenadine sinking to the bottom!

Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites Recipe

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1 cup uncooked quinoa, 2 cups chicken broth or water, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 4 big handfuls of fresh spinach (about 1 cup cooked), 1/2 medium onion finely chopped, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 4 oz crumbled feta, pinch of salt and pepper, 3 eggs lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook quinoa according to directions, let cool

3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion until softened. Add spinach in batches until completely wilted

4. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, spinach, garlic powder, oregano, feta, sal and pepper. Add egg to quinoa mixture and incorporate

5. Spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. Spoon quinoa mixture into tin, gently patting it down

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove

Makes about 36 quinoa bites

The last party I went to was for my dance team! We do a secret santa exchange every year, and this year, one of our team members cooked us all a beautiful meal. We had chicken and pasta, salad with multiple types of carrots, and fresh berries with homemade whipped cream for dessert! As if that wasn’t enough, she sent all of us home with an adorable rice krispy treat snowman!

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My co-captain was my secret santa and she got me three amazing pairs of socks and nail polish! Here is the snowman treat; isn’t it adorable!?

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

My boyfriend and I made strawberry lemonade! I found a really great recipe on How Sweet It Is through the site Yummly.

You need:

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup water

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

1/3 cup mint leaves

Directions:

Combine the sugar and water in a small sauce pan to make a simple syrup. Whisk the mixture until the sugar dissolves and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, remove from heat and place in the fridge for ten minutes.

Puree the mint and strawberries. Then add the lemon juice and simple syrup, pureeing again.

We strained our lemonade once to remove some pulp, but we could have strained it again in our opinion.

As a garnish we added some sliced strawberries, lemon slices, and a mint leaf!

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What I’m Wearing

Shirt: Target

Jeans: Guess (2012)

Shoes: C. Wonder (Similar Style)

Necklace: C. Wonder (Similar Style)

Nails: Dior (Forget Me Not)