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3 Apple-icious Fall Baking Recipes

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When I think of baked goods in the fall, I automatically think of one key ingredient – apples! This is the season of apple crumb cakes, hot cider, and most important of all, apple pie. So head on out to your local super market and pick up a pound of your favorite apples. Or better yet, if you’re really in the Autumn spirit, drive out to your nearest pick-your-own farm and pick your own fresh apples to try out these three delicious fall recipes!

1. Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie is the best fall dessert! If you are really skilled, you can do a homemade pie crust, or you can buy a frozen pre-made 9-inch pie crust instead. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and melt 1/2 cup of unsalted butter in a pan and stir in 3 tablespoons of flour. Mix well, then add 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Pour in 1/4 cup water and bring mixture to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and set aside to cool. Peel, core, and slice about 6 apples. Place the apples inside the prepared pie crust, then cover the mound of apples with your top crust and pour the liquid moisture over it. Bake for 50 minutes.

Homemade Apple Pie Fall Dessert

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2. Soft Apple Cake

An alternative to apple pie, is soft apple cake. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the egg yolks from 5 eggs and beat the egg whites until a white foam forms. Slowly mix in 1 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of vanilla sugar. Add the egg yolks back into the mixture slowly, one-by-one while continuously mixing. Add in 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. After completely mixing, pour the batter onto a greased baking pan and place the apple slices of 5 apples on top of the batter. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

Apple Cake Fall Dessert

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3. Homemade Apple Sauce

Although not a baking recipe, this homemade apple sauce is a great addition to any baked good whether it be a muffin or a piece of cake. Place 8 apples peeled, cored, and cut into cubes in a pan with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/2 cup of water. Cover the pan and leave it to simmer on low heat. The apples will begin to soften as they are stirred continuously with all of the ingredients. Completely soften the apples until it becomes apple sauce – simple enough!

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Do you have any fall dessert favorites? Tell us in a comment below!

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Chic & Cheap Room Decor

Filed under: College Life, DIY & Crafts, Fun Ideas, Money/Budget - Angelina
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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Just moved into a new dorm, room, or apartment? Decorating your room can sometimes break your wallet, but it doesn’t have to! If you want to decorate on a budget, then these easy chic and cheap room décor pieces are for you!

1. Wall Art

You can definitely show your personality and creativity through wall art. By using items you find at home and re-decorating them, you can create new pieces of art to display on your wall. One idea is to take a shopping bag from your favorite store and frame it. It will highlight your fashionable personality and will spruce up your drab walls! See some tutorials:

2. Floral Mirror

You can easily add a touch of elegance to your mirror by adding some flowers. You can use any sized mirror for this do-it-yourself project. All you need is a mirror (any size/shape), fake flowers from any crafts store, and a glue gun. Take the flowers off of the stems and remove the piece that holds it together. Next, lay out the flowers on the perimeter of the mirror to ensure you like the design. Once you have finalized your floral placement, begin gluing down the flowers. Allow the glue to cool and set for about an hour prior to hanging up the mirror. You can use the same concept to create floral corkboards and white boards as well!

DIY Floral Mirror Dorm Decoration

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3. Stacked Mason Jars

Mason jars are a pretty inexpensive, yet stylish way to organize your desk area. To create this, all you need is 5 mason jars, a hot glue gun, and some items to fill the jars with. First, put the base together by hot gluing the sides of the jars together. Then glue the top two together. Afterwards, glue the top two onto the base. Finally, fill it with some colorful markers, paper holders, and pens to add a pop of color! Now your desk will be looking organized and chic!

Mason Jar Desk Decor

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These are just a few ideas to get your dorm, apartment, or room looking stylish without breaking the bank. Have you created your own decor? If so, what? Leave us a comment below!

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3 Inexpensive Recipes for the Starving College Student

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

College is one of the best experiences of our lives. However, college food can sometimes be one of the worst. Being on a budget and starving can sometimes be a struggle. Here are three easy recipes that will satisfy your taste buds and save you money!

1. Mexican Hotdogs

Mexican Hot Dog Recipe

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Take a flour tortilla and spread a spoonful of beans onto it. Sprinkle on some of your favorite cheese, place a hot dog in the middle, and roll it up. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Afterwards top it off with salsa!

2. Potato Soup

Potato Soup Recipe

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Add peeled and cubed potatoes to a saucepan. Add chopped celery and onions to the mix. Add water to bring the items to a boil, but make sure not to cover the veggies and potatoes fully with the water. Bring to a boil for about 25 minutes and then roughly mash up the potatoes. You want to coarsely mash up the potatoes so that you have chunks of it in the soup. Add 1/4 cup of milk to thicken up the sauce and flavor it with salt/pepper.

3. Peanut Butter Fudge with Vanilla Frosting

Peanut Butter Fudge and Vanilla Frosting

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Empty a full jar of peanut butter and a whole can of vanilla frosting into a microwave safe bowl. Mix well and microwave for 30 second to 1 minute, watch carefully not to over cook it! Afterwards, pour the mix out onto the bowl and let it set. After letting it cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

What is your go-to meal when you are on a budget?

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5 Cures For Summer Boredom

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean we all always have plans. Sometimes work can consume our lives, or we don’t always have enough money, or we may even just prefer to have a lazy day and have a day or two without any plans. Even still, seize the rest of this summer to be productive, learn something new, or even just have a little bit of fun. Don’t be boring – try something different!

1. Go To The Park

Remember when going to the park and playing on the playground was the highlight of your day? Reign in some of that childhood nostalgia and bring a book, a journal, or even just your iPhone stocked with new music. Pick a comfy bench and zone out. Parks are also great places for people-watching and scenery gazing, so it doesn’t hurt to have a camera handy either!

Outdoor Park

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2. Go For A Drive / Walk

Grab your car keys or the dog and head over to a place you’ve been curious about exploring. It’s always been my way of really seeing my neighborhood, and who knows, you might discover a new hangout.

Going for a drive

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3. Be A Mentor

Take any free time you might have and devote it to helping a youth in need. Programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters are a great way to get involved to help give someone guidance or to just have some fun.

Mentoring

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4. Hone Your Craft

If you have yet to find your dream job, devote some time each day to try something that will enhance what you studied, or are currently studying, in college. If you’re a photography or art major, make a blog critiquing pieces. If you majored in advertising, pick out ads or campaigns that caught your eye. The point is to show potential employers or passersby that you know your stuff. You never know where it will lead to!

photography camera

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5. DIY Crafts

Investing a few dollars at your local craft store for some projects can lead to big improvements in your living area – or create something for a friend or family member. If you’re looking for ideas, try this masking tape art, or this decorative canvas art.

canvas art

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If all else fails, you can always pick up a book that’s been on your list for a while, check out a movie at the theater downtown, or go sit by the lake with a magazine and work on your tan!

There is never a shortage of things to do – you just have to get creative!

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Your Summertime Fitness Routine

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

There’s more to summertime fitness than looking good in a swimsuit. Increasing temperatures mean more opportunities to work out, more ways to mix up your routine, and more reasons to eat popsicles after breaking a sweat. Check out the following ways you can mix up your routine for summer to maximize your fitness:

1. Change Your Workout Time

Avoid the hottest parts of the day by working out closer to when the sun is either rising or setting. It’ll be cooler than noon when the sun is directly overhead. Also, waking up early and working out gives your entire day a boost of endorphins and energy. A new workout time is also a great way to add excitement to your typical routine.

Early Morning Workout

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2. Enjoy The Season

Take advantage of all of the opportunities that are best enjoyed when it’s hot outside: see if your community pool offers water aerobics, take surf lessons, or explore your neighborhood by foot. There are a surprising number of ways to be active outside.

Water Aerobics Exercise

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3. Air Conditioning

If you are not a member already, join a gym. You can enjoy getting your fitness on inside nice air conditioning. Some treadmills even have a built-in fan.

Air conditioned gym

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4. Interval Training

If the gym isn’t your thing, try interval training instead. Short, but intense, workouts that raise your metabolism and burn calories without the additional time in the sun.

Interval Training

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5. New Workout Clothes

Just starting a new workout routine and need a little motivation? My favorite (but least cost effective) way of getting inspired to hit the gym is buying new workout clothes. There’s no better way to show off your new workout sneaks than to wear them, and once you’re wearing them, you’ll want to work out! It’s foolproof motivation. Mostly.

New Workout Clothes

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Do you do anything different to work out in the summer? Let us know your favorite fitness tips in the comments!

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