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Adventures in the Kitchen: Lemon Bite Cookies

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It is very possible that I have the largest sweet tooth in the world, especially when it comes to cookies. I love them. And I absolutely love this new recipe, and I have no doubt that you will love it to! This recipe is quite possibly the simplest cookie recipe you have yet to encounter.

Ingredients:

  1. Lemon cake mix
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2 cups of vegetable oil.

Now, you are probably thinking, what about the milk and butter? Sugar? Something?

There has to be more to it than that, right? Wrong!

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add 2 cups of oil and add the two eggs. Mix until smooth
  4. Spray a cookie pan with non-stick spray
  5. Dollop up the cookies using a medium sized spoon.
  6. Place the cookies into the oven for 5-10 minutes. Cookies should be a little soft.
  7. Let them sit for a few minutes before you take them off the pan.
  8. Now pop one of them lemon bites into your mouth! Pretty amazing right?!

Best part about this recipe, you can change the flavor just by changing the cake mix! Not a lemon fan? Try strawberry! Vanilla and chocolate are pretty fantastic as well. The possibilities are endless with this one.

Lemon Cookie Bites

Photo © Brown Eyed Baker

Let me know what you all think of this recipe and throw me some of your favorites to try!

Bake on cookie lovers, bake on!

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Carrots Crash and Burn

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Welcome back to the second edition of Adventures in the Kitchen series (Check out the first blog here: Adventures in the Kitchen: Bake and Save Chicken)! I have a lesson to introduce to you today that I am not exactly pleased with.  Sometimes, when cooking, we can start out with the best of intentions and end up with something that is just so, so terribly wrong.  And that my friends, is what I experienced.

Guy with Fire Extinguisher Putting Out Fire In Kitchen from Bad Cooking

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I started out with the best of intentions, surfing through the recipes on my Pinterest for what I was hoping would be the next great and healthy snack; baked and seasoned carrot sticks.  Now do not get me wrong, I love my veggies. But I definitely do not live in a place called Hidden Valley where children always eat their vegetables. In my attempt to flavor up the carrot, which also happens to be my favorite veggie, I crashed and burned – metaphorically and literally.

I placed the carrots on a cooking sheet and poured a small amount of olive oil over them. After baking them for about 15 minutes, I took them out of the oven, poured a little ranch seasoning over them and put them back in the oven for about 5 minutes.  Well, as my sister says, not setting a time makes cooking a game, a game that I fail at. I am sure that this is something you have all experienced, and if you have not, please humor me.

Carrots and Ranch on a Green Plate

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For those like me who love carrots and ranch, you can understand that I started out with great intentions but failed miserably. And now this becomes my challenge to you! You come up with a recipe using your favorite veggie or fruit and post it to my Twitter page @meg_bookrenter1 or my Facebook page www.facebook.com/BookRenterIntern.  I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Bake and Save Chicken

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Blogger Megan Lehman Biography

 

 

 

 

The first semester is almost over and I have spent all my time either at school, work, or in one of my new favorite places – the kitchen. I don’t know about all of you, but before I started college, I did not do a lot of cooking. I baked cookies, cakes, and brownies courtesy of the wonderful Betty Crocker’s mixes, but my mother did most of the cooking. I am sure that most of you are in the same, or at least a very similar boat. I have decided to start writing this series, Adventures in The Kitchen, to teach simple, healthy, and delicious meals for college students on the go! Let’s begin with the first recipe!

Recipe card box

Photo © Horn & Ram

Bake and Save Chicken

Step One:

Buy boneless, skinless, chicken breast either frozen or from the meat department at your local grocery store. Then pick out a marinade for the chicken. My favorite happens to be balsamic vinaigrette.

Step Two:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put the chicken in a bag and pour about half the bottle of marinade in the bag. Let the chicken sit in the marinade for about half an hour.

Step Three:

Get out a casserole or any oven safe dish. Place the chicken in the dish once the half hour of marinating is up and the oven is preheated. Bake the chicken for about 10 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, check the inside of the chicken by cutting it down the center. If there is any pink, place it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

Step Four:

Gobble it up! Now think about this; if you buy the large bag of chicken and make the whole thing now, you can save it in the fridge or the freezer to eat later! Saves time and ensures that you will eat at least one healthy meal a day!

 

Stay tuned for more healthy, simple, and delicious recipes to come!

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5 Survival Tips Without The College Meal Plan

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Is this your first year without a college meal plan? Fear not, here are a couple of ways to manage without spending all of your money eating fast food.

1. Cook Weekly Meals, Not Daily

Cooking all of your meals at once will make it easier for you to eat at home. If you run into a hectic week full of midterms, you can just pull out something you’ve already made! Every time you open the fridge you will see plenty of food options and not just empty space. My advice is to purchase some a lot of food containers!

College Blonde Girl Cooking in the Kitchen

Photo © ex.libris

2. Plan Your Meals!

As students, it’s imperative to be organized. Adding a white board to your fridge adds plenty of decoration and can function to plan your meals and track what to buy. This way you never run out of food, and can always plan ahead to budget your money wisely for other things like Spring Break.

3. Find Your Inner Iron Chef.

Don’t waste gas and money to buy fast food if you already have the ingredients at home. Recreate your those foods at home – or find new recipes online or in a cookbook. I guarantee you will be extremely satisfied with yourself.

Recipe Book

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4. Family Night!

Get together with friends, family, or both and have a pot luck. It’s a great way to spend much needed time with your friends and take a break from cooking a full blown meal. Always remember the more, the merrier.

5. Budget Your Money

This is probably the most important tip. Spending too much money on groceries or fast food can be a problem for many students. If you spend too much, food can spoil before you eat it, while too little will leave you starving. Most students, including myself, spend around $50-60 every two weeks for groceries. That means your only spending $100 on groceries per month! Compared to the $5,000 + of the dining hall meal plans that only provide 2 main courses, peas, and soda that is pretty good.

Two Guys Grocery Shopping for Food in a Store

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Hope these tips help! I have been off my university’s meal plan for 2 years now and haven’t had to resort back to Ramen Noodles yet. Good luck chefs!

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Fun, Fright, Growing up, and Making Mistakes: Top Five Reasons to Study Abroad

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By guest blogger Noella Schink
Noella is a travel writer from Portland, Maine. She received a BS in Geology from Skidmore College in 2006. Studying abroad in Auckland, New Zealand was definiteling the highlight of her education (and life!). Nowadays you’ll find her on the beach with her husband and two shih-tzus or glued to the computer, plotting her next journey abroad.

Immersion
Travel is undoubtedly precious, no matter how long the journey. What makes studying abroad special, though, is the opportunity to really live somewhere new. It’s rare chance to fully immerse yourself in the local culture, learn the language, eat authentic food, and befriend people from another country in a meaningful way. A semester is a long time to get acquainted with a place!

Noella duneboarding in New Zealand with her new friends. Photo by Noella Delaney.

Travel
Once you are settled into your apartment and signed up for your classes, you’ll be itching to take advantage of your new global coordinates. If you are in Europe, you’ll see how easy it is to get around by train to see all of the highlights, from the Eiffel Tower to Pompeii. If you study abroad down under, it’s just a hop across the pond to see Fiji, or the Great Barrier Reef. Many study abroad programs actually include trips for student, so take advantage if you can. I was lucky enough to spend a week in Tonga when I studied in New Zealand!

Cooking
What may surprise you about university students abroad is that there are few who live on campus in traditional “dorms.” You’ll most likely live in an apartment. This can be an eye opener for students who have always had the dining hall to cater to their every whim. You’ll either grow up and figure it out, or get very comfortable with nachos and PB&J! It’s new responsibility. You’ll learn that if you burn your popcorn in the microwave and trip the fire alarm, it’s your neck on the line.

Best Friends
I know how clichéd this sounds, but it is true; the friends you make abroad will endure forever, while your usual college crew will most likely go their separate ways after graduation. Bonding over your world experience will never get old. For years to come you’ll meet up to reminisce about the crazy road trip before you knew how to navigate roundabouts, that time you slept on a beach or accidentally snuck into a museum together. Added bonus: you’ll have connections all over the world.

Letting Go
This is possibly the most important aspect of studying abroad. Are you really going to Barcelona to study hard? If you stay in on a Saturday night for schoolwork while your friends take the train to Portugal, you are doing it wrong! Confirm that hotel booking in Lisbon – you have to spread those proverbial wings and explore! Studying abroad is a melee of fun, fright, intimidation, growing up, making mistakes and absolutely getting messy.

If you have the opportunity, take it! No matter where you venture, you’ll return a seasoned, worldly, badass senior who can handle anything!

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