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.
2. Soft Apple Cake
An alternative to apple pie, is soft apple cake. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit nd 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.
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!
Do you have any fall dessert favorites? Tell us in a comment below!
The fall season has officially arrived! This year’s fall fashion trends are probably styles you’ve already had sitting in your closet or drawers. Try out these looks for the best style this fall season!
1. Plaid Fad
The plaid fad started in the summer, but it’s shifted its way into fall trends. This classic style has been around for quite some time but has recently made it’s comeback to the fashion world. You can style the signature plaid shirt in multiple ways – dress it up with a cute skirt and some accessories, or dress it down and keep it tied around you waist for that classic 90’s look. However you wear it, plaid is the hottest fashion style!
2. Dark Lips
If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to change up your wardrobe, adding a quick touch of dark lips can do just the trick! Dark lips are the current trend in the beauty world. You can do dark purple lips or dark red lips. Make sure to use a lip liner to prevent your lipstick from feathering out.
3. Robe Coats
I know what you’re thinking, who would style a coat after a robe? But, robe coats are the perfect addition to any outfit this fall season. Whether it be a casual, business, or formal outfit, the robe coat is the way to go! It’s also really comfortable.
What are you wearing this fall? Tell us in the comments below!
Fall is the perfect season. It is still sunny, yet cool enough (but not freezing) to break out the sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. Take advantage of the best season (in my opinion, at least) with the following activities.
1. Embrace The Holiday Drinks
Pumpkin spice lattes, salted caramel mochas, apple cider… yum! Maybe it is only because they are only available for three months out of year, but there is something seriously magical about fall beverages. Have a scavenger hunt to find the best fall-flavored latte in town and try out all of your local coffee shops (probably an activity done best not in a single day).
2. Crafts And Decorations
There are a ridiculous amount of crafts that are great decorations, fun to make, and start getting you in the holiday spirit. Although Halloween just ended – which is always fun to decide what costume to be, how to carve your pumpkin, and all of the spooky decorations – there is still Thanksgiving! How creative can you get with turkeys??
3. Enjoy The Fall Scenery
The collage of orange, red, and yellow leaves falling to the ground are gorgeous, and never lasts as long as you think it will! Finding a scenic road to drive, or a tree-lined street to admire and walk down, is one way to (as cheesy as it sounds) enjoy nature’s beauty. This will also help you relax and clear your mind from any current stress.
4. Go To A Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin patches are a fantastic place to find the best pumpkin! Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. They are great additions to any Thanksgiving setting, especially for the perfect touch for any visiting family members to see. While you are there, go on a hayride or get lost in a corn maze. And when you find the perfect pumpkin or finally find your way out of the maze? Enjoy a caramel apple and sip some hot apple cider. Perfection!
Enjoy the fall while it lasts! It is getting cold fast and winter is soon approaching! What is your favorite fall activity?
Filed under: College Life
There are some great movies that have recently been released or will be coming out very soon! Now is the perfect time to journey out to movie theaters because the weather is getting colder and it is nice to get warm and cozy in a theater with some steaming popcorn. Be sure to check out these four highly anticipated movies:
1. Don Jon (September 27th)
Although this has already been out for a while, it may still be out in some theaters. If not, check it out when it gets released on DVD if you are looking to break away from your books for a laugh. Don Jon is the story of a guy (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who likes to watch pornography on his computer while trying to maintain a relationship with a woman (played by Scarlett Johansson) who is looking for prince charming. It is a great comedy perfect for college students.
2. Gravity (October 4th)
For fans of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this is the movie for you! Both actors are on a space mission and get stuck in space alone after their shuttle is destroyed in an accident. The graphics alone are enough to prove that this movie is stellar, not to mention how it gets your adrenaline pumping!
3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22nd)
This is one of the most talked about films of the season; the second film of the Hunger Games series. In this film, Katinss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson) are being targeted by the Capitol after they cause a rebellion with their actions in the last Hunger Games. Definitely a must-see!
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13th)
This movie is such a MUST-SEE! It is the second of the “Hobbit” films and continues the journey that Bilbo and the dwarves began in the first movie. All Lord of the Rings fans must go see this movie!
So head on out and see any one, if not all, of these movies! And remember to always ask if they offer a student discount when purchasing your ticket!
Which movie are you most excited to see? Tell us in a comment below!
The seasons are transitioning, school is starting, and the latest fashion trends are quickly changing. You can easily find these awesome trends in local shops or in a thrift store and you may already have these fashion pieces hidden deep inside your closet. Stay on the lookout for these upcoming fall fashion trends!
1. Polka Dots
Polka dots are making a fashion comeback this fall. This fashion pattern slowly made its way onto the clothing racks this summer and was easily spotted on dresses or swimsuit apparel. This fall you can find polka dots on t-shirts, shoes, belts, shorts, and more! Make sure not to go too overboard on the polka dot print, sometimes less is more! If you’ve already got a polka dot top, dress, or skirt, you can easily transform it into a fall outfit. Just layer a cardigan, scarf, or leggings to transform your summer wear into a fall fashion statement!
2. Camo Chic
Military and camouflage wear has graced the chic fashion world yet again! Not only is camouflage and military wear an easy pattern to style, but it is an easy pattern to find. If you’re not looking to break your wallet for this fashion trend, scope out your local thrift or vintage stores. There is most likely a hidden camo chic treasure awaiting on the racks! If you are looking to wear the pattern but would like to keep it simple, you can just wear a simple camouflage hat or a pair of camouflage leggings (as shown in the photo above).
3. Floral Fashion
Floral print lives on! The floral fashion trend was an extremely popular pattern that swept the fashion world this past summer. It’s now still rocking the racks at stores for this falls fashion trends. You can easily transform your floral summer wear into something more appropriate for the cooler fall weather. Pair your favorite floral dress or skirt with some leggings or a scarf! Long-sleeved floral dresses are great for the fall, you can even layer on a jean jacket for those cool days.
What fall trends are you looking forward to wearing this season? What are some of your favorite fashion tips? Share them with us below!