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6 Quick & Easy Meals To Cook This Summer

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

A lot of memories can be made with people cooking and eating together outside in the summer. When the weather is nice, the company is good, and refreshments are chilled… all you need is some food. Do you go with some hot dogs and burgers on the grill? Maybe something roasted over the fire? Maybe even some seafood?

Consider these seasonal bites the next time you need an idea for a summer meal:

1. Chicken Kabobs

This one’s easy. Find some kabobs, some meat (chicken or beef), and some veggies and/or fruit. Slice everything up into cubes and pierce the food with the sticks to make a nice stack of everything. Grill them on medium heat for about 5 minutes before you flip and grill them for another 5. The great thing about kabobs is they’re so customizable. So feel free to adjust to your tastes, but I suggest using teriyaki or lemon-pepper chicken, green and red peppers, and chunks of mango or pineapple to make a simple, yet delicious treat!

2. Summer BBQ Chicken-Hawaiin Pizza

Pizza is also an easy recipe that is highly customizable, but this one will transport your taste buds to a luau on Maui. Get a pre-made crust (thin, original, rustic, etc.) Find some honey-barbecue sauce, chicken breast, bacon, pineapple, marinara sauce and some mozzarella cheese. You’ll also need some salt, black and red pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Place the crust on a baking sheet or a pizza wheel if you have one. Pre-cook the chicken and the bacon before placing it on the pizza. While the chicken and bacon cooks, you can put the sauce and the cheese on the pizza crust. Then slice up the cooked chicken and break up the bacon into bits and scatter them on your pizza. Add slices of pineapple and lightly drizzle the honey-bbq sauce all over the pizza in whatever pattern you want. Add a hint of seasoning. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, then enjoy!

3. Trout Fillets

I like to fish, but you don’t have to go out and catch your own trout to enjoy eating one. Some people prefer cooking these on stovetops skillets, but you can just as easily use the grill. You’ll need your trout fillets, a lemon, some garlic cloves, salt and pepper, and aluminum foil. Heat up the grill on medium-high heat. Place your fillets in the middle of enough aluminum foil to wrap them in. Slice up the lemon and chop up the garlic. Top the fillets with the garlic and then lay a couple lemon slices down. Season with salt and pepper, wrap them up, and grill them for about 5 minutes depending on their size. The middle should be flaky (test with a fork) when done.

4. Apple Slice and Chorizo Salad

This is an interesting summer salad with the tartness of the apples balancing out the spiciness of the chorizo. You’ll need some olive oil, salt and pepper, green leaf lettuce, half of an apple (I prefer Granny Smiths), some lemon juice, half a clove of garlic, and your favorite type of cheese. Use a skillet over medium-heat to cook the chorizo for about 3 minutes in some olive oil. Mix together the lemon juice, garlic, and just a pinch of salt and pepper. Then add apple slices, lettuce, cheese, and toss. Should take about 10 minutes to cook, then dig in!

5. Caribbean Corn on the Cob

This version of corn on the cob will add a little flavor of the Caribbean. Get a few ears of corn, husk them, and remove all the silk. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of butter, paprika, asiago cheese, salt, and some lime wedges. Grill the corn on for about 12 minutes over medium heat. When they’re done, drizzle the melted butter, grate and sprinkle the cheese, add the paprika, and squeeze some lime juice over them. You’ll never go back to plain old corn on the cob again.

6. Peanut Butter S’mores

Always save dessert (the best) for last. You’ve probably heard of s’mores – your standard graham crackers, chocolate bar, and fire roasted marshmallow. But you haven’t lived until you’ve added peanut butter. Roast a marshmallow until it’s golden brown. Then simply spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one of the crackers, and then add your chocolate, the marshmallow, and the top cracker. Delicious!

Get creative! There are many things you can cook and many ways to do it. Cook with some friends so everyone can enjoy the meal and have their own meals to contribute. Summer should be about meals and memories.

Let us know in a comment below if you try any of these recipes, and what you think! Or, add in your own favorite summer recipes!

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5 Books You Must Read This Summer

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

School’s out for summer! Or hopefully anyway… Whether you’re taking off for the summer for a reprieve or stuck on campus with catch-up classes, you should take some time to relax! What better way to relax than to get into a juicy, quick summer read?

Fantasy, mystery, and crime await in my recommended summer reading list below!

1. Allegiant

by Veronia Roth

In the third book of the Divergent trilogy series, Tris and Four follow up with what happened in the second book and journey past the city’s borders to find out what is outside. Haven’t read the first two books? Pack all three in your suitcase or stock your bookshelf with the trilogy because once you finish the first one, you won’t want to wait to start the next one!

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Sixteen-year-old Jacob travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales. There, he discovers what is left of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The abandoned building shows signs that the children who lived there were more than just peculiar. Were they dangerous? Are they still alive? Haunting is the only word to describe this story.

3. Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Yesterday the circus was there, now it’s not. Le Cirque des Reves holds many secrets under its tent, one of which is the duel about to take place between Celia and Marco – two young magicians who’ve been trained for this very moment. What they don’t know is that this duel ends in only person standing and this person gets to travel with the circus. Too bad they’ve already fallen in love. Now what’ll happen?

4. Saints of New York

by R.J. Ellory

Sometimes we just need a book that will keep our heart beating until the very last page is turned. Homicide detective Frank Parrish is on a mission to find a killer preying on young women. This is your go-to mystery book if you’re looking for suspense and something that will keep you guessing.

5. Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Didn’t read it when it was first released? Now is your chance! Nick and Amy are supposed to be celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. There’s just one problem: Amy has disappeared and Nick is the prime suspect. Told from both Amy and Nick’s perspectives, Gone Girl is one of those books that makes you think you know what’s going on, but in the end, you are thrown for a loop.

Summer is a great time to catch up on all those books we don’t have time for during the school year. So when you find yourself needing a break from homework (or family if you’re heading home), crack open a new book and feed your mind with a rich story.

Do you have any summer books to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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Delicious Smoothie Recipes You Should Try Right Now

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger BiographySome smoothies are a tasty and healthy way to start your morning, lost some weight, or enjoy after a good workout, but not all smoothies are blended equally. Chances are you are better off making your own at home with fresh ingredients, rather than going out to buy one. Commercial smoothies may have extra sweeteners or be too large of a serving size (which means drinking one might mean you are consuming way too much sugar, way too quickly). Making your own smoothies will likely reap the benefits intended of a smoothie.

Here are a few recipes for you to try. Just gather the ingredients and mix them in a blender.

1. Mango Pina Colada

Do you like drinking Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain? Then, this may be the smoothie for you. This is a non-alcoholic paradise-sipping smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango (peeled, seeded, cubed)
  • 1 ¼ cups ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups pineapple juice
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of coconut milk

Find the full recipe here.

2. Orange Dream Creamsicle

This one is great for a sunny day at the beach or cooling down after a workout. This low calorie smoothie explodes with citrus flavor with a sweet touch of vanilla.

Ingredients:

  • 1 navel orange (peeled)
  • ¼ fat-free Half-and-Half or fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ice cubes

Full recipe available here.

3. Peanut Butter-Apple

There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world that you can choose from! And even though peanut butter will never go with apples as deliciously as it does with jelly, this combination is a strong second.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple (peeled, chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 1 ½ cups of soy milk
  • 1 ½ cups ice
  • 1 ½ cups honey

Read the full recipe here.

Blend well and enjoy! Share your favorite smoothies in a comment below!

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10 Things To Do After College Graduation

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Megan Lehman BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about any of you, but I could not be more excited for Graduation Day! I’m looking forward to watching Netflix guilt free, sleeping in without missing class, and having some actual time to myself.  With all of this free time I plan on having, I have created a list of things to do to make this early post-graduation life both productive and enjoyable!

Let’s prepare that post-graduation bucket list!

1. Create A Savings Plan

I know this is going to make me sound like a big nerd, but I am really excited about being able to save more money now that I have time to work more. I’m excited about all the things I’ll be able to do and buy because of my newfound sense of wealth, but I also am eager to put money aside.  Now is the time to teach ourselves how to budget and take care of our money in order to make our future goals a reality. Don’t forget… those student loans are right around the corner.

2. Cook Everything On Your Pinterest Board

I cannot tell you how pumped I am to finally start tackling all the recipes I have been salivating over the last 6 months. Cupcakes, soups, and entrees, oh my! I cannot be the only one dying to break open a new carton of eggs and get cooking!

3. Travel

I traveled a bit during my time in college, but the travel bug is biting me once again and I have a huge lifelong travel bucket list.  Ireland is next on the list, but I’ll settle for a summer road trip to the closest beach.  Now that you are graduating and will have much more time on your hands, I highly encourage any travel plans you may have. Do as much as you can if you don’t have a full time job just yet because you won’t always have a lot of time off to tackle travel plans later.

4. Find A Hobby

You are going to have so much free time now that it looks like it is time to take up a new hobby! You could try yoga, fishing, crafting, photography, etc… Whatever appeals to you most! My list of hobbies to try is pretty extensive.

5. Challenge Yourself

Have you ever wanted to run a 5k or maybe a half marathon? Is there a classic novel that you have always told yourself that you would read someday?  Challenge yourself now! I personally hope to start doing 5ks again.

6. Take A Gap Year

Not ready to say hello to the real world yet? Try going on a gap year! Dedicate some time to volunteering and bettering the world.  Study Spanish in Spain or work with ocean conservationists in Australia. You can always be an adult later, right?!

7. Do Something That Scares You

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do something every day that scares you.” While we may not be able to do this every day, why not take advantage of your newfound adulthood by taking a risk? Try skydiving, parachuting, or maybe even just riding a roller coaster. Just get out and do something different!

8. Think Practically

Now truly is the time to think about what being an adult actually entails. Do yourself a favor and learn about things like insurance, retirement accounts, and how to start investing.  Seriously, this stuff does matter, and it matters now.

9. Start A Business

Are you an impressive crafter? Can you bake the best cupcakes in the area? Take your passion and turn it into a business! It doesn’t have to be your career, just something fun to do on the side.  And who knows where you could end up going with it! It doesn’t hurt to try.

10. Relax

Through everything, make sure you remember to relax. After all, you worked very hard to earn that degree. Sometimes the best thing to do with a little free time is absolutely nothing.

This is just a portion of what I intend to do post-graduation.  What about you? Share your plans in a comment below!

Congratulations on graduating!

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The Best Places To Travel This Spring Break

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

The days are getting longer and the snow is disappearing, which means spring break is right around the corner! To relax during spring break, you may want to go on the trip of your lifetime with your friends, who doesn’t? But this can be tricky for a college student on a budget. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a memorable time.

Visit these locations if you’re looking for a spring break destination that won’t break the bank:

1. The Dominican Republic

Here you can find towns boasting luxury beaches and mega-resorts with all inclusive spring break party deals, but there’s also more low-key and affordable options as well. You can find hotels for around $200 dollars a night for two people. And during the day when you aren’t enjoying the nightlife, consider taking a guided kayak tour through the Los Haitises National Park. The park is located on the northeast coast and is covered in mangrove forests and hosts a wide array of wildlife, like sea turtles and many types of birds – some of which are only found on the island.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is great because the prices aren’t that bad and travel fees should be less than travelling to another country. Myrtle Beach is a popular area in South Carolina with many resorts and other tourist friendly attractions. It is consistently warm and sunny and boasts fantastic food, 60 miles of beaches, over 100 golf courses, and a vibrant nightlife.

3. Great Smoky National Park, Tennessee

Not only is the Great Smoky National Park affordable at about $100 dollars a night, it features fantastic fishing, hiking, and scenic drives nestled in the Appalachian Mountains along the North Carolina and Tennessee border. It’s America’s most visited national park and is known for its diversity of wildlife and I’ts only about a half an hour away from Dollywood.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a somewhat popular spot for party-goers for Mardi Gras, but afterwards it is slightly less crazy. It is a historic city lined with cobblestone streets. In New Orleans, you can have it all: world renowned food, the birthplace of jazz, and an electric nightlife are just a few of the things this city as to offer. Be sure to check out the French Quarter Festival if you are there between April 7th and 10th.

5. Montreal, Québec

Most people think of warm places with sandy beaches for spring break, not Canada. But one day in Montreal and you’ll realize it’s one of the most magical cities in North America. It’s affordable, yet feels luxurious! The culture is a perfect blend of American and European and it’s reflected in the delicious food and surprisingly active bar/club scene. Then of course, there is hockey. If you’re a hockey fan, Montreal will feel like home; and if you’ve never seen a game before, you may fall in love with it during your stay. The people are friendly and are more than happy to talk to anyone looking for some good company.

Wherever you go during your spring break, even if that’s just back home to be with family and friends, hopefully it is a restful and relaxing one.

Share your spring break plans with us in a comment below!

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