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These snowman pretzels are too cute and sure to be a hit at any holiday party! Follow these simple steps to put a twist on your standard chocolate covered pretzels.
White baking chocolate
Mini chocolate chips
Small orange candy (like chocolate covered sunflower seeds or mini m&ms)
Black food coloring marker
Melt the chocolate as directed on the packaging.
Use a dab of chocolate to stick the two pretzel rings together.
Use a spoon to fill the rings with chocolate.
Use a tweezer to pick up the small orange candy and place it as the nose.
Using the tweezer, pick up the mini chocolate chips for the eyes (so that the flat surface of the chocolate chip is showing and the pointy side is down) and place them on the melted chocolate.
Once the chocolate has dried, you can use black food coloring or an edible marker to draw on a mouth.
You then will take a small strip of a fruit snack to use as the scarf as directed in the picture.
As college students, we’re faced with a limited budget. I found some easy homemade gifts that will cost little to nothing to make (and I’m not talking about macaroni crafts)… these are gifts that someone would actually be happy to receive.
1. Dollar Store Candle
Buy a cheap tall candle at the dollar store. Wrap blue painters tape around it in a design that you prefer, then spray paint in whatever color you want. You can also wrap yarn or string around the candle to make a smaller design (like the picture above.) Wait for it to dry and take the paint off to reveal your masterpiece. Voila!
2. Personalized Letter
Buy a wood letter from a craft store then paint it in the color you desire. Hot glue beads or pearls once the paint dries to give it a unique decoration.
3. Pushpin Art
With my nail polish collection growing every week, I’m always looking for new and unique colors that are in season. I’ve rounded up a few the most popular Fall shades to share with you!
1. Essie “Nice is Nice”
This pale purple is the perfect shade for the fall and it goes with everything.
2. Essie “Penny Talk”
3. OPI “Diva of Geneva”
This is one of my favorite colors by OPI. The dark shimmery plum color is a great accessory to any wardrobe.
4. OPI “Into the Night”
I love completing projects that I find on Pinterest. I have successfully executed recipes and a ton of crafts. I’m usually fairly successful when trying out different recipes and such… well, until now.
I’ve had this “recipe” pinned for a while now. I had some leftover caramels from a dish I made last week so I decided to give this one a try.
Here is the original pin:
So I figured, “How hard can it be?!” First, I hulled out an apple — which by the way was NOT easy. Every time I tried to cut the perimeter of the apple, the knife went through the other end leaving my apple looking pathetic. After I had had enough, I moved on.
I melted some leftover Kraft caramels combined with about a teaspoon of water and ended up with a nice liquid caramel.
After that, I poured the caramel into the sad looking apples and popped them into the fridge.
After about an hour, the caramel had hardened (or so I had thought) and I began cutting. Liquid, milky caramel flowed from each apple… it was a disaster. The caramel sitting at the bottom must have not hardened as quickly as the top. Not to mention, the apples started browning as soon as I cut them up. Here were my results:
As many of you know, the government shut down last night. This is a lot of information to process and can be confusing to understand, so I’ll provide a rundown of what is happening.
The House and the Senate couldn’t agree on a bill to fund the government in the allotted time, which results in part of the government shutting down. There are parts of the Government that need to be funded every year, and if Congress can’t agree on how to fund them, a government shutdown takes place.
“To get a bit more specific: Each year, the House and Senate are supposed to agree on 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal agencies and set spending priorities. Congress has become really bad at passing these bills, so in recent years they've resorted to stopgap budgets to keep the government funded (known as "continuing resolutions"). The last stopgap passed on March 28, 2013, and ends on Sept. 30.” (Washington Post)
Obviously not all of the government is shut down, so here are a few examples of things that are staying open (not a complete list, taken directly from Washington Post)
-- Any employee or office that "provides for the national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to the national security or the safety of life and property." That means the U.S. military will keep operating, for one. So will embassies abroad.
These are the perfect cupcakes for anyone who doesn’t like frosting. Combining cheesecake and chocolate cakes has us asking ourselves, what’s not to love? They are a bit time consuming, but the end result is definitely worth it!Filling:
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
I made these cookies during Christmas time with my Mom and we loved them! Well, we love anything involving chocolate and caramel so it was kind of a given. They did take a while to make because of all the different steps, but they were worth it.
Chocolate Turtle Cookies
(Makes about 2 ½ dozen)
· 1 cup all-purpose flour
· 1/3 cup cocoa powder
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
· 2/3 cup sugar
· 1 large egg, separated, plus 1 egg white
· 2 tablespoons milk
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped fine
· 14 soft caramel candies
· 3 tablespoons heavy cream
1. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt in bowl. With electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (for about 2 minutes.) Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (for about 1 hour.)
April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. In hopes of spreading awareness to ISU students, we have written an article about some things you need to know.
“Healing from sexual assault is impeded by silence, denial and self-blame. Healing is helped by seeking the support of others. One of the most important things a survivor of sexual assault can do is seek help and support.” (ISU Student Counseling Services)
Sexual assault is not something to ignore. From July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, there have been 21 reported acts of sexual abuse at ISU. It is even more unfortunate that more most likely occurred but went unreported.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, you are strongly encouraged to report it immediately. If you have been a victim, here are the steps you should take:
Over Spring Break I tried out a recipe that is sure to be a staple in my household forever, Chili’s queso dip. I can never visit Chili’s without getting their queso because it is just too good! I thought I’d take on the challenge of recreating it by following a recipe I found on Pinterest. I must warn you, although this recipe creates an absolutely delicious queso dip, it didn’t exactly taste like Chili’s queso dip. So although I was disappointed that I couldn’t exactly recreate it, I was still very pleased with the outcome!
16-ounce box Velveeta Cheese ( I used the Wal-Mart brand Velveeta Cheese, worked just fine!)
1 C. milk (1 cup of milk will make this cheese dip really thin, I went with ½ cup to add some thickness to it)
2 teaspoons paprika
½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
15-ounce can of Hormel Chili (I prefer No beans, but it’s entirely up to you)
3 tsp. chili powder ( I have made this recipe two separate times, once using 3 tsp. of chili powder and once using 4. There was a huge difference in hotness of this dip. Using 4 tsp. was way too spicy for my liking, but if you enjoy spicier things then go with 4 tsp.)
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ tsp. ground cumin
-Empty can of chili and all of the spices to a medium to large size pan
-Put pan on the stove to medium/medium low setting
-Cut the Velveeta into cubes to make it melt faster
-Add Velveeta to the pan
It seems that lately everyone is OBSESSED with Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, how can you not be? Not only is she flawless, she is down-to-earth which makes her the most relatable celeb in Hollywood. As if you needed any more reasons to love her, I’ve gathered a few things to satisfy your J-Law obsession!
1. She admits her love for food.
2. She is very knowledgeable about high fashion.