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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.
Our resident HerCampus ISU cooking-lover Julie Florence recently tested out her Pinterest skills by taking on an amazing recipe she found for slow-cooker chicken tacos. She documented her efforts for our latest Food Blog article so read more to see how they turned out!
I saw a recipe on Pinterest for slow cooker chicken tacos. They looked so amazing and I really wanted to try them but I don’t have a crock pot, so I improvised! This recipe is super easy and pretty cheap for the struggling college student. So grab your friends, make some Mexican food and feel free to add some margaritas, as well!
-3 chicken breasts, thawed
-Tortillas, corn or flour
-1/4th jar Salsa, your choice: hot, medium mild, etc.
-1/4th packet taco seasoning
- Cooking spray
- Any other extras you want: lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, etc.
1. Cut up each chicken breast in to about 4 pieces.
2. Spray pan with cooking spray and set the temperature on medium/high
3. Add chicken breast to pan and cook thoroughly
4. Once cooked, put on a plate and cut into tiny pieces or shred in a food processor
On Thursday, February 14th, ISU will be hosting “Share The Love” in the Old Main room of the Bone Center. For only $2, you can stuff your own bear, make Valentine’s Day cards, and get chocolate and flowers. This is the perfect event for all of you who have put off getting your sweethearts a gift, those of you looking to get your friend something thoughtful, or those who just want to make a stuffed animal and grab some chocolate for themselves! So head over to the Bone Center on Valentine’s Day from 11:00a.m-3:00p.m to pick up the perfect gifts for your loved ones.
The Spring Career Fair is today and tomorrow! Today is ONLY the internship fair from 4PM-7PM in the Bone Student Center. Tomorrow from 11AM-2PM is the career fair ONLY for students who are interested in full time positions rather than internships, also in the Bone Student Center in the Brown Ballroom.
If you plan on attending, make sure you are fully prepared! Check out the website attached on the bottom of this article for ways to get yourself organized for this Career Fair. On this website you can find how to correctly write your resume, some tips on how to dress professionally and ways to prepare yourself for common questions employers will ask you there. You can also check out what employers are going to be there for each of these days.
So head over to this website to make sure you’re fully organized and ready to land an internship or a full time position.
If you’re anything like me, you start out every semester the same way. You buy a planner, arrive in class early and tell yourself how productive you’re going to be. I also always tell myself that after every class I am going to go home and reread all the notes I just took. Sound familiar? I am going to give you some tips for ACTUALLY staying organized this semester. I know at times they can be hard to follow, but they will definitely pay off in the long run!
1. Buy a planner
Every time I buy a planner, I use it for a week or so and then I somehow tell myself I don’t need to write anything down, I’ll just remember it. Obviously, that’s a terrible tactic in remembering homework and when things are due. A planner can help you keep on track. Once you get in a habit of writing all of your assignments in your planner, there’s a much better chance you will remember all of the assignments you need to do.
2. Avoid procrastination
It’s very common to get assignments a few weeks in advance. It’s also really common to procrastinate until a few days before! I know spending hours on Pinterest seems like a top priority sometimes, but if you do your assignments earlier, you’ll feel a lot less guilty about all the free time you have.
3. Read for your classes
Winter break starts December 14th and we return to classes January 14th, 2013 (if the world doesn't end by then!) So spend some time with your family and catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or just winter in general, the ladies here at HC ISU wish you a wonderful holiday!
For me, it is almost impossible to go into a store without buying nail polish. Some people have extensive shoe, scarves or makeup collection but my money goes towards nail polish. My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy, but he just doesn’t understand that YES, I really do need 10 different shades of pink. Nail polish can be a great statement to any winter outfit. Here are a few nail colors to pick up at the store this winter and a few to put away until spring!
Do: Essie: Chinchilly
This is the perfect winter color, it’s almost a grayish purple and compliments outfits really well! It’s a super popular color though, so make sure you get it fast before it’s gone!
Don’t: Essie: Lights
Keep the hot pinks for summer. Winter tones are
soft and subtle, not vibrant and crazy!
Do: OPI: Diva of Geneva
This purple is a great shade for winter. It has a hint of gold to it which makes it perfect for any outfit.
Don’t: OPI: Did It on Em’
This neon yellow is an awesome color! Just not for winter. I love this shade but it is way too summery to wear while its snowing.
Do: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails: Grey Area
The dark shades for fall are a huge hit. This grey color is nice and dark, without being totally black. I love OPI brand nail polish, but it is extremely expensive! Sally Hansen’s hard as nails is my favorite drugstore brand. You can get it for around three dollars a bottle at Wal-Mart.
Don’t: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails: Green with Envy
This is one of my favorite summer or spring shades, but again… it is way too vibrant for winter time.
Other stylish shades for winter:
Essie: Flawless- A soft pink shade
Essie: Café forgot- A go-to nude shade