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Fall 2016 Must-Have DIYs and Recipes

So guys, what’s the 411? What has everyone been up to? What’s the hot gossip?

Word on the street is that it is officially Fall, so time to break out those favorite recipes and crafts and let the party begin!

Scrolling through my Pinterest feed 25 times per day, (like any normal college student would), I’ve found some awesome foods to try and items to make, or attempt to make.

1. Pumpkin Muffins

Of course, the first item to try is something pumpkin. The thought of pumpkins just screams fall. I personally like this item because pumpkins aren’t naturally sweet, so mixing it with cake mix turns it into a delicious dessert (or something tasty for when you’ve overslept, it’s negative four degrees in Boone, and you really don’t want to go to class, but you must).

This recipe calls for:

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1 spice cake mix

All you have to do is preheat your oven to 350 F, mix the cake mix and pumpkin together until it looks like batter, scoop them into the muffin tin, and bake for 18-20 minutes! You could even sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on the top before they bake. This is something I could actually do in my dorm since there’s not a lot of mess!

2. Fall Wreaths

The tulle and mesh wreaths were all the rage last year, but this year, we’ve taken a new spin on them. We’re using nature this year! The following wreath was made by taking sticks and twigs from the woods, cutting them to be about 14 inches long, and separating them into four different piles, wrapping them with twine. Once wrapped, you can position them into the shape of a square and secure them together with more twine. Once that is done, you can add whatever you want to finish it! You can add flowers, a cute little banner, pinecones, anything!

3. Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Almonds

Who doesn’t love what is supposed to feel like a healthy snack that turns into a pathway for hyperglycemia? I definitely think of cinnamon sugar when I think of fall and any nut covered in sugar is my kind of snack. The ingredients you need are: 

  • 1lb almonds
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Beat egg whites with salt until frothy.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla extract until peaks are created. Then fold in almonds and cinnamon.
  4. Stir butter into mixture, coating the almonds.
  5. Transfer almonds onto parchment paper, baking for 1 hour.
  6. Take out, let cool, and enjoy!


4. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Everyone loves a good sugar scrub to use in a nice warm bath on a Friday night (or to just look at in that cute little mason jar). This recipe will have you feeling the warmth and glow of fall for the next few months, until it becomes brutal and your nose hairs are frozen.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 cup White Sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil

What you do:

  1. In a bowl, combine the sugars and spices.
  2. Add in the oil.
  3. ENJOY!

5. Apple Fritter Pull-Apart Bread

Last but not least, the delectable apple treat that everyone dies for. Apple has always been a favorite flavor of mine, so this fun recipe presents it in a new, fun way!


  • 1 can Grands biscuits
  • Filling
    • 2 Granny Smith apples, finely diced
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Glaze
    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/4 cup half and half
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

What to do:

  1. Add all filling ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat until apples have browned and softened and sauce has thickened.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Cut biscuits in half to make 16 flat circles.
  4. Spoon about a tablespoon of filling onto each circle, then stacking the circles in the pan with a biscuit on each end.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Whisk together the glaze and drizzle over the loaf.
  7. ENJOY!

We hope you get to try out some of these recipes and make some fun items to get in your apartment or dorm!













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