College: Desperate Times, Call For Strange Food Combinations

The bags were packed with extension cords, command hooks, and shower caddies. We all thought we knew what to expect. We knew there would be peer pressure, challenging classes, and community bathrooms, but we were never prepared for the creativity that we would need in order to survive…

College cafeterias seemed a lot cooler when we visited the school for the first time and weren’t having to eat from it 3 times a day 7 days a week. Sometimes, we had to salvage scraps from convenience stores and trade our email address  for snacks that university clubs were passing out on the walk to class.

Here is a list of some of the…”interesting” combinations that have been tried, but were not always true.

  1. Tortilla chips with chocolate chips
  2. Tuna and edamame
  3. Funfetti cake mix mixed with milk
  4. Mac ‘n cheese with quinoa
  5. “College Chicken alfredo” (chicken nuggets, ramen noodles and alfredo sauce)
  6. Popcorn and hot sauce
  7. Pickles and peanut butter
  8. Pickles and oreos
  9. Popcorn and Nutella
  10. Ramen noodles with hot sauce and cheese
  11. Pickles and ice cream
  12. Nutella and fries
  13. Uncooked ravioli
  14. Taco Bell Quesadilla with Zaxby’s sauce
  15. Ketchup sandwiches
  16. Pepperoni and peanut butter sandwiches
  17. Cheetos and pudding
  18. Grapes and Ranch dressing
  19. Pizza and apple sauce
  20. Tomato sauce and fried rice
  21. An entire container of pimento cheese
  22. Potato chips and pesto
  23. Wheat thins and Nutella
  24. Uncooked Ramen noodles and honey mustard
  25. Cheese and apples
  26. Putting mayonnaise on just about anything
  27. Hot sauce and Doritos
  28. Cheez Itz and Nutella
  29. Hot sauce and plain noodles
  30. Whole can of black beans

I can’t say that I have been so fortunate to have tried all of these, but I got by with a little help from my friends coming up with this list, so thanks for having really eccentric snack choices, ladies!

If you’re going off to college soon, be prepared to not be prepared: All reason and logic goes down the tubes when you’re hungry, lazy and broke in your dorm room to eat like you have self respect.

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Finally, A Pinterest Success!

I hope I don’t stand alone when I say that my Pinterest boards may exaggerate on just how crafty, fashionable, and domestic I am.

However, I recently tried to actually make one of the recipes that I had Pinned (which if you’ve read my previous post “Bucket List”, this is # 11). The recipe I chose was Extra Crispy Potato Wedges from Baker By Nature.


This recipe was everything I thought it would be and more. I chose this recipe for a few reasons:

  1. I already had all of the ingredients at home, so there was no need to run to the store.
  2. I LOVE potatoes and sweet potatoes but I had some extra time and felt like getting creative.
  3. I was hungry.
  4. It didn’t take long at all!

I also really liked this recipe because you could, for the most part, just eyeball the ingredients as opposed to needing to bust out all of the measuring tools. For some reason, I have this unexplainable disdain for measuring tools, which I always regret because my cookies always come out a little saltier than I would like.

Mine turned out to be a little bit burned on the edges but i couldn’t even tell when I was eating them!

They were absolutely DELICIOUS and I just went to Kroger and invested in  a ton of sweet potatoes so I could do it again. I strongly recommend this recipe.

Happy cooking!




Hello, My Name Is Vegan.

Last February, after reading a book called Skinny Bitch, I decided to try to be a vegan.

*Cue the gasps, screams, and horrified moans.*


Here’s my dad and I on my 21st birthday, where my roommates had me wear this sign all night.

When I was first getting started, it was pretty difficult. Obviously, I would have the problem where the only thing I wanted in the entire universe was to eat an entire tray of Chic-fil-a nuggets, but I got over it. Now, the worst thing about being vegan is other people’s reactions. I get a range between “Wow, good for you!” and “WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOURSELF, ARE YOU CLINICALLY INSANE?!”

People think I’m either obsessed with being skinny (lol no) or that I’m some kind of hippie freak who’s trying to save the world one organic piece of tofu at a time (also, lol no).

My interest in vegan-ism started when my sister, who is a nutrition major, decided that she wanted to try it. If you had told me 2 years ago that I was going to become a vegan, I would have laughed so hard that I might have accidentally spit some of my baby back ribs on you. Sorry for the gross imagery, but you get the picture.

If I wasn’t so stubborn, I probably would’ve only lasted about a month doing this, but whenever someone tells me that they don’t think I will be able to do something, I have to prove them wrong. And believe me, I had a LOT of people who didn’t think I could do it.

So to all of the nonbelievers…

If you haven’t read Skinny Bitch, I strongly recommend it. If you are definitely set on NOT becoming vegan or vegetarian, I just suggest that you skip the chapter that has first hand accounts from people who work in meat factories.

If I’m being totally honest, I am the worst vegan EVER. I’m more of a vegetarian that tries really, really hard to avoid dairy. If a salad has little shreds of cheese  on top, or the pasta is technically made with egg, I’m not going to be obnoxious and send it back. However, you won’t see me drinking a huge milkshake and eating cheesy scrambled eggs. The reason I don’t tell people that I’m just a vegetarian, is because everything that is vegetarian is absolutely LOADED with cheese or cream, which I would rather avoid if I can.

I don’t want to get too into why it’s so great too be a vegan because the authors of Skinny Bitch do a much better job than I ever could. I know I’m starting to sound like a commercial for this book, but it is just that good. It’s an easy read, hilarious, and has some really great points about eating animal based products that I had honestly never considered before.

So, yes I am a vegan. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on.