Hiking Your Way to Love

The season is changing, and that means that the leaves are changing colors and nature is looking better than ever. Seeing how colorful nature is in the fall is just as beautiful as love (cheesy alert) and what better way to see the leaves change than head out on a hike with your significant other. In Wisconsin, there are many places where you can go to hike and check out amazing views. To add to the adventure, packing snacks and packing a lunch would be the perfect date too. There are areas where you can set up a little picnic and relax after a long day of hiking! Don’t forget to also bring a backpack or some type of sling-back bag to put in waters, granola bars and a hiking map. « Nature Preserve » The Nature Preserve is located just right behind Whitewater that is a 2 mile walking trail. This trail is literally right in your backyard. You both can either drive there or walk there because it is that close to on, and off campus Whitewater. At the trail, you can discover views that you can’t get in other parts of Whitewater on the hills of the trail. You can oversee the rest of the landscape and the side of Whitewater campus that has the towers. « Kettle Moraine State Forest » This quaint forest is more beautiful and larger than the nature preserve, which will give you and your significant other more of a scenery than the nature preserve in Whitewater. The Kettle Moraine State Forest is in Eagle, WI that is only 30 minutes...

Friendsgiving

It is finally November and that means there are 8 more Fridays till Christmas! But who’s counting… So that also means we still must get through the second, best holiday of the year, which is Thanksgiving. If you love food, this is your holiday. For some college students, it may be their least favorite due to long travels to head home to see their family, or maybe they don’t have a choice to head home for the holidays and must stay in the empty town of Whitewater. This article is for the ones who are wanting to spend this holiday with their significant other, friends or can’t not head home for the holiday weekend. Heading to Walmart and making/buying a thanksgiving feast is the perfect way to spend the holidays since you are a poor college student with nowhere to go. When heading to Walmart: Instead of buying a turkey, buy the rotisserie chicken that is already made. It’s a great substitute to a large turkey you don’t have the time to cook. Buy multiple if you both are having a huge friendsgiving. Instead of making homemade stuffing, you can buy the microwavable kind instead of the oven kind – but we all know that oven cooked stuffing is the best and don’t forget the rolls! You can buy the McCormick Turkey “lump free” gravy for just $1.48. All you must do is just add one packet of the mix and a cup of water into a saucepan, stir, heat and serve! If you liked cranberries? Easy enough, Walmart has the canned cranberries and if there isn’t enough sauce...

Spook Movie with Spooky Snacks cont..

This dessert is another easy snack for you and your boo to whip up on a movie night.  It only involved three ingredients; white chocolate, strawberries and mini chocolate chips. When Halloween comes around, ghosts are a symbol which mean that ghost decorations and costumes will be everywhere. This dessert can be something fun for the both of you, if you make it fun! Some movies that can go along with this theme of a ghost treat can be The Conjuring, The Shining or The Sixth Sense. « STRAWBERRY GHOSTS » INGREDIENTS 1 (16 oz) package Vanilla CANDIQUIK Coating 24 Fresh strawberries Mini chocolate chips DIRECTIONS Melt Candiquik in tray according to directions on package. Place a large piece of wax or parchment paper on a flat surface. Dip strawberries in melted Candiquik Coating, remove and allow the excess coating to pour off onto the wax paper to form the “tail” of the ghost; slide the strawberry back and set on wax paper to dry. Before coating has set, place two mini chocolate chips on as the eyes. For the mouth, cut off the tip of a mini chocolate chip and place on the strawberry with the bottom side facing...

Spooky Movie with Spooky Snacks

Halloween weekend is the time to wear costumes and head out to downtown bars or parties, but there may be a night when you’re tired of painting your faces with cheap face paint and want to stay in and watch Friday the 13th – or my favorite, Halloweentown. When staying in to watch your favorite scary movie, snacks are a HUGE deal. What are you going to eat when a scary scene comes on that you know something bad is going to happen and you just can’t stop stuffing your face? Well, I have a few quick and easy, spooky snack ideas for you and your movie date to make while getting ready for a Halloween night in! « Monster Rice Krispie Treats » We all have seen Monster’s Inc. and fell in love with the way Mike Wazowski and Sully are with Boo. They are the original three best friends that anyone could have and you know that there is food in relation to that movie. Meet the easiest yet, messiest snack you could make – Monster Rice Krispie treats. Ingredients 3 tbsp butter 5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows 6 cups rice cereal 7 drops green food coloring “eyeball” candy treat toppers Directions “Microwave butter in a large bowl for 30 seconds. Add Marshmallows to bowl and stir Microwave mixture for 45 seconds.  Stir and add food coloring.  Microwave an additional 45 seconds. Stir marshmallow mixture well and add rice cereal. Use two spoons to create “lumps” of cereal on wax paper. Add monster eyes. Allow to harden and...

Wild, Wild Love

Sometimes, staying in is something you both do way too much and want to get out to see a movie – you know, a change of environment! The closest movie theater, other than the Whitewater movie theater that plays three movies, is the Wildwood Theaters in Janesville. It’s only a 25 minute drive and offers over 16 movies! Recently, I did some research for what is playing in the theater that I would recommend for a date night. Now, I have not seen every movie at the movie theater to share with couples what movie they should go see and why. Going to a movie and figuring out for yourselves if you think you will like it or not and at the end, deciding how great it was, gives you something to talk about! It gives you some information about what kind of movies either of you prefer to watch “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” This action packed, humorous film will leave you on the edge of your seats! – Now that’s what I was thinking when I only viewed the trailer. Not only do you see how action-packed the trailer is, you also notice who’s in the film. You have Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and the best yet, Channing Tatum. This movie is a win, win for the both of you. It’s a thriller with attractive men in it – best combo in a movie if I do say so myself. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Spider-Man has been the movie that keeps on coming. There’s a new one every few years with multiple main characters as Peter Parker, but this one...