Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

 Beats, Goods & Gear, The Well  Comments Off on Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.
Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

The Late Night I-Have-To-Cram-For-This-Final Sweet Treat

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Dec 132012
 

Author: Logan Martinez

marshmallows

marshmallows (Photo credit: .m.e.c.)

The majority of you are finished for finals. Well lucky you. There are still classes that have finals on Friday. For those final crammers that are still out there, you might want to try this delicious, sweet treat that you can make in 30 seconds and not leave the house to get the ingredients.

 

Marshmallow Chocolate Supreme Taffy Goop

Ingredients:

5 large or 10 small marshmallows

5 chocolate chips (can be white, semi sweet or sweet)

 

Directions:

Place marshmallows and chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Let cool. Enjoy.

The final, cooled treat should have a taffy-like texture that you can pick up and eat with your hands.

 

Good luck with your finals CSU! Have a wonderful winter break!

A Quarter Past Beer: College Avenue’s Guide to Holiday Cocktails

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Dec 022012
 

Author: Makenna Dubler

"Chocolate" originates from Mexico's...

“Chocolate” originates from Mexico’s Aztec cuisine, derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like:

Hot Chocolate

Try:

Mexicocoa

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa (not hot chocolate mix)

1 tbsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups milk (almond milk preferred, can also substitute Irish Crème),

1/4 cup agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup

4 oz. silver tequila

Paprika

4 Cinnamon sticks for garnish

How to make it:

Toast cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne pepper in a saucepan over low heat until spices release aromas (about two to three minutes). Slowly stir in milk with a whisk or wooden spoon.  Raise temperature to medium-high and bring to a simmer.  Stir in agave nectar and remove from heat.  Dip the rims of four mugs into a saucer of hot water, blot, and dip into a saucer of paprika. Pour in one oz tequila to each mug.  Add one-fourth of the hot cocoa mixture to each mug.  Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Serves 4

 

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia (Photo credit: flagondry)

If you like:

Punch

Try:

Poinsettia Cocktail

Ingredients:

4 cups (1 quart) vodka

4 cups (1 quart) champagne

8 cups (2 quarts) cranberry juice

Crushed ice

1 orange peel sliced into 1/4 inch wide strips, about 2 inches long

How to make it:

Combine the vodka, champagne and juice in a large punch bowl. Add crushed ice and stir until well chilled. Twist orange strips over bowl and drop into punch. Pour into glasses and serve.

Makes one big bowl of punch (16 cups or 4 quarts)

 

roasting a marshmallow

roasting a marshmallow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like:

Fire

Try:

S’more Shooters

Ingredients:

12 large marshmallows (or 35 mini marshmallows)

1 cup half & half

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups whole milk

3/4 cup amaretto

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (to rim shot glasses)

About 12 tbsp. Bacardi 151 or other flammable liquor

A lighter

How to make it:

In a small saucepan, bring the half & half to a boil. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until melted.  Return the chocolate to the pot and whisk in milk. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer and stir in half a cup of amaretto. Pour the remaining amaretto into a small bowl. Place graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Dip the rims of shot glasses into the amaretto, then the crumbs. Transfer the hot chocolate to a measuring cup with a spout and fill the shot glasses.  Top each with one large marshmallow (or 3 mini marshmallows) and pour a tablespoon of liquor over each glass. Ignite with a lighter to toast the marshmallow. Blow out before drinking, and serve.

Makes 12 shooters

 

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

If you like:

A festive beerTry:

Samuel Adams® Winter Classics Variety Pack

Includes:

White Christmas

Chocolate Bock

Boston Lager®

Winter Lager

Old Fezziwig® Ale

Holiday Porter

What it’s like:

Ranging from light to dark, this pack of six different seasonal beers is sure to spark up your holiday spirit. Like unfiltered light beers with citrus and cinnamon flavors? Try White Christmas.  Or if you prefer a rich, dark beer, try the Chocolate Bock. The Boston Lager® is a classic, with a nice balance of sweet with spicy, and the Winter Lager and Old Fezziwig® Ale are both bold and full of holiday spice flavors.  For a more hoppy brew, the traditional Holiday Porter is your drink.

Available in 12 or 24-packs

DIY edible holiday gifts

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Dec 012012
 

Author: Michaela Koretko

Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like the taste of a homemade treat. For a simple (but delicious) gift or party platter, try these recipes.

Hot Cocoa Mix

Give adorable little gifts people can enjoy like Hot Cocoa Mix in a jar. Photo by Michaela Koretko

Ingredients:

2/3 cup cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)

1 cup marshmallows

 

Suggestions:

Layer these into a decorated jar for a perfectly festive gift. When ready to use, the recipient can separate out the marshmallows, mix the cocoa, sugar and cinnamon together, and add two or three tablespoons to a cup of hot water or milk (possibly with a little eggnog). Add marshmallows to preference.

 

What a cheap and easy gift to give, homemade chocolate turtles are everyones favorite! Photo by Michaela Koretko

Ingredients :

2 dozen candy caramels

2 dozen pretzels

1 23 oz. bag of chocolate chips

2 dozen pecan halves (optional)

 

 

Directions: Put the pretzels out on a microwave-safe plate. Unwrap the caramels and place one on each pretzel.  Microwave the caramel-pretzel plate for 30-60 seconds, until the caramels start to get soft. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (following the instructions on the bag). Put a spoonful of melted chocolate on each  caramel-pretzel. If desired, press a pecan half onto each one. Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the chocolate hardens. Package them nicely and give them as a gift, or put them on a plate and enjoy!

 

Rice Krispie Wreaths

Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats (Photo credit: stickyii)

Ingredients:

6 cups Rice Krispie cereal

4 cups mini marshmallows

3 tbsp. butter

3  drops green food dye

red-hot decorating candies

 

Directions: Melt the marshmallows and butter in a large bowl by microwaving and stirring the mixture in 20 second intervals. When melted, stir in the food dye. Stir in the rice cereal. Spoon onto wax paper and make into wreath (donut) shape. Add red-hot decorating candies. Allow to cool and harden, then package or serve.