How to Travel Cheaply in Europe

08/06/2019 Travel  No comments

Many people love to travel to Europe, but from the exchange rate to the cost of airfare making things affordable while away can be a bit daunting. Fear not! After returning from her study abroad in Greece, Calli Jansen, our Michigan State University Student Ambassador, has compiled a list of some quick tips on saving money, helping to travel cheaply in Europe, and making the most of your European adventure.

 1. Travel off-season to help travel cheaply

Yes you’ve just finished finals and you have the whole summer off from school, so you might be thinking now is the perfect time to go to Europe. Let me remind you that everyone else has this idea too...

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Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

07/28/2019 Cooking  No comments

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops is an eloquent dish marinated in the juices of lemon, a hint of garlic, wrapped in olive oil with Italian seasonings all grilled to perfection! So simple to make and ready in minutes! 

Impress your guests with this easy to make scallop recipe for your next dinner party! If you love scallops be sure to try these Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce, Garlic Butter Herb Scallops or Honey Garlic Butter Scallops.

Grilled Lemon Garlic scallops on the grill

Grilled Scallops

These Grilled Scallops get me every time! They are easy to prepare, quick to cook and look like a million dollars all plated up!

The crispy outside and tender juicy inside make these unforgettable with every bite! Enjoy these scallops as an appetizer, main dish or a side dish for any meal...

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Guest Outfit Mistakes That Make Brides Cringe

07/18/2019 Fashion  No comments

Attending other people’s weddings: It’s a rewarding (albeit stressful and oftentimes expensive) endeavor, but it’s also an occasion where you’re obligated to put someone else’s needs above your own. For a couple that has spent months—if not years—imagining every detail of their big day, the details matter. So while normally what you wear is entirely on you, when it comes to their big day, there are wedding guest outfit mistakes you’ll want to keep in mind.

Avoiding Guest Outfit Mistakes

Avoiding Guest Outfit Mistakes

Below you’ll find a breakdown of five simple style faux pas to avoid as a wedding guest. From the colors to avoid the footwear mistake that could spoil an entire event, take note and both you and the couple will enjoy their big day...

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Scavenger Hunts for Kids: 6 Adventures

07/04/2019 Lifestyle  No comments

Kids on a scavenger hunt

Kids on a scavenger hunt

 Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Looking for ways to get your kids out of the house to explore? Road trips, nature walks, and beach days are fantastic ways to encourage little ones to get involved in scavenger hunts.

Kids are curious and love games. That’s why a themed photo scavenger hunt is the perfect way to explore something new and have some fun at the same time.

What You’ll Need for a Photo Scavenger Hunt

Before you begin, double-check to make sure you have the following supplies:

  • A smartphone or camera
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scavenger hunt lists or printables
  • A grand prize for the winner

Photo Scavenger Hunt Guidelines

The rules are simple, but you’re also free to be as creative as you want...

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Retirement Crisis: How to Create One

06/14/2019 Finance  No comments

Long-nosed skunk- retirement crisis smells

Long-nosed skunk- retirement crisis smells  Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus humboldti) searching for food in Valle Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

Retirement Crisis! Citizens of the world! The press is misleading you on retirement savings!

A worrying new study from the World Economic Forum predicts a retirement crisis with “retirees might run out of money 10 years before they die,” according to Bloomberg News coverage. The World Economic Forum calculates that the average 65-year old American has only enough savings to cover 9.7 years of retirement income out of a nearly 20-year expected retirement. Results for other countries are similar.

As usual, headlines from the credulous news media pile up: “Japanese women face retirement savings gap of almost 20 years,” says the Japan Time...

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Sangria: How to Make It Perfect For Summer

06/11/2019 Cooking  No comments

Red Sangria

Red Sangria

Sangria: who doesn’t love a glass of it in the summertime?! Fruity, colorful, and with a touch of sweetness (if you use this recipe anyway, it’s the perfect summer drink.

The classic version of sangria calls for sugar and is on the sweeter side, so I wanted to find a way to make my own that was only slightly sweet without the added sugar.

This trio of sangrias will suit both red and white wine lovers. Pick your favorite and then whip up a batch for your next family staycation, or sip on some while soaking in a nice detox bath!

A Healthier Sangria Recipe (Red, White, or Rosé)

So what makes a sangria? Fruit! Lots of it. Citrus is a must for any sangria recipe. The sweet and sour profile builds a solid base of flavor without adding a ton of sugar...

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Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

05/17/2019 Cooking  No comments

                                              Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

Slice of pie

Slice of pie

Strawberry Ice Cream Pie is a simple summer dessert that has a layer of graham cracker crust, hot fudge and strawberry ice cream.
Course: Dessert, treats
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry ice cream pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Sarah

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 11.5 oz hot fudge
  • 3 cups softened strawberry ice cream

Instructions for Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Remove ice cream from freezer and allow to soften.
  • In a food processor crush graham cr...
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Prague: The Ultimate Guide

05/16/2019 Travel  No comments

Raylin Pellatt (@rayy_baybay), is a major travel enthusiast having visited over twenty-four countries, including Prague, (and counting)!

Having recently graduated from Michigan State last year, she’s relocated to Prague and has put together a list of her must-sees for the Czech Republic’s capital city! It’s the ultimate Eastern European city break – what are you waiting for?!

Getting around Prague | Travel highlights |  Neighborhoods | Where to eat | Where to drink | Money & budget

Getting Around

The public transportation system makes it easy to get anywhere in the city quickly, all you need is a transport pass (available at Metro stations and certain convenience stores) and you have full access to trams, metros, and busses for the duration of your pass...

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5 minute Chicken Salad

05/14/2019 Cooking  No comments

Easy 5-Minute Chicken Salad recipe that’s the BEST I’ve ever tasted! The simple dressing really makes it perfect. Chicken Salad recipe made with diced chicken, plain yogurt, apples, grapes, celery, cucumber, raisins and more! Great as chicken salad sandwiches or in lettuce as a wrap or on crackers.

5 minute chicken salad

5 minute chicken salad

Ingredients /Instructions /Notes /How to make a chicken salad recipe faster: Here are several tips on how to make a recipe for chicken salad come together QUICK! Use canned chicken! Just drain and you’re all set.

This recipe requires:

1 Costco sized can or two small cans of chicken, or use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Just dice and refrigerate to cool, then proceed with recipe. {this can be done ahead of time!}

Slice the celery and cucumber beforehand...

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Best Ever Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon

05/14/2019 Cooking  No comments

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon is a popular southern dish that is filled with crunchy peas, crispy bacon, chopped red onions, and cheddar cheese.  This is an easy to make a side dish that is perfect for your next potluck! 

For more delicious potluck side dish ideas be sure to try California Spaghetti Salad, Ambrosia Salad, or Pistachio Salad.

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon

Creamy Pea Salad

Peas.  You either love them or hate them right?  I love peas.  One of the only veggies I actually like to eat.  Even if you don’t like peas, this creamy pea salad with bacon is a potluck staple.  I have been making some classics here on the blog lately.  Ones that I have grown up with and are always at a potluck or family gathering.  This creamy pea salad is one of them...

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