Monday, July 27, 2015

College Checklist, by, Gina Meyers


College Checklist

 Getting ready to go off to college or perhaps you have your first apartment? Congratulations.  This handy college checklist will help you remember to bring the essentials. Looking for easy recipes, Dorm Room Dining Essentials is your guide.

BEDDING

Pillows

Pillow cases

Comforter (check what size you need, dorm room beds are twin)

Sheet set

Body pillow and cover (optional)

Blanket

 

FURNITURE

If you are living in the dorm, chances are that the furniture will already be provided. They usually provide a bunk bed as well as a closet and a desk with chair. If you chose to live in an apartment, you may find this list helpful.

Futon

Futon cover

Lounge chair

 

BATH

Shower caddy

Washcloths

Towels

Flip-flops (for the shower)

Hair wrap, body wrap (optional)

Shampoo/Conditioner

Body wash

Soap

Skin care

Razors

 Makeup

Bath accessories

Personal care items

Shower puff

Contact lenses/solution

Eyeglasses

Shower curtain/shower liner (optional)

Shower spray (such as shower to shower, or Lysol) (optional)

Hairbrush

Hairstyling products

FOR CLASS

Backpack

Calculator

Pens/pencils/highlighters

Binders/notebooks

 

DINING

Plates/bowls/cups/mugs

Forks/spoons/knives

Bottle opener

Water bottle/plastic pitcher

CLEANING

Cleaning supplies

Paper towels

Sponges

Disinfecting wipes

Broom and dust pan

Trash can

Laundry detergent

Dryer sheets

Laundry basket/bag

Drying rack (only if you live in an apartment and your dishwasher doesn’t have a dry cycle option)

Iron

Lint brush

Mini ironing board

Vacuum

Swiffer

Bucket

Toilet bowl cleaner

Toilet brush

Garbage bags (plastic, paper)

KITCHEN

Microwave

Toaster/toaster oven

Mini fridge (ice trays)

Coffeemaker/espresso maker

Electric tea pot

Can opener

Pizza cutter

Pot holder

Food storage bags

Cooking utensils

Utensil tray

Kitchen gadgets

Mixing bowls

Cookware/bakeware

Shelf liners (optional)

Dish soap

Dish-cleaning wand

Dish towels

Paper towels

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Bus Pass

Car

Skateboard

Bike

Scooter

 

ELECTRONICS

TV

Speakers

DVD Blu-Ray player

Tablet/IPAD

Gaming system games

Laptop case

Laptop desk

Computer

Laptop

Cords/cables/power strip

Printer/ink/paper

USB drive

STORAGE

Storage bins

Storage carts

Closet organizers

Hangers

Bed risers

Under-bed storage

Desktop organizer

3M command hooks

Friday, July 24, 2015

College Bound Recipes from Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook, by, Gina Meyers (Tomato Caprese Salad, Hot Dogs, Peanut Butter Pie)


College bound recipes
 
 



 

You are getting ready to go off to college, congratulations!  With Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook as your guide, you will find great resources that will help the beginning cook understand cooking abbreviations and terms, make substitutions in recipes, and convert to and from the metric system. There is even a Cooking Essentials Guide to the best products on the market as well as The Well-Stocked Dorm Room Pantry Checklist. To assist the budding dorm room chef in determining the level of skill involved in preparing each dish, the recipes are labeled “easy”, “medium”, or “hard”. Bachelor’s Degree means “easy”, Master’s Degree, “medium”, and Doctorate Degree, “hard”. Most recipes found in Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook are Bachelor’s Degree Level, or “easy”. With Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook, you not only get well balanced meals that are easy to prepare in your dorm room, but you also get a bonus:  there are Holistic Healing Exercises, and a section on How to Make a Dreamboard. These are perfect for the dorm room resident who wants to be able to create a well-rounded lifestyle.
 
 
Tomato Caprese Salad
Dorm Room Delicacy
Level of expertise: Bachelors
 
2 large ripe tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and dried (can substitute dried basil)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound of fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick (can purchase mozzarella balls in snack size, easy to use if you are making a salad for one)
6 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons of Balsamic
 
Directions: In a small bowl or durable paper plate, alternate and overlap tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. May place in the fridge to chill for ½ hour and may eliminate vinegar and add more olive oil if desired.
hot dogs
 
Notes
 
 
 
*May use condiments to add flavor to your hot dog. Ketchup, relish, mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, or even try sauerkraut.
 
Try a turkey dog instead of a beef hot dog if you prefer.
 
Level of Expertise Bachelor’s  Degree
 
 
Directions
 
Place the hot dog at the end of the paper towel.   Roll it up to the other end of the paper towel. Tuck in the ends and put in the microwave. Heat for twenty to twenty-five seconds on 100% power. Unwrap and cut it in slices or enjoy it in a hot dog bun. You may heat your hot dog bun in the microwave as well with a damp paper towel for ten to fifteen seconds on 100% power.
 
Serve with potato chips or pasta salad.  Or, make hot dog sandwiches with toasted French rolls and a little sauerkraut.
 
 
 
 

 

Peanut Butter Pie
 

Notes
 
If you have a peanut allergy, this pie can be made with almond butter. Concerned about calories, use lite whipped topping instead of regular whipped topping. Milk allergies, no problem, substitute milk for almond milk, coconut, or even goat’s milk.
Serves 6-8
 
Level of Expertise Bachelor’s Degree
 
No-cook Dorm Room Delicacy
 
Directions
 
Spread 1 cup of the whipped topping over the bottom of the crust.
 
Drop jelly by the tablespoonful’s onto whipped topping.
 
In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix until thickened. Add peanut butter; mix well. Then, fold in the leftover whipped topping, spread over the jelly.
 
Allow to harden in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
 
 
Ingredients
 
1 carton frozen whipped topping (8 ounces)
 
1 ready made graham cracker crust
 
½ cup strawberry jelly
 
1 cup cold milk
 
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
 
½ cup of creamy peanut butter
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Ingredients
 
 
 
1 Angus Beef hot dog