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Extracurricular

This semester I’m taking a class called Experimental Foods.  In that class, we choose an “alternative” style recipe to work with the entire semester to perfect.  For example, instead of mac n’ cheese-  dairy free mac n’ cheese or low sugar brownie made with black beans instead of a regular brownie.

In my group, we are creating an allergen free French toast (free of the 8 common allergens, including eggs, dairy, and wheat).   It’s been an adventure since a) I LOVE French toast and b) it’s a bit of a challenge getting the texture right with zero eggs!

It’s also encouraged me to make French toast a ton at home.  This recipe is NOT the recipe we are using in class, but more-so my own creation based off a standard French toast recipe.

 

Ingredients:

2 slices ezekial bread

1 egg

1/4 cup almond milk

1 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 tsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

Top with:

Cinnamon, raspberries and vanilla greek yogurt, yumm :) !

Directions:

Whisk egg, vanilla, almond milk, and spices into a bowl

Dip toast in mixture, soak both sides.

Heat oil on  griddle to medium low heat.

Add toast to hot griddle and cook about 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned.

** You can certainly add your own toppings or change what type of milk you choose!  Get creative & Enjoy :)

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The great thing about Fontbonne University is that it provides the comfort and close-knit feeling of a small school but is placed amongst a busy and bustling city. The small size of Fontbonne allows for small staff to student ratios as well as a community that truly cares about what is best for you. At the same time, Fontbonne is merely fifteen minutes away from the historic and wonderful downtown St. Louis, which provides an abundant amount of fun things to do. Beyond things such as going to a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium and getting a tour of the Arch, downtown St. Louis has many concerts, plays, 5k runs, musicals, parades and many more. Just this past weekend, I went to the Little Big Town concert at the beautiful and classic Fox Theatre; only ten minutes away from Fontbonne. Fontbonne is unique in that it truly is  a place that cares about the success of its students in the small-school setting while allowing the community to embrace the many opportunities and events of the city of St. Louis.

Here is a link of the events happening in St. Louis soon:

http://explorestlouis.com/visit-explore/events/events-calendar/

The Fabulous Fox Theatre The Fabulous Fox Theatre: Where the Concert Was

 

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Spring is in the air! Even with the ups and downs of the weather (not so surprising for March in St. Louis), evidence of spring can be seen everywhere. The grass is looking greener, trees have buds on them, early flowers have started to bloom, and every store is touting their spring wares. Another seasonal tradition is spring cleaning and I’m all for it. No matter what your living situation is (on or off campus), I believe everyone can benefit from a little spring cleaning.

I’ve lived in my current apartment for almost two years now and even in that short amount of time it’s surprising how quickly stuff can accumulate. The truth of the matter is that material stuff has a way of weighing us down and making our lives feel cluttered and cramped. It’s hard to stay organized, have excess energy, or even focus when there’s an over abundance of stuff everywhere. Personally, I have challenges with filling up all my flat surfaces with clutter, a habit I would love to remedy.

I started in my closet and dresser because thinning out the wardrobe always seems to be the easiest. If you have a hard time deciding what to get rid of, just ask yourself a few questions. When was the last time you wore this item? Is it something you really find comfortable or do you just wear it to impress people? Are you keeping it because it was a gift and, even though you don’t like it, you’re afraid of hurting someones’ feelings? While it’s understandable why we hold on to these things, it can be more beneficial to do things like donate them to charity. Someone in need could get a lot of use out of that extra winter jacket or pair of shoes that you never wear. I have also moved on to my over abundance of art supplies (donating supplies that I never use anymore), books I’ve already read, and even some of my kitchen supplies (because who really needs three cheesecake pans if you’re not a baker??).

One of the most inspirational things for me during this time of spring cleaning has been my best friends’ blog:

http://livemorelovenature.blogspot.com/

Jenn has taught me so many, many things in our friendship and letting go of stuff has been a big lesson. Holding on to things I don’t need because it’s tied to a memory or I’m afraid I might need, maybe in the future has only succeeded in an abundance of clutter, wasted time with extra cleaning, and feeling weighed down. Her blog is all about living with less, and being happier for it. Freeing up your time from material things lets you do more of what you love and make awesome memories in the process. Happy cleaning!

Cheers!

 

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One year ago at this time I wrote a 5 page paper on the history behind Easter egg hunts for my religious studies class. Since Easter is almost here I thought I would share some information. Believe it or not, Easter eggs and the Easter bunny all originate from different parts of the world. But one of the ways Easter egg hunts began was through a German myth from the 1600s. It was believed that Eoster, a Teutonic goddess, had a pet bird who laid eggs in baskets and hid them. When Eoster transformed her pet bird to a bunny, it continued to lay eggs.  This myth is based on the belief that rabbits symbolize fertility. This idea was started in Germany and was spread to America in the 1700s when immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania for the first time. They called their custom “Osterhase”. Often children would decorate baskets before they searched for the eggs because the baskets symbolized nests. Some people even left carrots out for the Easter bunny in order to show their gratitude.

Hope you enjoyed it!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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80 Degrees in March!

by Abby March 16, 2015

This past week was Fontbonne’s spring break- a chance to take a break from the craziness of classes, exams, and meetings and have some down time. For my spring break, I made the road trip home back to Minnesota! I was able to see my sisters, my parents, and visit my friends at nearby schools. […]

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Fangirl Frenzy

by Carlyn March 16, 2015

Anyone that knows me knows that I am an extreme fangirl. This means that I have many celebrities that I am a huge fan of (and probably take that fandom to the next level), and tend to talk about those people a lot. And I mean a lot. It can also mean that you buy […]

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Full Circle

by Conner March 16, 2015

Last weekend marked a significant point for the Fontbonne University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. I assisted in chartering the organization to campus last year, and currently serve as circle President. This year our circle received an immense honor by being selected to host one of the regional conferences around […]

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Dancing Through Life

by Conner March 11, 2015

The weekend before last marked a significant date in my dance career. It was the last time I “took the stage” as a Griffin Girl. I’ve been on the dance team at Fontbonne for three years. During my freshman year here, I made the mistake to not partake in any extracurricular activities, and forewent what […]

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Three Day Weekends

by Isabella March 9, 2015

In three days, I’ve been able to emerge from my shell of my residence hall and venture into the artistic delights of St. Louis. On Friday, March 6th, on a whim, I was driving back to campus when I suddenly decided I should pop by the St. Louis Art Museum. After all, on Fridays, they […]

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Spring Break (aka Staycation)

by Dani March 6, 2015

Spring break is finally here!.. almost. For most of us, it starts as soon as classes are done today (Thursday). It seems like the semester just started but at the same time a lot of us are ready for this break. There are some challenges, however, that many of us face. I still have a […]

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