A Fantastic Fall Season

Decorate your door to show off the season!

By: Jessica Roberts

Fall has just arrived, and students are eager to take part in some fun fall activities to start the season off with a bang. There are so many great ways to have fun this fall, ranging from delicious foods and easy recipes to great movies to exciting activities.

Since students on campus who do not reside in the Villas do not have access to stoves or kitchens, there are some perfect recipes that only involve a microwave. Some amazing fall foods can be made in their dorm rooms by following simple recipes.

Microwave Apple Crisp for One:

  • 1 small apple
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. oats
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. butter

Thinly slice the apple and place in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tbsp. flour, and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon. Coat the apple slices with the dry ingredients and place in a coffee mug. Mix together the rest of the dry ingredients and the butter; put on top of the apple slices. Microwave for 60-90 seconds.

Coffee Cake in a Cup

Mix the following in a coffee mug:

  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 egg
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • a few drops of vanilla
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder

For crumb topping:

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Smash it up and add it to the mug.

Microwave for 60 to 70 seconds.

Another super easy recipe for fall is Candy Corn and Peanut Mix. All a student has to do is mix equal proportions of candy corn and salted peanuts in a bowl. It tastes just like a Payday candy bar, and it is a great treat to share with friends.

After making these snacks, students can settle down with some friends and have a scary movie marathon in their room, complete with popcorn and everything. The following list has some scary movies to add for the marathon:

When it is cold out or when students just do not feel like leaving their dorm rooms to have fun, they can do plenty of activities inside that are still lots of fun. Making a scarecrow might sound a bit childish, but who needs to grow up anyway? Students can make a scarecrow with things they already have, involving little skill. Students only need the following:

  • An old t-shirt
  • An old pair of pants
  • Old graded papers
  • A bag or something else for a head
  • String or twine
  • Markers

Students just have to stuff the shirt and pants with the old papers, tie off the ends with string, add the head, and draw a face. Voila! It is fun, creative, and recycling.

While in the crafty moment, students can do another fun arts and crafts project with their roommates. Decorate your bedroom doors for the season or upcoming holidays. For fall, they can make a tree and tape real leaves on it. For Halloween, they can put little paper pumpkins and bats on their door. For Thanksgiving, they can make turkeys and food and add it on. It is so fun to be creative, and it is a great way to spice up that boring door.

Not all students are looking to stay inside this fall season, so for those wanting to go outdoors and find fun activities, orchards are fun to go explore with friends. G. W. Stroh Orchards, located at 2620 N State Road 827 Angola, is a local orchard with over 30 varieties of apples, peaches, pears, and plums for students to pick themselves. They are open Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. For more information about G.W. Stroh Orchards, call 260-665-7607 or visit their Facebook page here.

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