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Fall 2017

Fill Your Tummy Without Emptying Your Bank Account: Four Recipes For College Students

photograph of Mackenzie

By Mackenzie Fauque 

After many years of entering countless baked goods and entrees into the Tri-County Fair, I have dubbed myself a princess (not quite a queen) of the kitchen. Since moving off campus I have really started to enjoy cooking and baking; I even often look forward to coming home and allowing dinner preparation to be a treat not a chore.

That being said I also HATE spending money, so making the weekly trip to the store makes me cringe. My mother once said that I could never spend less than thirty dollars a week and I am sure that today she is shocked when I tell her I usually spend just over $20. Speaking of my mama, she is such a great cook and has really helped me whenever I have questions about what I can substitute and what I can eliminate. I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes that are fairly easy and pretty affordable. Remember that a good cook always cleans up after themselves! Enjoy!

 

1. Dolled-Up Oatmeal

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The perfect breakfast dish for anyone who is in need of a quick but really delicious and filling breakfast. I eat some variation of this almost everyday. The oatmeal comes in a big 8 pound bucket and lasts me a long while, so my cost per serving is really low.

 

1/2 cup Wheat Montana 7-Grain Cereal

1 cup of water

2 teaspoons of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of heavy cream or half and half

A pinch of cinnamon

Fruit of any kind (I prefer apples, bananas, or peaches)

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Make oatmeal as directed and assemble your cute little bowl of yumminess. This meal is the best when accompanied with a cup of hot coffee.

 

2. Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti 

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Now I might have scooped part of this idea from fellow Trendsetter Aline, but I put my own twist on it. This recipe is great for leftovers and I usually try to make this on days that I know I need to pack a lunch the next day. This is quick and filling and hands-down the best school night meal.

 

1 Spaghetti Squash

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Marinara Sauce (personal favorite is tomato basil)

Parmesan for topping

 

Pre-heat oven to 400. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove all seeds. Feel free not to wash the squash because you will not be eating the outside! After removing all the gunk, place in a glass baking dish drizzle with olive oil and add a generous amount of salt and pepper. Flip over so that the guts of the squash are face down. Cook for thirty to forty minutes or until squash is tender and resemble noodles. The best way to remove the squash is with two forks like you would shredding chicken.

the squash being scraped out with a fork

This is when I would save one half of the squash for the next day. After removing squash top with warm marinara sauce and a little parm and enjoy your spaghetti minus all the carbs.

 

3. Dill Lemon Garlic Salmon With Asparagus 

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This is one of my new favorites! It is a little bit of a splurge because of the salmon, but it is SOOO good and a fantastic option if you aren’t into chicken. You can totally adjust it to make as many serving as you would like, but I will give you the serving size of 2 salmon filets.

salmon fillets

 

2 salmon filets

1 lemon

3 medium sized cloves of garlic

1/3 cup of butter ( about 2/3 of a stick); softened

5 sprigs of dill

1 pound of asparagus

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

 

Place salmon filets face up and skin down on a glass baking dish. Cut off ends of the pre-washed asparagus and surround filets. Cover asparagus with a little bit of salt and pepper and olive oil.  Combine butter, garlic, half the juice of a lemon, and finely chopped 3 sprigs of dill. Smother 3/4 of the mixture onto the tops of the filets. Microwave the remainder butter spread in the microwave to completely melt. Pour the liquid over the asparagus. Cut other half of lemon and place over filets along with remainder dill. Place in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes or until salmon easily falls apart with the prick of a fork. Cleanup is easy!

 

4. Lighthouse’s Coconut Cream Pie

the pie

I cannot take credit for this AH-MAZE-ING pie recipe, but I do have to share with you. I grew up going to this little restaurant in Northern Montana called The Lighthouse. It has been years since I have ate there, but I always remember the desserts. My parents never really allowed my sister or I to get desserts at restaurants, but The Lighthouse was one of the only exceptions. They have a killer chocolate and vanilla mud pie, but I start drooling when I even begin to talk about their Coconut Cream Pie. It is the best. My mom (queen of the kitchen) snagged the recipe a few years back so here I am giving you the secrets of a greatest dessert ever. P.S. This can only cost you about six bucks!

 

1 cup of milk

2 packages of coconut pudding mix

1 1/2 cups of toasted coconut (save 1/4 cup for top)

1/2 tub cool whip

Pie crust

 

How easy is this? 5 ingredients! I am not really big into making my own pie crusts, so I always buy my own for a couple of bucks. Bake the crust as instructed. Combine milk, coconut pudding mix, and 1 1/4 cups of toasted coconut into a large bowl until fluffy. Place in the pie crust. Next top with cool whip and sprinkle the top with the rest of the toasted coconut. So easy and so good!

a slice of the pie

BONUS: Whipped Cream

the whipped cream in the mixer

If you do not want to buy cool whip and are everything against the artificial whipped cream I love to make my own homemade whipped cream! It’s really quick and it goes great with waffles, oatmeal, pie, or even just to eat!

the ingredients for the whipped cream

 

Half pint of whipping cream

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and use either your mixer of anykind (hand or not hand I do not discriminate) to whip it really good! Put mixer on the fastest setting and let it do the magic. Continue mixing until you see in the whipped cream. You want to ensure thickness of the whipped cream. Feel free to adjust this recipe to your liking. I don’t like my whipped cream very sweet, but if you do add more sugar!

 

I hope you all have a great holiday season and try out some of my favorite recipes that make me feel superior in the kitchen!

 

Photography by Mackenzie Fauque and Pinterest

Fall 2016

Trendsetters Holiday Party

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Once again, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is right around the corner and the Trendsetters just had to celebrate in style. So we gathered up some hot chocolate, cookies and apple cider, put Micheal Buble on repeat, created our own “photo booth,” and threw our first ever Trendsetters Holiday Party! Of course, we couldn’t forget to have a photo shoot while we were at it to give you some holiday fashion inspiration.

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Danielle

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Christmas parties are my favorite. I look forward to getting all glitzed and glammed up each year, being surrounded by people you love and care about, as well as eating a couple slices of fruit cake, there’s nothing greater than celebrating the Holiday season. Here’s some outfit inspo to help you shine brighter than the company Christmas tree!

For my outfit, I chose this pine green high-low dress from Junky Trunk Boutique. It’s super flattering and flows to accentuate my body type perfectly! I paired my dress with lace up chunky heels from She Insider. They’re my fave cause they’re super easy to walk in and they add an element to the outfit that’s different and fun! Lastly, my glitzy statement necklace is from Wet Seal! I had to add a little sparkly pop and this accessory is perfect!

Hope everyone had a rockin’ semester and has an even better holiday! Here’s to 2017!

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Michelle

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The holiday season is my favorite. I know I say that about basically every time of year, but trust me, I’m for real this time. There is nothing like sitting by the fire while it’s snowing outside, snacking on cookies and wrapping gifts for your loved ones, while a Christmas movie (or let’s be honest, Vlogmas videos) play in the background.

For this look I wanted to keep it simple but classy, with a little holiday sparkle. I’m wearing a black shift dress from H&M, who’s polka dots remind me of snowfall. This dress is also incredibly comfortable as the shift style allows for maximum cookie consumption. I paired it with a pair of sheer black tights, also from H&M, and my Nine West nude heels to add some sophistication to the look, while still keeping it simple. For that holiday sparkle I accessorized with a.v max earrings and a gold Gorjana necklace. These are both from my RocksBox subscription and I absolutely love the holiday flair they add to the ensemble.

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Dina

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Ho ho ho…hey, you better watch out, you better not cry…Santa Claus is coming to town! Yup, Christmas is here.

At Christmas time people like to spend time with their family and friends, do some fun things and bake a cake or cookies. I love Christmas and that is what I usually do with my family and friends when I am in my hometown. Christmas is the most special day for me and my family because we can get together every year. We bake cakes together, decorate our house with X-Mas ornaments and X-mas trees. I usually get a new X-mas dress and also some money from my aunt or uncle.

However, it’s been two years since I’ve spent this special day with them because I have been out of the house to finish school. I don’t feel the same as I have felt in the past on this day. I missed them as soon as I heard X-mas songs again.

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Nevertheless, this year I get a special and beautiful X-mas. This X-mas for me is just like my dream come true. I can see, feel and touch what snow is like. I was so excited the first time I saw the snow and feel like this is a real X-Mas because, when I was a child, I knew X-mas was full of snow and my family and I would always decorate our Christmas trees with fake snow. I really love the snow here.

Snow makes everything white. Some people might not like it, but I love it. Because I do love snow, this time I decided to choose a white outfit for the Christmas photoshoot. I chose a simple outfit with my cute Santa slippers, which is a gift from one of my friends in Missoula and it was my first X-mas gift that I have gotten here. My make-up for this time was by my Indonesian, it looked so gorgeous with my outfit and I loved it.

Anyways, I hope you guys all have a wonderful winter break and Christmas holiday with your family and friends. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017.

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Thomas

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IT’S FINALLY THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR! Yes, I realize I say this for, like, every season, but hey, I just really like weather changes I guess.

For real though, IT’S CHRISTMAS! Of course, it’s been Christmas for me since July, as that’s when I first started playing Mariah Carey’s Christmas album (no shame). But now, it’s acceptable! What better way to kick off the holiday than a cute little party with your closest friends! Can’t forget about all the cute treats, too!

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To start, as always, I started with some nice black pants, these just a straight fit for a classier look. Then, I knew I had to do layers because it was freezing out, so I started off with a tucked in denim button up, which I then threw a sweater over. Obviously, I had to pull the colors from the season into my outfit, so I grabbed my red and black speckled sweater I got from H&M last year; you can never go wrong with it! Then, to put a little gold into the mix, I grabbed one of my basic necklaces to go around the collar of my button up. This trend in particular I’ve been getting super into, so I’ve stocked up on simple necklaces. This particular triangle gold one is from my work, Maurice’s.

For shoes, I wanted to go simple and basic, so I grabbed my black chukka boots that I’ve sadly only worn a handful of times. It’s surprisingly hard to style these boots, no matter how basic they are! Finally, to stay warm, and classy, I threw on my FAVORITE pea coat ever. I always struggle finding one with the length I enjoy, but this one was perfect.

Now go out and love your family and have a great holiday!

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Brittani

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Christmas time is my absolute favorite time of year, so usually when attending a get together I try to go out of my comfort zone and dress up a little more. Skirts and tights are not typically my forte, but I went for it anyways. Here I’m wearing a fun black and white patterned, form fitting skirt from Gianni Bini in a sweater material, which makes it a little cozier. I paired it with a black turtleneck from Lane Bryant with a slit in the middle of the neck and chest area, which makes it more exciting than a regular turtleneck piece. For accessories I kept it pretty low key, just added a sparkly necklace and black tights from Target. I think this outfit is simple since the colors are mainly black, but the sweater skirt adds some spice so it’s not so plain. The necklace isn’t much but a touch of sparkle, but I think it adds the perfect balance of pizazz to compliment the simplicity.

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Corri

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It’s the time of year where Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, and Pentatonix play non-stop in every department store. Where Christmas cookies and holiday fudge can be eaten without worry (calories don’t count during the holidays!). Where snow blankets the ground and provides the perfect backdrop for a Christmas tree. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

I hail from SoCal so my skin during this time of year cries about the cold; therefore, my main priority around the holidays is to stay warm while still looking decent. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

These black skinny jeans from Sora & Company not only keep me warm, but they flatten out the pooch I get from easting so many cookies and drinking nothing but hot chocolate. God bless high-waisted pants!

This green and cream top is from Target and the color scheme is perfect for any holiday event. The coloring works nicely with my pale skin, contrasts well with the jeans, and the lace detailing adds that little extra something to class up the look.

These brown booties from American Eagle have been a staple since I got them on Black Friday. They are horrible at keeping my feet snow-free, but they get an A for Amazing when it comes to making any outfit look cute. They match almost anything and they’re so easy to slip on!

Happy Holidays–eat lots of treats and wear whatever makes you feel like your best self. See you in 2017!

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Mallory

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From Christmas morning to Christmas dinner with your family, I’ve got you covered! Nothing is better than waking up Christmas morning to snow on the ground, a warm fire and a great family. Keep warm with some cozy seasonal pajamas from Target. They have some of the best pajama sets right now! Get matching (and somewhat addicting) fuzzy socks while you’re there, too!
I own more blankets than any normal household and I am totally okay with that. I decided to grab this gray blanket off of my couch and wrap up in it. You can choose any type of blanket, handmade or bought from the store.

If you are anything like me, you try to stay in your pajamas as long as you possibly can. I mean basically until dinner is being served and your mom tells you that you finally have to change into something more appropriate. You don’t necessarily have to get dressed up fancy by any means but you can depending on what the rest of your family is doing. I chose to go fancy for our holiday photoshoot because it will be way too cold for me to think about wearing a dress where I am going for Christmas. The sparkly red dress that I chose is from Apricot Lane. It has a nude slip so you don’t have to worry about finding something for underneath it or freak out about anything showing through. You could match your shoes with your dress like I did or you can complement your outfit with black or another color. I got these specific high heels from Designer Shoes Warehouse in Seattle a couple of years ago.

Whatever you choose to wear for holiday celebrations, be comfy and stay warm, especially if you’re anywhere with weather like Montana right now! Enjoy winter break and Happy Holidays!

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Aline

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I’m having trouble finding the words to describe how much I love this time of the year. My adoration for Christmas and all that it encompasses started so young and just never weakened over the years. Some people are like “Christmas just isn’t the same when you’re older” and I’m like “no, you’re just not celebrating hard enough.” When it’s December, I bake cookies every other day, I watch all the cheesy ABC family and Lifetime movies, I decorate my room so it literally looks like Santa sleeps there and, most importantly, I force my family to do all these activities with me.

So, my outfit today is inspired by all these things. My white turtleneck from Apricot Lane reminds me of my mom, who taught me the joy and comfort of tucking your neck in its own personal sweater sleeve and simultaneously makes me think of Jamie Lee Curtis in “Christmas with the Kranks,” who happens to also remind me a lot of my mom. I wore this red sweater to really punch the Christmas factor in this outfit and it’s from my #1 Holiday Shop Stop, Target. My black jeans are from Gap and are my mom’s because Christmas is all about family, right? My boots are from H&M and are just my go-to shoe for trudging through Montana snow and they go with everything in my closet. Finally, I added a little sparkle with this arrow necklace from American Eagle that makes my outfit look less bland in general. And that’s the finished look! I think this is the perfect casual outfit for any laid back Christmas get together or day of holiday fun. God bless everyone and God bless the most wonderful time of the year.

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Happy Holidays and a happy New Year to you, from all of us at Trendsetters at the U.

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography