Category: DIY

The World’s Easiest Gingerbread Cookies

by Kelsey Tidball Ingredients: 1 box of spice cake mix (Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, etc.) ½ cup room temperature butter 1 chilled egg Icing or chocolate for decorating Mini M&Ms or red hots for decorating Recipe: Sift the boxed cake mix to get rid of flour lumps. Mix the egg and butter in a bowl until completely combined. Add the sifted cake mix to the wet mixture. Mix until the batter becomes crumbly. Do not add any extra moisture. Roll out the dough. Use cookie cutters to create the gingerbread man (or any other) shape. Bake at 350 degrees...

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Herbivore Holidays: A Vegan’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving

By Skyla Patton Year after year, dining tables are piled up with mountains of mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casseroles and a huge, recently clucking turkey — leaving vegans and vegetarians in the crowd disgruntled. Fear not, veggie lovers—there is still hope! Check out these plant-based recipe ideas for an animal product-free Thanksgiving that will make any vegan’s mouth water. Appetizers Oven-Fried Zucchini Crisps Ingredients: 1 zucchini, 1 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 cup of almond milk, flax egg, seasoning to taste These mouthwatering chips are so guilt-free and easy to make that you’ll want them daily, regardless of...

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DIY Beginner’s Arm-Knitted Blanket

Words and Photo by Lauren Bruce Imagine a blanket so cozy and so easy to make that you can knit one for the perfect gift this holiday season — even if you’ve never touched a knitting needle. You may even end up keeping it for yourself. First, you’ll start with some yarn. I recommend PremierYarns.com for the cheapest bulk yarn. I chose Couture Jazz Yarn and ordered 8 skeins (another word for rolls). You can also swing by the Eugene Textile Center. Just be sure to pick a bulky yarn. Step 1: Cast the yarn onto your right arm...

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Easy DIY Essential Oil Bath Bombs

by Sierra Pedro No one needs a day at the spa more than a college student entering the last few weeks of the term. So what if you can’t afford a trip to Lush or Bath & Body Works every day? We compiled a list of DIY bath bomb blends that will be kind to your body and your bank account, too! Ingredients: 1 cup baking soda ½ cup citric acid ½ cup epsom salt ¼ cup coconut oil 20 drops essential oils (Avoid minty oils. They will burn!) Food coloring (optional) Directions: Mix together dry ingredients. In a...

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Cozy Dorm Decor Tips

by Kelsey Tidball | photo by Sierra Pedro It’s November, which means another freezing Eugene winter is just around the bend. When my toes are eternally cold and the days seem to only get shorter, the only thing I want after a day of biking and walking in the rain is a cup of hot tea and a cozy bed to curl up in. Still, how can you make your room feel like a place to come home to on cold winter days? It’s easier than you think. Here are some tips for staying cozy and warm at home...

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