Category: Off-Campus

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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5 Pre-Winter Adventures We Scouted For You

Words by Anna Glavash | Photo by Michael Davies Although winter is coming, it’s definitely not too late to get out and enjoy our amazing corner of Oregon. Here are five hikes, walks and hot springs sure to make the most of your weekends before the end of term. A good friend once said, “Some people dance in the rain. Others just get wet.” Don’t be that person. Get out there! If you like gentle walks in lush forests: Alsea Falls Getting there: 58 minutes Trail: 2.8 miles out and back A pretty hike at any time of year,...

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Cruising Cafes: The Hidden Gems of Eugene

Words by Delaney Rea | Photo by Benji Rothenberg Starbucks, Vero, Glenwood, Brails — these are the Eugene coffee shops and cafes that we all know and love. They’ve all been featured in at least one Emerald Essentials piece, so it’s time to branch out a little further. Eugene and Springfield have a litany of cafes that cater to different moods and experiences. With that in mind, here’s a selection of some local gems that deserve more attention for the unique experiences they provide. Wildwood Cafe & Bar – Best Place to Kick Off Your Boots Wildwood Cafe &...

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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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