Meals on a Budget: Rosemary Parmesan popcorn & Apple Pie a la dorm

Noah Pearson


Hopefully spring is just around the corner. We have lost an hour asleep, but it still seems like we are losing degrees as well. Here are some meals that will help us get the best of both worlds within the comfort of this campus.

Apple Pie A la Dorm

While this apple pie does not represent your image of an apple pie, one gets the best of the flavors without any of the cost or difficult baking process.


  • 2-3 graham cracker sheets

  • 1 apple


  1. Break the graham cracker and cut the apple into bite sized pieces.

  2. Combine in a bowl and place in the microwave.

  3. Personalize with any toppings or other flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or whatever you wish.

Recipe by Rachel Jensen at

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

While this is not a sweet meal, popcorn is one of the best and most convenient snacks available. Using stovetop popcorn is still easy and much healthier than microwave popcorn. Additionally, the parmesan is available on campus, and even in dorms all students should have a healthy amount of spices like rosemary available.


  • Stovetop Popcorn

  • Oil

  • Butter

  • Rosemary

  • Parmesan


  1. Add oil to a heated pan and add corn, cover.

  2. Shake pan on occasion.

  3. Cook popcorn until there are 2-3 seconds between pops.

  4. Melt butter.

  5. Add in rosemary and pour over popcorn.

  6. Mix and sprinkle parmesan as needed.

Recipe inspired by Samantha at

Pop culture this week

J-Rod? A-Lo?

It’s finally happened. Everyone’s family celebrity couple (or maybe just mine) took to Instagram to celebrate the news of their upcoming nuptials. Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, 43, got down on one knee and proposed to singer and actress, Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez, 49, on the beach during what seemed to be a very romantic vacation. Posting with a picture of a ring that may or may not cost as much as some of (or most of) our houses, A-Rod wrote that “she said yes ♥️”. Well, duh? But Rodriguez was not to be outshined on this very important day. J-Lo’s own engagement announcement featured a beautiful beach, a gorgeous sunset, a ridiculously large engagement ring, and, of course, A-Rod’s World Series ring. The couple that wears matching colossal diamonds together stays together, right?

Pop-Princess takes on Broadway

Anyone got any plans for November 13 through December 1, 2019? No? Well let me let you in on a little secret: Britney’s Back, B**tch. Coming to Broadway in Chicago this winter in its debut running is none other than the Britney Spears-themed musical comedy, “Once Upon a One More Time” from screenplay writer, Jon Hartmere, and Tony-nominated director, Kristin Hanggi. The absolute bangers by the pop-princess herself will be the backdrop for a Grimm Fairy Tale-inspired story about “letting your hair down, gaining your sea legs, smashing the glass slipper, and claiming your own kingdom,” according to their website. CNN reports that this is a “dream come true” for Britney. Honestly, this is a dream come true for every person who grew up singing “Toxic” in the shower. Anyone wanna carpool? I’ll bring the snacks.

A True Hallmark Drama

Where do us college kids draw the line when it comes to getting and paying for our expensive education? Would you, perhaps, I don’t know, bribe the school with hefty “donations” and then go onto your Youtube channel and tell everyone that all you want out of the college experience is to party and have fun? YouTube vlogger and famous spawn of Aunt Becky from “Full House”, Olivia Jade, 19, seems to have done just that. Amid allegations of her mother, Lori Loughlin’s, 54, cheating scandal with USC admissions, it seems Jade’s life as a beauty and fashion influencer is perpetually over. During the flurry of rumors surrounding the news that Jade has been dropped from collaborations with companies like Tresemme and the Olivia Jade x Sephora collection, Hallmark has decided do void their relationship with longtime partner, actress, and collaborator, Lori Loughlin. Worried about making it into your dream college? Don’t worry, as long as you have rich parents who are willing to commit fraud, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Meals on a college budget: overnight oats and yogurt bites

Skipping breakfast is NOT a badge of honor, but many of us do it and are proud. Take these quick and easy yet substantial breakfast foods for a chance to get the most important meal of the day in without having to wake up any earlier.

Overnight Oats


1/4 cup of quick oats

1/2 cup of milk

1/4 of a banana (sliced)

1/2 cup of blueberries


1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and refrigerate overnight.

2. Enjoy with any of your favorite toppings in the morning.

Recipe by Gina Homolka of

Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites


1 cup of berries of your choice, easier with smaller ones such as blueberries or raspberries

1 serving of Greek yogurt; the amount is based on the desired amount of food


1. Place berries in an ice tray.

2. Pour yogurt over berries.

3. Freeze 3-4 hours or overnight.

4. Enjoy the next morning.

Recipe by Heidi of