Thirsty Thursday: The Perfect Halloween Treat

This drink is perfect for Halloween and for Cedarville students!

Rinnova has outdone themselves this time. Truly. This drink is known as the “Boo-Tella”. It’s a chocolate-hazelnut chai topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. To make it even better, the sprinkles are purple, green and white!

I know I’ve posted about chocolate chai drinks before, but this just shows you how easy it is to twist a drink even more! For instance, add a little bit of spark to the drink with a shot of espresso. This also helps make the drink a little less sweet.

Get this drink while it lasts! Or just memorize what’s in it and you can request it again and again and again. Well…you get the picture.

So the question is, are you in for a trick? Or a treat?

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Wacky Wednesday

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All right, it’s time for your favorite blogger’s weekly night of fame!

Hopefully that statement doesn’t get me taken out of my highly coveted position here.

Although next week we will be telling you about the underground mob here at the Ville. So I wouldn’t be surprised.

Just, kidding, Cedarville has no mob connections that I’m aware of.

Hang on a sec and let me ask these guys wearing hoods and sunglasses at night if they know anything about the subject.

Ok, I’m back. And maybe we actually do have a mob here at the school. But I can’t say, or else… Let’s just get on to the post, ok?

Anyway, so traditionally, this evening has been one where I tell you grand stories of talented athletic teams, unique niche groups, or pretty cool classes here at the Ville.

Tonight, I haven’t the faintest idea why, I am going to venture into a world that many of us know too well: dating.

Yup, I just said the ‘d’ word. I think you may have to get over it.

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a Dr. Phil column, with me writing advice for people who comment every week. I think we all know how that would turn out. Terrible. The reasoning (at least I think it’s rational) behind this was just seeing so many of my co-posters talking about these wonderful locations around Cedarville. Why not share one of your favorite local destinations with your boyfriend or girlfriend, (or just a friend)?

Many of the these popular locations have been shared previously, notably here and here. But don’t be afraid to come up with a few new spots on your own with your special someone!

It’s fall in Cedarville. You can go anywhere and enjoy yourself.

Explore.

Run through piles of leaves.

Spend quality time with friends.

This is the Cedarville experience.

This is what we love.

Until next time,

#cuhiddenmenu

Townie Tuesday

It’s almost November and it is still so lovely outside.

That means that here is still time to go out and be adventurous in these lovely outdoors.

Some of the best places to head out to for a fun hike would be:

-Indian Mounds

-John Bryant

-Buck Creek

-Glen Helen Nature Preserve

-Bike Trail

Those are just some of the places that I have been to around the area that are great for being outside. Be sure to take advantage of these last few days that are so nice and warm!

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A Little Local Lore: Mashup Monday

Happy Monday, everyone!

Since Halloween is this Friday, I figured that instead of posting tips for self-improvement I would share some local legends and ghost stories.  I love a good ghost story almost as much as I love healthy eating tips.  Almost.

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Like all states, Ohio has its fair share of haunted houses and ghost stories.  You’ve probably heard several of them growing up.  I still remember the ghost stories I heard on the school bus as a little girl in my hometown near Indianapolis.  But did you know that some of the places we Cedarville students frequent have ghost stories of their own?  Clifton, Yellow Springs, Xenia, and our very own university (maybe?) all have their own allegedly haunted sites.

Below is a list of local haunts with a ghostly reputation- click on the name to read an article about the legends surrounding each location.

1.  John Bryan State Park, Clifton

2.  Antioch College, Yellow Springs

3.  Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs

4.  Crybaby Bridge, Xenia.

5.  Ye Olde Trail Tavern, Yellow Springs

6.  Spring Hill Elementary, Xenia

7.  Trebein Road, Byron

8.  Little Sugar Creek, Bellbrook

9.  Myers Hall, Wittenberg University, Springfield (bonus link for poem version with creepy background music)

10.  Cedar Lake, Cedarville University

Although many of these stories have historical basis, the actual presence of ghostly figures is just hearsay.  However if you are brave (and looking for something creepy to do this week), head out to one of these locations and take a look for yourself!  Just make sure that you have the proper permissions before you go exploring, and of course, be respectful of the places you visit.  If you aren’t, you never know who or what will come after you for it…

Happy Halloween!

love,

#cuhiddenmenu

Feature Friday— On a Monday

KISSING COUCHES

 

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…or should I say LOVE SEATS?!

 

Who woulda thought that at a Christian university that bans kissing on campus would have secret kissing spots conveniently decorated with university furniture?

 

Okay, maybe it’s not as surprising as you would think.

 

A little bird told me there are several couch areas in the Stevens Student Center (SSC) that are specifically known for smooching. One being the hallway by the restrooms and back entrance of the Admissions office, and the second being in the lower level’s lounge area near the Event Service’s office for starters. So my question is– what is so romantic about these couches? Or the SSC? Can’t students just go off campus for a little lip action?

 

My guess? Underclassmen. Think about it– All freshman live on campus. Only about half of freshman students have a car, and because the freshman can only park in a lot so far away it is given the nickname, “Africa” (the parking lot that is in front of the caged fields and Soccer field) I understand how it would make students stick around on campus more.

 

Is there a solution? Maybe not right away. The university has been trying to replace all couches with chairs to discourage this type of physical contact, but will this actually help couples, or cause them to cozy up even closer? It looks like we will never have a clear solution; students will always find those dimly-lit secret hallways conveniently adorned with comfy couches, but it’s probably better they are kissing on campus and not taking things to the next level — aka going to the parking lot of the Indian Mounds… that’s all I’m going to say about that… let’s keep our interactions PG, people!

 

 

Officially stepping off my soap box,

Until Next Time,

#thehiddenmenu

Wacky Wednesday

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Ok, it’s getting so late in the semester that I can’t remember which title we even started out calling this daily post.

Yeah, it’s getting that bad.

Well, hopefully you like wacky, cause that’s what I’m deciding we’re sticking with.

Anyway, being gone for a semi-extended period of time from school caused me to think about opportunities that I missed back on campus. Although this may not be strictly under my category for the week, I’m going to go with it anyway: taking a walk.

No, I’m not talking about Passion Pit’s one hit single.

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However, as the song mentions, there are many reasons to be out and about at this time of the year.

You could be enjoying that crisp October air (imported directly from Ontario for you. Brr!)

You could take a study break.

You could jog with friends.

You could be spending time with that special someone.

You could ask that special someone if they would like to start spending time with you by taking walks.

You could could go to anyone of the marvelous little shops in town, Stoney Creek, Neapolitan, Beans and Cream, or Colonials.

You could be trying out for the cross country team (Cedarville is Gorges! Hoo-yah!)

You could explore the bike path (177 miles of interconnected bikeways!)

You could go to the Indian Mounds.

You could do any of the above and enjoy God’s incredible creation that He has placed in this corner of Ohio.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to have fun, and remember to walk responsibly!

Until next time,

#cuhiddenmenu

Townie Tuesday

UN MUNDO

When I have the chance to buy a present for someone or something for myself, I love it when my money is spent helping someone else, when the things I buy are fair trade! Un Mundo, a great coffee shop in Springfield is doing just this.

Have you ever heard of UN MUNDO?  This little coffee shop sells fair trade coffee and they actually exist to help support a nonprofit, also located in Springfield.  They are located at: 117 S. Foundation Ave, Springfield, OH.

Be sure to stop by sometime! The baristas are some of the nicest people you’ll meet, they genuinely care about the people they are serving and the causes that they stand for!

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Eat More Apples: Mashup Monday

Happy Monday, everyone!

Apple season is upon us and the orchards are open for business.  My advice for this week is this: go spend some well-deserved quality time at the orchard and buy an entire bag of apples.

Apples are not only delicious, but they are also one of the healthiest foods in the world.  Do yourself a favor and read here and here to learn all about the amazing benefits of an apple a day.

Once you’ve got your bag of locally grown apples in hand, here’s what to do with them.

1.  Eat them plain.  Apples are naturally crisp and refreshing, and if you have been eating Oreo’s they’re great for getting the black cookie crumbs out of your teeth.

2.  Make applesauce.  It’s so easy and you probably already have the ingredients in your dorm or apartment.  Recipe here.

3.  Dip those babies in caramel.  You can’t go wrong with caramel and apples.

4.  Make applewiches!  When I was little, my grandma used to make these for me as a snack.  All it takes is a couple apple slices and a slice of colby jack cheese in the middle.  Not only are they delicious, but they are also incredibly healthy.

5.  Got a crockpot?  Make apple butter.  It’s easy to make and it can be canned to last all year.  Recipe here.

 

Enjoy!

 

Love,

#hiddenmenu

Wonder/Wacky Wednesday

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So I’m sticking with the double title now until someone tells me otherwise.

Or until I get fired as Wednesday’s editor for not being able make up my mind.

Or until one of you posts that it’s really upsetting, and/or offensive that I can choose between two simple title headlines.

Just kidding. Please don’t post that. It will probably mean that I would get fired again, like these poor people.

Anyway, so since we’re right on the cusp of Fall Break, I thought I would mention a Fall-breakish type of class that may have escaped your notice since your time arriving at our illustrious university: backpacking.

Yes, that wonderful activity where you get invisible stones in your shoes that disappear whenever you take off your Chacos and reappear painfully when you put them back on your feet.

That glorious experience where you walk for hours, still haven’t found the campsite by nightfall, and then someone mentions bears.

Oh, wait, I’m trying to convince you to take the class.

Scratch those last two lines.

Cedarville’s program is amazing: the website says “Course requirements include examinations covering the activity subject, skills tests, class participation, and aerobics requirements.”

Well, that  is unfortunately a poor description of what actually goes on.

Think mountains (Well, tall hills, it is Ohio, after all).

Think bubbling streams, verdant forests, crisp air, and cute little fawns.

Hey, you could even take the class with your significant other and spend 3 hours a week with them that they can’t try to study during!

I have even heard mention of an overnight camping experience the last day of class, perhaps and perhaps not at the one and only Hocking Hills. If you haven’t been there, you need to be.

So what more can I say? Sign up (next semester, it’s trending cold right now), for a remarkable and lasting experience.

And hey, you might even meet that special someone.

Until next week,

#cuhiddenmenu

Townie Tuesday

Lately Townie Tuesdays have been outside, but we need to keep them outside and get all these fun fall activities in before the winter comes! So, this week, Townie Tuesday took a trip to Peifer Orchards!

Peifer Orchards is an apple orchard that is located across from the sunflower field that every girl and their mother has taken a picture next to this fall. (If you haven’t taken your picture there yet, you better hurry on over!) They have over a dozen choices of apples, various kinds of berries, and then a country store to look around! They also have a pumpkin patch where you can buy pumpkins to carve!

Peifer Orchards is the perfect place to spend a blustery fall day, so hurry on over, before it’s too late!

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