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Rocking Around the Food Table

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make…holiday season the hardest time to eat well. If the plethora of food at holiday parties weren’t enough to disregard a diet at all, there are all those tempting holiday songs. From decking the halls and rockin’ around the tree, it’s a safe bet that whatever you do this holiday season, there will be plenty of food and drink involved. So toss on a Santa hat and dive into the spirit of the season with these food-mentioning classics. Just click the food in the lyrics to get the recipe if you want to make some holiday foods!

The Christmas Song – “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – “Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie and we’ll do some caroling”

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Sleigh Ride – “There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy when they pass around the coffee and the.. pumpkin pie

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Let It Snow – “It doesn’t show signs of stopping, and I’ve brought some corn for popping”
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas – “Now bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer”

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You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – “You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel”

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There’s no recipe for this one unless you want a gross banana…but it mentioned food!

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Favorite Holiday Foods

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. to eat! Each year during the holiday time you plan what gifts you are getting others and of course the holiday foods that make the season truly bright. Families arrive from all around, inevitable conversations about college and how you don’t have a future planned out yet, and a lot of gift-giving happens during this time. This season is either peaceful and exciting, or hectic and full of anxiety. What a better way to top it all off with a holiday dinner?

We surveyed college students asking which holiday foods are their favorite and we listed the top 10 foods to get you into the holiday spirit:

(87%) Potatoes (Sweet, Mashed, etc.)

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(82%) Christmas Cookies

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(82%) Hot Chocolate

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(72%) Bread (Any kind)

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(57%) Fruit

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(57%) Vegetables

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(55%) Corn

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(54%) Stuffing

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(53%) Turkey

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(45%) Ham

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Trick or Treats

One of the reasons why Halloween is such an enjoyable holiday is because it gives us some opportunities to get creative. Whether it’s turning your place into a haunted house, designing the perfect costume, or creating creepy and terrifying treats for your guests, Halloween gets our brain-goo flowing. Here are a few impressive Halloween food ideas for revolting, yet delicious, treats and meals you can serve to guests or just make it to scare yourself.

What’s cool about these foods is that they are all delicious AND they look absolutely disgusting/terrifying. Whether it’s a murdered meatloaf, some crunchy slithery snakes, or oozing skeletons, these recipes are sure to wreak delicious havoc.

Scary Snake Bites


Dead Man Meatloaf


Freaky Hot Dog Fingers

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Pizza Skulls

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Bloody Good Cheesecake


Slimy Jell-O-Snacks


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Holiday Recipes

Cooking over the holidays is stressful enough. Finding the perfect recipe shouldn’t have to be. We have compiled a few easy recipes to share with you this season. Enjoy these for any occasion!

Roasted Applesauce

For a richer twist on a classic snack or side, try this recipe. Bake apples with butter in a covered pan in the oven for 15-30 minutes or until they soften. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes after turning up the heat. Then, stir up the softened apples and season with salt and sugar. This no-fuss recipe will help save time when there are other things to stress about this holiday season.

Fried Chickpeas with Sage

This delicious snack might just replace holiday cookies! Dry out chickpeas and toss in a mixture of flour, salt and paprika in a large bowl. Fry the chickpeas in a ½ olive oil, ½ canola oil mixture. Once they have stopped popping and have turned golden brown, remove the chickpeas with the skimmer. Next, toss the sage in flour and fry it, once again removing the product with a skimmer. Toss the chickpeas and sage together and they are ready to serve.

Tangy Spiced Brisket

Once these ingredients are in the slow cooker, you can leave to go gift shopping and come back to a delicious, hearty winter meal. First, caramelize onions and sauté halved garlic. Mix in paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne, oregano and thyme. Stir together beef stock, ketchup, chili sauce and brown sugar in a large bowl. Once the brisket is in the slow cooker, spread onion and garlic mixture over it and pour the sauce on top. Cook on low for about 10 hours. Once the brisket has cooked, chill it for a few hours. Then, heat it in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Apple Cake

This apple cake is the multi-tool of holiday recipes. It can be eaten for breakfast or dessert and it can be frozen and saved for later. First, beat oil and sugar together and add in eggs. Then, sift together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda and stir into the sugar mixture. Add in vanilla, apples, walnuts and raisins until combined. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes.

Snowman Cupcakes

Start with cupcakes of any flavor. Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you use a boxed mix. Spread white icing on top and dust with decorating sugar or shredded coconut. Once sufficiently coated, use chocolate and butterscotch chips to make the eyes, mouth and nose!

Sausage Rolls with Caramelized Red Onions

Serve these sausage rolls at your holiday get-together and you’ll have people coming back for more next year. Cheat a little and use store-bought pastry puff to cut down on stress this holiday season. First, caramelize onions in olive oil, adding cranberry sauce and balsamic vinegar as you go. Then, mix together the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and fry. Roll out the pastry to a rectangle and roll the filling into a long cylinder in the middle, adding the caramelized onions on top. Brush the pastry with an egg wash and seal. Portion out the roll and chill it for about 20 minutes. Then, bake the roll for 15-20 minutes.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Lattes

No gumdrop buttons here, just delicious, caffeinated beverages! Pour all the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for about 3 hours. Turn it up to warm for another 2 hours and stir again before serving. For a special twist, dip the rims of cups in caramel sauce and graham cracker crumbs. Top with whipped cream and caramel syrup and enjoy!

Eggnog French Toast

Combine a classic drink with a classic breakfast food for a winning combination! Whisk together eggnog, eggs, nutmeg and rum extract. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish. Dip slices of bread into the mixture, making sure to coat both sides. Toss them on a griddle and cook until golden brown. Top with whipped cream for an extra-sweet treat.

Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels

Tide guests over before the main event with these scrumptious snacks. Combine cream cheese, feta cheese, dried cranberries and green onion. Spread the mixture on tortillas. Roll them up and refrigerate for about an hour. Slice up the wraps to make a festive hors d’oeuvre.

Rosemary Garlic Crusted Roast Beef

This dish will make you look like a professional cook, even though you just use your slow cooker. Rub roast beef with olive oil. Chop up some rosemary and combine with garlic, salt and pepper. Create a crust on the roast beef using this rub. Sear roast on each side in a skillet. Use balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan and toss everything in a slow cooker. Cook for 8-9 hours.

What Your Favorite Holiday Cookie Says About You

Your favorite holiday cookie can tell a lot about your personality. Here are what a few of the classics say about you. Do any of these sound like you?


You are a traditionalist. Consistency is key in your life; without your routines, you tend to falter. Your quiet humility is something people look up to you for. Family is everything to you. There is a lot of love in your life.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Some might say you’re a real crowd pleaser. You know how to work the room while still being genuine. Working behind the scenes, you secretly run the show. Dressing up is one of your favorite hobbies. Your social media is filled with adventures of every kind, including that amazing taco place you stumbled upon in the city last week.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

All of your friends have abs from laughing so much at all your jokes. People are drawn to your warm and welcoming personality. You often find people you barely know confiding in you and asking for advice because you give off an air of wisdom. Spontaneity comes easily to you, but you aren’t quite as wild as a gingersnap.

Cut-Out Cookies

Winter is probably your favorite season because of all the holiday parties and family gatherings. You love to be surrounded by ALL of your favorite people. Your one-of-a kind personality and style are what draw so many people to you. They stay because you always know how to have fun. You’re a staple on any guest list.

Linzer Cookie

You are effortlessly cool. People envy your chic and sophisticated style. Because of your beautiful exterior, people can be intimidated by you. When they get to know you, however, they begin to realize there is so much more than what is on the surface. Your personality has an infinite number of layers, each one better than the last.


You’re the wild card of the group. Everyone comes to you for a pick-me-up when they need a change of pace. Your passport is filled with stamps from countries most people have never heard of. Crowds throng to you at parties as you tell tales of your latest adventure. You’re bold, brave, and wildly successful.

Chocolate Chip

You are ambitious and a leader, but never put anyone else down. You have a classic style that has worked for you for years. You’ve pretty much perfected your personal style and are comfortable just being you. Friends know they can rely on you to be there for them through thick and thin. Goals you set are reached whether they take two minutes or two years. Your perfectionism is your greatest strength and it will get you far.

Pillsbury Slice and Bake

You’re probably always late because you may or may not have forgotten about the meeting. No one faults you, though, because you’re a crowd favorite. Everyone likes you even if they don’t necessarily know why. You’re young at heart and you don’t sweat the small stuff.

Peppermint Bark

You’re a risk taker. Everyone admires your bold personality. You are CEO-potential. You have a modern style with small town values. You pack a punch but would never raise your fists. No one messes with you, but your kindness is well-noted by everyone you meet.

What to Get Your Friends Based on Their Favorite MU Dining Location

Finding the perfect gifts for your favorite people is hard. We’re here to help. We’ve chosen some of the dining locations on campus and curated gifts to match the personality of each spot. Whatever your friends’ faves are, they’re sure to love these gifts.


Grilled Cheese Sandwich Plush Toy

Do they live for the grilled cheese and tomato soup specials at Delish? Then they’ll love this cute-as-a-button grilled cheese plush toy to keep them warm when the sandwich isn’t available.

Personalized Sandwich KeyChain

If you both like to customize your own sandwich at Delish, they’ll love this personalized sandwich key chain. Permanently record their favorite order, or just say something nice!  

Donation to the National Mustard Museum

If they like to douse their sandwiches in that spicy, yellow condiment, make a donation on your friend’s behalf to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin.  


This Cheesy T-Shirt

If your friends are always down for a slice of pizza from Sundial, get them this punny shirt to wear the next time y’all meet up in Armstrong!

First Stop

Buttered Toast Pillow

Does your friend love breakfast food more than Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson combined? Fuel their dreams of delicious breakfast food with this pillow that’s just too cute to eat!

Pancake Backpack

If you give your friend a pancake backpack … they’ll probably want to get First Stop with you. But would that really be a bad thing??

“Is Butter a Carb?” Phone Case

Combine your friend’s love for Mean Girls and a buttered First Stop shortstack with this trendy phone case featuring a movie line everyone knows.

La Mia Cucina

“You’re My Butter Half” Pins

Give this gift to the buttered noodles to your chicken and pesto tortellini. If you and your friend strike the perfect balance, get them this carbo-loaded pin set!

Bell Tower

“Holy Guacamole” Phone Case

Help your friend protect their phone while they’re calling people to tell them that guac isn’t extra at Bell Tower!

Wing Bar

“I Got the Sauce” Sweatshirt

Everyone knows the best part of any chicken-based meal is the sauce. Show your friends they’re the best with this cheeky sweatshirt!


“Ranch Dressing is a Blessing” Tank

If your friend knows the best way to dress an Americas’ salad is with the staple of the midwest (Ranch), they’ll love this tank. Let them express what everyone’s really thinking with this great gift.

The Q

“BBQ Scented Candle”

If The Q was the Miami University dining addition you needed this year, this candle is the one for you. Get that delicious Memphis-style BBQ scent with this candle that supports a good cause!

Miami Ice

Alphabetical Dessert Print

If your friend is going to crave baked goods over break, keep them satisfied with this scrumptious print.

Donut Temporary Tattoos

Are Miami Ice donuts on the top of your friend’s favorite foods list? If the answer is yes, let them show their dedication, at least temporarily, with these fun accessories!

Coffee Laptop Sticker

If you can always find your friend studying by Miami Ice, let them show off their one true love with this chill sticker that reps their favorite hot drink.

Tea Hive

“My Puns are Koala Tea” T-Shirt

The jokester of your friend group, or just your tea-loving friend will appreciate this pun-loving shirt. It doesn’t hurt that it’s eco-friendly and super soft.

Robot Motorcycle Donut Dark Rider Metal Sign

Do your friends go nuts over donuts? If Tea Hive is the place to be for a quick treat among friends, they might like this funky metal sign for their dorm room!

Coffee and Tea Coloring Book

Help your friends de-stress with this coloring book they can work in while they sip on their favorite Tea Hive beverage.

Pulley Diner

Fry-Day T-Shirt

Does your friend rave about Pulley’s fries? Get them this shirt so they can celebrate everyday like it’s fry-day!

Burger and Fry Earrings

If you two go together like a burger and fries or Late Night and Pulley, get them these super fun earrings for under $15!



Don’t burgle burgers, steal hearts with this quirky purse.

Burger Phone Case

Your friends will be able to protect their phones while they’re texting you about the great burger they just ate at Encounter with this festive case.


Coffee Bean Necklace

If your friend loves coffee almost as much as you love them, get them this beautiful necklace so they can wear their heart around their neck.

Coffee-Themed Poster

Does your friend constantly wish they could be swimming in a pool of coffee? This print might be exactly what they need to motivate them to achieve their dreams.

Quirky Gadgets Your Kitchen Needs

Make your kitchen into a treasure trove of cool, useful utensils all of your neighbors will envy.

Dragon Cake Pan

This pan brings your favorite cake recipe to life in the form of a dragon protecting its eggs. Bring a festive cake to your next Game of Thrones viewing party, and you’ll be the Khaleesi of the group.

Samurai Sword Cake Cutter

Channel Samurai Jack to portion out your next cake. No one will dare question your cake slicing skills with this sword.

Cake Decorating Pencil

Up your presentation game with this useful tool. Unfortunately there’s no eraser if you mess up.

Emoji Pancake Pan

Express your emotions with breakfast food! You won’t have to have your phone at the table to use emojis with this fun addition to any kitchen cabinet.

Pancake Bot

This is a little more high tech than the pan above. The pancake bot will “print” out a pancake in an image you request!

Sprouting Scoop Jar

The sprouting scoop jar is a beautiful way to store loose teas, herbs, and spices. The sprout is also a scooping spoon!

Color Changing Mugs

Never burn your tongue again with these ~magical~ mugs. They change color based on the temperature and come in a variety of styles. Cute and helpful, what more could you ask for?

Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter

If you’re having a Star Trek marathon, you’re going to need some food to go along with it. If you’re having pizza, you’re going to want this Enterprise pizza cutter to really stick to the theme.

Tetris Sandwich Cutter

It’s finally acceptable to play with your food! This useful tool will turn your favorite sandwich into your favorite game.

CTRL, ALT, Delete Cup Set

What better way to hold the coffee at your desk than with these cheeky mugs. Plot twist: they also hold soup and cereal! You won’t want to press escape on this eccentric gift.

Dragon Egg Cookie Jar

Winter is coming. Store all the extra holiday cookies in this Game of Thrones themed cannister. Apparently dragon eggs make a good wedding gift, just be careful who you give this to.

Super Mario Pipe Mug

Level-up your morning coffee with this Super Mario mug. You’ll feel like you just found a superstar after sipping coffee from it.

Pixel Hand Glove

These gloves are pixel-perfect. If you can’t handle the heat, protect your hands with these awesome oven mitts!

GameBoy Fridge Magnets

Turn your refrigerator into the portable gaming system of your childhood. Unfortunately, you can’t play Super Smash Bros. on it, but it’s good for the mems.

Muffin Top Muffin Cups

Accessorize your baked goods with these punny baking cups. Everyone knows the best part of the muffin is the top anyway.

Scrabble Trivet

It’s like Words With Friends in real life! These trivets are great for your most loquacious acquaintance.

Bread and Butterfly Serving Board

How do you make a butter fly? You throw it! Or just put it in this beautiful, wooden serving board. It’s up to you.

What to Do This ~Friendsgiving~

Whatever your Thanksgiving plans are, you can still celebrate Friendsgiving with your squad at school. Show your pals how much they mean to you by hosting a stellar event with these fun activities (to go along with the food). They’ll gobble it up!

Leaf Crowns

Take a stroll down memory lane, or maybe just through Western campus, and find the biggest leaves you can. Once you get back inside the warmth of your dorm, make some hot cocoa and start crafting! Cut construction paper so it makes the base of the crown and staple the ends together to hold it in place. Then, attach the leaves in whatever pattern you please to create these fun leaf crowns. Wear them while you feast like a king!

Watch Your Favorite Thanksgiving Movie

Television specials are okay too! Gather around the screen and stay warm inside with some of your favorite Thanksgiving-themed programming! Some of the most popular ones include:

  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving


  • National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Family Reunion0add6c49a63979e1b576f4e5138d0f56
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop


  • Free Birds


  • Gilmore Girls

Bonus points because the new season is coming out on November 25th!!!

  • Gossip Girl


  • That 70’s Show


  • Friends


  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Throw it back to the Nick at Nite days.

  • Bob’s Burgers


Scavenger Hunt

Print out pictures of your friends and hide them in places that you frequently visit or where something fun happened. Give clues that will spark up good memories of times you’ve shared and rediscover old memories as you uncover each picture.



Take some time to relax and color as you let your food digest! What better way to celebrate the good old times than coloring up a storm with these free, printable coloring pages.

Ruffled Feathers

Have two people compete to each keep a feather up in the air without touching the ground or the other person’s feather. Make it a tournament and the two to reach the final can break the wishbone!