Bored?

There seems to be a running joke about there being “absolutely nothing to do around here.” Well, I’m here to tell you that that statement is positively untrue. There are many really fun things to get into here in NEPA. There are many cool restaurants and small shops. There are record stores and outlet malls. There’s even clubs, casinos and an arena. In this post, however, I will be focusing on the good ol’ fashioned (mostly free) outdoor fun.

1. Dear Path Riding Stable

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At this stable you can enjoy an hour long horse ride through a beautifully scenic path. During the ride, you will be able to acquire information on both the horses and the environment around you. These rides are available every day of the week and year round. You can enjoy this peaceful and educational experience for only $36.

2. Frances Slocum State Park

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Here at the outstandingly beautiful Frances Slocum, you can enjoy many activities for free. You could go hiking, swimming, hunting, boating, fishing, camping and mountain biking. During the winter months, you can enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.

3. Hickory Run State Park

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Hickory Run has acquired a certificate of excellence, so you should definitely check this park out. Here you can enjoy hiking, disc golfing, orienteering, geocaching, and camping. There are many cottages and deluxe cottages available for when you decide to stay overnight on a camping trip. There are many activities available during the winter months here as well, such as cross-country skiing, riding snow mobiles and ice skating.

4. Ricketts Glen State Park

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Ricketts Glen is truly a gorgeous place to visit. With over 25 miles of trails to choose from, it makes maneuvering around their 13,050 acres a never ending experience for years. Besides hiking you may also go swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and camping. There is also cross-country skiing, snow mobiling and ice fishing available in the winter.

So when you are here at school and find yourself with nothing to do, remember that as long as there is an outdoors to be explored, you should never be bored. 🙂

The Woods

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Having been born and raised in New Jersey, I would consider myself a city girl. Or at least I would have before I came to Dallas, PA. When I first arrived here, the first thing that I noticed (besides my limited data connection and numerous cemeteries) was the surplus of nature. You would think that, me being from “The Garden State”, I would be used to seeing so many trees, and I am. But when I immerse myself in “The Woods” here, it seems to have something different.

Throughout this summer I have been working with the Misericordia groundskeepers, and so I’ve been spending much more time outdoors than usual. While I was cleaning the open field being the football field, with music blaring in my headphones, I walked the perimeter of the wooded area that surrounds our campus. Suddenly, I found myself at a point, about two feet wide, where the trees were slightly less dense and I could see directly in. At that moment I realized that I hadn’t mentally been there that entire time. I was merely doing my task, not allowing myself to notice, let alone appreciate, all of the beauty that surrounded me. As I gazed in, I was mesmerized by the beauty of nature. I turned my music off and allowed myself to fully absorb and appreciate where I was. I closed my eyes and listened to the woodpecker in the distance and the rustling of small animals in the underbrush. I was captivated. I felt as though I were standing in front of a portal to another land. The sound and smell of the earth, I had never experienced so fully before. I had no choice but to wander in. I wished that I had a book or a sketch pad, so that I could sit there. Still. Just be one with the earth. With the woods. Allow nature to continue with its everyday routine. I wanted to see how the chipmunks play and how the birds sing with each other. How the river dances around the stones and how the snakes caress the strands of grass. The beauty is never-ending.

Now, I’d say that I am more of a nature girl than city. I felt as though I would never, could never, grow tired of being in such a pure form of this earth. I’m used to being caught up in this fast paced lifestyle. There’s always a paper due, always a bill to pay, you have to go, go, go! But in my all too brief moments of being fully engrossed in nature, time seems to be at a stand still. I feel so stress free. The city has once taken my breath away. But the woods, oh the woods, you have my heart.

So, if you are ever extremely stressed out. I would humbly suggest that you get out, into the nature surrounding you, if the weather permits it, and just sit. You needn’t do anything else. Be still. And allow nature to remedy you. I promise you wont regret it. 🙂

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Beautiful Misericordia

I remember the first time that I visited Misericordia. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the campus is and how gloriously wonderful the people are as well. One of the major factors in me choosing a school to attend was the type of environment and “aura”, if you will, that would vibe with me on the campus. And, from the moment I stepped foot on the campus of MU, I knew that it was the perfect place for me!

There are many sights that are typically overlooked on campus that are epically beautiful and some even are straight up brilliant. Here are a few of Misericordia’s not so hidden gems.

1. The Shakespeare Garden

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This garden, I believe to be something quite amazing. it is comprised only of plants that are mentioned and have relevance to Shakespeare’s works. There are beautiful fountains and benches that are strategically placed so that you can completely soak in the majesty of the nature surrounding you. If you can, this is a place that you should definitely take some time to appreciate. You know, go read some Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Garden. 🙂

2. The Waterfall

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Every student at Misericordia passes this waterfall by at least once a day. I took the time to sit in the grass, near enough to hear the water flow, and it was such a serene relaxing experience.

3. Rosenn Plaza

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Whenever you walk out of a building on campus in the spring and you catch a cool breeze that smells like sweet nectar, its most likely wafting from Rose Plaza. In this circle on campus, there are about 500 roses in bloom during the spring and summer. I give a great thanks to the groundskeepers for making sure that these beauties are there for us to enjoy.

4. The Arch

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The arch marks the entrance to Misericordia and is one of the most known physical features on campus. Built in the early 1930’s, I can only imagine the stories it could tell if only it could speak. I believe that the arch is one of the most beautiful features here at Misericordia.

Misericordia is undoubtedly a breathtaking place to be educated. The most amazing factor about Mis is that the people here are just as beautiful as the campus. I have never been surrounded with more kind hearted and genuine people than here at Mis. I immediately took on a sense of family with the students, faculty and staff here. I love Misericordia and I take pride in my campus. I’m sure that I speak for the majority of my fellow student body when I say that Misericordia is a wonderful place and we thoroughly appreciate her in all her beauty. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Dirt Cheap Reciepes for the Starving College Student

As we all know, college is ex-pen-sive! And like most people I love food, which is also quite expensive! We all know and love the classic “living off of Ramen Noodles” routine all too well and, you know what, I think we can do better! Over the past year, I have come across amazing recipes for dirt cheap. I’ve also found some severely dreadful ones. To save you the trouble, and money wasted, I’ve comprised a go-to meal plan for the day when your pockets are tight and your belly is hollow.

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Chicken and Bacon in Puff Pastry

You will need 4 slices of bacon, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cubed),1/2 cup chopped onion,1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese (softened),1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thawed), and 1 egg (beaten).

This meal is fairly simple to make. First you will fry your BACON (capitalized because its awesome!), next you want to cook your chicken in the pan that you fried the bacon, along with the onion. Once both meats are cooked thoroughly, you need to add cream cheese to the bacon and chicken mixture and mix them well. Roll out your puff pastry and cut them into 6 inch squares. Divide the meat mixture onto the pastries, fold in half, seal the edges with a fork, bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees and Voila! Breakfast for four for less than 7 bucks!

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Grilled Chicken and Apple Sandwiches

All you will need for this delicious recipe is12 ounces canned chicken (drained),1/2 cup mayonnaise,1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1-1/2 cups grated Swiss cheese, 2 stalks celery, chopped, 1 apple, finely chopped, 1/2 cup grated carrot, if desired, 12 slices whole wheat bread and 2 Tbsp. butter.

I personally love this sandwich! It takes 10 minutes to prepare. So if your starving in between classes, this should be your choice. Just combine your chicken, celery, apple and carrot in a small bowl and season to taste. spread butter in the outsides of your sandwiches and grill the sandwiches, covered, on medium heat until the cheese melts and your bread is golden brown. This recipe serves 6 people and is under 10 bucks.

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BROWNIES!

So, I don’t know about you, but I always seem to have a lonely box of cake mix in my pantry. This recipe makes brownies, yes I said brownies, out of boring old cake mix!

What you’ll need is 1 tsp Crisco, 1 box of chocolate cake mix (with pudding in mix), 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of oil and 3 tbsp. warm water. What you need to do is easy as pie! (or cake in this case).

Grease the bottom of a 9X13 inch cake pan with Crisco. Dump the cake mix directly into pan. Put the 4 eggs into the mix and beat with a fork. Add oil and water and stir with fork until well mixed with no lumps. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the top is nice and shiny. Cool completely, ice and serve. Yum!

So there you go folks. Three recipes under 10 bucks! Not to mention that they are amazingly delicious!

You’re Welcome 😉