By GIANNA BROOKS
Within the past 2 months, the salmon and rice combo has taken the internet by storm thanks to Youtuber and Tiktoker, Emily Mariko. The Tiktok video that launched her into fame was of Emily creating the salmon rice bowl in all its glory. While I’m sure this dish was relevant before Emily’s tiktok, but what made it so special when Emily did it? Was it the delicious result at the end or the slight ASMR of listening to her make the dish throughout the video?
I have never tasted nor made the salmon rice bowl, however, it is on my cooking bucket list considering I am obsessed with anything involving salmon. This entree is honestly pretty simple to make, and involves a handful of ingredients that are easily accessible at any local supermarket.
After making this easy and delicious dish I doubt you’ll want to make anything else for a while! Thanks for reading and see you next week!
by bianca fertig
Under trends, I’ve posted about bringing back the 1920s by wearing pearls. The popular Vivienne Westwood pearl choker was everywhere on Twitter and Instagram, and other options of pearls started popping up on our feeds. Harry Styles was even rocking them.
However, you can make your own pearl choker for a fourth of the price.
Step 1. Buy pearls from the thrift store or art store (they can be attached to a bracelet or necklace and you can take them off to reuse them)
Step 2. Use a needle and thread and place the pearls on a sturdy string customized to your desired length
Step 3. Add charms in between the pearls or in the center
If you need help, just watch the Tik Toks I linked below!
Let me know if you plan on trying this out! I plan to make a few before the summer!
by Bianca Fertig
With both finals and summer approaching, I constantly feel like I am running out of time in the day and haven’t been able to lay out by the pool. As someone who is constantly wearing sunscreen to protect my skin from the sun’s rays, it is hard to get a natural tan. I always found tanning mousse time consuming and creams patchy, however, I stepped into a Sephora and found a quick solution to turn my pale skin into the perfect glowy subtle tan ready for the summer: Isles of Paradise Self Tanning Drops.
There are three shades: light (sun-kissed glow), medium (golden glow), and dark (bronzed glow). I purchased the medium shade and mixed it with my Clinique Moisturizing Gel for my face and Lubriderm Moisture Lotion for my body. Before applying, exfoliate and shave in the shower. Afterward, the dropper allows you to customize how much self-tan you want to mix into your lotion promoting a costumed tan and controlled glow.
HOW TO USE IT:
BEFORE AND AFTER:
Make sure to put the lotion mixture on your ears and in your hairline around your face and wash your hands afterward for a natural look!
Isles of Paradise even has self-tanning water, and after you finish the original bottle, they sell the formula in reusable packs.
Have you tried any items from the Isles of Paradise line or any other liquid self-tanners?
by bianca fertig
Instagram Reels/Videos and TikTok are the sources for new trends among our generation, especially new ways to try out food. This food trend surfaced using basic ingredients back in January, however, the versions I added are the viral breakfast tortilla wrap taken up a notch. â
1. Cut slice halfway through tortilla center
2. Place ingredients in each corner
3. Toast/warm up if needed
Ingredients: tortilla, brie, prosciutto, dressed arugula, thinly sliced apple, fig jam
Different Countries Inspo:
The ingredients can vary for each country. A French crepe inspired wrap includes tortilla, strawberries, bananas, nutella!â
Ingredients: Tortilla, cucumbers, tomatoes, falafels, hummus â
Ingredients â Wrap #1: tortilla, ground round, tomato, vegan cheese, avocado
Ingredients â Wrap #2: tortilla, hummus, vegan kimchi, rice, avocado
Ingredients â Wrap #3: tortilla, marinara, roasted veg, vegan cheese spinach â
There are tons of different wraps you could make using this method. Have you tried any of these or created your own?
See you next week with another DIY!
BY GABY SICARDI
Daniella Patricia, a self-made creative entrepreneur, is utilizing the significance of social media by selling her own DIY crafts! As we all know, chunky rings and beaded phone charms are popular for the spring and upcoming summer season. Phone charms are such a cute way to spice up your phone and bring out your creativity. Daniella sells one-of-a kind rings and phone charms directly from her Instagram account and Depop page.
Check out some of Daniella’s unique chunky rings and phone charms below! I will also link her Instagram and Depop accounts below!
HOW TO TIE YOUR PHONE CHARM TO YOUR PHONE CASE
Start off by measuring the length of the string. Then make a loop for the phone case. So you just make a knot at the top.
Now you are left with two strings & a loop at the top. Continue to bead as you please.
Once you reach the end, tie the remaining strings together, burn the remaining ends, and knot them!
Make sure to tag us on Instagram, @cma_fsu, if you purchase from Daniella! See you next week!
by alex dabage
About a year ago, when quarantine first started, I kept running into this same problem. I REALLY wanted to bake cookies. With the store’s closed and everything flying off the shelves I was forced to use what I had at home. All I had was cake mix but I just really wanted to bake cookies.
Luckily for me, after doing some Pinterest diving there's actually a super simple solution. You can literally make cookies with your cake mix!! The best part is all you need is 3 ingredients:
½ a cup of vegteable oil
Now before we get to the baking, go over to the oven and set it at 350 degrees F.
The first step is to grab the cake mix you have lying around. When I did this, I had red velvet cake mix and they came out amazing. You can pretty much do it with whatever cake batter you have so vanilla, chocolate, funfetti, strawberry, carrot- grab whatever you like! All you want to do is take the cake mix of your choice and set it aside in a bowl.
For the second step, go over to your fridge to grab two eggs. I recommend cracking two eggs into a bowl and stirring them but don’t mix them into the batter just yet.
For the third step, you want to go over to your pantry and see what kind of cooking oil you have. The cake cookies work best with olive oil, but you can also use avocado oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, or any light-colored oil you have available to you. Take the oil of choice and put it in a measuring cup; you need ½ a cup of oil for this recipe.
For the fourth step, ow that you have your three ingredients, take the eggs and mix them into the batter. Once that’s mixed take the oil and do the same. Make sure you mix until there is no more visible powder from the mixture. You just want to make sure everything has been emersed in the oil and the eggs.
For fun you can also add your own toppings! When I did this, I added white chocolate chips to my red velvet mix. If you use vanilla, you can add chocolate chips or sprinkles and for chocolate mix you can add peanut butter chips or chocolate chips.
Finally, place the mixture on a baking pan with parchment paper. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes and then you can let them cool on a rack after for 3 minutes.
This simple three ingredient recipe is so good! Personally, I liked them better than regular cookies because they came out super fluffy and chewy. If you try this simple DIY recipe, make sure you tag us on Instagram!!
That’s all for this week- see you guys next week when we talk DIY!
by bianca fertig
Chunky rings are still making their way onto our Instagram feeds, and for some of us, into our ovens. In “Chunky Rings Are The New It Girl Accessory”, there are a variety of celebrities wearing acrylic chunky rings. If you want the same type of look, instead of buying them, you can make and bake them (out of clay)!
what you need:
Beads, sparkles (optional)
Acrylic gloss (optional)
Marker (ex. Expo marker)
Baking sheet and tray
To make these rings, you need polymer clay. Clay comes in a block and the knife allows you to cut out exactly how much you want to use.
Next, find a marker that is the same size as your finger and wrap the ring around the marker to determine the correct size when you are finished. Remember: the rings don’t shrink in the oven so make sure it fits beforehand! With this step, you can add more clay or take some off if it is too big. There are tons of styles and colors you can create with polymer clay. Also, you can add beads or sparkles if you want to add more of your own unique touch.
After the rings are created, place them on a baking sheet, then onto a tray. Bake the rings at 275°F for 15 minutes. If you are interested in keeping the clay look, let them cool and be careful with them! However, you can add acrylic gloss on the rings to make them appear acrylic/plastic enabling them to be more durable (after cooling).
More styles for inspiration:
A great alternative for buying things is always making your own! You can have fun, save money, and its sustainable. Have you made any chunky rings yet?
instead of throwing the whole bouquet away, give your lasting flowers a second life using this easy method!
by abigail thielen
If you are like me, you have a strong sentimental attachment to gifts. Although flowers are very beautiful, they are not made to last. I got some flowers for Valentine’s Day that appeared to be on their last leg, so I decided to spruce them up before they completely wilted.
1. Determined to give these wilting beauties a fresh look, I removed them from their original vase; I was faced with a mess of browning leaves and fallen petals on my countertop. I poured out the water from the vase and went with a wider, more ornate option instead. If you only have a few flowers left, opt for a smaller vase or even a water glass.
2. Fill your vase with cold water and mix it with a flower food mix. If you don’t have any left, mix one quart of water, a squeeze of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, and ½ a teaspoon of bleach. The lemon juice and bleach can also be replaced with apple cider vinegar if you have that instead.
3. I trimmed over an inch off each of the flowers, cutting the stems at an angle for extra water/food absorption. Pick off the wilted petals and toss out the flowers that are already dead.
4. Rearrange the remaining flowers to your liking. I had two bouquets of pink and purple roses, so I mixed those and combined their fillers until I ended with my desired results. I ended up with two vases of flowers, one small and one large.
I was so pleased with the new arrangements! A lot of rose petals fell off while I was moving them around in their vase, so I collected them and spread them on my vanity as bonus floral decor. Rearranging the bouquets was relaxing and allowed me to use my creativity to make something beautiful again. I hope you can use this DIY for future flowers to cherish them for as long as possible. See you next week!
by savi fulldwood-calderon
For this week’s DIY post, I felt like giving you guys a super simple pasta recipe that you can make for yourself or for some friends. The weather in Tallahassee has been very meh recently, and I don’t know about you, but it makes me want a bowl of something warm and filling. I’ve also been obsessed with The Sopranos right now, so I’m always craving pasta. This recipe is the perfect remedy for this cold weather. I found this recipe on Tik Tok from @yesidothecookingg, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ll attach a link to her video so you can visualize the steps.
First things first, you’re going to want to make the sauce. The sauce is a creamy yet spicy spinach and mushroom sauce. In a hot pan, sauté some onions and garlic with the following seasonings: 1 tsp red pepper flakes, ¾ tsp basil, ¾ tsp oregano, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper until they become clear in appearance. Once that cooks, add some mushrooms and cook until brown and soft. You can add as many mushrooms as you want, to each their own. Then, add in a handful of spinach.
Once the spinach is pretty soft, it is time to add in 1/3 cup of vegetable stock. Let this cook for a little, and then add ¼ cup of heavy cream. At this point, you’ll probably want to add a pinch of flour to thicken the sauce. While this is cooking, I recommend cooking your pasta in boiling water. I used bowtie pasta to make this recipe but use whichever you like the best! The sauce is almost done at this point, so it is time to add some shredded parmesan to it. The amount of parmesan you add depends on how cheesy you would like your sauce, so just feel it out yourself. Finally, add some pasta water to the sauce--aka liquid gold. Once the sauce is simmering, add your pasta and you’ve got this delicious and easy meal ready!
After making this recipe the first time, I’ve made it about 3 more times, it’s that good. Another plus is this meal usually leaves yummy leftovers for you to enjoy throughout the week. Enjoy this meal with some garlic bread, or wine if you’re over 21.
Let me know if you try this recipe or what you think down below!
a simple way to upgrade your beauty routine
by Quinn Wilson
Looking for ways to save some money and save the environment? One way is to make your own make-up! I always look for simple ways that I can decrease my environmental footprint and DIY-ing make-up is a new and interesting way to do so. To get started here’s a simple recipe for a mattifying translucent powder from Little Green Dot.
What you need:
½ cup arrowroot
¼ cup cornstarch
1-3 tbsp. cocoa powder
Mix together the arrowroot and cornstarch, then gradually add in the cocoa powder depending on how dark you want the powder. Since it’s a translucent powder, I recommend staying on the lighter side with the cocoa powder.
The silky soft arrowroot and oil absorbing cornstarch work together to keep your skin smooth and oil-free throughout your day. A fun bonus is the scent that has hints of chocolatey goodness from the cocoa powder.
Fun fact: Arrowroot, also known as coontie, is a starch made from a plant that thrives in Florida’s environment. Coontie was a staple food for the Seminole tribe in Florida, who used the starch to make bread and other foods.
Try this recipe out and let me know what you think! See you next week!