Festive Eats & Treats

By Brenna Stefanov & Emily Angyal

Thanksgiving Break is now over, but every Mount girl knows that the next thing to look forward to is Christmas Break. In anticipation for the Christmas season, we have come back try more holiday themed treats.

First, we made simple, no-bake peppermint oreo truffles. They were so simple to make and they ended up tasting great.


All it takes is crushing the oreos, mixing them with the cream cheese and peppermint extract, and then rolling them into balls and dipping them in white chocolate. For more details on how to make them, click here: https://www.twotwentyone.net/peppermint-oreo-truffles/

While they were setting in the fridge, we decided to make a holiday-themed drink to go with it. it took a few minutes, but we were able to whip out a batch of Sparkling Cranberry Cider. The inspiration for the drink is here https://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/sparkling-cranberry-cider/ .


However, we ended up switching up the ingredients and amounts based up our personal preferences.

Both recipes were super easy and ended up tasting great! They’re perfect for a Christmas themed potluck, family dinner, or to reward your homeroom for when they bring in their Robinhood can goals. They’re both easy, but impressive recipes that anyone can create.


Fall Treats: from Pin to Plate

By: Brenna Stefanov and Emily Angyal

It’s finally October, which means all things spooky and Halloween.  Normally we just pin autumn recipes, crafts, and fashion to our specified Pinterest boards and promise ourselves that we will use them sometime. This year, we decided to actually go back and try some of the hundreds of pinned fall recipes. 

We chose two simple recipes that seemed perfect for any Halloween party: pumpkin cheesecake truffle mummies and a sparkling apple punch to go along with our mummy treats. Although these were a ton of fun to make, the mummy truffles took a little longer than we expected, so they aren’t exactly a last minute treat to make.

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One thing that surprised us about both recipes was how inexpensive they were; partially because we already had half of the items in our own kitchens. Normally, when you see things on Pinterest, you always assume that they are super expensive and complicated to make.  However, these recipes consisted of  just a few simple steps. There are also so many things you can do with each recipe to make them more to your liking and add your own flare.

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It was a ton of fun to finally create our own Pinterest-inspired treats. If there is something you have always wanted to make, go for it! You won’t regret it.  Here’s how our creations turned out:

If you decide to recreate these delicious treats, click the link to the recipes below:

The Ozark Water Project

By Emily Angyal, sophomore writer

This summer I volunteered at the Economics Arkansas Teachers’ Convention in hopes of earning my 10 service hours for Beta Club (which was successful, thankfully-but that’s not the topic here). This convention is, to put it simply, an annual convention for public school teachers where they can learn innovative and engaging ways to teach their students.  While I was getting a tour by my aunt, who works for Economics Arkansas, I met a woman named Karla Allen, one of the founders of an organization called the Ozark Water Project.

The Ozark Water Project was founded in 2010 to provide clean water to those who desperately need it. Simply by donating gently used shoes, you can be a part of helping those in need obtain the most vital source they need- water.  It is such a simple, yet effective way to assist third-world countries by using the funds from your shoes to ensure people access to safe drinking water.

Inspired by her dedication to the issue, I began thinking. Suddenly, it dawned on me. I go to an all-girls school. Surely in a school of 500+ girls, there are plenty of shoes to donate. Apparently Karla had actually reached out to Mount a few years ago, and collected thousands of shoes. Thousands!

For even more information, you can visit www.ozarkwaterprojects.com and see how you can help. The website includes more details, including locations where you can donate your gently used shoes to help others.