Fall-inspired recipes for a night in

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Sandra Sanders, Lifestyle Editor

What is a good way to kick off or enjoy a new season? Food. Trying new recipes or using traditional ones can be a great way to ring in the fall season with friends, family, or roommates. Now that the weather is cooling off, you might find it to be a good idea to stay in, cook something up, and enjoy the company of those around you. Here are some great, warm, easy recipes that will fill you with the fall spirit.


  • Pumpkin Bread
    • Nothing says fall like pumpkin! Instead of banana bread, try making pumpkin bread this October. Perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert! Here is what you will need:
      • 2 cups flour
      • ½ teaspoon of salt
      • ½ teaspoon baking powder
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 2 cups of sugar
      • ¾ cup of butter softened
      • 2 eggs
      • 1 can of pumpkin
      • And teaspoons of whatever seasoning you think is best, some suggestions: cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger, etc…
      • Once you have all your ingredients, preheat the oven to 325 degrees, grease loaf pans (might have enough batter for two), and put them into the oven for about an hour (check the progress of your loaves by sticking a butter knife into the middle and seeing if it comes out clean), then let them cool before adding any icing or honey on top. Now it’s ready to serve and enjoy! (Little tip, this batter recipe also works for pumpkins cupcakes)
  • Peanut Butter Cookies with a Kiss
    • Although you could make these from scratch, we are all busy college students on a budget, so pre-made batter works excellently! Reese’s, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker all do the job great. Another great thing about making cookies from the box is just following the recipe and adding in whatever you want. For this recipe specifically, you are going to want to place a Hershey’s kiss on top of the freshly baked, warm cookie. Now you have a peanut butter cookie with a kiss. 
  • Mini Pigs in a Blanket
    • No matter how old you are, every  one loves pigs in a blanket. They are easy to make, fun to eat, and a crowd-pleaser at any event, even a movie night. All you will need is a pack of hotdogs, a pack of crescent rolls, and whatever you want to dip them in. Here is how easy it is to make them: Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375, step 2: separate all the triangles from the crescent roll dough and cut them in half, step 3: roll half a hotdog in the dough, starting from the larger end, step 4: grease pan, step 5: bake 12 to 15 minutes. After that, you must eat them while they are warm and find some yummy things to dip them into.