By Jazmyn Matthews
If it’s not obvious by the over 80 degree temperatures fluctuating all the time, you’ll probably realize that spring is here. Since we do live in Georgia, spring won’t last for too long until summer creeps up on us, and we’ll be wishing spring was the only thing we had to deal with.
With summer comes a lot of things. For some people, it’s the best time to tan. For others, it’s the best time to stay indoors because the sun is not a friend to everyone. For me, it’s a time to eat.
Summer usually brings a lot of free time, and what better way to spend free time than by eating? It’s a time to sit back and dwell on the fact that we’re done with classes (well most of us) by eating some sweet treats.
The best part? They don’t cost the big bucks. Let’s face it, we’re still broke college students, and every penny that we can save is very valuable.
First up on the list, gathered from allrecipes.com, is something really simple and doesn’t require you to channel your inner Rachel Ray to complete it: sugar cookies!
Since most of these ingredients are household ingredients, you may not even need to make a trip to Kroger. If you look up any sugar cookie recipe, they typically consist of butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla and sometimes Kosher salt (if you want them to be really chewy). Kathryn Price, a freshman family and consumer science major from Marietta, makes them all the time. “I make them more at home because I don’t have the space here,” she says, but making them in a dorm isn’t impossible!
If you start at around noon, you can be eating your delicious cookies by 12:20pm. So these are definitely appropriate for people that are craving sweets and don’t want to wait too long to have them.
Next up are whoopie pies. But, don’t let the name throw you off or make you uncomfortable; they’re basically homemade Oreos. That’s right, I said it. Oreos. You can make them yourself, and you’re giving yourself creative license to eat them as a whole or pull them apart and lick the icing off. Don’t worry, I won’t tell.
Just Google whoopie pies, and you’ll see that you’re ready to go with the usual flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, butter and sugar. It may seem like a lot, but I’m sure you or your roommate (she doesn’t have to know) have these ingredients already in the refrigerator. So the next time you’re having a boring Friday night, pop some whoopies into the oven!
Last, but not least, is the one that you’ve all been waiting for. You can learn how to make gelato! If you’re willing to spend some money on an ice cream maker, which you should, this little treat will amaze you. It only requires milk, eggs, heavy cream and sugar. Once you mix all of those together and put it in a saucepan, chill it, and then put it in an ice cream maker. You’ll be enjoying gelato in no time (or at least overnight because that’s how long it takes to chill)!
You’re going to be looking for something to do this summer other than sitting around and binge-watching Netflix for hours at a time. So, the next time you actually plan to stand for more than 15 minutes at a time, make yourself some sweet treats. That’s basically one FRIENDS episode that you’ve already seen before anyway, and you can feel free to eat them while watching Ross and Rachel on a break once you’re done. I can’t think of a more perfect summer time treat.