What is in My Pantry?

Everyone has those foods we can’t go a week without. Those ingredients that always make it back on our lists of things we need to pick up at the store on a monthly (if not weekly) basis. Although I don’t have as much space in my dorm for a ton of ingredients and food, I always have the basics. If I need something extra, I can go out and get the smallest container available so that it doesn’t go bad waiting to be used again. Here is my grocery list of must haves that get me through my week of tests, homework, classes, work, and late nights.

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Cinnamon Rolls in a Mug

I am a cinnamon roll connoisseur. You can’t beat a warm sweet roll with the spice of cinnamon and enough icing to send you running to your insulin. That is exactly how I like them. Obviously I can’t have them all the time and I try to avoid buying the Pillsbury tubes because I know I will end up eating all of them in one sitting. That is where this recipe comes in.


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Air Popped Popcorn in the Microwave

Popcorn is a great snack to have if you are watching what you eat. Buying the popcorn that comes in a bag is fine, but air popping it from the plain kernels removes all of the extra fat and chemicals that can come with the fake butter and other flavorings. Plus, its way cheaper to buy a big bag of the kernels than the individual popping bags. If you don’t have an air popper, never fear. There is a very simple way to achieve this in a microwave.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Irish Scones

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be behind your back, and may your St. Patrick ’s Day be filled with drinks, friends, and good food. March 17th is the day that everyone is Irish, and we all can come together and celebrate. My grandparents came to America from Ireland when they were about my age, so St. Patrick ’s Day has always been prominent in my household.

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Sundried Tomato Parmesan Garlic Wreath Bread

In my family, everyone loves to cook with the exception of my younger brother. My dad has really taken on the chef role for several years now, and is always working on his bread recipes. From homemade soft pretzels, to pizza crust, to no knead bread, my dad does it all! This recipe is one of his more recent creations that he made for my last night home for spring break. It tastes even better than it looks, and would be a great item to bring or serve at a party or get together if you are trying to impress a crowd. The fancy shape of the bread is actually very easy to accomplish, and can be done with any combination of bread and filling recipes. So without further ado…

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Three Ingredient Spicy Crockpot Dip

This is an extremely easy, delicious recipe that makes a ton of dip. I got this from one of my best friends here at school with me when we were putting together our super bowl party this past February. This recipe is definitely meant for a large group.  We had about 9 people and there was still a ton left over.  It was a huge crowd pleaser and made my side of the hall smell fantastic for hours.

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Pancakes in a Mug


I personally don’t understand how so many people are able to skip breakfast and function normally for the first half of the day. Ever since I was in high school, breakfast has been a necessary start to my day. If I don’t eat something before I leave for my classes, my morning feels thrown off and my stomach is loud as hell until I eat lunch.

Breakfasts and desserts always end up being the best “in a mug” recipes for me. One Sunday morning, I was trying to decide if I was willing to get my pans dirty and clean up the mess from a round of pancakes. My laziness won and I ended up just heating the batter in the microwave to see if the results were edible. A great idea was born that day. Continue reading