5 Movies We Wish Were On Netflix

Was there a time in your life when you really wanted to watch a specific movie and go onto Netflix only to realize it’s not available to stream online? It happens far too often.

Our society has become too lazy to get in their cars and drive to the local video store or Redbox, so if it’s not on Netflix, our chances of watching it are slim.

Here’s a list of the top 5 movies we wish were on Netflix.

1. Elf
Though it’s a Christmas movie, this movie is enjoyable to watch anytime throughout the year. Will Ferrell running around in a tight green suit = hilarious.

 

2. Marley & Me
This heartwarming story will make you want to cuddle with your pet all night long. Caution: tissues may be needed.

 

3. The Notebook
The perfect movie for when you’re in the mood to watch a good love story. Just remember that not all men are like Noah (Ryan Gosling), so ladies, don’t get your hopes up.

 

4. Friday Night Lights: the Movie
This is a movie for the sports fanatic that teaches you about accepting defeat and working hard. Though the movie is not online, the entire phenomenal television series “Friday Night Lights” is on Netflix. Enjoy!

 

5. The Dark Knight
This is the second movie of the Dark Knight Trilogy and it’s a thriller from beginning to end. Actually, I don’t think anyone would be opposed to having the entire trilogy on Netflix. Sorry Peter Parker, but Bruce Wayne wins the vote for best superhero.

 

 

Top 3 Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

Apple Pie Fries

Ingredients:

1 package of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust

1.5 cups of Apple Pie Filling

1 egg

Cinnamon

Sparkle Sugar

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Chop up Apple Pie Filling in a food processor, and blend until smooth.

3. Lightly dust a work surface with flour.

4. Roll one of your pie crust dough out onto a large cutting work surface.

5. Spread smooth apple pie filling on top of pie crust leaving 1/8 of dough around the edges uncovered.

6. Put second pie crust on top and press lightly to secure and seal edges.

7. Make an egg wash by mixing the egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash. Then sprinkle with some sugar and cinnamon.

8. Cut the pie crust into 1/2 inches wide strips, and then cut again into “fry strips”. Then carefully remove them and put them on a baking sheet.

9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Stuffing Muffins

Ingredients:

1 box of Betty Crocker Homestyle Stuffing cornbread flavored mix

1 & 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup melted butter

1 apple, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh italian parsley

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350. Spray muffin holder with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, toss stuffing mix, water and butter. Add apple, celery and parsley; toss until combined. Divide mixture evenly among muffin cups, pressing mixture in cup with spoon.

3. Bake for 20 minutes or until stuffing is firm and tops golden brown.

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Pumpkin Spice Turtles

Ingredients:

35 waffle pretzels

1 bag Kraft caramels

1 bag Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses

35 pecans

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Lay waffle pretzel down on a baking pan. Unwrap a Kraft Caramel and place it on top of the pretzel.

2. Place the pan into the oven that has been warmed to 350 degrees and bake them for 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the over and immediately press a Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kiss into the caramel. Place these back into the oven for just 1 minute.

3. Take the pan out of the oven and place a pecan on top of each of the pumpkin spice kisses.

4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips. Using a spoon drizzle the chocolate over your turtles.

5. Let the chocolate harden completely before storage.

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Thanksgiving With Your Roommates

Thanksgiving has always been a holiday that has made people take a step back and realize the things that they are thankful for. Why not celebrate this wonderful time with your roommates that you are thankful for? With these items you can make sure you make your Thanksgiving perfect with the people closest to you at school. Available at Wal-Mart.

1. Stuffing- $1.25

2. Great Value Corn- $0.68

3. Swanson Chicken Broth (for the turkey)- $1.98

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4. Heinz Gravy- $1.25

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5. Idahoan Boxed Instant Potatoes- $2.98 (varied by size)

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6. Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls- $2.48

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7. Welch’s Sparkling Cider- $2.98

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8. Barefoot Bubbly Champagne- $6.97

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9. Honeysuckle Fresh Turkey- $1.98 per pound

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Add any other holiday favorites and you can have a gourmet Thanksgiving meal with your roommates! Enjoy!

 

 

Top 5 Tips to Help YOU Survive Black Friday

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Black Friday is either your worst nightmare or a holiday that trumps Thanksgiving. For me personally I love Thanksgiving. But in the back of my mind I am plotting my Black Friday (well actually in most cases Thursday) shopping trip in my head. Here are some of my own personal tips to help you survive and get exactly what you want.

5. Make a list and Check it Twice!
Newspapers may seem antiquated to you but the Thanksgiving paper will have ALL the Black Friday Advertisements for your area. Most of the big stores do not have different prices by region but it could happen. Getting the ads for your area will spare you from sticker shock and having a paper ad can back you up if something scans wrong.  Also making a list of exactly what you want will help you in later advice.

4. Drive By
I don’t know about you but sitting outside in sub zero Illinois temperatures is at the bottom of my to-do list. If there is a “doorbuster” item you really want drive by the store a few hours before they actually open. This allows you to see what kind of line awaits you and helps you plan how soon you need to leave to actually park and wait at the store.

3. Prioritize
Remember how I told you making a list of what you want is beneficial? This is why. Unless you have an army of people to help you get what you want from every store. You will need to prioritize what is a must buy today and what you could sacrifice. Black Friday shoppers buy in bulk and often buy things they don’t even want and later return. This may mean that by the time you get to the store, the item you want may not be available. If you have only a few must purchase items the chances of your disappointment are much less.

2. Check Online Deals
While most stores want foot traffic on Black Friday, there are deals on the Internet that compare to the doorbuster deals. If there are items you really want and the price is comparable online I would just go ahead and get those online. That way you know it is yours at that great price and a lot of places offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount.

1. Be Friendly
Being friendly may seem like the complete opposite of the way you should behave on the bloodbath that is Black Friday but there are two surprising benefits to this. Being friendly means that you might be able to talk your friends into shopping with you or for you. If there are items you want at several stores a divide and conquer strategy might be really helpful to get everything you want. If that doesn’t work for you then shopping with a friend may help you not get trampled by a crowd. Being friendly also helps in a different way. When waiting in line there are usually employees outside to help manage the crowd. In their hand they may have a secret gem that will make your shopping trip so much easier. A planogram! At Target they will often put doorbusters in different locations to help spread out the shoppers so there isn’t 200 hundred people in the electronics department. Be nice to the employees; inspire them to let you see where specific items will be located so you can head straight to their location rather than aimlessly searching.

Have any other helpful hints to help others survive Black Friday please share them in the comments!

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving at Home Fun

We all know that with Thanksgiving comes all the stress of the holiday. This stress usually involves large family gatherings with nosy relatives who ask too many personal questions. Why is it their business if you’re single?  This post provides five ideas for a less stressful and actually fun Turkey Day with family.

1.) Continue or start a fun tradition with one of your family members. This should just be something goofy that gives the day an added dose of fun.  An example could be wearing silly turkey aprons.

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2.) After everyone has eaten their fill, suggest playing a fun group game, like Pictionary or Charades. These games get everyone involved and make everyone look equally silly. They’re bound to get the family laughing and bonding.

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3.) Go see a movie! Clean up the kitchen and then head out to the theater.  This is a great way to get some space and wind down after a busy Thanksgiving.

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4.) Help the kids put on a Thanksgiving play.  Make costumes out of construction paper and make the play as historically accurate or inaccurate as you wish!

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5.) Set out on an exciting (but less dangerous) Black Friday shopping trip around 3 AM. All the crazy tramplers are gone by then, but you still get the rush of being in a department store at 4 AM!

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These are just a few suggestions, but hopefully they help you get through this Thanksgiving with a smile! :)

Mockingjay Part 1 Review

Last night a few friends and I went to the Carmike Theater in Mt. Zion to see Mockingjay Part 1 and I was especially satisfied. I have read all three of the Hunger Games Trilogy books, and I read cliff notes of Mockingjay before seeing the movie so that I could brush up on a few details.  I am well-informed about the book material and am equipped to judge the movie based on accuracy as well as any other avid fan.

The movie stayed extremely close to the book, so much so that I’m about to make a controversial statement in the world of book-to-film adaptations: I think the movie was better than the book. There. I said it. This is also true of Catching Fire. I love the books, but the second and third books were not as good as the first. They felt more rushed. I also feel that the content of these books plays better on screen than on page. There is so much action and drama that it is more exciting to see on the screen. I hope nobody hates me for this opinion.

Anyway, no matter if you love the books or have never read them, this movie is a must see. It is about two hours long, and is captivating from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

Bitter Thanksgiving

Aside from it being extra nippy outside, in less than a week we all will be traveling home to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, I cannot help but notice that statewide, we are one of the few schools who get less than six days of vacation. Not only is this not fair, but Millikin faculty actually VOTED to have our break be this short. Some faculty in revolt have cancelled classes because even THEY would like the longer break. Students still have to stay though even for their Tuesday night classes. That means that if you’re a student who lives out of state like me, you have to leave Wednesday morning. You spend half of the day traveling, so you get even less of a break than everyone else.

Rumors say the break was shortened so that we could have a more even semester with the spring, but there are less holidays in the spring. This makes no sense to me and yes, this might be an angsty rant but shouldn’t the students have SOME input on the break schedule since WE are the ones paying to go here? Even if it wasn’t the entire student body, maybe just the Student Senate could give its input. I believe since we elect students on Student Senate we should trust them to make the right decision. By having these random two days of classes next week we are being cut off from having four more days of break. Are these two days of classes really going to make or break the semester?

When we come back from Thanksgiving Break on December 1st, we will have two full weeks of classes and then finals to end out our semester. I personally would like to skip my November 24th and 25th classes but that would hurt my grade.

Despite my angst there is nothing we can do at this point. The calendar is set in place five years in advance. So doing something now could help out the future generations of Millikin but not ourselves. I’m hoping that you agree! Just know that you’re not alone in your bitter cold feelings about this weather and this upcoming break.

Slow-Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

Cut down on kitchen chaos by reducing the traffic in and out of your oven with these slow-cooker Thanksgiving recipes. From stuffings to casseroles, you’ll be amazed by which Thanksgiving classics you can prepare in a slow cooker. These four easy recipes will save you time and money during America’s favorite holiday.

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Slow-Cooker Spiced Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
Slow-Cooker Sausage Stuffing
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Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole

 

Slow-cooker Home-Style Mashed Potaotes
Slow-cooker Home-Style Mashed Potaotes

These recipes can be found at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-sides/slow-cooker-thanksgiving.page-5.html

 

 

8 Delicious Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Leftovers are a given after every Thanksgiving meal. But instead of using that turkey for boring old turkey sandwiches, here’s a few creative ways to spice up those leftovers.

Here’s a little breakfast to start your Black Friday off right
1. Stuffing, Bacon, and Egg Cups
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For a leftover-full lunch try this:
2. Quesadillas with Chutney and Brie
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This is a leftover meal that may possibly be better than the original:
3. Turkey Tetrazzini
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Take it south of the border with these:
4. Turkey Enchiladas
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and this:
5. Turkey Posole
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For a little something unexpected try these:
6. Mashed Potato, Cheddar, and Chive Waffles
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And if  you must have the quintessential turkey sandwich, make sure it’s one of these:
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8. Turkey Sandwich
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Recommended Otome Games For American Players!

Since the creation of Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and even older games like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, gamers have been introduced to a romance system in video games. While it’s not hacking and shooting through enemies, romance has become an important part of many games.

Otome games completely utilize this romance system, giving female gamers the virtual boyfriends they’ve always wanted.

Otome games are dating simulation games where the player has a multitude of male characters to romance and ‘have a relationship’ with virtually. It has become a growing phenomenon in the West, coming from Japan’s gigantic success with the games with their audiences.  Japanese companies have slowly started to localize their otome games, bringing the fun to America.

Never played one? Here are 5 recommendations of otome games you can play on your smartphone, handheld console, or computer!

  1. HAKUOUKI ~DEMON OF THE FLEETING BLOSSOM~
Hakuouki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~

Hakuouki takes place in the Edo period of Japan, adding a romantic twist to a historical moment in time with the infamous rogue samurai group, the Shinsengumi. You play as Chizuru Yukimura, a women disguised as a man searching for her father who has disappeared. You become witness to a dark secret and are forced to live with the Shinsengumi; in exchange, they assist in helping you find your father. With six unique romantic interests, each time you play is a new experience with a touch of historical teaching. This game is playable on PSP.

2. MY FORGED WEDDING

My Forged Wedding

My Forged Wedding is an otome game for your iPhone/Android from the company “Voltage Inc”. This story revolves around you coming to the city and needing a job. Your uncle offers to help you find a job in exchange for you helping his friends (who are all conveniently around your age!). How? By choosing one and pretending to be their wife for a month! Will this fake love blossom into true love? Play the game and find out!

3. DANDELION -Wishes Brought To You-

Dandelion -Wishes Brought To You-

This game (available on Steam!) is a heartwarming otome game with a very strange intro. You play as Heejung and you find a basket of cats and rabbits in your room. Things get even stranger as they suddenly get human forms! With a strong and believable main character, we have an experience that any woman can relate to: not knowing what to do in life and how to deal with romance.

4. CINDERS

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Everyone has heard of the story of Cinderella. Cinders, also available on Steam, is a game that takes that story and gives it many more possible endings. You play as Cinderella and, through the game, you are given multiple choices. Instead of Prince Charming, you have other romantic choices and different ways to make the story your own. With amazing art, this game is a definite game to try.

5. SEDUCE ME

Seduce Me

Seduce Me is an up-and-coming otome game for PC/Mac/Linux where you are caught in a stream of supernatural conflict alongside love and your future. You play as Mika Anderson, a high school senior who has just inherited her grandfather’s large estate. As you move in, however, you are greeted with the wounded bodies of five men who you later learn to be Incubi (“Demons who consume and use sexual energy of humans to survive”). With six men AND TWO WOMEN to romance, the story will be revealed to play (completely free) on Christmas Day! You can play the demo (also free) right here!