Chef’s Cavalry

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Moving into an apartment means moving into independence, a kitchen, and lots of dish duty. Decking out a college student’s kitchen varies depending on gender, skill level, and interest, but lucky for you the ten Target items listed below are gender neutral and appealing to both novice and expert.  

  1. Brita Pitcher:
    Trips to the water fountain down the hall are time consuming and unnecessary with this pitcher. It filters tap water, is refillable, and fits nicely into a standard size fridge.
  2. Keurig:
    The height of luxury for a hot beverage drinker. Coffees and cappuccinos are a synch with the machine that works while you work. Delicious coffee is ready by the time he finishes tying his tie. The Keurig is pricey for an average college student, but it is one of the most appreciated and loved gifts for the kitchen.
  3. Aroma 7-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Kettle:
    Boils water for those late night Ramen cravings and early morning tea needs. Comes in multiple colors and designs to match any décor.
  4. Stir Crazy West Bend 6 Qt Popcorn Popper:
    A fun best friend for Marvel movie marathons and late night girl talks. It comes with a built-in butter well to evenly distribute butter, and the stir rod increases the quantity of popped corn. Friends will opt out of overpriced popcorn at the movies for homemade, perfectly buttered, evenly popped popcorn right out of the kitchen.
  5. Oster 3 Qt Stainless Steel Fondue Pot:
    A decadent addition to any kitchen cabinet for those adventurous college students eager for something different and delicious. Left over’s will vanish in a generous coating of molten cheese or chocolate from this fondue pot.
  6. Black & Decker 12 Speed Blender:
    This blender will concoct energizing protein shakes after long morning runs or fruit smoothies after an afternoon of student teaching in half the time it would take to do it by hand. The 12 speed buttons allow for a wide variety of crushing and blending.
  7. Crock Pot Round Patterned Slow Cooker:
    With a tasteful black and white body, this crock pot not only comes with allure and class…but also recipes. It will slow cook the comfort food college students crave after an endless day of meetings, classes, and assignments. Mom can’t always be around at college, but this slow cooker can serve as a temporary replacement.
  8. Sunbeam 4-Slice Black Toaster:
    Four bread slots as opposed to two will cut down roommate conflict in the midst of an early morning rush. The sleek design of this Sunbeam toaster adds class to any kitchen counter.
  9. Quesadilla Maker:
    Such a treat for college students to make quesadillas in their own kitchen. Set the dials, place in the stuffed quesadilla, and let this machine do all the work. Quesadilla assemblies can make for a fun roommate dinner evening, and a quesadilla maker eliminated complication and only leaves delicious, possibly messy, memories.
  10. Round Serving Tray:
    Those tempting smoothies, homemade popcorn, and fondue servings need to be presented with the same elegance of those appliances. Round serving trays come in many colors and prints, suitable for the most unique college student. Help them entertain in style.      

Whether the center piece of the kitchen table includes a floral arrangement or video game controllers, your college student can prepare the food that sets the mood of the evening with an army of kitchen appliances that won’t disappoint.


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Beginner’s Kitchen Favorites

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Much like a car without a steering wheel, a budding cook without the right kitchen tools has the potential to go nowhere.  I’m convinced many a carry-out-on-speed-dial fanatic could become culinary connoisseurs with a little help.
One of the greatest and most unique gifts I ever received was a Beginner’s Kitchen.  The gift came with love from two friends who stand squarely in opposite corners of the love-to-cook camp.  I received the box in celebration of my first college apartment.  Thirteen years, a marriage, two children, and a solid recipe repertoire under my belt later, I still use several of these quality pieces in my home today.

College Visits: Be There to Show You Care

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Oh, the joys of college visits. Parents drive for hours while their teenager snores in the backseat until they reach the campus. Then they attend an informational meeting led by a peppy college student who is employed by the admissions office, and this person cleverly highlights the college’s bright spots and manages to answer any question thrown his or her way, even if the answer has little to do with what was asked. Parents listen intently, especially when tuition is mentioned, and the potential students yawn and glance at cell phones. After a half hour or so, everyone is whisked away to tour the campus, which, they are assured, is the most picturesque, the most accessible, the safest, the greenest, etc. Tour guides point to buildings and give them apparently meaningful names and present a recently cleaned dorm room to the group’s inspection.

College hunting: The Excel File

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College hunting is serious business. State of the art gyms and dining commons have allure, but do the academic challenges rise above? Use one Excel file to keep yourself in line and organize deal breakers and shiny attractions of the Universities at the top of your list. Then, navigate overwhelming University websites with ease and focus. These tips will leave you calm, cool, and collected in the midst of accumulating brochures and looming decisions.

College Costs HOW Much?! Financial Aid Tips to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind

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Today, two-thirds of college students have to take out loans to pay for their education, and the average borrower graduates with close to $27,000 in debt!  Right now, the standard repayment schedule is 10 years – meaning that your kids will likely have kids of their own before their college tuition is paid for!

Wouldn’t it be nice to help them come up with a payment plan that doesn’t need to be paid back (and, no, I’m not talking about winning the lottery, suddenly agreeing to a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, or going on a bank robbing spree).
Instead, your kids can get scholarships and grants.  Neither has to be paid back.  But to get them, you (and your kids) will have to do some work now, before they head off to school.
To make things easier, try some of these tips!

Tricks and Treats of Move out Day

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The dizzying atmosphere of sleep deprived college students moving out is the polar opposite of move in day. With finals over and friends saying goodbye, the last thing a college student wants to do is linger and be the last one to leave. Simplify move out day with these tried and true tips....

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