Tuesday, April 28, 2009

With a cherry on top

Hello everyone!

So I know I promised a post on desserts at SMC, and I will give that to you at the end of this post (I'll try to keep this away from novel status). Little did I know that since my last post there would be so much fun stuff to talk about.

Last Friday the MLK society held their annual talent show. It's one of the most popular events on campus, and for good reason. Everyone that performs is so incredible. Mairead mentions the talent show in her latest post, and she was in it! Along with her Irish dancing there was some dancing (hip hop and even belly dancing!), singing, and instrument playing, including tap guitar and the accordion. It was a lot of fun and had a HUGE turnout.

So Saturday was a big tradition here at SMC called P-Day. It stands for preparation day, as in prep for finals and the last week of school, but really it's just a day full of fun. The school provides tons of delicious free food from local restaurants, fun inflatables like an obstacle course and slip and slide, and music in the background. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day (as it has been here for the last few days, I'm talking 80s) and the day couldn't have been more perfect. Here's some pictures of both P-Day and what campus looks like when the sun returns:

my friends and I outside for P-Day and Erick beating me on one of the inflatables

some friends playing "hillbilly golf", which they made, and campus in the spring (with a class outside)

NOW on to the dessert. I've wanting to post about dessert for a while now, but my life is obviously just too interesting to take a break from sharing it (sarcasm). When looking at colleges, at some point or another everyone always asks how the food is. We get that question in emails, virtual open houses, and on tours. The food here is great and there really are a lot of options for everyone, but the thing is, nobody ever asks how the dessert is! For me, dessert is a big part of a meal; it's the treat at the end, and here at SMC we've got TONS of delicious desserts. So, I'm going to share with you a few of my favorites.

Soft Serve: Who doesn't love a classic soft serve ice cream cone on the go? We have our very own soft serve machine (vanilla, chocolate, and mix) as well as cones and sprinkles to top of your treat. You can eat it here or take it outside on a beautiful day like today.

PB Surprise: This is a creation of our own. I do not claim credit for this treat but I have taught a lot of people to make it. Basically you get a drinking cup, fill it with your favorite ice cream (soft serve works best,) add peanut butter, a small bit of milk to help stirring, and mix. You can also add chocolate sauce, sprinkles, or whatever else you want. Get creative! Either way, ice cream and peanut butter is a perfect mix.

Birthday Cake: Every month SMC has a huge birthday cake for all the students born in that month. It's a really good cake, with colorful frosting and decorations that say "'Happy Birthday...students" depending on the month. The cake is sectioned into chocolate, vanilla, and both, so everyone gets what they want. It's really nice to know you're going to get cake for your birthday, no matter what, and I think the birthday cake is another great way SMC makes you feel at home.

Oreo Surprise: This is a crowd favorite, though I always seem to get too much and feel super full after eating it. It's s standard Oreo pudding dessert made of Oreos and vanilla pudding and I don't know what else. Basically it's delicious.

Bananas Foster: Last but not least, a surprising mention. Most people wouldn't expect this on here, but it comes with a little story. Every so often SMC has theme dinner, like Caribbean or southern or something. We also have theme dessert nights where chefs make something special (last week was French desserts like eclairs). A few times a year one of the desserts is a bananas foster, which is made with bananas, caramel, and rum to crystallize the caramel. It's served hot over ice cream and is just about the best thing ever!

We've also got: muffins, cookies, cakes, apple crisp, strawberry shortcake, hard serve ice cream, rice crispy treats, banana splits, and whatever else you can come up with from that! So if you're a decided senior get pumped for next year, if you're a prospective junior you should make a date to come try our desserts (and check out campus of course), and for anyone else, you should probably be jealous? Haha just kidding but seriously. So next time you're at a school, hopefully here, don't just ask about the food, ask "How's the dessert?"

TTFN, ta ta for now



A.M. Millikin said...

Now I'm hungry!!!!

Great post, Christine.

Reese said...

haha you would blog about alliot desserts

Little Biddy said...

hahaaa perhaps one of the things i will miss most about college is dining hall dessert!