BACK LEFT: CAROLINE PERSONS, AMY WARWICK, GEORGIE ANDERSON. FRONT LEFT: MIGUEL ZETINA, TRENT WILLIAMS, VERA HILLS
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS! ~LIONS ROAR’ STUDENT VOICE
WASTING TIME OVER BREAK: WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES
~VERA HILLS, Lions’ Roar Student Voice
HOLIDAY RECIPE FAVORITES
~AMY W ARWICK, Lions’ Roar Student Voice
STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
~GEORGIE ANDERSON, Lions’ Roar Student Voice
THE SUPERBOWL AND MORE
~MIGUEL ZETINA, Lions’ Roar Student Voice
FILMS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
~TRENT W ILLIAMS, Lions’ Roar Student Voice
WASTING TIME OVER BREAK: WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES Many students do not know what to do during winter break. It is hard to find ideas of things to do outside because it gets so cold in Minnesota. There are some activities in St. Paul and Minneapolis that will get you outside with your friends and family. These include the Holidazzle Parade, the Holiday Light Tour, The Depot skating rink, and the St. Paul Carnival. The Holidazzle Parade runs through the Nicollet Mall located in Downtown Minneapolis, from 12 every Thursday through Sunday from November 23
Street to 4 Street. It runs
rd until December 23 . The parade starts at 6:30 pm each night. You can
sit for free on the street, or pay for the Holidazzle Hot seats, which are located on 12
Street and cost $9.00 per
seat. The parade includes lit up floats, music, Grand Marshals and Santa Claus to end the parade. Each night the parade includes different performers, such as high school marching bands and choirs from around the state. The Holiday Light Tour is located in St. Paul’s Phalen Park. You can see 50 different sculptures and Christmas lights on this tour at a price of $10.00 per car. All of the proceeds from the tour go to charity. The tour is every Thursday rough Sunday from November 20
st until January 1 , including holidays. The tour runs from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm. This year there is a new
display called, Shipwreck Spectacular. While on the tour you can turn on your radio station and the lights will move to the beat of the songs. You can rent limos or party buses that will drive you all around the tour. A limo costs $15.00 and the party bus costs $30.00. Another fun activity to get you outside during the cold winter season in Minnesota is the skating rink at The Depot. The Depot th is open from November 22nd, 2012 until March 9 , 2013. It opens at 10 am and closes between 9 pm and 1:30 pm. It is open every Thursday through Sunday. The price of admission is $8.00 to get in for any period of time and 7.00 to rent a pair of skates. There are many dates for student discounts. Just bring you student ID and you will receive 2.00 off the entry fee. You can enjoy the downtown Minneapolis skyline while ice-‐skating with friends or family. The ice rink is located at 300 Washington Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. The activities continue even after the break is over. The St. Paul winter carnival begins on January 24th, 2013 a ds on February rd th 3 . The carnival is in downtown St. Paul on 75 West 5 Street. The carnival has many activities each night, some of which include Royal Coronation, Grand Day Parade, Outdoor Beer Dabbler, Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt, dogsled Race, Kids Day, Snow Sculpting, Ice Sculpture Carving, Klondike Kate Cabarets, Historic Art Exhibit and the Torchlight Parade. Hopefully you will now have motivation to go out in the cold to pass time with friends and family during winter break. I know I will.
~ VERA HILLS, Lions Roar Student Voice
HOLIDAY RECIPE FAVORITES
Tamales Verdes Ingredients:* Pork Tomatillos Jalapeños Garlic Onions Cumin Corn Husks Corn Flower Baking Powder Salt Pork Lard Directions: First you should soak the corn husks, these are used to fold and mix the contents of the tamales while they cook. You should let them soak in water for at least an hour so they get soft and easier to work with. Cook the pork with enough water in order to make broth to mix with the corn flower. After the pork is cooked shred the pork.
After the pork is done the green salsa or salsa verde is made. Boil the tomatillos and the jalapeños for five to ten minutes. After they are cooked you have to blend them with the salt, cumin, onions, and the garlic. After you have the salsa ready season the pork with it and cook it for another five minutes. Now you have to mix the corn flower, with the pork broth, salt, lard, and baking powder. From here you have everything you need to put it all together and make the tamales. Now you have to spread the corn flower mix over the corn husks and put the pork with the salsa verde in. Then you just fold them and steam them for two hours. That’s all there is to it… These aren’t reserved just for the holidays in my family but it’s something that’s usually part of the meal. They take forever to make but to me they are well worth it. Due to the long process when I was younger my family would always try to use them as an example to teach me patience by saying that if I became inpatient they would not turn out as well as I hoped. – Miguel Zetina
Ethel’s Sugar Cookies Ingredients: 3/4 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 tsp almond flavoring 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal flour 1 tsp baking powder Directions: Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and flavoring thoroughly. Sift the flour. Stir flour and baking powder together; blend in. Chill for at least 1 hour. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough 1/8 inches thick on lightly floured board. Cut with 3 inch cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. This is my favorite recipe because this is the recipe my entire mom's side of the family uses to make Christmas cookies. Her family has been using this recipe ever since her mother was a child, so it has been in the family for many years. It is also special to me because all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandma get to together a few weeks before Christmas and bake these cookies. We also make our own frosting to put on the cookies. – Vera Hills
Gingerbread Men Ingredients: 1 cup molasses ½ cup sugar 6 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. milk 4 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. powdered ginger 1 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ground cloves Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 F and butter some cookie sheets. Heat the molasses to the boiling point, then add the sugar, butter/shortening and milk. Mix the flour with the remaining dry ingredients. Add to the first mixture and blend well. Add a few tablespoons of water (if necessary), enough so that the dough holds together and handles easily. Roll or pat out the dough about 1/4" thick. Cut into large or small gingerbread men. Bake for 5-7 minutes. When cool, frost with confectioners icing and decorate with candies & raisins. Cut raisin in half lengthwise, leave one half for mouth and cut remaining half in half for 2 eyes; silver ball for nose; 3 cinnamon red-hot candies for buttons.) *Recipe makes 10 x 3.5" men or 48 x 1.5" men. This is my late Grandma’s recipe, and when I make these I almost feel closer to her. Plus, the cookies just look cute and they’re really tasty. Merry Christmas! – Amy Warwick, Lions’ Roar Student Voice
Iced Pumpkin Cookies Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups confectioners' sugar 3 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency. Try to eat just one, I dare you! I double dog dare you! I TRIPLE dog dare you (The coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple dog dare!) Bake these bad boys until they are soft, almost to the point of crumbling in your hands. Drizzle them with icing and get ready to welcome the sugar-induced coma that will inevitably follow. –Trent Williams, Editor-in-chief Lions Roar Student Voice Reindeer Feed Ingredients: 6 cups rice Chex cereal 1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips 1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes Directions: Put waxed paper on a flat surface or cookie sheet Put the 6 cups of cereal in a big bowl Put the vanilla baking chips in a microwavable bowl, microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Then stir in half of the crushed candy canes. Pour mixture over cereal and stir so it's evenly covered. Spread mixture evenly over the waxed paper. Immediately sprinkle rest of remaining crushed candy canes. Let stand until set, which is usually 20 minutes. Gently break up cereal and store in an airtight container. [This recipe is also called] peppermint puppy chow. This always reminds me of the holidays and is super easy so anyone can make it! -‐ Georgie Anderson
THE SUPERBOWL AND MORE! We are inching closer and closer to the end of the semester as well as the end to another year. With the end of the
semester comes the dreaded finals week where stress peaks due to hours spent studying. Although finals are almost upon us, there are a number of events to look forward to. These events include things such as deals on gifts, the climax to another NFL season, music concerts, and of course the continuation of the holiday season. Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days has already passed, but there is still one more day to get great deals. This day usually occurs after Christmas and is actually bigger than Black Friday. In countries such as Canada, Australia, England the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. In America it doesn’t have a moniker such as Black Friday or Cyber Monday, nevertheless it still
rakes in as much money as Black Friday as people look to return gifts and use gift cards as well as take advantage of savings. If arm wrestling with countless buyers for a TV isn’t your thing, maybe watching two hundred pound men beat on each other is. With the end of the year comes the end of another NFL season with the Super Bowl. For the past decade this game has almost established itself as an American holiday. Not only for the game itself, but for the humorous commercials created to target the millions of Americans watching the game. The entire week leading up to the game provides entertainment as everyone predicts who will win; even animals such as monkeys and camels chime in. Media day is also its own event as it gives reporters a chance to ask players questions about the game. In recent years fans have also been allowed to attend adding to the chaos the players have to endure. When it comes to game day it gives us an opportunity to get the family together in similar fashion to the holidays before it. You don’t like grown men in tight pants? How about something that’s easier on the eyes and just as bad for the ears. Music concerts are a great way to get out and support the artists you listen to while you work out or work on homework. In the coming months Minneapolis will host a wide range of artists that should satisfy every taste in music. For those that prefer music with a folk influence Andrew Bird and Of Monsters and Men have emerged in the past year. Andrew Bird will be at the State Theatre on December seventeenth and Of Monsters and Men will be at First Avenue on the eighteenth as well as the nineteenth.
FILMS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
Hop on Flixster and grab your tickets early this Christmas as we enter into a holiday season that is chalk full of must-‐-‐-‐see movies. With so many blockbuster hits this season, how are we to choose which one to see? The answer is, all of them. There are more than just a few screen gems coming to a theater near you, but I will highlight three movies that I am anxious to see.
“Lincoln” is one of Oscar buzz generators and has already reached record numbers for this latest Spielberg masterpiece. Daniel Day Lewis absolutely encompasses the historical and legendary figure of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. In this action packed drama, Daniel Day Lewis is said to steal the hearts and minds of the audience. I am already on the edge of my seat and I haven’t even seen the movie yet! Grab your tickets now and prepare to be wowed. Who knows, you might even learn something while your there. For those of you with kids, one of the most enjoyable activities for them is an afternoon at the movies. I remember that going to the cinema was a magical experience that always made me giddy as a child. Oh, who am I kidding, I still get that magical giddiness when I attend a film. A must see for the whole family this year is the movie “Wreck-‐-‐-‐It Ralph”. My family and I attended this movie and were filled with that same childhood wonder that I remember from seeing Disney classics when I was younger. The movie is about a group of video game characters that live in the machines at the local Arcade. The main character Ralph has the job of being the “Bad Guy” in one of the games, but this does not make him a “bad guy.” You will nearly have tears in your eyes as you watch and enjoy the journey of Ralph and his fellow characters.
The most anticipated movie for many this holiday season is the adaptation of the Broadway musical “Les Miserables”. Anne Hathaway is said to have a stunning voice but is in direct competition with Hugh Jackman for the most surprising vocal talent. (Who knew that these actors could sing too.) The filming of the movie was not done in lip sync with the vocal track added later. On the contrary, all of the performances during the film were done with live vocals, with the musical track being added after the fact. This is said to give it a true Broadway feel while at the same time remaining a visual wonder that can only be done in film.
I know that this is a short list, but I feel that these movies offer a bit of everything for the whole family, young and old to enjoy. I know, I know, I did not mention “The Hobbit”, Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the prequel to the Lord of the Rings series. (Wait… I guess I just did.) Who among us isn’t completely stoked to see the Hobbit? Maybe we will do a double feature on the afternoon of
Christmas day and see “Les Miserables” and “The Hobbit”. I’m already emotionally exhausted just thinking about it. So grab your popcorn and Junior Mints and get ready for a cinematic adventure, Which ever flavor of film you decide to devour. Enjoy!
~Trent W illiams, Editor in Chief, Lions Roar Student Voice