Microwavable Mug Creations: A Great Way to Avoid Campus Food


After looking through St. Louis Post-Dispatch articles on food recipes (found here and here), I was completely inspired to show everyone how to avoid campus food the easy way: by simple coffee cup recipes you can make in your dorm microwave. Trust me, it’s as simple as that.

Let’s be honest: here at Cal Poly, we don’t necessarily have the best dining options. And after a quarter of eating the same food at VGs and Metro, face it— you’re finding any way you can to avoid campus dining.

All would be dandy if we could just simply cook our own meals, but not every student is blessed with a built in kitchen in their dorm.

But what about the downstairs kitchen? Ahh yes, every red brick dorm has one on the first floor, available to everyone. Sounds like a great alternative, right?

Maybe not. Basically, it smells like a cross between a dead animal and a fridge that hasn’t been cleaned in months. I think this picture is worth a thousand words in this case.

Muir Hall community kitchen at its finest. Photo by author.

Muir Hall community kitchen at its finest. Photo by author.

Pretty sure this tray was responsible for the dead animal smell. Who knows what is growing in there.


Baking sheet in community kitchen that has been there for 2 days. Photo by author.

This is where microwavable mug recipes become your best friend.

  • But I found that even the recipes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted, as well as other mug recipe blogs, were missing one thing: they still were not easy for college kids to make in their dorm. The articles claimed they were “dorm oriented” but things like
  • white flour
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • rising flour
  •  thyme
  • chopped green onion

…were ingredients needed in a lot of the recipes that I know students would never go out and buy.

I now present to you three truly easy microwavable mug recipes that anyone can make in less than 2 minutes, inspired by the mentioned articles above.

1) Chilaquiles in a Mug

Nom nom nom. Photo by author.

Nom nom nom. Photo by author.

Things needed:

  • Mug
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS of Milk
  • Chips
  • 1 TBS of Cheese
  • Salsa and Pepper (Optional)


Stir the milk and egg together in the mug. Add pepper or salt for flavor.

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Add in squares of cheddar cheese (or shredded cheese) and mix well. Then break up chips, and stir well.

Put in the microwave for about 1 minute and 10 seconds, plop on some salsa and more chips, and ta-dah!

2) French Bread Quiche

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Oui Oui, this quiche is yummy. Photo by author.

Things Needed:

  • Mug
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 TBS of Milk
  • Pepper/Salt
  • 1/4 Einstein’s Bagel
  • 2 teaspoons Einstein’s cream cheese
  • Ham (optional)

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Mix egg, milk, and pepper in mug like the last recipe. Stir well

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Mix in dime-sized bits of bagel, and stir well. Add in cream cheese and stir well. Add in ham

Microwave for one minute and 20 seconds, and bon appetit. The French would be proud.

3) Strawberry Angel Food Cake

(with sprinkles of course)

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My favorite mug recipe. Photo by author.

Things Needed:

  • Mug
  • Mug Cake Mix (half angel food cake, half strawberry cake mix)
  • Water
  • Sprinkles


This was a gift for Christmas. My roommate’s friend filled the jar half with angel food cake mix, and half strawberry cake mix. Totally simple and a cute gift idea!

The image above is self explanatory with instructions included, but here’s a link to my video just in case!

Strawberry Angel Food Cake in a Mug

Well that’s all for today! I hope these recipes save you money, and save you from Cal Poly’s campus food.

Check out some other blogs with mug recipes!


Why We’re Hooked On DIY: An Inside Scoop on Our Culture Today


Searching the Web for DIY ideas. Photo by author.

Whether you’re already a DIY expert, or you’ve never tackled a project in your life, take a look around you: “Do It Yourself” is embedded in our culture and is rising in popularity by the minute.

We can find how to do almost anything with a click of a mouse. From learning how to ombré your own hair, to baking rainbow cupcakes, to even learning how to make your own makeup remover from scratch- people everywhere are saving money and taking on not-so-simple tasks.

“We live in a world where we are lucky enough to be able to look up anything we want,” freshman physics major Gil Hetsroni said. “We can virtually access how to make anything through the Internet, and I don’t think people realize how much money that actually saves them.”

So why the sudden self-sufficiency? Well for starters, different DIY websites are popping up everywhere on the internet. They’re aesthetically pleasing to viewers, with colorful images and easy outlined steps, and cover every project idea from A-Z. Not to mention, the sites conveniently include links to more projects down the sides of every page. How could you not click on them?

Listed below are some of my favorite projects from the Mother of all DIY Sites: WikiHow. I mean, its slogan is  “How To Do Anything”, so I think it deserves that title.


We’re naturally drawn to the idea that with little or no experience, anyone can make or create whatever they want in just a few simple steps. From exploring sites like “WikiSteps” to watching the numerous DIY videos on “Youtube”, this convenient money saver has become a daily activity for some college students.

“I’m a huge Instagram user, so whenever I want to look something up, I use hashtags,” freshman nutrition major Natasha Bartolome said. “I always search DIY nail designs instead of spending money at a salon because with Instagram  photos, it’s right at my fingertips: it’s so accessible. You can see hundreds of DIY nail designs in minutes.” 

Instead of paying experts to do their work, people today are realizing they can become experts themselves. Obviously, there are some things one should never try, like DIY brain surgery (yes, someone did actually try this *sigh*). Here’s a link to 20 hilarious DIY fails I found that honestly will make you laugh out loud, but don’t let this humorous site discourage you. The more you practice these projects, the better you’ll get!

And before you take off, take a look at this week’s DIY expert, who has shown that with a little practice, your DIY ideas can turn into a passion and even make you some money.


This Week’s DIY Expert: Kimberly Gilbertsen from Etsy.com

Kimberly’s Shop, which you can visit with this link, features handmade, festive snowmen that will spice up your home for the holidays. Most of her creations feature snowmen wearing your favorite local or national sports team! 

Q:  What got you started on creating the snowmen featured in your shop?

Kimberly: I wanted some extra money for my family. I have always had the crafty side to me, so I figured I could make some extra money for the holidays. That was about 15 years ago and each year I sold a few more to where I sold over 400 this past year.

Q: What gave you the idea to make them?

Kimberly: I was looking at a magazine and saw different things you can make with old mittens and since I love snowmen, I put one together and I haven’t stopped.

Q: Over the years, have they made you any profit?

Kimberly: This year I really saw a profit. I got real serious about building this as a serious money making venture. I bought in larger quantities for my supplies that kept that part of my expenses down.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for people to create their own gifts and decorations, instead of simply buying them?

Kimberly: I think it is so important to use your creative side, you will never know what your mind can come up with. I personaly like homemade gifts rather than store bought. I think looking for that special one of a kind means more. You get a lot more satisfaction and a since of pride when you can put something together yourself.


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Hello World!

Image of arts and crafts by AngryJulieMonday's via Flickr and used here with a Creative Commons license

Image of arts and crafts by AngryJulieMonday’s via Flickr and used here with a Creative Commons license

Amanda here. Welcome to DIY Dorm, a blog dedicated to “Do It Yourself” ideas that will not only save you a ton of money, but can also be hung proudly in your dorm room. This site will not only walk through the numerous DIY projects I have in store for you, but explore how these DIY projects are becoming a growing part of our culture.

As a first year Cal Poly student myself, I’ve been through the tragedies of college:

  1. Saving all most of the money you made during summer for your first quarter of college
  2. Wincing a tad when you spend it on room decor, furnishings, clothes, and all other college “necessities” your mom made you bring
  3. Crying as you watch the rest disappear on overly expensive textbooks and Woodstock pizzas (hey, you gotta avoid the campus food somehow)

This is where DIY projects step in to save the day: Ladies and Gentlemen, say goodbye to these pains of an unemployed college student and hello to the satisfaction of having a little extra cash in your pocket.

Of course, the idea for this brilliant blog didn’t pop out of nowhere- we all have our inspirations. DIY Dorm is a hybrid of two amazingly-fantastic blogs from previous journalism students. It’s similar to Cheap, Chic, and Healthy in the sense that they both cover affordable ideas and projects, but differ in theme and appearance. Same goes for Beauty Tips and Tricks by Kat: there is overlap with content and format, but my blog will focus strictly on DIY ideas and not so much beauty tricks.

Basically, if these two blogs had a baby, it would be DIY Dorm.

That’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for mini projects, money savers, and even some creative Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones.

Thanks for stopping by!