When the spring semester starts, it really starts. Unlike the fall semester, during which things get busier fairly gradually, the spring semester seems to reach peak busy-ness with a much steeper journey. Needless to say, this week’s tea time creeped up on us in what seemed like less than two weeks—closer to two days, I’d … Continue reading More lava cakes? Count me in!
It's been a whirlwind of a month and a half. I spent the holidays at home (oh NYC, how I've missed you!), spent the two weeks I was back in the office preparing for and teaching an Interterm class on fossils and bones, took a mini vacation to visit friends in the Bay Area, bookended … Continue reading Chocolate and Spices
It felt like it was time to take the words “tea time” literally this week, and nothing reminds me more of tea time than British afternoon tea. So sticking to that line of reasoning, it only seemed natural to make scones this week. Since we made classic scones (with raisins) over the summer, I figured … Continue reading British Afternoon Tea-Inspired Tea Time, Anyone?
Here, at Reader to Reader, we like to refer to our mentors as minions. Now of course this is purely out of love and affection (and our secret—or not-so-secret—mission to take over the world with books). And in their honor, we decided to hold a minion-themed study break. As recent college graduates ourselves, we know just how … Continue reading Minions Galore!
Tea time is usually sweet time – cakes, cookies, doughnuts (mmmm, doughnuts…) – but this week I thought we’d take a little detour down a French country lane, la rue des baguettes. Once upon a time, I was a weekend bread-maker, dabbling in sandwich loaves, freeform boules, and even sourdoughs. But I never made a … Continue reading Bonjour, baguettes!
I've had donuts on the brain. Which is weird because although I like donuts just as much as the next person, I've never particularly craved them or had an obsession with them. Then I stumbled across a recipe for guava-filled and passion fruit-filled malasadas. Malasadas are Portuguese-style donuts and are the donuts of choice in … Continue reading An E2E Halloween: Donuts, Donuts, Donuts!
I don’t think anyone really needs this reminder, but fall is really in full swing. With the start of fall comes cooler temperatures, and while I don’t love that (or the thought that it’s only going to get colder), there is one thing that I do appreciate about the colder weather. And that is the … Continue reading Ooey Gooey Fall Treats
After soaring temperatures this summer and an unseasonably warm September, the sudden drop in temperatures this past week has certainly taken us by surprise. The dramatic contrast between daytime and nighttime temps here in Amherst--sometimes as much as 30 degrees!--can mean nights when it sure feels like a chilly winter. Brrr! The changing seasons always … Continue reading Fall Blues and Stuffed Cookies
Every other week or so, we like to have something we call Mentor Tea Time, during which we invite all of our mentors to unwind after another week of classes and extracurriculars by helping us bake, eat, or just hang out. We had our first tea time of the year today! And on the menu … Continue reading First Mentor Tea Time of the Year
With the beginning of the academic year comes the beginning of the mentoring year, complete with the return of our 140 current mentors and 134 students already registered to start connecting on our online forums! Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there; we’re currently in the midst of interviewing and training new mentors and registering … Continue reading New School Year, Same Eater to Eater
With chillier weather settling in and the days already starting to get shorter, it truly is time to bid summer farewell. The creeping in of fall always heralds busy times for Reader to Reader as mentors and students return and the online forum connecting them starts up in full force. This year has certainly been … Continue reading Farewell, Summer!