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Friday Favorites with Dottie: Dottie's Favorite Book

03 November, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

One of my favorite things about living with Momma Dot is story time. Every night after dinner, we sit by the fire and read each other stories. I love story time because it allows me to create new memories with Momma Dot, but it also lets me pull some of my favorite childhood stories from the bookshelf. Yesterday, as we were reading by the fire, I came across one of my old childhood favorites: The Velveteen Rabbit. It’s such a beautiful story, probably one of my all-time favorites, but man is it a tear-jerker.

 If you’ve never read The Velveteen Rabbit, I certainly recommend it. It’s about a child who receives a small rabbit as a present for Christmas. As time goes on, the boy forgets the velveteen rabbit for a while. He plays with all his new toys, the shiny, updated, and unbroken ones. The rabbit, shabby and sewn, is captivated by the love the boy gives the new boy, and wishes to be loved as much as the new toys. However, an old and wise toy tells the rabbit that realness cannot be ugly, that realness occurs at one’s shabbiest. The boy eventually begins to play with the rabbit again, and well, I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will warn you: Grab some tissues. Although this book is made for children, even as a bigger bird, it’s still one of my all-time favorites.

After I recovered from the sniffles induced by this childhood classic, I stood on my tippy toes to reach the book that just so happened to be perched on the very top shelf. The picture book toppled over my head and landed with a soft thud on the straw-nest floor. I brushed off the dust and looked with enchantment at another one of my favorites, Blacksburg A to Z. Every time I crack open the book my head flutters with excitement, there are so many of my favorite places! Blacksburg A to Z is bursting with nostalgia and memories from living in Blacksburg and being a part of the wonderful Hokie Community. Momma Dot read me a few pages before I drifted off to sleep with dreams adventures in my dear hometown, Blacksburg, Virginia.

If you’re a bookworm like me, I’d highly suggest checking out these nostalgia-inducing books. Momma Dot agrees. If you haven’t read them, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.


Until next time Hokies.





Dottie’s Spooktacular Halloween

31 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

BOO! Did I scare you?

It’s Halloween, Hokies. Today is going to be a spooktacular day. Little monsters are going to be running around, princesses and pirates will be knocking on every door, candy is going to be handed out for free, Halloween movie marathons will be on television, and Jack-o-Lanterns will light up the night for miles. It’s going to be amazing.

I have some super cool plans for today. First of all, I’m going to get ready in my costume. It’s a super scary costume: A Wahoo. I’m dressing up in orange and blue and everything. I even have the hat! Hokies everywhere will be terrified of such a hideous sight. After I finish getting ready and putting on my costume, I plan on strutting around the Drillfield for a little while. I want to spook all the Hokies and hand out some candy. Oh man, I love candy, so I’m buying a lot so I can have some too. Herhsey’s, Twix, Reese’s, Skittles, M&Ms… My beak is watering!

After I walk around the Drillfield and greet my fellow Hokies with candy, I plan on going back to my nest to prepare for all the little monster visitors. I’ll light my pumpkins, hang all of the egg carton bats I made and add some spider webs to all the corners of my nest. I went all out this year and got a fog machine. It makes for the perfect haunted atmosphere. I also made goodie bags for each of the little creatures that come to visit me today. There’s spider rings, candy, eyeballs, glow sticks, and all kinds of goodies in each bag. And of course, you know I added Hokie stickers as well. What’s Halloween without a hint Hokie?

After the trick-or-treaters stop coming, I plan on turning off all the lights, cuddling up under my favorite blanket, and watching scary movies all night with Momma Dot. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I hope the movies scare the feathers off-of me.

But that’s enough about my plans. What are you doing today? What are you dressing up as? Are you as excited as I am? You should be!


Have a spooktaculary haunting Halloween!




Dottie's Friday Favorites: A Fantastic Fall Recipe

27 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment


Hi, guys! Dottie here. Welcome to Friday Favorites with Dottie. Today I want to tell you guys about my new all-time favorite fall recipe. You ready? VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS. I promise they’re much better than they sound. “Vegan” can be a scary word for some; but it just means that the recipe isn’t made with any animal product. I mean, that would practically be cannibalism. Anyways, I made them last night with Momma Dot, and boy did we have quite the feast. Let me give you the recipe. Grab a pencil and write this down quickly! 

1 Cup of Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup of Silk Original Almond Milk

¾ Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

½ Cup Light Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

1 ¾ Cups of Flour

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

½ Cup of White sugar

½ Cup Olive Oil


            First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, find a mixing bowl and combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in the bowl. Make sure it’s mixed together well before you do the next step! After your flour mixture is evenly mixed, stir in your pureed pumpkin, vanilla, almond milk, and olive oil. Voila! You have vegan pumpkin mix! After you’ve got your mixture, find the nearest muffin pan and line it with cupcake liners. I prefer maroon and orange ones, but I could be biased. Fill the liners about 2/3 of the way full. Then, if you’re feeling sassy like me, sprinkle ¼ of a teaspoon of brown sugar on each muffin, along with some almond flakes. Put those bad boys in the oven and bake them for 16-20 minutes. To make sure your muffins are done, stick them with a toothpick. If they come out clean, you’re all set. Let your muffins cool for a bit and then dig in.

            Personally, Momma and I couldn’t wait for them to cool, so we ate them immediately. I did burn a few feathers, but overall, it was the best decision ever. Eating those muffins while they were still warm was pure bliss. And, wanna know the best part? They’re pretty healthy! So you don’t have to worry about eating one, or two, or the whole plate… Eat muffin is about 180 calories each, and the recipe claims to make only 14 muffins. However, we made the muffins a little smaller so we could feel like we were eating more!

            If you want a quick and easy recipe to make with your family, or if you’re having a sweet-tooth attack, whip up these cute little muffins and all your cravings will be satisfied. They’re definitely my new favorite fall recipe. That’s all for today. Stay warm, Hokies.


Until next time.







Embrace the Rain

23 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

What a beautiful day! You may be thinking, “Dottie, you crazy bird! It’s dreary and gray outside.” But I promise, I’m not a bird brain. It really is a beautiful, calm Monday. “But Dottie, the rain…” The rain isn’t stopping anything, flock. Settle down in your nests for a bit, stretch your feathers, you’re in for a quick life lesson with Dottie.

Rain is inevitable, my friends, and there are many types: heavy rains that never seem to end, slight drizzles that add a little extra inconvenience to the day, rain that cools off the sizzling earth, fierce rain that smacks against the windows and sends shivers down the trees, and quiet rain that pecks against a tin roof, lulling you to sleep. Just as there is a wide and wonderful variety of flowers, there’s a wide and wonderful variety of rain. And while most of us enjoy roses and daisies, we forget it is the rain that creates such colorful petals and greened stalks. And just as there is beauty in a rose petal, there’s beauty in a streak of droplets snaking down the window. Rain isn’t dreary; it’s necessary. For growth, for renewal. Without rain, how could we appreciate the sunshine? Without a storm, how could we appreciate the calm? My friends, there is beauty even in the rain.  

Sometimes, the rain comes at the most unexpected moments. Sometimes, it drowns out plans or adds extra bleakness to an already bleak day. Sometimes, the rain may never seem to end; the skies get dark and the days drag on. But fear not, Hokies. The sun will surely come; the rain will surely end. Just remember, even the rain has a purpose. Don’t add extra tears to a crying sky. Cheer up and dance with the raindrops. Embrace the rain.

“Dottie, is this blog a metaphor for life?”

Well that’s up to you, my feather-loving friends. 

Have a fantastic day, Hokies. Enjoy this rainy Monday. Grab your favorite umbrella, strap on your rain boots, and go hop in a few puddles. Snuggle up under a soft blanket, sip on a cup of cocoa, and read your favorite book. Turn off your television and cut off the music. Listen to the rain; embrace it. The rain isn’t so bad after all.


Stay happy, Hokies.






Dottie's Friday Favorites: Fall is Here

13 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hey guys, welcome to Friday Favorites with Dottie! Today I want to tell you guys a little bit about my favorite season. Can you guess it? I’ll give you a hint…. Crunchy leaves, crisp air, sweater weather. Of course, it’s fall. Fall is the best time of the year, especially in Blacksburg. The trees turn maroon and orange (the best colors ever), weekends are filled with Hokie football, and scary movies are on for an entire month! And there are pumpkins everywhere. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin candles, pumpkin décor. OH! And don’t forget Halloween. Man, I love Halloween. I think the spookiest costume I’ve ever seen was a hunter. It was absolutely terrifying.

As a Hokie, there are so many events you can get involved in during the fall. You can go pumpkin picking at Sinkland Farms in Christiansburg (I love pumpkins, okay?), go to an apple orchard at Doe Creek Farms, visit the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market for some fresh Thanksgiving ingredients, go hiking in the beautiful mountains or riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or you can come to Lane Stadium on most Saturdays and see me! You can also take in the beautiful Virginia Tech fall scenery by strolling through campus. It’s hard to be stressed when the campus is so beautiful.

Fall also means hoodie weather! So comfy. You can gather around a campfire in your favorite Virginia Tech hoodie and roast s’mores. You can also tell the greatest tales of them all: The Legend of the Wahoo Victory and How the Hokies Overcame the Buckeyes. Pretty great stories if you ask me. Legend has it that the Wahoo Victory has yet to be seen. Who knows?

Overall, I just adore fall. It’s colorful, magical, eventful, and filled with the best foods and aromas possible. The fashion is great, the food is great, the football is great. Everything about fall is great. Right now, there’s a pile of colorful leaves waiting to be jumped in. I must go! Until next time Hokies. See you next Friday!




Midterm Mania: Tips on Surviving Midterm Week

09 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment


Dottie here! I cannot believe it’s already the middle of the semester. It seems like this semester has just flown right by (no bird puns intended). And although the middle of the semester happens to be the most fun with holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, every Hokie knows exactly how stressful it is at the same time. Exam after exam, paper after paper, assignment after assignment; let’s be honest, fellow Hokies: midterm week is brutal. However, I like to try and stay positive; it makes midterms a little bit more manageable. So, to help you guys out, I’ve put together a list for surviving midterm week.


  • Time Management

I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again, “Make sure you manage your time wisely.” But it’s true, folks. The more time you allot to studying, the better chances you have of genuinely learning something. Fun fact: it’s been proven that cramming actually forces knowledge out of long term memory, and only stores new information in short term memory. So, the more you cram, the less you’re likely to remember things later on. If you have an exam, try to give yourself at least three study days. That way, you can reread old material, rewrite or go over notes, and create a study guide to go by.

  • Flash Cards

One of my favorite ways to study is by using flash cards. Not only do you have to rewrite the information on an index card, but you get to read it and answer it aloud as well. This tactic hits almost every single learning style. You rewrite the information, read the question, answer the question out loud, and then read the answer. Flash cards are a great way to learn, especially if you have a key-terms section on your exam.

  • Treat Yo’self

One way to make yourself sit down is study is by creating a rewards system. For instance, if you get through three pages of notes, reward yourself with your favorite candy or a few minutes of your favorite show. Repeat this process until you’ve studied for an hour or two, or have gotten through a chapter. Once you’ve gotten to the end of the chapter, give yourself a big reward. When I get finished studying, I treat myself with the Hokie Pokie!

  • Listen to Music

Some people have a hard time focusing when they try to study and listen, so it’s okay if this tip is not for you. However, listening to classical music has been proven to help a person remember facts. Every time I write flashcards, I listen to soft classical music. Then, when I go to study these flashcards, I put the same classical music back on. This helps stimulate my memory, and helps me learn a little better.

  • Make time for You

One thing college students tend to forget is that it is okay to make time for yourself. It’s not good for somebody’s mental health to sit in a room all day studying. Go out and do something fun! Take a break and go bounce away at the new trampoline park in Christiansburg. Take your frustrations out on bowling pins. Go see a movie. Drown your midterm sorrows in ice cream. Try to spot my friend the Hokie Bird on campus. There’s tons of fun stuff to do to take your mind off studying for a while.


Overall, Hokies, midterms are survivable. Just take a deep breath and plan your time well. Think of it as the storm before the calm. As soon as midterms are over, you get to celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving. Just make sure to avoid the turkey, friends! Get plenty of rest, plenty of study time, and plenty of you time as well. I know it seems impossible, but you can do it. I believe in all my fellow Hokies. Good luck, flock!





Three Cheap and Easy Halloween Decorations

29 September, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi Ya'll, it's Dottie! Aside from Virginia Tech football season, my second favorite part of the year is creeping up.... Halloween!  With the leaves finally turning the most beautiful colors (maroon and orange of course), the crisp air creeping its way into the atmosphere, and pumpkins finally peeping out of every field, Halloween inspiration can be found everywhere. And honestly, what better way to get in the spooky spirit than by decorating for Halloween?

While decorations can undoubtedly be expensive, there are always cheats and shortcuts around high prices. With the popularity and admiration surrounding Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects, there are hundreds of Pinterest ideas for some super spooky, Hokie-fied Halloween decorations. With these decorations, you’re one step closer to being the world’s most haunting Hokie.

1.) Eye-zaleas 

This simple Halloween decoration can be created by all— even for you artistically challenged folks.

What you’ll need:

           Plastic Eyeballs

           Hot Glue

           Bouquet of Fake Flowers


Budget: $10.00

First, you’ll need to purchase all your supplies for this craft. A twelve count of plastic eyeballs can be purchased on Amazon for about $5.00. With that said, I’m sure a local Walmart carries plastic eyeballs in the Halloween section. Second, a bouquet of fake flowers can be found for free around the house, or be purchased at your local Dollar Tree for. If you have a glue gun, no purchase is necessary; however, cheap glue guns are just fine.

To create these monstrous bouquets, take one of your fake flowers and dab the center of the flower with hot glue. Place the eyeball on the hot glue and hold it there for a few seconds until it has time to dry. Repeat these steps for the remainder of the flowers. Finally, place your frightening flowers in an equally spooky vase, and BOO! Terrifying.


To Hokify this simply decoration, try using maroon and orange flowers.


2.) Milk Jug Monsters

Milk Jug Monsters are a great craft for kids, but they’re also a great way to use free materials to spookify your home. With this simple craft, parents can bond with their children, college roommates can share a laugh, and newlyweds can decorate their new homes for free.

What You’ll Need:

            Empty milk jugs

            A Black Marker OR Black Construction Paper

            Battery powered tea candles

Budget: Free - $5.00

This craft is as simple as the first. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can cut face designs out of black construction paper and glue them onto the empty jugs. However, most people just draw various faces on each empty jug. You can draw scary ghost faces, goofy ghost faces, or happy ghost faces: it just depends on personal style. Then, cut a hole big enough for a tea candle to be placed in the jug. Turn on the tea candle and you’ll scream in terror.


To Hokify this craft try drawing Hokie feet on one of your jugs.


3.) Egg Carton Bats

This craft is a little more advanced, but the steps are fairly simple. You can hang these little critters from the ceiling, from doors, or from light fixtures.

What You’ll Need:

            Empty Egg Carton


            Black paint (Acrylic or Spray Paint)

            Ribbon of choice

            Googly Eyes

            Hot Glue

Budget: $10.00-15.00

The good news is that Amazon has all of the items you need for this craft AND they will deliver them to your door. You can get a 500 pack of Googly eyes for $5.00 from Amazon. You can also get black paint from Amazon for about $5.00 as well. Although it would be easier to spray paint these creatures, I recommend acrylic paint because it typically runs cheaper and lasts longer. Ribbon ranges from $1.00 to $5.00, so depending on your budget, the price will vary

First, take your egg carton and paint it black. Let your carton dry and grab your scissors. Cut a piece of three-egged length of carton: two of these are the wings and the middle one is the head. On the two end pieces, cut a triangular shaped pattern across the bottom to create the shape of wings. Afterwards, make two small holes to run your ribbon through it the top of your bat’s head. Run one end of your ribbon through the top of the first hole, and then run the ribbon through the bottom of the second hole. After you complete this task, you should have two ends of ribbon that can be tied like a shoelace. Afterwards, glue on your eyes, and choose a place to hang your creation. Viola! You now have flying bats. 

 To Hokify this craft, paint them maroon and orange instead.

There you have it: three cheap and easy ways to liven up your living space. To make your place even creepier, try adding caution tape, spider webs, and red candles. You can purchase each of these items for about a dollar each. Also, don’t forget your Jack-o-lantern’s! You can’t have Halloween without a carved pumpkin! Impress your friends by carving the VT logo on your pumpkin. Most importantly, have a spooktacular time!

A Second Chance: Virginia Tech vs. Clemson

25 September, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment


     Last year, the Hokies made it to the ACC championship to take on the Clemson Tigers. The game was certainly a nail biter, and the Hokies only trailed the Tigers by a single touchdown. While most believed the Hokies would suffer a devastating loss, the final score was a surprising 42-35. Fans were shocked by the outcome. While the loss hurt overall Hokie pride, Virginia Tech’s determination to win was extremely impressive. Their persistence and perseverance made every Hokie proud.

     This year, the Hokies will prevail.

     On Saturday, September 30, the Clemson Tigers will place their paws on Hokie territory. With a maroon effect in place, the advantage will be ours as a sea of maroon will be roaring with pride. The Tigers will shake with fear as a maroon wave repeatedly crashes over the stands, Enter Sandman blasting in the background. The ground will shake. The echo of triumph will bounce off the metal bleachers, the spirit of the Hokie will be heard in every corner. A mass of orange colored faces will be chanting wholeheartedly, victory on every heart and mind. Hands will fly in the air alongside the most beautifully constructed paper airplanes. Horses will run on treadmills, fans will dance to jukebox tunes.  Cheerleaders will lead the crowd while twirlers toss their batons in the air. Trumpets and drums will stir the crowd further. Cadets will do pushups, alumni will reminisce. Students will produce a boisterous H-O-K-I-E-S as Virginia Tech inches their way to the end zone.

     And then we’ll score.

     The Hokie bird will dance happily, the fans awed by this mascot of school spirit. Dottie will cheer as she watches from the stands; her family will cheer as they watch from home. Inch by inch and yard by yard, our second chance will sparkle before our eyes, fully reachable, fully tangible. The clock will tick down, time will pass. The Hokie Pokie will be played, turkey legs will be gnawed on. Sweat will drip from the team’s brows, determination will line their eyes. The thirst for competition is quenched as the final quarter makes its way around. Tigers tremble. Hokies hurrah. And suddenly, the Hokies are seconds away from tackling victory.

     And we win.

     Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Virginia Tech Hokies seize their second chance. We need your help. Lane needs your presence.

     We are Virginia Tech. We can, and we will, prevail.

Hokie Freshmen Essentials

16 August, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hey Hokies,

With summer coming to a close, it time to embark on fall! Changing leaves, jumbo scarfs, cool weather and of course FOOTBALL! As we gear up for the start of fall, we also welcome something even more exciting; NEW HOKIES! I can remember my freshmen year like it was yesterday…With all the excitement of meeting new friends, being in a new place, and pursuing new dreams, it’s safe to say that your freshman Hokie might forget a few college essentials. So I’ve decided to compile a little checklist for you and your Hokie on #hokieessentials to make sure your Hokie has the best freshmen year possible!

  1. Box Fan- Dorm life is one of the best experiences! Even though most of the dorms don’t have AC.... Box fans are the perfect way for your Hokie to stay cool; they also fit perfectly in windows!


  1. Small Brita Water Filter- This Eco-friendly hack will save money on bottles of water and your Hokie will appreciate the crisp taste over water fountain water. (Plus it stores easily in a mini fridge)


  1. Clorox Wipes- Let’s face it, college can get messy sometimes. Keep these on hand for simple cleanups!


  1. Ziploc Bags- This simple item will come in handy more than you’d think; from organizing desk items, storing toiletry items and packing snacks for when you are on the go.


  1. Command Hooks- And lots of them. Everything from hanging calendars/wall decorations to hanging up lanyards with keys; these little guys will come in handy!


  1. Extra Phone Charger- With all the new friends you meet and places you’ll go, I recommend keeping extra chargers on deck in case they get accidentally taken or broken. It’s also not a bad idea to keep one in your book bag when you’re on campus.


  1. First Aid Kit- I remember my freshmen year and getting so many paper cuts! Make sure your Hokie has access to the basics to cure anything from head colds to minor cuts.


  1. Flip Flops- Community showers… just take my word for it and bring a pair a flip flops to wear in the shower.


And my biggest must have of all….


  1. A PLANNER- College can be a bit over whelming at times. Keeping track of assignments and exams and having everything written down will make your life 10X easier!

Well Hokies that’s all for now! Good luck class of 2021! You’re about to embark on one of the most amazing journeys of your life. Yes, college isn’t always easy, there will be highs and lows, trust me; but you’ll get through them! You’ll meet so many new people and do so many exciting things!

Are you new to town or haven’t been back for a while? Pick up a copy of our Blacksburg A to Z book to help you and your freshman Hokie get to know Blacksburg!


That's all for now....

XOXO Dottie

Dottie's Top 3 Tasty Tailgate Recipes

07 August, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hiya Folks, it’s Dottie bringing you another blog post! This week I’m getting to talk about my two favorite things… FOOTBALL and FOOD! Hope you enjoy!

With football season coming up, I’m sure we’re all counting down the days. I can already smell the burgers on the grill at tailgates and hear the distant sounds of Enter Sandman.  With Hokie football fast approaching, it’s time to start perfecting your festive Hokie tailgate menu!

Not trying to brag or anything, but over the years I’ve been to my fair share of tailgates. Some may even say I’m a PROFESSIONAL tailgater! So today, I’ve decided to share with you my favorite tailgate treats that are not only simple and affordable but TASTY! Without further ado, here’s my top 3 Hokie bird approved tailgate treats that will be sure to spice up your festivities this football season!

First on my list is…

~ 3 Ingredient Meatballs~

Meatballs are a classic tailgate treat. They are perfect for sharing *or if you’re like me you can eat an entire plate to yourself! * This recipe is perfect for game day and is super simple to make all you need is:

  1. Frozen Meat balls (Pre-cooked).
  2. A jar of Grape Jelly.
  3. BBQ Sauce of your choice.

And that’s it! Crazy right?!

Just mix your ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours then your perfect bite sized snacks are ready to eat!

Next on the list,

~ Hokie Themed Cake Pops~

There’s nothing a Hokie bird loves more than consuming bite sized pieces of maroon and orange cake on a stick. *I’m drooling just thinking about it! * These tasty treats are a tailgate essential and can even double as decorative piece as well! Kinda’ like you’re killing two… with one stone… well… you know how that expression goes.

Anyways, these are super fun plus easy to make! Just follow the recipe and decorate your cake pops with maroon and orange and you’re good to go!

My Last Hokie tailgate essential is something a little more savory to go with your sweet treats!

~Tater Tot Skewers~

This treat can be made in advance or at your tailgate! Just bring the pre-cooked tots to your tailgate, some skewers, and whatever topping you want (My favorite is bacon and cheese!).  Heat them over the grill! Your guests will love this fun and easy to eat dish!

Well Hokie Fans, I’ve got to go. All this talk about food is making me hungry! May your tailgates be filled with laughter, friends and of course tater tots!!