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Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 4: They’re Just Ranger Cookies

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 4: They’re Just Ranger Cookies
Submitted by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing 

“My grandmother used to make these, and I used to eat them like it was my job! When people asked her what kind of cookie they were, she always answered ‘Oh, They’re Just Ranger Cookies.’ My dad, who’s 87, still asks me to make him a batch each Christmas.”

Image courtesy of Fantabulosity.


1 cup shortening.
1 cup sugar.
1 cup packed brown sugar.
2 large eggs, room temperature.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
2 cups all-purpose flour.
1 teaspoon baking soda.
1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
2 cups quick-cooking oats.
2 cups crisp rice cereal.
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in oats, cereal and coconut.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until golden brown, 7-9 minutes.
  • Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.


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Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 3: Christmas Bark

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 3: Christmas Bark

Recipe submitted by Anna Jankowski, ’22 CLAS

Image courtesy of Joe Lingeman.


  • 48 saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve; enough to line a rimmed baking sheet).
  • sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter.
  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar.
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 11 ounces).


  • Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange the saltine crackers in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Place the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring just a few times, for 3 minutes. The mixture will be thickened slightly and homogeneous.
  • Working quickly, pour the hot toffee mixture over the crackers, spreading it so most of the crackers are completely covered.
  • Bake until the toffee is bubbling and both the crackers and toffee are beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Let the chocolate melt for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to spread the chocolate into an even layer. Set aside to cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into 30 pieces.

For more bark recipes visit this website.


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This Giving Tuesday Consider Donating to Falvey Library

Falvey Library inspires students to challenge their minds and hearts by accessing expansive print, digital, and archival resources and collaborating with expert subject librarians and staff.

That is why we are asking you to consider supporting the Library this Giving Tuesday.

The University is recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, and the Library is a critical component of student and faculty research and scholarship. In 2013, the Association of College and Research Libraries honored the Library with the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for its outstanding accomplishments in furthering Villanova’s educational mission – yet there remains opportunities for Falvey to do more in support of Villanova’s student-scholars.

Help the Library this Giving Tuesday to continue to evolve to meet the needs of modern students, acting as the campus’ academic and intellectual hub and a point of alumni pride.

Falvey Library by the Numbers:
Falvey teems with students seeking study space, essential resources and librarians to guide their research and studies. But did you know just how much support the Library provides students and faculty?

In 2020-21 academic year, which was during the pandemic:

  • Students, faculty, and community members visited the Library approximately 146,000 times.
  • The collection was used over 600,000 times, including roughly 16,000 physical circulations, 11,000 streaming video views, 127,000 eBook chapters, and 470,000 journal articles.
  • Librarian staff provided more than 3,400 annual in-person and online consultations.
  • The Library hosted more than 200 academic and social events in-person and virtually.

Falvey Library has never been more essential to the campus community, providing resources vital to student and faculty academic and research success.

Give to support the Library today!

Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is the Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Article originally posted on December 3, 2019. 





Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 2: Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 2: Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Recipe submitted by Darren Poley, Theology & Religious Studies; Humanities & Classical Studies Librarian

Image courtesy of The Charming Detroiter.

Hardware needed:

  • 14-inch heavy skillet with lid.
  • Wooden spoon.
  • 2 quart serving dish with lid.
  • Serving spoon.


  • 3 Tablespoons butter (or cut one half of a stick of butter into thirds).
  • ½ Cup pine nuts (or one 2 oz. bag).
  • 1½ Pounds fresh brussels sprouts (or two 12 oz bags). Trim stems and halve.
  • 1 Cup low-salt chicken broth (or one half of 14.5 oz can of chicken broth).
  • 2 Shallots minced (or one bunch of 6-8 small green onions. Trim roots and dark green stems and mince white and light green bottoms).
  • 1 Tablespoon (or two 0.25 oz boxes) fresh marjoram, chopped.
  • 1/3 Cup heavy whipping cream (or one pint of light cream).


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add nuts and stir until golden, about 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer nuts to small bowl.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in same skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add sprouts; stir 1 minute.
  6. Add broth; cover and simmer until sprouts are almost tender, about 7 minutes.
  7. Uncover and simmer until broth evaporates, about 5 more minutes.
  8. Using wooden spoon, push sprouts to sides of skillet. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in center of same skillet.
  9. Add shallots; sauté until tender, about 2 minutes.
  10. Stir in marjoram, then cream.
  11. Simmer until Brussels sprouts are coated with cream, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes.
  12. Season with salt and pepper.

Above can be done 4 hours ahead. Just cover and chill. Then stir over medium heat to rewarm.

  1. Transfer warm Brussels sprouts mixture to serving platter.
  2. Mix in half of pine nuts.
  3. Sprinkle remaining pine nuts on top.



Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 1: Buckeyes

Advent 2022 begins today (Sunday, Nov. 27) and ends Saturday, Dec. 24. The season is a time of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. For more on Advent, read this blog by Darren Poley, Librarian for Theology & Religious Studies; Humanities & Classical Studies. Join Mission and Ministry for Advent reflections from the Villanova community. Sign up to receive seasonal reflections via a daily email, PDF booklet, or print booklet (limited quantity). Explore previous reflections here.

To celebrate the end-of-year tradition, Falvey Library staff are sharing their favorite holiday recipes. Enjoy these daily dishes, and maybe try making one (or two) of these recipes with your friends and loved ones. Happy Holidays, Wildcats!

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 1: Buckeyes

Recipe submitted by Kallie Stahl, Communication & Marketing Specialist

O-H! The (un)official dessert of the state of Ohio, Buckeyes (basically a homemade Reese’s peanut butter cup) are named after the nuts of the Buckeye tree (the state tree of Ohio). Though the actual nuts of the Buckeye tree are poisonous, their look-a-like peanut butter balls are a delicious delicacy! Served during every THE Ohio State University football game, many Ohioans expect these treats to be featured on holiday cookie trays. If you enjoy peanut butter and chocolate, check out the simple recipe below.


  • 2½ cups creamy peanut butter (Jif if possible).
  • 4 cups powdered sugar.
  • 1 stick margarine.

Roll into balls (about a tablespoon of the mixture) and chill overnight.

The next day:

  • Melt Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares (bricks or pellets) in a double boiler or in small batches in the microwave.
  • Use toothpicks to dip the peanut butter balls into melted chocolate.
  • Chill overnight.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.





TBT: Thankful for Wildcats

Whiteboard art created by Joanne Quinn on November 17, 2017.

Falvey Library is thankful for our Wildcats! Happy Thanksgiving, Nova Nation!


Falvey Library Service Hours: Thanksgiving 2022

Thanksgiving traditions may be as varied as the number of families which celebrate them, but one thing that we all can agree on is the benefit of an attitude of gratitude on this special day. In that spirit, Falvey Library wishes you, your family, and friends the warmth and blessings of the season.

Please take note of our amended hours during Thanksgiving break. Throughout the break, Villanova students, faculty and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard for quiet study, contactless pickup, printing, and self-scanning services. Virtual resources (articles, e-books, and more!) are always available via our website:

Joanne QuinnJoanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Library.


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Photo Friday: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW)

Image of the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) display on Falvey's first floor.

Photo courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) food drive. There’s still time to drop off non-perishable food items. Just look for the donation box on Falvey’s first floor (in front of the HHAW display).

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.





TBT: Introducing Falvey Memorial Library

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

On November 16, 1968, Villanova celebrated the dedication of Falvey Memorial Library. Yesterday marks 54 years since this historic ceremony. Here is a picture of the program from the event, including information about the Rev. Daniel P. Falvey, OSA, and pictures from the original library at Villanova. Click here to celebrate this great event.

Anna JankowskiAnna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a senior Communication Major from just outside Baltimore who ​​works as a Communication & Marketing Assistant in Falvey.






TBT: HHAW Run For Hunger

Photo courtesy pf the Villanova University Digital Library.

In 1975, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) was started by Father Ray Jackson and a group of Villanova students. This organization has a deep history at Villanova. This year, HHAW week is Sunday, Nov. 13 to Saturday, Nov. 19. You can donate a meal or enter the raffle to win prizes at this link. This week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) is a letter from 1986 that Katie Dean, Chairperson of Run for Hunger, distributed to Villanova faculty.

Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a senior Communication major from just outside Baltimore who ​​works as a Communication & Marketing Assistant in Falvey Library.





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Last Modified: November 10, 2022