Little Accomplishments – April 28th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – April 28th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

I finally got myself to work on one of these posts throughout the week, hahahah! Welcome back to this Friday’s Little Accomplishments, everyone!

My family and I have slowly been getting back to normal, which I’m so thankful for. We visited different libraries, spent some time outside (which my sinuses didn’t appreciate, haha), and ran different errands around the city, just like we usually do. 🙂 I hope and pray that your past week has been enjoyable, too!

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

This past week, I…

  • reached 300 followers! (Oh my goodness, guys! I can’t thank you enough ❤ )
  • got caught up on upcoming blog posts. (I end up waiting to complete posts until practically the day before I publish them, instead of having them ready days in advance! So, I prepared a little better this week: I’ve interviewed different people, baked some new treats, and browsed Pixabay for pictures I need in multiple posts.)
  • bought a watch. (I’ve been wanting one for a while. And this one was only $3!)

  • finished my Algebra II course. (Wooohooooo! Math + letters = not fun. HAHA)
  • checked out a lot of awesome books from the library. (From some kids’ novels for school (children’s literature), to some books that I’ve been wanting/needing to read for a while, our trip to the library on Monday was very productive! I’ve been reading more this past week than I have in a long time. [By the way, the one on the left is not a library book; it’s a devotional book from a friend. I just keep it beside my bed for easy access in the mornings!])

  • finished reading Anne of Green Gables. (I picked it up for a reading challenge I’ll be doing on my blog soon, and before I knew it … I was halfway through the book! I found all of the characters likeable within the first few chapters, and I just had to find out what happened next! [And, as you probably saw in the library haul pic above, I’m on my way to read the whole Anne series. lol])
this is the edition I read the story from. isn’t it beautiful?
  • dusted my desk and organized the drawers. (I usually have to do this bi-weekly – dust and stuff pile up fast!!)
  • further caught up on my Spanish. (Practically every week, I’ll fall behind a bit on memorizing words on Memrise [hah], then I’ll do my best to catch up again. However, I did just reach 500 memorized words on Spanish 3, which is pretty awesome!)

Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!

— Maggie

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Last summer, I visited the Great American Cookies Company with my dad and brothers, and he let each of us pick a cookie that we wanted to try. When I saw that they had lemon sugar cookies, I knew that I had to have one! I couldn’t get over how delicious it was – it had a sweet lemon flavor and was probably the best sugar cookie I’ve ever tasted.

While pondering what new recipes to try recently, as I scrolled down Pinterest and sifted through Allrecipes, I realized something: There’s probably a lemon sugar cookie recipe out there! It didn’t take me long to find one, and a few days later, I was getting busy in the kitchen.

The original recipe calls them ‘Princess Cookies,’ and while the story behind the name is adorable (check it out on Allrecipes!), ‘Lemon Sugar Cookies’ suits me better.

They turned out delicious! They weren’t as flavorful as the ones I had last summer, but that was to be expected, lol. Mine were free of artificial colors and preservatives! Mine had a light lemon flavor and a texture that was very cakelike. They weren’t spongy, or anything, but they were chewier than other cookies I’ve had!

I halved this recipe and made about 15 cookies. I used more lemon juice and zest than the recipe called for to make sure that they had a great lemon flavor. For the lemon glaze on top, I found a recipe from this cake, which I also halved.

So, let’s go ahead and see how I made these cookies!

Here are the ingredients:

I mixed the dry ingredients together:

Then I combined the wet ingredients in a separate bowl:

Next, I mixed them together!

Making sure not to overstir, I chilled the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Then I rolled them into little balls and baked them.

Once they had cooled for a few minutes, I made the lemon glaze (I used too much lemon juice – please don’t make the same mistake lol!) and drizzled it over all the cookies.

I loved how these turned out, and I’m looking forward to making them again! Let me know how you like them if you make them yourself. 🙂

Have a blessed Thursday, everyone!

— Maggie

Making the Change ~ Week Three

Making the Change ~ Week Three

When I first started writing these posts, I completely intended on striving after optimism, as well as a brighter outlook on life and a happier attitude. But then, life hit me with a lot of highs and lows, and I found myself fighting for joy more than ever before. It was definitely a test of faith, and I’m honestly positive that, through all of it, no matter what my initial responses to each situation and problem were, the Lord taught me much more than I can ever explain about knowing Him, and appreciating the family that I have.

So, this walk of change got off to a much, much rockier start than I would’ve ever anticipated … but I trust in my all-knowing Heavenly Father. There is a reason for it all, and I am thankful for the struggles, for I have grown ever closer to Him. 🙂

My prayer for this series is that I will slowly see a positive change in the areas of my life that have become so negative – and I believe that I’ve already started to see that change. ❤ I’d like to thank all of you for following along and encouraging me; I appreciate that more than I can ever express to you. 🙂

Making the Change – April 19th through April 25th

~ On Wednesday, I spent most of the afternoon at the hospital with my family. I felt at peace knowing that my family and our situation was in the Lord’s hands. I didn’t feel anxious, which was a wonderful change from the usual tension of stressful times.

~ On Thursday, my mom was doing much better than I thought she would be. My dad and I went grocery shopping for her (as it’s something she usually does) so that she could take it easy at home. I got lots of ingredients for baking recipes, and I’m looking forward to making them in the days to come. So, all in all, my Thursday was happy and productive. 🙂

~ On Friday, through a string of events that were hard on me but full of important lessons, I learned a lot about myself and the family that I love. It was definitely not a day that I desire to reflect on any further.

~ On Saturday, I played different games and did some fun activities with my 5 year old brother, Samuel. I learned more about forgiveness and looking past people’s faults and still loving them. ❤

~ On Sunday, something happened that left my whole family rather emotionally drained – but we again felt at peace with the knowledge that we’re in the Lord’s hands, and that no matter what happens, He will be here for us. ❤

~ On Monday, I got along much better with my brothers (there was much less bickering and taking silly jokes too far, lol), and the three of us had fun playing Minecraft all together. I love doing multiplayer games!

~ On Tuesday, we spent the late morning and all of the afternoon running errands. We got so much done, which I am extremely thankful for, but it also left us pretty worn out!

And today (Wednesday), I’ve published this post!

If you’re working on making a positive change in your life, I would be so happy to talk to you in the comments below. 🙂

What is something that YOU desire to change in your life?

I hope that everyone’s Wednesday has gotten off to a beautiful start. xx

— Maggie