Peach Muffins!!

Peach Muffins!!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another weekly dose of my tasty treats! haha

Should I open each recipe like that in the future? I think I should lol

Anyway, I know that I’m always excited whenever I make anything new, but these peach muffins really are worth celebrating. If for no other reason, I’ve been wanting to make some of my own for a few summers now! I had an absolutely delicious peach muffin at a downtown coffee shop near where I live back in 2015 and ohhhh, man. I’m so glad that I found a recipe on Pinterest and got to make some of my own!

I changed the original recipe around a bit by substituting the butter for margarine (I’ve found that butter gives me bad acne, which makes me very sad!); canned peaches instead of fresh ones, as they’re not in season yet; and even though I took a picture of it, I forgot to put in the vanilla. I’ll leave it in the list of ingredients, but just know that I made mine without it, and they turned out great! haha

As they didn’t turn out to have a strong peach flavor, my mom suggested that I use peach preserves next time, along with the canned peaches. I’ll have to blog about it when I see how that goes!

The crumble topping was very hard to “sprinkle” on the muffins, and I honestly don’t think it added anything flavorful to them. You could skip this step, or use butter like the original recipe called for, or try out something completely different to crumble on top. I wouldn’t recommend doing what I did; margarine doesn’t crumble. lol

I was able to make fifteen muffins with what this recipe yielded, but it just depends on what tins you use. ūüôā

I hope that everyone’s having a wonderful Thursday so far! ‚̧ Enjoy the recipe.

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Peach Muffins

{Ingredients}

For the Muffins:

¬ľ cup margarine

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg

2-1/3 cups flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

¬Ĺ tsp salt

¬ĺ cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract (still tastes good without)

1 15oz can of canned peaches

For the Crumble Topping:

¬ľ cup sugar

3 Tbsp flour

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

2-¬Ĺ Tbsp margarine

{Directions}

1- Preheat oven to 375¬įF.

2. Chop up the canned peaches into small chunks and put them in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix the margarine with the sugar until fluffy, then add the egg until it’s blended.

4. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix in the vanilla extract.

6. Slowly stir in the peaches with a spoon.

7. Spoon the batter into cupcake-lined tins (or disposable cupcake tins) until they’re 2/3 of the way full.

8. Make the crumble topping: mix the sugar, flour, ground cinnamon, and margarine together in a small bowl. After chopping it up as best you can to create crumbs, sprinkle on top of the muffins.

9. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.

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Thank you so much for reading! These turned out amazing, and I can’t wait to make them again and experiment until I get them just right.

Have YOU ever tried peach muffins?

— Maggie

A Little Update

Hey, guys. ūüôā I wanted to write this little update post to ask you to keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. We’ve been going through a lot recently, and it’s really been affecting us – me included.

We’re doing alright (I don’t want anyone to worry), but because I’ve been feeling so emotionally drained, I’ve been slacking off on reading the blogs that I follow, as well as responding to comments. It’s something that I love doing every day, so I’ve missed it and felt bad about not talking to all of the lovely bloggers that I know like I used to.

I want to let anyone wondering know that I’m not ignoring anyone or not reading anyone’s new posts anymore; I can’t right now. I need this break from interactions – both on my blog, and on yours. If you’d like to reach me to talk about something, you can find my email on my contact page.

I’ll be back soon, and I’ll make sure to catch up with reading your blogs and replying to comments as soon as I can ūüôā ‚̧

In all God’s love,

Maggie

Chemistry 101 ~ A Student Review

Chemistry 101 ~ A Student Review

Homeschool product¬†reviews are most commonly done by homeschooling teachers, so I’m breaking the mold a bit¬†here, haha!¬†As an 11th grade homeschooled student, I just recently finished a science course that was absolutely¬†amazing, and I knew that I just had to give my review of it.

Today’s post is all about Chemistry 101: An Overview of God’s Chemical World.


my bear wanted to pose with the case because it turns out that he loved it just as much as I did. hehe!

Chemistry 101¬†is a Christian high school chemistry course. It’s nearly 11 hours long, consisting of¬†19 episodes (between 20-45 minutes each), and with each episode, there’s a section in the included booklet called the Guidebook. The Guidebook¬†gives¬†more information on all of¬†the topics covered, as well as additional segment quizzes, relevant activities, easy science experiments,¬†and field trip suggestions.

From the ancient study of alchemy to the future of chemistry, Wes Olson, the creator, and star of the series, did a great job of covering everything clearly, informatively, and enjoyably.

While this course is specifically designed for high schoolers, it can definitely be fun for all ages! Everything is family-friendly, which means that children, as well as parents, can join in on learning.

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Back in August of last year,¬†my mom planned for me to watch¬†Chemistry 101 for my 11th grade science. The previous year, I watched Biology 101¬†and absolutely loved it; not only was it done well, but I’ve always been interested in learning about animals, as well as how we work, so I’m not surprised that I enjoyed it.¬†Learning about plant life turned out to be interesting, as well. ūüôā

Anyway, even though I was really looking forward to watching Wes Olson teach science for the¬†upcoming year of my schoolwork, I was still¬†dreading the thought of studying chemistry. I’ve never liked science-y stuff, atom models look terrifying, many concepts look too hard to even begin¬†to comprehend, etc¬†… but after watching just the first few segments, I¬†found myself¬†looking forward¬†to learning about the Periodic Table of the Elements and enjoying learning everything that he discussed!

This course isn’t the same as other school curriculums; it’s really designed to teach anyone interested in the fundamentals of chemistry, from the elements to all of the brilliant people whose revolutionary ideas brought us to the understanding of chemistry that we have¬†today. Chemistry 101¬†was my favorite school subject, and in all of my years of schooling, out of all of the great courses my mom has found to teach me, that’s a high compliment.¬†It’s worth every penny and so much more.

Even though I’ve already watched the DVDs twice through, as that was the course requirement (and, as¬†I just realized, means that I’ve spent almost a whole day of my life watching it, hahah!!), I’m looking forward to watching it¬†all over again¬†at some point in the future. I was so sad to finish it, but I completely intend on continuing my study of chemistry, as well as other areas of science, on my own. Currently, I’m¬†reading a book I found at¬†the library¬†on atoms, and it’s been quite intriguing so far!

If anyone reading this¬†is interested in having a better understanding of God’s chemical world, then this is the course that you¬†NEED to buy!

  • Click here to learn more about Chemistry 101,
  • Click here to visit the 101 Series online store,
  • Click here to watch the full, 38-min Chemistry 101 introduction!

To finish this review,¬†I’ve written a note¬†to the whole Olson family: Thank you so much for your curriculums!!! You have completely changed my view of science for the better, and the fact that you did it as a family makes it so¬†special. I know how much of a group effort all three (soon to be four) were, and I can’t applaud you all enough.¬†I also¬†can’t express how excited I am to watch Physics 101¬†during my last year of school! ūüôā I’ll probably write a review on that after I’ve completed it.

— Maggie

Full of Blessings

Full of Blessings

The art of being content doesn’t come easily to us.

I find myself consistently obsessing over the fact that I have less¬†than what I believe I need to be happy.¬†And while I think that it’s a good thing to yearn for change sometimes, it is, for the most part, unnecessary, and ruins our joy of the present.

What if our minds were more trained to see the positivity in our lives? What if it came naturally to us to be happy with what we have, and to thank the Lord for all that He has blessed us with?

That’s the main point of this post: blessings¬†– both the ones that we’re aware of, as well the ones we never even realize are there.

A few days ago, I was feeling stressed about and having anxiety over something in my life that is positive,¬†but is less¬†than what I’d really like. I was unsatisfied because it wasn’t enough to make me happy. When the Lord showed me what I was doing by putting the blessing in that light, my view of the situation instantly changed.¬†He gave it to me to bless me, and the way that the situation is right now is enough¬†– because it’s what He¬†desires.

There are certain things about my life that I’m not happy about, but they’re all part of my life for a reason. Sometimes, the Lord orchestrates negative situations and puts us in them so that we will learn something, or achieve something, or simply draw closer to Him … for our faith is greatly strengthened through hardship. As we learn to lean on Him, our trust in Him grows as He leads us through difficulties. He never allows anything in our lives that we can’t benefit from through trusting in Him.

In the near future, it is my desire to be more thankful for the blessings in my life, both big and small. From my sweet baby sister to this wonderful blog, the Lord has blessed me even when I don’t deserve it, even when it takes me forever to see it. I desire to do a better job of thanking Him for everything He’s done for me – He deserves all of my praise and so much more!

What has He blessed YOU with?

You don’t have to answer this question in the comments unless you so desire, but I would love it if you could simply consider the question. In what areas of your life can you see His hand at work?

— Maggie

Visit the ‘His Child‘ category on my blog for more spiritual inspiration.

#MyFirstPostRevisited

#MyFirstPostRevisited

A few weeks ago, I was tagged¬†in the #MyFirstPostRevisited tag by my wonderful friend, Margaret! If you have a moment, you should definitely go check out her blog; she posts daily Bible verses, as well as beautiful pictures to go along with them. ūüôā

I thought that this was a great idea for a tag, and I’m excited to get to do it!¬†It sounds like so much fun for everyone. However,¬†if your first post is boring, or embarrassing … it might not be as fun, haha! Unfortunately, mine happens to be the former, and I’ll explain why in a moment.

For this tag, you just thank the person who tagged you, repost the badge, then reblog or copy the content of your first post (no editing!) into the body of your post. My first post is short, as it is ‘A Short Introduction’ to my blog, haha! Kinda boring, but very informative. hehe

If you were wondering what the sole purpose of my blog is, you can find out below! Thanks for reading!

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A Short Introduction – January 7th, 2017

This blog will be both an outlet for me to express what makes me joyful in life, as well as to keep track of my journey when it comes to Guate. I’m letting my faith rest in what the Lord has put on my heart, and I’ll be working toward that dream in the years to come. In learning more Spanish and praying over my future, I’m finding joy in this time of waiting. While my future is far from clear to me, I am friends with the One Who holds my future, and I have found complete peace in trusting Him with it all.

He’s the One holding all of my tomorrows.

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And so, without further ado, if you‚Äôre interested in following along on my journey (I promise I won‚Äôt blow up your feed too much), feel free to come with me by clicking the ‚Äėfollow‚Äô button; it‚Äôs around here somewhere. ūüôā ¬°Adi√≥s!

My, what a blast from the past! Let’s see, I posted that about … three months ago. A bit less than that. My blog is very young. lol

And the reason I decided to start with an introduction is because I’ve had sooooo many blogs in the past, and¬†I needed to give myself a fresh start in the world of¬†blogging world; I needed to have purpose and a reason to look ahead and keep blogging.

This has definitely been my favorite blog so far (and that’s saying a lot, since I’ve had a ton!), and I hope to keep posting on it for a long time! ‚̧

I’m tagging …

Charity Hope

Aqsa

Jaylee Morgan

Veena

Shannon

All of these lovely ladies have absolutely beautiful blogs, and I love getting to read their posts! ‚̧

I hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend!

— Maggie

Little Accomplishments – March 24th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – March 24th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome back to another Little Accomplishments post!

Friday is honestly my favorite day now because I get to compile all of the things I’m happy about that happened this previous week! It inspires and motivates me immensely, and it’s honestly a great thing to look forward to each weekend. I also love getting to see what all of you have accomplished, because that’s exciting, as well! ūüôā

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

This past week, I…

  • got new sunglasses. (I realize how boring that sounds lol, but I’ve been needing to find a nice pair for months! So I’m pretty excited!)
  • reached a one-month streak on Memrise. (I also re-memorized a ton of words yesterday! I’ve learned so much Spanish this year alone. I’m pretty proud of myself hehe)
  • made my own language learning flashcards. (I was feeling very inspired after a conversation I had with Eccentric Muse the other day! Here’s this week’s picture proof. I just cut blank index cards in half, then wrote phrases I need practice on in English on one side, and Spanish on the other. I enjoyed making them, and I’m having even more fun when my mom and brother quiz me using them! I like working on my accent.)
  • crocheted a mini Harry Potter scarf. (Yup! I’ve known how to crochet since I was 8, and what’s cool about this particular project is that I completely free-styled with it; I didn’t follow any kind of pattern! You’re probably insanely curious now, so you can see how it looks below.)

Isn’t it cute?? I can’t decide if the model, or the scarf itself, is cuter!

(My mom thinks the bear should be my blog’s mascot. Do you agree?)

I hope that everyone’s had an awesome start to their weekend! And for those of us in the south, let’s hope and pray that the warm weather sticks around this time!!

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

— Maggie

Strawberry Shortcakes!

Strawberry Shortcakes!

For this week’s recipe, I’m sharing another very tasty dessert with all of you. As you can see from the title and pictures, I made little strawberry shortcakes this week!

This recipe¬†is¬†courtesy of my wonderful friend,¬†Margaret, who very kindly¬†shared it with me! Please go check out her blog; it’s my favorite on all of WordPress. ūüôā

Throughout March, I’ve been on a fruit-based desserts kick, as you’ve probably been able to tell from my¬†more recent dessert posts, lol. All of the ones that turned out (yeah, some didn’t haha), I’ve enjoyed blogging about. But before the month ends, I wanted to¬†share at least¬†one strawberry dessert, and this is it!

is four layers too much? haha I don’t know, but they sure tasted great!

I’ve never made strawberry shortcakes before, but these were awesome!!

All of the recipes I’ve shared on my blog have been simple and delicious, and these are no exception. You just make the cakes, make or buy your choice of whipped topping, then top each serving off with fresh strawberries. I’m sure other fruit would taste just as good with this, as well!

Unfortunately, my¬†shortcakes turned out lumpier than they should have this first time, and I think¬†it’s because I used a substitute baking mix instead of Bisquick … or maybe I just didn’t roll them into compact-enough mounds, hahahah! They were also dry and tasted more like biscuits (maybe they were supposed to), so next time, I’ll try something a little different. I have some ideas …

As a funny side note, when I was making my whipped topping earlier, I misunderstood what my mom had said, and I nearly added a little bit of heavy whipping cream¬†to a whole lot of sugar. I’m glad I realized¬†what she meant¬†right before adding the cream to the 3/4 cup of sugar!!

If you’re interested in making this yourself (make sure to get creative with the shortcake part, hehe),¬†you can find all the information you need¬†down below!¬†‚̧

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{Ingredients}

{Cakes}

2-1/3 cups flour

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder

¬Ĺ tsp salt, heaping

5 Tbsp + 1/3 Tbsp melted butter

2/3 cup milk

3 Tbsp sugar

{Toppings}

1 pint strawberries, cut and sugared

Whipped topping

{Directions}

Preheat the oven to 425¬įF. Thoroughly mix the flour, baking powder, salt, melted butter,¬†milk, and sugar together in a large bowl. Make them into six mounds and place them evenly apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Split shortcakes and fill with whipped topping and desired fruit.

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These were so simple and delicious! I’ll definitely be making¬†more throughout the summer. I love that they didn’t take long at all to bake; that will be nice during the hot months.

Thank you¬†for sharing with us, Margaret! ‚̧

Have YOU ever made strawberry shortcakes?
How did they turn out?

— Maggie

8 Awesome Second Language Learning Activities

8 Awesome Second Language Learning Activities

If you are interested in finding new ways to expose the little one/s in your life to the beauty of a new language, then you’re in the right place! On this post, I’ve compiled a list of¬†8 awesome second language learning activities that I’ve thought of, looked up,¬†and tried out myself. ūüôā

Typically, when you think of immersing children in a language that’s new to them, you think of high-cost programs, interactive TV shows, etc., but those aren’t the only resources out there! There are plenty of fun, free ways to teach children and let them have a great time, as well.

Related Post: 6 Ways To Make Second Language Learning Fun

Just remember that you don’t have to be proficient in the language yourself to teach your child! You can learn songs, read short books, do finger plays, play simple memory games, etc., and be learning right along with them. That’s what I’m doing, and I’m enjoying it just as much as my five-year-old brother!

I hope you enjoy this post!

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{Language Learning Activities}

1. Songs.¬†This is a great one for all ages! From nursery¬†rhymes to hit pop songs, there’s a large music selection¬†out there across a whole variety of languages. I’ve been listening to GallinaPintadita on YouTube recently because I’m¬†teaching my younger siblings Spanish, and “Los Pollitos Dicen” has been our favorite so far!

2. Finger plays. Look up “finger plays” in the language that you’re teaching and see what you find! I just did that myself, and I found an article on Google¬†that I’m going to have to read later hahahah

3. Simple conversation. Teach them words that they’d like to know in the new language! Bring up how to say different¬†subjects that they’re interested in, from cars, to toys, to animals,¬†and anything else, really. ūüôā

4. Digital activities. Computer games designed¬†for young children can easily be turned into a language learning experience if you talk about what they’re seeing and playing¬†in the new language, even if the game itself¬†is in English (or whatever language you two primarily speak). Be creative!

5. Books. This one’s my favorite! If you can get your hands on books written for children in the new language, then that’s a perfect way to immerse¬†your child (as long as they’re enjoying it!).¬†However, if you have to get picture books¬†or wordless books to discuss with them because you can’t get any in the language that you’re teaching, that works, as well. Visit your library and see what they have (unless you’re teaching a very young child, in which case I’d browse board books online).

6. Games. There are all sorts of games, from board games to card games to word games! Browse Google and see what you can find.

7. Flashcards. Depending on the child,¬†flashcards¬†can be very fun, or very boring. If you think your little one would enjoy flashcards (alphabet, animals, words, etc.), definitely give it a try! And if not … I wouldn’t recommend them. But don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of other fun ways to teach them.

8. Television. I don’t highly recommend this one, as studies done on children who watched foreign language shows have shown little to no signs of further language development, I thought I’d go ahead and list it as a possibility. This is because if you were to watch one of those shows with your child (Dora the Explorer or Handy Manny, for example) and talk about the show as you two watch it, that will be a¬†way better experience for them than if they watched it themselves!

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The key point throughout this whole post is that children will not be as receptive to a new language when left to learn it on their own. TV shows, books, computer games, interactive apps, and movies are awesome resources for doing with your child, not off by themselves.

Just like when¬†adults are learning a new language, children also learn best through experimentation; trying out new words, letting new sounds roll off our tongues, and growing more confident through praise and understanding. Simply watching and listening¬†doesn’t provide the same experience.

I hope that this post has helped and inspired you. If you have any suggestions of your own, please leave them down below!

How would YOU teach your child a new language?

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help!

— Maggie