Little To Do List – January 19th, 2018

Little To Do List – January 19th, 2018

Hey guys! Happy Friday to all of you 🙂 ❤ When I woke up this morning, I knew that I wanted to share a Little Accomplishments-style post on my blog at some point today, because I love having a mini weekend celebration in this fashion … but then I realized …

I didn’t get much done last week!

I was rather disappointed, haha, but I also understood. My family and I have all been on the edge of our seats lately, as there were two different evenings we were sure my mom was going into labor, but then they didn’t end up being the real thing. I don’t mind that, and it was my fault I didn’t get my to do list in order sooner, haha. It was a bit of an off-week productively, but I’m not worried about it – it just gives me further ideas for the new week!

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How about you? Did you get lots done this past week, or was your to do list in hibernation, too? I hope that whatever you did, you are happy that the weekend is here now. I certainly am! I intend on setting stronger goals for myself over the next seven days or so (as you’ll see below), which is why I wanted to do a reverse Little Accomplishments today. lol Instead of listing what I did, I’m listing what I’ll do!

I hope that you enjoy! ❤

Let’s celebrate each and every week – regardless of how productive we were!


Little To Do List

Over the next week, I plan to …

  • finish reading ‘The Virginian.’ I meant to have finished it already, but then about a quarter of the way through the book, I met a few boring chapters, and it slowed my progress immensely, lol. Now that I’ve made it past that part, I’m back to laughing over the antics of the main character, how the narrator perceives them, and the friendships the Virginian shares with many of the other cowboys he meets out west. I’m about a week behind now on reading a book a week, but I know I’ll catch up at some point on this year’s reading journey.

  • continue practicing writing with my new markers. With the Amazon gift card my parents gave me for Christmas, I bought some Crayola dual fine/brush tip markers for mysef, where one end of each marker has a tiny tip, and the other is a brush tip in a similar color. One is good for detail coloring, which I’ve been enjoying doing in my new coloring book, and the other is awesome for practicing calligraphy – something I’ve always wanted to do! When I make good progress with that, I’ll share some of what I’ve written with you guys.

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this is the tin they came in!
  • start reading ‘Hank and Jim.’ This book ended up taking forever for me to get from the library, haha, because it kept being checked out!! It’s this awesome biography written about the friendship between Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart, two actors whom I greatly admire. Hopefully, the novel will live up to all my expectations (which are only there in the first place because it took me over a month to get the book for myself, haha!), and I’ll let you know how I liked it in my next reading update post.

  • clean my phone. I’ve been meaning to do this for about a week now lol, and all it consists of is cleaning the exterior, then going through apps and photos. Come on, Maggie! Get it done!
  • bake and cook more. This to-do will actually something I must-do after my baby sister’s born, haha, because then my mom won’t have to stand as much and work in the kitchen and can instead take it easy after giving birth. As well as fixing dinners, I hope to make a dessert hopefully once a week. I made chocolate brownies on a whim this morning, and I am happy to say that they turned out great!
  • continue studying the Lord’s Word. Something like this probably isn’t necessary to include on my list of things to do, because I automatically do it throughout the day, anyway. Still, I did want to include it to even more deeply remind myself to pay attention to what He’s teaching me, because I never cease to learn something new every time I’m open to the beauty and wisdom the His Word contains. ❤
  • write more of what the Lord’s teaching me. As you saw in yesterday’s post, this is something I plan on doing as often as possible now. With the new notebook my dad bought for me, I can’t wait to get started!

  • play more games with Samuel. With so much attention being given to Elizabeth and my mom, and pretty soon the new baby, too, I want to make sure that Samuel never feels left behind. He’s still a little kid, and I am now making a greater effort to include him in things I’m doing, whether that’s a game, a conversation, or a new recipe I’m trying out. He enjoyed playing out in the snow the last couple of days (it was the most snow he’s ever gotten to experience, actually!), as you can see in the photo below. So, whether we’re outside or we’re playing a game inside, I want him to look at me as his friend and sister, not just his eldest sibling. ❤

  • enjoy the rest of January. I tend to not realize how easily we speed through a month until we’re suddenly in the last week of the month! Thankfully, that hasn’t happened to this month yet. However, this tendency shows how much I’m thinking too much about the future and reaching goals, instead of living in the present. We’re just over halfway through January now, and I intend on enjoying and savoring the last half. ❤


Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I hope that you’re having a beautiful day, and that next week will be beautiful for you, too. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU up to next week?

— Maggie

Blueberry Muffins!

Blueberry Muffins!

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful Thursday. ❤

For this week’s tasty treat (this is the first time in months that I’ve gotten treats posted two weeks in a row, woot woot!), I have a very tasty recipe for twelve simple blueberry muffins!

This post is dedicated to Angela from lifeofangela, as she’s the reason I found out about this awesome recipe! She posted her batch of them last week, and as I had already been wanting to make blueberry muffins for a while, this was the boost I needed to finally make them!! haha

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Are you guys ready to learn how to make these wonderful muffins? Make sure to check out the original recipe (I followed everything, just converted Celsius to Fahrenheit haha). Let’s get into this!

Blueberry Muffins

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

I mixed all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and the wet ingredients into a small bowl:

Then I mixed them all together in the large bowl, making sure not to squish the blueberries too much:

Next, I poured them into the cupcake liners and dotted all of the tops with a few extra blueberries:

Then, last but not least, you bake them! (Look at how tiny they look in this picture, haha)

Because I’m still quite new to baking, I haven’t learned a good technique on pouring batter into muffin tins or cupcake liners yet … so the edges of the muffins didn’t turn out as pretty as I would have liked, haha. However, I still attempted to make them look alright!

Thank you all so much for reading! If you’d like to make these awesome muffins for yourself (remember to visit the original recipe), they are very good served warm with margarine or butter. Yummy!

How about you?

What was the last thing that YOU baked?

Have a great day, guys!

— Maggie

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to your (usually) bi-weekly dose of my tasty treats!

This particular dessert was quite a large project – definitely the biggest one I’ve done so far.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Pinterest. I always seem to be doing this, haha, but that day, I was looking for something different; I was searching for summer-y recipes to try out and make throughout the summer, and what I’m sharing in this post is the first one that I fell in love with!

It’s such a unique idea, and the homemade chips that went with it are absolutely amazing, too!

Today, I am happy to introduce to you fruit salsa and cinnamon chips!

Fruit Salsa

This picture-worthy appetizer treat is made from a nice blend of different fresh fruits. It also has some fruit preserves thrown in to add a more salsa-like texture and appearance. It was definitely time-consuming with all the different fruits I had to chop up (thankfully, my brother volunteered to help out with some of that!), but the turnout was worth it.

Before I go on, I’d like to tell you guys that this is a great treat idea for a big party, but making the whole batch was a mistake. I ended up throwing most of it away, unfortunately. 😦 There was so much, and my family and I couldn’t eat it in time. So, while I probably won’t make it again (except maybe for a party), I am for sure making the cinnamon chips that went with it! I’ll talk about those in a minute. Alright, back to the fruit salsa.

First, you gather all your fruits together.

I used a dalia melon, two granny smith apples, and a lemon. Next up, we have:

Raspberry preserves (that’s what the original recipe creator used, so I did the same!), as well as strawberries and raspberries.

I cut up the apples, salvaged as much of the melon as I could (ahaha I was quite the amateur fruit slicer), grated the lemon, opted to use some lemon juice from the fridge instead of juicing the lemon I had just zested (I don’t like pulp), cut up the strawberries into very small pieces, then mixed everything (including the preserves) together in a huge bowl! Here are some pictures from that process.

while cutting these up, I stopped momentarily to take a picture because I thought they looked pretty cool.
behind-the-scenes footage of my baking adventures. I was thankful for his help. you can spot different picture props and things I didn’t include elsewhere in this shot aha
all the apples chopped up. there were so many!!
… and here’s everything mixed together!
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Cinnamon Chips

I never thought that I would make my own tortilla chips one day – much less cinnamon-sugar ones! However, I am so happy that I got to make these. They were extremely simple, quick to bake, and sooooo good!

All you need are some flour tortillas (any size will do), sugar, cinnamon, cooking spray, and a baking sheet and foil.

Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray, then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on both sides. Once you’ve done this with as many as you’d like (I used four fajita-size tortillas), stack them together on the baking sheet and use whatever you’d like to cut them (I used a pizza cutter) into the desired triangular shape. (You can make them big or small; it’s just preference!)

Next, you arrange them in a single-layer on the baking sheet and bake for about ten minutes.

I loooove how these turned out!! The salsa was quite a commitment, so I know that most people wouldn’t be up for concocting that (haha), but guys. Please do give these cinnamon chips a chance. They’re super easy, and they make for a light treat!

Thanks for reading, guys!! How about you?

What’s YOUR favorite summer treat?

Are you interested in making the salsa or those chips yourself? Awesome! Click here for the original recipe.

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie

Vanilla Dump Cake!

Vanilla Dump Cake!

Helloooo everyone! Happy Thursday to all of you! And a hearty welcome back to your bi-weekly does of my tasty treats. ❤

Today, I have a dessert so simple to make that my mom came up to me one late afternoon, asked “Do you want to make a cake?” and she and I had it baked and frosted before dinner was on the table. (Alright, I take that back; she frosted it right after dinner. Details, details.) This vanilla dump cake is delicious, super quick, and such an easy treat to fix!

If you have the ingredients listed below, an electric mixer, measuring spoons and a few mixing bowls, then you’re good to go. ❤

I’m going to share the recipe for the cake and the frosting, since they’re both so short, then I’ll post a few pictures of my experience with making it! (Special thanks to my mom for her baking and photography help. ❤ )

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Vanilla Dump Cake

Ingredients:

1-3/4 (and an 1/8) cup flour

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 cup margarine

1 1/8 cup milk

2-1/4 tsp baking powder

1-1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 tsp salt

1-1/2 eggs

Vanilla Icing

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

2-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions {Cake}:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 13 x 9 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat all ingredients together with an electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended.

3. Pour into the prepared glass baking dish.

4. Bake for about 40 or until golden brown and a knife inserted comes out clean.

(Time and done-ness varies depending on what pan/dish you use!)

Instructions {Frosting}:

1. Cream butter in medium mixing bowl, then add vanilla.

2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating on medium speed.

3. Add milk; beat on high until completely blended.

4. Spread evenly over warm cake!

the finished product!

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Thank you so much for reading, guys! There are few treats I like more than a basic vanilla cake – and this one is so easy to make. My mom has actually been baking this one for years, and I’ve always loved the thick frosting, the moist cake, and while I think it’s very good with strawberries on top, it is also fantastic on its own!

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Hello everyone, and happy Thursday! Here’s a fun fact to start off today’s post: This is the first chocolate dessert I’ve ever written about on my blog! There’s only one reason for this, as I am absolutely in love with chocolate, haha: acne. Chocolate makes my skin so sad. Still, I cave in sometimes.

Since 2017 began, this is also the first chocolate dessert I’ve made! I used a chocolate chip cookie recipe my mom has been making for years and substituted the chocolate chips for some dark chocolate bars (chopped up into chunks) with 70% cacao – that’s very dark chocolate! And it was soooo good in these cookies. They didn’t end up looking as pretty as I would have liked; the chocolate melted quite a bit, but they still turned out great, and everyone really liked them.

I hope you enjoy! Make sure to let me know if you ever make these cookies yourself. 🙂

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg

2 ¼ cup flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 3.5 oz bar dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

Instructions:

1- Heat oven to 375°F. Chop up chocolate into small chunks. Set aside.

2. Stir flour, baking soda and salt together in medium bowl.

2. Mix sugars and butter together in a large bowl, then add egg.

3. Mix together well.

4. Mix in chocolate chunks!

5. Drop dough in small rounds onto greased baking sheet a few inches from each other, roughly the same size.

6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Ooooh, writing this post has made me crave these all over again! They were definitely a very simple cookie to make. 🙂 Let me know in the comments below:

What was the last thing YOU baked?

Happy Thursday, everyone!

— 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

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Hello everyone! ❤ Welcome back to your weekly dose of my tasty treats. Today, I have something absolutely delicious to share with you. It’s a traditional sweet roll with a fun twist:

I made a cinnamon roll cake!!!

Up until now, Pinterest has supplied all of my recipes, but I found today’s treat from one of the sweetest bloggers I know. She also happens to have the most beautiful blog that I’ve ever seen! Her name is Hannah, and her website is called Woven Beautiful. ❤

She and my mom have been blogging friends for years, so even though Hannah and I have only been acquainted for a few months now, I feel like I already know her so well. 🙂

Hannah writes about the beauty in her life, from what the Lord is teaching her, to her sweet family, to the hobbies she’s interested in – and like I mentioned a moment ago, the mood of her blog is peaceful and absolutely beautiful – it’s no wonder to me that she has that word in the name of her site!

If you’re interested in checking out her blog for yourself, you can do that by clicking here. I know that she would love it if you came by for a visit! xx

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When I saw that she’d shared a recipe for a cinnamon roll cake that she makes, I knew that I had to make one myself. The only thing I did differently was add more vanilla extract into the cake, as I didn’t have any almond extract on hand, and I used margarine in the cake part instead of butter.

These are the ingredients I used to make the cake:

And this is what I needed to make the cinnamon-sugar topping:

Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of the cinnamon topping or the three-ingredient glaze, but it’s because there wasn’t much to them. Haha!

First, I mixed the wet ingredients together (my favorite bowl wasn’t clean, so I had to use a different one, lol!):

Then I combined the dry ingredients in a small, separate bowl:

Then I combined the two together, put the batter in a greased glass baking dish, made the topping and spread it on top, then baked it. Once it was done, I made the glaze and evenly drizzled it over the whole thing, then I served it to my family after dinner!

It really reminds me of a coffee cake my mom used to make all the time. That dessert had a cake base, cinnamon topping, and sugary drizzle, as well. It was one of my favorite desserts for a while! Because of that similarity, I enjoyed this cinnamon roll cake even more.

Want to make YOUR OWN cinnamon roll cake? Click here to get the recipe! x

I hope that you’re all having a joyful Thursday! ❤

— Maggie

Homemade Donut Holes!

Homemade Donut Holes!

I’m more than a little excited right now.

I MADE DONUTS!!!!!!

Well, donut holes, anyway.

But that’s still pretty cool.

Haha hello, everyone, and welcome back to your daily dose of my tasty treats!!

After reading the recipe a couple times through, the only part I was worried about was heating the vegetable oil hot enough to fry them, but they turned out great!!!

First, you make the glaze, then set it aside.

Next, you make the dough and prepare a place to put them after frying.

Next, you fry the dough (and hope very hot oil doesn’t splash on you).

Lastly, you roll them in glaze and let them finish cooling, then serve them immediately. (As they’re completely free of preservatives, their texture and taste completely changes within even twelve hours. They tasted best within an hour or two of being made; that’s when the glaze melted in my mouth!!)

Haha, now you’re probably thinking, Wait a second, Maggie! Those don’t look like the ones in the featured image!!! Well … my mom did the best she could to scoop them into the oil with a fairly round shape, and for the most part, she did a good job, but they kinda grew arms, lol. You can thank gravity for that! I couldn’t have done the frying part without her help, though, as I was busy rolling the little donuts in the oil to evenly cook, so … thanks, Mom! 🙂 I’ll get an ice cream scoop next time.

My only complaint (and it’s my own fault) is because ours were bigger than the recommended size, most of them didn’t fry all the way through … which left dough in the insides.

I thought that these were going to be way more time consuming, but they weren’t, which is so exciting; I’m definitely looking forward to make more!! Everyone absolutely loved them – my brother even said they taste better than the glazed donuts he’s had from Dunkin Donuts, which is a high compliment! (Although, I think that Dunkin Donuts’ look better than mine … )

Look at them! They resemble hushpuppies, don’t they? They sure don’t taste like ’em, though!

We were joking all day about the objects and animals these crazy donut holes resemble. What do you think they look like? Cats? Pigs? Narwhals? A human heart? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

And if you’re wondering how I got the finished dessert images to look like this …

… you’ll be left wondering. It’s pure magic. A magician never reveals her secrets.

Do you want to make YOUR OWN donut holes? You totally should! Click here for the recipe!

— Maggie