Thoughtful Friday | Little Life Updates

Thoughtful Friday | Little Life Updates

Hello everyone! ❀ This morning, I’m going to be sharing a bit of a ramble/thoughts post instead of something a bit more planned out (like I usually do, haha) because I didn’t have anything else ready. My beautiful planner works extremely well when I know what posts I’m wanting to do well in advance, but for days like this … there isn’t much help to be found.

I like to think that I’m a better planned and more organized blogger, and most of the time I am – just only when the inspiration’s there. During times when I don’t set as much time aside for post writing, and/or I haven’t pondered what to write about, I get really stuck. I like posting a couple of times a week, but sometimes that isn’t possible, at least not planned out ahead of time.

Anyway! I’m straying from the point of this post. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts with you in a tidy, as-it-comes-to-me list because I’ve had a lot on my mind recently, and I’d like to have a place to express them. πŸ™‚ I wrote most of this last night, so I didn’t have enough time to find pictures (aside from the featured image), but I hope this post will still be a joy to read. Let’s get into this!

  • I have memorized nine of the twelve major piano scales I’ve been working on for about a week and a half. Originally, I wanted to have all of them memorized by today, but that didn’t work out, so I’ll keep practicing them this upcoming week.
  • I finished reading Head in the Clouds a few days ago, and I posted my review of it yesterday evening! You can read it by clicking here. πŸ™‚
  • I’m already over halfway through another book by Karen Witemeyer (A Tailor-Made Bride), which I’ll probably also review sometime soon. Haha!
  • I found a great history series from the library recently, but I had to return them without even getting through the intro of the first one because I’ll need to dedicate more time to each country’s history and not read them all at once. I look forward to reading them one day, just not today.
  • My mom went to the OB/GYN yesterday and had another ultrasound done, and the text she sent me with a picture of my new little sibling warmed my heart so much! He/She has a beautiful heartbeat and still looks like a sweet little jellybean. It took me a while, but I have now been able to warm up to this precious child. ❀
  • I’ve gotten back into baking now, which makes me really happy! I want to bake at least once a week, not only so that my family and I can have homemade desserts around the house, but also so that I can blog about them weekly like I was for a while!
  • I didn’t get around to watercolor painting, but I’m planning on doing that today. I’ll have to decide what I want to paint first, though …
  • I need to go through my phone again and free up space; I always seem to be getting behind on clearing up apps and going through pictures.
  • My room and closet are a little bit messy because I safety-proofed everything yesterday afternoon so that my baby sister could come in there (she’s never able to because there are too many things within her reach), then yesterday evening I put everything back. It wore me out and there are still things that don’t have a place haha
  • Recently, I’ve been reading in Hebrews, Psalms, John, and Proverbs in my Bible. All four books have been encouraging and inspiring me, and I am so thankful that the Lord is helping me through their words. ❀
  • This past week, I planned out nearly two full weeks of blogging and that was an absolutely amazing feeling. I’ve been blogging on a day-to-day basis for so long! Predetermined post schedules provide so much peace of mind. If you have enough blogging inspiration, I highly recommend it.
  • Right now, I’m reading Hamlet for the fourth or fifth time (I’ve lost count)(I went ahead and counted, turns out it’s the third time who knew) and I’m perusing the CliffsNotes I own along with it. I fall more and more in love with this play each time I read it.
  • I’m thinking about trying out dinner recipes and sharing them on Thursdays. I have my eye on an awesome Terryaki Chicken and Rice dish Eva made not too long ago – every time I see those pictures, I get so hungry!
  • It’s getting hotter – and rainier – here in Georgia. I’m liking the AC more and more again. ❀
  • I’ve fallen a bit behind again in my Spanish learning, but I always seem to manage to catch back up again. I’ll be back to learning in no time. πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading, guys! How about you?

What has been on YOUR mind lately?

Happy Friday! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’–

— 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 (you can check out that post here), 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

Related Post: Blueberry Cake!

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