Blueberry Muffins!

I absolutely love blueberry muffins. They are one of my favorite treats. However I have never made them before, so today was my first try. I used a recipe from allrecipes.com To check out that recipe click here.

First you need to pre-heat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit or 200° Celsius. Then line a muffin tin or grease it. This recipe made 6 Muffins for me.
Combine all of the dry ingredients together. 1 1/2 a cup of all purpose flour, 3/4 a cup of sugar, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Whisk together. In a separate bowl combine 1 egg, 1/3 a cup of vegetable oil, and 1/3 a cup of milk. Now, pour wet ingredients into the dry. Stir together.


If your batter is too thick, as mine was, add a little more milk. Gather as many blueberries as you want. Rinse and then dry. Fold these into the batter.


Next fill your Muffin tin all the way to the top (don’t spill over). If you want to make the crumble on top, combine 1/4 a cup of butter, 1/2 a cup of sugar and 1/4 a cup of flour plus 1 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle and pat down the crumble on top. Bake for 20 minutes.


And ta-da! I thought they turned out pretty good for my first try! These muffins were pretty easy and turned out fluffy and super yummy!


Love,

LibLou ❤

A Shepard and the Sheep

This photo was taken on my Aunt and Uncle’s farm as well. I love visiting the sheep!

Isaiah 40:11 – Like a Shepard he will tend his flock, in his arm he will gather the lambs and carry them in his bosom; he will gently lead the nursing ewes.

All Things Back to School

Exactly a week from today, I begin high school. That’s right, I am going into the 9th grade this year and am quite nervous, yet excited! I am going to show you a DIY school supply, and my back to school essentials. 🙂

First, I will begin with the DIY. My parents are strict about using what we have. So, if I have a binder I can use, I am going to use it. I am going to show you a way to make an old binder look cute again. You are going to need duct tape, and a picture of your choice. The picture is going to go inside the front pocket of your binder. I would recommend you find an old coloring book and rip out one of those adorable pictures or you can print a picture online.

To begin, go ahead and put the picture of your choosing in the front pocket. Next, get your duct tape. You can use all one color, or what I did was use a color and a pattern duct tape. I also found a mini roll of duct tape that is thinner to put as a bottom border. Wrap the duct tape down both sides of the front. You can fold the excess duct tape over the top/bottom. You can also put a strip of tape down the outside spine of the binder, and you can do the same thing on the front to the back. For the finishing touch, you can add more tape to the bottom and border it all around the binder. TA-DA! A cute binder is ready for use!

My first back to school essential is a good pack of pencils. I always go through my pencils way to quickly. However, I found that a mechanical pencil lasted much longer than a wood pencil. All of my supplies came from Target. These were about $2.

My second essential is a planner. Personally, planners help me a-lot. It gives me somewhere to write due dates and homework. In middle/high school there is much more homework than elementary. My planners defiantly come into use. This planner was $10.

My third essential is some cute notebooks. I love getting notebooks with style. However they are more expensive so I normally only get two for my two favorite subjects. Both of these notebooks were $5.

This last essential is to keep you organized. It is so difficult when you get all of your subjects papers mixed up. I have a tip for you! Get the cheap 3 prong folders. Use 1 for each subject. Add some paper inside, so you always have paper and you can put that classes homework and excess notes, worksheets, etc. in the folder dedicated to that subject. The cheap ones are useful since, they give you your years worth! All 3 of these folders were a $1.50.

I cannot wait for back to school! Although Summer is great, I get excited to see old pals. I hope you have a great first day whenever you start!

Love,

LibLou ❤

 

Easy, 5 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Since I have recently been making 3 ingredient cookies, I thought why not try to come up with a recipe of your own. This recipe was purely experimentation, however, it worked!


To make these delicious and easy cookies you will need:

1/3 a cup of softened butter
1/3 cup of sugar

1 cup of all purpose flour

4 tablespoons of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mixing bowl

Stand mixer with paddle attachment or a spatula.

First, you will need to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together your softened butter and sugar. Beat until it turns an off-white color and until light and fluffy. Add in your flour, milk and vanilla. This should form into a dough.


These cookies did not expand with the all purpose, so you could experiment with self rising flour instead, if you like. The non-expansion would be good if you are making cookies in a star or heart, etc. Since, I did not know that they wouldn’t expand at the time, I made mine in balls. Place your dough onto the baking tray and cook for 12 minutes.


After they have baked, you have a cute and simple sugar cookie! I would love for you to make these.


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Love,

LibLou

What does it mean to be “blessed?”

This week, I am going to take a break from the Summer Boredom Busters. If you do want to check out those posts, go to categories and click “Livin’ the Life of LibLou.” Instead, I am going to talk about something that I think is pretty serious. What does it mean to be “blessed?”

A-lot of people on social media use the #blessed, or they say something along the lines of “I am blessed because….” What they may not realize is that when they use the word blessed, it is normally in context of having good fortunes. As if God favors someone simply by giving them a great life. However, I do not believe that this is what being blessed means.

Let us consider this quote from Matthew 5:3-12.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus says blessed are the people who are poor, mourn, meek, and hunger and thirst for righteousness because God will come to them in their need .

But I believe everybody is blessed. We are all made in God’s image, whether we believe it or not. Being made in the image of God, who is perfect, should be enough of a blessing.

Knowing that our God will love every single one of us, no matter what; God’s unconditional love is a great blessing.

The fact that we are even alive is a blessing.

If you have all the good things in life or not, this does not define whether you are blessed. These simple things: being made in the image of God, being alive, and knowing God’s unconditional love are what make us all blessed.

You, my friend, are blessed.

With great love,

LibLou ❤ ❤

Elegant Lavander Cupcakes


Today, I am at my aunt and uncle’s house visiting. To continue the Monday baking posts, we made lavender cupcakes! My aunt enjoys baking as well and she even has some of her own recipes. These cupcakes are different from what I normally make, because we used edible flowers. I would love for you to read about these unique cupcakes!


Since, I am visiting family I don’t see often, I am simply going to link the recipe and show how they turned out. To make this delicious and lovely cupcakes, click here.

I did change the recipe a little bit. The frosting I made was the best buttercream I have ever made. Instead of a vanilla bean, I substitued that for 1 tsp of vanilla extract. This results in a total of 2 tsp of vanilla. Also, instead of heavy cream, I used milk.

These cupcakes were super yummy. The lavender was just the right amount. I did add some extra lavender on the frosting. I hope that you find time to make these cupcakes!

Love,

LibLou ❤️

Boredom Buster #4: DIY Room Decor

Summer Boredom Busters

Something that you see on Pinterest, Tublur, Instagram, etc. are pictures of DIY room decor. I have always looked at these and thought that I wish my room could look like that. But in the end, buying the having to gather the materials and then make it is a little time consuming. Here is boredom buster number 4. Make an easy DIY room decor. It can be one you have seen online or something you can come up with on your own. Today, I am going to share with you how to make a cute and easy decor for your room.

This decor is really easy. All you have to do is gather materials and then assemble. I went to Target and CVS to buy the things I need.

First, you will need some streamer party decor. For example:

I found mine in the party section of Target. I believe that you can make this at home as well. You will need a long piece of string, streamers or tissues paper. I think the the streamers will probably work better.  Cut several foot (about 30.5 centimeters) long strands of streamer or tissues paper. If you are using tissue paper make the paper 1.75 inches or 4.45 centimeters wide. Next, fold the pieces of paper over the string, and tie it up into a knot leaving a little bit of room for the paper to slide along the string. If the paper rips, you could probably use glue/hot glue to get the two together. Lastly, grab a pair of scissors and cut the paper hanging down into even more little strings. Repeat these steps, and now, yours should look similar to mine.

Next, you will need pictures to hang up. I ordered mine on the CVS website. You could also print off some inspiring pictures or pictures you might have of you and your friends.

Lastly, I got some of these adorable miniature clothes pins. I am not clear about where I previously got them, but I am almost positive you can find these at Target or a crafts store.

I taped the streamer decor onto the wall, but you can use something else. Then, I clipped on my pictures and voila!

Voila! An easy, affordable, and cute room decor is completed. What makes this better, is I found all of these things around the house. I hope that you enjoyed this boredom buster as much as I did!

Love,

LibLou ❤

 

3 Ingredient Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These 3 ingredient cookies is quite similar to the 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies. To read about 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies, click here. Both of these recipes are from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking. She is amazing at coming up with easy and delicious deserts and food. To check out her website, click here.

The 3 ingredients you will need are:

1 cup of oats

1 banana

1/4 of a cup of chocolate chips.

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Utensil

Ice cream scoop


The great thing about this recipe is that it can easily work if you are on a diet or trying to eat healthier. My mom is on a diet and she says that she will be able to eat these cookies! Now, you can substitute the milk chocolate chips for dark chocolate, which will make these even more healthy. In fact, most diets require you eat dark chocolate. 🙂

First, you need to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius. You can either spray your baking tray with non-stick cooking spray, or you can line it with parchment paper. You can also use butter to rub on the tray. You just don’t want the cookies to stick. Next, you need to mash your banana with a fork, in a bowl. Add the oats and then fold in the chocolate.


I used an ice cream scoop to put the cookie dough onto the tray. The dough is not super firm, so you might need to use your fingers to help make them a shape. This batch made about 10 cookies, but I also divided the original recipe in half. Once your oven is heated, place the try into the oven for about 15 minutes.


While the cookies were cooking, they smelled delicious and as they came out, it smelled like banana bread. You also know they are done, if the oats on top are toasted. These cookies were just as easy and scrumptious as the peanut butter cookies.

Love,

LibLou