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 ❤️