Lemon Blueberry Muffins 🍋

Last Summer, I wrote about this fabulous blueberry muffin recipe. Now, all you’ve got to do is add some lemon to make lemon blueberry muffins! To see the blueberry muffin recipe, click here.

I would suggest clicking that link before continuing because you will need a basic understanding of the recipe.

To make the lemon blueberry muffins, you will need all the ingredients for the blueberry muffins, plus 1 lemon.

To put the lemon in these wonderful muffins, add 3+ tablespoons of lemon juice. Now, I say 3+ because I added 3 tablespoons and could not taste the lemon at all. I’d suggest bumping it up to at least 5. I’d never baked with lemons, so add what you think is enough. Please comment the perfect amount of lemon so I know what to do next time!

What I did next is put lemon zest on top of every muffin before baking. However, I realized afterwards that you should probably wait until after the muffins are cooked to put on the fresh lemon zest. I say this because the lemon zest burned and I could no longer taste it.

Another idea I had was to mix together lemon juice and powdered sugar. This will make a nice glaze to put on top of the muffins and surely will add a nice zing of lemon. Add more powdered sugar to make the glaze thick, and add more lemon juice to thin it out.

Since I was purely experimenting, there are some changes that I suggested for you to make but these muffins will turn out great! I hope you make these perfect combo muffins!

Enjoy!

Love,

LibLou ❤

Boredom Buster #5: DIY Paintings and Watercolor!

It’s been while since the last time I’ve done one of these, but I’m going to bring them back for the summer! Today’s boredom buster is to make a painting or watercolor. There is a way to make something look watercolored, without having the actual watercolor palettes. I am going to show you that today.

Watercolor:

This way of watercolor is not the normal way. For this one, you will need: sharpies, rubbing alcohol, canvas, painting brush, newspaper, and a syringe or pipette.

The first step is to lay the newspaper down on your work surface and put your canvas on top. This prevents the space from getting dirty in case you spill something. Next, you will need to get the sharpie color of your choice and start coloring! Fill your pipette or syringe with rubbing alcohol. Place drops around the canvas and quickly rub it around with the paintbrush. What I usually do is color a corner of the canvas, so that the color cascades downward. Now, I will warn you, even though you will add the rubbing alcohol to the sharpie, the place where you originally colored is still visible. This is a super easy, fun way to make art over the summer. And hopefully, you have some of these things lying around the house.

Painting:

Now this is very straight forward. Most of you will have painted before, so this should be very simple. You will need: a canvas, paint, paintbrush, newspaper, and a cup full of water.

You are going to lay your canvas down onto the newspaper, just like with the watercolor. Dip your brush into some paint and paint away. After you have finished with that color, rinse out the brush in the cup. You can dab of the water on the newspaper. 🙂

Today’s my brothers birthday, so I made him this!

Making a painting/watercolor is an easy way to spend some time over the summer. Hope you have fun!

Love,

LibLou ❤

Fruit Tart

On Mother’s Day, we invited family over to our house for a lunch. I was put in charge of dessert and eventually landed upon this easy fruit tart recipe. I figured this would be a good idea because it would be a nice, healthy, refreshing choice.

For the tart I used an easy recipe. It said for you to buy a pre made crust but I decided to make one of my own. However, I cannot find the recipe for that crust. Sorry 😦 . On top of my filling, I put blueberries and strawberries, but you can use whatever you like. Now, I did have to double the recipe for the filling so that it would fill my pie pan. The one tip I can give is when the eggs are heating in the sauce pan, keep watch. You do not want lumps. To see the recipe for our tart click here.

After following the recipe, the tart turned out spectacular! It was pretty and tasty.

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Liblou ❤

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 ❤

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

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