“To-Bake List” – S’mores Edition

Hello everyone! Do you know what I love about summer? S’mores! And what’s better than s’mores? I don’t know but if you figure it out, let me know. ;) Here are five S’more treats that are to die for!

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  1. S’mores Macarons  – I’ve never met a person who wasn’t a fan of macarons. They’re just so good! Olivia did a great post on how to make S’mores Macarons on her blog, Live for Cake. I need to get my sister to make these!
  2. S’mores Fudge Bars – Tessa from Handle the Heat shared this recipe for s’mores fudge bars that look amazing. Plus, there’s fudge! Yum. :)
  3. S’mores Stuffed Cookies – Amanda from Cookie Named Desire describes these cookies so well: “Your favorite campfire treat gets an upgrade with this gooey, cookie recipe. S’mores stuffed cookies are filled with graham crackers and chocolate, then stuffed with gooey marshmallows for the ultimate s’mores dessert.” To which I would respond, yum!
  4. S’mores Pancakes – These pancakes from Krissy’s blog Self Proclaimed Foodie look amazing! I’ll have to make these the next time my friends come over.
  5. S’mores Popcorn – Popcorn is perfect for an on-the-go snack. I think this is something I could bring hiking or on a road trip.

Do you love s’mores? Have you tried any of these recipes or anything similar? Leave a comment down below! I’d love to hear from you. :)

signi

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“To-Bake List”- Pi Day Edition

Hey, everyone! Happy Pi Day! I hope it’s been a great day full of, well, pie. ;) My sister made a pie for the family and it was delicious. Here are 5 pie recipes that I think would be awesome, including my absolute favorite pie!

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  1. Chocolate Pie – I absolutely LOVE this pie! My mom makes this pie every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas and it’s wonderful! Sprinkle on some powdered sugar and a little dollop of whipped cream. Mmm :)
  2. Mini Pecan Pies – Pecan pies are a favorite in the south. I haven’t tried this recipe but it looks really good!
  3. Caramel Apple Pie Cookies – Just because it’s pie doesn’t mean you don’t have to be creative! These apple pie cookies look so good!
  4. Triple Layer Oreo Pie – This yummy pie takes a long time to make but from the reviews, it’ll worth it.
  5. Apple Cranberry Pie – If you like apple pie or cranberry pie, you’ll like this pie. ;)

Let me know if you try any of these recipes! Happy Pi day! ;)

signi

“To-Bake List” – Apple Edition

Hey, everyone! Fall is well on its way and I’m so excited! Fall is my favorite season EVER because it’s just so pretty. I can’t wait to take pictures of all the colorful leaves! You know what else autumn brings? Apples! Here are 5 apple recipes that are perfect for this upcoming season.

  1. Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples – I had something like this at a get-together I went to last fall and it was AMAZING!
  2. Apple Chai Latte – I love love love lattes. I can not wait to make this.
  3. Apple Pie Bites – I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and have been planning on making this for a while.
  4. Cinnamon Apple Chips – Not only do these look delicious, they are great for school snacks. Always a plus.
  5. Apple Cider – This list would not be complete without apple cider. Apple cider is my favorite thing to drink in the fall. <3

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What are you looking forward to eating this fall? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you! :)

“To-Bake List” – Summer Edition

Summer isn’t complete without sweets! Here are five refreshing treats that are on my “To-Bake” list.

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  1. Strawberries and Cream Bars – What could be better than strawberries and whipped cream? These bars are perfect for the summer.
  2. Watermelon Popsicles – When I think about summer, watermelon and popsicles come to mind so why not have both?
  3. Jello Sherbet Ice Cream – Kid-approved, this recipe comes with instructions for both with and without an ice-cream maker.
  4. Chico-Tacos – This creation is perfect for summer parties, family-game-nights, or just everyday. Bonus for using extra sprinkles.
  5. Raspberry Lemonade Slushie – I love having lemonade slushies on hot summer days! Definitely trying this sometime!

What are some of your favorite treats for the summer? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you and try some new recipes!

*Please note: The pictures on this blog post are not mine. They belong to their original owners. Thank you.*

February Favorites

Hello everyone! How was your February? Mine was really fun. I got to spend lots of time with my family and friends. I loved every minute of it.

  1. Paper Mate Flair pens – I absolutely love these pens. They write like a marker but don’t bleed through most paper. I use these pens to color coordinate my planner.
  2. 1950 Royal Quiet Deluxe Pink Typewriter – Pink typewriters are hard to find but my parents found one for me and I love it!
  3. Invisible by Hunter Hayes – I just love the meaning behind this song.
  4. Long conversations with friends
  5. Bracelets from Trrtlz.com that my friend sent me – I absolutely love the bracelets! They are so cute.
  6. Pen pals – Snail mail beats emails any day.
  7. Hot chocolate on a chilly day
  8. Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting – They were especially great since my sister made them :)
  9. Color block painting – This was really fun to do and super easy too!
  10. John 8:12 – “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””

What was something that you loved about February? Let me know in the comments below. :)

“To-Bake List” – Valentine’s Edition

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 8.31.15 AMValentine’s Day is just around the corner and even though I don’t celebrate it, I thought I would post a list of treats that would be perfect for anyone to bake for Valentine’s Day.

  1. Chocolate Cupcake Toppers – These are super easy to make and are perfect on top of cupcakes.
  2. Pink Velvet Cake Pops – I love cake pops and I love red velvet cake so this is something I would totally make.
  3. Mini Cherry Heart Pies – These look super cute and yummy. I would love to try to make this sometime.
  4. Valentine’s Heart Macaroons – I love macaroons so these would be perfect.
  5. Cupid Floats – This would be perfect for those of you who like floats. I actually might try this one soon.

What are you going to do for Valentine’s Day? Thinking about trying one of these ideas? Let me know in the comments below! 

Unknown Blogger’s Challenge

Hey, everyone! This is the second post you’ve seen this week! *gasp* Exciting? I think so. Any who-dos. :)

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I’ve been nominated by Grace2610 to do the Unknown Blogger’s Challenge. Click here to see Grace’s version of the challenge. This challenge was created by Unfashionable Cupcake. Click here to see the rules of UBC.

The Questions (Answered)

  1. Why did you start your blog?
    I started this blog, honestly, because it seemed like fun and a lot of my friends were starting blogs as well. I don’t regret it. Blogging is really fun for me and is relaxing especially during exam week (which is coming up soon. Pray for me)
  2. What has been your best experience of blogging so far?
    One of the things that I find really cool is the fact that bloggers are so helpful. I haven’t met a blogger that wasn’t encouraging or willing to give me tips. I love the way we are connected as a blogging family.
  3. What is your hobby?
    My hobby is baking. I’ve always loved baking and have made some lists of things that I’ve wanted to bake. Spending time in the kitchen with my family is one of my favorite ways to reconnect and recharge. :)
  4. What is your favorite color and why?
    My favorite color is pink. It used to be lavender but as I grew older, I started liking pink more and more. If I had to pick a shade of pink to be my favorite, I would have to pick watermelon pink. I think it’s a happy color and goes great with orange (another one of my favorite colors).
  5. What is/are your favorite school subject(s)?
    My favorite subject in school is Web Design. I love typing out lines of code and then that code actually making something cool. It’s really fun!
  6. What is your favorite shop to go to?
    Bath and Body Works. Absolutely. I love going with my friends and smelling all of the different lotions and candles. We can’t stay in too long though or we won’t be able to tell which scent is which but I love it. :)
  7. What is your dream for your future?
    I’ve always wanted to live in a big city, right downtown in the midst of everything. I love the busyness and all of the different shops and buildings on the street. And the lights at night are just beautiful!

My Questions For You.

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. How long have you been blogging for?
  3. If you could ask for anything in the world and be guaranteed to receive it, what would you ask for?
  4. What is your happy place?
  5. What would you like to change about the world?
  6. Name one thing that you would like to do by next year.

Tag, You’re It!

I tag anyone who is an “Unknown Blogger” (a blogger with less than 100 followers).
I also tag anyone who wants to answer any or all of the questions for you because, I know, this is fun. :)

Be sure to check Unfashionable Cupcakes for rules! Also, if you complete (or don’t complete) this challenge, let me know in the comments below! :)

signi

“To-Bake List” – Pumpkin Edition

Hey, guys! So it’s fall – my favorite season – and you know what that means. Yup, it’s pumpkin time!  I am a little bit late on this post because I wanted to actually bake the things on this list and then review them but because of some work being done in the kitchen, I decided to make a “To-Bake List”. Enjoy. :)

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What kind of pumpkin things have you made? Let me know in the comments below!

signi

My Typical Monday

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Hey, guys! Sorry I haven’t written these past weeks. I have literally been doing school this entire time. Anyways, today I’ve decided to post about a day in the life of a homeschooler, my typical Monday. This was suggested by two of my followers, Lisa H. and Grace J.

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8:00 – My morning begins as I get dressed and ready for school. I try to open my blinds and make my bed as soon as I wake up so that I can start my day looking at the beautiful (and sometimes cloudy) sky.

8:15 – I eat my breakfast with my parents. We usually talk about the plans for the day and what we have for the week. I also check the news for highlights and conversation starters. If needed, I will also finish up some last minute homework before my class starts.

9:30 – My first class begins. I am taking a Logic course that lasts for 85 minutes.

11:00 – My hour and a half break starts. I normally check my email and, if I don’t need to finish homework, I will bake something. I love baking cookie cakes but my sisters love the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that I make more frequently, now that it’s fall.

12:30 – My Pre. Calculus class starts and around this time, my mom brings me lunch.

2:00 – My final class for the day, French, begins. I feel that this class ends far too quickly. :)

3:30 – I’ve finally finished all of my classes, so to reward myself, I have a snack break. Sometimes, if I have time, I’ll also have a piano break. This is also the time that I tell my mom about my day. She loves hearing my stories and knowing what the teachers are teaching me.

4:00 – Around 4, I start doing my homework for the next day. My homework partner is the Christian Genre Radio or the Indie Worship playlist on Spotify.

6:00 – My sisters come home from their play practice and I greet them happy and ready to hear their stories. We sit around the kitchen island and take turn asking and answering questions before they start on their homework.

6:30 – My dad gets home from work and my family sits down to dinner. I love being able to have a meal together as a family and hear about each other’s day. Plus, my mom is a great cook and that makes dinner time a lot better. :)

7:10 – I check the news again and maybe play piano.

7:30 – I continue to work on the homework that never ends. I will take a break every now and then just to keep myself focused on the task at hand.

9:45 – Exhausted, I head upstairs to get ready for bed. I like to pick out my outfit the night before to save time in the mornings. I also take a shower at night so that I can just get up and go in the mornings.

10:30 – Unless I am absolutely too tired to read, I will read a chapter in my Bible. I am going through a reading plan on the YouVersion app called “The One Year ® Bible”. It gives you a chapter from a couple of books to go through. You can follow me by searching the username: “AbiLeah” on the YouVersion app.

11:00 – My day finally ends, as I turn off the light. I try not to go to bed any later than 11.

Thank you so much for reading! This was a great idea and I like being able to actually see my schedule out on paper (or on a blog post). I hope you have a great day and a great week!

What is one thing that you typically do one your Mondays? Let me know in the comments below. Also be sure to leave any suggestions, questions or comments that you may have for me. :)

signi

July Favorites

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July has been an amazing but busy month. My family spent two weeks with my grandparents and a couple of weeks at camps. This past month went by really fast. So without further ado, (and before the month of August passes), here are my top ten favorites from July.

10. Christy and Todd Series – I love this series. My sister got the first Christy Miller Collection Book for Christmas and we have been hooked ever since. They are great Christian books and totally relatable. My favorite book from the series is book number 3, “I Promise”.

9. “What Happens When Young Women Say Yes to God.” Devotional Book – My mom gave my sisters and me a devotional book to read this vacation and I love mine. It is a great devotional about saying yes to God and living an extraordinary life as a result of following His will.

8. Sierra Jensen Collection – Like the Christy series, the Sierra collection is totally relatable. I read both volume 1 and volume 2 and they are both great. I love reading about Christy’s friend’s life and reading the parts of Christy’s life that were left out of some of her books.

7. Puzzles – During the rainy days of my vacation, my family and I played lots of puzzles. It was a great way to get to know each other and spend time with each other.

6. Journal – I always like to remember the things that have happened during a trip or vacation. I was very glad that I remembered to take my journal with me during my two-week trip.

5. Spending Time with my Sisters – Whether it was in the pool or in the car or at home, I loved being able to spend time with my sisters. I missed hearing what was going on in their lives and just hanging out with them, something I can’t do during the school year.

4. Mother and Daughter Day Out – My mom and I were able to spend a day together and it was really nice. I loved being able to talk with her without my sisters there to interrupt us all the time.

3. Brownie Cookies – During this vacation, my family and I went to visit another family so we decided to bake cookies but instead of individual round cookies, we made brownie cookies. I made regular cookie dough but instead of scooping them, I put all of the dough into a rectangular cake pan. After the giant cookie was done baking, we cut it into individual squares. Both of our families really liked them and because the texture of the cookies was more like brownies, they were called “cookie brownies”.

2. Spending Time with my Opa and Oma – I was able to spend two weeks with my grandparents and it was really nice because I don’t get to see them very much. It was great being able to talk to them and do things with them that I don’t normally get a chance to do.

1. Seeing Turtles Hatch – This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I was so glad I had the chance to experience. The turtles were so cute and I was amazed at how they knew where to go. Click here to view the post. :)

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