Apple Streusel Cake

Hello everyone! Today I will be walking you through the steps of making an amazing Apple Streusel Cake. This recipe is originally by Everyday Easy: Cakes & Cupcakes. I made some changes to the original recipe which I will talk later in the post. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups all – purpose flour
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup golden raisins

Ingredients for the streusel topping

  • 1 cup all – purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar or light brown sugar (packed)
  • ⅓ cup ground almonds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp butter, cubed

Method

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 ℉ (180 ℃.) Lightly grease an 8in (20 cm) round springform pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper. Sift the flour into a bowl, add the butter, sugar, cinnamon, eggs, and vanilla, and beat with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Scrape the batter into the pan, and scatter the apple and raisins on the top.
  2. To make the topping: In another bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, ground almonds, and cinnamon. Rub the cubed butter into the mixture with your fingertips until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Scatter an even layer of the topping over the fruit, pressing down gently. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean or with only a bit of moist fruit clinging to it. Let cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before releasing the sides of the springform.

Goes well with

  • Custard
  • Whipped Cream
  • Ice Cream

Changes I made

  • I made the streusel in a electric food processor instd of stirring it together.
  • I used honey coated almonds in the streusel instead of ground almonds.
  • I used whole wheat pastry flour in the streusel instead of all – purpose flour.

Thank you for reading today’s post and recipe. Once again this recipe is originally from the Everyday Easy: Cakes & Cupcakes cookbook. Stay tuned for more posts! ~ Mara

 

 

Country Round – Up #8

Hi everyone! It’s Mara here with a post Country Round – Up post. A Country Round – Up is when I list all of the countries I have gotten views from. Enjoy!

United States – 11,150

United Kingdom – 5,070

Canada – 674

Australia – 345

India – 205

Vietnam – 183

Brazil – 163

Guatemala – 126

Romania – 91

Spain – 86

New Zealand – 78

China – 77

Philippines – 64

Thailand – 56

Netherlands – 53

Singapore – 41

France – 39

Japan – 37

Italy – 37

Bulgaria – 36

Malaysia – 32

South Korea – 30

Germany – 29

Russia – 28

Trinidad & Tobago – 24

Ireland – 23

Mexico – 20

Indonesia – 19

Hong Kong SAR China – 19

United Arab Emirates – 18

South Africa – 15

Czech Republic – 14

Bahrain – 14

Saudi Arabia – 13

Pakistan – 13

Poland – 11

Austria – 10

Switzerland – 9

Norway – 9

Myanmar  – 9

Greece – 8

Portugal – 8

Israel – 8

Qatar – 8

Denmark – 8

Georgia – 7

Fiji – 7

Turkey – 7

Kenya – 6

Falkland Islands – 6

Finland – 6

Serbia – 6

Egypt – 6

Nigeria – 6

Sri Lanka – 5

Columbia – 5

Belgium – 4

Peru – 4

Costa Rica – 4

Azerbaijan – 4

Venezuela – 4

Kuwait – 3

European Union – 3

Ukraine – 3

Maldives – 3

Jamaica – 3

Sweden – 3

Ghana – 2

Morocco – 2

Taiwan – 2

Chile – 2

Bangladesh – 2

Argentina – 2

Puerto Rico – 2

Turks & Caicos Islands – 2

Iraq – 1

Paraguay – 1

Cambodia – 1

Laos – 1

Armenia – 1

Slovakia – 1

Ecuador – 1

Albania – 1

Uruguay – 1

Algeria – 1

Latvia – 1

Brunei – 1

Hungary – 1

Mozambique – 1

Bosnia & Herzegovina – 1

Guyana – 1

Panama – 1

Thank you for reading Country Round – Up #8! Stay tuned for more posts!

 

A Day At School: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Hello! It’s Mara here with a post on my day at school. Enjoy!

 

State Testing

This week and next week my state has a state test that we have to take. In 6th grade we only have to take 8 sessions (4 ELA and 4 Math.) So, Tuesday and Wednesday this week we had to report to our 9th Hour English class from 7:45 AM – 10:05 AM. We got snacks during the test to which was fun! Our teacher gave us chocolate coins, Nutri-Grain Bars®, bottled waters, CapriSun, and peppermints. After we finished the tests we got to read or do other homework.

Science

Today was actually an early release day so on top of having our schedule shortened from testing we also had it even more shortened from early release. So each of our classes were 21 minutes long instead of the normal 43. In science, we worked on a sheet of notes for our new unit – Cells to Systems. We also made flashcards for this new unit as well.

Data/Technology Integration

Today in Data we worked on a spreadsheets project. We went on Google Spreadsheets and then learned how to do some cool things using it such as merging spreadsheet cells and using conditional formatting.

French

In French we have been working on a project in which we design our own dream school. We have to make a presentation to the class but it has to be in all French. My school is called Le College De La Danse in English that means Middle School of Dance. We can put anything we want in our schools. A few fun things I have featured in my school is a Starbucks, a Teavana, a chocolate shop, a patisserie, and a whole floor of dance classrooms such as world dance, contemporary, ballet, and jazz.

Social Studies

For Social Studies we are working on a brochure for the cities of Athens and Sparta in Greece. We have to pretend that the brochure takes place in Ancient Greece. We each got assigned one of the cities and I’m doing Sparta.

Gymnastic Intramurals

Today during gymnastics intramurals I went on the uneven bars, vault, and rings. On the uneven bars I worked on perfecting my penny drop and high bar forward turn. On the vault I worked on my 1/2 and on the rings I worked on my flyaway.

Lunch

For lunch I had apples, holiday bread, and a Nutella sandwich.

Reading

In reading we have to write a persuasive essay. Mine is Cheerleading Should Have More Regulations. We had to work on notes for this essay today.

Some of my math homework.

Math

In math we are learning how to find surface area of prisms.

 

P.E

In P.E class we are also doing gymnastics. I basically did the same things I worked on in gymnastic intramurals. I tried to convince my best friend (who is afraid to do gymnastics) to do a penny drop on the uneven bars. I showed her but she was to scared to in the end, which was okay because it was her decision.

 

English

In English class we are writing friendly letters to new mothers through a program.

 

Today was a very fun day! I hope you enjoyed reading my post! Stay tuned for more!

 

6th Grade

Hello everyone! It’s Mara, and I’m so sorry I haven’t blogged in forever. Today I will posting about 6th grade since I last posted when I was in 5th grade. Enjoy!

6th grade is my second year in middle school. Our schedule includes 9 hours. Here is mine:

1st Hour – Science

2nd Hour – Data/Technology Integration on Wednesdays and Fridays, Art on Thursdays and Mondays, and Study Hall on Tuesdays.

3rd Hour – Band on Tuesdays and Thursdays, French on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Study Hall on Mondays.

4th Hour – Social Studies

(Advisor/Homeroom on Monday and FLEX on Tuesdays – Fridays)

5th Hour – Lunch and Recess/Intramurals

6th Hour – Reading

7th Hour – Math

8th Hour – Physical Education on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and Music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

9th Hour – English

 

My favorite academic is probably math, since we have a really nice teacher! My favorite non – academic subject is probably physical education or art. I will post more about 6th grade in my following posts! Thanks for reading!

– Mara

 

Walk Through History

Hello everybody! It’s Mara here, and today I’m doing a post on a play that we are doing at school! Enjoy!

In our social studies class, we are doing a play called Walk Through History, that stars all of us 5th graders. Each 5th grader has a part. Walk Through History shows everything that we learned in social studies this year. I got assigned to the part of Paul Revere! I’m super excited I got a big part. I star in Scene 16 of the play. My lines are:

Oh, and I on the opposite shore will be. All right, I will not forget.

Look! Across the river!! Two lanterns! The British are coming by sea, I must wake the minutemen and warn the Sons of Liberty. The British are coming! The regulars are on the way! We must defend ourselves today!

We have to memorize all of our lines and bring in our own costumes. I’m wearing a blue tunic with 3/4 sleeves and some ruffles as well as some black capris. I’m really excited. I hope you enjoyed this short quick post. Bye for now!

 

A Day At School: 4/17/16

Hello everybody! It’s Mara here, and I’m back with another A Day At School post. 16 days remaining of school! Hooray!

Math

Today, in math we learned about terms. They are quite easy, personally. A term is like 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. Terms can be hard t0o though, we haven’t seen any hard terms yet but I’m sure they’re coming. We also took a Quick Quiz today, and I got 78% on it, which a C+. It sounds bad but it only means I got 1 question wrong, so I did OK, not great but alright.

Science

In Science, class we worked on a ScienceWorld Magazine and answered questions and did a cross word along with it.

DATA

In DATA, we worked on our How To’s in Lucidchart. I’m doing, How To Make A Tostada. A Tostada is like a unfurled taco and it is really good!

Reading

In Reading, we listened to Fantasy Project Presentations. We all read Fantasy Books, then we had to do either a HaikuDeck or a Google Presentation. I did a Google Presentation on Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. It was really good, and I might do a Book Review on my blog about it sometime!

Flex

Flex was different for me today. First, I have to go back to a few months ago when I was at Cousins’ Subs [I rarely go there actually] over Spring Break with my mom. There was a teacher nomination award, where you could write down the name of your teacher and they could get nominated for free Cousins’ Subs for a year. I have a bunch of different teachers, so I chose my Social Studies/Advisor Teacher. She was nominated for the award, and I presented it to her today during FLEX so she got free Cousins’ Subs for a year!

Lunch and Recess

The 12 kids in my Advisor class got to go pick up cookies and Cousins’ Subs in our advisor room, then we all headed down to lunch. Recess was really windy, 2 of my friends and I  kept swinging on the swings in unison then jumping off at the same time. It was dangerous but fun.

French

In French we worked on command actions. The only command I remember now is, levez – vous [stand up.]

Art

In Art, we are cleaning up the art room. It has gotten messy over the year. 3 friends and I sorted out boxes of crayons and separated strings.

Social Studies

In Social Studies we worked on The Preamble again. We watched a video about The Preamble on Schooltube as well. Here is the link.

English

In English, we did are Adjective Test, which was really easy, I hope I got 100%.

Thank you for reading my post today! Bye for now!

A Day At School: 5/16/16

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, back with another A Day at School Post.  I hope you enjoy the post!

Math

Today, in math we worked on unit 7 lesson 3, in other words 7-3. We learned about the saying “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”, PEMDAS. PEMDAS, helps us with the Order of Operations, and what to do first in the Order of Operations. P = Parentheses, E = Exponents, M = Multiplication, D = Division, A = Addition, and S = Subtraction. Her is an example of an Order of Operations problem. 69 ÷ 3 × 8 − 2.  If you know the answer, please comment it below.

Science

In Science, we watched individual BrainPop Videos on the Human Body Systems. I watched a video about skin, the spinal cord, and joints. I scored 100% on each quiz I took for every video.

Health Class

We learned about health related things and watched a video. I have to admit,  I was thinking about summer break the whole health class.

Reading

We did MAP [Measures of Academic Progress] Testing. I got a really good score on the map test, in the 240’s! It was the best score I got on any MAP Test ever.

Advisor

In Advisor, we did DEW [Drop Everything and Write.] This is when we spend all of advisor writing a story on loose leaf. It can be any kind of writing you want. I wrote about everything I was going to do this summer and then we have to count everything we wrote up. I had 621 words!!!

Lunch and Recess

At lunch I had pounded chicken, Hershey Chocolate Kiss, String Cheese, Olives, and Cheez – It’s. Then at recess, my friend and I raced back and forth along the soccer field, then I went to swing with another friend.

Band

First off, in band our band teacher answered questions about the upcoming band concert on Thursday. Next, we played through all of the songs we were doing for the concert. We had 7 or so minutes left and it was such a nice day, our band teacher let us go play out in the parking lot. During the day, no cars move around in the parking lot so it is completely safe. We challenged one another to run across this gigantic puddle! I walked across, it wasn’t so deep. Well, I didn’t walk through the middle, and it could of been deeper there.

Music

Today, in music I worked on my piano piece, and completely mastered it. One of my friends and I played our songs back in forth. I’m doing Ode to Joy and she is doing Rockin’ Robin.

Social Studies

In, Social Studies we learned about the Preamble in our constitution. The Preamble is one long sentence in the beginning of our constitution.  The Preamble says the following “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general  welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and are posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” It’s a long sentence, right? We learned what all of it meant, though I forgot it now, because it is in my Social Studies Notebook at school.

English

We didn’t really have English class today. Instead we worked on speaking and memorizing our parts in “Walk Through History.” Walk Through History, is a movie that my 5th grade is making, to show what we learned about throughout social studies this year. I got the part as William Dawes, Paul Revere’s friend who shone the lanterns from the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

That, was my school day today, we only have 17 days left of school now! Hooray!