An Interesting Adventure…. Part 1

Hi everyone! Sorry, I haven’t been posting more lately. Today, I have a personal narrative I wrote about an interesting event that happened to me this summer. There are more parts to the story, so you keep your eyes peeled for more. Enjoy!

The River

A Personal Narrative

 “It’ll be fine Tess, look at the river it’s so calm and the current isn’t very strong” I told my friend pointing down toward the river from atop a cliff. “I don’t know, they said there was a waterfall on the course we were taking. “A waterfall!” responded Tess.

“They said a mini waterfall, that means like 8 feet or something.”

“8 feet?!”

“That’s not that big, for a waterfall.”

“That’s almost two me’s!”

“Everyone over here” called our rafting guide.

I was going whitewater rafting with my church group. I suppose they were taking us rafting, so the 5 hour road trip ahead of us would become the least bit tolerable. We were headed up north for a confirmation retreat.

All 32 of us kids split up into groups of 8. I was with my friends Hadley, Emery, Sydney, Tess, Gretchen, Lauren, and Ellie. Our rafting guides name was Austin, he was a marine in the army just like all the rafting guides.

Once we were all in our rafts, each of our rafting guides instructed us on basic safety rules. Emery, Lauren, and I volunteered to be the people who showed how to pull someone out of the rapids. Emery and I jumped into the currently calm water. Lauren showed everyone how to pull us out. I didn’t really like the method that the rafting guides used which was to grab our life vests and then to grab us and throw us into the boat, but I assumed it was the safest way. It hurt when you landed in the boat, enough to tear my earring out of my right ear, when Lauren threw me into the boat.

After we were done with the safety instruction we all started out on the Level 2 rapids, only about 3 – 5 feet waves.  I personally loved it, the thrill of flying up and down and being thrown from side to side on the waves. That was enough to make Tess nervous though.I could only imagine how she would handle Level 5 rapids…

As we approached the Level 5 rapids we left one of our rafting boats at the sandbar closest to the rapids. This was so that we could run the rapids twice. Tess was definitely not happy about that.

Soon, we were all ready to go. Austin was shouting encouraging words from the rear of the boat. Sydney and I were sitting in the front of the boat. The front of the boat was the most dangerous probably, because you didn’t have anywhere to put your feet, except the crevices in the side of the boat. All the other rows had a seat in front of them to stick their feet under so you wouldn’t fall out of the boat.

We started paddling toward the waterfall, which was the first part of the Level 5 rapids. We saw the boat in front of us disappear completely after it went over the waterfall. Soon it was our turn to be swept away by the current. We plummeted over the waterfall. We all screamed, some of us with excitement, others with terror. We were barely paddling, anymore. The waves swept us up and down. It was like a roller coaster on water. I had never been whitewater rafting, but I had always wanted to do it. This was better than I expected! Before, I knew it the rapids were done. Luckily, we got to do it again!

We all jumped out of the raft when we landed it at another sandbar. Even Tess had enjoyed it! We all ran up a hill to head back to the sandbar. On the way, my friends Hadley and Emery were begging Sydney and I for our spots at the front of the boat. Sydney happily gave up her spot to Hadley (who claimed it first), but I was not going to give up my front row seat of adventure … to anyone.

On the way back to the sandbar, we stopped at a cliff where we saw one of the other groups doing the Level 5 Rapids. Two kids fell out of the boat. They were pulled back into the boat right away. “It would be kind of fun if we fell out of the boat..” I said. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy… which I was. I couldn’t help but think that it would be kind of fun to fall out in the almost unrunnable rapids. “Don’t jinx it” Gretchen said to me.

When we got back to the sandbar we saw the 8th grade boys go over the waterfall for their second time. We went right after them. It was like the first time. Thrilling! Exciting! We all saw a big wave ahead of us, Austin yelled at us at the top of his lungs  “PADDLE!” Of course, nobody paddled for the wave dragged us to high in the air for us to touch the water, even if we could have touched the water with our paddles I don’t think we would have. Suddenly, we jolted forward. It sent me flipping over the front of the boat. From what I heard Emery fell off the back as well as a parent volunteer. Ellie, Gretchen, Lauren, Hadley, Tess, and Sydney fell off the sides of the boat. Only Austin remained on the boat.

As soon as I hit the water, I felt something or someone pull me deeper into the water. Probably, someone who fell on top of me. My Life Preserver thankfully dragged me up for air. I saw Lauren getting thrown into the boat by Austin, Gretchen followed, then Sydney, and so on. The 8th grade boys in front of us were laughing, of course. The rest of the kids up on the cliff were screaming. They were the only ones who noticed me getting dragged away from the boat. The yelled to me “DO SOMETHING.” What could I do? The river was in complete control. I saw Emery who was heading toward the raft to get picked up, doing all the things we were supposed to do, in case something like this happened  The position where you put your feet out in front of you, using your arms to paddle, etc. I looked at myself… I was doing nothing we were supposed to do. Ever wave that went near me sent me flying up into the air. I have to admit it was kind of fun. Though it wasn’t fun, when I hit a insanely shallow part of the river, and I got cut by a bunch of rocks.

Everyone was in the raft by now. All except me of course. My friends were yelling something at me, but I couldn’t make out what they were saying. In that moment everything was so confusing! What was happening? My head began to spin. I saw the boat with the 8th Grade Boat drifting toward me. The threw into the boat…. very painful. Of course, my boat didn’t see that I was in the raft so they were worried.

On the new boat, I didn’t have to paddle. Which was okay with me because I was exhausted. Of course, then the boys wanted to swim back to shore… so I had to go back with them. When we got to shore I noticed that one of my water shoes (that we were forced to wear) was gone. I found out later that Lauren had lost hers too! I looked at the bottom of my foot where I found two puncture marks in my foot, which are to this day still healing. I survived the adventure, which is what was important. I still wonder if there was a part of me and my sometimes too adventurous spirit that let me get dragged away from that raft….

~ Mara


The First Day of Summer: June 9th, 2017

Hi! It’s Mara here, and today I have a post about what I did on my first day of summer. Enjoy!

I woke up at about 7:30 and went over to my best friend’s house for breakfast. She lives behind me, and we have a gate connecting our two houses. We watched our favorite TV Show When Calls the Heart and drank frozen chocolate (basically like chocolate milk with ice chunks in it) in two goblets. We also ate a whole box of doughnut holes from our local grocery store.

After that, we went kayaking at a big lake called Veterans Lake. It was a lot of fun and we decided to kayak behind two geese (we called them Gertrude and Gandalf) that were floating across the lake. I also ended up kayaking right through a willow tree, it hurt but it was fun.

For lunch, we went back to my best friend’s house and we put together a double hammock that she got. We ate lunch (grilled cheese and clementines) on the hammock. It was really fun until we accidentally flipped the hammock over.

Next, we walked a block to our community’s outdoor pool, which opened today. We were really excited until we saw some of our enemies from school (3 extremely annoying boys.) We ignored them and went over to hang out in the 12ft well with two of our other friends from school. I taught them how to do front flips, back flips, handstands, front walkovers, and back walkovers underwater. Then I tried to persuade them to go diving of the diving board with me but they wouldn’t and said they would just watch me. We all had a lot of fun at the pool, but most of us got sunburned in the end. We might have forgotten to put sunscreen on…

We went back to my best friend’s house and binge watched 3 episodes of When Calls the Heart while eating dinner (pizza.) Then we went to the park across the street to play soccer with one of her dogs. Then we went back to her house and went to DQ. She got a dilly bar and I got a blizzard.

It was a really fun 1st day of summer! I hope you enjoyed the post, keep your eyes peeled for more to come.

~ Mara

Lucky Broken Girl: Book Review

Hello! Today I have a book review on the new book Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar. Enjoy!

The book takes place in New York City from 1966 – 1967. A young Cuban – Jewish girl named Ruthie Mizrahi has recently emigrated from Cuba to Queens, New York. She is proclaimed the Hopscotch Queen of Queens of the neighborhood. That is until she is in a terrifying car accident and breaks her leg.

Ruthie is confined to her bed and is in a body cast. She longs to explore the world, yet while she lays there she meets many interesting people who tell their stories to her.

My personal favorite part of this book is all the multicultural characters in it and how it is so intriguing. I read this book in one whole day, I couldn’t stop myself!

I hope you enjoyed this quick, little book review. Stay tuned for more posts! ~ Mara

Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Hello! Today I have a link to a recipe for some amazing Chocolate Walnut Brownies from Cooking Light!

What I Did Differently

  • I didn’t use walnuts in the batter because not everyone in my family likes walnuts.
  • I sprinkled walnuts on top of half of the pan (before baking the brownies) for those in my family who wanted walnuts on their brownies.

I hope you will check out the recipe above!

My Favorite All – Time Books

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here with a post on all of my favorite books. Each book is linked to it’s GoodReads summary. Also, these are in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

I defiantly recommend all of these books to mostly girl middle grade readers! Next I put the books into order of my favorites (this was extremely hard to do.)

  1. Maybe A Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
  2. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  4. The World From Up Here by Cecilia Galante
  5. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  6. Hour of the Bees by Lindsey Eager
  7. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Barry Denenberg
  8. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  9. Heaven Looks A Lot Like A Mall by Wendy Mass
  10. Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince
  11. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
  12. Saving Sky by Diane Stanley

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Deviled Eggs

Hi everyone! Today I have a recipe for making Deviled Eggs.  This recipe is for about 4 eggs, 8 if you cut them in half. You can adjust these ingredients to taste. Enjoy the post!

Filling the eggs.


4 hard – boiled eggs

Ingredients for the filling

Eggs yolks

2 tbsp real mayo

Dash of celery seed or celery salt

⅛ tsp of dried mustard

Few shakes of dill weed

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

⅛ tsp of vinegar

Paprika (used for decoration)



  1. Take the hard – boiled eggs and use a knife to cut the eggs in half. Push the yolks out of each egg into a bowl.
  2. Put the mayo, celery seed/salt, dried mustard, dill weed, salt, pepper, and vinegar in the same bowl as the yolks. Then take a fork and mash it all together. If the mixture seems to dry, try adding a little bit more mayo.
  3. Use a spoon to put the yolk mixture into the hollowed out eggs. Once you have filled each of the eggs, sprinkle a little paprika on top of each egg for decoration.

I hope you enjoyed this post. This is my mom’s recipe, by the way and if you have any questions please comment below. Thanks for reading. ~ Mara



Honey Loaf Cake

Hi everyone! Today I have a post about how to make a honey loaf cake. This recipe is originally from the Everyday Easy: Cakes & Cupcakes Cookbook. Enjoy!


1 cup butter, room temperature

⅔ cup light brown sugar (packed)

⅓ cup plus 1 tbsp honey, warmed until fluid

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 ¼ cups all – purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon


Ingredients for the icing

⅔ cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tbsp honey

1 – 2 tbsp hot water



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ℉ (180 ℃). Butter a 9 x 5in (23 x 13cm) loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. To make the cake, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer or wooden spoon until pale and creamy. Beat in the honey. One at a time, beat in the eggs, beating well after each addition. Add a little flour if the mixture begins to curdle.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir into the butter mixture. Spread in the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the loaf is browning too quickly, tent with foil. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert and unmold onto the rack, peel off the paper, and let cool.
  4. To make the icing, mix the confectioner’s sugar and honey, then stir in enough hot water to make a fluid icing. Drizzle the icing over the cake, letting it drip down the sides.


What I Did Different

  • I had a lot of extra batter and didn’t have enough room in my pan so I made two extra muffins made from the batter with the extra batter.


Thank you for reading today’s post! Bye! ~ Mara