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!

Ingredients

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

 

Method

  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

 

 

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About Compassion

Hi! It’s Mara here with a post about the program Compassion International. Enjoy the post!

My Personal Compassion Experience

My family and I sponsor a 9 year old girl from Brazil named Eliane and a 16 year old girl from Kenya named Doris. We have only received 3 letters (as of April 2017) from Kananu because they take a long time to send. For example, we recently got a letter from her that was originally sent in December of 2016. We receive letters from Eliane more quickly because she lives closer by. Nonetheless, it is always very exciting to receive a letter from your sponsored child.

About Compassion International

This is Compassion’s mission statement

It’s a mission about love. We love God, and we demonstrate our love and live out our faith by extending care to others.
We offer our programs to the poorest of the poor, to the children in greatest need, without ulterior motive. We devote ourselves to helping children of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds and race — without imposing any religious obligation or conversion requirement upon them.
We simply aspire to be like our Savior, Jesus Christ, in who we are and what we do.

Compassion’s mission statement is very inspiring and definitely wants to make you help out the great cause.

How to Help Compassion

Next I was list 6 ways you can help this amazing organization.

  1. You can donate money to the following categories Where Most Needed, Disaster Relief, Highly Vulnerable Children, Unsponsored Children, Water Treatment Projects, and Medical Assistance.
  2. You can fundraise money by doing activities such as bake sales, talent shows, lemonade stands, etc. Then later donate it to Compassion.
  3. You can volunteer at Compassion Partnered Events, at the Compassion Headquarters, and in a leadership role.
  4. Pray for unsponsored families and children or for family in dangerous areas.
  5. If you sponsor a child try to make sure to write them often, children love to receive your letters.
  6. If you sponsor a child you can visit them in there country.

I hope you will try one of these activities to support Compassion!

How To Sponsor A Child

Finally here are some steps on how to sponsor a Compassion child.

  1. You can search for a child with specific information.
  2. Step 1

    Once you find a child that you like you can click on their picture to learn more about them.

  3. Once you click on their picture there is more information about them such as their hobbies, schooling, family duties, guardians, siblings, and family employment.
  4. If you decide to sponsor the child, you can click the select this child button.
  5. Each month you pay $38.0o to sponsor the child.

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

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!