Thursday, 31 March 2016

March Highlights

Goodbye March, helloooo April! 
How has your March gone? What kind of memories did you make this month? :) 

Here are some of the highlights from my month! 

Picture taken from Google

For Biology, I had to do this Kingdom Project where my nature pictures finally got put to use :) But since I hadn't taken any pictures on fungus, I had to go out into the forest and find some.

And then that led to a nature walk which led to a visit to the pond...

Which led to someone falling into the pond. Yep! :D 

There have also been quite a few rainstorms lately. After one really dark, cloudy day I went outside and found everything sparkling. It was so pretty! 

Ah yes! And Mr. Robin decided to show up! When I first saw him, I said "Yes! Spring is finally coming!!" 

But then two days later, this happened: 

The day after the ice storm, the sun came out and melted away all the ice. But I could hear what sounded like glass shattering all day!

Picture taken from Google

I actually did a lot more baking this month than I usually do! But I do love baking - and watching people eat my baking :) Anyway, here are the results of those ventures! 

Making these cream puffs is so much fun! And filling them up with cream...ahhh, it was just SO fun! Watching the cream puff grow while piping cream into it was so mesmerizing, but I got a little carried away and put too much inside. There were a few people who bit into it and had cream exploding in their face :P 

Two toned cupcakes! Technique taken from that handy-dandy site called Youtube. 

Tiger Lily entered a Pi Baking contest and made these yummy looking cupcakes. Buttercream frosting and piped melted chocolate, mmm!

For Easter, we had our family over for dinner. Tiger Lily and I decided to make bread rolls instead of buying them and I'm so glad we did! The recipe came out better than expected and we made another batch today! :) The bread is really light and fluffy and oh-so-good!

I like birthdays, it gives me an excuse to bake something ;) Tiger Lily and I were trying to find a new chocolate cake recipe. So after looking through AllRecipes, we found this recipe called Perfect Chocolate Cake. Let me say now, we don't judge on the title of the recipe! ;) Do you know how many "Perfect", "World Famous", "Greatest", "Best", "Most Wonderful" chocolate cakes there are?!?! The way I usually try to judge whether the recipe is good is by visualizing the directions in my head. And also looking at photos of the results if there are any. What is your method of testing recipes? 

Anyway, we decided on this "Perfect Chocolate Cake" recipe and it turned out really well. The cake was really rich and moist and I'm definitely keeping the recipe! You can find the recipe here: Perfect Chocolate Cake
Tiger Lily and I were a little worried over having enough whipped cream in the middle since a few cakes ago, the filling was barely visible. But I think we got a substantial amount of whipped cream, don't you?  

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School has been going pretty well lately. We just finished our Easter/March break last week and getting back into the swing of things. Been a little bit more busy juggling lots of stuff, but we're all getting through :) 

In Biology, I've been studying Kingdom Plantae. My second favourite kingdom. My absolute favourite is Kingdom Animalia because it's so diverse and I love animals! What is your favourite kingdom? 

The two major projects that I did for Kingdom Plantae was dissecting a flower and growing lima beans. Both of which were really fun! 

It's so cool watching the beans grow. God is such an amazing Creator!! 

My Kingdom Project

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You all probably know this already, but... Tiger Lily got the highest score in her vocal class! :) She was super happy, but to be honest, I think I was happier than her for some reason :P 

And a SUPER special event; Spiderman turned 12! Happy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :D 

We learned something really exciting this month. I'm really eager to share it with you, but right now it's being kept under wraps. I sort of feel like this emoticon here:
Picture taken from Google
Keeping it zipped but really ready to burst! :P But it's really, really exciting and I can't wait until I can tell you all what it is! 

Picture taken from Google

The books I read this month are:
  1. White Fang - Jack London
  2. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
  3. The Sea of Adventure - Enid Blyton
  4. The Hydrofoil Mystery - Eric Walters 
  5. 39 Clues Book 2 - Jude Watson
  6. 39 Clues Book 5 - Patrick Carman
  7. 39 Clues Book 6 - Jude Watson
  8. An Old Fashioned Girl - Louisa May Alcott
  9. The Last Ride - Susan K. Marlow
  10. The Princess Spy - Melanie Dickerson
  11. The Golden Braid - Melanie Dickerson
  12. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
  13. Treasures from Grandma’s Attic - Arleta Richardson
  14. Spy in the Shadows - Barbara Greenwood
  15. Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 
  16. Galatians 
  17. Ephesians 
My favourite from this list would have to be The Last Ride. I read it in one night and it. was. amazing! I've been bugging Tiger Lily to read it and she's finally given in. She's reading it right now while I'm typing, I do believe ;) 

While looking on Google, I found this:
Picture taken from Google

But really, do you ever have this problem? I do! Facing a bookshelf crammed with books and sometimes spending more than 15 minutes trying to find one to read! 

And that about wraps up the month of March! 

What did you enjoy reading the most? 
What are some of the highlights in your month? 


  1. Such a fun post. I really enjoy reading these posts, Blessing. That way if I've missed any posts during the month because I was too busy, I can get caught up all at once. :)

    Picking the next book to read can be SOOOOOO hard! Sometimes I just can't decide, so I end up grabbing a book I've already read and rereading my favorite parts. :)

    Highlights for me from March would be spending the day at Voice of the Martyrs, getting the covers for the Graham Quartet designed, having someone audition to read "Through the Tunnel" and accepting her and then finding out she's a homeschool mom. My youngest nephew turned 3, my best friend returned home from a month in Canada, and good books to read. I could go on, I'm sure, as it was a busy month, but that will have to do.

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! Haha, that's true! Actually, while I was putting it together, I was thinking to myself how it sounded a lot like a repeat of previous posts! But I'm glad it works for you that way! :D

      Wow! You definitely had a busy week! Ooohhh....finding a narrator for "Through the Tunnel"! Exciting! No way! She's a homeschool mom? That is SO neat!
      Happy Birthday to your nephew! :)

  2. Fun post and amazing photo's.

    Books this month that I enjoyed reading were some of the Left Behind books.
    Highlights, would be maybe speech and debate tournaments and Easter.

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! :)

      How did your debate tournaments go? I saw some pictures on your blog of a tournament and it looked super cool! :)

    2. The tournaments went really well! I got one of the best scores on my speech ever at the tournament although I didn't get to advance. But it was still fun! Thanks for asking! :)

    3. Wow, that's awesome! Congratulations! :D

  3. Ah, I love all the pretty pictures! You're really a great photographer, Blessing! :)
    Wow, those rolls and that cake look soooo good! :-)
    In Biology I'm studying genetics and blood types right now. :) It would be more fun if my parents knew their blood-types though. *cough cough* B-)
    I can't wait to find out what you're exciting news is!!! :D
    Wow, lots of great sounding books. :) And yes, I have that problem all. the. time. :P

    Sounds like a delightful month, Blessing! ^_^

    1. Thank you so much, Faith! :)

      Haha, yes blood types! I had to do a Punnett square on my family, but it was rather hard since my dad had no clue what his blood type was :P

  4. I am doing Apologia Biology too!!!
    Have you started the dissection yet?

    1. Oh cool! Actually, I'm doing Biology with Science Shepherd. It was the textbook required for the Landry course I was taking. I have done a few dissections from this book, but none of them animals. I have a big dead frog waiting for me downstairs. *shudders*

      What kind of dissections do you have to do with Apologia?

    2. Thankfully I haven't got to the dissections yet! *dreads the day*. Ummm, I think a frog, fish, and a worm. Probably a few others, but I'm not sure yet.

      Oh that's nice you haven't had to do any animal dissections yet! I don't like dissection :/

    3. Oh, that'll be interesting! A fish shouldn't be too bad, would it? ;)

      Oh, well I meant I hadn't done any dissections from the book I'm using right now ;) But last September, my sister and I went to a lab intensive and we had to dissect a baby pig. It was kind of gross. I mean, you could clearly see the pig's face and it looked so cute and ...yeah. And then we cut open a pregnant sheep's uterus and found two lambs. That was more fun than the pig! :D

    4. Ewww sounds disgusting!!!

  5. It sounds like you had a great month, Blessing! :)
    Those rolls look really good! That's great that they turned out better than expected ;) That cake looks super good. :)
    It looks like you read some really good books this month. Out of the ones you read I have just read "The Last Ride". It was soooo good!! :) I can't wait until the next one comes out! :)

    1. Thanks, Rebekah!

      Yes, The Last Ride was REALLY good! I can't wait either for "Courageous Love" to come out! :)

  6. Beautiful pictures Blessing Counter! The robin is so pretty :D.
    I love cream puffs! The ones you made are beautiful and they look delicious! Happy birthday to Spiderman! Birthdays are the best! I can't wait to read the Last Ride, so excited!! I also can't wait to hear your surprise!! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, Shai!

      You'll have to let me know what you think about The Last Ride! But I'm pretty sure you're going to love it! It's AWESOME!!! :)


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