Thursday, December 19, 2013


Boy, have I been busy! Mailing presents and holiday cards, baking, cleaning, and much, MUCH more :)! And, on top of that, we've had a bug circulating through the family. Ugh. But, I'm thankful the holidays are just around the corner ♥ What are some of your favorite things about  the holidays? Our Dairy Queen is hosting a contest, and whoever colors the holiday pictures they hand out, the best, wins a whole ice cream cake!  If you win out of your age group, you win a kids meal, and you get an ice cream cone just for participating!!! I can't wait to see who wins :)
  I'm sorry I've been neglecting my blogger friends of late ;) Hopefully, you won't have to wait so long next time for another post. In closing, I want to leave you with a potpourri recipe that the whole family loves. It smells sooooo good. Here it is:
~ Christmas-y Simmering Potpourri ~
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons dried orange peel
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •  Place your potpourri–along with about a quart of water–in a medium saucepan or slow cooker. Simmer on low heat, adding water as needed. Remains effective for days. Happy Holidays!

This is so creative! Must try ♥

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving ~

Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Modest Fashion and Hair Ideas With Pictures!

One of the most important things nowadays is to maintain purity and modesty in our dress. Today, I am going to share a few ideas on how to do this and still remain feminine, unique, "modern", and most importantly, God honoring. " Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" 1 Corinthians 10:31
This outfit is cute, simple, and modest!

You can order this same dress at :
This outfit is perfect for fall and very creative!
I love this outfit! Although I would put something under the shirt to make it a bit higher at the neckline :)
Simple enough for everyday, yet nice enough for the mall!

Now, here are few hair ideas. I wear a head-covering, so I am also going to list a few nice head-coverings as well.

Great for those who have long hair!
So pretty!
Lovely and very feminine ♥
This head-covering is so pretty and stylish!
I love the colors in this head covering! It looks like it would stay on well too.
 I hope you have found a few ideas for your wardrobe and hair. I have found that cardigans and maxi skirts are very valuable when it comes to trying a new look or idea. And be creative! If you would like more modest fashion and hair ideas, try visiting my Pinterest page! Just type in my board name: Modest Fashion Ideas, it should say Abigail at the bottom ,and show the same profile picture as on my blog.:)
                                                       I hope you have a blessed afternoon!
                                                         Learning with you,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Delicious Pumpkin Spice Muffins ♥

Hi again! Today I thought I would share one of my family's favorite muffin recipes. We like this recipe because it is oh, so easy, good, and we usually have the ingredients on hand :) And EVERYONE likes them in our family of 9, which is an added bonus ;) I'm sure you other large families know what I mean when I say it is a rare occasion for everyone to like a recipe! So, here it is! I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!

       Pumpkin Spice Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/3 cup oil (we use peanut)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup milk
For the coating-
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350*F.
Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.
Pull out two large bowls.
In one bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.
In another bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk. Mix until smooth and well combined.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined (do not over mix).
Divide the batter evenly into the muffin pan.
Bake 10-12 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
While the muffins bake, prepare the final coating.
Melt butter in one bowl and combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.
Remove muffins from oven and cool for 2 minutes, or until just cool enough to handle. Dip each muffin in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar to coat. Or, if you don't want your's as sugary, just drizzle butter over each muffin, and then sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture. You probably won't use all the butter and cinnamon sugar mix, but this amount makes them easy to dip.Enjoy!
   Yield: 12 muffins (I always double this recipe, and have no trouble getting rid of them:)

Monday, November 4, 2013


Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog ♥ I've been wanting to start a blog for a long time, and finally, thanks to my wonderful Mom ♥ and good friends Julia and her sister, Bree, I am able to!!! Now, let me introduce myself :) My name is Abigail, and I enjoy cooking, READING, writing, cleaning, playing the piano, shopping, and crafting. The posts on this blog are going to be about anything from book and movie reviews, encouraging quotes and Bible verses, recipes, tutorials, modest fashion ideas, Christian encouragement, and every day life :) ! I will be posting whenever I can, and photos will be occasional, as I do not own a camera, but I will post some, when I have the chance to borrow one. I pray this blog will be a blessing to all who read it! Your sister in Christ,
                      Abigail S.M.