Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Freedom from Comparisons"

I remember turning an assignment in, a little nervous, and not sure what grade to expect. It was only a one page paper, so I didn't have much to worry about, but my stomach still twisted a bit. I thought it was a pretty good paper (considering I didn't have much time to write it) and I spilled part of my heart into Microsoft word. I was expecting at least an A-, but I certainly wasn't expecting my teacher to put it in the school newsletter.
It was an exiting thing. My first published article. Part of my heart being read by my whole school. Wondering what people would think of it.
But most of all, I wondered how God would use it. I wanted to encourage people.  For people, insecure and weakened by fear, to take the first step. The first step to bravery, to humility, to victory.
Now, I couldn't imagine who I would be without this experience.
The coolest thing is that through blessing other people, they blessed me. People started sharing their own hearts and opening up, and they encouraged me.
Adults will come up to me and say," Olivia, that really touched me and encouraged me." Others will tell me second hand stories of how other people enjoyed it. And all I can do is say to God,"God, You blow me away."
If you read it, I pray that you will be courageous and take a step. It doesn't matter how many steps - one can change your life. It takes a lot of courage to press on, but the end result produces something much sweeter than what you would have ever imagined.
Freedom from Comparisons
Olivia Mae

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chocolate Souffles

Since I've been let out of school, I have been making desserts at least every other day. Cakes, popsicles, cookies - you name it! That's why I wanted to post a few of the recipes that I have made that I love. I will post a different recipe every day for a few days. Today its the  Chocolate Soufflé. 

1. "Easy" Chocolate Soufflé
Original Source: Better Homes and Gardens
The official title is "So-Easy Chocolate Soufflé." Caution: this is not so easy (thus, the quotation marks around "easy" in the title). Unless you are a professional chef this is not a piece of cake as the recipe implies. Sure, it might be easy for a Soufflé, but unless you have an hour set aside, this is not a 30 minute recipe. 
BUT its so delish. The majority of the recipe is literally cream, chocolate and sugar. Who wouldn't like that?? The nutrition facts are in the link if you are worried:)

So-Easy Chocolate Souffle
So-Easy Chocolate Souffle
Nonstick cooking spray
ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
cup whipping cream
tablespoons sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Coat insides and rims of four 6-ounce ramekins with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with sugar and set on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and cream. Micro-cook on 100 percent power (high) for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring twice. Divide in half. Cover and cool to room temperature.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until soft peaksform (tips curl).
  4. Gently fold half of the cooled chocolate mixture into the beaten egg whites until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared ramekins. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center of souffles comes out clean. Serve immediately. To serve, open the centers of the souffles with two spoons and pour in remaining chocolate mixture. Makes 4 servings.
All recipe directions and ingredients are directly copied from Better Homes and Gardens. 

The ingredients are pretty expensive. The chocolate alone was $2.50, and the recipe only make four servings. 

In terms of altering the recipe, I stayed pretty strict to the the original due to my lack of Soufflé experience. I used Half and Half instead of whipping cream (Google assured me that the substitution would not affect the recipe). I also only had unsweetened baking chocolate, and to make semi-sweet the ratio is about a tablespoon of sugar per oz. of unsweetened chocolate. I didn't use quite as much sugar as I was supposed to in making the semi-sweet chocolate and it turned out fine, giving the recipe a little bit more of a dark chocolate flavor than a milk chocolate. 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Break: Arizona Edition

Guess what?
We took a big family vacation to Arizona over spring break. 
Oh wow.
I loved it. 
It was 80 degrees basically every day and I savored every moment.
We flew out Thursday at noon and flew back Sunday morning. 
We didn't have much time, but I loved the  culture and agriculture there: cacti, bright pink and orange flowers blooming, and those beautiful palm trees. 
Most the girls, and my boy cousin, went to the Phoenix zoo one day. They had a walk through monkey exhibit and it was the coolest thing. The monkeys were so tiny and cute. 
The next day we drove to the Grand Canyon (which was 4 hours away). We hiked a mile down, and a mile around the  edge (we couldn't have done much more with a 7 and 10 year old tagging along). It was GORGEOUS. Someday I hope I'll be able to hike all the way down and try out that Colorado River. 
And though we spent a lot of the time traveling, I got to see the unique shops and places of Arizona that I wouldn't have if we would have traveled little. 
God definitely revealed quite a bit to me while we were there, which made the trip 10x better. 
Enjoy the video!

Music: Riptide by Vance Joy
It has no relevance to this vacation:)
App used: Flipagram

Olivia Mae 

Monday, March 3, 2014

My name

Olivia Mae.
That's my name. Named after my great grandmother, Olive Mae, I have followed her dream of becoming an author.
My name never really bothered me until I learned what each name meant:
Olivia -Shakespearean, "Olive, a symbol of peace."
Mae - Hebrew for "bitter".

WOW GUYS. Thanks mom and dad for looking up what my name meant before you named me Bitter.
really 'preciate that.

While I was telling my friends what it meant (and may have been whining about it a bit), one of my teachers (who is also a mentor), looked at me and said, "What does it mean?"
"Olivia is peace, and Mae is bitter."
He shook his head. His eyes got big and he seemed to look straight into my soul.
 "No. It means, a life that was once bitter, now knows peace."
It shocked me, because it summed up my life.
Before, I was resentful, and bitter towards God.
I played the good girl. And despite my lack of acting skills, I played the part well.
But now He has shown me a love I thought never existed. He has filled the hole of my heart that used to tell me, "Olivia, nobody likes you because you are stupid.
You are ugly.
You are too skinny.
Your hair is too curly.
You are boring.
They are just talking to you because they pity you."

And so I cried my heart out for four years. I hated myself.

And He saved me.

And now I know:
I am not my body. I am not how I look.
I am not my intelligence,
I am not my athleticism.
I am a Soul.  I am a daughter of the creator of the stars and the lover of my soul. I am a child of the Savior of this world.
I am not who I was, I am not anything of this world.
I am Redeemed.

Olivia Mae

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Favorites of 2013

So this is a bit late... quite a bit late. But better late than never, right?
Here's a post about my favorite websites, books, yadayada of 2013. Enjoy!

1. Favorite Websites:
hmmmm... Favorite Christian sites? definitely

Set Apart Girl

like, definitely. I love this site - they make a online magazine every two months, and normally I'm counting down the days. Its super cute and helpful.

I also like

Lies Young Women Believe Blog

 I don't go on this one as often but, it is pretty awesome. There is a book that is apparently really good called Lies Young Women Believe. I haven't read it though.

Favorite crafty site?

A Beautiful Mess

Love them! Everything on their site is really cute and fun.

I also like

Love, Charla Anne

My brother and her son are good friends. I love scrolling through her posts. She takes ADORABLE photos, guys. adorable.

2. Favorite Books:

The Lost Art of True Beauty

I am so happy I picked this up in the book store. We studied it at my weekly Bible Study and we all loved it. I can't express how much I love this book. It talks about femininity in a way I've never seen it. Get it. get it get it get it. Its only $10 and it will change your life.
Also, the lady who wrote this founded Set Apart Girl.

3. Favorite Music:

Frozen Soundtrack (AHHHHHH)

San Cisco - I've recently started liking their music a lot.

Moriah Peters - one of my ig friends  highly recommended her. She has some pretty cool music. You can find my friends blog here.

4. Movies:
Movies? I don't like movies.
I know your all gasping, but I don't.
oh wait. oh wait up buttercup.

Mulan and Hercules (Disney Versions)


Favorite thing to bake:

Scones! Trying to perfect my cranberry orange zest scone recipe. Sadly, my Bible Study girls have to endure all my attempts.
lol its food. They love food.

tata for now.



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