Mini Italian Lesson #5 (Recipe: Maple Muffins)

Yes.  I was behind with the Italian posts.  But after this one I will be caught up. Until tomorrow.

In our last class we learned about adjectives.  Basically, an adjective must agree with the gender and number of the object. There are six different endings depending on whether the object is masculine, feminine, or masculine/feminine, and singular, or plural.

Masculine singular: il bambino e alto. (The male child is tall.)

Masculine plural: i bambini sono alti. (The male children are tall.)

Feminine singular: la bambina e alta. (The female child is tall.)

Feminine plural: le bambine sono alte. (The female children are tall.)

Everything needs to match!

Another rule with adjectives is that the adjective follows the noun most of the time (as in you do not say/write it before the noun). Although, there are exceptions to this rule (of course).

And then we went through a long list of adjectives.  I need to make notecards for them!

Next come regular verbs.  Regular verbs belong to three categories (1st, 2nd, and 3rd conjugations).  We learned the 1st conjugation in our last class.  These are the verbs that end in -are, and most verbs belong in this conjugation.

Let’s do an example!

camminare (to walk)

io cammino

tu cammini

lui/lei cammina

noi camminiamo

voi camminate

loro camminano

Because each ending is different, you can omit the subject pronoun.

We did lots of practicing with the first conjugation!  I’m guessing we will learn the second conjugation tomorrow!

But for now, I better get to doing my homework!

So, when we were in Wrightsville/Wilmington for the marathon this weekend, A and I took the girls to Topsail Island because they allow dogs to be on the beach without a leash.  The girls loooooved it.  They had an absolute blast!  I think they would have played frisbee and ball on the beach all day if we had let them!

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I love my girls!

Fun Fact: The average woman’s waist circumfrence increased by 1.5 inches from 2000 to 2012. An extra-wide waistline is linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. Try to keep yours at 35 inches or less.

2 years ago: Week 13 Wrap-Up (Recipe: Roasted Greek Chicken and Potatoes in Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette)

Quote of the Day:

“My philosophy is, if you enjoy something, don’t arbitrarily stop doing it because of age.”       -John Schultz

I made these muffins awhile ago when I was craving something sweet.  I just happened to have all the ingredients.  I like it when that happens.  The muffins were a little dense for my liking, but some people like muffins a little more on the dense side.

Maple Muffins

Maple Muffins


– 2 cups AP flour

– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

– 2 teaspoons baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 3/4 cup milk

– 1/2 cup butter, melted

– 1/2 cup maple syrup

– 1/4 cup sour cream

– 1 egg

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


– 3 tablespoons AP flour

– 3 tablespoons sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 2 tablespoons cold butter


– Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine milk, butter, syrup, sour cream, egg and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

– Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. For topping, combine flour, sugar, nuts and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.

– Bake 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.

Courtesy of Taste of Home

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1 Response to Mini Italian Lesson #5 (Recipe: Maple Muffins)

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