Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I love this time of year.
The air is rich with the aromas that remind us of warmth.
Cinnamon, balsam, peppermint, brown sugar -- all dancing in the air, calling us
back to the moments that have left smile lines all over our hearts.

Making candy cane cookies in grandma's kitchen.
Unwrapping a meowing box of kittens on Christmas morning.
Decorating your first tree as newlyweds.
Watching your footy pajama-ed children beam with joy
as the lights twinkle, the hot cocoa is poured,
and the nativity story retold.

The world tells me to "hustle and bustle,", but I can hear my soul
counter-offering, "Be still." I look at my children now and can't bear
the reality of the time passing; each moment slipping away with the diaper changes,
the bath time, the books that are read.

I don't want to miss it.

When they remember "home", I want them to see calm, peace, joy,
and the beauty that came from just BEING together;
breathing in and out the wonderful rhythm of


It brings me much happiness to recreate such warm recipes that will
someday hopefully conjure up special memories deep in the hearts of my children.
When they take a bite and their taste buds spin a tale of cinnamon and brown sugar -
I hope they feel loved.


In stand mixer, mix together:

1 C. of pumpkin puree
1/4 C. melted butter or oil
1/2 C. whole milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

In separate bowl, sift together:

1 1/2 C. gluten-free all purpose flour blend (I use Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher sea salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger

Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

Pour batter into a lined muffin tin. Yields 12.

Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes.

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  1. you have such a great way with words. never stop sharing, dear!

    also these look so so yummy. also also yes! i almost freak out sometimes how fast these days with our littles are flying by. last night i was up with gideon and i was slightly frustrated because naturally i was tired. thankfully God prompted me to start saying thankful prayers in my heart. i was instantly stilled and reminded of what a great treasure these days are.

    okay. end of rant. love you girl!!

    1. Thanks, Nicole! Writing is such an outlet for me. Makes my brain and heart happy happy happy!!!

      Oh I hear ya. It IS hard when your patience or SLEEP is in jeopardy with raising little ones! That's awesome you could find the grace to be thankful! I've been trying to be intentional about not using my cell phone as a "distraction" in the middle of the night with nursing sessions-- seems to bring me more peace for some reason! Like the sacrifice is more prayerful or something?!

      Keep up the good work, momma!!!

  2. Yum! I made these for Thanksgiving! And gluten-free. ;-) Sadly (lol), I left the left over ones at my mother in law's for them to eat...or else my husband and I would be devouring them 24/7.

    I love your words!

    1. Aaaaawesome! NOT awesome you left them at your MILs!!!! Lol. I'm such a food hoard. Totally packed up everything I brought to bring home and devour after Thanksgiving! Haha. You are smarter... and kinder than I am! Hope you had a great holiday weekend :-)



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