Gripping the vinyl, I held the measuring tape up to my biggest, while she stood on her step stool. Busily "working" at the counter top, I tried not to disturb her too much. In my cheeriest voice, I told her, "Mama is feeling so much better, I'm going to cut you out a new..."
Alligator tears! Hysterics! Frightened pools of brownish green were lost.
"I don't want you to CUT ME!" The wildest of the wild bawled.
It took a good ten minutes, and a handful of chocolate chips, to explain I was cutting a dress out of fabric, not her.
Communication might not be our strong point, but I tell you, we do work well together.
The months following our tiniest's arrival, folks would drop baking off and I would grin and thank them. Little did they know my freezer was stocked to the nine's! So often I find myself at the 4:00 losing my mind hour, reaching for the flour. Nothing passes time smoother for the biggest and I, but to spend time together in the kitchen throwing cookies, muffins, cakes, our minds in the oven. We seriously almost baked daily back then.
Tears, the worst behaviour, exhaustion, whatever you may call it, can be lulled to quietness by the whir of a mixer.
"Taylin, what do you want to do today?"
"Let's do BAKING!"
Today we baked and in celebration of snow and cold whirling into these parts, pumpkin muffins warmed our home. They are simple, make a decent sized batch that freeze well, and most importantly they quiet the troops.
My key phrase in life is when there is nothing else to blog about, blog about food. Hence the corn. Y'all have any ideas floating around in your brains about things you'd like to hear about, send a message and I don't mean of the texting sort. You know I don't roll like that.
|Best. breakfast. ever.|
Pumpkin Muffins---From the Toews Family Cookbook
4 eggs 2 tsp baking soda
2 cups sugar 1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oil 1 cup chocolate chips
3 cups flour 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional (which I never plop in)
1 tsp cinnamon 1 3/4-2 cups pumpkin
2 tsp baking powder
Beat eggs slightly. Add sugar, oil and pumpkin. Beat thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and sprinkle tops with brown sugar. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.