Dig into our blog post this month, stick around till the end where I share my favorite Pumpkin Muffin recipe!
For the past couple of months, my husband and I have been saying the same phrase over and over "if we can just get through this week" or "if we can just get through this month."
For some reason from January to May, it feels like someone pushes "fast forward" on the VHS player of life and we are flying in and out of our driveway and eating questionable things for dinner.
The here & now can often consume our every thought and create little merry go round humans doing the same things over and over again just in different clothes...hopefully.
But here is the real, real or in the words of the young people in my Sunday School class "The Tea." Sometimes I try to validate myself by the accomplishments of my planner. Those check marks and line strikes bring me so much joy.
It's hard not to validate yourself when someone says "you did so good!" or "thank you so much, I don't know what I would do without you!" But unfortunately, as the saying goes "you can't pour from an empty coffee cup..." or something like that ;).
God called us to glorify Him in everything we do. So where is the glory in three loads of laundry, a shower that needs a good scrubbing and a car that has questionable food remnants in the back?
When I was around 16 years old, I started baking. I baked cakes, cupcakes, brownies and anything else I could get my hands on. I taught myself how to make fondant. I would make teapot cakes with fondant roses on top, filled with m&m's for my friends birthdays. My mom would also so graciously bring them to school during lunch for me. After a stressful day, I would come home, put a Frank Sintra CD in the kitchen stereo and get ready to bake. I would sing into my spatula and frost those little cakes to the very best of my ability.
10 years later, it doesn't take much for me to slip into my kitchen and grab my spatula when times get a little hectic. Social media is not where I find my rest. My inbox is not where I find my joy. The overflowing laundry basket does not define me. When I need to refill my coffee cup, I head to the kitchen to bake.
I know its June, and some folks like to keep their pumpkin addiction confined to the month of October. I, unfortunately, cannot contain the love for these muffins to one month, although my waistline would probably appreciate it if I did.
So why muffins, why baking, why kitchen dancing!? I don't know, I don't know why I live for the times I can step into my kitchen and turn my oven to 375 and start to whisk my worries away. But I do know, that baking won't work for everyone. This month I challenge you, to find what fuels your soul.
Maybe it is the garden that you have always wanted to plant. Possibly the neighbor down the street you enjoy sipping sweet tea with. Whatever it is that fills your coffee cup, pencil that in. Designate a specific amount of time to something you enjoy. We glorify God when we enjoy the life He so graciously granted us. When we serve others well and serve from the fulfillment of Christ, nothing can stop us.
Pumpkin Muffin Recipe:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 15 ounces can pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place 12 paper liners into each well of your standard size muffin baking pan.
Measure out the flour, sugars, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, butter, and vanilla extract.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together. Do not over mix, just stir until everything is incorporated into the batter.
It is helpful to use a large scoop (like an ice cream scoop) to evenly distribute the batter into each well.
Bake your muffins for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Have a wonderful week! - Amy