I told you I’d be back with something a wake-me-up, comfort-style recipe!
Muffins. Best breakfast ever. I know, I know. They’re basically glorified cupcakes. But they’re so much more than cupcakes. First of all, there’s generally some sort of fruit in them. (Fruit=healthy breaky, right?) Second, you get to warm them up and slather them with butter. It’s not looked up well if you do that to a cupcake. Though I’m sure it’d be pretty dang tasty. Butter helps all things. Except acne. Never put butter on your face. Please.
Anyhow. We’re going to go citrus because it’s February and all things are citrus.
I go with the flow. Sometimes.
Then we’re going to throw in a bunch of poppy seeds, because: crunch. They just make things better.
Top it all off with a tangy orange glaze, and you have yourselves the best kind of good morning muffin. Definitely enjoy with a warm cup of something. It is winter, after all. (And who doesn’t need a hot coffee in the morn?)
This recipe is adapted from Girl vs Dough (great blog, look around while you’re there). She made grapefruit muffins, and she made them a bit healthier than I made mine. (I’m guilty of hardly ever using whole wheat flour – it makes such a healthy tasting final product. Generally whole wheat baked good that I make taste like dirt. Nobody likes to eat dirt, amiright? I eat whole wheat bread. That’s it guys. White flour in all the other things.)
I also didn’t use fresh juice. I didn’t have any. I’m never prepared. I only had one egg, so thank goodness I only needed one. Instead of fresh juice, we use a scoops of frozen orange juice concentrate. I learned this trick from a dear friend to whose house I was taking these muffins. I knew she’d appreciate the tang and unpreparedness of my baking. It’s super easy, and adds such a nice zing. She makes AMAZING scones using the same method. Have I mentioned she’s brilliant?
To the muffins! You can seriously throw them together in about ten minutes, make the glaze while baking, and enjoy. Totally doable for a fresh breakfast, or store them, airtight for 3-4 days and heat up for an on-the-run breaky.
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cups vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds
- 2 heaping tsp frozen orange juice concentrate
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2-3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line or grease 14 muffin cups.
- Mix together sugar, vegetable oil, poppy seeds, and orange juice concentrate.
- Add vanilla and eggs. Stir well.
- Alternately add dry ingredients and milk.
- Fill muffin cups level to top.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the middle of the muffins has set.
- Whisk melted butter, icing sugar, vanilla and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Add more icing sugar if too runny, or more orange juice (or milk) if too thick.
- You can definitely use a mixer or a wooden spoon to make these! Whatever you prefer.
Mom-ing is hard.
This may not entirely fit in perfectly with the last Dear Moms post, but it’s definitely a continuation.
This is not a “pity me” post. It’s simply an “I can resonate with you – you are not in this alone” post.
I just wanted to confirm to you all that being a mom, well, it’s the hardest job there is.
I know I would have scoffed at that sentence before I had kids. Even during my first pregnancy. But wow. It’s literally 24/7. Even when they aren’t home, you’re washing their clothes, cooking their meals, or worrying about them. Do you know what I mean? It takes a toll on your brain. I think that’s probably why I can’t seem to remember which day is what, or why I walked into the dining room in the first place. Why am I here? What am I forgetting? So many times! I know other moms feel the same. I’ve listened to them about it. It’s not just me. And it’s not just you.
The last post was about moms with newborns. This is for moms who are moving past that stage, and are trying to figure out how to have some normalcy in life. Each stage is hard. Just different kinds of hard. Having three kids in about three years – I was exposed to all of the earlier stages at once. I can honestly say that I can’t remember so much of the last 5 years. I was either so tired, frazzled, or busy with the little ones that my brain just decided that it couldn’t keep with inputting memories. It was too busy trying to stay awake, or to focus on any one thing (instead of trying to think of everything all the time – which happens more often than not).
From having a literal line up at the change table (why would two of them decide to poop at the same time?), to nightmares (“Mommy is so tired, can you please try to stop thinking about bad things?” <— Do I sound/feel selfish much? Yes. I will reiterate that last Mom post. Motherhood shows you how selfish you really are, and bring out lots of other less-than-lovely things about yourself, that you may not have realized.). We’ve got spills happening at least 3 times a day, sometimes more. The patience it takes to not explode when someone spills the fifth cup of whatever (or somehow manages to slop their entire bowl of stew on the floor before taking a single bite), is immense. So much patience required.
There are so many things that try our patience, that help us grow, to become better parents along the way. And the best part? Our kids love us. No matter how many times we might lose our patience a little bit too quickly, they forgive and forget. They don’t understand how hard it is, but they do have little innocent hearts, that love quickly, and immensely. They know we will not stop loving them if they somehow manage to spill every drink in one day. They somehow have this great mechanism for forgetting that we were mad at them. Especially if we humble ourselves enough to ask their forgiveness for exploding a little bit too much. Those little hearts are so precious.
We’ve been tasked with the care of those little hearts. To guide them and to guard them. It is oh-so humbling to remember that every day. That we’ve been blessed with these littles, not burdened with them. Sometimes that is a hard thing to bring back to the forefront. I know that sounds horrible. But it’s truth. They feel like a burden at times. Mostly when they’re all screaming at crying and you want to go hide somewhere and cry too. If you haven’t had kids yet – don’t let that scare you. Every day is not like that, every moment is different. You can go from screaming and crying to having a special kitchen dance party, or seeing your littlest ones sharing ever so nicely. There are so many beautiful moments that happen. When you see your oldest trying to help your youngest, or explaining to his brother why doing something was wrong (their logic is hilarious sometimes, listen closely to what they say).
Kids are actually hilarious. They have the funniest senses of humour, and say the darndest things. Quite literally, they are the best form of comedy. And lame, though my jokes are, they think I’m funny too. They also think that I’m a pretty special person. Even though it may seem like they don’t hear you or see you (I think this happens a lot to stay-at-home-moms who are always with their kids), as soon as you are out of their sight for an hour, they are more than excited to see you when you get home. They need a break from us sometimes, even as we need one from them.
I laugh more being a mom then in anything else I’ve ever done. Yes. It’s hard. I will never ever tell anyone that parenting is easy. It’s heart-wrenching sometimes. I actually don’t like it when people say it’s “rewarding”. I didn’t have kids to be rewarded. But there are moments that you wouldn’t change for the world. Little spots in a day that you want to etch in stone. Write those down. Remember them somehow. Then on the hard days, you can look back and remember that these are kids. They aren’t just little crazies that are out to get you all the time. They are little hearts, trying to figure out the huge, crazy world we live in, and how they fit in it. Hopefully they are learning by watching you.
You are not in this alone, Mama. We’re all in this together, regardless of the different ways we approach things. We’ve all got a few things in common – We love our kids, and want to do right by them. We are human, and make mistakes. We don’t know what we’re doing. I will take every prayer, listen to advice (not necessarily use said advice), and love to talk to moms about what they’re doing with their kids – what works, and what they need help with. Bounce ideas off of one another. It helps so much.
Enjoy those kiddos this holiday season, see the wonder in their eyes as you put up trees, as you pass beautiful light displays on the road. Remember that they are the most amazing gift. Those sweet children, who aren’t always all that sweet. Remember the moments spent.
Sorry if this was hard to follow at all – my brain is a bit scattered. (Probably an understatement.) I hope you were able to glean some encouragement from this. Merry First Week of December!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
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How is it December tomorrow?!?!?! I think that just about sums up how I feel about life right now. I’m just floored that Christmas is approaching so quickly.
We had our first snowfall on Sunday – it was so pretty. Of course, hubby (who has to drive in it/shovel it more than the rest of us), took one look and turned to me with the most disgusted look on his face. It didn’t last, so he didn’t have much to worry about. Though it was a sloppy drive into town that morning.
List time! We have a smorgasbord this week. It really ranges from one end of the spectrum to the next. Some gift ideas, DIYs, articles about depression, and so on. This is pretty much how my brain works. It thinks of everything, all the time. Welcome to my brain.
- Exercise might keep depression at bay. I think it’s great that they’re doing research on it. But seriously though – common sense, eh?
- Laura wrote a great article on being tired of the Motherhood Martyr Act. It’s a really good read.
- I follow this lady on Instagram, and she has the most amazing cookbook out – I would love it for Christmas. Wouldn’t you?
- On my Pies I Need to Make list: Cranberry Gingersnap Pie, Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie
- A few games for people on your Christmas list. Both equally awesome.
- Here are some great DIY ornament ideas to do with the kids, or by yo-self.
- Hubby doesn’t really like sparkles, but I love them every once in awhile. Check out this sparkly dress with a really cute back cutout. Or, if you really don’t like sparkles – check this really great sweater dress. I might actually buy this one…
- Also – American Eagle has sweater leggings. I saw/felt them (I feel all the clothes when I’m shopping – is that weird?), and they looked/felt amazing.
I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest, and you can keep up with all the lovely things that get pinned.
Have a fantastic week!
*An October visit to a local farm.