I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. My day is full of (overflowing really)
opportunities to decide what type of attitude I’m going to have in the face of something Pascal has done. Frequently I choose the wrong one, but every once in a while something happens that lends easily toward a response of laughter…like say cinnamon spilling everywhere when you least expect it. I always tell myself not to bake when Pascal isn’t otherwise trapped in his highchair, occupied by his father, or sleeping, and I always refuse to listen to myself (muffins are so good). I promised Michael apple cinnamon
strudel muffins, and the muffins I was going to deliver, so i thought i would quickly mix the dry ingredients while holding pascal as his hotdog cooked on the stove. My mistakes continued as follows: 1. multitasking 2. holding pascal while measuring out things 3. letting him hold the cinnamon to keep occupied 4. letting him hold the cinnamon to keep occupied. They are ALWAYS smarter than you think, and will show you at the most inconvenient times. Before I knew it my nose was burning and there was brown powder everywhere.cinnamon_1 (2) I quickly took away the cinnamon and closed it before more came out, and he
looked just as surprised as I did….he didn’t realize the result would be so interesting! I just stood for a second, not moving so i didn’t spread it anywhere, and upon assessing the hilarity of it all I just laughed. I asked him if he wanted a pear (rhetorical question) took off my shoes, shook my legs to get off the loose powder, and set him up in his highchair with the pear. While he ate dinner I cleaned up the cinnamon, finished the batter and the topping and baked the muffins (there was a lot of food destroying going on in the highchair that I ignored to accomplish this)(also the butter exploded in the microwave, still have to clean that up). To my surprise the muffins came out as possibly the most delicious muffins I have ever made. I was distracted, probably shouldn’t have taken on the task when I did, and lost some cinnamon along the way, but I didn’t lose joy in that moment because I chose to look at the silliness of it all and not get mad at my little boy. After all, it was my fault for giving him the container thinking such curious little hands wouldn’t want to get at what was inside, and it’s just a mess… is and will always be full of those, and often much more serious heart affecting ones. I must admit he had been whiny all morning and my responses were very un God-glorifying, I had to
stop and pray multiple times to have the patience to get through it and yelled at him (only to apologize…at least 3 times). I know he responds much better when I talk to him and actually discipline him and not just yell to release my anger, but sometimes I chose to do it anyways. I’m glad God gives me grace for when I mess up and gave me another chance today to respond while keeping my anger in check, and I’m so glad he gave me the spirit of joy and laughter. I’m glad that even though i’m alone all day with Pascal i’m not alone, because Christ made the way for me to have the Holy Spirit inside of me, gently reminding
me and enabling me to chose God honoring responses and joy. I have been so blessed by an adorable little boy who gives me kisses now when I say I love you (and puckers up like a fish every time), and even gives me kisses when I say i’m sorry. A little boy who is learning things a mile a minute and goes “whoo whoo” when I say towel (sounds like owl), and who scurries into his cardboard box to eat a snack. A little boy who freaks out (with glee) when he sees candles, and apples, and the garage door close, and when his daddy comes home.cinnamon_1 (1)

I made some muffins today, and some messes, and some memories. Peace, faith, grace, endurance, hope, love, the Holy Spirit…it’s all there available to me because of Jesus, even in the little daily trials of life:

Romans 5: 1-21:
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been
poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

I combined these two recipes to make the muffins if ya’ll want to know!

I made the raspberry one last week, it was good, but I wanted apple cinnamon. I couldn’t find an apple cinnamon recipe I liked without oil, so I used the butter and milk measurement and the strudel topping recipe from the raspberry muffin, and the dry ingredients from the apple cinnamon muffin, but then added a bunch more cinnamon and sprinkled a little cinnamon/flour/sugar mixture on the apples before combining them with the batter (not just putting them on top like the recipe said) I did 12 muffins with liners at 400 for 20 mins and they turned out perfect!I liked that the second recipe had a little more flour and sugar, but I used the same amount of wet ingredients that the first recipe
called for…it had a better level of moisture, especially with the apples. Also, Land O lakes butter is really a better butter, the topping turned out perfectly this time, but it didn’t the last time I made it with meijer brand butter (both unsalted). That sounded like crazy babble. I’ll just write the recipe below :)

Apple cinnamon strudel muffins:cinnamon_1 (3)

1.5 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter melted
1/2 tsp salt
2 small mcintosh apples diced, sprikled with a little of the dry part of the streudel mix.

Streudel mix:
1/2 cup flour
3 tbs sugar
3 tbs packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cold sliced up butter

preheat oven to 400 and place liners in muffin tin. Combine dry ingredients, combine wet
ingredients and add the wet to dry. Stir till just mixed. Fold in the apple mixture. Divide
among 12 muffin liners. Cut in the butter to the streudel dry mix with a fork until a
crumbly consistency forms. Sprinkle evenly over the muffins. Bake for 20 minutes, take them
out of pan and cool. Eat them all.


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