Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Making Muffins by Hand
It's no secret I love to bake from scratch. It is therapeutic for me. I love to mix the ingredients by hand and create something that my family will enjoy. Yesterday my daughter and I were browsing a new baking cookbook. I found a recipe for healthy-ish muffins and told her I'd make them today.
After returning home from a four-mile walk outside in the almost-too-cold I headed to the kitchen to create. I left my phone and other distractions in another room, far enough away so I couldn't hear the constant noises it emits through the Periscope app, eBay sales and text messages. I needed the quiet.
So many times we fill our lives with noise. From the chatter of the television to the voices in our heads, it is hard to escape but I crave the quiet. I need the peace that silence brings. When I hear nothing I am able to think anything.
I dug into the recipe and added the oats, whole wheat flour, and brown sugar. I love brown sugar. The little balls it forms are the perfect size to pop onto my tongue and there I let it slowly melt away as I enjoy the flavor. One of my lifelong favorite simple pleasures. Today I plunged my hands into the mixture of those three ingredients and lingered as I found every little ball of brown sugar. I rubbed them together until they dissolved into sugar crystals and then mixed it all up. As I squeezed the sugar between my fingers I felt tension leave my body. As the silence surrounded me I felt peace enter my soul. These are the moments I enjoy most. When there is nothing to distract me from being able to simply be.
When was the last time you took a few moments to just be? To be quiet? To listen to the silence? This holiday season lasts a little too long for my energy level. I want to enjoy the parties and festivities, but I find it all exhausting. Probably because of all of the accompanying noise. Take time to rest and think. Make it a goal to spend a few moments of quiet time each day. Turn off the television and music. Step away from Facebook and Instagram.
Just rest and enjoy the quiet. It is refreshing and liberating.
Posted by Suzanne at 9:24 AM