This weekend consisted of cutting down and removing a stubborn stump and deep roots from an evil shrub tree that decided this year it would grow out of control, attract yellow jackets, and develop a disease unknown to the internet. It was a cringe-worthy experience, but a beautiful yellow tree rose is now planted in its place, so worth the back ache.
After all that work, a relaxing break with muffins, tea, and reading was in order.
We're mad for muffins in my house, mostly because they are easy to make and eat, and are a delicious accompaniament to an afternoon cup of tea (or at any time).
Of course, I believe in taking time to relax and enjoy each meal, no matter how small (even if I don't always practice it).
I recall a conversation with the couple who ran (and still runs) the country house hotel where I spent a glorious week in Scotland. They worked hard day in and out to give their guests an incredible experience (they succeeded), but I noticed one major difference between their day and most of the people I know in the U.S., and that is they took the time to do what mattered most. As I was leaving the small hotel for one of my excursions, I passed them on my way to the car. I don't think they noticed me, nor should they have. Their focus was on each other as they strolled quietly, side-by-side, enjoying the crisp September breeze and quiet rustling of leaves.
It has been many years since the image from that moment gave me pause. When we meet a person who works as hard as anyone, but knows when to stop and enjoy life's most precious moments, it is time to stop ourselves and emulate them. At least, that is what I am telling myself to do. Such a shift in focus takes some careful planning, a lot of juggling, and a willingness to scratch tasks off our lists that don't benefit us or make a positive difference in the lives of others. It's okay to reprioritize. It's okay to say no when it doesn't make sense to say yes.
Now that I'm done reminiscing about treks in the Scottish Highlands (Oh, how I miss it!), let us return to the subject of this post—muffins!
These moist, fluffy muffins are loaded with bright strawberry flavor and are the perfect base for the coconut streusel topping. They are a great treat for breakfast, tea, or even dessert. Serve them warm with a pat of butter or a dollop of soft cream cheese for an extra-special treat. No matter how you serve them, these delicious muffins will be sure to please.
For your convenience, you can download a PDF copy of the Strawberry Muffin recipe here.
It's back to writing for me. I hope you try and enjoy the muffins!