Simple Sundays | White Chocolate Graham Cracker Muffins + Taking Time

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I’m writing this on a night when it does not make sense to write. When the only words that come to mind are…

sorrow.

darkness.

innocence.

I have been thinking of the tragedy in Connecticut all day, and as the afternoon wore on, its weight began to sink further in the pit of my stomach. I opened the door to step outside and was greeted by the coldest chill, one that surged me with its strike, the clouds overhead blanketing the earth with gloom. It was as though mother nature was mourning, and I looked up in the sky to feel drops of rain begin to fall, hitting my cheek like tears.

I thought of that morning, when I stopped my children to look them in the eye. When I told them to have a good day. And I was glad I did. So many mornings, there’s the mad rush, the calls up the stairs, and yes, sometimes the yells, Time to go!!! And I thought to myself, what if that was the last thing we remembered of each other?

My heart aches for the parents who sent their little ones to school. Did they see their lunch notes? Did they have a hug goodbye?

On what is supposed to be a frivolous time of year, this sadness is unbearable. But like all terrible things, it reminds me of what is most important.

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I made a pot of chili tonight. It seems to be what I make when I feel this kind of sadness. And I thought of a chat I had yesterday with a friend in this food blogging world. We talked about taking breaks. Enjoying our families. Time without deadlines, self imposed or otherwise. When you work from home, that is virtually impossible. But I think today’s events have made me realize that I should.

I have this Christmas holiday with my family, and I intend to focus on them. To make muffins just to make muffins. To sit on the couch and watch a movie with my children. I have a few more posts planned before Christmas. And then I will take a few days to really be present.

My son told me this morning, Mommy, you shouldn’t cook on weekends. I take a break after a week at school. You should have a break too.

Children, in their innocence, are wiser than adults.

So, I will take a break. But I look forward to seeing you after. I feel refreshed just thinking about it.

As for these White Chocolate Graham Cracker Muffins…please, take some time. Time to make them, and time to enjoy them with the ones you love.

White Chococolate Graham Cracker Muffins | Kitchen Confidante

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White Chocolate Graham Cracker Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins or 24 mini muffins

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 25 min

The homey flavor of graham crackers brings a cozy depth to these simple muffins studded with white chocolate morels. Just right with a mug of coffee or cocoa, in front of a warm fire, and with the ones you love.

Ingredients:

1 cup graham crackers
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare a muffin tin by lightly spraying with non-stick spray or coating sparingly with butter. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the graham crackers, egg, brown sugar, and melted butter.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gently stir into the graham cracker mixture until just combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips.

Distribute the batter evenly into the muffin tins. Bake for about 20 minutes (or 12 minutes for mini muffins), or until golden brown, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool for about 3 minutes, then remove from the muffin pan. Enjoy while warm.

Adapted from Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins, which were slightly adapted from Oatmeal Muffins, Gourmet (February, 1995), via Epicurious.

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by Liren Baker on December 16, 2012

5 Responses to “Simple Sundays | White Chocolate Graham Cracker Muffins + Taking Time”

  1. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen — December 16, 2012 @ 11:14 am (#
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    What a heartfelt, lovely post and brought tears to my eyes, left a lump in my throat. You put it so beautifully, Liren….”what if it was the last hug, the last lunch note?” These things happen for a reason, we know. But that they happen now, a week before the holidays is heart wrenching for all of us. This is an awesome recipe – I just realized I have all the ingredients. Must make your muffins soon. Thanks for coming to the blog today. It felt good to see an old friend :-) Hugs & hug those little ones tight today!

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 16, 2012 @ 1:23 pm (#
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    Liren, you brought tears to my eyes… a beautiful, heartfelt post! Your family is blessed to have you cooking and caring for them; I know they know how much you love them. Hugs!

  3. Cheryl — December 16, 2012 @ 2:19 pm (#
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    Thank you for your words Liren,they always seem to be perfect. Thank you for reminding us of what’s important and valued in the end.

  4. Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings — December 16, 2012 @ 5:56 pm (#
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    Hi, Liren. There are no words to describe the event in Newtown, CT. I cannot imagine the pain, sorrow, grief, fear of those left behind by the victims and by the whole community. And the victims themselves – so young and innocent – and with one flick of the gunman’s trigger, their lives had ended in such a violent way. No parent should live through that – it’s so unnatural and heinous. I can only pray for peace in the hearts of the families and the communities affected, as well for as for the souls of those children! For sure, I am hugging my kids more tightly today and for many days to come.

    On a different note, love these muffins. Wish I had a basket of them now. They’re perfect feel-good treats for days like these…

  5. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health — December 17, 2012 @ 2:03 pm (#
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    it is such a heart breaking event, unimaginable. It makes me mad, sad, angry and dont even want to imagine what those parents had to go through. This reminds us to love our loved ones more, hug them tighter and appreciate what we have in life even more. Sometimes we just need time to step away from daily stuff, relax and step back. I hope you being able to step away from blogging will bring you back with lots of energy and yummy recipes for us. Take care :)

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