Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lavender Pear Muffins for Monet...

"Faith never knows where it is being led,
But it knows and loves the One who is leading"
~Oswald Chambers

There are times in our lives when we are caught between moments that we wish would never end,
and moments that we wish had never begun.

When our hearts are most unguarded,
and we least expect it,
it comes...
a tender touch...
a glimpse of hope and a reminder of all that's good and true in our world.
It sneaks on up, reaches right in and
awakens something deep within us.

When I first heard that Liz from "That Skinny Chick can Bake" and
were compiling a scrapbook to be filled
with sentiments and recipes from bloggers across the blogosphere
that was intended to spread a little sunshine
to someone very dear to my heart,
I was overjoyed at the chance to participate.

has won over the hearts of everyone who has crossed her path
in the most memorable way, through her thoughts and
contemplations, her stories, and her delightful recipes.

The prayers continue for her and her family
as they press through this especially difficult season of their lives...
a season that has been eclipsed with numerous tragedies and heartache;
And the hope is
that this small token of love
from those who adore her
will be a healing salve at such a time as this...

And that sweet bellas, is how we impact the moment at a person at a time....ONE MUFFIN AT A TIME.....

Thank you Liz & Kate for including me in this project...this is my contribution to Monet's scrapbook:

Monet, may you feel my heart and hands wrapping around your soul today. Not a day goes by that you and your beautiful family aren't in my prayers, and that you will soon be entering a new season of new hope...and in that spirit, I hope to brighten your day by delivering a kiss of spring time that is sure to leave behind a freshness that will fill your soul with the sweet fragrance of new beginnings. I created this muffin recipe to combine the gentle sweetness of a juicy pear with the provocative aroma of lavender allowing it to waltz with your taste buds in the most magical way - harmoniously topped off with a delicate vanilla glaze - need I say more?


Pear Muffins
2 - 15 oz. cans of Pears in natural juices, drained, and gently pureed
3 Cups of Flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of baking powder
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of canola oil
1 tsp of vanilla extract
3 eggs

1) In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt & baking powder, set aside dry ingredients.
2 ) In another mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of sugar with canola oil, vanilla extract and 3 eggs.
3) add dry ingredients mix slowly, little by little, and whisk until fully incorporated
4) add pears and incorporate
5) scoop into lined muffin pan
6) Bake @ 325 degrees for appx 20-22 minutes

Lavendar Vanilla Glaze
1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tbsp of softened butter
2 tsp of dried lavender
3 tbsp of milk

mix all ingredients together until glaze is smooth
spoon over each muffin,
allow glaze to set before serving...


  1. MMmmm Lavender sounds awesome! Love the blog and excited to follow!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a beautiful post this is! My heart is reaching out to Monet also and I continue to keep her and her entire family in my prayers. Their courage and faith throughout this season has been remarkable. Monet is such a darling with a gentle spirit and an enthusiasm for life that is contagious! I adore the friendship this blogging world has gifted us with!

    Bella, your words are just as delicious as your lavender cupcakes! Thank you for sharing from your heart as well as from your kitchen! xoxo

  3. I'm certain your muffins provided much sunshine for Monet. Thanks so much for participating...and for your lovely post today.

  4. Ciao!! Beautiful post & I'm not really a muffin eater, but these do look GOOD. I am not aware of who Monet is but it sounds like she is going through a difficult time in her life. Prayers to her & her family!!

    I hope you are doing great!!

  5. Aww thanks! What a treat to hear from you!!! That is fantastic that you are learning Italian through tapes. That happens to me too, I get sidetracked with other things as well. Congrats on the baby No. 3 on the way. ♥

    That's great & I'm so happy I inspired you!!

    Hope you have a glorious day too!

  6. OMG...Jaime bella! Tu sei molto bella:D
    I am drooling over here after finally posting my recipe, for my French Toast, and I clicked over to you right away, and now I'm about to faint, from gazing at your gorgeous pear, lavender muffins, with the glazing oozing down. I'm in serious trouble now. (have to watch my intake of sweets)
    I've been wanting to comment to you sooner, but my google still does not let me comment only as a URL-Name sign in, and you don't have that option. The open ID which you do have, does not recognize my name...sigh!
    Now, I was able to use Fire Fox from my other sign in...problem solved!

    You have been so kind and supportive to leave me all you positive sweet, and from the "heart" comments, and I appreciate it so much, I'm beaming from "ear to ear" two kitties at my side probably wondering about this "strange mama" what is so humorous!

    Stay well, and do take care!
    Tanto amore per TE:DDD

  7. Oh my sweet dear friend...thank you again and again for being such a support. I am so glad that you are part of that beautiful book that sits beside me now. Thank you for sharing your creativity and love with me. I am leaving with such a wide smile on my face. I hope you are having a joy-filled weekend. Much love from Austin!

  8. Gorgeous! :) I am so glad I stopped by your blog... you have some awesome stuff going on here :) These cupcakes are beautiful, and a wonderful tribute to Monet!

  9. Beautiful words for your friend and those muffins look absolutely divine.

    Have a lovely weekend,

  10. Beautiful, beautiful post with one amazing muffin to compliment the love that you have shown here. My prayers lift with yours for your friend. Blessings and love, Candace

  11. What a beautiful and moving post. You made my eyes well up, and heart almost burst. You are so talented, so sweet, so genuine. What a blessing it is to read your blog and have you in my life. Happy 4th of July my sweet, beautiful friend :)

  12. Oh my dear, such a lovely tribute and a perfect comfort food offering for Monet!



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