"Faith never knows where it is being led,
But it knows and loves the One who is leading"
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,
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
Kate from "Kate is Cooking"
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.
Monet from "Anecdotes and Applecores"
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 world....one moment at a time....one 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?
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
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...