Rejoice: to feel joyful; be delighted. I have been rejoicing and it feels great. Has every moment of each day been joyous? Wait, is this even possible? Every moment is not filled with joy. Sometimes frustration comes to the party, with anxiety in tow, and tries to crash the joyful party. Hmph. When this happens I am attempting something new. Instead of giving into frustration I am attempting to take a deep breath and take a few steps back from the situation at hand. And here is where it gets real….I look around at what I have. Stepping outside I look up at the huge clouds…a reminder to me that I am merely a little speck in this world. I hear entire songs from the birds songs versus the little chipping here and there. I see the bees roaming from one flower to the next in search of pollen. Life is happening all around. Stop. Look around. Listen. Be mindful. Some of my new daily practices.
I rose early…much too early for a summer vacation day. I crept quietly downstairs to the clean kitchen just waiting for me to measure out flour – spilling some on the counter, dice up peaches – where the juices ran all over the cutting board and brown some butter – that gently splattered on the stovetop. I loved every second of this quiet time in the kitchen as the sun was rising and the coffee was quietly percolating. This Sundays with Joy recipe for peach cobbler muffins was what was right for this day, at this very moment and at this particular time.
This recipe is brimming with indulgences allowable for early sunny summer mornings. The first indulgence is butter which is slowly browned on the stovetop filling the air with a nuttiness which is faintly reminiscent of caramel.
The dry ingredients are whisked together…flour, sugars, cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.
One of these eggs came from local, happy chickens. Beautiful color!
Whisking the beautiful brown butter into those pretty eggs.
I found one of the best fruit stands in my new town where all of the fruit is perfectly ripe. This makes my heart happy. So happy!
The house filled with the scent of cinnamon, peaches and brown butter. One bite of this muffin told me that today would be a great day. This muffin has to be one of the most tender, soft, and perfectly balanced flavors in one muffin that I have had in a long time. I would say instead of a cobbler it reminded more of a peach crumb cake.
Many thanks to Ms. Joy Wilson who created such a fantastic recipe perfect for a sunny summer morning. You can find this recipe in the Joy the Baker cookbook. Happy August, friends! Thanks for reading!