Coming to you today with a treat! These Gluten-Free Banana Muffins 🙂 And some thoughts too.
One of the most crucial gifts parenting has given me, is a profound respect for the process. My son’s process. Other people’s process. My own. How did I miss it all the years before? Before and still too often now, I would get caught up with milestones to be reached, things that needed to happen at a certain time. Things that weren’t where or how they were supposed to be. Whether it was for my child or for my own life. Then I read this:
“Readiness is when it happens.”
So simple it might trigger a “duh” chuckle inside. Yet, this brought a shift in my whole outlook in life. To suddenly be completely open. To what is here. With no judgement or specific expectation. With curiosity and kindness. Often it’s hard, uncomfortable. Yet it always feels right. It has led me to more (self-)understanding, (self-)compassion, (self-)acceptance, connection… Anyway, that’s the path I’m on, and it feels like a good path. Why am I telling you this? Because I have struggled with the fact that I haven’t posted here in five months and 12 days. Not what it was supposed to be.But I guess this is the time I needed to be ready to be back.
Like my garden carrots I was so proud of, there’s been growing underneath the surface. And today’s harvest day.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Charles Dickens
How did I never see that this was the shortest most accurate description of life, plain and simple? These past months, I have been blessed with opportunities to travel, to share time with loved ones, with celebrations and birthdays, and small moments of every day joy. Exotic meals, shared meals, festive meals, homegrown meals. There’s also been broken bones, transitions and turmoil, torturous decisions. Simple meals, familiar meals, comforting meals. This is the stuff of life. Sometimes I get so busy being in it, I can’t also record it, photograph it, write about it. Then, inexorably, I feel the quiet urge to do so.
Today, I want to share a lovely recipe from Aran Goyoaga’s SmallPlates and Sweet Treats. These gluten-free muffins (we often make it as a loaf too) are so delicious, plain, or with good butter. For dessert or teatime, or along with a few crunchy radishes. They’re always a big favorite at parties, potlucks and picnics. They never fail to start a food conversation, my favorite kind! “What is in those muffins, they’re so delicious?” “Oh really? Can you send me the recipe?”
Connection and bonding over food. Now that is my happy place.