I try not to think deep thoughts early in the morning. Generally, just finding shoes that match can totally make me happy. But every once in a while I find myself reflecting on life in general and how it can change seemingly in an instant. Every day I struggle with paying attention to the here and now. Lofty ambitions and long-term plans have their place, but there’s also something invaluable in the simplest pastimes: a long walk in the evening; organizing that junk drawer; playing catch with the grandchildren; baking a batch of cookies.
I find cooking to be very relaxing. A creative endeavor which always calms and soothes. Your hands get busy, your mind wanders and the senses take over. And, in the end, you are rewarded with something tangible, edible, shareable. It’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.
This past weekend I tried a new recipe that I thought my husband would enjoy. His FAVORITE pie in the whole world in pecan pie. So when I saw this recipe for Pecan Pie Muffins I immediately saved it and placed it in my "to try soon" list of recipes. There are only SIX ingredients ... it is the SIMPLEST of recipes to throw together, and afterwards my husband came up to me and said DO NOT LOSE THIS RECIPE. He absolutely LOVED them. Said they were even better than pecan pie because they were so portable and easy to toss into his lunchbox.
So here's the link to the recipe. http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2010/09/a-tasty-recipe-pecan-pie-muffins/
And don't be surprised that they don't rise very much ... and let them cool about 15 minutes before trying to get them out of the pan ... they will hold together nicely at that point. And once cooled immediately put them into an airtight container or individual baggies.
I actually had one RIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN slathered in butter (my bad) ... and it was definitely one of those OMG this is sinful moments!!