Life is made up of moments. Some are mundane. Some are spectacular. Nonetheless, each one is a fleeting time, precious and unique. We often take the ordinary, simple moments for granted yet those are the ones I believe encapsulate the essence of life. The popular, romanticised moments normally involve attainment, status, materialism and power whilst the ordinary ones involve relationships, creativity, spirituality, relaxation and contemplation.
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business, and working with your hands. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11
With each passing day, I fall more and more in love with simplicity and minimalism – the quiet movement. I relish the leisure, simplicity and stillness of my daily life. By God’s grace, I stepped out of a destructive rat race into a slower lifestyle, rekindling my true passions and reaffirming who I am in Christ Jesus. With change, growth and maturity, we move toward a place of self-acceptance and contentment. We overcome by faith, meditation and action on His Word, “Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need” – Matthew 6:33.
More of Him, less of me. More creativity. Less rush. More love. Less apathy. More engagement with family and community. Let’s not get trapped in the world’s chase of superficial moments where satisfaction tapers off so quickly. It truly is the little, authentic moments of daily life that make the difference. I love being home and doing ordinary things like baking. Apron on, music up, spoon in hand, mixing it up en la cocina with a swing in my hips. Mundane moments filled with sheer joy especially when you can share and bless others with the outcome.
If baking is any labour at all, it’s a labour of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation. – Regina Brett
Para mí, baking is therapy. Today’s therapy involves bran muffins. Besides, bran muffins are simply much better home baked, fresh out of the oven. It’s a healthy breakfast treat and delicious with butter, grated cheese, fruit spread and … good coffee … ¡Claro!
Here’s a quick, convenient recipe (you can refrigerate and bake later):
Digestive Bran, 3 cups
Cake Flour, 2 cups
Bicarbonate of Soda, 2 teaspoons
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Mixed Spice, 1 heaped teaspoon
Cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon
Brown Sugar (Treacle or Unrefined, Dark), 1 and ½ cups
Milk (full cream), 2 cups
Oil (sunflower), 1 cup
Preheat oven to 200°C (400 °F) and line your muffin tin with paper cases.
Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside.
Combine and whip the eggs and sugar till frothy. (I always remove the chalaza from eggs.) Add the milk and oil. Blend together.
Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and blend. For light, fluffy muffins do not over mix.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
Pop them into your preheated oven, bake for approximately 20minutes, and … Voila!
Simple and deliciously mundane 😉
Continue to savour the pleasure of mundane activities!
¡Hasta la prómixa!