A few weeks ago, Ella was at school, Ani was at a little Halloween party with some friends, and Tally was napping.
I asked Star what she wanted to do together while she had me all to herself and she immediately responded “Cooking lessons!”
We did a quick survey of the pantry and decided that muffins would be our best bet.
She was THRILLED to get to help and that she got to help put in every ingredient without having to alternate with her sisters.
Halfway through the recipe, though, I discovered that I appeared to be out of oranges. I’m sure the recipe would have been fine without it, but I was sorely disappointed.
Then, just as I was finishing up the batter, Star, who was sitting on the counter, reached behind the fruit bowl and pulled out an orange.
It was like a magic trick.
I was delighted and told her, “You saved the day!”
For the next twenty minutes, she kept exclaiming, “I LOVE saving the day!”
While the muffins baked, she was the happy recipient of the entire spatula and bowl to lick without having to share with anyone else, and then we read a big stack of library books while the house filled with amazing smells. It felt like the perfect fall day.
These muffins are outliers because I think they’re good when they’re still warm, but they become MUCH better as they sit a little bit and the flavors get a chance to mix a bit more. So if you can handle waiting an extra 20 minutes or so, it’s worth it!
Also, I made these parchment muffin liners instead of greasing the muffin tin because they’re so easy and I love that they look like a fancy bakery – if you want to make your own, there’s a tutorial here.