Monday, December 7, 2015

Reporting Live, From the Workshop

Are you busy in your workshop? Are there dishes in the sink? Does that crooked picture on the wall and the calendar on the wrong month have you weary? Toys on the floor? Dirty shoe pile by the door? I have good news. Business is booming.

 The washing machine humming its soapy song while the phone rings (again!) betrays a lively existence. It is a home alive with love. The needy, the hungry, the tired, and exuberant are leaving a thumbprint on the walls (again!) and your memories.
  Someone complained "I can never clear the stuff from my dining room table." I told her she needs to take my free seminar entitled "How to Move Stuff from the Table to the Kitchen Counter." In this ground breaking class, I discuss how it can languish there until you discover said stuff is expired or irrelevant. At least your table will be clean. Did you know it is popular among some home design experts to keep your kitchen counters completely clear of any objects? They even make appliance cabinets so you can hide away eye sores like your coffee maker and mixer. What? 

  Why would I want to hide all my human fueling station and mighty food stirrer? They're trying to dis-empower us. My mixer is always mixing. It's probably running right now with something I forgot about. Hold on while I check. 

 I'm always re-learning to see my home as a workshop where priceless things are built. A sense of comfort and security, a place to laugh and share. I'm not advocating for having a dirty house  or a cluttered house. I like a clean workshop with lots of space, filled with well worn tools that can take a nick or scratch because they are meant to be used. I often need to put aside dreams of a pristine and delicately decorated home, a home meant for another time and place. Not this time and place.

  As our lives take on the joyful tasks to celebrate the season; family gatherings, special baking, church fellowship, and fixing that one Christmas decoration that won't stay put, let's make a deal to remember our workshops. A home full of tools we use while building a foundation on solid rock. For us, our families, and those who enjoy our hospitality. A place where the rain and the floods will never diminish our true, eternal Christmas.

 Years ago, on another blog, I posted this time honored recipe for Ginger Sweet Potato Muffins. I've heard many time how delicious these versatile muffins are, even among the youngest family members. I like that they can accompany just about any meal, or even stand in as a dessert. How many recipes can do that?

1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup mashed, baked sweet potato
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Optional: 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger (You can add this for an elegant touch. Crystallized ginger can be found in many bulk food sections with the dried fruit.)

 Preheat oven to 375. Use a 12 cup muffin pan and muffin/cupcake liners. If you don't have the liners, lightly coat the pan with shortening or oil. 

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ground ginger. In another bowl, stir together  sweet potato, milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla until blended. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk mixture. Stir just to combine. If you are adding the crystallized ginger, add that now. 

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes.  
We ate them with soup! And then again for breakfast...snack...


  1. Yeah, baby! You said it, sister! The perfect blog post for a bad case of "December overwhelm"! Suddenly I feel good again about my undone chores! All that, AND a delicious-sounding muffin to try out on the family over the holidays! My muffin-loving, sweet-potato-loving ones will just gobble up these muffins! I just know it! Thank you!!

  2. I like how you call it a workshop! So much truth :)


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