It’s what I’ve been experiencing these past few days for about an hour each morning before Andrew wakes up and it’s been nothing short of amazing. I’ve been getting incredibly busier by the second and that extra hour helps in so many ways. Want to hear what’s going on in my life right now?
Let’s see, first I maintain this blog which takes a lot of time — especially when I make recipes, take photos, edit them, and write a story to go with it. Depending on the day, I take Andrew to school for 3 hours but man, I never knew 3 hours could go by that quick! Then I pick up my friend’s kids from elementary school and watch them until their parents get home as a side job. On top of that I clean one house every other week. On top of that, I’ve taken on a new position over at Scratch Mommy as the Editor in Chief (!!!!!) and we’re in the beginning stages so there is a lot of work that needs to be done. On top of that, I am maintaining 8 chickens, 1 crazy Lilly cat, a garden, a toddler and a husband and a house (in no specific order, of course).
Can you see why I am so excited about waking up at 6am to get an hour (or more if I’m lucky) of quiet time; Just me, the birds chirping in the background, and the pitter patter of my fingers typing at lightening speed (I would say that is a skill of mine). Oh, and coffee. Much needed coffee.
I value this quiet time more than you could imagine, or maybe you can relate. I feel like I can stay on top of things a little easier and don’t feel like I’m running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off (sorry ladies). It recharges me, allows my soul to be at peace, and gives me a little more patience when handling all of this and a toddler at home.
But on those days that my patience has run thin and Andrew just wants me to play with his cars (and I really don’t want to play with cars), I turn to my kitchen. With him, of course.
You see, we love baking together. I hope it’s something that never changes and that carries with him until he’s grown and has his own family. A few days ago, I was having one of those days, so I turned on Toddler Radio on Pandora and it got me in the baking mood. I’m pretty sure it was jamming out to “Hakuna Matata” that did it. Is that weird? Any way, I asked Andrew to come join me in the kitchen and we got to baking.
Every time we get baking, he becomes more and more involved with scooping, pouring, and mixing the ingredients. It’s really cool to watch unfold and I seriously am looking forward to the day where he gets all the ingredients together and does it all by himself. One, because that will be such a cool achievement (proud mommy moment) and two, because I get homemade baked goods without doing any work. Boom.
We decided to try a gluten-free apple cinnamon scone recipe (although I’m not convinced “scone” is the right word. Maybe bar? I have no idea, “scone” just sounds so much cooler). I’ve literally had it in my “Must Post On Blog” list but I’ve continually pushed it to the back burner and I figured, why not now? Apples and cinnamon pair exceptionally with Fall, and that’s right around the corner. These scones are made with my favorite brand of almond flour so the actual scone is dense but the flavors of the vanilla coconut sugar, cinnamon, and applesauce, really round it out and make it just taste so good. I randomly had some flax seeds hanging around that needed to get used, so at the last minute I decided to add that in there for an extra nutrient-kick.
They are yummy and filling, which makes an excellent quick breakfast for you, your kids, and/or your husband. They take mmmaayyybbbeee 8 minutes of active prep time to make, and are done and out of the oven in 15-20 minutes. Perfect.
You know what’s even more perfect?
When they are paired with coffee, a favorite book, the birds chirping, and quiet. Now, that’s some soul food.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease baking sheet
- Add all the dry ingredients into one bowl and mix well
- Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl; add the rest of the wet ingredients to the eggs
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well; batter will be thick and not runny
- Pour into a circular shape; bake for 15-18 minutes
- After the scones have cooled, cut into triangles and enjoy
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This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in.