I believe that food is a powerful tool for connection. Food gives us the ability to care for and love those around us. It also gives us an opportunity to take on some characteristics of our triune God as we nourish and provide for others.

I wish I could pull up a chair for you in my kitchen and connect with you around my table. We could talk about all the things over steaming mugs of hot tea and something yummy on our plates, but I guess sharing my recipes with you will have to do for now.

This month…

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Ingredients:  2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 TBS baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt,
1 egg, 3/4 cup milk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 2 TBS vanilla extract, 
1 cup mini chocolate chips, extra sugar for sprinkling on top
(makes a dozen large muffins)

*Preheat over to 450 degrees
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.  Stir to combine.
2.  In a small bowl mix the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
3.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until well combined and smooth.  Stir in chocolate chips. (I always add a little extra, because why wouldn’t you?)
4.  Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin and spay the liners lightly with non stick cooking spray.  Distribute batter evenly into cups, filling about 3/4 of the way full.  
5.  Sprinkle a pinch of sugar on the top of each muffin.
6.  Put muffins in the oven and IMMEDIATELY TURN OVEN DOWN TO 400 DEGREES.  (This gives them those big fluffy crowns.) 
7.  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until beginning to golden on top.  Don’t over bake.  As soon as the edges start to get golden, remove from oven.
8.  Your kid(s) will love this with a banana, yogurt, and juice for breakfast.