Yesterday I posted a picture of blueberry muffins on Instagram and a few people asked for the recipe, so I thought I would share it today. I take pictures all the time…sometimes for blog posts, but usually just out of habit! I took several of the girls helping me make the muffins, which works out for a random recipe post today.

I’ve been aiming at making one new recipe each week for a while now. Some weeks it happens. Some weeks it doesn’t. Typically, I just pick a recipe off my Pinterest food board. Several months ago, I tried a Blueberry Muffin with streusel topping recipe. It was DELICIOUS and I’ve been making these muffins since.

3.16muffins-013.16muffins-023.16muffins-03I wasn’t planning on writing a post, so I don’t have pictures of the process. I do have pictures of goofy girls licking the batter. Whoop, whoop for fresh eggs! Let’s be honest…I was a batter licker and cookie dough eater before I had chickens.3.16muffins-043.16muffins-05My streusel topping is extra chunky because little girls made it. These muffins are so, so good. Fresh, juicy blueberries spilling out. The streusel topping. The moist texture (the recipe calls for yogurt, I use plain Greek yogurt). Seriously, so good. So not healthy, but so good.Β  3.16muffins-063.16muffins-07I am never good at blog series, but I think I might try every now and then to share a few Pinterest recipes I make and like. I’ve tried some really great ones and some that we weren’t fans of.

If you didn’t catch the link above, you can get the recipe from the original baker OMG Chocolate Desserts by clicking here.

 

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  • Katie - These look delish! I’m going to have to try them! I’m trying to add a new recipe a week too… I haven’t stuck with it so far, but it’s a goal. πŸ˜›

  • Byron - I ate whole bowls of raw cookie dough throughout college and my “after college” years! it was my favorite snack. I had to stop when each bite began to noticeably add inches to my waist.

    The muffins look good but I’m more of a chocolate on chocolate fan. Call me if you make some major chocolate goodies (no nuts!)! Tell the girls I get a spoon! LoL!

  • Shalee - Your muffins look WAY better than the original recipe. Those girls should go into business!

  • Samantha - These look so so good! I would like to see more recipe posts occasionally, too :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Brady - Those look soooooo good. I’m a sucker for blueberry muffins! On a side note (and I’m just sharing because it seems like I’ve seen this tip on TV at LEAST six times in the last few days and had never heard of it before then), did you know that if you toss your blueberries (or chocolate chips or raspberries or whatever) in flour before you put them in your batter, that keeps them from sinking to the bottom? It actually works! And if you could just ship some of those delicious muffins up to Wichita, that would be great πŸ˜‰

  • AshleyAnn - Brady – this recipe tells you to do that! I do it every time, but didn’t know why! Thank you!

  • Charlotte Buckle - Wow! These look incredible! I am definitely trying these out after I devour my current batch of banana muffins, haha!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Take care,
    C | http://atlantic-c.blogspot.ca/

  • Debbie C - Ohhhh these look amazingly good! I am on an elimination diet–wheat! Gluten!–and the pictures are killing me. You have some talented bakers for sure!

This guy…the camera comes out and he has to make sure to get in at least one goofy face. He likes to make us laugh. I love that about him.

3.16perspective-013.16perspective-023.16perspective-04I found an old art project at my parents’ house – a perspective drawing I did of a soda fountain on our Main Street. So random to find, but I brought it home knowing I had a 9 year old boy who would be all about it.3.16perspective-05We had a little perspective drawing lesson…3.16perspective-063.16perspective-073.16perspective-08While one was doing a perspective drawing, another was making a flag, another making a checkerboard and another organizing the pencils in rainbow order.3.16perspective-093.16perspective-10I’ve taken a hundred versions of this photo. It is a lesson on perspective for me. I know all too soon those little feet will be touching the ground.3.16perspective-11Those feet will be touching the ground and those hands will be typing papers on subjects like Archimedes and Roman gods instead of making rainbows. Well, maybe they’ll still be making rainbows, but it will all look a little different. My oldest is constantly giving me a lesson on perspective.3.16perspective-12He is going to be 12 in a few days. He likes to remind me of how many years I have left before he plans on moving out and experiencing life on his own. I am pretty sure I liked to do the same to my parents when I was growing up. 6 – 7 years. That is what he tells me I have left with him. 7 only because we have a few big family dreams that he wants to stick around for! The phases of life are so strange. It seems like one moment I am looking forward to something and all the sudden that phase has come and gone. I’m looking forward to the teenage years, but I know in an instant they’ll be gone.

Perspective. Little feet not able to reach the ground. Hands bigger than mine typing research papers. Seeing both helps me appreciate the beauty they each hold.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

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  • Cheryl - Love the quote…think I’ll put it on a post-it-note and stick it on my forehead!

  • Sarah - I LOVE this so much!

  • Jenn - What a great post! And I especially love the quote at the end!!

  • Kate - So beautiful. This post really pulls at my heartstrings. I adore your perspective on life!

  • Southern Gal - As one with grandchildren (5, 3, and 1) and a just turned 14yo son, I know the importance of perspective. I love that yours reminds me once again that it is all so fleeting.

    And can I just say that I big puffy heart that messy bun!

  • Rae - Wow. Just wow. This was beautiful.

  • Sandie - Beautiful post. I have a 12 year old son too. He is taller than me and has much bigger hands and feet. My little ones are 9 already. It is really going so fast. I will have to try for an under table photo – it is a beautiful perspective.

  • angie lockhart - i love that. perspective. it is so true and so great a reminder. thank you for that.

  • angie lockhart - I read this at the perfect moment. I had just told my youngest, 5, to go get dressed for the day. She came in wearing a shimmery blue gown from the dress up box. Had i not just read your page I would have told her to REALLY go get dressed. Instead, I saw a little girl who loves to wear princess gowns and who will all too soon move on. I grabbed my camera and took some shots, complete with uncombed hair and chippy nail polish. It is my new favorite photo as a see the reminder of perspective behind the image.

  • Alice H - I miss Petrick’s (sp?)!! We used to walk there from Central or North. They were so good. And now my friends own that building and have turned it into Toast and Franklin’s. But man, I could totally go back for a milkshake!!!

  • Jenny B. - I love it all. My oldest turned 11 in November, and I just can’t believe how big he’s getting. It’s exciting and fun, but also bittersweet. My middle son just turned 7, and I am already feeling sad about how he’s going to be a big kid really soon. Sigh… I remember when your oldest turned 8. You said you had been kind-of freaked out about having an 8-year-old because you used to not like 8-year-olds (or were afraid of them, maybe?). Ha! I have loved going through your photography classes because I get to see all those old photos and remember the stories you shared when they were taken. <3 Also, (sorry for such a long comment!) I'm wondering if you have ever considered creating a photography class geared toward kids. My oldest took one a few summers ago that was online with video lessons, and it was a lot of fun for us to do together. My middle son is interested in doing that this summer, but the same class is no longer available. Anyway, just a thought! I'm sure you would rock it. :)

  • Tiffany C. - Amen and amen. ~ Same going on over here…. <3

  • Brittany - We are going to start our homeschool journey in the fall :) I found your blog because I ordered the IKEA trestle legs to make a school table and I love all the light in your home ? I see that you seem to have kind of an industrial feel to it with exposed ductwork and concrete floors; is that an addition? Your home and your family are beautiful!

  • melanie - What? The older brothers are 12 and 9 already? How did that happen?
    I follow you since firecracker was born and in the last couple of months I noticed very often how all of your kids have changed, esp. big brother and biggest brother. They already look so …ahem… mature. Again, how did that happen?

    Greetings from Germany!

  • Kelly - My son recently made a similar flag – for playing Roxaboxen in the backyard. :) If you and your family haven’t read that picture book, I think your crew would like it. We got it from the library. Blessings! Kelly

  • jules - So very true. I’m wishing every other day that the teenage years would slow down… no, speed up… wait, just a bit longer to enjoy concerts, cheering on the sidelines… sigh. The best part is that YOU are living the perspective and recognize it for what it is!

  • kimberly oyler - it seems like #2 has gotten so much older too! i had to look at all the boys just to make sure it was really him. can’t believe you almost have teenagers!

When the sun comes out and the shorts come on, we make a run for our favorite local nature park. I grew up on the trails, so letting my kids run free through the dirt bike paths and foot trails is a perfect way to celebrate warm weather. Yesterday we hustled to get school work done and then made a run for a day hike.

My girls. A lot like my sister and I many years ago.

3.16leaves-013.16leaves-02Scooting down the steep trails on her booty…with a little help from her big brother.3.16leaves-03This place is my favorite playground. We leave dirty, tired and usually with a few new scratches – all the markings of a great adventure outside.3.16leaves-053.16leaves-063.16leaves-08She dove into the leaves and quickly started covering herself in them. She was laughing and telling us she couldn’t find her legs. This girl. I feel like we were just celebrating her graduation from occupational therapy – a long process of overcoming some huge sensory and texture obstacles. Not that long ago this moment would have been marked by tears and panic. Yesterday it was all giggles and smiles. One of my favorite parts of parenting is watching my kids overcome their fears. 3.16leaves-093.16leaves-10What started as a hike to soak in the sun turned into a reminder that parenting is getting a front row seat to the miraculous every day.

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  • Suzanne - Amen!

  • Byron - Awesome pictures! Fun!

  • Susan - PE class with your gang would be a blast! This is the type adventure that makes home schooling so much fun!

  • Anna Taylor - I love how much time you spend outside with the kids! Would you mind sharing where you go to explore? We live in Tulsa with our two kids and I am so eager to find some new places to explore with the kids. I know Turkey Mountain is the most well known place in Tulsa, but I would rather find some new places to explore with less people around, if you know what I mean….I really just wish we lived on our own plot of land to explore…maybe one day πŸ˜‰

  • aubrey - I love this and I absolutely love reading about your journey in life. For so many years you have continued to inspire me to find joy in the everyday blessings of life. Simply, thank you!

  • Rae - I love this, Ashley! <3

  • AshleyAnn - Anna – These pictures are from Ray Harrel Nature Park. It is in Broken Arrow. Oxley Nature Center (by the zoo) has great hiking too. We also like Redbud Valley – there are stepper hikes and some caves there. All three places are usually pretty empty :)

  • Dawn - Ahhhhh! This makes me want to buy that house sight unseen just to be over there! Also, so proud of that rockstar of yours! Love her :) Also, this nice OK weather has me wanting to spray paint something … I haven’t had my nails “done” in a while :)

  • babs - your last photo of little one is fantastic. her sunlit hair and facial expression beautifully capture her delight in the sunlit leaves. depth of field perfect.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - That last shot is stunning!