The posts mentioning how summer is half over have been numerous lately. Whether on Facebook or on blogs, it's a common trend, to reminisce about how these sweet months are quickly passing. To evaluate what has been lived out and what remains on that summer list. Tonight as we got ready to leave the house for what felt like the hundredth time this week, I had just about had it with packing up my trio and herding them to the van. Can I be honest? I cried. I literally was crying while carrying that heavy car seat out the door and Paisley was singing "Hush Little Baby" to me. Can you picture this? I don't make this stuff up.
For the last 4 weeks straight, we've had daily obligations and for the most part, this going and doing has been good. We've thrived. I'm seen my big boy's confidence grow. I've had more time with my middle child, to sit and do things like color. And that new baby, well, she's pretty flexible..... thank you Jesus.
Instead of focusing on how summer is half over, I'm focusing on how we still have half of summer left. My summer cup is still half full and for these next 6 or so weeks, we will slow down and enjoy having less obligations than we've had recently. I'll hold myself accountable to read more books to the kids, by making us a book reading chart. Let's be honest, the chart isn't for them. It's for me, that Mom who needs to be held accountable to sit and be still. The Mom who needs to slow down, so she can focus on what really matters.
Tomorrow I'll be heading off with Eliza, to spend about 24 hours away at a cabin on a lake with some of the sweetest friends. We'll be planning out MOPS stuff, but it's also going to be a time of being refreshed and taking a break from the daily tasks that can cloud our vision.
With summer ticking by, I challenge you to make your summer what you WANT it to be. Friends, it's not too late. Has it felt too busy? Overwhelming? Full and perfect? Make it what you want it, there's still time. I'm craving more routine at home. More time playing with my kids and less time hurrying them out the door. I want to focus on what's at my feet---them and what makes them tick, the simple things that make them feel important.
I love the subtle coconut flavor, the generous amount of blueberries and I think they're pretty, too.
Blueberry Coconut Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut- plus extra for sprinkling on the tops
½ cup milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prep muffin tin with liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Toss blueberries in a smaller bowl with about 1 tsp of flour to lightly coat.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium high speed until light and fluff. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until combined. Mix in the vanilla.
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Add the milk, beating until combined. Do not over mix. With a spatula, fold in the blueberries and shredded coconut. Divide batter evenly into muffin tin.
Bake until the muffins are golden brown and a cake tester inserted comes out clean (approx. 30 min), rotating the pan halfway through. When the muffins are just a few minutes away from being done, sprinkle a little extra coconut on the top of each one.