What you see before you is the muffins I hinted at in the above giveaway post: my Mixed Berry and Maple Syrup Muffins. Studded with a myriad of jewel-like berries melting into a softly maple-scented crumb, these muffins are perfect for breaking up seemingly-endless workdays, for delivering to your Tasmanian aunt who has arrived to assist your grandparents upon their return from hospital, and as a reminder that grey days won’t last forever.
At this very precise exact moment in time, I would very much like to be packing these muffins into a picnic basket adorned with glitter glue, googly eyes, and gold stars. I would like to be picking up that picnic basket and setting it before me on my chestnut-coloured horse (I shall call him Aristaeus, because who wouldn’t want their horse to be the god of bee-keeping and cheese-making?).
I would like to be tugging down my polka-dot gingham dress because I Am A Lady even when riding bareback, and I would like to be meeting up with several of my favourite friends for an afternoon of sipping home-made lemonade spiked with ginger (a bit like the ginger-water that Ma sent to Laura and Pa in the fields in The Long Winter, so they could drink as much as they wanted in the heat without getting sick), nibbling on these muffins, lying on the grass with the sun on our faces, and having absolutely no anxieties pressing down, ever, on our throats as we talked.
But, for the minute, I’ll have to settle for simply eating these muffins. Or muffins like them. Because I gave all twelve of these delights away to worthier folk, and oh! I do so hope they liked them.
Question Time: What are you daydreaming about today?