My Katy Rose (Karo) loves Chocolate. She especially loves double chocolate anything. The Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies earned me the title of the Best Mother In The Entire World and these muffins brought home a second honorary crown from the taste buds of my kids. After I got back from the Today Show, I was anxious to get up early the very next morning and make them a treat. I dearly love being home with my kids so I can do things like this for them.
Until I was twenty seven, I had never even flown on an airplane. That first time involved a trip to Disney World with two year old Brady, who was our only child at the time. We got airfare super cheap back then, $100 round trip for each of us, so it ended up being cheaper than driving. Ricky was also going for a conference so his portion was paid for along with our hotel room. All that was between me and getting to take my son to Disney for the first time was a little bit of gravity defying courtesy of Huntsville International.
Man was that some flight. I’ve never hidden terror so well. I spent the entire time mentally going over every possible crash scenario and how I would get little Brady out of it alive (Ricky was a big boy, he was on his own). I never dreamed in a million years that flying would become normal to me. Now, after this past year, I am one of those people who get on the plane and settle in for a nap before it even takes off. I’ve only seen a small fraction of the country in my book tour travels but its far more than I ever dreamed of or expected to see in my entire lifetime. I’ve met some wonderful people, gotten and given more hugs than I can count, and found that my theory about the world is true : The world is, by and large, made up of really good people.
But you know the main thing I learned on my travels? I do not have the wanderer’s soul I once thought I did. Hand me a globe and tell me to point out anyplace in the world I’d like to go and I’ll stick that thumbtack right smack dab on North Alabama every time. I used to not be like this. I used to want to see things an go places, but as I’ve grown older I’ve realized that there isn’t a place my heart wants to go unless I can turn and look into the eyes of my family and share it with them.
Call it blessed, call it luck, call it enlightenment, but either way you look at it I fully realize how much fuller my life will be for me having been given a chance to learn this lesson. You may not be able to visit twenty cities in a month like I did, but I bet if you take a moment to think about it, to imagine doing just that, you’ll find your arms aching to hold your family and your appreciation for them all the more greater.
Contentment. I think that is one of the greatest gifts and it is one that you have to give yourself, but it often comes for some people in wistful strains while looking through the rear view mirror. Today I want to urge you to turn around and check out what is right in front of you now. Because what is in your windshield now will surely pass you by, too. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, I know you’re tired. I know you work long days regardless of whether or not you get a paycheck, but these are the days. This is it. They’re eating and making messes and distracting you and dancing and talking nonstop, but before you know it that house will go silent and that refrigerator could be holding just enough food for one.
So take a breath, in and out. Close your eyes. Feel the love around you.
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Frederick Keonig
Now go make ’em some double chocolate muffins.
You’ll need: Vanilla (not a gallon like I have pictured though), Milk, Chocolate Chips, Margarine, Cocoa Powder, Self Rising Flour, Egg, and Sugar.
I’m using semi sweet chips but you can use any kind you want, really. You can also use butter if the thought of using margarine makes you feel as if you will most certainly go to some horrid place where folks who use hydrogenated oils and such go. Personally, I know a lot of people in that place and I happen to know that if I go there we’re gonna have some fine eatin’!
Place your sugar, flour, and cocoa powder in a bowl.
Don’t worry if your cocoa powder is lumpy, mine was so its in good company
Melt your margarine in the microwave. You can use butter if you prefer.
To the margarine, add your milk, vanilla, and egg and stir that up.
**If your margarine is fresh from the microwave you need to add your milk first so it will cool the margarine on the off chance it is hot enough to cook your egg.
and start stirring…
until it looks like this
Add in your chocolate chips
and stir some more. If it is a little lumpy, thats fine.
Bake at 400 for twenty minutes. Serve them with love.
- 2 Cups Self Rising Flour *
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Milk
- ¾ Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Egg
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine or butter, melted
- 1 -1/2 cups chocolate chips (I use semi sweet, use whatever you got though)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- In large bowl combine flour, sugar, and cocoa powder.
- In separate bowl mix together melted margarine, egg, milk, and vanilla.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to mix well.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Divide batter among greased muffin cups or a muffin tin lined with muffin papers.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes about 18 muffins.
*Don’t have self rising flour? See my FAQ Page for instructions on how to make your own!
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.
Remember that what you now have was once among the things
you only hoped for.”
~Epicurus, Greek Philosopher
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- Wow, That Was An Intensive Interview!
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- Family Snapshots From Disney
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