Long Winter Spice Muffins For Christmas
Long Winter Spice Muffins decorated for Christmas.
The grey outside continues. You can now smell the unfallen snow. The farm has grown into it’s winter quiet. The bleakness has only strengthened outside. Inside, the kitchen is a wreck. No idea what will be for dinner tonight.
My mom is visiting taking a couple of days to relax after her christmas stress fest, which we decline to participate in because stress is just unpleasant so why put ourselves through it? It is nice to see mum though. Even if she does just curl up with a book. Dr. Farmer Moomin, plays games on his computer, and I follow the news or create food in the kitchen. later I must make some face moisturizer I am out. Later, we will run the wood stoves. We are getting a very slow start to the day. I am having my morning Macha tea… Avery, ate something bad and the little man is sick to his stomach hiding behind the christmas tree, while Pikku, is still suffering from her cone, on medications to keep her calm and pain free after her reproductive and stomach tying surgeries. Yoda, had issues getting out of bed this morning. He was the last one up, poor old man. The goats and chickens eat outside, and the goats are sliding around on their icy hill. They seem to be giggling about the slipping and sliding…
Omicron, the new variant of this stinky pandemic rages, which is just fine by us because we are no longer leaving the farm until this new variant is past. It is really wonderful to have a safe space like this to just hide from the current misery of the world. However it comes with it’s challenges too. It is hard to stay here when people are dying, including people you know and care about. But, because of my asthma this is how we are getting through this. There are no good options right now. There are however safe options. So we pick those and keep going…
One of those safe choices was to create a new kind of muffins. Long Winter Spice Muffins were born on Christmas morning in our little farm kitchen. They are the product of my imagination and invention. I have to say, they were amazing, better even than I ever hoped for. I will eat another one in a few minutes. When they were just out of the oven we ate them with bacon. Sooooo good! We decorated the top with colored sugar and special Christmas sprinkles, which made them a perfect treat for Christmas day brunch. Dr. Farmer Moomin, enjoys these warm spicy muffins at least as much as I do. it isn’t safe to be out adventuring in the world right now… Creating new recipes, and adventures in the kitchen is one method I have taken to try to prevent boredom by inventing regular new adventures that don’t take us off the farm.
Christmas Long Winter Spice Muffins.
½ cup butter
1 cup maple sugar
½ cup olive oil
1 egg or egg sub equivalent.
2 tea spoons vanilla extract
½ cup of honey
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt (skip if there is salt in the butter)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cardamom
¾ cups almond milk.
Extra sugar for sprinkling
Optional half a cup of sliced almonds to be mixed into the dough
Optional half a cup of golden raisins to be mixed into the dough.
In a large bowl mix the wet ingredients and the sugar. Mix the dry ingredients into the wets. Prepare your muffin tins and preheat the oven to 380. Once wets and dries are mixed together, spoon it into your prepped muffin tin filling each cup most of the way but not quite full. Garnish the top of each muffin with sugar, pop in the oven, bake for 15-30 minutes checking regularly to do the stick test. Remove from oven when done. Allow to cool and eat.
Enjoy this recipe created right here at Wildflower.
Thank you for reading
Amanda of Wildflower Farm
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Wildflower Farm, is a small New England homestead, B&B and AirBnB, in the Baystate. We came out here 7 years ago, when we returned from the better part of 10 years as peripatetic aristotelian nomads, for my husband's post docs. Upon our return, we had a plan. We had a lovely home. Everything was so clear. Then, I got sick. Things I used to eat all the time during our travels elsewhere in the world and even here before I left almost 10 years earlier made me ill. It took a couple trips to the ER and a trip to specialist... It became clear, something had changed in the way food is processed in this country since last I lived here. Some off label things was inevitably going to be my demise.
My husband and I looked around to see the clear path we were on, had exploded in front of us. We decided we had to create a new path for ourselves. We put children on hold. We found a small piece of land with a house we loved in a rural suburb in a right to farm area. I began researching how to do it ourselves. Grow it ourselves, make it ourselves, survive on our own as much as possible. We bought the property, and began plotting a new course. One that didn't involve off label chemicals. Closer to nature, with a lot more DIY, gardens, and animals for the products they provide. We created a life we loved though it hasn't always been easy and has of course come with compromise with each other, and even with ourselves.
Our family thought we had lost our minds. What were we doing leaving the city? We had no idea how hard this would be. They thought we would be back in 6 months. That was over 7 years ago, now. We have been making it work. They were not wrong, it isn't easy. But has anything worth doing ever been easy? And for us, avoiding as much store bought food as possible was simply necessary so I could live given how sick I was getting.
Then Covid hit.... We were lucky to have this place. It has allowed us a lot less need for public use territories which has kept us a lot safer and spared us much of the risk others face daily. This place, has given us a privilege through this of great meaning to us. To be of use in a difficult time. We have been able to help friends family and even strangers in need when things couldn't be found on store shelves. Or money was tight due to not working, rent being due and a child at home, or some other draining situation. We are so very grateful to have been able to not be helpless like so much of society through this miserable time. Our families, got used to it some time ago, us being out here. They made peace with it the day there was no bread and they had to ask me for some. Or when fresh vegies were rotten due to supply chain issues but they could find plenty in my garden.
Wildflower Farm, was a place I dreamed of. One of those sweet pastoral dreams a city dweller grows up knowing will never come true, that became unavoidable when I became ill. I never expected to get to do this. I never thought I had what it takes to make this work. I have learned pacing myself is important, compromise is critical, hard work never ends, burn out is real so breaks are just a necessary evil.
We are not fully self sufficient, but we work hard in that direction as we create a new path through life for ourselves, always reaching to do even more ourselves and to get closer to the ideal we envision. We are however far more self sufficient than many in this world. 7 years in, we continue to learn and grow in this homesteading lifestyle. We welcome comments and advice and ideas and questions.
We welcome visitors from all over to our home with strict covid policies in place. We spend our time learning to live all over again in a more environmental and sustainable way though even there we are far from perfect always learning and growing doing better as we know better.
This little homestead farm is a magical place named for the New England wildflowers that grow all around. A place where a physicist, watches the night sky on clear nights with the aide of mirror and glass, and a woman, works endlessly in the gardens, the kitchen, and a variety of projects to create and to keep a very unique life style running and functioning. Wildflower Farm, has become so much more than simply a piece of land we can grow a few vegetables on. The longer I spend here, the more alive the land seems, the more I learn about it's function and the more meaning it has. My place in the universe and the next steps on our new path become ever more clear.
We welcome you on this journey with us.