Spring is a time of renewal and beautiful change. The emergence of new flowers and the awakening of buds reminds us that there is more beneath the winter snow than frozen earth. There is an abundance of life waiting to be reborn and shower our lives with color. It is also a time for baking with fresh berries and fruits!
We went with vibrant yellows and greens blended with clean white. They bring to mind not only the vivid energy of the season, but also the crisp freshness that spring represents. In some places, like Montana and New England (and I'm sure others), there is also plenty of mud, but we like to focus on the flowers.
The flowers had a spritz of cool water to keep them fresh. With it being so dry right now, we like to help fresh flowers last as long as possible.
Press your face to the petals and soak in their sweet fragrance. Can you almost smell the delicate aroma from the roses?
When the small breakfast table is not in use or set up for a meal, we often display books. Books fill shelves and have special places on a variety of surfaces. They are fuel for the mind while we partake of fuel for the body.
The Berry Bramble tea from Mountain Rose Herbs is a new favorite, and especially lovely in the afternoon. It's a loose-leaf tea, and we used a mesh strainer to brew it. This blend is not too fruity, which I don't care for in a tea. The honeybush blends nicely with the variety of berries used. I have been a Mountain Rose Herb fan for fifteen+ years, and every tea I've tried has been fantastic.
The pleasure derived from relaxing with a cup of good tea, a tasty treat, and fresh flowers is simple, yet powerful. We can also use a bit of extra calming influences right now.
One of our favorite kitchen tools is both beautiful and functional. This charming berry & fruit strainer from Castle Arch Pottery in Ireland sits prettily on the counter with cookie cutters when otherwise not in use, because we don't want to put it away in a cupboard.
There is a berry in every bit of these muffins, and we do love fresh, delicious berries. We're lucky to live in an area where we can get fresh, organic berries year round. Growing your own berries is a great alternative, or buying from a local grower. The most important thing is to use fresh, not frozen berries, for this recipe.
More daffodils . . . because they are cheerful.
We hope you'll try these muffins and let us know how they worked out for you!