Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Why Morning Glories? (purpose + recipe)

When I switched my blog name a few years ago, I knew there was a Morning Glory flower. But, I had no idea there were Morning Glory muffins! Recently I discovered them and these muffins, so unusual, were delightful! I decided I must have the recipe and make them, since after all, my blog name is Morning Glories. However, upon searching for a Morning Glory muffin recipe, I found 5,976 recipes and they were all different! Okay, maybe not that many, but I didn't find a single recipe that was the same.

So, I improvised, or mixed and matched what I liked best and crossed my fingers! Turns out, these muffins were delightful too! A hit in our house, means surely a success in yours! So I'm going to share it with you!

But before you go thinking I'm a food blogger (that's really my sister, Mary), I wanted to share a little about why this blog is called Morning Glories. Like I said before, I changed this blog to Morning Glories a few years ago. I was just in the mood for a change and wanted to take our family name out of the blog title and web address or url or whatever it's called. So I thought long and hard about why I was blogging and what my purpose was. I even had blog name rankings with Hubby! Finally, I came up with a title that just fit. I wrote about it when I first changed the blog to Morning Glories, and this explains it all . . .

Why Morning Glories?

When I was little, not even that little, my mom would always come in and wake us up in the mornings. She would, in a very sing-song voice come into my room, open the blinds right beside my bed and say, "Rise and Shine, Morning Glory!" Occasionally, on my grumpier mornings, this would annoy me. But, more often than not, I loved being her Morning Glory. It wasn't about the name she called me, but it was that she had a name for me (one of many) and more importantly, that she loved me--I always knew it and I still do. The care she took to greet my sister and me with cheerfulness and sunshine in the morning was not lost on me. So, Morning Glories is a tribute to my mom and that place of love she created for me!

It's in that same way, that Chad and I want to raise our children--to grow them up (not as flowers, but like flowers grow). We have been blessed to both be raised in love and to love the Lord. We want our children to know our love for each other in our marriage and our love for them, and we are confident they already do. And just as importantly, we want our boys to know of our love for the Lord. Our purpose in our marriage, in our family and in our lives is to glorify the Lord. The word, glory, means adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving. And, while life is not about glorifying the Lord only in the mornings, starting our day giving glory to Him is what our family is striving for.

A recipe for your morning

I've written down this recipe, because it was successful and delicious, but there are so many ways to make these muffins. See what you think!

Morning Glory muffins

1.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs + (1 Tbsp of ground flax seed and 3 Tbsp of water = 1 egg), so I used 2 eggs and this substitute for an egg
3/4 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 -8oz. can crushed pineapple (undrained)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup golden raisins
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a different bowl, combine the eggs, oil, vanilla and pineapple. Stir this into the dry ingredients. Add the coconut, raisins, carrots and pecans and stir to combine. Fill lightly greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes!

Enjoy! And thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy that too!


Simply LKJ said...

Loved hearing the story behind your blog name!

Anonymous said...

Oh My sweet Morning Glory...thank you so much for remembering your wake up greetings. I do miss those days but love the ones we have now as well. Love you with all my heart...my grown up Morning Glory. Mom/Mimi


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