Feb 25

Beauty in Chaos

It’s a sort of glorified chaos at my house this week. My kids are all home for their winter break, so I have them all to myself for five wonderful days…and I don’t mind at all that I’m completely and utterly selfish with them for these five days.

But with a week off of school comes great chaos.

The house is messier, the toilet is rarely flushed, my kitchen is covered in watercolor pictures and playing cards, the living room littered with Lego pieces, and the couch cushions and blankets pulled into forts or used as rafts against the “hot lava.” There is a constant ┬ádusting of flour on the counter tops from baking something each day, and a constant stream of laughter, sound-effects, high-pitched singing, or crying fills every inch of the house.

But it is a beautiful, tangled, cluttered up sort of chaos that I’ve kept myself from controlling or stopping or managing. But rather one I respect as I watch my kids create, fight, make-up, play, and laugh. And one ┬áthat I will crave when I drop them off at school next week.

There is a quote from Louis Pasteur that has stuck with me for the past few months. It says: When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.

And that is just one more reason why I love writing for middle grade readers…I can’t help but watch them in their beautiful mess and wonder what they may become and I love, love, love that.

Below is a recipe for chocolate chip muffins that I adore! We just made them this morning and I loved how my kids walked away from the table with thick chocolate rings around their mouths…another beautiful mess.


1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease or line 12 muffin cups

2. In a bowl mix flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla. Then add to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Then add the chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into muffin cups.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or so.


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