The best memories involve as many senses as possible, imprinting on our brains in every possible little twist and turn. Like the sizzle, smell and heat of fajitas being brought out in a Mexican restaurant that tell you that something good is arriving even before you take your first bite. Or the smell of the barbecue on a warm summer day reminding you of other summer meals, sunscreen, and hot, lazy afternoons. Or, on a cold an snowy weekend morning, the smell of gingerbread spice muffins coming out of the oven hint that comfort is waiting just around the corner. Swoon.
Stumble into the kitchen, see a gray snowy day on the outside, and warm, aromatic muffins on your kitchen counter. Nothing fancy. Nothing time consuming. In fact, these muffins came from another one of my Christmas gift mixes from Joe. But Saturday was the perfect morning to break it out and fill the kitchen with cozy scents to warm up both the mind and stomach. It’s funny, certain spices are referred to as warm, and these gingerbread spice muffins probably had them all, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Warm spicy scents, hot from the oven muffins, soft crumbs, all combined to wrap us in a layer of cozy sensations.
The muffin wrappers were purchased for another occasion, but, it’s worth a celebration when you can enjoy warm muffins at breakfast on a snowy morning, isn’t it? And the next time I think about what I’d like on a cold winter morning, I’m sure these muffins will jump to the front of my memories.
Do you have any favorite breakfast dishes you like to prepare on a winter morning? If so, don’t hold back, please share the story or recipe with the rest of us!