your quiet moment in December.

If you’re feeling kinda busy.

Or.  If.

You can’t remember the last time you just, you know, stopped.

Or.  If.

You could use some time alone (just you.)


Might I suggest?

That you make yourself a cup of tea.  And then.

Bake a batch of muffins.

And then just sit.



Enjoy your quiet moment in December.

Cranberry Orange Muffins–modified from a recipe in Cooking Light

I reduced the sugar and subbed in whole wheat flour for this recipe with stellar results.  These muffins taste best hot from the oven, but can be frozen and reheated for later use as well.  Enjoy with your favorite cup of tea or a hot cup of coffee.

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Set aside 1 tablespoon sugar. Combine flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
  3. Combine rind, juice, oil, and egg in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in cranberries and walnuts. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with reserved sugar. Bake at 400° for 15-17 minutes or until the muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Run a knife or spatula around outer edge of each muffin cup. Carefully remove each muffin; place on a wire rack.  Enjoy!

20 comments on “your quiet moment in December.

  1. IamSimplyTia says:

    That is beautiful and delicious, too, I’m sure!!

  2. Sofia says:

    these look delightful! and i love your little tea time setup. so cute. definitely adding these to my must-bake list!

  3. Taking some quiet time in December sounds perfect! It always seems to be the month that sneaks up on us no matter how well we plan in advance. The whole first part of the month whizzes by as we prepare for the holidays, then before we know it it’s on to the new year! Some quiet and relaxation sounds much needed right about now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah says:

      You’re so right. December seems to go by in just a blink! I’m convinced that it’s the slower moments that help us savor the holiday season. 😀

  4. mixxedtape says:

    Hmmm these look great 😀 Such a wonderful idea to take some time off from things and enjoy some peace and quiet!

  5. jelillie says:

    I think I shall take your advice Sarah! Except I will probably bake cookies and make a cup of really strong coffee!

  6. Caitlyn says:

    Thanks for the reminder to take some quite time. It’s so easy between work and school and life in general to get caught up. I’m going to relax over a warm muffin and tea this Sunday! (I would do it tomorrow morning except I have class…ugh)

  7. These look like a great snack! 🙂

  8. Kit-Kat says:

    I love cooking light! Great recipes, and you can always sub ingredients for others! 🙂

  9. Layla says:

    Yum, those look good!

  10. Ashlei says:

    I love the cranberry orange combination. Making some tea is part of my perfect quiet afternoon.

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  12. BroccoliHut says:

    Love your cute teapot!

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