life together (and cinnamon sugar donut muffins): itty bitty thoughts

life together (and cinnamon sugar donut muffins): itty bitty thoughts

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Today seemed like a good day to bake Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins. So I did. (Yes, the recipe is at the bottom)

(Note: In an effort to spend less time on social media, I’m going back to a short daily update here at my website. Simplifying things for myself— and hopefully you—and eliminating the need to scroll through angry, present-day drama to find uplifting or deep nuggets to spend the day with. I’d love your thoughts in a comment below or via email at [email protected].)

You can feel fall in the air. The mornings are crisp and the sun hits the barn differently now as the earth shifts. And it always makes me want to bake. And sew. And crochet.

Hubby woke up. I fixed him a coffee, put two Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins on a plate and brought them to him.

Not because he can’t do it himself.

Not because he expects me to do it.

But because taking care of each other seems a decent thing to do when you’re doing life together.

And isn’t that what this is? Life together?

He unclogs the kitchen sink and he adds shelves to the outside fridge and he researches how to build things better for our purposes.

I do the dishes and sweep the stairs and feed every animal that will someday feed us.

Together, we butcher chickens. We figure out how to stretch the dollars. We dig potatoes.

But let’s be honest.

Lately I’m distracted by how much of my attention is taken up by things that don’t matter.

How it’s so easy to grab the damn phone 

unlock the screen

and scroll.

And regardless of how close together we sit as we scroll, that is not a life together.

Pay attention, friends.

And when you’re scrolling, pay attention to what you’re not paying attention to.

5 from 4 votes

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Easy recipe for 12 muffins that taste just like a cinnamon sugar donut!

Servings 12 muffins


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Whisk together milk, egg, and butter. In another bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir into egg mixture just enough to combine.

  2. Fill 12 muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

  3. To make topping, melt butter. In second bowl combine cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Allow muffins to cool about 5 minutes. Dip tops of muffins into melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar vanilla mixture. Stir cinnamon sugar vanilla mixture after every muffin dip; it will help the crumbles stick to the muffin better. Muffins are best served warm.

14 thoughts on “life together (and cinnamon sugar donut muffins): itty bitty thoughts”

  • 5 stars
    I’ve been MIA lately on the socials for this reason. I’ve been limiting to when and where (and who I scroll in front of). We miss a lot. Excellent recipe, has the start of the fall feels.

  • 5 stars
    After the chaos that’s overwhelmed (and brought underwhelming things, too) my life, I feel like this is definitely something we need to refocus on. It’s so much consuming, even idly, that we don’t even realize what we’re missing. Thank you for this!

    • It’s a lot to think about, and what amazes me is how much things change and it’s so subtle, we don’t realize it. Every change is subtle until over time, you look back over things and think “how did we get HERE?”

  • It’s going to get into the 60s (finally!) next week. These will be on the list! Yum! Love how you talk about the balance in your relationship. Next week will be 15 years of marriage for us and I love the routine we’ve settled into. Serving him is a pleasure, because he, his own way, serves me. I’m thankful for a man that is handy, can build a coop and raised garden beds and anything else, fix the cars.. and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on. It’s not romantic by the world’s view, but I’ll take a hard working man over a romantic one any day!

  • 5 stars
    Them donuts look yummy!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The “scrolling phone and that’s not a life” hit me like a ton of bricks. My husband and I sit on couch scroll phone and that’s definitely not a life!!! So…. I’m ready to start living. Thank you for helping me realize this..

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