Let's talk about nap time, shall we?
Before my daughter was born, I had this utopian idea of nap time. It would start right after lunch and last until I already had dinner in the oven. The little miss would love her nap time, eagerly snuggling in for her afternoon snooze without crying or fussing. I would have time to do everything that I did before having a baby. No problem, right?
Ha! All of the mothers out there are likely rolling their eyes or laughing out loud. In fact, I can barely keep a straight face as I type.
It turns out that my little girl isn't a big fan of nap time. She certainly does her fair share of fussing and crying when I try to lay her down for an afternoon siesta. And there's no chance that she will sleep from after lunch until almost dinnertime. It's unusual for her to sleep for more than 45 minutes! Most days, I barely have time to drink a glass of water (which I often forget to do when I am toting the kiddo around and snuggling while she's awake!) and get started on something before she's starting to wake up.
So, it will come as no surprise that I don't exactly get as much done in the kitchen as I used to. There's very little time for rolling out homemade puff pastry or decorating elaborate cakes and cookies. Instead, I am focused on recipes that I can put together in 10 or 15 minutes (i.e. before nap time ends!). But, much to my surprise, it turns out that I can still do quite a bit of baking in a limited amount of time. That's the beauty of baking. Once something's whipped up, I can go snuggle and play and let the oven do all the work!
These muffins are one of my recent nap time creations. They come together quickly and take advantage of the sourdough starter that hangs out in my fridge. They are tasty as an afternoon snack (I think most moms out there will agree that a late afternoon snack is a must!) or for breakfast with some fruit and yogurt. You won't really taste the sourdough flavor, but I think it improves the texture of the muffins and helps to keep them nice and moist. I've made them twice already, and I'm planning another batch next week!
Before we get to the recipe, let me give you one last hint: Be sure to pull the sourdough starter out of the fridge before nap time. You'll want it to be at room temperature when you are ready to bake. And we all know that there's no time to waste when it comes to nap time baking!
Don't have sourdough starter? You can make your own! Be sure to check out my simple tutorial. Happy baking!