Apple Wheat Morning Muffins – Sometimes you need a little comfort food to start the day. Let these apple wheat morning muffins power you through even the roughest of circumstances.
This past weekend the Pope came to my hometown, Philly. Although I’m not Catholic, what an honor it was to have such an esteemed figure in our city, and what spiritual significance for many of the people in my community.
It was an event that brought hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, and with that an unexpected calm came over our typically bustling city with it’s myriad of social problems. What a cool thing to experience.
I was scheduled to work this weekend in my job as a visiting nurse in the northern suburbs of Philly. Like all the healthcare organizations in my area, we were gearing up for the worst as far as a huge challenge in providing needed care to patients.
I have to admit, I was totally stressing about it because a big part of my job is driving from one patient’s house to the next, and the delays were expected to be substantial. In my stressful state I decided to make these Apple Wheat Morning Muffins.
Sometimes a person needs a little bit of comfort food to start their day, by which I mean carbs adorned in something sweet. I’m not proud… I threw some apples and wheat flour in for sake of prosperity.
So Saturday and Sunday morning I started my day off with something sweet, and a large cup of strong, black coffee.
Yes, I encountered road closures and scheduling problems that turned my 8 hour work days into 12 and 10 hour days, but despite the delays it wasn’t that bad.
The drivers on the road were calm, with none of that typical Philadelphia driver aggression involving horn-blowing, finger-giving, and cutting people off. Like I said before, there was an unexpected calm.
Even cooler, a few of my patients who are in the latter part of their lives mentioned how meaningful it was for them to have the Pope visiting before they die. It was such a good reminder that despite my stress, this was a time of solemnity for many of my neighbors, which made the work scheduling nightmare all worth it.
When Pope Francis visited he spoke to our city about the importance of kind “little gestures.” Such a sweet reminder for our “city of brotherly love.”