More Than A Blueberry Muffin

by Kadinechristie

One bite of the blueberry muffin awakens a 

flavor-memory deep in my psyche

archived in the folder titled: 


Zahara’s Delicious Blueberry Muffin

Zahara was eight years old 

when she asked if she could bake cookies by herself.

“By myself,” she repeated slowly and with emphasis. 

I toiled over the dangers of the kitchen — 

the knives, the heat, and the glass that could break into tiny splinters. 

I mulled over the mess 

the spillages, the handprints, the brown sugar in the white sugar jar.

I thought of the cleanup —

the countertop, the backsplash, the floor

the stacks of bowls, spoons, and trays in the sink.

“Please…” she said, with a pleading-smile on her face. 

I held all my fears from her, 

smiled and said, “Okay.” 

She hugged me. Thanked me. And hugged me again. 

That night, she baked cookies that milk couldn’t soften

Over the years, she’s had some mishaps.

She has used a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon, 

used baking soda instead of baking powder, 

she’s forgotten eggs, salt, and butter. 

Carrot Cake with Italian Buttercream

For the past two years, however, 

Zahara has been our baker—

She bakes cakes for 

birthdays, graduation, and anniversaries. 

Her Chocolate Amore recipe 

won her THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE award at a school bake-off last year. 

Her carrot cake is decadent and delightful the night of 

or the morning after with coffee. 

Her blueberry muffins now joins the list of 

My Favorite Things to Eat. 

May you find delight in something sweet, today. 


What’s your favorite baked treat? 


I’m in my zone. I’ve been writing past my daily writing goal — and something about this draft and this structure feels like I’m on the right path. 

Hands in the air and dance with me:-) 

My Black Daughter Rejected a Boy’s Advances. When He Threatened Her, No One Cared, has been published in Your Teen Mag.

My new article, 6 Easy Ways to Notice Your Spouse, has been published on iMOM. Head over and read, then let me know how you NOTICE YOUR SPOUSE.


I’m savoring The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

It’s a novel about words, so I’m finding it fascinating how some words came to be part of the dictionary, while others were discarded. 


The Fall by Jewel


Thanks again my dear friends for sharing the poems that are near and dear to your hearts. 

Keep sending me your favorite poems and I will record them in the upcoming weeks. 


Electric Vibes

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I’m super thankful for all your support, encouraging comments, your expressions of gratitude, and your financial contributions. 


Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Next Breath

Kadine Christie

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