Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins: Anticipation and Not Over-Committing

These moist Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins are delcious for breakfast, brunch or holiday soup night entertaining.

Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins

Friends, my kids are all home tonight and this mama is very happy! In preparation, I’ve made these delicious muffins, a big pot of Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup, and a giant green salad!

Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins

These creamy pear muffins are delightful.

The batch makes 24, and they are also easy to freeze!

Double the batch, and freeze a bunch, or better yet, give some away!

Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins

The Christmas season looks different now that my kids are older, obviously with less running around, fewer commitments, and I’ve learned to ask my family first about their favorite foods, party invites, and activities. It took me a few years to learn this, as I would totally overcommit our family, and now it’s a much more peaceful season. Thank God!

Let go of perfect.

I’m not sure what it is about younger mamas, but we just want things to be perfect, and not let our families miss out on anything.

Wisdom does usually come with age, and I’m here to encourage you this holiday season, if you’re on the younger side, to learn to say no to overcommitting yourself or your family, to honor your family by asking them what they want to do first (before you commit), and then (this is a hard one) … don’t wait for perfect.

You know, the perfect cards, outfits, parties, gifts. I still long for perfect, because it’s good to have a standard of excellence in all that we do. But when it wears us out, and drags us down (and our families), then we’re not really all that we should be for our families. Right?

I love starting off the morning with a cup of coffee, sitting by our magically-lit Christmas tree, feeling the cold air and soft bathrobe on my body with warm Duluth socks on my feet, intentionally making space for new thoughts, prayers, and ideas to come.


Living in the moment, as I read and apply the Word to my life, and then I wait …

I anticipate and I wait …

Growing Paperwhites

For all things clear and lovely. (Yes, I’m anticipating these little bulbs to explode any day! I love Paperwhites. Here are tips how to grow them.)

Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins

It’s okay to say “no”

The power to say no, or to make a change in tradition, or to try something new, can really grow us up, and change and mature our families!

It’s not about how much we accomplish, dear friends, but more about what we teach our families in this crazy, chaotic season.

For me, I want to live in the present with intention, hope, and love for the Christ child and the promise that He brings.

How have you learned to say “no” to overcommitting yourself or family during Christmas?

Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins

Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 24 muffins


  • 2 cups  flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pecans chopped, divided
  • 1 large pear peeled and diced


  • Set oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • For the muffin batter, sift the first 4 dry ingredients together.
  • Stir in the milk, butter, vanilla and almond extract, egg, sour cream, 1/2 cup pecans, and pear just until moistened.
  • Divide and fill batter tins 1/2 full with the batter.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top.
  • Bake until golden for 15-18 minutes.

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Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins

5 comments on “Sour Cream Pear Pecan Muffins: Anticipation and Not Over-Committing”

  1. Is there an equivalent substitute if I only have canned pears?  The muffins look fantabluous!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. The recipe sounds delicious! Your words are so wise. With two college kiddos as well as a tween, I am learning your lessons. This is the first Christmas is eons that I have been slow, intentional and calm. The difference in our home is tremendous!

  3. Sandy, these not only sound delicious, but ARE delicious!  Made ’em this afternoon and just had one…mmm!  I so appreciate your blog :)

  4. These sound delicious. Where did you get those cute star toothpicks??

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