Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick, Easy, Buttermilk Donut Holes

We all know what it's like to have a hankerin' for delicious, fresh, hot, homemade donuts. This beautiful Sunday morning, it was upon us. Donuts came up, and we knew that that is what we wanted for our late breakfast. (I know, I know. It's not the most healthy thing ever, but it's at least better for you than the average donut!)

These donuts take about 1 minute to mix up, and then just a couple more minutes to fry. Making donuts go from absolutely 0 on the health scale, to at least manageable is pretty easy. How? Welllll, because we use organic wholesome ingredients for the batter, and to fry, we use coconut oil. And omgoodness. If you've never eaten donuts deep fried in coconut oil, you are missing out. Missing out, ya hear?!


So, what are you waiting for? Unplug your laptop, drag it to the kitchen counter, throw on a fresh pot of coffee and get to cookin'!

Quick, Easy, Buttermilk Donut Holes

  • 1 1/4 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Aluminum Free Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk*
  • 3 Tbs. Butter from Grass-fed Cows 
  • 2 Cups Coconut Oil (For Frying) 
  • *Optional: More raw sugar and some cinnamon for coating. 
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine the dry ingredients, then add in your buttermilk* and your melted butter. Stir until JUST combined, you do not want to over mix.
  2. Heat the coconut oil on the stove top in a cast iron skillet. Once it is bubbly, start dropping teaspoon-fulls of the batter in. Let fry on each side 30 seconds (depending on how hot your oil is) or until they are a nice golden brown color and crispy to the touch.
  3. Once they are all done cooking, roll them in raw sugar, or a sugar mixture. Enjoy with hot coffee!
  4. *To make buttermilk, pour your milk into a measuring cup, and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Let sit, then add into your recipe. 
Original recipe can be found here: 15 Minute Donuts From Scratch

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thankful

This morning...the rain comes down, the babies sleep, the coffee is hot, breakfast was delicious, the cuddles were incredible, and life is just absolutely perfect right now. Chuck left for work a bit ago, and I'm slightly amazed a whole-lotta-excited-thankful that the babies are still sleeping soundly.

Yeah, I can hardly believe it.

I love my babies so much - they are my world! But a few minutes of quiet all to myself in the morning is like balm to my soul. It's peaceful, especially with the sound of the rain falling on the covered porch. If I could bottle up sound, that would be one that I'd keep forever and open it up on dreary days, or days when I just need a good snuggle.


 My heart is so full of thankfulness right now. Sometimes all I need to bring me back to this place is a good morning. It's amazing how important mornings are, isn't it? If the morning gets off to the right start, then chances are the rest of the day will be pretty good. Honestly, the last two days were pretty rough. I have no idea why. They just were.

Here's a list of things that helped them better though:

  • Chuck told me he was praying for me before he left for work
  • A friend left pumpkin spice syrup for coffee plus a delicious loaf of pumpkin bread on my porch
  • Other friends gave me hugs
  • Chuck came home to have lunch with us on Wednesday 
  • As I was running errands, all the cashiers were super friendly and cheerful 
  • I managed to get a birthday present shipped in time
  • I had a morning walk with a friend with lots of good discussion 
  • A headache I had throughout the day yesterday finally went away
  • My kids...their smiles, their giggles, their hugs and cuddles 
  • My home...when I look around me and realize that I get to live here, in B'ham, in this house, with these people. That's pretty awesome.
There were lots of other things that helped my days get better too. Too many to name. Because you know, if we look deep into every moment, we can always find some sort of blessing or joyful spot, right? It's just really, really hard sometimes.

Tonight is the beginning to our weekend. Friday nights are always my favorite. It means staying up late, watching movies, snuggling, talking, and the excitement of having two whole days to just do nothing and everything together. Tomorrow we are planning on going to home church, then afterwards we're going to head south to a pumpkin tossing contest. (Seriously, does it get any cooler than that?!)

This afternoon the kids and I are just gonna hang around home, and after nap time, we have a sweet friend and her little man coming over. We're planning on getting some stuff worked out with the Crunchy Moms of NW Washington Facebook group, and we might also work on designing a logo or two. But until then, I'm gonna keep drinking this coffee and enjoying the quiet!