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A little bit of this and that

I do fully intend to get back to my travel series but life has intruded upon my blogging time lately. DD Megan and her family were here for about a week and we had lots of fun doing things as a family.

I mentioned in the meme in my previous blog post that we had planned to try a new recipe for baked doughnuts while they were here. Megan made them for us one morning and they were very good. If you don't have the special doughnut pans I think you could probably bake them in muffin tins and just adjust the baking time. I find that most muffin recipes advise you to bake them at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Here is what the pans look like:


Apple-Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze

2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
1 1/2 tsps. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsps. cinnamon
1 large egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple butter
1/3 cup apple cider (we used apple juice)
1/3 cup plain yogurt
3 Tbsps. cooking oil

Maple Glaze
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat doughnut molds with cooking spray or oil. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, apple cider or juice, yogurt, and oil. Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Divide the batter into the prepared molds. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Loosen edges and turn out onto racks to cool.
Makes about 18.
To make Maple Glaze:
Combine powdered sugar and vanilla. Gradually whisk in maple syrup to make glazing consistency. Dip one side of the doughnuts into the glaze to coat then set them on a rack for a few minutes for the glaze to set.


We really liked these and it was fun to have them for a special treat.

One night all the guys in the family went to a baseball game. Megan, Nora, Maddie, Della, and I stayed home and decided to have a "Dip Night" and to watch the movie Frozen, which Megan had brought down with her. The girls each made savory dips. Megan made a spinach artichoke dip and Nora made a refried bean dip.


I made a sweet Oven Baked S'Mores Dip that I had read about over on Southern Plate. It took all of five minutes to put together and another five to heat up. I kept teasing the girls about how hard I was working on my part of the refreshments. We used animal crackers to scoop up the rich chocolaty dip. I also used two cups of chocolate chips instead of the blocks of chocolate. It was really quite good and I would encourage you to try it if you need a quick and tasty treat. (We did share these dips with the guys when they returned from their event.) Grandson Drew enjoyed the leftovers the next day when they were reheated in the microwave.


Buddy, our cat, is a little intimidated by the children when they are here visiting, but he really seems to enjoy watching them and loves it when they will play with him by dragging a string or ribbon or throwing his toys for him to fetch. Right now four of our grandchildren are three years old or under so we have two high chairs in our kitchen and a third one that folds up is just outside the kitchen in the garage. Since the children have gone home Buddy has started sitting in one of the high chairs at mealtimes. Maybe he misses them?



Another thing that has been keeping me busy the last couple of weeks has been the garden. We are getting quite a few beans and tomatoes and the figs have just started ripening. I've also purchased a few other vegetables that have gone into the freezer. I've canned some tomatoes and today made a batch of Tomato Jam using a recipe that I learned about from Elizabeth last year. It takes a while to cook to the jam stage but has a really delicious intense flavor. It's sort of like the best catsup that you have ever eaten. I would highly recommend that you try making some if you have a few extra tomatoes on hand.

What's been keeping you busy these last few weeks of summer vacation?


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3 Comments on “A little bit of this and that”

  1. #1 Ann B.
    on Aug 10th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    My husband has found a vegetable stand near his job that has absolutely beautiful produce. He’s been bringing home corn, cantaloupes, peaches, and tomatoes on a regular basis, and we’ve been enjoying a lot of peach cobbler. 🙂 I plan to make one batch of peach jam. (We prefer strawberry, but one batch a year of peach is nice.) I recently had a meniscus repair on my knee so have been a little more hobbled as to how much I can do with produce this summer.

    Do the baked doughnuts taste like doughnuts, or more like muffins with a lot of crust?

  2. #2 Becka
    on Aug 10th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Anne,

    I know what you mean about all the beautiful produce right now. It’s hard to resist, even though it means quite a bit of work. 🙂 I have some peaches ripening at the moment and haven’t decided what to make yet. I’m thinking about a peach pie.

    Hope you are having a good recovery from your knee repair. Rob has had meniscus repairs on both knees so we know what you are going through. His broke two years apart, each time when he was walking on the stairs at school. The doctor thinks it might have been a genetic defect or a result of his flat feet. It is wonderful that they can fix injuries like this now though.

    The baked doughnuts did taste somewhat like a cake doughnut. The recipe was actually from a very old Eating Well magazine and is pretty low in fat. They weren’t a good as a fresh Krispy Kreme doughnut but when eaten warm from the oven they were pretty good and didn’t last long.

    Hope you will be all healed up and ready to go when school starts

  3. #3 Barbara H.
    on Aug 11th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    The donuts look good! Normally I don’t like cake donuts as well because they seem dry to me, but I’m sure the glaze helps with that. I love the idea of a dip and movie night.

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