A little touch of Spring. : )
It's been SO lovely this past week. My husband and I have started our daily walks again now that it is warm, sunny, and melty. It's been a very good week. I've been praying for strength, energy, and motivation and the Lord has provided! A good part of my days lately have been in the kitchen - especially in the morning hours. I've always loved to bake and cook in the morning probably because the morning light comes in and I'm rested and ready to make the house smell good! : ) But lately I've even extended this strength and energy into the afternoon hours so even that which has been on my to-do lists has been getting done!
I've talked about Spring cleaning, but that hasn't been happening yet - especially the floors. I'm waiting on that until all of this melting is done so we don't keep tracking it in. But today I'm hoping to get to:
*cleaning a few windows
*cooking for a friend
*a load of laundry and some ironing
*make Easter napkins - I have thought about my Easter table and I have the perfect fabric downstairs
*work on my Etsy shop
*go for another walk!!!
Sounds like a Saturday. Not too much but enough to feel good about. I love it, when during the night I wake up and the thought "it's Saturday" comes to my mind. It just feels different and more relaxing.
I wanted to share another donut recipe with you. I'm so used to not cooking or baking anything different lately that I totally forgot to provide you with photos of the process (or the finished product) but these were SO good that I hope you are okay with just the recipe. Here it is:
CINNAMON ROLL BAKED DONUTS
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease your 6-hole donut pan.
First, make the cinnamon topping:
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan. Stir in 2 tsp. cinnamon, 5 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. milk, and 1 tsp. cornstarch. Heat just to a boil - remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla. Spoon this topping evenly into each well of your greased donut pan. Set aside.
Second, make the donut batter:
In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. white sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. salt - set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. buttermilk, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and 1 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir until fully incorporated. Drop by spoonfuls evenly over the the cinnamon topping of the donut wells and bake for 10 minutes or till baked through.
Remove from oven and cool in the pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. (At this point, I always put a pan under the wire rack to catch anything that may fall.) Some of the topping will stay in the pan, but you can take a spoon or knife to take it out and spread it over the donuts. Let the donuts cool completely before adding this glaze:
Whisk together 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. plus 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
SOOOOOOOOO good!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) I hope you can give these a try!
I noticed this past winter that I just haven't been feeling as good as I thought I should be. I've been praying about it and a thought (and I know where that thought came from!) occurred to me to read up about Vitamin deficiency. If I have any complaints about the medical community is that I think this is one area that they don't do well in at all. I've said this before - I'm not a medical professional so what I say is what I've experienced, but I think that all doctors should check us out for Vitamin deficiencies BEFORE they tell us to take medications. Medication MAY be what we need for certain things but maybe it's not for everything!
Anyway.......I've been reading up on Vitamin B deficiency and a lot of what I've been experiencing this past Winter was exactly what the deficiency had said. So, I looked for a multi vitamin that included all of these essential B Vitamins and then I re-wrote my menus to include the foods that are rich in B Vitamins and have been including them in our daily meals. Well, to be totally honest, I HAVE been feeling better and I have seen some healing taking place. So, if you are on the verge of seeing a doctor for not feeling well, I would suggest that they take some tests on Vitamin deficiencies first before prescribing meds that seem to cause other problems! Again, I don't know your specific need, so I'm not saying you won't need medication, but checking this out wouldn't hurt! : ) I know it's helped me to be more mindful of food and the importance for our bodies (other than just tasting good and filling us up).
Well, I think that's about it for this day. Thank you SO much for dropping by for a visit - I really appreciate you! God bless.