Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Cake Donuts - Baked!


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Yesterday morning, I woke up to the most delicious looking Instagram post from King Arthur for Pumpkin Cake Donuts. I immediately knew THIS was what I was gonna make for my rainbow loom exchange. Rainbow loom exchange you ask? :) Well, last week, I had posted this picture of the girls and their renewed interest in their rainbow loom. Then my friend, mom of Big Sis' classmate, commented that the girls could have her son's loom, if they wanted, since it had been a year since he last touched his. Of course I jumped at the chance, because the girls had been sharing one, quite nicely, might I add, and I had actually been considering getting them a second one. Ah the wonders of Facebook! lol.


So, I replied yes, thank you and what treat can I make you in return? :) Turns out her son is a lover of all things pumpkin, so these were just perfect!! With that, I got up and got busy right away on King Arthur Flour's Pumpkin Cake Donuts Recipe. The awesome thing is that it's a simple and quick recipe and I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand. Yay!


Instead of using the fine cinnamon sugar mix they linked in the post to purchase, I just made my own using my favorite ratio: 1/2 cup sugar + 1 Tbsp cinnamon. And since I didn't use fine sugar, it just wasn't sticking to the donuts like the recipe showed, so I improvised a little. I melted 1.5 Tbsp of butter, brushed a little on each donut, one at a time, one side at a time and dipped into the sugar after each coat. They turned out just great!


This recipe ended up making 16 donuts (note: only 15 are pictured here due to some mandatory taste-testing). Verdict: So moist and tasty, perfectly sweet (ie not too sugary) with just the right amount of pumpkin. Yum.


This is the pic I posted in my own Instagram Feed to tease and tempt MY followers. hee hee. It's my post popular post yet!!


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Later that morning, Big Sis and I handled the exchange while Little Sis was out at the grocery store with Daddy to pick up some treats for their Y-Guides Fall Outing last night. Big Sis was SOOO excited to surprise her Little Sis w/ the new Rainbow Loom. I think it's safe to say that she was too, don't you?


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ghostly Mini Pizza Lunch

OMG, it seems like forever since I've posted anything - life has gotten in the way plus just got back from an awesome week-long kid-free vacay out west - woot! - but I did manage to throw this quick Halloweenish lunch together this morning, the last day before they track out for 3 weeks! Whew. Just in the nick of time.

In other news, we have a freezer in the garage that is seriously on it's last leg and we've been feverishly trying to empty it out to see if we can resurrect it by defrosting it. So today's lunch helped me do just that, too. I'm happy to say that it is now one box (of Trader Joe's or Trader Grotto's Spizzico di pizza - 12 appetizer size cheese pizzas) emptier. haha!


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In this lunch:
  1. Trader Joe's Spizzico di pizza mini pizza appetizers
  2. Organic Carrot Sticks
  3. Organic Seedless Red Grapes
  4. Utz (peanut/tree-nut FREE!) Halloween Pretzels with Laughing Cow Cheese
  5. Cascadian Farms Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
PS. The EasyLunchbox lid is decorated with a Halloween Gel Window Cling I picked up at a dollar store in CA. Hoping it comes back in one piece! :)

Hopefully there will be more Halloween lunches to come, but the kids are quite likely going to be spending a few days away with their grandparents in MD next week, so it may just be a couple... or just one. lol.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :)

Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

   

A couple things I used (and a couple I meant to - haha) from my favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale. Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup   Food Decorating Topper Party 3D Witches Hats

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