If you are a reader of my Evanisms page you will have seen what a little jokester Evan was on this past Sunday, which was April Fool’s Day. Being the diligent Grandma that I am I decided to have a little April Fool’s fun of my own.
I found a post on one of the Mom blog’s that I follow- Money Saving Mom for a little April Fool’s present. The print out was to make a package of “donut seeds”. There was a pdf link to print out the package and then glue it together, and in the package you place your favorite Cheerios, these are the donut seeds!! I knew this would be a great little April fool’s for Evan once I saw it.
Here’s a picture of the package I gave to Evan. I waited until we were done eating breakfast to give it to him. I said, “Evan, I got you something to plant outside.” Evans says, “Really Grandma what is it?” I hand him the little “seed” package, and tell him its “seeds” to grow his own donuts. Everyone else at the breakfast table is talking this up, and excited for Evan. Evan takes the packet, and reads a little bit of it and then opens it to look at the “seeds”. Evan says, “Grandma, this is just Cheerios.” And I smile and pause, and tell Evan, “April Fool’s, I got you!!”
It was a fun way to start the day, especially when Evan got in the spirit of the little jokes all on his own. Happy April everyone. Wishing you all a wonderful Spring!
One of my Christmas presents from Travel Man was one of those little mini donut makers. He loves getting me new kitchen gadgets, and this one was at the top of my list.
The mini recipe booklet that came with my new gadget had a few recipes, and I just wanted to try the basics. Here’s the recipe I used:
Basic Donut Recipe:
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 4 Tbsp cooking oil
- Stir dry ingredients together.
- Add egg, vanilla, and milk and beat 1 minute with electric mixer or vigorously by hand.
- Add oil and continue to beat for 1 more minute.
Now you’re ready to plug-in the donut maker, and get those goodies going. The donut maker just plugs into the wall, and heats up like a waffle iron. Once heated, you spray the top and bottom with some sort of non-stick cooking spray, add the batter, close the lid, and bake until the “ready” light comes on.
Once they are baked place the little goodies on a plate or cutting board to cool. At my house you have to guard treats like this with your life, so they don’t disappear instantaneously!
You can also frost the donuts, and dip them in sprinkles, or some other sugary delight. For our very first round of donuts I just wanted them plain so I could tell how this recipe tasted. The donuts were very light and delicious. Like little cakes, but not too heavy. Just the right amount of sweetness for me. Left plain these little snacks would freeze very well.
The mini donuts disappeared quite quickly after I sounded the alarm that they could be eaten. I think I might try something with pumpkin next, or maybe lemon poppy-seed. Those would be my two favorite flavors to experiment with. What’s your favorite donut or muffin? Have you tried the mini donuts?