I think it is so important for fathers to show their sons it is okay to be tender, to be gentle. When it comes to you two, gentleness comes naturally to him. And, as you are growing, all through your childhood. That is what you will see. What you will remember. The gentle love your father gave. The same gentle love you will share with your own babies one day.
"You are the poem I never knew how to write and this life is the story I always wanted to tell."
[Tyler Knott Gregson]
It's hard to put into words the feelings we have for our children, the millions of emotions they bring to our hearts. So I'll just say this.
I've had dreams of a life just like this. I've dreamt of sheer happiness, giggles that come from deep down. I've even dreamt of how the cool, fresh air would feel as it grazed our soft faces on a day like today. I've fantasized it all. And every time real life wins. The air is better, cooler than I could imagine. The giggles are bigger & deeper. Even the happiness is happier than my imagination thought possible. I could never dream a dream better than the two of you.
If there is one thing in this world I love more than my children + my husband combined, it's donuts!! Totally KIDDING!
But, seriously, guys. I LOVE DONUTS!!
I've been pinning "easy" donut recipes on Pinterest for months now, but since I had never really worked with yeast before I was always too chicken to attempt actually making them.
But, you have to start somewhere.
So this morning, when my second son woke, before the sun rose, we began our adventure in donut baking.
Yep, I said baking.
I feel ridiculously naive for having not tried baking a batch of donuts sooner.
For thinking working with yeast was impossibly hard.
People! These donuts are so easy to make!!
Time consuming, I'll admit they are that.
But so easy!
This baked donut recipe is not only scrumptious & easy, but it is a lot more healthy than those greasy, fried donuts from the bakery. Although those are delicious, too! :)
Below is my version of the recipe, which should yield 12-15 donuts + an equal amount of cute donut holes. So no dough is wasted! Adapted from Krissy's Creations.
DOUGH INGREDIENTS ::
- 3/4 Cups Warm Milk
- 1 Packet Active Dry Yeast
- 1 Tablespoon Butter (room temperature or softened is fine)
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 2 + 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
GLAZE INGREDIENTS ::
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
** The glaze was good, but a bit sweet. I may opt for a frosting glaze next time.
- To begin the dough, pour 1/4 cup of the warm milk in a large bowl & sprinkle yeast over it. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of Milk with 1/3 cup Sugar & Tablespoon of Butter.
- Stir until combined.
- Add the egg & stir until combined.
- Finally add the 1/2 Teaspoon Salt & 2 + 1/2 Cups Flour, gradually, while stirring.
** Hand kneading is necessary.
- Add small portions if necessary, if dough is too sticky.
- Now, place dough on a lightly floured surface (clean table, counter top) & knead until the dough is smooth, elastic-like & has formed a ball.
- Place dough ball in a large, lightly greased bowl. I used butter to grease my bowl.
- Cover bowl & keep in warm area for 1 + 1/2 hours.
** I preheated my oven to 375 degrees F & kept my rising dough on the stove.
- Dough should double in size.
- After the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface, about 1/2 inch thick.
- Now, you can use a donut or biscuit cutter, but since this was my first go-around baking donuts from scratch .. I'm just not that fancy yet. :) I used a glass with a 3-inch mouth & a topper to a gallon of milk. After I washed it!
- Cut the donuts, using the 3-inch for the outside circle & the small object for the inside circle, donut hole, until no dough is remaining.
- Place cut-out donuts & donut holes on baking sheets lined with Parchment Paper.
- Cover with a clean towel, I used paper towels, & sit on stove, with over preheating at 375, for 45 minutes.
- Finally, after cut-out donuts & donut holes have risen even more, place in preheated oven & bake for 5-7 minute watching closely!! You want them to be soft & doughy inside.
- Let donuts cool for 5 minutes & then start glazing & garnishing!!
** for the glaze
- Combine 1/4 Cup Milk + 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract in medium saucepan & heat on stove until warm
- Whisk in 2 Cups Confectioners Sugar until smooth.
- Glaze donuts by dipping halfway into glaze & then returning them to parchment paper.
- Top with sprinkles or fruity pebbles or garnishment of choice!
You don't realize how time passes. Its swiftness. We keep putting things off until tomorrow, next week, next year. But next year won't be the same. They'll still be the same people. The same tiny humans we love to pieces. (They'll always be our tiny humans) But bigger. So much bigger. And we won't even notice the change. Not right then, right in that moment. Because it happened so gradually. But maybe they won't want to snuggle then. Or kiss your cheek. Or hold your hand. It makes you just want to squish them back into your mama belly & save them. Save them from getting bigger. Save yourself some snuggles & handholding for down the road.
Spending these next upcoming days snuggling these boys & kissing their tiny noses too many times.
So, about a month ago, my husband, Camron, was scrolling through his Facebook feed, bored, when he came across an advertisement for Dollar Shave Club. He noticed several of his friends had "liked" Dollar Shave Club's Facebook page & when he mentioned it to me, I, too, remembered seeing this "club" pop up on my news feed, as several of my Facebook friends also like this page.
After reading through the Dollar Shave Club website, my husband was pretty stoked. I mean, they have a razor called The Executive. That's just all kinds of 1960's Man Men-ish cool. And, The Executive razor is delivered to your front door for as little as 9 bucks a month!! I can't think of a more awesome deal on an awesomely named razor that gives an awesomely smooth shave.
The Dollar Shave Club family has two other razors, The Humble Twin(delivered for $1 a month!! -- enter big googly eyed emoji here) and The4x(delivered for $6 a month!!)
You're feeling awfully ridiculous right now for having not signed up to be part of this elite shaving club.
And I'm not even finished yet.
Did you know members of Dollar Shave Club are saving not only time with this delivery service, but money!
$100 to be exact.
So what would YOU do with an extra $100?
I polled some of my very own Facebook friends on how to utilize an extra $100,
and here is what they said ::
- Date Night Funds - Vacation Savings Jar - $100 of Cookies & Ice Cream ;) YUM!
Camron & I thought the following would be fun ways to spend our extra dough ::
(reserving a room at a local hotel, just for the night. ordering room service. and a pool at the hotel is a must so the babies can go swimming!) - Road Trip Jar
(california!! here we come.)
- New Shoes
(i mean, duh..)
In my wildest dreams I couldn't have imagined being blessed with two beautiful sons, nor could I have imagined the intensity of the gift of motherhood. Just the love I felt for them as they were growing inside of me, of what I imagined they would be, how they would look, how they would feel.. was more powerful than anything I had felt before. Until I laid my eyes upon them each for the first time. That's when I knew how powerful love really could be. They're everything & indescribably so much more than that.