The wind here in good ole Hays, America is seriously out of control.
You can set foot outside maybe between the hours of 7 & 9 am without getting blown to the ground. I'M NOT KIDDING.
& since the wind is so crazy, we've been stuck inside & honestly, we're going crazy.
I peeked inside the hall closet today when the boys were distracted by Curious George & I grabbed one of their Easter gifts that the Easter Bunny dropped off early. [Dude must have heard about the wind.] It was Eco Kids Finger Paint!
Eco Kids finger paint is so easy to use. It comes in pre-packaged powder form, and all it requires is water. So I grabbed some old baby food jars & added equal amounts of powder & water, mixed it & the boys were painting within seconds. & I have powder left for next time!!
But, to be honest, I love this paint not for the easy assembly [although I DO love that], I love this paint because it is natural & safe non-toxic paint. It's made from veggies, people!!
The boys had such a blast & I had even more fun watching & photographing them!
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.