Apple Cider Donuts

I mentioned these little lovlies in a previous post. But after measuring all the ingredients and reading all the steps I had to find a different recipe….wait for dough to rise over night….um no mama needs her donuts today! I should have read all the instructions before measuring but my sous chef and I were so excited to get started. It took a little research to find donuts that I could bake. FINALLY! We found the one, it is as follows.

DONUTS

  • 1 and 1/4 cups  apple cider
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

TOPPING

  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 60g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider

Directions:

  1. Simmer apple cider over low-medium heat in a small saucepan on the stove for 15-20 minutes. Add cinnamon sticks, spices, and/or orange slices for flavor if desired. In this step you are reducing the apple cider for a stronger flavor. You will need 1/2 cup from this reduced cider. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator as you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin pan or donut pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. Toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until smooth. Whisk in the buttermilk, vanilla, and 1/2 cup of concentrated apple cider.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and very gently mix together with a whisk. Whisk until all ingredients are *just combined.* Some small lumps may remain, but not many.

Pour the batter into the mini muffin pan, filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake 9-10 minutes.

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It may seem like a lot but once we got started it was easy! The recipe wanted us to dip the donuts in a butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. The problem is the donuts didn’t have a strong apple cider flavor so I opted to make a different topping. I mixed melted butter and powered sugar until it was a glaze consistency, its all about trial and error. I added a splash of apple cider until it had good flavor. Then I dipped the donuts in the glaze, it was delicious! The only recommendation I have is put the glaze on the day you plan on eating them. Any sooner at the donuts get very soggy.

Make ahead tip: Prepared donuts freeze well up to 2-3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up in the microwave if desired.

Enjoy Lovies!

I will be posting about the pumpkin spice donut results soon. The apple cider donuts will be making there debut for our pumpkin carving party in a few days!

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Punkin Palooza

We made our first trip to the pumpkin patch this week. I say first because no doubt we will be going back to collect more beauties for our carving party in a couple weeks. We always go to a local family owned farm in town. First off, their prices are the best. Second, the owner is the sweetest old man. Third, buy local.

Benson’s farm has been our family favorite from fresh apples to giant zucchini. Upon arrival Hudson spotted two deer grabbing a quick snack from the apple trees out front.

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We had the place to ourselves which for a rambunctious toddler is perfection. He could not load the pumpkins fast enough. Going from pile to pile saying ” we need this one, and this one, and this one!” I was all for it, I love watching his enthusiasm for holidays. Mr. Man preferred the little ones, or as he called them “The tiny baby pumpkins.”

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Happy Fall Y’all!

You and Me Go Fishin….

You know the rest. Hudson has been obsessed with his fishing pole for months. But it has been too cold to actually go. Finally, the weather cooperated for a few short hours so he could go give it a whirl!

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To keep things easy there was no line in his pole but he still fished his heart out.

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Throwing rocks into the water quickly became our top priority. He kept getting closer and closer to the water, giving me a panic attack but he was very careful. He cried when we left, this boy is a true outdoorsmen, just like his dad.

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Spring in Montana can be long and pretty cold. But it sure is Beautiful!

What do you do with your little’s when the weather gets nice?

Toddler Travel Tips

The past couple of weeks Hudson and I have traveled to Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR, to coach a competitive cheer team. I started coaching when I was 5 months pregnant with him, needless to say its in his blood. I had planned to drive but ended up riding the team bus to Tacoma. It was the best decision we could have ever made. Hudson was so excited to ride on a REAL BIG bus. He go to sit in the co-captain seat right next to the driver. He had the best view and was a trooper. We watched movies and played with all his NEW toys.

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(Step one: RENT A BUS….kidding)

Tip 1: raid the dollar store isle for all new toys to distract your little on a loooong trip. We opted for mess free markers and coloring books, a pack of plastic dinosaurs and a pile of new colorful books.

Tip 2: bring lots of their favorite snacks. Hudson can be distracted with food so having his favs on hand definitely helped.

Tip 3: Dress them in layers. Add or subtract depending on the temp or take layers off if they get messy.

On our trip to Portland I opted to drive. Hudson’s great grandma road with us so she was able to help with all of his requests. If she had not been with us it would have taken an entire day to get there. Thank you Gigi!  My brother watched Hudson for me while I was coaching during the day. It was the ideal situation. Uncle Beau played with Hudson all day and I was able to focus on my team. They spent their first day exploring the Children’s Museum. I recommend it to any parents in the area or if you find yourself traveling through. I cant figure out who had more fun…Hudson or Uncle beau! (Forget about the blowout Uncle Beau had to clean up….sorry….but not really!) I was so happy they were able to spend time together.

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Tip 4: When driving plan for delays, your little will not be happily strapped in their seat for 10 hours.

Tip 5: Relax their schedule. Hudson still napped everyday but not exactly at 130. Be flexible, they are on vacation too!

The ride home was a little rough. We had to stop more to let him run a bit. It was frustrating but I understood he was tired and OVER being in the car. But we finally made it home!!!!

I hope the tips help you on your next family adventure!

Homemade Chicken Stock

I have been trying to be less wasteful, in reference to the Paleo Banana Bread post a week-ish ago. I have been buying organic rotisserie chickens for some time now, its an easy go to for Hudson’s lunch. Toss in a quesadila or pieces along side some noddles. But I toss the carcass every time. Well I finally decided to take the plunge and try to make chicken stock from it. Why not right!? It was easy peasy! By making it myself I had control of every ingredient. I will not have to search a label because I MADE IT!

 

Okay, I am a wing it kind of person in the kitchen I add a little of this or that, then forget how to replicate it. Anywho, the same premise was applied to the chicken stock. I rummaged through my pantry and looked up a couple recipes on line to get a guideline. So here it is.

Recipe:

One Chicken Carcass, keep the bones and the dark meat there is a lot of flavor in both. About 5-6 carrots washed and cut in half. Same amount of celery and same process. An entire white onion, quartered. A few sprigs of Thyme( because I had it on hand, you could use rosemeary or sage.) I added some salt and pepper. Put everything in a heavy bottomed pot and add enough water to cover the chicken. Let it simmer for 4 hours on low-medium heat. I would stir it every once in awhile. After the time it up strain the liquid from the bits and pieces. Then toss the bits. Let the liquid cool and store it in a glass jar for up to a month. Easy Right! Try it out, for the first attempt it tasted AMAZING!

Tasty! Have a good week Friends!

Big Sky Country or Heaven on Earth…

Montana is a place like none other. We have lived in many different places but Montana just has something. You can be eating yummy food downtown or be on a brew tour, only later to drive 10 minutes to a river or hiking trail. Its a lovely place to raise kids and enjoy nature!

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”- John Steinbeck

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Easter this year was so much fun! Hudson was happy with his “basket,” dump truck. The sun finally peeked out this weekend so most of our time was spent outside with Family.

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Mommy Survival Kit

Its seems like every week a friend tells me they are expecting! It is the greatest news a person can get, my wallet may disagree when it comes time for the baby shower. I have searched the internet for affordable D.I.Y ideas for baby shower gifts. However, as crafty as I may think I am there is no way I can make a diaper cake or knit the cutest hat and sock set. There is just no way I could have a pile of diapers and ribbon in my dining room with a hot glue gun, and toddler tornado running around, without a trip to the ER. Let’s be honest!

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