Green Donuts! Yikes!

Friday, March 17, 2017

I love holidays.  I like making a fuss over them.  I like to make sure everyone has a special pink themed breakfast on Valentine's Day.  I like making things covered in American Flags for the 4th!  I did forget Groundhog Day this year...  I wasn't sure how to celebrate.  I won't slack next year, we will celebrate that rodent somehow!!!!

I'm thinking you are beginning to get the picture.   I like the festivities, the pomp and circumstance, the decorations, the food!  Love it!  And I like to think the kids do too!!!  D has learned over the years how to be a holiday guy too.  I like to think that he even now enjoys my ridiculousness!  Right, darling?!?   

So naturally for today, St Patrick's Day, our house needed to be celebrate!!!!  Once upon a time St Patrick's Day for me meant green beer.  I think my stomach just churned thinking about the quantity of green beer enjoyed(?) over the years; sorry liver, what didn't kill you made you stronger!  What was I thinking?  Ahhh, to be young.

Well, since I'm not that young anymore.  And holidays with preschoolers are a little more G rated.  I won't be serving green beer this year, my kids prefer to guzzle the good stuff, 2%.   To celebrate this year I did something crazy.  I let the leprechauns in.  They decorated in the wee hours of the morning.  They glitter bombed, sham-rocked, streamer-launched and green-ified the house!  And craziest of all, those little stinkers, when I wasn't looking, turned our breakfast donuts & milk green!

No, I haven't been drinking the green beer, or whiskey, I swear it was the little green men.

But sadly, the little man escaped from the trap we set so I had no proof.  

At least the kids trusted my story!  And they thought it was pretty awesome.  And they aren't planing on sending me away for further evaluation!

Cake Donuts
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk 
1 egg
1/4 cup butter- melted
2 tsp vanilla
2 quarts oil - for frying 

Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg. In another bowl combine the buttermilk, milk, egg, melted butter & vanilla.  
Make a well in the center and pour in the liquid mixture. Mix until well blended. Cover & refrigerate 1 hour.  
Heat oil in to 350 degrees On a floured surface, roll chilled dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Use a 3 inch round cutter cut out the doughnuts. Use a smaller cutter to cut holes from center.
Fry doughnuts (about 2 minutes per side) in hot oil until golden brown, turning once. 

Vanilla Glaze
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar - sifted to remove any lumps
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 to 2 tablespoons milk or water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir the ingredients together, adding extra liquid or confectioners' sugar to adjust the consistency as needed. Yield: about 1/2 cup glaze.

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