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Donut Muffins

We were out of milk this morning, so I had agreed to bake something different for breakfast.  Then I got hooked on the idea of making these donut muffins and ended up sending Aaron and Averie to the store for milk anyway!

My two helpers were able to do all of the dipping/rolling.

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They were delicious – I actually think the ones that were ‘overcooked’ were better in terms of flavor and consistency.  I don’t think the whole ‘baked’ donuts worked out to be any healthier since they were doused in butter, but that wasn’t why I was baking them anyway – so that didn’t bother me!


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We doubled the batch – and clearly shouldn’t have.  We had so many leftovers that I ended up sending Aaron and Averie out the door with some for the neighbors.  We haven’t even met them all yet, so I reckon they might have thought we were slightly crazy bringing over random donut holes, but I suppose that fits, so who am I to correct them!

Donut Muffins
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup margarine, melted
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup margarine, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.
  2. Mix ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup margarine, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined. Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about half full.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. While muffins are baking, place ¼ cup of melted margarine in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together ½ cup of sugar with the cinnamon. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Let cool and serve.

 

Pumpkin Patch 2013

This year we didn’t make it to the pumpkin festival, but we did still make it to Pumpkin Patch Pizazz!

Like every other year we kicked off in the corn bin.  Kids seem to love playing in it.  I even let Averie bury me in the corn before I buried her.  She loved climbing off the slide and then jumping into the corn from the top!  The only downside of playing in the bin — the number of times I have to say “Don’t worry about the corn in your underwear until we’re done!!”

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz Corn Bin

 

I swear there were more activities this year than last year, but it’s possible that we were just overwhelmed with the new location last year and didn’t notice a few of them.

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz Activities

Averie’ loved the hamster wheel, this is the first year she’s been able to get it going with other kids close to her age.  She wasn’t quite tall enough to make it through the tires, but she sure tried!

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz Activities

 

The chalk house I’m pretty sure was new this year.  She went in and drew a pumpkin on the wall.  She’s not quite coordinated enough for most of the other activities yet, but she will definitely grow into them – and she did give it her all!

She was coordinated enough for the spoon race though.  And Grandad somehow decided to dare Nana to try to race Averie…  Nana is still on crutches, as you can see.  And Averie was ruthless in the race and didn’t even give her a headstart!

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz Spoon Race On Crutches

 

She also talked me into doing a sack race.  She was just as ruthless when racing me!

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz Sack Race

 

The corn maze was actually challenging – Nana did not go into the maze, but Grandad and I were just as ‘lost’ as Averie was in there!

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz Corn Maze

 

There wasn’t feed out for the animals in the petting zoo area this year.  Averie actually remembered that the donkey bit her last year anyway, so she wasn’t bothered by that.  However the baby goats on the other side of the farm were friendly, and she loved feeding them!

 

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz Baby Goats

 

And of course, we couldn’t leave before picking out our pumpkins and taking our customary annual picture on the cart.  She’s definitely grown again.  Looking at these every year reminds me of how quickly time flies!

Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz 5 Years

 

And as if I needed another reminder — I snapped this picture after the pumpkin patch at Nana’s house.

Nana's Ghostie Guys

Jones County Fair 2013

We did manage to hit the fair again this year.  It is nearby to Nana’s house, but unfortunately Nana wasn’t able to crutch her way over.  Grandad dill go over with us though!

Averie was given $20 to spend as she saw fit.  Some of that money was to be for rides, but Grandad ended up buying a ride bracelet for her.  Spoiled little girl 🙂  She did well in her spending though – she spent $5 on a duck game and won a giant dora wand, and the rest of her money went to food (both lunch and dinner).

Winner!

Winner!

Brave girl did the slides a bunch of times!

Brave girl did the slides a bunch of times!

Riding the Roller Coaster

Riding the Roller Coaster

Driving the Car

Driving the Car

I still can’t believe she talked me into holding an alligator with her.  She’s definitely a brave girl – and she keeps telling us that she’s going to be an Animal Doctor AND a clown.  I can completely see that working out for her right now!

She made me hold an alligator!

She made me hold an alligator!

She had her caricature drawn too, but apparently I failed to take a picture of it.  Oops!

Blank Park Zoo

We went to Des Moines to Celebrate Grandma Elsie’s birthday – after the family all departed the hotel, we decided we should do something in town.  After a few minutes of debating what to do, we decided to head over to the zoo, luckily for us we were already only a few blocks away!

I always knew they were a couple of egg heads! :)

I always knew they were a couple of egg heads! 🙂

We managed to make the trek around the park in such a way that Averie was able to arrive at the Giraffes and the Ostriches just in time to be able to feed them both!

Giraffes have LONG black tongues

Giraffes have LONG black tongues

 

Ostriches are FAST eaters

Ostriches are FAST eaters

Averie was also able to feed some birds as well as go on a camel ride!

I had the 'sally the camel' song stuck in my head for ages after seeing the camels.

I had the ‘sally the camel’ song stuck in my head for ages after seeing the camels.

Blank Park Zoo Feeding Birds

It was a great experience, especially for the little girl who is currently aspiring to be an ‘animal doctor’.  She’s well on her way — she really wasn’t scared of any of the animals, and was excited to learn different facts about each of them!

Blank Park Zoo Kangaroo

When all was said and done, we came home to this:

TP'd HouseBut thankfully we knew exactly who was to blame (clues were left behind for us).  Someday we may have to repay the favor!

Splash a Smile of Color ‘Run’

We did it!  Averie and I finished up our first 5k together!

Before the Race - Still Clean

Before the Race – Still Clean

I’m so proud of my girl – she walked/ran the whole thing with me as well as to and from the car AND still had a big giant smile on her face when it was time to go.  I’m pretty sure the whole 5k took us an hour at least, but we had fun, and were definitely super colorful by the time we finished!

The giggles she had when throwing color at complete strangers were priceless!

The giggles she had when throwing color at complete strangers were priceless!

And yes, I encouraged her to lie down and play in it!

And yes, I encouraged her to lie down and play in it!

We even ran into a few friends along the way, so Averie had someone to play with at the back of the pack.

Definitely is something I would do again.  Truthfully, the cleanup wasn’t that bad either – although I think it might have been one of the longest showers EVER for both of us!

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

I did take a video at the end – I actually took one that was amazing — and then I realized that the camera was still set to ‘picture’ mode instead of ‘video’.  So this is actually the second attempt, and she doesn’t seem nearly as excited as she was for the first.  Oops! It’s hard to operate a touchscreen with all that color on your hands!

 

Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee

This song has been stuck in Averie’s head all week (and consequently my head too). She tends to get stuck in a loop though, like she does at the very beginning… and she also likes to switch to the more disgusting version of the song where you lick the squished up bee, then puke it up. Thankfully she decided to switch to the much nicer version on camera… (though it was close!!!)

Mommy’s Helper

I had help working on party hats tonight! Normally I would not have busted into the button stash to make tie ends for hats… But Averie wanted to help, and although she’s a smart kid, she’s not quite able to tie knots yet!

So we used buttons, she would thread them and pick out a button and the. I would tie it on. Somewhere she has already learned that if you’re having a hard time getting the buttons threaded that you can lick the end of the string and it works better!

We managed to get 20 hats threaded! Did we use a lot of pretty buttons that will never actually be seen by people since they are on the inside of hats?

Yes.

Was it worth it to have a helper?

Absolutely!!

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Cookie Catchup (Jan-Feb)

FAIL!

I was so planning on doing better at blogging the last couple of months.  But then the market happened. And then another market happened…  And then I was travelling for work.

Excuses, excuses.  No good, I know!

So, without further ado – here’s another ‘blow up your RSS feeds with images’ sort of post to get me current, and hopefully make it easier for me to blog more frequently again!

Averie coloring a spongebob cookie I drew up for her

Averie coloring a spongebob cookie I drew up for her while I worked on an order of spongebob cookies!

Patrick and Spongebob Cookies

Patrick and Spongebob Cookies

Gymnastics Cookies for a Party by Amy Lynn Events

Gymnastics Cookies for a Party by Amy Lynn Events

Averie made a puppy cookie

Averie made a puppy cookie

Mustaches and Ties Cookies

Mustaches and Ties Cookies

Mustache Cookies on a Stick!

Mustache Cookies on a Stick, and a kiddo that needed her bangs trimmed 🙂

Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling Cookies

Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling Cookies

Butterfly Cookies

Butterfly Cookies

Gymnastics Cookies (see Sugarbelle for the originals!)

Gymnastics Cookies (see Sugarbellefor the originals!)

Little People Cookies

Little People Cookies

Mini Swirled Flower Cookies

Mini Swirled Flower Cookies

Hockey Cookies in a gift box for Valentines day

Hockey Cookies in a gift box for Valentines day

University of Iowa Sports Cookies

University of Iowa Sports Cookies

Some of our cookies packed up by a customer with other goodes for valentines!

Some of our cookies packed up by a customer with other goodies for valentines!

Adventure Time Cookies

Adventure Time Cookies

Puzzle Cookie(s)

Puzzle Cookie(s)

Love Letter Cookies gift box for valentines day

Love Letter Cookies gift box for valentines day

Purple Princess Castle Cookies and Cupcake Cookies

Purple Princess Castle Cookies and Cupcake Cookies

Super Hero Birthday Cookies

Super Hero Birthday Cookies

Mix Tape Cookies

Mix Tape Cookies

Blank Coloring Cookies - these went to Averie's school for a Valentines Day project.

Blank Coloring Cookies – these went to Averie’s school for a Valentines Day project.

Super Hero Cookies Valentine Gift Box

Super Hero Cookies Valentine Gift Box

Meat Cookies Gift Box (original credit goes to someone else!)

Meat Cookies Gift Box (original credit goes to someone else!)

Dinosaur Cookies Gift Box

Dinosaur Cookies Gift Box

Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers cookies for the Super Bowl

Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers cookies for the Super Bowl

Averie Working on Cookies

Averie Working on Cookies

Pink Castle and Cupcake Cookies

Pink Castle and Cupcake Cookies

Whale you be my valentine Cookies

Whale you be my valentine Cookies

 

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