Mondays are always kind of tough, but you can also look at it as a way to start fresh. You have to decide right now that you are going to make this week a great week, rather than dreading that the weekend is over.
I thought I would share with you what our typical Sunday looks like. I almost always wake up early and then let Craig sleep in. Sometimes I run out & get coffee for the two of us (our Starbucks treat 🙂 ) or I will just catch up on some DVR-ed shows. Once Craig gets up, I make breakfast for us. A Sunday kind of breakfast- which means eggs, bacon (for him), biscuits or pancakes…it’s always something ‘special’- a breakfast that we wouldn’t eat during the week. Then we do our own thing until the games start at 1pm. And by our own thing…here’s what I mean:
That’s Craig checking his fantasy football, the game stats & spreads, and also watching NFL network. The picture is kind of blurry because I was trying to be sneaky..and not let him see me.
And here’s me:
He responds with ‘oops! I forgot to get your head.’ HA! Maybe he was doing it intentionally so you didn’t have to see my messy Sunday morning look. 😀
That would be me, baking a new recipe in the kitchen. Don’t you wear your jersey on Sunday ALL day long too?? I’m not the only one, right?! 🙂 Please do not mind that I look like a mess- I don’t do anything to myself (make up/ hair/ greasy face/ etc) on Sundays, it’s my day to just chill. Oh, and yes, I do in fact have hair, it’s just tied up in a ponytail. 😉
Then around 1pm, we are both sitting in front of the television with our laptops next to us (to check our fantasy teams) rooting on the Ravens. Let’s not talk about the game yesterday, remember that whole speech in the beginning of my post about starting fresh this week? I was implying that for the Ravens too. They need to GET IT TOGETHER. I swear it was a totally different team playing out there yesterday.
Lately I have not been able to get my mind off of the donut pan that I recently got. After I made the chocolate ones, I have been thinking of all of the other flavors that I want to try. Since it is getting closer to fall, and the ‘blog world’ is a bit obsessed with pumpkin (I love it!) I thought I would make Pumpkin Donuts! After doing some research on the internet, I found a recipe that I thought would be perfect. I didn’t change much, just the type of butter (salted instead of unsalted because I didn’t have any) & the baking time.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
(recipe adapted from Culinary Cory)
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 Tbl. milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
¼ cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside. Cream together the brown sugar, canned pumpkin, eggs, milk, butter and vanilla extract until the butter is well incorporated.
(^doesn’t that just remind you of Thanksgiving??? All I can think about lately is pumpkin pie & how bad I want some!)
With your mixer on medium low speed, slowly add the dry sifted ingredients to the wet mixture. Mix until just barely combined. Be careful of over mixing.**
Spray the donut pan with cooking spray and fill each donut mold halfway with the pumpkin batter.
(copied directly from here)
½ cup powdered sugar
1 Tbl. milk
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
**The key to any donut recipe is to NOT over mix the batter, it will make the donuts chewy. When you are mixing the batter, mix until it is JUST combined.**
Trust me, these donuts taste just as good as they look! I wish you could try them, because I know you would love them. (well, if you like pumpkin 🙂 ) Before I baked them, I tried some of the batter & it tasted just like pumpkin pie, which is my absolute favorite pie. Pumpkin pie in the shape of a donut?! Umm, YES please!
Craig took one bite of a donut & looked at me & said, “WOW! These ARE really good! I really like the sauce.” (by sauce he means glaze 😉 ) It’s almost like he doubted my donut making ability…what was he thinking?! 😉
I have a feeling that I am going to have some very happy co-workers this morning. 🙂 I thought they would make a nice Monday treat.
Oh, and if you don’t have a donut pan you can also make these as muffins! They will be a bit more dense than regular muffins, but I’m positive that they will still be just as good.
I am already looking forward to making more donuts. I think this pan has become my new favorite thing! It’s addicting. Good thing Craig & I have co-workers to help us out with these goodies. Otherwise we might both just turn into donuts! 🙂
I hope you have a great day. I’m off to get ready for work. I know today is going to be busy…VERY busy. But good busy. 🙂
Be back soon with an update on all of the Crohn’s stuff. I know I started the Crohn’s mini series and haven’t posted for a while about it, so I will have more on that soon!
Questions for you:
1. Do you like football? Does you significant other like football?
2. If you’re not a football fan, what do you like to do on Sunday?
3. What’s your favorite thing about Monday?? (there has to be something 😉 )