Happy Valentine’s Day!
I probably don’t say it enough, so this seems like the perfect time to remind you that…
…I love you!
And I really wish I could give each of you one of these to prove it.
Really, one day, when I’m an old lady, sitting on the porch in my rocking chair, and my grandkids come by my side to ask me all those questions about what it was like when I was a mom with four rambunctious boys running in circles around me, (assuming that I’ll have any memory left in me–) I promise that you’ll be part of my story. You are the community of friends that I am literally walking through this season of life with. Your comments are often the greatest encouragement I receive in a day. Your visits are usually the closest I get all day to actually sitting down and “visiting” with a friend. You mean a lot to me.
After mentioning to Dave how much one of your comments meant to me recently, it was Dave who said “You should invite her family to visit and we could teach her kid to surf!” to which my jaw dropped. (Dave being the private, no need for extra people type. :)) But the fact is–He has watched this community develop…He realizes that this place where I write out my heart, and tell my silly stories, and where I am stretched to grow and learn..has become incredibly special to me.
And it’s all because of YOU.
SO to Wendy and Sandy and Kendall…to Tami, and Greg, and Urban Wife, and Heather, Lucy, Danielle, Shannon…and to so many more: (those were the names that ranked highest on comments in my end-of-the-year report from the blog,) Thank you. If you stop in regularly, or even occasionally, and help to make my little piece of the blogosphere all that it is…Thank you.
I love you.
And if you were here, sitting on my porch (no rocking chair yet,) having a real-life visit, I promise I’d serve you up a couple of these, with a nice cup of coffee. Because not only are they moist and sweet, with just enough berry throughout…but they lean towards the HEALTHY end of the donut-spectrum. (What are friends for?) Moistened with yogurt, and topped with a strawberry jam frosting, these are packed with love.
Sprinkles are optional.
Except to my boys.
Who consider sprinkles the main thing.
Baking cake donuts is so easy, I can’t believe i just bought my first donut-pan two weeks ago! Three batches later, I’m just getting started. I love that you can create healthy options with baked donuts! (side note: If you want to make these right away, and don’t have a donut pan, follow the same instructions and make them into muffins…just bake a little longer! Then go get a donut pan!)
And have yourself a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
QUICK NOTE: Before you leave me…and while we’re still talking about Valentines Day…(we are, aren’t we?)
I want to officially invite you back soon for what I anticipate to be a super fun surprise. I got an idea just after posting my last video, and I’m really excited about it. All I need is a little cooperation from the man of the house, and some video magic…(Fingers crossed.)
*T-shirt, $2.99 from thrift store, because my mom told me “you have to have a Valentine’s shirt.” haha. Moms are always right.
See ya then!
- DONUT INGREDIENTS:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 8 ounce container of strawberry yogurt (vanilla or plain would be fine.)
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened.
- STRAWBERRY FROSTING INGREDIENTS
- 2 Tablespoons strawberry jam
- 2 tablespoons milk or cream
- 1½ cups powdered sugar (or more if needed by consistency)
- **I added red food coloring for Valentine effect 🙂
- For donuts:
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla, and melted butter.
- Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients--just until combined.
- Carefully spoon the batter into a 6-donut pan. Fill the donut cavities about ⅔ full. Bake 8 to 11 minutes until donuts are set and golden brown. They will spring back when touched. (note, you could add food coloring to make the donuts more Valentine-pink/red as well.)
- Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes
- Frost, sprinkle, and nom nom nom....