On Saturday mornings we often make a trip to our neighborhood doughnut shop to get a special treat for the kids. Our kids love doughnuts, so we knew they would have fun making them at home. Since Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away, we thought we would make a pink strawberry glaze to go on top. These doughnuts are easy to make and can be topped with any kind of glaze, frosting or toppings .
- 2 Tbsp of butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
- 3/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter doughnut pans with room temperature butter, then sprinkle lightly with flour and shake upside down to remove excess flour. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs (mixture will appear to curdle a bit which is normal), then pour into the bowl of dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir mixture until combined. Spoon 3 tablespoons of batter evenly into each well of the doughnut pan. Bake in a preheated oven 11 – 13 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of doughnut comes out clean.
Allow to cool several minutes in doughnut pan then invert onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Once cool dip top halves of doughnuts into glaze and allow some of excess to run off, then return to wire rack, glazed side facing upward. Transfer doughnuts to freezer to allow glaze to set, about 5 minutes.
For the Strawberry Glaze:
Wait to make the glaze until the donuts are cooling. Place the freeze dried strawberries in a plastic bag and pound them into a powder, set aside. Using a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries and a cup and a half of the powdered sugar. Stir until mixture starts to become moistened, then allow to rest 1 minute. Add in remaining cup and a half of the powdered sugar and the freeze dried strawberry powder and stir until well combined (at this point mixture should have the consistency of a thick glaze. If the glaze is too thick allow it to rest another minute or two until some of the liquids have been extracted from the strawberries then stir again. Use glaze immediately.
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What a year! This year has flown by in the blink of an eye. Before we get with new posts for 2017, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite posts of 2016.
Jane Can Make
We love to DIY. This year one of our favorite posts was our DIY embroidered denim. We had so much fun adding monograms to our favorite jeans. We also loved making our moss wreath and are starting to think we need to bring some more green in our homes now that the holiday decorations are down.
Jane Can Celebrate
Everyone knows how much we love a holiday. We love to decorate, make special treats and get crafty for every holiday. While you won’t be thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas for awhile, the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner.
Jane Can Decorate
We have both been very focused on updating our homes this past year, so we are always looking for home ideas, from front doors to outdoor spaces to interiors. There is no such thing as too much home inspiration!
Jane Can Cook
We tend to make a lot of special snacks for school and sweet treats for our kids. Our kids love to help whenever they can so the simpler the recipe the better. Our marshmallow pops have been one of our most popular post this year, because they truly are the easiest snack ever!
Jane Can Play
Our No Carve DIY Pumpkins was one of our favorite posts this year. You probably won’t be making pumpkins for awhile, but you would have fun doing some of these washi tape projects.
Jane Can Dress Up
If you are like us, we are always looking for style inspiration. We are still using our All Dressed Up post outfit ideas until the weather starts to get warmer.
We are looking forward to new projects and new ideas in 2017. Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow along on our journey.
Here’s to a great year!
Hallman + Ashley
There is something about this time of year that makes you want to be in the kitchen. We love to find new things to make with our kids and these holiday treats are so fun!
Snow Globe Cupcakes
Cupcakes are always a hit with kids and there are so many great ways to decorate them. This year we were inspired by Aww Sam’s Holiday Snow Globe Cake and decided to make snow globe cupcakes. To create these cupcakes you can make (or buy) vanilla cupcakes and add shredded coconut to look like snow. Next, add holiday candy to the top. We found ours at Target and Michael’s. Once the cupcake is decorated add a mini acrylic cloche to make it look like a snow globe.
Snowman Marshmallow Pop
One of our most popular holiday snacks are our variations on the marshmallow pop. Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, or even a festive kids’ party, marshmallow pops are always a fun and easy snack to make! Our little top hat clad snowmen are just as easy to make as our other marshmallow pops and are a tasty snack for the holidays.
Start by drawing the snowman face on each marshmallow. We use the black pen to make the coal eyes and mouth, and the orange pen to make the carrot nose.
Place several candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir chocolate with a spoon several times. If the candy is not sufficiently melted you may need to heat the chocolate again for another 20-30 seconds. The key to making usr you don’t over cook the chocolate is to remove it from the microwave when you still have a few pieces of unmelted chocolate in the mixture. But staring the mixture well the chocolate will melt.
To make the snowman’s hat, place a dollop of chocolate onto the bottom of a marshmallow and then place the marshmallow on top of the chocolate wafer.
Once the chocolate used for the hat has cooled you can then place a dollop of melted chocolate on the bottom of the hat and place it on the top of the snowman’s head. One the chocolate has cooled completely you can then insert a straw through the base of the snowman’s head until it meets the hat.
Halloween is the best time of year to pull out your shaker and get creative with your cocktails. Every year we like to pick a spooky cocktail to celebrate Halloween, and this year we are into smokey, dark drinks. Dry ice is the secret ingredient used to give off that signature trail of smoke, and we can’t wait to get our hands on some to make our own crypt worthy Halloween cocktails! To get us all in the mood, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite creepy cocktails this Halloween:
Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita
The Poisoned Apple
Cool Mom Picks
The Red Queen
Black Widow Venom
The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Grave Digger
The Boulder Locaovore
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We are always looking for fun Halloween snacks for our kids. Last year we did a lot of spider-themed snacks for Halloween, and this year we wanted to focus on snacks that were easy to bring to school and parties. Kids love any snack that is on stick, and our marshmallow pops have been so popular with our kids that we wanted to make a few more snacks on sticks. It’s the simple things!
Mummy Cookie Pops
Mummy cookie pops are a really fun snack to make and they are pretty delicious too! We started with Oreos, but any Oreo-style cookie will work. We used white chocolate melts, heating them either in a double boiler or the microwave until they had just melted, not too chunky and not to runny. Open the Oreo cookie, place the lollipop stick on the frosting, put a drop of melted chocolate on top of the stick, and then place the two cookies together again. The melted chocolate ensures the cookie will stick together with the stick inside.
Next, dip the cookie in the melted white chocolate and place them on a piece of parchment paper to cool. Add candy google eyes or upside down chocolate chips for eyes while the chocolate is still wet. Roll out a piece of white fondant until it is flat and thin. Once the fondant is rolled out, cut narrow rectangular strips for the bandages. Lay the fondant bandages on top of the cookies in a haphazard way, layering some on top of another. If your chocolate hardens, you may need to add a touch of melted chocolate to help the bandages stick. If you don’t want to mess with fondant you can pipe strips of melted white chocolate onto the cookies to look like bandages.
Chocolate and Caramel Dipped Apple Slices
Our kids love caramel apples, but a whole caramel apple is not only difficult to eat, it’s also quite a large sugary treat for one kid. Which is why these caramel and chocolate dipped apple slices are perfect. They were also a cinch to make!
With the stem facing up, we cut green apples into 1/2 inch wide slices. Then, using a sharp knife we cut a slit into the bottom of each slice and inserted a popsicle stick into each slit. We dipped the apple slices in melted chocolate or caramel and set them on a parchment lined baking sheet to cool. Our kids loved helping make them festive by drizzling melted white chocolate and adding a dash of sprinkles on top.
For some more Halloween snack inspiration check out our spider cupcakes, monster cupcakes, rice crispie treats, or any of these new delicious looking treats we’ve found:
Just a Taste
One Little Project
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Packing school lunches can be a challenge and we all need a little inspiration every now and then. A packed lunch can get boring very quickly, especially when you are busy and tired…as all parents are! Here a few of our favorite ways to bring a little variety to your lunchbox.
Pack Frozen Smoothies
Our kids love smoothies and it is a great way to sneak in extra fruits and vegetables! These colorful popsicle molds make it easy to include them in a lunchbox. Modern Parents Messy Kids has some great tips and recipes for lunchbox smoothies and you can find more recipes here and here.
Modern Parents Messy Kids
Pasta Make Everything Better
If your kids love pasta as much as our kids love pasta, then it can be a great base to add protein and vegetables for your kids’ lunchbox.
Make Food Fun
There is nothing that will make your kids smile more than something silly or different in their lunchbox. Cookie cutters, candy google eyes and fun toothpicks are sure to be a hit with your kids. We also love to include these Lunchtime LOL notes each day to make our kids giggle. Here is a great source for lunchbox supplies to keep things fun.
Land O’ Moms
Go Beyond Peanut Butter & Jelly
Kids can easily get bored with sandwiches. Mix it up with different fillings, different bread or even no-bread sandwiches. Our kids love when we include a bagel sandwich, a wrap or sandwich pinwheels. These Apple Cheese Wraps from Weelicious are a great example of no-bread sandwiches. There are tons of creative ways to make a sandwich, these 10 sandwich recipes are a great place to start.
Kids love kebobs! You can make kabobs with fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and even mini sandwiches bites. Anything with a toothpick is fun for kids to eat.
Following My Shoes, Make Ahead Lunchbox Ideas
Here’s a few more lunchbox tips and our favorite printable lunchbox notes.
Hallman + Ashley
Berries are one of the best parts about Summer. We want to take advantage of every moment of berry season, so we put together our favorite ways to use berries. With 4th of July around the corner, these berry recipes will also make any BBQ spread more colorful and festive.
Mixed Berry Bowl
Rip & Tan
Sprinkle with Salt
Berry & Basil Toast
Rip & Tan
Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Sour Cream Berry Tart with Graham Cracker Crust
Thyme Cafe & Market
Double Berry Cream Pie
Kale & Caramel
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