The thermometer outside reads 23 degrees F and the time is 8:30 P.M. The temperature today never got above 30 degrees F. I have had a fire burning in the fireplace all day. Not that I need a fire for heat, but I just like having a fire, especially when it is so cold outside. The added warmth of the fire is nice, being that I am cold natured and all.
Our first snow for December fell back on the 5th. Only a couple of inches accumulated, but it was beautiful. Some of the snow remained on the ground for almost a week due to the frigid temperatures.
Something about cold weather makes people want to eat more, especially starches, as in bread. I made the “best doughnuts” (recipe at the end) one evening and served them on my terra-cotta snack plates. I purchased the plates and cups in a set of six at an antique store. They appear to be handmade from a mold, but there is no stamp or name on the bottom. I love the casual style with the terra-cotta and oatmeal colored glaze. I use them every chance I get with either dessert and coffee, tea and a snack, or soup with crackers. I wish I knew the circumstances for why they ended up in the antique shop. Regardless of why, they are mine now and I love them!
The cold temperatures outside, cozy fires, and comfort foods have put me in the mood for Christmas. Only eleven more days until Christmas Eve! I am hoping for more snow. Snow would be awesome around Christmas. There is a rumor we may have a white Christmas, but I doubt it will happen. It’s OK to dream of a white Christmas, right?
Better Homes & Gardens “Best Doughnuts” recipe
Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Cook: 2 minutes per batch
- 3 -1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2/3 cup sugar
- Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying
- Cinnamon-Sugar or sifted powdered sugar
1. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; set aside. In another bowl combine milk and melted butter. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, and sugar; beat with electric mixer until thick (about 5 minutes). Add milk mixture; stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cover dough; chill at least 2 hours (dough will remain slightly sticky).
2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2-1/2-inch round cutter. Use a 1-1/4-inch cutter to cut the hole for the doughnut. (You can also use a standard doughnut cutter.)
3. Fry 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time in deep hot fat (375 degrees F) for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until brown, turning halfway through cooking with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes. Makes about 15 doughnuts and doughnut holes
4. Shake warm doughnuts in a bag with Cinnamon-Sugar or powdered sugar. Serve warm (or reheat each doughnut 8 to 10 seconds in microwave on high).
Cinnamon-Sugar: Stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.
- Calories 382,
- Total Fat (g)20,
- Cholesterol (mg)290,
- Sodium (mg)326,
- Carbohydrate (g)39,
- Fiber (g)1,
- Protein (g)11,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet