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I woke up this morning to a very sad little face. He wouldn’t tell me what has wrong, so I waited. A few minutes later her mentioned, “Mom. I have a loose tooth.”

I don’t know about you, but loosing teeth is on my list of worst childhood life events too. Poor Cruz.

Did you see this video?

And did you take the color test on Apartment Therapy? I thought it was crazy interesting.

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I scored a 12. My husband defended me and said our monitor is off, I would probably get higher on a better computer. I have no idea if that is actually true, but I’ll go with it.

And the most exciting is that it is the holiday season! Thus, I am already shopping for christmas and loving every second of it. Have you ever hear of Playmobil? It’s been a family favorite since I was a wee child, and now my kids are also fans. I’m thinking they will be our theme for stocking stuffers this year. Ever has been begging for this set specifically and I’m not one who can resist anything flamingo! The boys would be super happy with the dinos and Zara wants more unicorns, so there’s something for everyone.

Any other Christmas gift ideas? I’m almost done with the girls shopping, but have yet to settle on the boys bigger gifts. Boys are a whole lot harder than girls for me, there just isn’t as much out there!

  • Annie Genovese Lohnes - I remember being scared about losing teeth, but Emerald is all about it. I think she likes the presents and glitter on her pillow- worth the pain ;) ReplyCancel

We have always had a special place in our hearts for donuts. Sunday mornings meant Lindsay and I would walk to our favorite little donut shoppe to buy and eat way too much sugar for one sitting. Gone are those days, not just because of the distance between our homes, but also because we have so many food restrictions now! Thankfully, Linds saved the day with this creative recipe. This donuts kill any others anyway, so theres not loss. xxoo – Ashley

It’s not possible to tell you how much I love donuts. There are no words. These donuts incapsulate all the melt-in-your-mouth goodness you get from a Krispy Kreme donut, but are completely vegan. I’m not joking when I tell you that you will want to eat them all. But don’t.

FANCY FOOD THOUGHTS: VEGAN GLAZED DONUT

1 package yeast

1/4 cup very warm water (110 degrees)

3/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk warmed

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons vegan butter

4 teaspoons ener-g egg replacer whisked with 4 Tablespoons water until frothy

3 cups flour

Canola oil for frying

Whisk together the water, yeast, milk, sugar, butter, salt, and 1 1/2 cups of the flour until combined.

Add the egg replacer and beat until incorporated. Add the other 1 1/2 cup of flour, and using the dough hook, beat for 3-5 minutes until dough completely pulls away from the insides of the bowl.

The dough should be smooth and soft. If the dough looks too sticky, add more flour one tablespoon at a time until the dough is the right consistency. Once the dough is done, cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about one hour.

After the dough has risen, roll it out onto a floured surface at a thickness of about 3/4 inch thick and cut out using a donut cutter or glass. In my opinion, the large round donuts taste the best, but you can also make twists or bars or any other shape you desire. After cutting out the shapes, place them on a greased pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for one more hour.

Put about 2 inches of canola oil in a heavy pan and heat on medium/high for a few minutes. Oil will need to be very hot before you start. (Hint: Test it with a scrap or donut hole to see if it’s ready.)

When the donuts have risen to double their size, fry in hot oil for about 30 seconds per side. Check the bottom of the donuts and see if they are a nice golden color before flipping. Place donuts on paper towels to drain excess oil and then dip them in glaze (see below) and put them on a cooling rack with wax paper under it to set.

Fancy Secret: You can make donuts a day in advance! After they are cut and through the second rise put them in the fridge for the next day. Just make sure they are covered with plastic wrap & air tight. 

GLAZE

Blend the following: 2 Cups powdered sugar (sifted if lumpy) 3-6 Tablespoons of water or non-dairy milk. Should be on the runny side.

  • Luisa Warren - YummmmmmmmmReplyCancel

  • Raquel Parker - oh! thanks for this recipe! I am waiting for the dough to rise now :-)
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Is there anything more adorable than group costumes?! My kids are probably much too old to really believe that, but I might have done some superb convincing in the form of, “Group costumes always get tonsssss of candy.” They bought it. Ironically, Ruby, Quin, Jeremy and Katie (accidentally) dressed up as characters from Peter Pan. Also, please avert your eyes from my brother’s thighs and if you find yourself thinking, “Why would he wear that?” know–he has suffered more than enough. If the windchill factor doesn’t satisfy you as a form of punishment, because he was literally freezing, then maybe being hit on by every old lady on the island will. It’s a cruel world out there guys.

And least you think my brothers might have been the worst costume on the scene – I was pretty enthralled with this guy. I mean, dressing like a man and showing your legs is one thing, but it takes some real guts to go for Tooth Fairy.

  • Katie Campos - The tooth fairy?!!!!! Oh boy. I just have to say my favorite part of your kids costumes and all these adorable pictures is Ever’s feet. The way she’s standing with one of her big tiger paws rolled over in each picture says something about her personality.
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