Baked Maple Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar


We are huge breakfast fan’s in this house. We woke up wanting doughnuts and had these whipped up in less than 20 minutes. They were warm and fluffy with the perfect hint of sweetness. Pair with a cup of hot coffee or tea and you’ve got the perfect breakfast.


recipe adapted from

1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 egg (lightly beaten)

3/4 c. non-fat vanilla yogurt

1 tabls. vegetable oil

2 1/2 tabls. real maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tabls. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly spray donut pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl lightly whisk all dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix together all wet ingredients. Create well in dry ingredients and pour in wet, mix until just combined. Spoon batter evenly into the donut pan.

Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool for 2 – 3 minutes in pan then flip onto cooling rack. While cooling melt 3 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Mix together 1/3 c. sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Lightly brush each donut with melted butter/syrup mixture and dip each donut into cinnamon sugar to coat.





Christmas House Tour 2012

Here’s a little peak into our home during the Christmas season! My favorite house time of the year!


(in no particular order)

These are at my parents house this Christmas but I couldn’t resist these sweet pics of my pups who love to pose so much.

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A special nativity from my time in Ethiopia.

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simple centerpiece of dollar store votives dipped in water/glue then rolled in glitter. DSC_0143



diy mercury glass vases and chalkboard for the mantle. DSC_0149

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styrofoam tree covered in ornaments and little bits of tinsel.


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upstairs tree and decor done with lots of fun colors! DSC_0082 DSC_0086 DSC_0089

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i love using ornaments in vases as simple yet beautiful touches all over the house.






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Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

Yesterday was a cold, dreary winter day. This bread pudding was the perfect way to end the day. A lovely cold weather dessert. Warm gooey apples, cinnamon spice, hints of nutmeg. Delicious! Even if the weather in your area is perfect this is still a yummy treat!



recipe adapted from

6 tablespoons butter

1/3 c. light brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

3 apples (I used 2 jonagolds and 1 granny smith)

6 cups bread cubes

Peel and slice the apples. I sliced, actually my extremely strong husband cored and sliced (see picture below). We decided we wanted a little variety so we did some thin slices and some large diced pieces.DSC_0019

In a large skillet, melt the butter then add the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the apples and cook until slightly softened and brown sugar butter mixture (caramel) has thickened.

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan and place half of bread cubes in bottom. Put half of apple mixture on top of bread cubes then layer with the rest of the bread and lastly the apple mixture.

Whisk together:

1 1/4 c. milk

1 c. whipping cream

4 eggs

2/3 c. sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt


Pour this mixture on top of bread and apples in pan. Bake in preheated oven 40-45 minutes or until set in the middle. Serve with caramel sauce, vanilla sauce or vanilla ice cream!