Recipe - Pillsbury Grands Donuts!

Yes, You read that right. Pillsbury Grands Donuts!
There was a sale awhile back on Grands so I picked up a few. Eight to be exact.....
Anyways onto the donuts!
I used a wide mouth bottle to make the holes then with about and inch or so of heated up peanut oil I used some tongs and placed the "donuts" in the hot oil. Less then 2 minutes later or until golden brown you turn them over and fry up the other side. Once down put them on some paper towels.

For the vanilla icing I simply added 1 cup powered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. I also wanted chocolate icing so I did another bowl that consisted of 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. I'm sure any donut icing recipe you have or find will work wonders too!

They turned out very fluffy and light. Not biscuity or dense like I expected. I have made donuts from scratch before, but after whipping up these I don't think I'm ever looking back again! These seriously took less then 20 minutes to make. The longest part was waiting for the oil to heat up! I added some orange food coloring to the vanilla icing though you can't see it with the color of the donuts. My 6 year old and I were going for a Halloween look. I also thought I had some orange and black sprinkles from cookies last time but sadly I did not. We improvised with green and yellow butterfly's from Easter! Hey, it works and the kids don't care :)


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How do you like my wood?

I've been rather busy lately out in my garage. Which is now starting to get cold! It seems like my Arizona temperature went from 95 for 47 in a matter of days. Oh wait it did! Brrr!!
Here is just a quick share of what I've been up too!

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Good Ole Salsa!

Salsa. The one food I could eat all day, everyday. And I do...sometimes!
I have always been VERY picky about my salsa. I don't like it from a store bought jar, I do not like big chunks, It can't be too sweet. It has to have heat & and not to much onion, needs to have a good amount of cilantro taste. See? Picky.

Here is a WONDERFUL recipe I found from The Pioneer Women (love her recipes).
It's easy and so yummy! My mother who is a HUGE salsa lover even threw out her old
recipe and put this one in it's place!
Hands down the best one I have every tasted. It's just like restaurant salsa!

Adapted From

  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (more To Taste!)
  • 1/2 whole Lime Juice

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you'd like. I Do not like any chunks in my salsa, puree for me!

Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with a good bag of tortillas!

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Never Forget

For the husband who told his wife I love you one last time before his plane went down in a field, for the wife who stopped in the stairs to call her husband to say I will love you forever, for the mothers and fathers who kissed their kids goodbye the morning they died, for the policemen who rushed in with the firemen to help get others out only to die themselves, for the soldiers who fought back and lost their lives. Today, tomorrow, ten years from now, we will remember.

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Preserving Fresh Herbs

As summer comes to a close we are all looking for ways on how we can preserve our wonderful summer gardens. When it comes to herbs luckily you can have them indoors and eat them fresh year round. At the beginning of the summer I had a few herbs indoors but once picked and used I failed to plant more, woopsie my bad....
If you purchase them at the grocery store during a great sale you may want to stock up a little! This week I picked up 2 bunches of green onions and 1 bunch of cilantro. For the cilantro I planned on using it in homemade salsa (recipe soon) and for the green onions I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I wanted them at .50 a bunch and I knew if nothing I could freeze them for and used them during a later time.
What? Freeze? Green onions & Cilantro?
I've been on a major freezer meal kick but I have been freezing cilantro and green onions for quite some time now. They work great in soups, salsas, potatoes, enchiladas, Mexican dishes and other food that wouldn't necessarily require them fresh, like baked potatoes. For salsa which i make often, the cilantro I think tastes the exact same as if you just had gotten it from the store or garden!
They both keep the green color nicely and they come out of the bag the same they went in. As you can see in the picture of the onions in my palm which I had froze previously and taken out to show you they are still nice and round. I wash, dry well then chop them up into the sizes I would use them. I also use a freezer zip loc and make sure ALL of the air is out! Air and water will cause them to brown. The longest I've had them stored in the freezer has been 1 month and it's still tasted great. I'm sure a bit longer would be fine too, we just eat it so quickly!!

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Homemade Ice Cream In a Coffee Can!

Awhile back I found a few recipes on how to make homemade ice cream in a bag. Z and I tried that with much success! It was actually my first time making homemade ice cream too! So, it was nice that we both experienced making it together. We had so much fun making it I began searching for other homemade ice cream recipes. I seen a few made in machines, on the stove, some you would put in the freezer, others with eggs or half and half and some in a coffee can. What? a coffee can? I opted for the same "in a bag" recipe and wanted to make it in the coffee can because it sounded cool! All you need is a few simple ingredients that most already have on hand and a child who's eager enough for ice cream that they will
kick around a coffee can for 30 minutes!

Ice Cream In a Can
Adapted from teachnet

1 Cup Milk
2 Tbs Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 large and 1 small coffee can

If you would like it chocolate flavored add 1 dash of chocolate pudding powder or 1 tbs chocolate syrup.

What you will need

My little helper

Put the mixture inside the smaller coffee can tape lid to make sure it doesn't leak.
Place small can inside larger can. Fill with ice and sprinkle salt!

Hmm... Make sure your cans fit well together.
Otherwise you will need more tape....

Ready to roll!

10 minutes later... "Mom, Can I play angry birds?"

Almost done!

Is it ready yet?

Well, yes it is!


We added a little more syrup on top.

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End of Summer Break!

As we near the end of summer break I sit and wonder WHERE did this summer break go!? Maybe we were so busy that it just flew by? Next week Z starts 1st grade! FIRST GRADE! ahh....
She is ready more then ever to get back into school. She loves learning and is really missing all of her friends. This week we have been trying to get her back into that 8 p.m bedtime. I mean because summer time equals later nights, even if you are 5... lol
Here is a quick recap of our summer highlights!

Days at the lake

Z learned how to ride her bike!

Watched many sunsets

Lots of swimming!

Ate many fruits

Seen a nasty tarantula!

Played with a cute puppy

Enjoyed the monsoon rains.

B had his hair buzzed for the first time!

Please excuse my major lack of posting lately....
*Hangs head down* I will be up and running again very soon!

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