The tradition has continued for 20 plus years and we now have our kids participating and looking forward to it.
Funny thing....we are not very successful. Every year we diligently and enthusiastically (some more than others in the family) try new dough recipes, cutters, batter dispensers, oil temperature and toppings for the doughnuts. They are never very tasty. And then there was the infamous "doughnut that resembled the anatomy of a human heart".
The adults of the family slowly realized that we actually preferred the taste of bought doughnuts, so for the last two years, much to the kids dismay, have purchased the doughnuts to be consummed on our Doughnut Day.
Last week, the kids made it clear that they wanted us to try again to make doughnuts this year. Armed with new enthusiasm, we picked a recipe and planned the day. My sister Tessa, who now lives and works in Paris, France was even going to make the same recipe and skype to us on the day.
Then, last Wednesday our lives changed. Emma was so hoping to make it to Doughnut Day, and thankfully, she did just that. Together as a family, we gathered today at my mom's house, my sister Bethany whipped up the recipe-which by the way was hands down the BEST doughnuts we've made to date-thanks to my favorite recipe blog: www.thepioneerwoman.com, the cousins played inside and outside, Emma helped cut out doughnuts, and we melded together, took naps, laughed, and played as a family, gathering our strength and resolve for the future.
|My girl and me in our matching jammies|
|Lily's second Doughnut Day and still not sure about it|
|Benjamin-Emma's little brother who is turning 8 years old tomorrow|
|Happy Birthday Ben!|
|Laughing with crazy cousin Carter|
|As my dad says, "Not Bad!"|
|Lily and Emma Kait|