April 30

When we moved in to this house, almost 6 years ago, I planted 2 lilac bushes.

During that next year, Superman someone who shall remain nameless, ran the lawn mower over them. So, I the ever vigilant and protective mama that I am, put little wooden stakes next to them so that they wouldn’t be run over again, hoping against hope that they would come back next year.

Sure enough, the next year, one of them decided that it would give us a second chance. Superman Someone who shall remain nameless, somehow ran over it again. I, being the ever vigilant and protective mama that I am, gave up.

2 years ago, through sheer strength of purpose, one of them cautiously poked itself through again. I figured that it would be run over, so I didn’t even bother with a stake. Superman Someone who shall remain nameless, had learned from his wicked ways, and left it alone.

Now it is big enough to fend for itself.

It is finally blooming, and I am more than excited.

I love lilac’s.

Not only are they beautiful, but they are just so fragrant.

I am big on beauty and perfume.

I’d like to think that they came back just for me, but the reality is that they probably heard me giving Superman the one who shall remain nameless what for, and were to scared not to come back.

April 29

The decision has been made.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or back away.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.

I am finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my missions is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, delayed or discouraged from the call of God.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, and when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner is clear.

I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.

Are you?

April 28

It is always great to make fresh home made donuts. Most home made donuts aren’t good unless they are fresh, but these donuts were great cold too.

The boy just loves crullers. So when he found a recipe for them, I said “Great. Make them for me.” So he did.

These crullers taste much like the Little Debbie donut snack cakes, only better. They are not to sweet, or greasy. The best part is that they are just so easy.

These donuts take basic flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, salt, butter, vanilla, nutmeg, and oil. We used peanut oil.

First, get your oil heating up. This takes forever, so get it started now.

Apologies for the poor photography. It was dark o’thirty when these were started. That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ too it.

You take your dry ingredients, and whisk them together. Whisk you wet ingredients together and add them to your dry.

The dough is really wet, and I didn’t think that it would roll out well, but you refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Don’t leave this step out!

Flatten your dough out. The boy likes the twisted cruller shape, but these can be made in the traditional donut shape too. If you do it they way we did, there is no second rolling out, and no waste. Much easier, and less time consuming.

Cut them into strips and cut the strips in half. We use a pizza cutter for this. Take your strips, fold in half and twist.

Get your assembly line going. On the left side of the oil, we have a platter to drain them in. Once you start them, you aren’t going to have time to do anything else but make the donuts.

Having your oil to temperature is key to deep frying properly.

When your oil is hot enough, put a few donuts in. Don’t crowd them, they like to swim free.

Here they are ready to flip.

Yeah, they are almost done. See how they have stopped bubbling so much around the edges. That is your clue to know that they are ready to be drained.

Which means that they are closer to being eaten.

Yes, I know that they look a bit dark, but with all the dough being twisted on itself, we thought that we should cook them just a bit longer to make sure that they were done in the middle. They were. The second batch was cooked less time, but they didn’t have the same crunch. We liked them a bit crunchier.

Fry yours how you like.

You can sugar and cinnamon them, powder sugar them or glaze them. We like glaze. I personally think for this type of donut texture, that they really need a glaze.

With our glaze, we used a flavored coffee creamer for the liquid to give it a boost of flavor. Dulche de Leche was what we had in the fridge, but these would be great with a hazelnut, or a vanilla toffee caramel, or whatever floats your boat.

We halved the recipe, and it made 12 donuts. We ate them warm, and we ate them cold. They were delicious both ways.

Long Island Crullers

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs plus one extra yolk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable shortening for frying
  • Powdered sugar

Heat shortening/oil to about 365*F.

Whisk together the flours, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Beat together the eggs, egg yolk, and sugar. Add the vanilla, melted butter and milk. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up and make handling easier. Roll dough then cut it using a doughnut cutter. Or you can cut into strips and twist. Fry a few doughnuts at a time for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon or spatula and place on paper towels to drain. Continue until all the dough has been fried.

When cooled slightly, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or glaze if desired.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen doughnuts.

April 27

Today my wee ones are 4 weeks old.

This little guy was born snuffling and sneezing. Now he has a cold or something in his eye. I kiss him every day to make it all better.

Any ideas on what to do for his sweet eye?

Lightening is the mellowest of them all. He rarely mews, or makes a fuss about being held. I kiss him every day because he is a good boy.

Bootleg is such a sweetie pie. I kiss him every day because he has such a sweet pink nose.

Moonshine has the sweetest face. I kiss her every day because she is my favorite the only girl.

They will be weaned in 2 weeks, and I will have to go to therapy when I have to give them up.

April 26

I container garden.   The dirt in my back yard had to have come from a rock quarry.

So the other day, to get ready for planting, I spaded over my ‘gardens’.   I also had Superman and the boy carry the smallest container up to my back deck so that I could have that one closer.   I might have mentioned that I am lazy.   Just confirming that fact.

Last year, I planted 30 strawberry plants in my pink kiddy pool garden. 5 of them survived the growing season, and 3 survived the winter. One is actually producing something.

Tell me, what should I plan on making with 4 strawberries I will harvest?

April 24

I know that y’all are just so very, very concerned.

I know that y’all are truly in need of some reassurance.

So, to lay aside any doubt, and to reassure you, worry no more.

Chocolatechic does not have yellow daffodil’s.

She has pink ones.

Crisis averted.

Now go eat some chocolate.