It’s national doughnut day!

It’s national doughnut day, guys!  The official celebration day of our favorite glazed heart attack rings.  For the occasion, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share a doughnut recipe, too.  Some of my favorite doughnuts are the ones you can get at Chinese buffets.  They’re covered in sugar and definitely not the best thing for you to eat, but they’re the epitome of comfort food.  Plus, they’re super easy to make.

 

Ingredients

1 can refrigerated biscuits

1/3 cup sugar

oil for deep frying

 

1.  Pour oil into deep fryer or deep skillet.  Use enough oil to line the pan a couple of inches deep.

2.  Cut each biscuit into quarters.  Roll each quarter into a ball.

3.  When the oil is heated, carefully drop dough balls into the fryer.  The ball will usually turn itself over when the bottom side is done frying.  If it doesn’t make sure to flip them to keep them from burning.

4.  Remove dough balls when both sides are golden brown and drain on paper towels.

5.  Pour sugar into small container.  After the dough balls have cooled slightly, toss them in the sugar.  Make sure to coat them completely.

 

This recipe is really versatile toppings wise, so if you want to change it up and use something different than sugar go for it.  You can use sugar, a mix of sugar and cinnamon, or even powdered sugar if you’re more in the mood for funnel cake bites than doughnuts.  Dip them in icing or glaze, too, if you want some more traditional, bit sized doughnuts.  Either way, they’re good and they’re a great feel good snack.

Doughnuts
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~Sara

Granola Bars

I don’t know about you, but I love granola bars.  However, while I love granola bars in general, I never love everything that’s in them.  I always find myself wishing this wasn’t in there or this was, so I just decided to search the wide open web to find a basic recipe where I could fill in the blanks to my heart’s content.  And I found one and I love it, so I felt I should share.

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

1/2 cup peanut butter or sunbutter

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup coconut oil (or another oil of your choice)

1 1/2 cup oats, toasted if desired

1 cup total of any combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or sweet things

 

1.  In a medium sized sauce pan, melt together peanut butter, honey, and oil.

2.  Remove from heat and add oats.

3.  Choose your favorite combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or sweet things that equal up to one cup TOTAL.  Pour in and stir well.

4.  Spread mixture into a 8×8 or 9×4 pan.

5.  Chill for two hours, then cut into bars.  Wrap in plastic for a quick snack.

 

granola bars

 

There you go!  A relatively easy granola bar recipe ripe for personalization.  I like tons of variety, so my one cup combination is always a mixture of dried cranberries and apricots, peanuts, almonds, pecans, and chocolate chips.  It’s a lot to fit into one little bar, but darned if it doesn’t work.  As I said before, though, the basic recipe is not my own, so you can find the source below.  Hope you enjoy!

http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/homemade-chewy-granola-bars-without-corn-syrup

~Sara

When Life Gives You Lemons

Since summer’s already here knocking on our doors, I figured I’d kick it off by sharing one of my favorite summertime treats.  Lemonade is probably one of my favorite summer drinks and this super simple recipe is so great to have on hand if I need to get some quickly.  All you have to do is mix it up and you’re good to go!

Super Simple Lemonade

1 cup lemon juice

1 cup sugar

6 cups water

 

If you’re a pulpy kind of person like my dad, all you have to do is juice up some lemons and use that to replace 1/2 of the original 1 cup of lemon juice.  If you’re a strawberry lemonade kind of person like me, just cut some strawberries up and toss them in.  This recipe is so simple, you can pretty much do anything you want to it to make it your own.

~Sara

 

jar of lemonade
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Study Snack! –Strawberry Banana Smoothies

strawberry-banana-smoothie

One of my favorite things right now is whenever Dennis comes over and helps me study. But the thing is, he LOVES to eat (which I don’t mind considering that he’s as thin as a twig). So, usually, I end up making something to snack on why we’re studying. Since this week I have to study for finals, he will be at my house quite a bit and I wanted something kind of healthy. So I decided on strawberry-banana smoothies! One because they’re super easy to make, and two because I love them. Here you go!

What you’ll need is:

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (frozen strawberries can be used)
  • Banana(s)
  • 3/4 cup of milk (or milk substitute)
  • 1/2 of ice cubes

 

Directions:

  1. Dice the strawberries and put into blender
  2. Cut the banana(s) into 1-inch thick slices and put into blender
  3. Add ice cubes and milk
  4. Mix ingredients on low until blended.
  5. Serve immediately

 

 

~Mirisa XO