National Donut Day! Recipes & Freebies

Not only is it Friday, which is awesome in itself, it’s also National Donut Day! If you follow me on (and you should! I share lots of stuff that doesn’t make it to the blog.) you already know this. Because some holidays are more exciting than others. ABC News released a list of all the places to score today…free donuts are definitely news worthy.

For the rest of us, who are trying to avoid fried dough like the plague, I have some healthier versions that can be baked up at home. Yes, I said baked. Yes, I know a baked donut is basically a muffin, but hey, we’re doin’ all we can here to fit into a dag blasted bathing suit. Yes, I said dag blasted. Because apparently I’m 80. 

So, here we go:
Baked Meyer Lemon Donuts (can be made with regular lemons or even oranges, or a combo of both!)

What’s your favorite donut? 

Chocolate Glazed Donuts {Baked}

In yesterday’s post I mentioned Chocolate Glazed Donuts, so I wanted to share the recipe. My son (as with most kids) LOVES donuts. However, being the mean mama that I am, and being all concerned about trans fat and such, I very rarely buy them. Luckily, my children don’t realize that baked donuts are basically muffins in a donut shape, and consider it a treat when I make them.

I’ve made many, many donuts and these are among my top three. My other favorites being these Apple Cider Donuts and these Meyer Lemon Donuts.

Chocolate Glazed Donuts

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar (I like to sub 1/4 to 1/2 of the amount with xylitol)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (if using unsalted butter)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray donut pan with nonstick spray. (If you do not have a donut pan, you can use a mini muffin pan to make donut “holes” or make traditional muffins, adjust cook time accordingly.)
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (if using). *I usually just whisk everything until no clumps remain, but my girls actually used the sifter for this recipe. Yes, I had flour and cocoa everywhere. 
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, then add milk, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk until combined and smooth.  Whisk in butter.  
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture (wet to dry) and mix just until combined.  
  • Fill donut (or whichever) pan about 3/4 full and bake for 10-12 minutes (again, depending on pan being used), or until done. (Use the toothpick test if unsure). 
  • Cool for 5 minutes in the pan,then transfer to a wire rack.
  • While cooling, whisk (or sift) the powdered sugar, then add the milk, vanilla and lemon juice. Whisk until combined. (If too thin, add more sugar; too thick, add more milk.) Dip warm (not hot) donuts into the glaze (you can do one side or both) and place on wire rack to set.

Recipe Source:

Donuts = Happy Kids. Baked Donuts = Happy Mom!

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Tires and Donuts

This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience, and I hope you find it of use.

Tires! They are round, black and you drive on them. That’s about the extend of my tire knowledge. And that’s all well and good until one of them goes flat, or starts losing pressure, OR you are told that you need new ones. FOUR new ones to be exact. On a car that was barely a year old…but that’s a different story. Let’s just say…I’ve recently been tire shopping.

For me, and I think for a lot of women, shopping for auto parts is the equivalent of our husbands shopping for sanitary products. There are a lot of different products on the shelves that all appear basically the sameTires are definitely more confusing however, because they are all the same color. You can’t say “go get the ones in the blue box”.
Thankfully, one of my favorite stores, Sam’s Club, has a fully stocked with people who actually know things about tires. (And you can get a ginormous box of sanitary products at the same time. #winning) Not only do they have low prices on tires, but they also offer a great value on their Tire Installation Package* ($15/tire, $25/dually tire) – and if you happen to find it cheaper somewhere else, Sam’s Club will match a valid “all in” quote from a tire and installation retailer dated in the past 7 business days. So you really can’t lose. {*The Tire Installation Package includes:   New valve stems, lifetime balance and rotation, emergency roadside tire change service, no charge flat repair, and road hazard protection for as long as you remain an active member of Sam’s Club. See store for complete details}
As you can see, while waiting on your tires, you can pick up an item or two. *ahem* What?! It takes a lot to feed a family of five! Just don’t pay attention to the huge bag of chips, the pizza, bread… veggies and meat are in there somewhere! 
Seriously, Sam’s has the program which means if you bring in a valid “all in” quote from a tire and installation retailer to the Tire and Battery service counter, that is written on dealer/retailer letterhead, and dated within the past 7 business days, Sam’s will match it (if they don’t beat the price already.) Just check with your local Sam’s Club for exceptions and rules. 
So if you are in the market for new tires (and trust me, this may happen way sooner than you think!), check out your local Sam’s Club. They have some specials going on right now for Pirelli and Michelin. We got Michelin tires this go round, so hopefully they will last longer than the tires that came on the car. Don’t ask me the brand…remember, they all look the same to me! AND, if you are a Sam’s fan like me, you might want to check out this #DareToCompare Twitter party on March 11, 2015 at 1:00PM for the chance to win a $500 Sam’s Club gift card grand prize giveaway.  
The details:

• When: 3/11/15 from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

• Where: Twitter! Follow the Host/Co-host: @DealSeekingMom / @MomSpark

• Prizes:

o (4) $50 Sam’s Club Gift Cards

o (3) $75 Sam’s Club Gift Cards

o (2) $100 Sam’s Club Gift Cards

o $500 Grand Prize Gift Card

Hashtag: #DareToCompare   Must attend party to win, winners announced throughout party.

Also, did you know that the spare tire on your car is called a donut? My 6 year old found this hilarious…and you know how kids are, he wouldn’t let it go. All he could talk about was driving on donuts, which of course lead to, “I want donuts!” So….
Mama made donuts. Chocolate Glazed Donuts to be exact. These are the kind of donuts I relate too!

Baked Meyer Lemon Donuts

Meyer Lemons are awesome. Donuts are awesome. Therefore, Meyer Lemon Donuts are awesomer.  True story.  They also make for pretty pictures 🙂  So many of my posts include camera phone shots taken on the fly as I am trying to get dinner on the table, and unfortunately, I don’t really see that changing anytime soon. I mean, let’s be real. I have 3 young kids. Enough said.  ANYway, I have been working on my “food styling” techniques when I have time. (if I could just learn how to properly use my camera, that would be great.)  But, there is just something ‘happy’ about Meyer Lemons that makes me want to take their picture!

Baked donuts are a favorite around here (b/c I am a mean mama and deprive my children of the store-bought trans-fat laden versions). When they get there first bite of a freshly baked, warm Krispy Kreme, I will  most likely lose the “my mom is so awesome she makes us great donuts” status.

Meyer Lemon Baked Donuts adapted from

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup sugar substitute (I used )
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¾ cup low fat plain yogurt
6 Tbsp meyer lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and sugar substitute (if using).
In a separate bowl, mix the melted butter, eggs, yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine.
Fill the donut pan 2/3 full of batter. (I just use a spoon, but some people prefer to pipe it in.)
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.
Top donuts as desired.
A glaze of lemon juice and confectioners sugar is delicious, or you can dip them in powdered sugar. (or you can do both like we did!).
 NOTES – You can use 3/4 cup granulated sugar and skip the sugar substitute if desired, or you could probably use all sugar substitute (for baking), but I haven’t tried that.  You could also use regular lemons instead of Meyer lemons, or use orange juice, for orange donuts! Also, these are a dense, cake-like donut, not a light and fluffy one. (Cake donuts are my fave!)

Well, enjoy these bright, sunny donuts during this COLD, dreary day! Yes, I bragged too soon about our awesome weather….I actually saw a few snow flakes yesterday, with more in the forecast today!

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