Donut Fest Cleveland

This post is long over due but my sister, brother-in-law and I attended Donut Fest in early Feb and it was pretty darn amazing. Of course we invested in VIP tickets because we wanted to get all the warm donuts ūüôā

Donut fest was put on in 3 cities, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. I know..who woulda guessed Cleveland. But I was pretty pumped to be able to go and visit my sister and pig out on donuts all at once.

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When we first arrived they gave us goodie bags filled with our tickets for donuts and coffee, a coffee mug, and a bunch of coupons. There were 12 donut venders and and 6 coffee vendors. At first I thought that wasn’t very many but once we started we realized it was more than enough. They also had a local dairy farm come to supply the most delicious chocolate milk I’ve ever tasted.¬†screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-11-14-22-am_o6a6761_o6a6762

We were able to try one donut from each place and let me tell you, I was in heaven. By the end, we almost had to be rolled out of there. To name a few of my favorite, the donut pictured above had these caramelized Rice Krispie treats on top that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m seriously going to put them on everything from now on.

My absolute favorite though was a donut hole infused with champagne chocolate frosting. It was incredible and I could’ve had ten.

While those were just a few of my faves the winner of the fest was…..

PEACE LOVE AND LITTLE DONUTS!¬†¬†I didn’t quite love the donut they provided at the fest but I’ve been to their shop with my sister before and we love their donuts. They are the perfect size and I like being able to watch them make it right in front you._o6a6784

Overall, I had an amazing time and will definitely be attending any future Donut Fests I can get my hands on. Have a great Sunday everyone! ūüôā

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Gingerbread Donuts

Christmas may be over but I still haven’t taken off my furry reindeer slippers! I have really been loving spending¬†time with my family¬†curled up in sweatpants, drinking endless cups of coffee in Cleveland. I hope everyone has been enjoying family time during this holiday as well! Along with all the coffee drinking, I haven’t stopped baking all of my favorite Christmas treats!

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You how people feel about pumpkin spice during fall? Well that‚Äôs me with gingerbread. I‚Äôm actually not the biggest fan of pumpkin in general but gingerbread has me hooked. It all started with my great Grandma Estelle‚Äôs gingerbread man recipe which is a secret ūüėČ but these gingerbread donuts come pretty darn close.

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Not only are these gingerbread donuts delicious but they’re pretty easy to make. Below¬†is the recipe…try them out for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2¬†c¬†. all-purpose flour
  • 1¬†tsp¬†. ground ginger
  • 1¬†tsp¬†. ground cinnamon
  • 1¬†tsp¬†. baking powder
  • 1/4¬†tsp¬†. baking soda
  • 1/2¬†tsp¬†. salt
  • 1/4¬†c¬†. coconut oil¬†melted
  • 1/2¬†c¬†. brown sugar¬†packed
  • 1/2¬†c¬†. molasses
  • 1¬†large egg
  • 1¬†c¬†. milk¬†low-fat ok
  • 1/3¬†c¬†. fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/3¬†c¬†. granulated sugar
  • 1/2¬†tsp¬†. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2¬†tsp¬†. ground ginger

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 6-count donut pans.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together coconut oil and brown sugar.

4. Whisk in molasses.

5. Add egg, and whisk to combine.

6. Add milk and yogurt; whisk until well-combined.

7. Add flour mixture, and whisk until just combined.

8. Scoop into donut pans and bake for about 14-18 minutes.

9. In a wide, shallow dish, stir together the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Dip the tops and bottoms of warm donuts into the mixture.

What gingerbread treats do you guys like?

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Best coffee shops to get work done

Cafecito Organico

It seems like everyone is always on the move in LA. If you’ve ever tried to sit and actually get work done in a Starbucks it’s nearly impossible (although this may just be a personal problem). People are always popping in and out of coffee shops and it can be a little distracting.

A friend told me about this hip little outdoor coffee shop in Silverlake called Cafecito Organico. I checked it out for myself in my ridiculously chunky and comfy sweater and not only is this place absolutely adorable, but it is the chillest coffee shop I have ever been to. You could sit there for hours and not get distracted at all. I should also mention their cappuccinos are seriously delicious and (not that it really matters to me) but they have gluten free and vegan goodies as well!

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I spent my time at the cafe reading and jotting down positive thoughts and quotes in my notebook. This is something I do often just to give myself a little positive reminder or inspiration. One of my favorite quotes by Mark Twain is, “kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” I think we often get caught up in our own little worlds and forget how easy it is to be kind to people. Seriously, even an oz. of kindness can go long way!

You can always start small, for example, by simply buying a book! For every purchase you make from http://www.betterworldbooks.com a book gets donated through Feed the Children and Books for Africa. Over 20 million books have been donated so far and with your help that number will only continue growing! If you were going to buy the book anyway, why not help someone out at the same time? Yes, spreading kindness can be this easy and will always put a smile on your face!kelly-8screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

Like my outfit? You can find it below:

Kate Spade Purse, Chunky Sweater, J Brand Jeans, Converse