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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Best Donuts in Nashville

My friend and I took a quick trip to Nashville over NYE weekend and the majority of our time was spent eating. Whether it was barbecue, tacos, or late night drunchies, our trip pretty much revolved around what our next meal would be!

I had heard so many great things about Five Daughters Bakery in Nashville that I had to check it out for myself. It was so delicious, I had to go back a second time before we headed home. My favorite donut was the simple vanilla sugar and my friend Jamie loved the vanilla cream!

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Nothing is sweeter than family!

While the donuts were amazing, I also loved the story behind the bakery. The bakery is owned and operated by a young couple and their five daughters. The husband just so happens to be a third generation baker (hence the friggin delicious donuts)! The bakery is bright and colorful and when you walk in it just feels super homey. There are family pictures on the walls, as well as adorable signs and decorations. They even had a christmas tree up in the front room!

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They also are a company that values giving back! In the front of their shop they were selling a few goodies and had a bunch of information on an organization called Given Ministries. Given works to rescue children and their families from trafficking and slavery around the world. Their mission is to rescue, restore, and reentry. Not only do they remove people physically from these enslaved situations but they offer rehabilitation to restore their emotional health as well. Lastly, they work on reentry, to give these people the necessary skills to form a career so they never have to look back. Learn more about this awesome organization here: http://www.givenministries.org

It truly was an great experience visiting Five Daughters Bakery and I can’t wait to go back soon! What is your favorite local bakery?! I’d love to visit one day!screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

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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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California Donuts

When I was little, I used to wake up really early on the weekends. ¬†I would wake up early for one incredibly special reason – so my¬†dad could¬†take me to get donuts for our family. I remember feeling so special for two reasons: 1) I got to pick out everyone’s donuts, and 2) I got to do it with my dad. Carrying that big pink box home gave me this huge feeling of satisfaction; a feeling that I still get to this day. Since moving to LA I’ve been trying to find a donut shop that brings me as much joy as my favorite shop from home. I’ve tried quite a few donut shops, let me tell ya, but none of them compare. I have, however, fallen in love with California Donuts.

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While California Donuts may not give you that big pink box, you always leave with a smile. Their donuts are so cute and colorful making it almost impossible to eat… almost. They range from your average glazed donuts to donuts with lucky charms on them! My personal favorite was the little panda face donut. It took me about an hour to finally take a bite, but it tasted just as good as it looked.

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It’s easy to forget how lucky I am that I am even able to eat doughnuts. So many people are not as fortunate. 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. don’t get the food they need every day. Help end childhood hunger and visit nokidhungry.org. With our support, this organization is working to ensure that every kid in America has access to healthy food!

What is your favorite donut to get from California Donuts?

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