Monday, January 6, 2014

Yogurt doughnuts

Makes 20 mini-doughnuts.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
Vanilla Glaze
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. light corn syrup 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp hot water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  1. Preheat the doughnut maker.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and a pinch of nutmeg.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, granulated sugar, canola oil, vanilla, and egg. Switch to a spatula and stir in the dry ingredients.
  4. Fill a pastry bag (or a ziploc bag with a small hole cut into the corner) with the batter, and pipe it evenly into the prepared doughnut pan.
  5. Cook the doughnuts in the doughnut maker.
  6. Let the doughnuts cool for about 5 minutes before adding toppings.
Vanilla Glaze: Mix all ingredients.  Dip doughnuts in glaze and then in sprinkles if desired.

Cinnamon Sugar: Mix cinnamon and sugar together.  Melt butter.  Dip doughnuts in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Projects for 2014

I am terrible at keeping my New Year's Resolutions, so I have stopped making them, but I find that New Year's is a great time to reflect on what you have achieved (or not) over the past year and what you would like to change for the upcoming year.

This past year (2013) was all about coping for me as I returned to work full-time and managed to still play soccer, ultimate frisbee, volunteer and spend some time with my family.  What suffered and got lost in all of the coping was my personal projects, those little things that needed to be done like sort through my closet to cull out the old clothes, scan in all of Connor's kindergarten creations so that I can make room for his Gr. 1 accomplishments, my crafts, my photography and the list continues.

One thing that I like to think that I am good at is completing challenges.  My friend Elsbeth, a personal trainer, challenged her friends to a 30 day core challenge back in September and I was one of seven people to complete 30 days of core exercises.

In 2014 I am challenging myself to three things:
1) 365 Activities: being deliberately physically active for at least 10 minutes/day every day of the year.
2) 365 Photos: taking a photo a day and publishing it on my flickr stream
3) 12 Posts: keeping up with the seaborns blog with a post at least once/month

Wish me luck and hopefully I will be successful in these challenges.

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2014!