Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, loves. How has everyone’s week been? Has your personal clock settled into daylight savings yet? While I really don’t look forward to the darker evenings, I will admit that waking up to a brighter morning has been nice. I’ve been rising before my alarm on most mornings, which is so much more pleasant than the sound of an alarm. It also helps me to get a little more done earlier in the day on the weekends. I’m going to try to get to a morning spin class tomorrow. Considering I much prefer working out in the evenings, we’ll see how that goes! Hope you all have a beautiful weekend ahead of you. See you on Monday!

cct // A great way to make your flowers look pertty every time!

rkv // I can just never get enough chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this vegan one looks heavenly

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rkv // When it comes to gym workouts, I want them to be quick and challenging (get me out of here!), so I appreciate this 2-minute ab routine

cct // Apparently yesterday was National Donut Day (wah, I didn’t get a donut!) – do you agree with your state’s “best donut shop”? I’ve never been, but I see a road trip happening soon! Also I can vouch for Glazed in Confused in Denver, SO good!

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cct // Need something interesting to do? What about participating in National Novel Writing Month? It seems like it could be a cool way to open up, think differently and give yourself some structure yet freedom with a new hobby. I just might have to give it a try…

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Cinnamon Sugar Almond Flour Donuts

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We’ve collabed with our friend Lauren before and she is always down for a delicious healthier treat. Donuts are one of our fall favorites, so when she called saying she had gotten a super cute donut mold, we were super excited to indulge in these baked goodies!
Cinnamon Sugar Almond Flour Donuts, adapted from Roost (makes 6 donuts)
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer them to a blender. Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl, then pour them into the blender. Blend until batter is very smooth. Pour batter into greased donut molds, filling them about 2/3 the way. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool on a baking rack.
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
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The cinnamon sugar mixture needs something to grab onto (we know this because we forgot to add anything). To make sure your topping stays on, melt the butter in a sauté pan, and in a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Once the butter is melted, remove pan from heat and lightly dip each donut in the butter, then in the cinnamon sugar.
And enjoy 🙂

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

This past Saturday my galpals and I were full throttle New Englanders when we went apple picking at Honey Pot Hill Orchards. It was the last weekend that this farm would be open for picking, and basically a perfectly crisp and sunny fall day, so it was slight mayhem. So many children. So many squished apples under our feet. And so soo many times we were nearly hit by the hayrides (we apparently couldn’t tell the difference between walking paths and hayride paths).

I live with three other ladies, and we all love ourselves some apples, so we thought “yeah! Let’s get the big bag!” No. In retrospect, that was an overzealous decision on our end. We wound up having to swap who carried the bag every four minutes, with apples falling all over the ground, and eventually putting in the large Ann Taylor Loft shopping bag that we found in the car trunk. That bag is full, and now sitting on our kitchen floor because we have no where else to put it. Apparently I’m gonna have to make a lot more than the one muffin recipe I had planned out for this endeavor (I have this apple bacon brussels sprout guy in mind).

And then donuts happened. Oh my word did donuts happen. Probably the best donuts I’ve ever consumed. Pretty much just perfect in every way… warm, soft of the inside and crispy on the outside, with a cinnamon sugar coating. I shall dream of these donuts and tell stories of their wonderment.

 

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