Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Joining the Cronut craze

Om nom!
My darling husband Sean rarely mentions new junk foods, but he was intrigued enough by the cronut to tell me about it. I had seen cronuts online, but, of course, there are none here. If you haven't heard yet, they're the new dessert that's a cross between a croissant and a doughnut. Hence cronuts. I'm not prepared to spend all that time making croissant dough, however I have no problems picking up a can of pre-made croissant dough at my local grocery store. And that's what makes this so easy.  (Easy to make; not easy so on your waistline.)

Easy Cronuts Recipe
  1. Heat vegetable oil in a pan. You want enough oil to cover at least half of your cronut, so this will take quite a bit. I used a small pan so that I could use less oil. It takes longer to do all of the cronut this way, so if you're short on time use more oil in a large pan. 
  2. Open your can of croissants and cut them into 1 inch slices. You could do larger. It's totally up to you. You can cut or poke a small hole in the center for the doughnut look.
  3. Mix 1 tbsp. of sugar with 1 tsp. of cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Mix 2 tbsp. (heaping) of powdered sugar with enough water and flavoring to make it a runny glaze. I used raspberry extract. Set aside.
  5. When the oil is hot, gently place as many of the cronut into the pan that will comfortably fit. Let them cook until they are a medium brown and then flip them over. 
  6. Remove them from the oil and place on a them plate covered with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. 
  7. Roll the cronut in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, place on a plate and drizzle the glaze on top. If you want to add sprinkles or nuts, now would be the time. They won't stick once the glaze has dried.
  8. Repeat until all of the dough is used.
  9. Enjoy! Om nom nom!

My sous chef enjoying her work.

Side note: This goes a lot quicker if you have a helper to do the glazing and sprinkling part while you do the frying.

Friday, August 2, 2013

What a difference a day year makes!


I feel like a drum-roll is in order. This is my first post in over a year. There should be some sort of fanfare. At the very least an elephant parade. Or someone waving sparklers. Something. It's been one heckofa year.

You may or may not have noticed that I'm no longer listed as a SAHM in my profile. Well, that's because I now have a fab new full-time job as the Administrative Assistant at Lincoln Economic Development Authority. (That's a mouthful!) I love it! Zara started pre-school, so I needed something to fill my time and add to the family piggy bank. I feel like I'm helping to make my county a better place and maybe when Zara grows up she won't have to leave or have a giant commute in order to have a great job. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, I've had to give up the cupcake business because, well, I'd like to see my family at some point. That was a hard decision for me to make, but ultimately it was the right one. Thank you to each and every one of my supporters! You're amazing and I love you. Even if I don't know you, I love you.

The crafting has slowed down. A lot. Now when I make something, it tends to be more meaningful for me. I spend more time thinking about the finished product and making sure it goes well the first time around. Conversely, I'm also more laid-back in my approach. Not saying I was a control freak before, but I was totally a control freak.

Snuggle time! Photo by Sean

We added a puppy to our family. His name is Chauncey and he's a Chipin (half Chihuahua, half miniature Pinscher). He's energetic, sweet as can be, a bit naughty, and he's mine. He claimed me. His jealousy is pretty darn funny. He gets along fairly well with our two cats, Berkeley and Caius. Berkeley puts him in his place. Caius just puts up with him. And then they all cuddle. Soooo sweet!

So, anyway, that's a tiny portion of what's been going on this year. You'll be hearing from me again soon. I promise! Seriously. No joke.


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