Sunday, October 28, 2012

Finding the Right Words

I have been meaning to share this with you all for some time now, but I haven't seemed to find the right words, or the right reasons.

Keeping up with this blog has allowed me to do so much more than share my recipes. It has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. Sometimes when you feel very alone in whatever you may be going through it is so refreshing to discover that you are not alone, and that there are so many people out there who have been in the same boat. I have been blessed to meet so many strong women through this blog that have encouraged me to share my story, but today I came across a blog post by Wanna Be a Country Cleaver that truly gave me my voice.

One year ago I had what I thought to be the absolute worst day of my life. It was the day that I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Unfortunately, I soon found out that there would be worse days to come in suffering with this disease. I have been through so many ups and downs in what has seemed like the longest year of my life, and every day is a constant struggle to scratch the surface of finding remission.

When I came across Megan's post about her brave friend Beka and her struggle to fight this disease, I was given new hope, and a realization that there are so many people out there who battle this disease and who are fighting for a cure. There are 1.4 million people throughout the United States that suffer through this chronic disorder, in which there is no cure, but that doesn't mean that we have lost hope.

So PLEASE visit the Bake Sale going on at Wanna Be A Country Cleaver's blog, benefiting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and help us find a cure!



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing #SundaySupper

I don't know about you but I'm ready to break out the pumpkins, breathe in the scent of warm spices, and soak up every bit of Fall! That's why I was ecstatic to participate in this weeks #SundaySupper celebrating All Things Orange! I absolutely love the taste of sweet spiced pumpkin in any fall treat. Typically cookies, muffins, or cupcakes, but I recently bought this nifty thing called a donut pan, and knew I had to try out some pumpkin spiced donuts! And what better way to compliment a perfectly spiced pumpkin donut than to top it off with some Chai icing?



Ingredients:

Donuts:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chai Icing:
 2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 chai tea bags

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Set aside.

In another bowl, cream together the brown sugar, butter and pumpkin. Add in the eggs and mix. Then mix in the milk and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Spoon the batter into a ziplock bag or piping bag. Cut off the corner and pipe into the donut pan. Bake about 10 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let rest in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, prepare the icing. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add milk. Steep the chai tea bags in the liquid for 5 minutes, then discard. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and vanilla and pour in the milk mixture. Mix until a smooth, fairly thick icing forms.

Once the donuts are completely cool, dip them in the icing. Return them to the wire rack to allow the icing to set.




Recipe Adapted from Taste and Tell

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous recipes from this weeks All Things Orange #SundaySupper! 

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)
Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries