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Happy New Year!

As the New Year begins, it’s inevitable to reflect back on the year gone by. I have so much to be thankful for and the number one thing on that list by miles is my husband. He has been beyond supportive of all my endeavors not matter how out of reach they feel at times. It’s rare to find someone in life who is not only your biggest cheerleader (sorry Neil, couldn’t think of a better analogy) but also a partner who is hell bent on making sh** happen.

Other things I am grateful for include:
1. My friends and family (that’s a constant).
2. Launching my blog.
3. Finding a job in this crap economy. It might not be the job of my dreams but it’s still something to be very grateful for.
4. My beautiful new standing mixer….and ice cream attachment.
5. Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts.

My first step in the culinary world began in 2011. In the coming year I want to set forth a few ‘hopes.’ Forgive me for not calling them resolutions, but I simply hate that word as every year I see empty resolutions being thrown out there and never being realized.

In 2012 I hope to:
1. Continue to blog at least once a week.
2. Learn/Create 25 new recipes.
3. Finalize my online cupcake website (I’m going to have to sneak this ‘hope’ onto my husband’s list).

Happy New Year to all my friends and family! And a special call out to the new friends I have made through this blog. Wishing you a fantastic new year!

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‘Fall’ing for Brunch

Me and the hubs are madly in love with all things brunch! As mentioned in my earlier Doh! nuts! post, we had a brunch at our apartment last weekend.

Here are a few of the other goodies that were prepared for the fall-themed brunch:

I'd have to say that these Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes were probably my favorites!

I was most excited for the Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes! I looked online for some pumpkin pancake recipes but when it came time to actually make them, I decided to experiment with the ingredients and add some of my own. The end result was pretty darn good if I say so myself :).

Eggs in Haystack

These Sunny Side Eggs in a Haystack looked really cool and most importantly, they matched the fall theme!

Fruit Salad with Ginger Dressing

How can you make fruit more ‘fall-ish,’ simple, add ginger syrup!

Pear Whiskey

No brunch is complete without a cocktail! This Pear and Sparkling Cider Cocktail recipe may look like it doesn’t call for enough whiskey, but believe me, it is definitely enough! The sippy cup and mocktail was for our special toddler guest :).

Donuts Galore!

I know I know, I’ve already posted about these baked apple cinnamon donuts. I just loved them so much I decided they needed another shout out!

There were a few more items in the brunch line-up, but nothing as exciting as the pictures above. But to be fair, I’ll show you a picture of the full spread.

Suddenly I’m starving…

Doh! nuts!

This weekend we had a brunch at our apartment. And what better breakfast/brunch food is there in this world other than delicious, fluffy, deep-fried, donuts? I’ll tell you: delicious, fluffy BAKED donuts! You heard it, these puppies are baked instead of deep-fried. Makes you feel better about eating more than just one…or five!

The major difference between baked donuts vs. fried donuts is obviously the exclusion of oil. But to make sure your baked donuts turn out nice and fluffy, the leavening agent (in this case the baking powder) is key.

Of course being the brilliant chef that I am, I forgot to include the baking powder in my donut recipe. Take a look at these sad little donuts :(.

Donuts minus baking powder

After using a few choice words (directed towards myself of course, I decided to reboot and rebake. And boy was it well worth it!

Check out the new and improved ‘Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts.’

Freshly Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts

And now it’s time to top them with Cinnamon and Sugar!

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These donuts were the hit of the party! They were well worth the effort and a true representation of ‘Practice Makes Perfect!’

Full Recipe

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