There are no beaches involved in my Spring Break. No good weather filled with warm sun. No trips to Disney or Mexico. Instead I’ve taken a much shorter trip, approximately three rooms away and about as much fun. My kitchen! Come take a trip through my day…
First on the agenda this morning was definitely jogging. Good thing too, because it dramatically reduced my guilt for what was soon to come… Donuts! Altogether the dough for these donuts took (a minimum) of 9 hours. I’m super impatient, so making the dough right before going to bed last night cut down a lot of waiting time.
Totally worth the wait. You can’t even compare these babies to Dunkin’ or Krispy Kreams because these knock those out of the park. I didn’t include the recipe, I think that Flour by Joanne Chang should be sitting somewhere on everyone’s cookbook shelf.
Next on the agenda was jello! I pre-made the jello with a few of the different colored packages I found yesterday afternoon and made it last night so that this morning I could get right to it.
I just cut all my colors of jello into squares and put them all into one large — preferably see-though since, let’s face it, jello’s pretty!
Then just combine 1/2 cup cold water and sprinkle two packets of gelatin over it, allow to sit for 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water, stirl. Finally, stir in sweetened condensed milk and allow to cool before pouring over your piled jello.
Then refridgerate for at least 7 hours (and if you’re like me, do it either overnight or busy yourself making something else!)
Done! This jello gives me a whole new, possitive look on hospitals. Generally when I think of hospitals I think of two things. 1. White walls, 2. Jello. Uhm, having a doctor wearing all white telling me I can only eat jello the rest of my stay? No thanks. But this jello is actually pretty cool! Not that I could eat it as a meal. Ever. Anyway, I’m calling this my hospital jello.
Next I made cake! I knew I wanted to do something cool with it, but wasn’t sure what. Fondant was out of the question. That’s something that’s more of an all-day project for me. The base of the cake wasn’t my favorite and I made up the frosting recipe on the spot. I could kick myself for not writing it down because it’s one of my favorites.
To do the hearts all I did was melt semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler, transfered it right after it was melted- not too hot- to a pastry bag, and made hearts/designs with the chocolate onto parchment paper. They went into the fridge for about ten to tweleve minutes, then pealed off and put around the cake. It’s SUPER easy and so much fun! I’ll be doing this again!
Recipe-to-come. My friend Claire came over and between her and Nicky they got these cookies done and they were delicious!
Finally the day is done, it’s already morning again and I’m just finishing my yesterday-day. But that’s alright! Because it’s Spring Break!!
My day summed up in one picture:
Thank God I was blessed with super generous parents who get me 25 pound bags of sugar and Kinnect Sports. They know me so well.