It's National Donut Day! Arguably one of the best made up days of the year. With gourmet donut shops popping up around the Phoenix valley I thought I would take it upon myself to sample the sweet treats and share my top 3 local bakeries! I know, I know... such a selfless act :)
Coming in hot at #1: The Local Donut
I may be a bit bias because this shop is literally around the corner, but their flavors, the dough, the presentation, and friendly service simply cannot be beat. With flavors like bacon maple, PB&J, fruity pebbles, and s'mores - you can see why this shop takes the dough! They're located at 3213 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 and are open until 2PM! Get there soon because once they're out, they're out!
How can you say no to donuts with lunch? And what about donuts with beer? Welcome Chicken & Donuts takes their dough a step further with their sweet and savory meal combinations in addition to their passion for using high quality ingredients like non-GMO butter and organic sugar for their donuts. But these sweet treats come at a cost. A premium donut will cost you $3, though they do give you a bit of discount if you buy in bulk. Overall: worth every penny! Check them out 1535 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix AZ 85034 - open until 4PM.
#3: Fractured Prune
Alright, I know they're not quite "local" with stores across the country, but I just love the build-your-own concept! When you enter the shop you watch the donut cook in real-time. and then walk down the line picking out flavored glazes and an abundance of creative toppings. If you're too intimidated to design your own they have a list of best selling combo's that can do no wrong. I love this model for the interactive experience and unlike most gourmet shops, they never run out! The donuts are literally made to order and melt in your mouth! Visit their website for locations & hours!
Have a local favorite that I should try?? Leave a comment below! I'd love to see how they stack up against these shops!❤
I'm no Grinch, but the holidays can be exhausting! Balancing holiday parties, shopping, wrapping presents, scheduling time with family from out of town (on top of your everyday schedule), can be every bit tiring and dull the magic of the season. To maximize holiday cheer, this year I choose to take a more personal and creative approach to holiday giving that didn't involve hectic parking lots and long check out lines. The only thing that should be on your agenda this holiday break is to eat, drink & be fancy!
Hot Cocoa Jars
You've seen variations of these adorable little jars all over Pinterest, so why not make your own! This is the perfect gift for co-workers, friends, neighbors, teachers, etc. and are very customizable. I choose to make them for friends, so I added a little extra spirit with a mini Bailey's tied to the side.
And then there was glitter! I had a friend make these a few years ago and fell in-love with everything about them! It's the perfect way to send your friends, colleagues and neighbors into the New Year - and super easy to do!
Photo Courtesy: Linen, Lace & Love
Start at the neck of the bottle.
Work in sections.
Add Mod Podge to a small section and follow with glitter.
Repeat in sections working your way down the bottle.
Spray the adhesive very lightly, so it doesn't dull the sparkles.
Holiday Treat Packages
Last, but not least - holiday cheer in a box! For friends who live out of town it may be hard to ship that glittery bottle of champagne, so I sent treat boxes instead. I had so much fun finding random goodies that are sure to spread holiday cheer from miles away.
Inside the box:
Sugar Cookie Mix
Hot Cocoa Jar
Eat, drink & be merry this holiday season with a nice, warm bourbon apple cider!
I whipped this up for a "Friendsgiving" dinner and it was a hit, so I thought I'd share the recipe! It was my first time mixing this concoction, so I measured by taste. Feel free to add more or less and flavor to your liking. It just may be the perfect way to keep warm & sane during this holiday season.
I hope you enjoy :)
pizzas & pumpkins.
What a better way to kick off Halloween weekend than with date night! Keeping things simple with Boboli's pizzas crusts, we whipped up a Buffalo Chicken - Grape, Chicken & Pesto - and a classic Cheese. Simply add the toppings, bake at 450° for about 10 minutes (until the cheese has fully melted) - and enjoy!
As for the pumpkin carving, I'm not sure if the wine helped or hurt, but no fingers were lost in the process, so I'd say it was a successful evening :)
Tips & Tricks:
Treating ourselves after pumpkin slaving, I mean carving, to some delicious Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bites!
What You'll Need:
1 can pumpkin 15 oz or 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp sea salt
Mini chocolate chips
Whip it up:
Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix well. Pour mixture evenly into a lined cupcake tin and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. These cupcakes must set and cool, much like a pumpkin pie. You can put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process. Once cool, add a dollop of frosting and finish him off with two mini chocolate chips.
Inspired by: My Whole Food Life
candied pumpkin seeds.
Last, but not least - the pumpkin seeds! To deter from halloween candy, I whipped up a sweet substitute with the same spices from the pumpkin bites.
What you'll need:
Whip it up:
Wash the pumpkin seeds thoroughly using a strainer. When clean, disperse evenly on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle about 1/2c of sugar, followed by a good dusting of cinnamon, a light dusting of nutmeg, and a little pinch of ginger. Melt 1/4c of butter and drizzle over the spiced seeds. Cook the seeds at 325° for abut 15 minutes, or until they are crunchy.
Nothing screams fall like a hayride through a corn maze as you sip a fresh cup of apple cider - straight from the farm! So to officially kickoff the season, I've compiled some of my favorite fall activities that you can enjoy no matter where you live!
Have fun ☀
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