Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baked Powdered Sugar Pumpkin Doughnuts


Hello All!

This morning I decided to make my family a special treat. Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts. I had originally found the recipe for these on Pinterest, and I decided to make a couple of changes to suit my taste. 

My whole house smelled utterly amazing while I was baking these yummy little treats.  Here are some pictures of the whole process, plus my version of the recipe...
I had printed this recipe out from Pinterest (from Cooking Classy who also got the base recipe from King Arthur Flour) I added a few tweaks to the recipe (below)..

Blending the wet ingredients

Pre-mixing the dry to make sure they are nice and sifted

Adding dry to wet in my mixer

Into the oven they go!!


This recipe fills 3 donut pans, and I only have 2, so I used my pumpkin pan as the third pan.


Once the doughnuts come out of the oven, you let them cool a few minutes, and then you are supposed to shake them in a bag with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. If you want the sugar and cinnamon to actually stick, you are going to have to roll your warm doughnuts in melted butter first. I did not want to do this, so only the cinnamon really stuck to it. Which is why I decided to switch to the powdered sugar and cinnamon.

This is when Soren decided to sample one, with just the granulated sugar and cinnamon mixture first...

Here is when we added the powdered sugar/cinnamon mixture...

They look great with the powdered sugar

pumpkin goodness!!!!


yum

I enjoyed my doughnuts with some pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee. Normally during the week I drink tea, but today called for some good old all American coffee! :-)



Baked Powdered Sugar Pumpkin Doughnuts

Makes 18

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter doughnut pans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I like mine more spicy!)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • Coating
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp of cinnamon-depending on your taste
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter your pans.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and your spices until nicely sifted/blended. set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined (break up clumps of brown sugar with fingertips as necessary. You don't want any clumps). Add canola oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla & maple extracts and using an electric hand mixer, blend until mixture is well blended. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix with electric mixer until well combined. Spoon or pipe batter into doughnut wells, filling each about 3/4 full (for mine 2 heaping tablespoons worked)
  • Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 13 - 16 minutes. Cool doughnuts slightly. Meanwhile in a large resealable bag shake together the powdered sugar and cinnamon until well combined. Add one warm doughnut to bag at a time, seal and shake with sugar mixture to coat. Place on wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
NOTE***
You can make your own glazes or melted chocolate to coat these doughnuts. A maple glaze would be awesome! Also if you want a plain granulated sugar and cinnamon coating, please melt a stick of butter, and quickly dip your doughnuts into the melted butter, then shake in a bag of granulated sugar and cinnamon. This would also be tasty.




Enjoy the start of your autumn season with a yummy breakfast pumpkin treat!!!

Until next post,
Amy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Catching up, The owl, and storefront coming soon!

Good Morning...

I have been at work prepping things for production! I know that I will have two lines within my collection. You will learn more about this later once my storefront is open! Yes...FINALLY...soon my store will be open! I want to thank everyone who has asked about my garments, and purchasing them. Soon that will be a reality.

This week, my son starts his school. My time will be very scheduled, and my days will be very full. I am hoping all goes well, and I will be able to start hiring people to help with my business. It would take some pressure off for sure.

So this weekend was filled and non stop. We did a lot of cleaning of our house, and I ordered some fabrics, and did more research. I also was thrilled to finally spot one of the barred owls from my family room bay window!! Here are the pictures we took of that...
It blends so well with the tree bark!


Hello there!!!




I was literally jumping up and down with glee when I saw this bird. It was just so beautiful! I have been waiting for 3 months to see this!

Fall color is trickling in here around our home. This is what it looks like as of this weekend on our walks. Thankfully the weather has cooled down a bit. It was so hot the other day, that I could not even sit outside on the screened in porch...
Leaves are falling...



The wind was really blowing these from up the street!
 And I did some shopping this weekend to get my mom a birthday gift. While I was out, I picked up these...
I paid 99 cents for these! LOL! I wear socks all the time in my house, as we do not wear shoes in the house. So...I have a lot of socks.
Bought this new candle at the Yankee Candle flagship store. It smells amazing!!!
This morning I woke to pouring rain outside. THANK GOODNESS! It was starting to get a bit dry out there. My Japanese maple needs a big drink, and I am happy to say, it is getting it right now.
I love the rain!!
I will be posting up some new things I am working on soon...
Keep in touch! And remember to follow my blog for updates!
Until next post,
Amy

Monday, September 1, 2014

Silhouette Skirt-aka "The Nightmare Stag Skirt"

So here is the skirt I made for Ciarra. I also made a duplicate for myself. The skirt is a ladylike midi-box pleat design. When we saw the fabric the first time, we just sort of got "sucked" into the print. We thought it was unique and interesting. The stag is what popped out to us the most, and both of us were reminded of Will Graham's "Nightmare Stag" from the TV show 'Hannibal'.
 You can wear this skirt with just about any solid color on the top, despite the ornateness of the print. I think it would look great with red, orange, electric blue, or even a deep green.
Photo's by John Stebbins:







                      Sweater: Victoria's Secret (no longer available) Shoes: Saige by Leila Stone

Can you believe it is September 1st?? WOW! Summer just flew by! I look forward to the autumn season as always. I will be so excited when I can wear my sweaters again. It is still a bit too warm here for that.

I will be putting together some pants soon, which will most likely be a part of my first collection. I also will be working on several designs for the premiere collection this week.
Time for me to get back to work! Stay tuned for more projects and updates...
Until next post,
Amy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Featured Project on Burdastyle, done with skirt, and mood boards for my first official collection, and home improvement...

Hello all,
Yesterday (it's still up today as well) the Lemonade and Bento box dresses were featured projects on the BurdaStyle website.


If you like to sew, and you have not been to the BurdaStyle website, I suggest you check it out. I adore it. We have a great community, with the most amazing people. It's nice to visit a social type website where the community supports each other...and they hail from all over the world! The more I visit BurdaStyle, the more I cant wait to visit Europe. I really like the people! They are so interesting.

On another note, I have finished Ciarra's "nightmare stag" skirt. I bet you are wondering why I am calling it that (LOL) well, if you watch Hannibal, you will get it, especially after seeing the print... It has a stags head in it. I really do need to come up with a better title for the skirt...It's what I'm calling it for now, because it makes Ciarra and I laugh. (I bet Will Graham doesn't find it funny though! LOL)
Nightmare stag from Hannibal



I have also started putting together my mood board and concepts for my first collection. I love this stage of the process because you get to unload all those ideas in your head, and put them out before your eyes. I love pulling the colors from all the images as well. For this collection I need to have "back up colors" just in case I can't find a particular shade of fabric I pick out. It's not like I have mills at my disposal yet, where I can just snap my fingers and say "bring me this tweed with these specific colors" I will be hunting and sourcing fabrics after I pick colors, and sketch my first round of designs. Sometimes people like to pick fabrics first, and then design around them...I don't. I like to be more versatile, and ready for anything. When you design you have to be flexible, and also know when to put a design to bed. I think I have my theme nailed down, now I just need to get to work printing images, and arranging things.
Examples of mood boards on google image search

Ciarra is also collaborating with me on my collection! She is my second pair of eyes (you need them!) and she is helping with the editing process, and even some of the sewing. My husband is also helping with pattern grading, and technical stuff.
So I guess you can say that this is a family thing...

I was also super excited to see that our work in progress got a shout out on twitter from Better homes and Gardens Real Estate. 

Here is the room so far. John just pulled the tarps off the furniture, and Soren quickly came in to make himself at home! LOL. We have to paint the outlet covers still. I can't wait to finally decorate the place, and hang art on the walls.

Before and after....MUCH BETTER!!! As you can see on the top photo there is a  thick textured wall paper there...Yeah...We hate wallpaper even more now than we did before. It's a major pain in the butt to get it all off..especially if it is as thick as this kind was!

The room is so much more soothing now. I like how bright it gets in the afternoon as well!


So check back here soon to see the pictures of the skirt I made for Ciarra. I don't know about you guys, but I am so ready for boots and sweater weather! I am getting tired of wearing sandals. I guess some people like to wear them all the time, but I'm just not that kind of person. I will also be posting up all about my styling philosophy, and my personal "Do's and Don't's" when it comes to fashion. 
This reminds me of our family room window, and looking into our backyard.

I love autumn rain!
Until next post,
Have a great day!
Amy

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