the best things in life are sweet

After a (mentally) rough start to our lifting last Saturday morning and a long laundry list of chores to accomplish, Josh and I decided to cut out early and grab some sweet treats from Donut Central on our way home. I have been following Donut Central on Facebook, constantly seeing their specials and awesomely decorated creations. And so many friends have recommended them to us, we finally just had to give them a try. We’ve been burned in the past with high expectations of specialty donut shops only to be let down when they tasted like cheap, stale gas station donuts, so we came in with our guard up. For no reason. Donut Central was so delightful! They have a wide array of choices ranging from classic cake and yeast donuts to cream or custard filled long johns to specialty donuts. And they’re very reasonably priced, so you won’t break the bank enjoying all these goodies. It was hard to pick just two each, but we limited ourselves. I ordered a blueberry cake donut with lemon glaze and a lemon cream filled doughnut, while Josh went with a coconut cream filled donut and a specialty caramel apple cake donut.

The blueberry cake donut was so moist, the lemon glaze just enough pop to the sweet.

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I was pleasantly surprised with how much cream was actually in the lemon cream doughnut- it was stuffed full!

The coconut cream filled donut was also yummy, full of cream with a sweet crunch from the toasted coconut on top.

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The caramel apple cake donut is quite possibly the best donut available here. I mean, we’ve only tried the 4 mentioned, but hot dang this caramel apple donut was ah-mazing. You know how some cake donuts can be dry and therefore require lots of glaze. Not the case for this donut. The glaze and caramel icing only added to the ooey gooey deliciousness. And the chopped peanuts and apple slice on top added the perfect texture and crunch to this donut.

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I can’t wait to head back soon and try some more new flavors. Don’t wait as long as we did to try Donut Central out!

We headed home to knock out our list of chores, so that we could forget all responsibilities and dance the night away at our dear friends’ Hambling Halloween party. Of course, I had to make time to snuggle on the couch with our sweet Rocko in between meal prep and doing laundry. You try to ignore that sweet face, it won’t happen.  

With a little bit of free time before the party, Josh made up these scrumptious triple layer peanut butter + chocolate chip cookie + cookie dough stuffed cups from the Half Baked Harvest blog (PS do yourselves a favor and check out this blog. She has some amazing dishes and recipes that are well worth trying). These cups were a lot of work, but they were oh so yummy!

Hambling Halloween was even more spectacular than the year before! There was a dragon bouncy house and a trampoline outside. The barn was decorated with skeletons, lights, cobwebs, tombstones, and there were music videos displayed on screens above the dance floor. There was tons of food, savory and sweet, and lots to drink. I ate to my stomach’s content, sang and laughed so hard I started to lose my voice, and danced my booty off! My favorite part was the homemade confetti gun that shot confetti onto everyone dancing on the dance floor throughout the night. It was such a great, great night with some of my favorite friends! PS how cute were we as the Powerpuff Girls and Professor Utonium?  

Sunday was a day for recovering from all the fun we had at the Halloween party. We drank hot tea while relaxing on the couch and watching tv. Josh made a delicious spinach, onion, and green pepper quiche with zucchini crust (thank you, Ambitious Kitchen, for the inspiration) along with some amazing chocolate chip pumpkin scones with a cinnamon maple glaze adapted from the Half Baked Harvest blog. The original scone recipe called for white chocolate chips and an espresso glaze, but I accidentally used all the white chocolate chips in my funfetti cake batter blondies with rainbow chip icing for the Halloween party. So we substituted semi-sweet chocolate chips. And we added cinnamon to the glaze instead of the espresso as I’m not a huge fan of coffee. I would like it to be known that I made the glaze all by myself. And drizzled all the scones. Just check out those mad skills. The semi-sweet chocolate chips ended up being so delicious and the perfect counter to the really sweet glaze.

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I really am so spoiled to have a husband that loves baking and cooking. Not only did he make me scones and quiche for brunch, but for dinner he also spent a significant amount of time making shakshuka and homemade naan. The naan didn’t turn out like naan should, but rather turned into what tasted like a yummy pizza dough. I’m not sure what happened, but it worked really with the shakshuka. Guys, the shakshuka was so very good. It was full of tomatoes, green peppers, and onions and topped with feta cheese (so salty and just yum) and a gooey runny egg. Seriously, is there much better than breaking an egg yolk and having it ooze out all over your dish? I really don’t think there is.

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If Josh keeps up all this amazing cooking and baking, he’s soon going to have to start rolling me around everywhere! 😛