Carley

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Hooray for class of 2014! Carley is thinking about studying art or teaching. She likes kids, painting, drawing and volleyball. I hope her senior year is full of great memories that are a stepping stone to God’s blessings in this next part of life. Isn’t she beautiful! She has her mother’s smile.

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Sourdough Donut Holes

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I’ve found this recipe for baked sourdough donut holes in a couple places around the internet, including here. They were too tasty looking to resist. I don’t have a donut pan, so I used a a mini muffin pan. Fresh out of the oven and rolled in cinnamon sugar, these are amazing. Probably cause it’s covered in cinnamon sugar. They were just ok later that day and definitely not as good the next day. So eat these right away!

Ingredients:

  • Day 1 (the night before):
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (go here to learn how to easily make a starter, just 2 ingredients!)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (for vegan) or honey
  • 1/3 water
  • 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (I love Trader Joe’s Brand)
  • 1 cup non-dairy (for vegan) or dairy milk (I’ve used almond milk and regular milk before)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or melted coconut oil
  • Day 2 (the day of baking):
  • 1 cage free egg (or 1 T ground flax seed mixed with 3 T water for vegan)
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 t freshly grated nutmeg, optional
  • 1/2 t cinnamon, optional

How to:

  1. The night before you bake the donuts, combine starter, maple syrup or honey, flour, milk and olive oil in a bowl, mixing well.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap, and leave the batter out at room temperature overnight. You can leave it out up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees when you are ready bake.
  4. Mix in egg, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla to the sourdough batter. This works best with an electric mixer.
  5. Spoon batter into a greased donut pan, filling each mold 3/4 of the way. The batter may be a bit stretchy.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes in a standard pan or 9 minutes in a mini donut pan.
  7. Donuts are done when they are a golden brown.
  8. Top with your favorite glaze, chocolate frosting, roll in cinnamon and organic sugar, or eat them plain.

beef on weck at Schwabl’s

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Going to Buffalo meant finding true Buffalo food. Everyone knows about wings. The next most popular food in Buffalo is roast beef on weck. Weck is short for kummelweck, a roll that is covered with salt and caraway seed. The sandwich is juicy and loaded with fresh roasted beef and the bun is what makes it special. We ate at Schwabl’s, the oldest Beef on Weck place around. It was served with German Potato salad and picked beets. So good!