Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Doughnuts

When I woke up yesterday I put on my sneakers and walked outside for a run...

and it was raining and cold... Then I thought to myself:

 I will make DOUGHNUTS! 

I can be so bad sometimes.  I made doughnuts from biscuits in the spring and they turned out awesome {here, here}.  I was on my Target run this week and the biscuit section stopped me dead in my tracks.  Happens all the time!  I was thinking about making doughnuts again and then I thought...why don't I try to use cinnamon rolls?  

Cinnamon Roll Doughnuts


Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
Canola Oil


1.   Begin to heat the oil in a large dutch oven to 350 degrees {you could use a smaller pan but it will just take longer}.  You want about 1-2 inches of oil.  Punch a whole in the middle of the biscuits with a circular object. {I used our garlic press} 

2.  Carefully drop dough in the oil.  Allow dough to cook about for about 30 seconds on each side.  You want them to be a nice golden brown.  If you're new to frying, you can test one out first to make sure you are cooking it long enough. 

3.  Use a slotted spatula to remove the doughnuts from the oil, then place on wire rack.  

4.  I heated the icing in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds to make it more pourable.  You might want to put the wire rack on a metal cookie sheet so can re-use the icing that drips off.  

Now I was pretty impressed with how these doughnuts turned out.  I recommend eating them right away!  The longer you wait the more they tasted just like a normal cinnamon roll {which is not necessarily a bad thing}!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Table that Keeps on Giving


I know my excitement level might be a little ridiculous, but WE HAVE INTERNET... I am laying in MY BED with my computer!  I know the Starbucks around the corner is already missing me dearly.  :)  I have been working on revamping our kitchen table for the last couple weeks.  I have had this table since my junior year of college...

How cute {and young} are we???  These beautiful ladies are still my BESTEST friends!  We didn't even get how good we had it... As you can see the table started out with a light stain.  It stayed that way for a couple years until I enter my paint everything black phase.  Now I am in my "stain everything" phase.  Tall Tan Man never loved my black table, and moving it from Dallas to Denver didn't help. 

Here is how I made the transformation:

1.  I knew I didn't want to buy a table or repaint it so I went to Lowe's and got a stripper.  A paint stripper.  Day one of the transformation involved lots of paint stripper application, waiting, and messy scrapping.  

2.  A lot of the primer did not come off on day one so I went back to Lowe's to get some 50 grit sandpaper.  I have the skil octo sander and totally love it.  I sanded the table for about 4 days straight {I am a teacher on summer break what else am I going to do??}.  After I finished getting most of the paint off I went over the top of the table with 220 grit sandpaper.  This helps make the top super smooth. 

 3.  I stained the table with Minawax Dark Walnut.  I already had the stain in the garage from our new {dresser}.

4.  We did one coat of polyurethane on the entire table first.  One thing I have learned about putting polyurethane over a stained piece of furniture is that you have to sand it after the first coat of poly.  Now, don't be scared.  The sanding {220 grit} will first look like the stain color is being distorted, but it isn't.  Wipe your piece of furniture down with a damp rag, and it will look normal again.  After that we put one more coat of poly on the top to make it more durable. 

We are currently using our outdoor chairs from Ikea, because chairs are expensive...and we can't agree.  :) 


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