Friday, November 5, 2010

Recap, Donuts and Harvest Hoedown

I know!  I know!  Halloween is so yesterday, but I've been busy lamenting over my lack of MoTab tickets, that I haven't had a chance to post some pics and a recipe from our family dinner. 
We had our dinner on Sunday and I encouraged everyone to come in costume.  

Some decided to forgo the costume and dig right in to the candy!

Here's the good doctor, Nicole.  It's a good thing she's not a surgeon! She needs a little steadier hand to get the stitches just right!

C8 doesn't have to be wearing a costume to be roaring with Uncle Dave!  

I have many pictures and videos of their roaring contests! Not sure who looks the scariest or the most frightened! 

For dinner we had sloppy joes and homemade donuts.  The donuts are a tradition.  They're definitely NOT a weight watchers food and after consuming 6 of them, I decided I was over my points (for the week!)

As you can see, we all enjoyed them.

It was fun for the kids to decorate their own.

See why I couldn't resist these morsels of goodness?

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
Dissolve yeast in warm water until foamy.  Add all ingredients together and mix well.  Knead for 5 minutes.  Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 to 2 hours.  Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with donut cutter or you can use a glass and a vinegar lid (like I did).  Cover and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour.  Place the vegetable oil in a pan.  Heat to 325 to 350 degrees.  Place donuts carefully in oil and cook on each side until golden.  Let drain on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet.  
When cool enough to handle, dip in glaze made from powdered sugar, vanilla and water, dip in sprinkles.  Makes about 30 yummy donuts. Krispy Kreme has a run for it's money!
Tonight was our Relief Society Harvest Hoedown dinner!  It was for the men and women and we had lots of fun.  The decorations were all harvest related and there was a pumpkin decorating contest where we were supposed to bring a decorated pumpkin.  I asked my talented son, Dan, if he could paint a picture of our bishop on a pumpkin.  He did!  

We won!  
The prize?  These cute pumpkin salt and pepper shakers! 

Thanks Dan!  


Kristina P. said...

That Bishop Pumpkin is amazing. Can you bring me a donut now?

Garden of Egan said...

DARLING goblins!
Love the pictures of the donuts. I must have been away from the phone when you called and invited me over.

Nancy Face said...

I love Dr. Nicole and the roaring dinosaurs! :)

Okay...Bishop Pumpkin Face is the most amazing and spooky thing ever! OF COURSE you won! I wonder if it scared the bishop, tee hee! :D

Yvonne said...

That pumpkin is perfect. LOVE IT.

Looks like such a fun family gathering.

Thanks for the donut recipe ; )

Julie Harward said...

Lots of fun the donuts..YUM! And your sons art work..amazing! ;D

Marilyn said...

The donuts look DELISH! And the pumpkin is amazing!! I would have voted for you to win too.

Cherie said...

Those doughnuts have my mouth watering and that is saying something because I have been stuffing it with pie!! Might need to try those :-D
That pumkin is amazing - I had to look twice - your son has some wicked skills!!!
Of course, all your grandbabies look adorable. You are such a fun grandma!!

Kerin said...

How can those donuts be fattening? Ther's a hole in the center, and I heard that, that is where all the calories are :)
Amazing talents that Dan has!!! Tell him I am ubber impressed!!
Thanks for the well wishes for Spencer. I think we will get him fixed up :)
He tested on the low end for R.A. and so we are hoping to get him into remission .... keeping my fingers crossed and my prayers said!

Kelly said...

I can't believe he painted that on a pumpkin! It looks so real it's creepy!!!

Joanie said...

Dan certainly has not lost his touch.
I just love the pumpkin.

gigi said...

Dan just rocks!

Valerie said...

You just had to post that doughnut recipe, didn't ya? Now I'm gonna want to make them!!!

The pumpkin Bishop is AWESOME!!!

Mimi Sue said...

Those donuts sound delish and I will not be making them because I would be eating them by the dozen. Must stay strong! I got the same message for the Motab Christmas program. This is the 5th year in a row I've not gotten tickets! Sad but true. Mimi

Valerie said...

Your son is soooo talented! Incredible pumpkin.

And now I'm in the mood for donuts! That sounds like one perfect tradition.

wendy said...

tsk tsk Connie....6 donuts. for shame.......I would have had WAY more then that (tee,hee)
I didn't have a great ww week.
But I have lost 7 is a start eh.

My grandma used to make dang things in the world.
hell ya (sorry, as I giggle, I had to put that in there)

Natalie said...

What a fun party. Your grandkids are so cute.

Love Dr. even with her uneven stitches. Maybe she can practice before her next patient. HA

The pumpkin in amazing. Your son is sooooooooooo talented. He definitely deserves to win any contest he paints in.

Tracy said...

The doughnut making looks like lots of fun and mighty tasty too!! What an awesome Grandma you are!!

AMAZING pumpkin!!

karen said...

I love that pumpkin, and I sure wish I could have had 6 or so of those doughnuts! What fun -

Mikki said...

Great costumes!
Oh my goodness, those donuts look so YUMMY!! I'll have to try that recipe.
Congrats on winning the pumpkin contest, that is an A-MAY-ZING pumpkin!!!

Cheeseboy said...

The Bishop pumpkin is the greatest thing I have ever seen. If you don't get heaven points for painting your bishop on a pumpkin, you won't get heaven points for anything!

Camille said...

Those donuts were the start of a very unhealthy week for me! (although very delicious)

Ann Marie said...

Traditions are more important than calories. The end.

Dan is THE man. I think that pumpkin could win a state contest. I don't even know your Bishop and I'd vote too!

Austin Pettit said...

Dan's talent never ceases to amaze me. Incredible! And the donuts looked delicious...I think I'll have to try.

Jenny said...

I want to make these tonight. they look so yummy!