Last week I decided was just the right time. I pulled it out of the cupboard, and find the bag, with no directions attached. I had lost the directions. Ugh! My kiddos are expecting homemade donuts, I've promised them, I can't let them down. I pull out a favorite cookbook, the one with the donut recipe we've used before. I do my best to use the same liquid-to-dry proportions and pray over my mixture.
Little Miss Bekah and I end up with a dough we can roll out and cut (don't have a donut cutter, just a glass and small container the right sizes). While she made circles and holes, I dropped them into the hot oil, turned them and set them out to drain. Esther the Queen of Donuts covered them with powdered sugar and 'YIPPEEE!' They were edible. Not great, but a nice treat.
Moral to the story -- never be afraid to try.
I could have let the mix sit in the cupboard, waiting for the directions to show up. I could have thrown it out with the trash or fed it to the chickens. Instead we lived vicariously and gave it a try, using our skills and knowledge and resources as best we could.
We had fun together, we learned some things together, and we shared the fruits of our labor together. No one complained that they tasted just a little different, or the texture wasn't quite right, or they didn't look like store bought. Just pure enjoyment.
The other moral to the story? Don't lose the directions.
(Disclaimer: For all my Grammar-Spelling-Police-Friends out there, I know that 'donut' is not the correct spelling of the word. I know that 'doughnut' is the correct spelling. BUT, that is what the label on the package said. Yes, I did read the label before I lost the label.)
And now for our menu for the upcoming week.
b'fast - toast
lunch - leftovers
supper - enchaladas
b'fast - cereal
lunch - mac n' cheese
supper - Baked Potato Bar
b'fast - baked oatmeal
lunch - Funny Faces
supper - Burgers Brats & Dogs, Celebrate Independence Day!
b'fast - toast (made from mom's whole wheat bread)
lunch - sloppy joes
supper - Venison (crockpot meal)
b'fast - blueberry coffeecake
lunch - sandwiches
supper - pizza night
b'fast - pancakes
lunch - leftovers
supper - Egg Roll and Fried Rice
b'fast - bagels and fruit
dinner - Chef Salads
supper - popcorn, apples, leftovers, every man for himself