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  • Lindsey, EDRD

Home Improvements

I accomplished a thiiiiiiiing!

We have a maple tree in our front yard and between the dog, the squirrels, and the overall deteriorating of lawn, it was rooty and sparse and ugly. Why not build a mini ring around it, fill it with plants and mulch? Easy-peasy?

I figured this was a project we could do as a Mother’s Day gift to me from me. Except when I decide I want to do a project, I want it done nowwwwww, so after several trips to various stores, I had bought (and loaded up) 56 landscaping blocks, 5 hostas, 5 peonies, 9 bags of garden soil, and 3 bags of mulch.

We’re now at easy-ish-peasy-ish and EXPENSIVE-ISH in case you’re wondering.

It took me a few days to get it done, since, children, but I’m pleased with the overall result! It’s not professional looking, but it also doesn’t reek DIY.

One truly easy thing I did this week was make blueberry donuts. It should surprise no one that I am still using Kodiak Cake mix to make recipes. I’m not sorry! It’s such an easy base! To mix things up though, literally and figuratively, these come together in the blender. Whhhaaaaa?

Blueberry Donuts

-1/2 cup frozen blueberries, warmed up in the microwave (when no longer frozen, they’ll be less than ½ cup and that’s fine)

-1 egg

-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

-1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

-1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

-2 tablespoons white sugar (or honey)

-1 ½ cups Kodiak Cake buttermilk pancake mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray a donut pan with nonstick baking spray. In a blender, combine thawed blueberries, egg, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and milk. Blend until smooth (shouldn't take more than 10 seconds). Add pancake mix and blend for just a handful of seconds- you want it well mixed but not overmixed. My Blendtec took literally 3 seconds to have it all mixed.

Pour the batter into the donut pan. I had a little extra batter and I suppose I could’ve made one lone donut after the first round was done, but meh. Bake for ~12 minutes, or until they spring back when touched. Let cool for a few minutes, then invert. Freeze any leftovers!

They look gray in this pic but really they are a pretty purple color. My kids were VERY into them!

Per donut: 118 calories, 18 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 2 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 208 mg sodium.

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