Sometimes in life, you need a little extra space. Space to figure things out. Space to do stuff on your own. Space to bake your stress away. Sometimes you need metaphorical space, but then there’s also physical space. You know… a nice big counter without clutter and without cares.
Then there’s time, that which heals all wounds, especially when filled with The Carrie Diaries and doughnuts. (Did I just say doughnuts? Oh boy, did I! But we’ll get there. All in good time.) In a lot of ways, I’ve had less of it. I’ve been busier than I ever imagined possible as a kid. But then I’m also learning how to slow down, how less isn’t more at all, but just less. A much better less.
This last year, full of both space and time has been an adventure for me. I got married. I moved in with a dude (because The Carrie Diaries says you have to when you get married). I fell in love with another class of 10- and 11-year-olds. I’m not sure why, but I did. I helped my sister moved into college. I got an iPhone and then quickly became obsessed with instagram. I got a doughnut pan for my birthday, but discovered it’s hard to find good gluten free baked doughnut recipes for free on the internet. I got a gluten free baked doughnut cookbook for Christmas. I made doughtnuts. I had a cat move in with me (we call her G-molly [pronounced guh-molly] since the other cats’ names begin with G, also because it drives my sister nuts). I got flowers. so. many. flowers. I also got flours. so. many. flours. I started making my own cleaning products. I met my neighbors. And somewhere in there, I managed to squeeze in baking doughnuts. I put them on a cake plate from the wedding and pretended to be Martha Stewart.
These are the glazed buttermilk doughnuts from Baked Doughnuts for Everyone. They’re light and doughy with the exact right amount of sweetness thrown in. They will happen again. And variations will certainly happen. Here are a few tips and tricks I learned from the internet along the way.
Gluten Free on a Shoestring knows a ton and helped me out major with the whole gluten free on a teacher’s salary thing. This post, in particular, helped me figure out what I actually needed and good places to get it from. I highly recommend any of her cookbooks. But also, her blog, which is free and fabulous. And then, when you’re done with that, make some doughnuts. On the real.
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