Homemade Krispy Kreme donuts

If everything we ate in our house was homemade, we’d probably eat a lot less, because homemade is such a pain in the ass. In lieu of our family’s recent obsession with donuts/doughnuts, I looked up recipes for homemade donuts. I assumed you would need some fancy fryer and some crazy proofer or dough mixer. Wrongo. I found this awesome Krispy Kreme recipe online and the only “special” item I had to buy was a donut-cutter. Which was under $1 on eBay. I thought about doing something really janky and using a cup and shot glass to punch out the shapes but talked myself into purchasing the donut cutter. #cheap #imeanfrugal

This is what the dough looked like after mixing

This is what the dough looked like after mixing

I had all of the ingredients, even semi-old yeast in the fridge, and I used a large pot on the stove for frying. The pot was about half full of vegetable oil. I didn’t even think about the amount of grease this would produce- yuck! No wonder restaurants have special garbage bins just for used oil. Maybe used fryer oil is actually responsible for global warming. I’d believe it.

The dough shapes on a pan

The dough shapes on a pan

I didn’t use a temperature gage (thermometer) for the oil either. I just heated the stovetop (electric) to eight (a few clicks down from high) and it worked great. I was worried about grease splattering or burning me but nothing happened. Of course, never leave hot oil unattended. Which I was tempted to do a zillion times.

The dough made almost four pans of donuts!

The dough made almost four pans of donuts!

But honestly, why would you torture yourself and make days-worth of Krispy Kreme donuts? #smh Worst idea ever. They took me about half of a weekend to make, and I ended up sending half to Ross’ work and sending half to daycare. That was after I had eaten nothing but donuts for an entire day. My blood sugar was probably so high I was staring diabetes in the face.

The doughnuts as they were rising

The doughnuts as they were rising

So it was fun, until my tummy hurt! If you don’t have an issue eating “just one” then definitely try this recipe. All of us really loved them. Except Baby Julius of course. But he enjoyed super sugary breastmilk that day.

The finished [aren't you drooling!?] doughnuts

The finished [aren’t you drooling!?] doughnuts

New steel roof…that’s JeDunn

So…my husband worked with JE Dunn Construction at one point, and whenever a project was finished the crew would say, “That’s Je-Dunn!” It kind of stuck so we say it around the house now. It is also one of the more PG things they say, so we can say it around the kids…but my point is the ROOF is DEFINITELY Je-DUNN!

Finished roof from the front of the house

Finished roof from the front of the house

Side view of the finished roof

Side view of the finished roof

Ross was lucky enough to find guys to help and they got it done in one weekend. It was a long weekend though. It was about 85 degrees so I’m sure up on a roof wasn’t the place to be that weekend.

Scaffolding used on the sides of the house

Scaffolding used on the sides of the house

Scaffolding and roof jacks

Scaffolding and roof jacks

Ross said the hardest part was getting going – figuring out what everyone was going to do and getting stuff where it needed to be. Once they got into a groove it went a little quicker.

A layer of fan fold

A layer of fan fold

As soon as they started to make some real progress, they ran into the chimney, which slowed them down again. They had to install flashing and cut around it to make sure water wouldn’t leak in. Roofing would be a lot easier if it were just one flat piece!

Crazy steep roof...and crazy neighbor's vans [collector of vans???]

Crazy steep roof…and crazy neighbor’s vans [collector of vans???]

If I’m honest…I had visions of someone falling off the roof…all weekend long. Thank God no one did. I think they’re a pretty smart group to not drink themselves into a coma then climb up onto a steep roof. They kept it pretty tame. It didn’t help that about a week ago I read an article on the deadliest careers and roofing is NUMBER FOUR!

Ross standing on the roof jacks

Ross standing on the roof jacks

The finished product looks amazing…I’m so glad we went with black steel roofing. It’s shiny and I like that about it. Our roof has bling.∗ …and it’s JeDunn!

Welcome to the family, riding lawnmower!

Ross was dreaming about this day. The day when the long-awaited riding lawnmower would finally be his. Me, I prefer the push mower which takes a little longer but I get a great core workout in. I hate working out in the traditional sense of going to the gym – I’d rather run laundry baskets up and down the stairs, clean the bathtub or play a game of tennis versus biding time on a treadmill.

Yes, the push mower takes forever, but the longer it takes, the better, if you ask me. I just put on the ol’ radio headphones to drown out the sound of baby crying with Dad and George in the house. Ahh…a brief reprieve.

But with two large-ish lawns to mow, I do understand the need for the riding lawn mower. It is truly nothing fancy:

Craftsman 10HP 30 inch riding lawn mower

Craftsman 10HP 30 inch riding lawn mower

The “model” is Craftsman 10 HP 30-inch. It is small, but that is what Ross wanted, so he could fit it into his truckbed. He has a truck tool-box/chest so it is difficult to fit a larger mower in the back. I’m glad he did not want the Cadillac of riding lawn mowers – our budget is also glad.

Ross scoped out the deals online and ended up using K-Bid. From what I gather, this site is like crack for men – it’s like an eBay dedicated to manly tools and equipment.

Our first run with it was pretty impressive. We mowed our entire yard in about 20 minutes – it normally takes about an hour. The blades need sharpening but Ross said that is no big deal. Needless to say, George got in on the fun!

George trying the new mower

 

Father’s Day planning…what to do, what to do?

For Mother’s Day I received beautiful flower pots planted all around the outside of the house and in our kitchen window box. They are so sweet and George often comments on “his” gift to me when we walk outside of the house. For Father’s Day, I am having a more difficult time finding appropriate and desirable gifts from the boys to their Father -who, as I’ve said before, is difficult to please.

My first idea was a Minnesota Twins baseball game, but it would end up being super expensive, after $20 hot dogs and $15 beers. I’m also betting George would lose interest about five minutes into the game. Additionally, it would probably end up being an entire day dedicated to baseball. Of course we love baseball, but we really only have about three hours to dedicate to an activity, since we are mowing for, and maintaining, two homes right now. We have a lot of time off this summer for camping and other shenanigans – so we can’t just take a day here and there or we’ll end up sleeping among piles of dirty laundry.

I thought about making a special treat – but that really wouldn’t be “from the kids,” as the only way George will step into the kitchen is if there are trains involved. My other idea was “Happy Father’s Day” donuts/doughnuts from the Hell’s Kitchen [Angel Food] Bakery, but I always bring home Happy Birthday donuts so I did not want to randomly start bringing home donuts for every freakin’ holiday. “Here kids, more and more donuts!”

Last year's Happy Birthday donuts from Hell's Kitchen (Angel Food) Bakery

Last year’s Happy Birthday donuts from Hell’s Kitchen (Angel Food) Bakery

Enter Google. I completed one of the adorable projects found here. I can’t say which, because my handsome Manwich reads the blog. It turned out super cute (♥) so I will share pictures later! Here’s wishing an enjoyable Father’s Day to all dads, near and far away from their children.

Ross with his boys ("I'm bigger," says George)

Ross with his boys (“I’m bigger,” says George)

Replacing the roof with metal (steel) roofing

This weekend we are roofing. We knew we needed a new roof when we bought the property. The quotes came back high – like over $10k – so we decided to replace it ourselves. To buy the material, we took advantage of Menard’s 11% rebate program to buy steel roofing. We love Menard’s rebates and use them all of the time, but this is the first time we have redeemed FOUR HUNDRED DOLLAR$! Check it:

You have to spend a lot to redeem $400!

The roof was high on the list because we knew it was leaking. We have had a few rain storms and noticed water coming into the house. Yeah, we know water and hardwood floors don’t really mix [eeek!]. Ross noticed the shingles needed replacing right away:

Here is a detail shot of the old shingles

Here is a detail shot of the old shingles

The roof is pretty steep too, so I'm not looking forward to Ross climbing all over it

The roof is pretty steep too, so I’m not looking forward to Ross climbing all over it

The garage roof has also been leaking, so we are replacing that too. Here is our cute little [I-love-that-it-is-stucco] garage:

Garage roof

Garage roof

We picked steel roofing after Ross talked to a few different friends and it was highly recommended. It has many benefits…steel roofing has a forty year warranty – and if you install it correctly it can last a lifetime. In some cases, if there is less than two layers of shingles, you can apply it directly over the top. This reduces tear-off work and keeps old material out of landfills. It is not that much more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. Stay tuned for “after” pictures!