Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Sunday, November 23, 2014

About a year ago I purchased two doughnut pans. My kids love doughnuts. So on lazy weekend mornings I make up a few batches of doughnuts to feed the kids for a late breakfast/brunch. They usually snack on them until lunch. I have made quite a few different kinds of doughnuts these past few months, but they all ask for the cinnamon sugar ones. The batter is so easy to make and once they are in the doughnut pan and baking it goes fast. If all 3 boys and my husband are home I double the recipe. 2 dozen doughnuts seems like a lot, but with teenagers , they go fast.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts


    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon mace
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 large eggs, beaten
    • 1 1/4 cups milk
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. Mix all 7 dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, beat egg. Mix egg with milk and melted butter. Add vanilla.
  3. Stir milk mixture into dry ingredients until just combined being careful NOT to overmix. Pour into greased donut baking tin, filling approximately 3/4 full.
  4. In a shallow bowl, mix cinnamon into brown sugar . Set aside . I another shallow bowl, melt 1/4 c butter.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Let the doughnuts cool for a few minutes. While still warm, dip each doughnut into the melted butter, then into the cinnamon sigar mixture. Serve while warm. 

Happy Eating,


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Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

Thursday, November 20, 2014

These strawberries are the best dessert that I have made in a long time.I have made them a few times before and when I find wonderful, big , juicy berries I make this recipe.Great for parties and wedding and baby showers.The taste and the presentation will really wow your guests. I put them on a black plate and they were so pretty!

24 large strawberries, hulls removed
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Place cream cheese in a bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds, so that it's soft.
Whip together the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar.
In the center of each strawberry, using a sharp knife, make a hole in each one, as deep as you can without going out the bottom.
Spoon or pipe the filling into each hole.
Lay strawberries in a pretty serving dish.
Chill, and serve.
Makes 24 servings.

Pumpkin Pie Chex Mix

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This is the first time I have made this chex mix ( I printed it last fall from the Pillsbury site) . I never got around to making it but decided to make it today to usher in the freezing cold weather   as a treat for the family. And I have to say, it rocks! The house smelled amazing while it was in the oven and it was so easy to put together. I did not add the pecans this time. I didn't have any , so I left them out. My husband mentioned the omission, so next time there will be pecans. I think next time I will also double the recipe. My kids inhaled it when they got home from school.

Pumpkin Pie Chex Mix

adapted from Pillsbury

1/2 cup butter
3 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon plus  pumpkin pie spice
2 cups cinnamon Chex cereal
2 cups wheat  Chex cereal
2 cups Honey Nut cheerios
1 cup pecan halves


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set aside. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In small microwave-safe dish, microwave butter on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in vanilla. In large  bowl, mix all cereals and pecans. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Add sugar and spice mixture and stir until coated.

2. Place the mixture on  the parchment lined cookie sheet and spread evenly . Bake at 250 for  about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Let it cool and store in an airtight container.

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Favorite Things 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

For the past few years I have participated in the link up Favorite Things post that Melissa over at 320 Sycamore does every year. Well, folks, this year she has asked me to participate in the 2014 edition and I am giddy with excitement! It really is one of my favorite posts to publish every year. I am in fine company with the blogs participating this year. Make sure you check out every one of the them. You won't regret it. So without further adieu, here are My Favorite Things : 2014 Edition

You guys know I have to have a cookbook on my list! Reading cookbooks are my guilty pleasure and Skinnytaste by Gina Homolka is one of my favorites from 2014. Gina has an awesome food blog aptly named, you guessed it, Skinnytaste  . If you are looking for great healthy recipes , full of flavor and variety , this book is for you!

If you are a reader of my blog and follow my Instagram feed you might already know that I have a slight obsession with pillows. I change them out for holidays, seasons, themes. I really think I need an intervention ! One of my favorite shops to purchase my pillows is Simply Marilee .  I have purchased bunny pillows for Easter and the bat ones I recently used this Halloween. I have never been disappointed . The quality is superb .My next purchase is going to be a pair of these chalkboard pillows. Swooning!

I have been using Philosophy products for years and I have never found one that I do not love, While my go to  fragrance is Amazing Grace, I have been using the Fresh Cream line for a few months now and I love it! Especially for the holiday season. It is sweet with hints of vanilla and whipped cream and caramel. I layer with the lotion and the eau du toilette and it lasts all day. 

Candles are always burning in our house. Always. So much so that it is a ritual to walk in every room before we leave the house to make sure that all of the candles are snuffed.I love walking in and smelling  yumminess in the house. And it also masks the fact that I live in a house with my husband and three sons :) My favorite candle ( and is perfect for the holiday season) is Nana's Pecan Pie from a great site Steph's Stuph. It smells like pecans. And chocolate. And cinnamon. It smells divine! She carries  a line of candles, as well as linen sprays. You have to head over to her site and check out her line of candles based on bourbons from around the United States. Perfect gifts for the hard to buy for men on your list. The owner, Steph, is an aromatherapist, reflexologist, and Hot Sacred Stone and Reiki practitioner based in Brooklyn, NY . She also happens to be my sister . 

I do not watch much television, but one show is on my list on Thursdays on HGTV. I love to decorate our home and I get so many great ideas from Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. Based in Waco, TX ( and wishing they were based in Northern Virginia) these two take fixer uppers and transform them into beautiful homes, inside and out.  I am always in awe at how they make the homes modern and livable. And Joanna's design aesthetic is spot on. And the fact that they work together , raise a family and are still happily married! Yes!

These are one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Handmade from pieces of repurposed dinner plates! These are vintage watches made into bracelets. After Dinner Designs is my passion and every single piece is handcrafted into wearable pieces of art. * And if you use code GIVETHANKS14 at checkout you can get free shipping!

I am one of those people who are visual. I write everything down. I have notebooks and cute notepads all over the house to jot down things as I go about my day. I  get so much use out of this prayer journal from Val Marie Paper . I have the undated one and I write down  people I want to pray for, things on my mind, things  I want to remember to be thankful for. It is compact enough to fit in my purse when I am out and about , which I love. 

I spend most of my time in my studio while the kids are in school and it gets messy . I usually have my hair in a ponytail , no makeup and jeans and  flannel shirts on when I am working. I am one of those girls that always wears earrings. Usually just posts for everyday wear. These bamboo chevron earrings from Maple & Mauve are my go to. The perfect size and they go with most any outfit I put on.  They also have a pair of concrete pearl earrings I have my eye on. Maybe I will treat myself to an early Christmas present :)

I visit this website and their instagram feed daily. She Reads Truth is a daily dose of , well, truth. I look forward to the daily readings . There is even an app for your iphone or android! 


Did you guys know that Monica Potter ( aka Kristina Braverman from Parenthood) has a Lifestyle Website? She does! And I think it is great! It is called Mrs.Potter . Videos, recipes, DIY, beauty tips, crafting,cooking,gardening. And they have hand crafted goods for sale.Yes, please.

So there you go. My Favorite Things 2014. I hope that you enjoyed the list and you visit some of the highlighted talent. Until next year...

The next stop is Carmel  @Our Fifth House . Head on over and enjoy her Favorite Things 2014


After Dinner Designs : Vintage Plate Jewelry

Sunday, November 16, 2014

If you are a new reader of The Fresh Plate , welcome! I am so happy to have you here. In addition to blogging , I am an artisan. I create jewelry and accessories from vintage dinner plates. I keep busy doing custom work and thought that I would share some of my work with you. 

For the men I have these cuff links! Pieces cut and fit into silver bezels. 

New cuffs with crosses and small round pieces of dinner plate set in the center.

                                                          Nine link round bracelet

                                              Currier & Ives Winter Scene Round Necklace

Silver Adjustable Rings

                                                   Large Filigree Oval Necklaces

                                        Custom set made from Swiss Alpine plates

You can find some of my pieces at my After Dinner Designs store on Etsy. If you are interested in a custom piece or one of these pieces, feel free to email me at


Spicy Honey Chicken Thighs

Friday, November 14, 2014

This is a go- to recipe for those really busy weeknights.Super simple to put together and the end result is a super tasty chicken dish. I use local honey from a local apiary and it is soooo good. I read somewhere that when cooking with honey, try using local honey produced by bees indigenous to your region. The honey tasted wonderful, but I am not sure if it was because of the local bees or if it was all in my head. Who knows. But I will add this meal to my weeknight rotation. And if I do have leftovers, they are great the next day as pulled chicken sandwiches . * And as always, I double the recipe to feed my family of 5.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
From Cooking Light
Serves 4

  • 2  teaspoons  garlic powder
  • 2  teaspoons  chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1  teaspoon  paprika
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • 8  skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Cooking spray
  • 6  tablespoons  honey
  • 2  teaspoons  cider vinegar
1. Preheat broiler. Combine first 6 spice ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil chicken 5 minutes on each side.
2. Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture on chicken. Broil 1 minute. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush other side with remaining honey mixture. Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done.

Thanksgiving / Fall Home Tour

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Easy Baked Rice

I have to admit I feel a bit silly posting a recipe for rice. Cooking rice is a very basic thing, and most everyone can do it, This recipe, however, is the only way I cook rice. And it is baked. And it is super easy to do. You basically start it on the stovetop and as it comes to a boil, you lid the pan and put it in the oven to bake. I swear, y'all. it is perfect rice every time. And you can add veggies ( I have added chopped broccoli, cranberries and fresh herbs with success) and you can get creative with the spices. I use cumin and chili powder for a rice to serve along side tacos or enchiladas.

I figure you guys are looking for quick sides too, and with the holidays approaching, this would be perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. I highly recommend this side dish, on any occasion.

Easy Baked Rice

1 T butter (or olive oil)
1/2 c chopped onion
1 c long grain rice
2 c chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
salt and pepper , to taste

1,Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.In a medium stove top to oven pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
3. Add the onion to the butter and cook 3 minutes.Add the rice and stir to coat.
4.Add the chicken stock and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bring to a boil.
6.Cover and place the pot in the oven.
7. Bake 20-25 minutes, until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
8. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Sweet Potato Casserole

These sweet potatoes are made in our house every Thanksgiving. A warning though: they are very rich. But with the richness comes the yumminess. This is the only sweet potato dish my children will touch without coersion and promises of ice cream after dinner . More like dessert if you ask me. But man are they good!

Sweet Potatoes

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup broken pecans
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat all sweet potato ingredients together and pour into greased 81/2"x11" baking pan.
In a small bowl mix the topping ingredients together,stirring well.
Crumble the mixture over top of sweet potatoes.
Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes until sweet potatoes are set and topping looks crunchy.