There is absolutely nothing better than getting to have your grandchildren visit. It is something I look forward to and the main reason we moved only 2 hours away. This month will mark the second year that we find ourselves in Tennessee. It has been a time of adjustment and a time for family.
While last summer was great this summer has been even better. I had the privilege of having the oldest up the first week of June for Aquarium Camp. This was followed up with both of them being here for Vacation Bible School and then just this last week the youngest got to come for Aquarium Camp.
The oldest one is 7 and was a Polliwog this year. She put it best when she said that she liked being her with just Grandma and Papa. This gave her special time together with us. Her camp was pretty much a full day so I spent time on the road again. Brought back memories of when the children were younger and car pools. There was one day in particular I remember well.
We were living in Richardson TX at the time. I dropped off my son for his Karate lesson, then proceed in route to pick-up another ballerina and driving down to University Park in pouring rain. It was then necessary for me to drive back to Richardson to pick-up my son from his class and then return to University Park to pick-up the 2 ballerinas.
Of course in the pouring rain traffic was a mess and the going was slow. As I was nearing the pick-up point for my son I feared that the water was going to come into the vehicle and/or flood out the engine. I was driving a Chevy Blazer at the time. My nerves were on edge by the time I got to where I was going and as my son climbed into the car I breathed a sigh of relief. I had made it in one piece. This was the day that I figured if I had been driving in a straight line I might have just made it to Longview, TX.
I can’t look at my 2 granddaughters without remembering times with their mother. I am really blessed to have 2 wonderful children and 2 fantastic granddaughters. Both of the girls enjoyed their time at Aquarium Camp this year. It was a fun time for them and a time of making memories for me. Both said they are looking forward to going again next year.
They also really enjoyed time spent at Vacation Bible School. I purchased a CD of the songs they learned and they love to listen to anytime they are in the car. The little one asks to listen to her Jesus music. I was truly blessed in that I had the opportunity to spend time with each alone and then with both together.
When they come they always want to make donuts. I have a mini electric donut maker that is perfect for making mini donuts but it is time consuming. After a couple of times making donuts I realized it wasn’t the making the donuts that they enjoyed but the decorating. When they were here for Vacation Bible School, I had about 2 dozen or so mini-donuts made and in the freezer. The donuts were set out the night before and the next morning all I had to do was make a chocolate glaze. The oldest swears that Grandma’s chocolate glaze was just like Revolution Donuts. Thank you King Arthur Flour for helping me to make memories.
1 box (15 oz) Gluten-Free Doughnut Mix
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil.)
2 large eggs
1 cup milk (I use almond milk.)
Chocolate Glaze (Recipe given below.)
Mix together the butter, oil and half the mix, beat together until well blended. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each, scraping the bottom of the bowl to make sure all is thoroughly incorporated.
Add the remaining dry mix alternating with the milk, blending and scraping bowl after each addition.
Preheat the electric mini-muffin maker or preheat oven to 375°. Using a pastry bag, fill the wells 2/3 full. Close the lid for the mini-muffin maker or place filled pans in oven and bake until browned. If baking in the oven it will take from 8 to 10 minutes for the small donuts to cook. With my mini-maker I find it is best to flip the donuts a couple of times while baking for even browning.
While the donuts cool make the glaze. King Arthur has a recipe for 3 Easy Glazes on their website. I have tried all 3. The favorite of my grands is the chocolate.
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (Nestle brand is gluten free.)
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (Costco brand is gluten free.)
Place the chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and continue microwaving and stirring frequently until melted. The glaze should be smooth and shiny. Stir in the vanilla extract
Once the donuts are cooled or defrosted, prepare the glaze, have an assortment of toppings available and let the fun begin. They want to take some home to share with Mom and Dad.