Do you know how many times I’ve declared that I’ll never drink again? 73.* Do you know how many times I’ve actually given up drinking? 0.
Sometimes, I decide to eat healthy. Then, I eat some carrots and feel good about myself, and I reward myself with beer and fried food.
Other times, I pretend to be a functional adult who takes showers every day and wears “business casual” clothes to work and packs her own lunch and pays her bills on time. Then, I get tired of that and put on sweat pants and order Chinese and buy things I don’t need on Amazon instead of paying my electric bill.
Recently, I was talking with some friends about a date I went on (which was fine, but didn’t turn into anything) and one of my friends said, “Well, at least you got a couple good dates out of it.” I sighed and made yet another declaration, “I don’t want to go on another date ever again. I don’t care if it is good or bad, I can’t handle any more dates! I’m never dating again.”
Then I went on two more dates the next week.
Dating is exhausting. Drinking too much costs money and makes me tired and gives me a headache. Eating healthy is hard and not delicious. Being an adult requires me to be responsible and organized, and I don’t know how to be those things.
But sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do.
So, I’m putting on my big girl pants, sucking it up, and going on more dates. I also might try eating an apple and only having one glass of wine. We all have to make sacrifices.
First, I’ll have a doughnut.
Chocolate Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
From Joy the Baker
(Makes about 6-10 doughnuts depending on the pan)
I’ve discovered baked doughnuts. They’re awesome. Not as much work as a fried doughnut (and not quite as delicious since we all know fried is better) but still SO GOOD. The first thing you need is a doughnut pan. I, of course, decided to make these at the last minute and couldn’t find a doughnut pan at my local craft score, so I ended up buying this instead. Worked like a charm!
These are pretty versatile. Once you make the actual doughnut, you can go crazy with different kinds of glazes or icings and of course sprinkles!
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 light brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and browned
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2-4 tablespoons whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F and spray your doughnut pan with non-stick baking spray.
Melt the butter on medium heat until lightly browned. Set aside and let cool.
In a medium bowl, place your dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. Whisk until combined.
In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla until combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold together with a plastic spatula. Don’t over mix, but do make sure to fold until all dry flour bits are gone. Use a spoon to portion the mixture into your doughnut pan. Don’t fill them all the way up – about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake doughnuts for 11-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let them rest for a few minutes (about 5) and then flip onto a wire rack to let cool completely.
While the doughnuts are baking/cooling, make the glaze. In a small to medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Whisk until combined, and add more milk until the desired consistency is reached. Once the doughnuts are cool, dip them into the chocolate glaze and return to the wire rack. Add sprinkles!
The glaze will harden after a few minutes. Keep them in air tight container, but they’re best served within a day or so.