delicious doughnuts!

My best friend Emily came home a couple weekends ago for Spring Break and I of course headed home to be with her! Well, I had seen Giada make these doughnuts on foodnetwork and really really wanted to give them shot. Well, they not only were just as simple as Miss Giada said they would be, they also were oh so delicious. So I am highly recommending these, the picture below is not our doughnuts (primary reason being they were consumed immediatly and just didn't look as good as hers!) but Giada's. Make sure and do the chocolate sauce too, thats what makes them!


Italian Doughnuts Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis (retrieved from Foodnetwork.com)

Ingredients:
Vegetable oil for frying 1 pound prepared pizza dough
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions:
Pour equal parts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a floured 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out doughnut rounds. Using a floured 1-inch cookie cutter, cut out a hole in the center of each doughnut. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to cut out more doughnuts. Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl to blend. Set the cinnamon-sugar aside. When the oil is hot, working in batches, fry the doughnuts until they puff but are still pale, about 45 seconds per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnuts to paper towels to drain. Cool slightly. While the doughnuts are still warm, add to the bowl with cinnamon-sugar and generously coat each 2 times with the cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.
Alternately, cool the fried doughnuts to room temperature. Stir 3 ounces of milk chocolate and 1/4 cup of whipping cream in a heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until the chocolate melts. Set aside until the chocolate sauce comes to room temperature but does not set. Dip 1 side of each doughnut into the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with finely chopped toasted almonds or crushed espresso beans and set aside until the chocolate is set.

Costa Rica Vacation

Flowers in Arenal around the volcano
The four of us, Ian and Blair in the foreground, Sam and I in the background watching the sunset
Playa Conchal, horseback riding on the beach!

Tamarindo Beach

I just got back from 10 amazing days in Costa Rica with Sam and our friend Ian and his girlfriend. We traveled all around the country ending with a few fabulous days laying by the beach. I thought I would share some of the pictures from the vacation.





Hurray for my easy spring time wreath. I decided to put it add it because a fellow blogger reminded me of it, and how easy it was to do. $10.00 later and presto a spring wreath that adornes my very bare bathroom wall.