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I am trying to get as much time in this next week on my Grimnir seed in 7 Days to Die. That way when the news Alpha comes out I can start over in this seed and compare, especially to see if they have fixed the terrain.

I also talk about cleaning out my deep freezer which means lots of bone broths and fat rendering happening in preparation for a new cow in the freezer!

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Because sometimes the only time a gamer mama gets to play is after midnight.

 

A Special Post for National Donut Day.

Donuts are surprisingly easy to make. It does take time, especially if you decide to do a yeast based dough, but; they are definitely worth the time and effort. My favorite varieties have always been the quick rise or cake donuts, except when they are home made. When those fried and golden chunks of heaven are made at home then both kinds are delectable.

With this post I am not going to get into all the many fillings and glazes or toppings one can put on their donuts. I am simply going to share with you a really decent recipe I came across. This version of quick donut holes comes from Sam, on her site Sugar Spun Run. I enjoyed not only her end product but reading through and perusing her website. A recipe is always better knowing a little about the person relating it to you. Somehow a personal connection feels like it is established when one talks about food and life together. For what is life without food? Short. In a nutshell.

This recipe I will link to on her site is fast and easy, perfect for beginners or for one wishing to let their kids get involved with the making.

I never ‘cut’ butter into my recipes. I pull out the tools I was born with, my hands, and use them. You’ll come to find I’m not much of a gadget person. Partly because for such a long time I simply did not have the tools or the means to obtain the shiny tools. Our family has moved so often and often enough in times of strife that things like having a sifter or a pastry cutter or a sharp knife that cost more than 2 dollars was just not in the cards for me. I always have my hands and gods willing will have them for a very long time. So; if I can use my hands I do.

Instead of using a pot on the stove top I used my hand dandy little deep fryer. (Didn’t I just get done saying I wasn’t a gadget girl in the kitchen? Oh well.) I have a Presto, Cool Daddy Elite and for what it is, it’s pretty darned good. We have seven people in the house and that’s not counting any guests. So, potentially I am working to serve a pretty big crowd. What I do like about it is the unit is pretty much plug and play. Connect the chord and plug it in, wait for the little light to go out and you’re at temperature. It’s easy but it lacks control. I don’t set the temperature and it has no built in timer. The basket is circular in shape and has done us well for most things. I have not tried frying fresh fish in it yet but it completely failed to handle fresh made corn dogs. The oil was no where hot enough and the batter just absorbed oil and tasted awful and under cooked.

That said, for doing a double batch of these donut holes or any other donuts or beignets or quarter cut Monte Cristo sandwiches the Cool Daddy has served me well. So I made up two batches of Miss Sam’s donut hole recipe. (Which promises it can be made into cinnamon rolls too! We’ll have to give it a whirl.) I did not double it. Unless you have experimented or it says specifically in a baking recipe that you can double it, don’t. Just make two batches. Especially with leaveners involved, sometimes things don’t work out well, either perfectly in half or when doubled. This is simply my experience, I have nothing but that to back up my warning.

I modified the recipe on Sugar Spun Run because I wanted a buttermilk tang to the dough. When I simulate buttermilk in a recipe I just pop a tablespoon of vinegar, plain white vinegar, into the measuring cup that I am measuring the milk into and, ideally, allow the augmented milk to sit for ten or so minutes and let the acid work on the milk a little. Next time I use this recipe, and I will, I’ll add a little vanilla into the mix as well. Then it will be exactly how I want it for a cake donut base.

Please follow the link below and give this website a visit:

Fried Donut Holes (No Yeast)

First Video Up and Running!

I was able to find the time to record and post up a video to YouTube finally. It’s probably about what one would think a first video by someone with no really innate talent might be like. I found I could not just start talking… it just did not work. So I wrote a couple of paragraphs to start myself off.

Because of my admiration of the orderly I began with the training mission of one of my favorite games. It’s dead dull. It really is. The only thing that could have made it interesting would have been some sparkling, insightful commentary. Unfortunately; none was to be had. Not from me at any rate.

Let’s see, other sins: I completely lost my train of thought at one point. Too many ‘um’s. I think the game volume might be too loud in the recording too.

I hope to give it another go really soon. To kind of gain some momentum, having at leas been successful at creating a video and getting it up on YouTube, regardless of actual entertainment value or potential for popularity.

Anyone out there in the Aether with some advice for a newling like me, give a comment. Tell to me your thoughts.

Greetings and Felicitations!

Who am I? What is my purpose here?

Pretty hefty questions. How best to answer?

I am no one. I could be anyone. To some people, I guess I am someone. For the most part though, I am no one.

If the word average had a ‘T’ in it that would be me. Average to a ‘T’.

To you, I hope to be Mabd, The Midnight Mama, mother of five, gaming since I can remember and chronically spending too much time in my own head for anyone else’s good. My kids ranging in age from 7 months to 15 years old, three boys and two girls. I live on the ass side of somewhere and the front side of nowhere… strategically positioned to at once not worry about anyone seeing when the husband decides to take a piss off the back porch but close enough to ‘civilization’ to be glad I’m not there more often in 20 minutes.

I am up often in the middle of the night… the baby was restless and now, so too, am I. Someone lost their stuffty and we had to mount a search and rescue effort at 2 am. Or, sometimes it is just the only time when all is still and quiet and I have better than a 15% chance of making it through a Youtube video or kicking The Bunker’s ass without being interrupted.

So, I have decided to share my dead of night antics to invite you to share my small thoughts in the small hours and otherwise commemorate my life after midnight.