Moving into a new house is more than taking boxes from one place, placing them in a truck, and hauling them all to the new place and storing them in the basement. There’s a lot of things going on in that statement. First of all, let’s address the basic thing most all of us say when we move: why do we keep so much stuff! Knowing that we were going to be moving I got rid of a bunch of it, and we still had more than I care to admit. In the words of Jim Gaffigan, it’s ridiculous! As with everything in my life, I’ve deduced some life lessons from our recent relocation. We’ll get to that in a minute. But first? Let’s talk food. Today I’m sharing with you some Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts. Our store had lemons on sale and so I might warn you that there could be a few more lemony treats on the way. Yes, that’s entirely possible.
Moving is nothing but a pain. And it’s a tad bit demoralizing too. You invite a few friends over for pizza and surprise them with a moving truck. It’s just not cool at all.
It’s a good thing our friends really like us. Or maybe they just like pizza. Hmm…
I came away from this moving experience with a few life lessons. Want to know what they are? You know you do! And if you like this list, I might have some pizza for you later. And there won’t be a moving truck coming down the street behind the pizza delivery guy. Noohh! Not at all!
- Too Much Stuff. Let’s do away with the obvious first. Living in one place for too long has the negative side-effect of causing a person to accumulate too much stuff. It’s crazy! Our old, little downtown house with small closets and a one-car garage obviously accommodated more stuff than I could have ever imagined. The boxes leaving that house looked like clowns getting out of a car – it just did not end! Well, it did end eventually, but not soon enough for my taste. And do you know what happened to some of those boxes? They went straight down to the basement of the new house. Some friends told me they’ve had boxes that have gone with them across several moves…and have never been opened! I stare at them like a deer looking into oncoming headlights as I realize…this could be me. As much as we are settled now, I hope to continue going through and getting rid of things as much as possible. Either that…or maybe I won’t move again. Bwah ha ha!
- The Zen of Detachment. I was pretty reluctant about moving. You can confirm with the hubby on that one. He wanted to move a long time ago, but I was the one dragging my heels. I mean, I loved our little downtown house. We were so close to everything! We rode our bikes to play tennis at the high school courts and we were three or four blocks from a park where we walked the dogs every single day. And to be completely honest, it felt hip to say we lived downtown. That’s where all the cool people live, right? I can be so shallow. But I finally went along with the idea of looking at houses and you know, once you start looking, you’re kind of hooked. And now I’ve learned that I can move on, even from quaint, little old houses in the downtown area of our suburb and still maintain some level of hipness. Um, just don’t ask my daughter on that last part. Mkay? [Note to self: hip people probably don't say Mkay...]
- The Opened Window. You know that old saying, when the door closes, someone will open a window? Well, our new home has lots of great windows that we love. Of course, as a food photographer I love the windows for the light they shed on my favorite subjects (food). But there’s also many other things about the new house that we love, including the fact that our new community has tennis courts so we can still ride our bikes to go play tennis. It’s a favorite summer workout! And we now live near a lake so we’ve seen everything from mallards waddling through the yard (seriously!) to cranes flying overhead. To be completely honest, I’m a little baffled by how quickly I’ve made the adjustment. You’d think after so many years of driving to our old home, that I would sometimes, just by force of habit, find myself driving there. But I don’t. It’s as if I adopted this new house as my own likety split!.
- Hokey Pokey. As hard as the move was and as much as I know I don’t want to do that again, if I take a step back and think about what we just went through, it all came together so nicely. I mean, we searched for the house we wanted to buy (and took our time with that to make sure we found the right house), we bought this house, then we put our old house on the market and it sold within two weeks. The next thing you know, we’ve moved into this one and the old one sold a couple of weeks after that, allowing us time to get it nice and clean for the new owners. When things come together that smoothly, it almost feels a little “meant to be.” I know that’s hokey. I don’t believe in magic. Even magicians don’t believe in magic. Think about it! I don’t believe in horoscopes. I’m a fairly rational, practical but slightly charmed person. And it’s that charmed side of me that can’t deny that sometimes there is a little mystery in the world and that’s the part of me that likes to get a little hokey from time to time. Sorry about that!
“Have you figured out the light switches?” a friend asked recently.
“What?” I responded with my typical dumfounded look.
“Have you figured out the light switches? Because that’s how you know you’re really home.”
This friend hasn’t been inside our house yet. If our friend had been in the house, I would have pointed out to him that our kitchen has 4 switches on one wall. How is a person supposed to figure that out? I’m constantly flipping switch after switch.
Why is it the one you were looking for is always the last switch you try! [slaps palm to forehead]
Yes, moving has come with lots of moments of self discovery and I guess I still have a little work to do before I’m truly home. But for now we’ll eat donuts, Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts, and feel like we’re in the spot we’re supported to be.
- ¼ cup dairy-free margarine, softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup non-dairy milk (almond, soy, or whatever your favorite is)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ cup vegan sour cream
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon turmeric (for color) or 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring
- Zest of one lemon (about a tablespoon)
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- Heat your oven to 350F. Spray your donut baking pans with a light coating of vegetable spray.
- In a medium-sized bowl combine the diary-free margarine and sugar. Stir vigorously to combine. Then add the non-dairy milk, ground flax seeds, corn starch, lemon juice, vegan source cream, and vanilla. Stir this to combine and set aside.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, turmeric, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Give it a good stir.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to combine. If you don't have turmeric and you're using yellow food coloring instead, add 2-3 drops of food coloring and stir to combine.
- Use a tablespoon to drop spoonfuls of the batter, four drops per donut (if using a regular - not mini - donut baking pan). Then use a butter knife to carefully spread the batter out across.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake 8 - 10 minutes, until donuts are done.
- Remove the donuts from the oven and allow them to cool a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In the meantime, prepare your Lemon Glaze by combing the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a medium-sized bowl. (Note: I used the same bowl that combined the dry ingredients above). Stir to combine. Then add the non-dairy milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach a desired consistency.
- Once the donuts are cooled, give each one a generous spread of Lemon Glaze Frosting. Let the glaze set before serving...unless you want sticky fingers which is not in and of itself a bad thing!
If you like these Lemon Donuts, I bet you also would like these Caramel Glazed Baked Donuts
Or how about these Berry Baked Donuts. They’re crazy good!
Or if you’d like a different, but still sweet way to start the day, these Blueberry Braided Danishes might hit the spot!
However you choose to start your day, I hope it’s a great one!