This post is a little bit of a mish-mash of all things donut… one of our favorite sweet treats! Did you know that National Doughnut Day was created in honor of The Salvation Army’s Donut Day during World War I — women served donuts to soldiers. Now the first Friday in June is known as National Doughnut Day. I just learned something new: the traditional circle-with-a-hole-in-it shape of a donut is called a “torus.” I can’t believe it took me 35 years to learn that!
Several months ago, I found these adorable mini donuts over at The Unconfidential Cook, and I promptly bought the sweet-sounding book Tiny Treats (An American Girl craft book). These cute little donuts are simple to make – just coat Cheerios with different toppings. There are so many cute pictures of tested recipes at the Unconfidential Cook’s post Emma’s Tiny Treats, but I recommend the book for sure–s0 much fun to peruse with your kiddos, and of course, so many easy (teeeeny) treats to try.
Some of my fondest memories as a kid are of looking through cookbooks — both kids’ cookbooks and regular adult ones (my mom had the 60s Betty Crocker cookbook!) Cooking is such a fascinating subject for kids, and I can’t think of a more useful hobby to encourage.
Here’s our (much less tidy) version of the Teeny Tiny Donuts made of Cheerios. We had to re-create our favorite, too, chocolate donuts with coconut:
We also love the book Arnie, the Doughnut! It’s the hilariously quirky story of Arnie, a doughnut who is soooo excited when he gets chosen to go home with someone… until he learns what happens to doughnuts once they go home with someone. Don’t worry, it all turns out very well in the end. The story is cute and funny, and the artwork is beautiful – humorous collage work by author Laurie Keller.
My youngest son, Gideon, has a tiny bit of an obsession with donuts, resulting in my favorite quote of his. A knock-knock joke featuring a donut. We took one of each of our kids’ iconic quotes and had them printed as large photos at Costco, and then framed them in poster-sized frames from IKEA, resulting in some cool typographical art (with more meaning to me than random song lyrics):