Greetings of cheer to all our friends whether far away or near.
This is a cloudy morning with the temperature at approximately 74 F. it is a nice spring morning and looks like we might get some rain today, for which we would be grateful. Yesterday I noticed a farmer plowing his field in preparation of planting corn and the ground was so dry a cloud of dust rose up around him. He is an organic farmer and usually waits to plant corn until after the middle of May. The other crops on the farm have already been planted. Most of the vegetables and flowers also have been planted in the gardens, ready for summer to begin. Rhubarb is in season and many types of tasty desserts can be made with it.
A good way to enjoy a spring morning is to take a leisurely walk along a country road and observe what is going on around you. Watch the swallows fly through the air as they catch insects, and listen to the songbirds as they sing songs of praise to their Creator. Take a view of the countryside and notice the cows lying in the midst of lush green meadows contentedly chewing their cud. It is indeed a picture of peace and tranquility.
As we enter summertime there are lots of benefit auctions in the area. A few weeks ago a group of neighbor ladies gathered at one of their homes to make 100 dozen glazed donuts for the bake sale at the Holmes County Training Center benefit auction, a school for handicapped children. This auction is held annually, always the 2nd Saturday of May, just a little ways north of Millersburg. The ladies enjoy getting together to do something for others. They always make some extra donuts so each one can take some home to enjoy with their families.
Following is the recipe they used to make the donuts:
10lb raised donut mix
4 cusp thesco flour
10 cups warm water
8 TBS yeast
Mix yeast and water and then the flour together. Then add donut mix. If the dough gets too stiff don’t use all the mix just enough so that it is not sticky. Let rise in bowl approx. 1/2 hour. Roll out and cut. Let rise a little (until puffy) and fry in hot oil.
Glaze for donuts:
6 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
1/2 cup stabilizer
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups water
Let donuts cool a little on an absorbent towel before glazing. Enjoy!
Have a blessed day.