Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Great Bacon Debate (and Gameday donuts!)

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Bacon. It's fried. It's crispy. It's good. Well, it's not my favorite thing (sorry, lovers of the pig!), but it certainly IS my husband's. He basically sweats bacon grease. We're avid fans of "Man vs. Food" on the Travel Channel, and I completely lost my cap when host Adam Richman visited a donut shop that featured a maple-glazed and bacon-topped donut. Such gooey, salty, sugary goodness. It just felt right. I had to make my own. Would you eat bacon in a dessert? I might just need to host a townhall forum on this topic (Food Network, ya listening?).

I knew that today was the perfect day to create my own original bacon-licious donut. Why?

Well, today just happens to be one of the biggest days of the year in our house - THE FIRST PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOOTBALL GAME OF THE SEASON! Not only did Penn State (we're alumni) win yesterday, but the Birds start their season today. I can't even count the number of ways that we love the Eagles in our home, but my husband seriously is only operating on 77% capacity during the off-season. He needs his Eagles to function (so, Andy Reid, let's actually win the whole thing this year, okay?). In honor of the start of the season, I whipped up two batches of donuts. Here are the recipes, along with some other stuff, in all of their glory...get your napkins ready, ladies! Donuts and football are both some dirty business!

Just a note-ola: Me and frying? Not such a match made in heaven. To save myself the headache (and because I'm usually wearing a baby when I do these things), I bought two boxes (12 donuts in each) of Entenmann's Soft'ees plain cake donuts. I made my own frostings and toppings and busted it out all Sandra Lee with my donuts already made. Seriously, ladies, they're yummy and not having to sport a grease burn with my Eagles green was wonderful.

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The "Bacon Never Has an Off-Season" Donut (maple cream cheese frosted and bacon topped) - Cream together 1 (8 oz) package of softened cream cheese with 1 stick of softened, unsalted butter. Beat in 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Gradually beat in 1 cup of powdered sugar. Smooth on top of donuts. Heat, according to package instructions, 1/2 a package of ready-cooked bacon (about 3/4 of a strip to top each donut...the bacon-ness is up to you, though). Crumble and top donuts. YUM!

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The "Chocolate Blitz" Donut - In a double boiler (or try it Kelly-style: a glass bowl over a pot boiling with a few inches of water inside), heat 1 bag of Hershey's milk chocolate chips and 1 stick of unsalted butter 'til completely melted, stirring frequently. Dunk donuts into the mixture and remove to a plate to dry. Fancy up with your team's color in sprinkles. Little hands are great for that part!

The hubby also fixed up some yummy grilled chicken before the game started since we have my in-laws over today for the game. Next to football, grilling is Ed's favorite past-time.

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A little pineapple on the side, and the spread is ready!


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Okay, and before I wrap it up, it's been one super duper rainy week and we decided yesterday to let this cutie pie little face live it up a bit. There are some downsides to living in a construction zone (new houses being built on our street in our development), but why not make limeade (Sonic-style...mmm) when life hands ya limes?

This sweet, clean little gal...



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...got to become one messy little lady!

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For sale now: Beautiful, new construction townhomes complete with backyard pond

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Alice and I couldn't be tempted to join, LOL.


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Dontcha just love the big ol' fancy house in the background with my child playing in the mud across this side of the street? We're Real America, folks. God bless our muddy hearts!

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Wait, wait, wait! Let me just show off Alice's sweet little fleece Eagles pants before I go! My mom made these for Rose when she was a baby (complete with lace at the bottom). She also had knit ones when she was younger. Aren't they precious?



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Okay, half-time's over and my Alice is about to wake up...HAPPY GAMEDAY, GANG! From our family to yours!

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Psst...and if you're a football-lovin' mama, too, let me know what team you follow! I won't be mad, even if you're a Redskins, Cowboys or Giants fan!  Love you guys!



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