9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtOne of our favorite food holidays is coming up next Friday, June 3rd – National Donut Day! If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we love our donuts – basing vacations, meetings, and even doctor’s appointments around getting some good donuts! 😉
Since we love getting creative with topping/embellishing our food (we’ve done oatmeal, waffles, grilled cheese, baked potatoes and hot dogs), we thought a donut topping party would be a fun way to celebrate this food holiday. So next Friday, invite some friends over, have donuts, glazes and toppings available and go crazy! We have 9 ideas here to get you inspired!Ice Cream Sundae Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtIce Cream Sundae – a glazed donut topped with a scoop of ice cream (we used vanilla), hot fudge, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top!Smores Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtS’mores – a glazed cake donut topped with a marshmallow glaze, melted Hershey bars and graham cracker crumbs! And if you just can’t get enough of donuts and s’mores, you should probably try our other variation on the S’mores Donut!

Marshmallow Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons marshmallow fluff, softened

Mix together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Add in softened fluff and stir until completely mixed. Adjust ingredients as needed, more fluff for more marshmallow flavor, more powdered sugar to thicken the glaze, or a little more milk to thin the glaze (it should spreadable but not too drippy).Strawberry Shortcake Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtStrawberry Shortcake – a glazed donut topped with crème fraîche whipped cream and macerated strawberries! Based off of our Strawberry Crème Fraîche Pancakes – you can find the recipes for these toppings here.Marshmallow Treasure Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtMarshmallow Treasure – a plain cake donut topped with a cereal milk glaze and marshmallows from a favorite childhood cereal!

Cereal Milk Glaze
cereal (we used a mix of Lucky Charms & Fruit Loops, generic brands)
milk

Pour a small bowl of cereal and milk and let sit for about 20 minutes. Once you’ve got some deliciously infused milk, strain and discard cereal and use milk in the recipe below.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon cereal milk
drop of vanilla extract
crushed fruit loops, optional

Stir together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Add in more powdered sugar to thicken the glaze, or a little more milk to thin the glaze (it should spreadable but not too drippy). If desired, crush up some fruit loops (or marshmallows) to fine crumbs and stir into glaze.Carmel Delight Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtCaramel Delight – a take on the much beloved Girl Scout Cookie, these donuts are topped with salted caramel, toasted coconut and drizzled with hot fudge! You can find our salted caramel sauce recipe here.Cookies n Cream Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtCookies ‘n Cream – a chocolate glazed donut topped with cream cheese whipped cream and crushed oreos!

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 oz. whipped cream

Stir together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Fold in the whipped cream – and stir until smooth. (If needed, add in more powdered sugar to thicken).Blueberry Cheesecake Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtBlueberry Cheesecake – inspired by one of our favorite desserts, Blueberry Cheesecake Pie, a glazed donut is topped with cream cheese whipped cream, blueberry pie filling and graham cracker crumbs! (See above for the recipe for cream cheese whipped cream).Coffee Crisp Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtCoffee Crisp – based off of my love for coffee and Coffee Crisp candy bars (these might be hard to find in the U.S.; growing up, my parents used to bring these back from Canada when they traveled. For locals, you can find these at Wegmans in the International food aisle), this plain donut is topped with an espresso glaze and pieces of Coffee Crisp candy bar.

Espresso Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
a pinch or two of espresso powder (or you can sub out the milk for espresso or strong coffee)

Stir together ingredients, add more powdered sugar to thicken the glaze, or a little more milk to thin the glaze (it should spreadable but not too drippy).Maple Bacon Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtMaple Bacon – because maple and bacon just go together so well, we couldn’t resist bringing this back again. This plain cake donut is topped with a maple glaze and crumbled bacon! You can find the recipe for the maple glaze here.9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythoughtIce Cream Sundae Donut | 9 Decadent Donut Toppings @themerrythought
A few of our favorites were the Strawberry Shortcake, Ice Cream Sundae and S’mores donuts! What would your favorite donut topping be? Any new suggestions we should try out?

And be sure you’re following along on Instagram (@themerrythought) for what’s sure to be a lot donut over-gramming next week and you can find us on Snapchat (themerrythought) for behind-the-scenes pictures & videos!

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 5:30 pm

    leigh - They look so delicious! I wish I could eat them all, the maple and bacon and espresso one look amazing! x

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  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 8:32 pm

    Breanna - hold up…weggies sells coffee crisp?! how did I not know this! total game changer, they’re the best! 😛ReplyCancel

    • Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 8:49 am

      Manda - Yesss! I was so excited when I found them there!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:47 am

    Athena Politou - Salted caramel and toasted coconut *dies* now that’s my kind of donut! You got me drooling all over my keyboard! Haha!

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  • Friday, May 27, 2016 - 2:43 pm

    #FOODMEBRO - These are definitely a #FOODMEBRO essential.👌🏼ReplyCancel

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DIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtI was at the pet store with one of the little brothers a few weeks ago and we were looking through all of the crazy little fish they had for sale and right in the center of them was a huge case of aquatic plants – and my heart skipped a beat! I decided I needed to make a simple indoor water garden so I could take some home with me even though I don’t have any fish… Plus if I tell myself I’m using it as a project for the blog, I have a better reason to spend more money on plants! 😉DIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtDIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Aquatic Plants
-Glass Jar
-Aquarium Stones
-Water

How to do it:
-Rinse stones thoroughly.
-Start adding stones to the jar.
-Rinse plants in room temperature water.
-Put plants in place and add stones to secure and cover roots and/or pots (I left the potted ones in the pots they came in and then the ones without a pot you just make sure the roots and base of the plant are below the stones.)
-Carefully add room temperature water to cover the plants.
*If your jar has a lid, you will need to drill holes in it or just leave it off completely.
*Don’t place in direct sunlight.

*After a week or so, start using aquarium plant fertilizer.
DIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtDIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtAnd the plant obsession continues! Dreaming up a few more indoor water garden projects now!

xo. Caitlin

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    Sue Raddatzsue - I think that your indoor water garden idea will make a wonderful thank you gift for each of my husband’s teaching assistants. A well deserving teacher might also appreciate a “merry thought(ful)” gift such as your indoor water garden. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 1:12 pm

    Rose - What’s your source for your specific jar?ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 4:26 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - I found it at Michaels!ReplyCancel

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  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 1:42 pm

    Lisa - so so pretty! Is that glass container from Ikea by any chance?ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 4:25 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Thank you! It’s actually from Michaels!ReplyCancel

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DIY Delicates Bag @themerrythoughtWe’re happy to have Lynn back again sharing another gorgeous crochet project with us:

Recently, a friend asked what I was crocheting (during a faculty meeting 😳). When I replied that it was a laundry delicates bag, she exclaimed about how I always seem to be making beautiful, useful things. How many laundry bags have been described as beautiful? I’ve been reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up which has started me thinking more deeply about the value of possessions. There is so much beauty in simple hand-made home goods and they inspire their own kind of joy when used. I made my first delicates bag about 5 years ago and it has withstood hundreds of washings, making it not only prettier but also more rugged than my store-bought mesh bags.DIY Delicates Bag @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Size I (5.5mm) Crochet Hook
-12” long polyester zipper
-2 balls Sugar n’ Cream yarn (I used ecru)
-Pins
-Chenille Needle

How to make it:
-Chain 39
-Row 1: half double crochet (hdc) into 3rd stitch from hook, hdc in each stitch, turn. (38)
-Row 2: chain 2, hdc in each stitch, turn. (38)
-Repeat Row 2 until the bag is the desired length (mine was 18” total length) – remember it will be folded in half!
-Fasten off yarn by pulling the tail through the loop on the hook. Remove hook and pull tail to tighten.
-Lay the work flat, fold down the top 3 rows and pin to the zipper (right side up).
-Fold the bottom up to meet the zipper and pin.
-Cut a long tail for sewing the zipper in place. Using whip stitch, sew the zipper to the crocheted work with a chenille needle. Be careful to avoid sewing through the back of the back of the bag as well (I may have done that at least twice…)
-For the last whip stitch, sew through the 1st crochet stitch along the bottom corner of the zipper. Pull yarn through to the wrong side of the zipper, knot, and cut.
-With the zipper side up, pin the sides of the bag closed and single crochet along the edge of each side, crocheting between the 1st and 2nd hdc of the row. To prevent bunching, I recommend single crocheting into 3 rows, then skipping a row (repeat this to the end of the bag).
-Reinforce the ends of the zipper by sewing them to the single crochet edging using yarn and chenille needle.DIY Delicates Bag @themerrythoughtDIY Delicates Bag @themerrythoughtIf you are like me, you have a constantly full hamper ready for laundering so you won’t have to wait long to get some use out of this project. After a wicked cold spell, the spring weather is back on track here in Vermont, meaning I can hang my clothes out on the line to dry!

xo. Lynn

LynnBioLynn Brennan :: Originally from Caitlin & Manda’s neck of the woods, I now live in Vermont in an off-the-grid cabin with my husband and our Alaskan Husky.  I’m a farm girl born and raised – my upbringing instilled in me a strong value for labor (both manual and artistic), frugality, and simplicity.  I teach Calculus at a progressive education high school, where I also coach the Cross Country Team & lead the outdoor program.  In my free time I love exploring the mountains of the Northeast & Northwest.  When indoors, I can be found knitting, crocheting, & sewing. Find Lynn on Instagram: @ramble_lynn

Photography & Styling by The Merrythought

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Fruit Roll Up @themerrythoughtI have always loved fruit roll-ups. I remember being in elementary school and always being jealous of the kids that had Fruit By The Foot and Gushers packed in their lunch. I had Fruit Jammers as a snack (not nearly as good or exciting) and occasionally I got to buy a Fruit String Thing from the cafeteria — all you 90’s kids, pleeeease tell me you remember Fruit String Things! Best Snack Ever. Now that I buy my own food I understand why my parents weren’t buying us packs of Gushers that we’d devour in a day. Plus my aging woman body also doesn’t seem to handle all the sweets as well anymore. Ha! One of my friend’s moms in elementary school used to make homemade fruit leather that I remember loving and have wanted to try to make some of my own for years and I finally tried it out! The baking part is pretty time consuming but the whole process is super simple and totally worth it for a jar full of healthy snacks.Fruit Roll Up @themerrythoughtHomemade Fruit Roll Ups

2 1/2 cups of fresh fruit (I tried Strawberry, Mango, and a Mixed Berry – Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry)
1 tbsp honey

-Combine fruit and honey in a food processor and blend until smooth.
-Line a pan with parchment paper and pour in mixture.
-Spread a thin, even layer.
-Bake at the lowest temperature that your oven has (usually 150 – 200) for 3-6 hours. Shouldn’t indent or stick to your finger when you touch the center.
-Cut into strips, roll up, and tie.
-Store in an airtight container.

Tips:
*If you don’t like seeds, you may want to take the time to strain the berry mixtures before baking.
*If you make it too thick, it will take a loooong time to cook.
*If you don’t want to leave your stove on overnight, you can cook for a couple of hours and then turn the oven off with the door closed and leave them in there for the rest of the night.
Fruit Roll Up @themerrythoughtFruit Roll Up @themerrythoughtNext time you have a bunch of fruit in your house that is about to go bad – just blend them up and make some of these!

xo. Caitlin

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