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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

I have to make donuts at least once every fall.  This year I tried a new recipe to use up some pumpkin puree I had leftover from pancakes.  I didn't make any changes, and they came out perfect.  Love having a donut pan so I don't have to fry!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts (from All Recipes) makes about 1 dozen donuts

2 c. AP flour
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (I subbed 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. butter, softened

For topping:
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. white sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Stir AP flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.  Add pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, and softened butter, and beat with a mixer on low until combined into a batter.  Spoon into a greased donut pan.
Bake in preheated oven 8-10 minutes, or until donuts spring back whe…

A Finished Mei Tai

It's a good feeling to work hard at something and have it turn out better than expected.  I didn't take any in-progress pictures of my mei tai aside from the one I showed last time because I expected this to be a practice run, and not something I'd absolutely love and be proud to wear.  But this project proved to be excellent practice in sewing straight lines, and though my carrier isn't perfect, I do love the way it turned out and none of its flaws are noticeable from a distance. :)

Mei tai (pronounced "may-tie") carriers have a history that dates back hundreds if not thousands of years.  They originated in China, experienced a resurgence in Australia in the 60s and have gained popularity in the States over the last decade.  A mei tai is made of a rectangular fabric panel and 4 straps that are tied.  They are versatile carriers, suitable for both infants (with a rolled and cinched waist) and older babies, and can be worn on front, back, or hip. Because the s…