What a strange month it is to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Easter all within a week of each other. And what is even more bizarre is to not be home for any of it but to browse the grocery store aisles in Indiana for the past four weeks, just looking at all of the items I might have purchased had I been home. There were three days in this past month that I was able to take a quick break back home from here when my mom was in the ICU…and those days were spent doing as much work as I possibly could. So everything you see here on the site since Valentine’s Day and until the end of the month was actually done within that time, even these Baby Chick Easter Donuts.
I already semi-celebrated St. Paddy’s Day and Easter all in February so now I simply stand as a bystander of these holidays that pass along. Time becomes such a strange thing when you sit in a hospital room for four weeks straight. It goes by so fast yet inches so slowly at the same time and is full of conflicting feelings of wanting to go home but knowing there is no other place you want to be than here. It’s like the Twilight Zone between these walls and if I am honest, I’m a little afraid of returning to normalcy too. I cannot even fathom attempting to explain what I’ve been through* to anyone, let alone listen and pretend to care what I have missed in the past month. I think I might need therapy when this is all over…
*The reader’s digest version is that my mom suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm (called a subarachnoid hemorrhage) on Valentine’s Day. The bleeding in her head was so severe that it also caused a stroke on the left side of her brain, which left her disabled, unable to speak or move most of her body. We were left with the horrible choice of letting her live the rest of her once vibrant life like this or to take her home for palliative care to spend the remainder days here (it’s been 10 days so far) until her work on earth was done. Due to our deep love, honor, and respect for our mother we went with the latter option, as we knew that these were her wishes as well.
Baby Chick Easter Donuts
- 1⅓ c. powdered sugar
- ¼ c. melted coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. hot water
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- several shakes of dried turmeric, for yellow coloring
- homemade googly eyes
- orange allergen friendly jelly beans (I used Surf Sweets), for the beak and feet
- sliced almonds, for the wings
- red hots, for the top
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini donut pan.
- In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients together until fully combined. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add all the remainder of wet ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir again briefly.
- Place the donut batter into a large plastic baggie. Cut the corner of one side to use as an opening. Pour out the batter into the pan. The batter should fill up to about ⅔ of the circle and will rise just above the pan.
- Bake 8 minutes. Allow to slightly cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
- Mix the icing together until you have a thick consistency. If it's too thick to dip, add 1 tsp. hot water and mix. If it's too runny, add 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar until thick.
- Dunk each donut top into the icing to evenly coat. Set back on wire rack with a piece of wax or parchment paper underneath to catch the extra drippings.
- Quickly add the googly eyes, jelly bean beak and feet, almond slice wings, and red hot tops before the icing dries. Allow to fully set.
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