Creative title, I know.  At least I managed to convey a bit of enthusiasm, right?

So, Christmas is the name of the game today!  It's already over?!  No, 362 days until Christmas.  You see, there is a bright side.

Let's start with Christmaas Eve!

Me ready for the feast:
The Feast!
Not the best picture in the world, but I was a little bit more focused on the plate of food in front of me than my photography skills at that moment.  But who could blame me for being distracted when maple glazed veggies (from Happy Herbivore, click here for recipe; highly recommended as even my parents loved them - score for fixing veggies that everyone will eat!), a homemade bread roll, potatoes au gratin, and chickpeas with my dad's amazing garlic rosemary sauce were staring me in the face?  Definitely the best meal of the year.  Especially when followed by my mom's chocolate cream pie:
Yes, I am the world's worst pie slicer - and proud of it too! ;)
Gifts were the next morning!  Look what I got!
I am also now the proud owner of the cutes Christmas dishes ever. 
Told you so. ;)  I got some other foodie stuff too, but you'll have to wait for my next post...

My brother got me Jillian Michael's yoga DVD!!  I was so excited and went through level one later Christmas day.  I was sore the next day!  I'm used to pretty intense work-outs, but the yoga poses and movement used different muscles so it was a great challenge!  And was followed by loose leaf ginger lemongrass tea.  (In the cutest mug, remember?)
All together, my Christmas was wonderful!  Full of lots of superb food, gifts received and given (I'll have to show ya'll what I got my dad at some point), and, most importantly, lots of time spent with my wonderful family!

And now (insert drumroll here) time for a donut!!
Lemon Cake Donut
This donut has a light, refreshing lemon flavor.  If you want the lemon more pronounced, increase the amount of lemon zest in the donut batter.  You can also increase lemon juice (though I haven't personally done this).  If you do increase lemon juice, you may need to add additional sweetener and increase the baking time by a few minutes.
Serves 1

For the donut ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour (or other flour of choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • zest from one small lemon (about 1/2 teaspoon of zest)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 2.5 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sweetener, to taste (e.g. agave, maple syrup, stevia, granulated sugar - I used three drops stevia)
Donut directions:
  1. Preheat your oven 350 degrees and grease one donut mold in your donut pan (I used coconut oil).
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest, and dry sugar (if using).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the lemon juice, egg white, yogurt, vanilla, and wet sweetener (if using).
  4. Stir the wet mixture into the dry.  Mix until well combined, but don't over mix.
  5. Spoon mixture evenly into the greased donut pan, and bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Ingredients for the icing:
  • Coconut butter
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon juice
  • Sweetener, to taste
* Adjust amount of ingredients according to taste.  I used about 1.5 tablespoons of coconut butter, 1/8 teaspoon zest, 1 teaspoon juice, and a drop of stevia.  Next time, I would probably use more zest, less juice, and either more stevia or a teaspoon or so of maple syrup.

  1. Place the coconut butter in a bowl and microwave it until the coconut butter has melted.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Spread onto the donut as soon as you transferred the donut to a plate.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  And, since it's only a few days away, Happy New Year!!


12/29/2011 06:05

What a wonderful Christmas feast and celebration! The food looks amazing and I'm in love with your snowman bowl and mug!! :D
Glad to hear your holiday weekend was fabulous!!

12/29/2011 06:21

I love that you use natural sweeteners AND your donut is gluten free! Btw, let me know what you think of the Jillian Michaels DVD - I have wondered about getting one! Two more points - those chickpeas look amazing, recipe please??? And your Christmas dishes are so cute!

12/29/2011 12:42

That's awesome that your family is okay with eating the same kinds of things that you like! I can't imagine convincing my family to have chickpeas for dinner for the life of me haha

12/30/2011 01:48

I love my donut pan!! I love the idea of a lemon donut. That sounds delicious! And coconut butter frosting? Yum!!

12/30/2011 03:57

What a lovely Christmas! I really need to get myself a donut pan. Your lemon ones looks so fluffy and yum.


Great Christmas recap and donut recipe!! :) I love your festive mug and cute!

12/30/2011 07:44

Hi Alex!! Oh goosssssshhh how I have missed you, girl!! :D Looks like you're doing really well though, hehe. And those are great gifts!! Especially the donut pan~I love all lemony desserts, and your donut looks good. It actually looks like the real "deep fried" stuff. Have a beautiful day, and Happy New Year!

12/30/2011 12:06

Sooo many delish items going on over hurrrr :) Great feast lady, and yeah... now I need a donut pan for sure

12/31/2011 15:35

That pie looks amazing! Reminds me of a chocolate cream pie I used to loooove that we used to get from Marie Callendar's restaurant for Thanksgiving. Yum yum. :)

Hope you have a glorious New Year's girl!!!

01/01/2012 10:46

Yum, I wish my Xmas dinner looked that delicious! Have a wonderful New Year, even though it is today :P

01/01/2012 13:43

Happy New Year!! I'm totally jealous of your donut pan! I love foodie Christmas gifts. I got an immersion blender for Christmas. Most people my age wouldn't want it, but I'm excited about it! I really want to try those maple glazed veggies, sounds so good!

01/02/2012 05:54

You slice and plate pie like your grandmother! :-)

04/27/2012 04:31

Great post I was looking for something like this because I m planning to have my kitchen remodeled so looking for some nice design.

07/16/2012 08:19

now a days lots of peoples want things that are useful for whole family so very good blog

02/08/2017 05:55

I really loved the donuts as well as the chick peas recipe on your menu. I am glad you have provided the recipe making here, it's really mouth watering to see in a picture itself, and in real, i would love a bite.


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