Creativity, Donuts, and Quilting

Despite the best laid out “to do” list and intentions, some days it doesn’t take much to wander off course. For me, it is usually one of those sunny, spring days when you feel like you are back in grade school waiting for the last bell of the year to ring and summer to begin – which pretty much describes the weather every day last week here in Chicago.

I was busy checking off to-do’s on my list for about the first hour of my day when the distraction appeared: it began with an email from a friend asking if anyone knew of a bakery that could make a layer cake from donuts and my friend Melissa responding with a link to the wonderful (and addictive) blog Une Gamine dans la Cuisine. Flash forward a couple of hours and Melissa is dropping off a cup of buttermilk so that we can both make the recipe.

Absolutely delicious as is, or change up the flavors a bit and substitute lemon or vanilla (or a combo) for the almond. And, yes, the muffin had the density and crumb of a donut without the deep frying. My daughter and I thought next time, too, we might try a chocolate glaze.

While I could have fretted about the time lost in my workday, I concluded in the end I needed a creative break that did not involve quilting or sewing. And, it was either this break or the donuts themselves, but I filled up a couple of pages in my sketchbook of quilt block designs!

Here’s to those creative breaks that in the end actually make us more productive …

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One Response to “Creativity, Donuts, and Quilting”

  1. Hilary Says:

    I’ll have to make this recipe with my daughter. Sounds yummy.

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