Now that it's gotten too difficult to get everyone together at Mama's house and too much work for her, I've moved the sweet memory-making to the cabin for her great-grandchildren (and the adult grandchildren still enjoy it too!) and decided to make it an annual after-Christmas event.
I got up early and made 3 batches of yeast donut dough, so by the time all 8 grandkids, some of their parents, and Mama arrived the dough had risen and was ready to roll and cut.
Kim, as you can see, did not participate at first (although he did join in later and definitely helped with the eating)...how in the world he could relax and nearly fall asleep back there is beyond me! It was neither quiet nor peaceful...
After they got the donuts all cut out, we had to wait another hour or so to let them rise again.
Time for some family bonding...with Gran-Gran and cousins....
The children aren't quite old enough to help with the frying, so Kristoffer was our official donut-fryer...
...and everyone else glazed the hot donuts.
I won't lie...a few fingers (and maybe even spoons!) were licked along the way. Who cares...we're all family?!
Mama supervised and advised and thoroughly enjoyed her morning.
Dad always loved freshly-made donuts. Working second shift at the factory, about once a week he'd stop at the Hagerstown donut shop in the early hours of the morning after he got off work and bring home donuts literally still warm from the fryer and sit down at the kitchen table and eat one right there in the middle of the night, saving the rest for our breakfast. Of course, we had to recite his famous line several times that morning.
"They're better now than they ever will be."
Not the most picture-perfect, but they were DELICIOSO!!!!
Trying not to get the children TOO sugared up before sending them home (a favorite Gramaw trick!), I did make them eat an obligatory light lunch before completely pigging out on donuts.
Sweet, sweet memories were made...and I think we're beginning a revised holiday version of a family tradition.