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Doughuts :) by Amy Loves Yah

Doughnuts ūüôā by Amy Loves Yah

Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day.  That is something to celebrate.

Doughnut grease pretty much runs thru my veins.   One of my first memories is being very small, probably only two or three years old, and going to the doughnut shop where my teenage sister worked.  I remember sitting in the small shop with my mom and brother eating doughnuts watching her work behind the counter.  She started working there at the tender age of fifteen and basically ran the shop after the owner went home when he was done making the doughnuts.  He even trusted her to pay herself out of the money from the cash register!

My sister moved on from the doughnut shop after a few years but we still frequented the town’s other doughnut places.¬† If we didn’t go to get doughnuts on Saturday then we had them at church on Sunday.¬†¬†As a special¬†treat¬†after dinner, sometimes¬†my doughnut loving mom would make doughnuts with canned biscuit dough that she fried in oil and glazed with a powdered sugar and milk frosting.¬† Those doughnuts were so good, piping hot and dripping with gooey icing.¬† Anyone else drooling right now?

My husband and I got a kick out of discovering that we shared a doughnut-laden background.  His big brother had a job at another doughnut shop in town several years after my sister graduated from school.   There was even a time when his parents had to fill in at the doughnut shop for him so that he could start a more promising job at a big local company.  My mother-in-law says she hated coming home smelling like grease and sugar but how bad could that really be?

When I was in college, I saw Rosie O’Donnell raving about Krispy¬†Kreme¬†on her talk show so when I visited NYC for the first time, I sought out the famed doughnut shop and tasted my first one.¬† It was a cream-filled chocolate-glazed pillow of heaven!¬† The day that we flew back home, I got up early to take the subway back to Krispy¬†Kreme¬†in order to buy a dozen to take back home for my family to sample.¬† They somehow survived a full day of flying across country with only minimal smushing.¬†¬† You can imagine my disgust when my¬†family declared them “okay“.

A few years after that, Krispy¬†Kreme¬†opened a store near our town.¬† There was a huge line for weeks to get those things.¬† Of course, I was one of the carboholics¬†waiting in line for an hour for one of the hot doughnuts.¬† I don’t think that anyone can deny their awesomeness when hot out of the fryer.¬† Delicious!

The doughnut theme in our family almost came full circle right after my husband and I got married.¬† We saw an ad in the paper for a doughnut shop that was for sale.¬†¬†¬†It cost about ten grand and we even took a drive to go check it out one Sunday afternoon.¬† We didn’t have the money but planned on borrowing it from my dad.¬† We thought about it for several days but ultimately decided that it wasn’t a good investment.¬† When we think about that now we find it kind of hilarious.¬† The thought of us making doughnuts for a living is too funny.

Sadly, doughnuts¬†again¬†became a staple in my diet a few years ago.¬† My mother had been diagnosed with cancer and due to the aggressive chemotherapy she was taking, her appetite went down to nothing.¬† She literally almost starved herself to death at one point.¬† One of the only things that she could even think about eating were doughnuts.¬† Before her treatments, we would stop by the doughnut shop that she liked and get some.¬† The maple glazed were her favorite but she usually would only eat a few bites.¬†During this time, I was pregnant with my girl and I would easily put¬†away three or four doughnuts while watching my mom pick¬†at hers.¬†¬†I¬†definitely think that¬†eating those¬†doughnuts became a small comfort to me at a time that was so heavy with worry and sadness.¬† ¬†It’s been two years since she passed away and I can’t drive past that doughnut shop without getting a little overwhelmed¬†emotionally.

We’ve passed our love of doughnuts onto our little girl.¬† She even has some doughnut themed pajamas.¬† I’ll have to make sure they are clean so she can wear them to bed tonight.¬†¬† I’m even thinking about making doughnuts with her as a way to pass on the doughnut love that my mom and I shared.¬† If I do, I’ll post about it later.¬† Until then, go eat a doughnut and think about all of the ways those fluffy circles of dough heaven make our lives better!

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