Donut Day {On the Cookstove}





“There!” said the lady when all the ingredients were mixed.
“Just wait till you taste these doughnuts!”

Homer got down from the chair and pushed a button on the machine marked ‘start’.
Rings of batter started dropping into the hot fat.
After a ring of batter started dropping, it was cooked on one side an automatic gadget turned it over and the other side would cook.
Then another automatic gadget gave the little doughnut a little push
and it rolled down a little chute, all ready to eat.

“Here, young man, you must have the first one.
Now, isn’t that just too delicious!?
Isn’t it simply marvelous?”

– Homer Price, Doughnuts

“Mommy, I really want to make donuts,” my 14 year old said one morning over breakfast, as she dropped a spoonfull of cinnamon over her steaming oatmeal.

Not being one to miss an opportunity to have fun in the kitchen, I replied, “Well, let’s do it on the next cold day!”


With much anticipation, we all waited for the cold weather to turn even chillier. Noses pressed against the window pane, the children checked the weather daily. Strangely, we have had very warm weather in November, much to the children’s dismay. Cooking donuts over a cookstove would surely require chilly temperatures.
Finally, this past weekend, the mercury dropped.




With aprons on and mixing bowls ready, the girls {+two helping boys} had a wonderful time, making making the dough, cutting out the doughnuts, frying them and, of course, rolling them in powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar.

Luther was on quality control – he did a great job until he fell asleep on duty …


The donuts were absolutely delicious! So good that we decided to make a second batch the following day, this time, with apple fritters in mind. Those were even more amazing!

The children and I have decided November will certainlyย  be our ‘Donut Making Month’ in traditional fashion each year.

“Mrs. Sharp believes traditions are like recipes.
Some we don’t alter a bit because they are perfect.
Others need a dash of this or that to suit our family’s taste.
As with any new dish,
you’ll know soon whether the new custom suits your family
and should become part of your repertoire.
Did they enjoy it? Did you?

Was the activity worth the effort it took to do it again?”
~ Mrs. Sharpe’s Traditions



Have you ever made donuts? These were fried in coconut oil, so therefore … they must be healthy, right?
Let us share this delicious recipe with you … I think you {and your family} will thank me.


Homemade Donuts

2 cups milk

1 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey

3/4 cup butter

2tsp salt

1 Tablespoon yeast

1 C. warm water

3 eggs

10-11 cups flour (we often use half whole wheat and half unbleached white flour)

Scald milk. Stir in sugar, butter and salt; set aside to cool.
Dissolve yeast in the warm water; set aside.
Beat eggs. When the milk mixture is luke-warm, mix in the egg, sugar and yeast mixture.
Stir in just enough flour to make a soft dough.
Let dough rise until double in size.
Roll out and cut into doughnuts.
Let rise again until light.
Fry in 365 degrees (we use coconut oil).
Sugar or glaze as desired. Makes 65 delicious doughnuts.

P.S. Do you have the vintage story of Homer Price book on your bookshelf? It is a very fun read, clean light-hearted for your children. You can find it here.

Also … here is a fun song to play while you are baking donuts together!

November 23, 2020 - 6:41 pm

Gigi Rachel, thank you so much for your encouragement. I would love to put the book into a blog format. It has been a goal of mine, but I have to figure it out. Any tips? ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a beautiful day!

November 23, 2020 - 12:25 pm

Rachel Oops…failed to type the correct letters in the website…

November 23, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Rachel Dear Gillian,
What an oasis of inspiration and encouragement your blog is. I so appreciate your love and pursuit of the most important things in life. I was thinking today how nice it would be if all your posts and pictures were able to be compiled into a book! Have you considered such an undertaking?! (I guess I was thinking how we might not always have the internet and wishing I could preserve some of the best inspiration from it.)

Blessings to you all and thank you for your lovely contribution to our lives as readers!
Kentucky, USA

November 23, 2020 - 3:02 am

Linda Hi Gigi, I loved reading about your doughnut day ๐Ÿ™‚ I also made doughnuts with my little granddaughters about 6 weeks ago and we all had so much fun too! I did find them very moreish, so I don’t think I’d trust myself to make them too often. Thank you for sharing this new tradition with us all Gigi. Blessings ~ Linda

November 22, 2020 - 5:40 pm

Cathy Thank you so much for the recipe!
I will definitely be trying these. ๐Ÿ™‚ A few years ago you had posted a recipe for ginger cookies and they were so delicious they became a family favourite and we have since made them every single year at Christmas. We also give them as gifts and have been told by many people that that’s all they want for Christmas…… ๐Ÿ˜€

November 20, 2020 - 12:10 am

Janine I do have the original Homer Price on my bookshelf! Thanks for reminding me about it. My son says he doesn’t remember us reading it so…we must read it again! I love Mrs. Sharp, too…though I’ve never finished the book!

Your pictures and your children and your home are absolutely beautiful! I so enjoyed this post.

The last time I made donuts was in 8th grade Home Ec. One day soon I must try it, since you’ve whetted my appetite and given me the recipe : )

November 19, 2020 - 9:19 am

HomeofManyBlessings What a lovely day and oh so yummy!! Have a wonderful day.

November 18, 2020 - 4:12 pm

Diane Looks so yummy! I don’t think I could stop eating them. We used to make them with the smaller refrigerator biscuits. Just pop open the can and take a biscuit, then punch a hole in the middle with your finger and shape it like a donut.. Drop in the oil and then cover with powdered sugar mixed with cinnamon. I am sure your homemade ones are much better, but if anyone wants a shortcut there you have it. I think I would prefer the homemade ones. Your daughters are growing up prettier every day. How fun!

November 17, 2020 - 11:56 pm


November 17, 2020 - 6:52 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Momma) Gillian, what a FUN day(s) that would have been!! You are such a creative momma, I see how much the children loved it. And I hear you shared them with neighbours/friends … how very kind! I will have to visit in November next time, so I can indulge. xoxo