Since I've never made doughnuts before, I decided to try this recipe online, because it seemed simple, and I was sure Javier would enjoy rolling out the dough and cutting out circle shapes.
But, as is unfortunately a regular occurrence for me when trying out new recipes, it didn't work. Jav and I followed the recipe exactly, but instead of getting dough thick enough to roll we ended up with something a lot more like pancake batter.
'Okay,' I thought, 'we'll just make beignets.' Beignets are doughnut-like fried dough they make in New Orleans and serve with heaps of powdered sugar, which makes them both delicious and a suffocation hazard. But to make them all we had to do was drop the batter by tablespoonfuls into the hot oil.
This is what we ended up with:
They were far more like fried pancakes than beignets (and yes, I have a terrible time frying anything. The first time I ever tried I came close to burning the house down), and even though you're meant to serve beignets warm, these tasted pretty awful.
Undaunted...well, somewhat daunted, I
Then he went to his room and made his own subway line, complete with maps and turnarounds:
Because he is awesome.
Now he's high on sugar and running around the house naked making (actual) monkey noises, but at least his cheeks look normal again.
Here's his mouth full of bling:
I'm sure there's some great message here about perseverance, spoonfuls of sugar or taking better care of your teeth or something, but I'm a little distracted right now with trying to get Jav to get into PJs and to brush his teeth. All of them.