Usually July in the Chicagoland area is a month filled with sunshine and warmth that I like to think is a reflection of the excitement surrounding my birthday. This yearâ€™s excitement was tempered by the dread of officially leaving the big 3-0 behind.
In July, our weather went from extreme to extreme: blistering heat advisories one day to lightning, rainstorms and twister sightings the next. We had not one, but TWO tornado warnings last month! So the big question on everyoneâ€™s mind must be â€śHow on earth did Kristie celebrate her birthday?â€ť I know itâ€™s all I thought about tooâ€¦
I decided to let Mother Nature be my guide, and this yearâ€™s theme was a Twisted Summer birthday!
We spiraled streamers along the ceiling, served freshly-squeezed orange juice swirled with pureed strawberries, and the coup de grĂ˘ce for dessert? TWISTED DOUGHNUTS!
The twisted doughnuts were a breeze with the new Wilton Doughnut Twist Pan, especially since it came with an easy-to-use recipe for both the baked crullers and the sweet toppings on the back of the package.
With the help of my nephews, my sister quickly made the batter, filled the pan cavities and dropped it into the oven. The only challenge was trying to keep Tyler and Evan from continuously â€śtastingâ€ť the confectionersâ€™ sugar glaze and the cinnamon sugar toppings before the doughnuts were even out of the oven! It was a miracle there was anything left to top them with!
My mom and nephews opted for the sugar glaze, my dad and I went with cinnamon sugar, and my sister? She took the theme to the extreme by alternating toppings on each twist!
This twisted celebration was definitely the best of both worlds!