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Sam Dobson Writes: February 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Taking A Leap Of Faith

You'll have to forgive me. I know I've been pretty much MIA these past few weeks, but I have a good reason. At least, I think it's a good reason. The first week I went silent because I got terribly ill. I had the worst stomach flu I can ever remember having. It knocked me off my feet for three days and robbed me of my appetite for a week. Luckily, my bout with the flu happened when it did because just a week later I was set to start my new job. Between being incapacitated by the flu and busy learning the ins and outs of a new job, blogging sort of fell to the wayside...temporarily.

Yes, you read that correctly. I got a new job. Even as I type it now, I'm smiling from ear to ear. I love my new job and am so glad I made the jump. Don't get me wrong, I was terrified to leave my comfy job of 8+ years. Through every step of the interviewing process I was nervous and constantly thinking about how scared I was to leave my comfort zone. Nevertheless, I showed up to each interview, responded to every email, and took the offer. I am now a content editor for a social media agency.

My previous job had meaning (you know, the rescuing dogs part), I loved the dogs, and enjoyed my coworkers...most of the time. However, it was never what I set out to do and that always stuck around in the back of my mind. I've always known that I wanted more and had longed for the day I would finally be given such an opportunity. When the odds of me getting an offer started to grow, I was surprised to find myself fretting. It wasn't because I didn't want the job, it was because I was somewhat terrified to leave my comfort zone. What if I failed? Would I succeed in a new field? Would I get along with my new coworkers? Could this be something that I was not only good at but happy with?

That's what they call a leap of faith, right? It's about leaving behind something you know for something you don't in the hopes that it will all work out. Even though I was unsure of what was to come, I knew that I had to take that chance. It's okay to be afraid of the unknown, but you can't let it cripple your ability to move forward. To remind myself, I framed one of my new favorite quotes and hung above my desk at home.

Taking A Leap Of Faith
This quote is from a short poem written by Erin Hanson.
This image has been making the rounds on Pinterest.
Although I attempted to find where it originated from, I failed.
 If anyone knows, please do tell so I can give credit where it's due. 

I know, I know, I went on a tangent about overcoming your fears and taking leaps of faith. It's not a bad message though, right? My whole point in all of this was to say that I aim to get back on track with my posts as I juggle life, love, and a new career.

Cheers to moving forward!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Baked Cake Mix Donuts

While I do enjoy cooking, it's not my favorite thing to do in the kitchen. I can follow a recipe just fine and I do love the end result but my heart (and taste buds) belongs to the art of baking. Cupcakes are my specialty and I enjoy experimenting with ingredients and decorating. Naturally, I follow some food bloggers on Instagram and Pinterest and have not failed to notice that donuts are currently winning the pastry popularity contest.

Ever since my social media feeds have been overtaken by pictures of delicious and gorgeous looking donuts, I've been itching to try my hand at making some. While at Bed, Bath, & Beyond with my mom and grandma I mentioned that I wanted to check out donut pans. My grandma, who seems to have everything house-hold related, offered me the donut pan she just happened to have but never used. I was just waiting for an excuse to whip up some of these tasty treats. We had a family gathering this weekend and I was charged with bringing desert...bingo!

Not feeling experienced enough with donut making to attempt the frying process, I decided to go for a recipe for baked donuts. Via Pinterest I found a basic recipe that used cake mix as a base from On Sugar Mountain and decided to go that route. Wanting some variety, I choose chocolate, yellow, and strawberry cake mix. Caution: this ended up yielding dozens and dozens of donuts.While prosperous, it's also dangerous for your waistline. I gave away as many as I could and made my husband take the rest to work.

Anyways, what follows is a simple recipe that's easy to follow and results in delicious, fluffy, dangerously-sweet donuts. Enjoy!

Baked Cake Mix Donuts

For The Donut 

* 1 box of cake mix
* 3/4 cup buttermilk
* 2 eggs
* 2 tablespoons of melted butter 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep donut pan with cooking spray. Combine all 
ingredients (butter should be slightly cooled) in a large mixing bowl and mix until you get a consistent texture. Scoop mixture into a ziplock bag and cut off the tip of one corner. Pipe batter into pan and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool before glazing. 

Baked Cake Mix Donuts

For The Glaze

Traditional Glaze:
* 1 cup powdered sugar
* A few tablespoons of heavy cream

Directions: Mix together powdered sugar and two to three tablespoons of heavy cream. Add heavy cream as needed to thin and powdered sugar to thicken. Dip half of donut in glaze and sprinkle as preferred. Let stand until glaze hardens slightly. 

Baked Cake Mix Donuts

Chocolate Glaze:
* 6 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
* 1 cup heavy cream

Directions: Chop chocolate into small pieces if needed and pour into medium sized bowl. Bring heavy cream to simmer in a small saucepan. Pour cream over chocolate and let sit for a few minutes. Mix the mixture until consistent and let sit for ten minutes before using. Dip half of donut in glaze and sprinkle as preferred. Let stand until glaze hardens slightly. 

Baked Cake Mix Donuts