Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Arnie the Robo-spudnut



One of our favorite children's books is Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller (as you know i love food and many of my favorite childrens books are also about food- like the all time greatest Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) For the last week or so smart son (age 5) has wanted to make doughnuts- "just like Arnie" (with working eyes, arms and legs) I told him I didn't think we had those "parts" he said we could make bendable robotic ones!!! I told hm maybe his engineer dad could but I didn't take any robotics classes in grad school and he'd have to settle for non- animated, non- robodonuts. So last night after our family night lesson on our family value of excellence (which was very well recieved- love those days) we made spudnuts (potato doughnuts)- Smart son was more than skeptical about potatoes in doughnuts- but spudnuts were a tradition in my family-- and a tribute to my idaho pioneering paternal grandparetns, great grandparents-- and in the end he loved them and now loves saying "Do you know another word for potato is spud?"

11 comments:

Gabriela said...

Yum! I have yet to attempt donuts.

I am so curious about all of your travel! You have been everywhere. I was so jealous yesterday when I saw that you have gone to the Phillipines. My best friend here in Mexico is Filipino and she is always talking about how beautiful it is. I want to go!!

Sunny said...

Yum, yum, yum!

What a fun family night!

Anonymous said...

We used to make donuts as kids. One of my favorite actities! You are a fun mom!

Sabra said...

YUM spudnuts!! I always think I'll make some, but I'm afraid of grease, so...

and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs? LOVE.THAT.BOOK!!!!!!

smartmama said...

sabey-baby- i am afraid of grease too- i used a very tiny sauce pan and did them one at a time-- i think it was the 2nd time in my life i fried something

itybtyfrog said...

Those sound so yummy!! I love making donuts...we actually have a donut machine. You put the batter in with a little oil and shut the lid, and bim bam boom you get a perfect donut out of it. I have never tried spudnuts though...what is your recipe?

smart dad said...

The spudnuts were good! Like the ones we made for FHE when I was a kid.

Nettie said...

What a fun family activity! We make donuts (DH's grandma's recipe) on Christmas morning. No potatoes, but I've tried and liked that version too. I especially like your decorations. The green frosting is a definite hit!

Lei said...

Those look fabulous! You are rock, smart mama!

Lei said...

You rock, not you are a rock. Lol. Although, you are SOLID as a rock.

You know what I mean. :)

Jane said...

I loved it when my mom would make donuts! And I always get hungry when I read your blog. LOL