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Summer Ready with Baby

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Sour cream baked donuts and summer essentials.

I want to know: do you make enough time for the essential exchanges or do urgent situations take up most of your life? That’s something I have been thinking about. I made time for a picnic at the park with a friend this week and I took homemade, sour cream baked donuts. It was great! One of our readers can win a summer tote bag with a few baby essentials like I gave my friend…but you’ll have to make your own donuts.

Thanks to Rite Aid and Pampers for the nudge that made it possible and thanks for sponsoring this post.

Summer Ready with Baby

How does it happen it is already August and there are still so many unchecked items on my summer bucket list—can you relate? My life is full with family, photography, and friends. And I’m grateful.

But every so often I have to hit pause and re-assess priorities.

The days get too busy and I find myself feeling frazzled and not enjoying life. When I recognize the symptoms, again, I grab me by the scruff of the neck and give me a lecture. Except I am learning to be gentle with myself and not talk too mean!

Baby Diaper Change

My friend, Alexis, is a newbie mom so her time has been at a premium, too. We decided to take our kids for a picnic at the park so we could have a gab fest.

All that girl talk is so satisfying! And since my world is decorated with action figures, wrestling, and all things boy-centric, it was fun to get a girlie-pink fix, too!

I’m certain women of every era have had their own challenges but it seems there is just so much going on in the world these days to be concerned about, on top of routine responsibilities.

Even recognizing I’m not the only mom who feels that way is good. Forget the home chores for a while—making time to connect with friends is on my essential list for mental health.

Summer Diaper Bag

And I loved being able to gift Alexis with the fun summer tote bag! I know she’ll use the Dreft stain remover pen, snack catcher cup and Pampers Wipes. Rite Aid has all kinds of cool stuff (cute sunglasses!) and helpful products (sunscreen, etc.) and I was glad to know I would be leaving Alexis with a nice reminder of our day.

One of the needful items a busy mom needs for her little one is diapers that don’t leak ‘cause who wants to add extra outfit changes to the day? Alexis likes Pampers Cruisers because of their unique extra-absorb channels.

Pampers Cruisers

The Pampers stay drier because the channels help distribute wetness evenly and then the diapers don’t do that unattractive sag thing. That gives kids freedom to play longer between diaper changes. The three-way fit that adapts to a baby’s waist, legs, and bottom is a happy bonus.

And moms can keep gabbing…

From now through 8/26/17, head over to Rite Aid and spend $50 on any Pampers products and you’ll get $10 toward your next Rite Aid purchase. Score!

Pampers Diaper Wipes

Whether you make time for a picnic in the park or settle into a corner of your own backyard, I highly recommend giving it “event” status with an extra treat.  These sour cream baked donuts make points with my family.

Baked Donuts

They make points with me, too. I think baked donuts are way easier—and healthier—than fried donuts.

The everyday ingredients are easy to mix by hand. Using a baggie or a pastry bag to pipe donuts into a donut pan is quick work.

How to Make Baked Donuts

And the finished donuts look like they’re ready for a summer outing.

Baked Sour Cream Donuts

I need more essential moments like the picnic in the park with Alexis and our kids. I’m wondering…if I go a little slower, can I hold onto summer a little longer? ??

Summer Day Trip with Baby

Baked Sour Cream Donuts


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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or your favorite vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Sift flour, baking soda,

salt, and cinnamon.

3. In a separate bowl, blend sour cream, granulated sugar, oil,

vanilla, and egg.

4. Combine wet and dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until

well blended.

5. Use a ladle or large spoon to fill a baggie (or pastry bag)

with mixture. Snip a small opening in the corner of the bag.

6. Twist the top of the bag so nothing comes out and pipe the

mixture into a greased donut pan. Fill only 1/2 to 2/3 full.

7. Bake the donuts for 12 minutes or until cooked through.

8. Set in pan for about 5 minutes; remove and put on cooling


We love these donuts without any topping! You can also top them

with this yummy glaze:

Glaze is 2:1 ratio of powdered sugar to milk. I used about 1/4

cup of sugar to 1/8 cup of milk. Mix together and let set while donuts are


Once donuts are cooled on rack, put a baking sheet under to

collect any run-off.

Spoon glaze over donuts and add sprinkles or desired topping.

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.