Apple Cider Donuts

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Travis dug into his latest Raddish Kids crate today, this month with a timely theme all about the harvest. The recipes are laden with harvest goodies, and this first one relies on apple cider. We were ready, with a recently-purchased pint of fresh cider from a local orchard! Travis was so excited when he saw all the ingredients. “This one needs lots of spices!” he declared

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For the donuts:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the topping:

  • 4 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. To prepare the donuts, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk together the flaxseed and water to make 1 flax egg. Add 3 tablespoons melted butter, the brown sugar, apple cider, and vanilla.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among 6 donut molds and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 16 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the remaining butter in a small bowl. Combine the sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a second bowl.
  5. Working with 1 donut at a time, invert the mold and gently pop out. Dip first in the butter, then in the cinnamon sugar, coating both sides. Repeat with the remaining donuts.

The family literally had to fight over these, everyone begging for more bites.

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So next time we might need to make a double batch!

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To finish up the delicious lesson, we read on the recipe card about how apples helped Newton discover gravity, plus more about all those fall spices.

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For extra fun, turn it into a blindfolded test; set out spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves, and see if your child can guess by smell alone.

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Halloween Countdown Day 3: Jack O’ Paper Plates

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We kept our Halloween countdown simple with a classic today, since it was a busy Saturday. But we knew we wanted to fit in at least some Halloween fun!

So grab white paper plates and any orange coloring supplies, and turn those plates into pumpkins.

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I used marker, while Veronika preferred orange crayon.

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Next I cut facial features from black construction paper. Older siblings can help with the cutting and little ones will no doubt want to help glue the shapes on with a glue stick.

I kept our pumpkins friendly looking so they weren’t scary, but certainly feel free to make them spooky if your kids are older.

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They look perfect over a doorway in our house. Boo!

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Practical Math

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Veronika loves practicing the stairs these days, which reminded me that stairs are also the perfect place to practice… counting! While she exercises those little leg muscles, we can also exercise her brain.

As she climbs, we simply count up. Our stairs go to fifteen, which is a good stopping spot for a toddler anyway. She parrots along with me: “One, two, three.” She made me laugh when she jumped one time from seven to eleven!

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Hmm, now that we were thinking of practical ways to count around the house, what else could we easily count? I gave her a set of paper plates and cups, and we counted out place servings. One, two, three! You can do the same thing as you set the table with utensils or napkins.

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And of course don’t forget to count at snacktime. Anything like chips, cookies, nuts, or cereal pieces are perfect for counting out into piles.

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What else does your toddler like to count around the house? Doorways? Windows? Please share in the comments!