Monday Musings + Vanilla Bean Brown Sugar Almond Butter & Mashed Fresh Raspberry Sandwich

1. On Saturday morning, John and I finally got around to checking out a little, independently owned doughnut & coffee shop in our new town. Now, I’m actually not a big doughnut person, but this place makes theirs fresh daily and the aroma emanating from the shop is downright heavenly (highlighting the fact that their doughnuts are made in-house). Plus, we had plans to visit the uber-popular Voodoo Doughnut during our stay in Portland, OR… but we didn’t end up making it and I’ve been thinking about fresh doughnuts ever since.

I opted for a glazed blueberry doughnut alongside a small decaf coffee (which I haven’t been drinking with regularity due to a first trimester pregnancy aversion… though the aversion has now thankfully passed, I haven’t yet delved back into the ritual of a morning cup of decaf quite yet).

Now this is the kind of doughnut I’ll indulge in! Moist, soft, studded with fresh blueberries, and double-dipped in a sweet & slightly crunchy glaze, this doughnut tasted heavenly.

Halfway through his chocolate honey glazed and cinnamon doughnuts, the hubs declared that he was “full” and couldn’t finish. Um, what? Pass it over to the pregnant lady, please! I polished off his cinnamon doughnut, which was even better than the blueberry. Less sweet than the glazed, encased in a crisp crust, and dusted with an intense coating of cinnamon, this doughnut was simply divine.

Though it won’t be a weekly tradition, I’m sure we’ll be going back again (and again) to this place!



2. About 15 minutes after finishing our breakfast of champions (cough, cough), I proceeded to take Shelby for a brisk 40 minute walk around the neighborhood, followed by about 30 minutes of vigorously vacuuming the entire house.

I’m guessing this burst of energy (which I haven’t felt since prior to being preggo) came from one of two sources: a) the “decaf” coffee I got from the doughnut shop was in fact caffeinated or b) the sugar rush from the doughnuts kicked in to fuel me through the morning’s activities.

Either way, I welcomed the energy rush with open arms!



3. John and I spent a very brief 24 hours down in CT this weekend; John went to a Mets game with his dad and I saw a fantastic film with my mother- and sister-in-law.

Beasts of the Southern Wild follows a community of fiercely independent Louisiana bayou residents before, during, and after the devastation wrecked by Hurricane Katrina. Beautiful acting, (especially considering that the “actors” were actually local residents auditioned and chosen by the director), effective cinematography, and an emotionally charged script combined to create a one-of-a-kind film that I became completely absorbed in.

Highly recommended!



4. A classic childhood lunchtime favorite (PB&J) gets reinvented with my Back Burner post this week. Check out my Vanilla Bean Brown Sugar Almond Butter & Mashed Fresh Raspberry Sandwich!




7 thoughts on “Monday Musings + Vanilla Bean Brown Sugar Almond Butter & Mashed Fresh Raspberry Sandwich

  1. I’m not sure what looks better here. The doughnut or that sandwich. I’m dying over the thought of Vanilla Bean Brown Sugar Almond Butter. Oh delish!

  2. I absolutely LOVE doughnuts, but they have to be good doughnuts. And these ones look good.

    Then again, so does that sandwich!

  3. I had donuts too for the first time in forever! I usually don’t crave them, but (like you) I’ve been wanting to try a little local shop all summer and finally did :) I split a chocolate sprinkle (my favorite) and a snowball donut with my boyfriend. Glad you had a good weekend :)

  4. So embarrassing BUT, are those doughnuts from Verna’s? If they are, are they not the greatest? Their cake doughnuts are some of the best I’ve ever had, and I literally make a hobby of trying out every doughnut in every city, restaurant, cafe, etc. that I’ve ever set foot in.
    They have season pumpkin and apple cider doughnuts too, that can knock your socks off if you get them at the right time of day.

    1. Hi Mia –

      Nope, not from Verna’s (we live southwest of Boston)… but I have to check out their pumpkin and apple cider doughnuts!! Thanks for the recommendation =).

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