I’ve talked many times before about the wonderful friends I have made through blogging.  We’ve had numerous virtual parties to mark occasions we weren’t able to celebrate together in person.  We email each other several times a day to keep in touch.  A few weeks ago, I could hardly contain my excitement when one of my best blogging girlfriends, Courtney of Cook Like a Champion, was able to come and visit our family for a whole three-day weekend!  We have talked about this for a long time, so it was amazing to make this dream become a reality.  Our visit confirmed what I already knew – this girl is awesome.  She is sweet, kind, smart, thoughtful, and funny.  I feel so lucky that we were finally able to spend time together!  We talked and talked and talked, went out to a couple of my favorite local restaurants, played with the kids, and of course, we cooked and baked together…a lot.  This week we’ll both be blogging about the recipes we made together, starting with these pumpkin doughnuts.

I’m normally not one of those people who goes gaga for doughnuts but for some reason, I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately.  The craving had already set in before Courtney arrived so when she suggested making pumpkin doughnuts, I was stoked.  We perused the internet for recipes and try as we might, we never found a yeasted version that looked worthwhile.  Eventually we opted to try a cake doughnut instead and I can safely say that we were very happy with the results.  We couldn’t decide whether to top them with cinnamon-sugar or a spiced glaze, so we did half and half.  Both were delicious but in the end I think the glaze won out as my personal favorite.  As with most homemade doughnuts, these really are best while fresh, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying them the next day or two.  These will most definitely become a fall tradition in our home.