Okay, so we all love doughnuts, right? Krispy Kreme is my doughnut (or donut? I never know…) of choice on Christmas morning (along with bacon, my mom’s sausage roll-ups, sugared pecans and Hershey Kiss peanut butter cookies, but that’s a story for another day. Oh Christmas, I need you). For every day doughnuts, I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts – I adore their chocolate frosted and blueberry beauties. And sadly, that’s about as far as my doughnut expertise stretched, at least before Tuesday. I had never had a non-mass produced doughnut.

It’s a total travesty, actually.

On Tuesday, however, that all changed. Forever. FOR-EV-URRRRRR!

My co-workers and I were treated to a little departmental office party on Tuesday morning. I jokingly wished for doughnuts, thinking of the delicious Dunkin’ Donut varieties. Little did I know that we were actually going to be treated with “homemade” doughnuts from a cute bakery in Athens called Ike and Jane’s!! When our supervisor opened the two doughnut boxes, my jaw probably dropped – it was like the Holy Grail of doughnuts! There were so many delicious varieties that I thought only existed on Food Network shows! There were maple doughnuts, blueberry doughnuts, red velvet with chocolate icing doughnuts, Snickers doughnuts and my personal favorite, CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH DOUGHNUTS! It was so beautiful. I even took a picture for you guys.

Obviously I picked that doughnut. It was lightest, fluffiest doughnut I had ever had the pleasure to eat. The icing was just thick enough, the cinnamon toast crunch was abundant and crunchy…oh man, it was TOTAL BLISS. Adam and I also split a maple doughnut that was delicious, but in my opinion did not hold a candle to the cinnamon toast crunch. I also had a bite of Adam’s blueberry doughnut, which was SO much better than the blueberry glazed kind from Dunkin’ Donuts. There was no stale chew, just soft, fluffy and slightly spongy doughnut. Do those textures match? That’s what I felt when I chewed, so whatever. I will never look at Dunkin Donuts the same way again – there is NO comparison.

So Alexi and Bella (her dog) are almost settled in our apartment – so exciting!

Meet Bella!

Alexi actually decided to make some banana nut bread last night (which I have yet to try) and is making some meatloaf for dinner! MEATLOAF CRUNCH X 2!!! The recipe she uses is actually one she made up herself.

Alexi’s Meatloaf
Serves 6-8

– 1.5 lb ground beef
– 3/4 cup ground oats
– 1 egg
– 1 package dry onion soup mix
– 1 whole shredded green pepper (or carrots)
– 2 tablespoons garlic powder
– 3/4 cup ketchup (plus more for topping)

Preheat oven to 400.

Ground the oats in a food processor, then mix all ingredients together and pack into a loaf pan. Top with ketchup. Bake for 45 minutes.

This meatloaf was SO delicious! I have some serious meatloaf decisions to make between my mom’s, Shelley’s and Alexi’s! What I liked best about Alexi’s was the texture and the extra oomph of flavor that the pepper and dry soup mix added to the meatloaf. It was kind of like new age meatloaf, while my mom’s and Shelley’s is more old school. I heart meatloaf. So much.

Also, I tried my first fresh fig, courtesy of Chris. This week we fixed our own pizzas at Chris’s swanky apartment instead of dining out in Athens. It was really fun – I love having great friends at work that I can hang out with outside of the library. Anyways, the fig was actually really good! I was afraid that it would end up being disappointing, much like the dates I tried a while back. The fresh fig tasted a lot like a dried fig – same seedy inside, but much less chewy (obviously) since it’s fresh!

And now I’m off to pack! Kayla and her boyfriend invited Shelley and me to accompany them to a surprise Panama City Beach trip that Justin’s mom gave them for Justin’s graduation present – fun!! I might skip out on food pictures…it would probably look pretty weird to their other friends.


15 thoughts on “

  1. HOLY INSANITY DELICIOUSNESS!!!!!!that donut is ridiculous!!i want it right now in my life. every day. i'm with you, i'm a dunkin donuts gal. who knew there were gourmet donuts like this out there!?! i love it!!

  2. That donut is a piece of *art*. Seriously. This post reminded me of making homemade donuts with my Memere. I would always eat one straight from the deep fryer, when it was all hot and crispy, still a little soft and doughy on the inside from the heat. Needless to say, I completely agree with you, that Dunkin Donuts can not hold a candle to a real, live, non-commercial donut. 😉

  3. That doughnut looks orgasmic!I'm never sure about the doughnut v. donut thing but I think doughnut looks a tad bit more fancy. hahha.

  4. I'm not actually a fan of doughnuts, but it is still cool to see all the varieties out there! I'd say that cinnamon toast crunch was a pretty good choice.

  5. OHHHHH my gosh that doughnut!! FOR REAL!? that sounds AMAZING!! i LOVE KK doughnuts too!!! my FAV!! I love going when they are HOT off the oven! My friends and I go to the beach every summer and ALWAYS go to krispy kreme!!thank you for your sweet comment girl!!!

  6. Cinnamon…crunch…donut?!?! YES please! I went to PCB for spring break my freshman year and it was quite the experience… and I always woke up earlier too like you said and always wanted to eat dinner at like 5pm and we wouldnt go out til 9pm some night! Ahhh well just enjoy your time there and can't wait to hear all about it 🙂

  7. Chelsea – This is like a whole other world of doughnut deliciousness!!!! I hope you find yourself in a fancy doughnut's proximity very soon!Sarah – Aw, that sounds so fun 🙂 I always used to make cheese eggs w/ my grandma…completely different than doughnuts, but I loved grating the cheese and cracking the eggs.Camille, Chelsey Michelle, Mimi, Anna, Jenn and Michelle – It was absolute heaven. You must try a gourmet, homemade doughnut!Katie – A hot, fresh doughnut sounds SO delicious! And no need to thank me! Your blog is so awesome :)Megan – Haha, I'm glad someone can relate…my eating schedule feels so whacked, but like you, I'm working on being flexible :DMolly – LOL thanks! I think I'll keep using doughnut…it's fancier, in my opinion 🙂 This is FANCY tuna, after all…dur hur haha

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