I’ve been searching for quite some time for the perfect pumpkin donut. Last Fall I was determined to find it…I didn’t.

This Fall (it’s really not feeling like it) I said, “Enough is enough.” I mean, no one enjoys a muffin better than me! I love my donut baking pans. But, honestly, baked donuts are really muffins baked in the shape of a donut.

Oh! I’ll eat them, and I’ll enjoy them! But, I’ve eaten enough donuts in my life to know a real donut when I find it!

Well, I found it. I didn’t create the recipe, but I am so glad that I found the recipe. Most of the pumpkin donut recipes I have tried were a little too cakey and a little too dense. Not this one!

The Baker Chick shares her Pumpkin Sour Cream Donuts and, oh, my! They are delicious!

The only change I made was to put a little orange food coloring in my glaze. I also warmed my glaze before dipping my donuts.

I had to do this, because it brings some very good memories to mind when I see that beautiful orange-colored glaze.

My children went to Hyles-Anderson College in northwest Indiana and I would love to visit them in the Fall. One of our favorite stops was the County Line Orchard!

County Line is famous for their Apple Cinnamon and their Pumpkin Donuts. If you are ever in the vicinity of Hobart, Indiana – stop by! And, you better bring me some donuts!

The Baker Chick really gives us a great recipe and one that is user friendly even for someone that has not made donuts before. Chilling the dough makes the rolling and cutting out so much easier!

It takes just about a minute for each side to get cooked to perfection. My donut holes took just a little longer, but not too much.

I think the next time, and there will be a next time, I will make mine just a little thicker. Other than that, this is a donut that will not be limited to any season!

Go to The Baker Chick and fry up some donuts now! Don’t wait! I promise they are worth it!

~Mama Crane


Doesn’t this look amazing??? My sister-in-law, Cynthia made this gorgeous beauty for my mother’s birthday this year.

Have you ever met someone that was just so good at everything? I’m talking about someone that not only has the ability to read directions and follow them completely – but a person that also has that creative sort of brain that I somehow missed out on?

Cynthia can make anything, do anything and create anything. She truly is amazing. And, she loves my brother-so that makes her special in my book. She is a mother to 7 and a retired school teacher.

She found this recipe online and it just turned out perfectly! Check out the original recipe at: https://deliciouslycooking.com/turtle-cheesecake-recipe.php

Warning!!! This recipe is not for a diet! But, it’s perfect for a special occasion like a birthday! Thank you, Cynthia!

Cynthia and Bruce

~Mama Crane


Mimi is my mother-in-law. She is quite possibly the best mother-in-law a wife could have. Mimi only had 4 grandchildren (my kids), and she spoiled them terribly and loved them even more!

Mimi is very sick with Alzheimer’s, but I would rather just tell you the good things, like about how she has sacrificed all her life for the sake of others. She has given of herself to her family and to the many churches that she and my father-in-law served.

I have been always treated like a daughter rather than a daughter-in-law. Mimi has 3 children, now, my husband is the only one left. We have many precious memories from the last 36 years that we have been married. Below is a picture of Mimi, Popa, Anita (my sister-in-law), and my husband, Preacher. This picture is about 12 years old, but this is how I like to remember Mimi.

One of the things that is so special about Mimi, to me, is that we are from the same little area in southeast Arkansas. Mimi and her mother, Nellie Mae, were the queens of biscuit making and I watched both of them over and over and over while they were making biscuits in the hopes that one day mine would be as good.

I still don’t think that my biscuits are as good as their biscuits, but after 36 years, I guess I will just keep trying!

Mimi has always been an exceptional cook and I think she probably made oatmeal cookies more than anything else. It’s funny, but I probably make oatmeal cookies more than anything else!

I do not know where Mimi got her recipe from, but the only thing I do differently is use half butter and half shortening. Oh! I also like to use a combination of quick-cooking oats and old-fashion oats.

I get asked to make Mimi’s Oatmeal Cookies more than anything else that I cook or bake. All of my children and grandchildren count these as favorites.

One day I had made a batch and gave my grandson, David, a huge oatmeal cookie. The next day I asked David if he wanted a cookie. He said, “Do you mean one of those really, really big cookies that are a little crispy on the outside and really nice and chewy on the inside? If that’s the cookie you are talking about, then YES! I want one!”

That just about describes Mimi’s Oatmeal Cookies!

A very small tribute to a very great woman!

~Mama Crane


Mornin’ y’all! I want to share a recipe from my daughter, Jackie. It is featured on her blog: The Blossom and Bud.

Here’s the link: https://theblossomandbud.com/granola-oats-raw-honey-organic/https://theblossomandbud.com/granola-oats-raw-honey-organic/

It’s definitely kid-tested and approved by five of my grandbabies! She has so much more to read on her blog, as well. Check it out!

Love, Mama Crane


This is such a great recipe and there are many different versions. This version is my favorite and is so full of wonderful goodness. I make mine with a mixture of organic cane sugar and Stevia. I promise it is like eating carrot cake without the icing and without the guilt!

Below is the link on Pinterest for these wonderful muffins! I only changed a couple of things for mine, but please check out the original recipe!

For my muffins, instead of using all of the sugar, I substituted 1/2 cup of Stevia and 1/4 cup of organic cane sugar. This cuts the calories quite a bit.

I don’t care for raisins in mine, so I drop half the batter into the muffin pan and then add raisins in the other half for hubby!

This is one recipe you will want to keep, and one you will want to bake often!

Londyn and Dianna

When you are having a tea party and snack cakes won’t do – bake some Morning Glory Muffins!

My granddaughters love tea parties! For some great ideas for marriage, motherhood, devotions and personal development, please check out my daughter’s blog at: http://theblossomandbud.com/

~Mama Crane

  • February 8, 2019 - 2:00 pm

    Jackie Carr - This is so sweet! This is probably the best muffin I’ve had in a long time, and I’m a bread fanatic!! So amazing how so much healthy stuff is packed into these yummies😊😋❤️ReplyCancel