Laughing into the New Year [2020 Story Time]

The only donuts that survived the Pudding Apocalypse, hehe! 🙂 

Good Evening Friends!

I hope you all are having a lovely evening and sliding into the new year with a smile on your face. Tonight I wanted to share with you how I’m literally laughing my way into the new year. It would have been so easy to get angry at the mess I made in the kitchen. But instead I chose to laugh. I laughed at my mistake. I laughed at the absurdity of it all. I laughed at how one teensy little detail made a HUGE kerfuffle of a mess. Are you ready for a funny story time? Then, let’s dive in.

Today my kiddo wanted me to cook something special for New Year’s. “Okay” I said, prepared to flex my culinary muscles. After poking around recipes, we decided to make homemade vanilla custard donuts. My daughter pumped an excited fist in the air. “You’ve TOTALLY got this, Mom!” she said to me. I felt like my own celebrity chef in my galley of a kitchen.

Now the original recipe was in Japanese, so I first had to sit there and convert everything to the Imperial system. (Dear America, It’s 2020. Please use the metric system. Thank you). Then, I pulled out my pot to begin making the custard. If I’m being completely honest, while I wanted to get some “perfect” pictures for you all… I was a nervous wreck! I had to stir it… but not too much! Heat it… but not too hot or else the eggs would cook! My brain began to panic as I had flashbacks of making hollandaise sauce. I followed the recipe, but the darn custard just wouldn’t thicken!

“Forget this” I said aloud, “we’re doing this Southern style”. I poured the liquid back into the pot and did everything I knew to make a quick gravy. And you know what? It worked! “Ha!” I said feeling confident, “now for the donuts”. Perhaps it was in my confidence that I forgot one teensy… tiny… little… step.

I fried the donuts. I dipped them in sugar. I poked a hole in each with a chopstick and made a delicate pocket. I poured my custard in the piping bag and then….

I forgot to put the seal on the piping tip!

Custard went gushing EVERYWHERE! “Oh no!” I yelped, unable to stop the growing mess. I held it over a cup whilst trying to jam it in each donut to fill them. Some… it worked. Others… it looked like I smeared custard all over the donut itself. My hands were coated in sugar and pudding. Finally the piping bag ran out like a sad, limp sack. I stared down at the disastrous mess.

And then I laughed.

Oh how I laughed so hard! I belly laughed right there in the kitchen! My husband began to get the giggles. Then my daughter doubled over in laughter. We each ate a bite of ooey, gooey, but delicious-tasting donuts. They were sooo messy, but the taste was there and the job got done. I smirked at my daughter. “Don’t forget to laugh at yourself sometimes” I said to her and she gave me a messy smile.

May we all move into the new year with laughter and love in our hearts. Have a great night everyone!

Much love,

~Kitten xx


  1. I love this!! My motto in life is always “laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone”. It’s why I never refuse to surrender my sense of humour, ever. When you have humour, the stress just bounces right off of you!

    On a sidenote, piping bags are the worst. I bought some of those silicone ones to make tiramisu once and the damn thing popped, all up my face and all up my lovely black top. I had a hell’s job walking past Wolfie and my father-in-law without them seeing what had happened! Haha. Keep laughing sweet 🙂 xx

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    1. Oh my goodness! LOL That is crazy!! Yeah, piping bags are such a royal pain. I think when I make kiddo’s birthday cake in a few weeks that I’m going to put the icing in a ziplock bag, cut the tip, and pray that it pipes smoothly. That’ll be much easier, hehe! Btw, I love your motto. It’s some very sound advice. 😉 xx


      1. If you use ziplocks, fold down the top a few times before you pipe. Just.. trust me, experience would tell me they aren’t your friends, either. Even baking parchment cones can be your enemy 😂 xx

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  2. Yes!
    There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
    Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

    So laugh everywhere:
    In the kitchen
    At work
    When you play
    When you swear
    Morning, noon, and night
    Even in your underwear!

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  3. Happy new year! May this year and decade bring you and yours lotsa peace and joy.
    Laughing at a mess is fun, makes it fun rather than frustrating and annoying. I’m glad you got to enjoy it 🙂
    Love, light and glitter

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