One-Step Homemade Donuts with Maple Buttermilk Glaze

One-Step Homemade Donuts with Maple Buttermilk Glaze

Do you ever felt mentally filled to the brim? Last week I missed several personal emails (due in part to too many junk emails, ugh!) and it made me feel like a crazy person. To some extent being busy is the modern reality of being a woman. There are times when my brain just simply can't comprehend cooking from scratch. I just can't go there. I'm trying to make sure school papers are signed, clothes are clean, hugs are given, and deadlines are met. I need something easy, that tastes good, and makes my family happy. And these donuts are exactly that!

The donut batter is actually just canned biscuit dough. And the glaze sounds fancy, but really it takes 30 seconds to whip together. And if you want to go even more simply on the glaze--try rolling the warm doughnuts in a little butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Scroll down for the donut recipe with maple buttermilk glaze!

fry donuts in vegetable oil

Biscuit Donuts with a Maple Buttermilk Glaze

Makes 10 donuts


2 cups Vegetable Oil

1 can generic buttermilk biscuits (regular size, not the grands, and not the flaky style)


1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons buttermilk

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sanding sugar (optional)


Heat oil in deep cast iron skillet or dutch oven to medium-high heat. Open biscuit can and lay dough flat individually, then use a cap or small lid to cut donut holes in each donut. Fry each donut until golden brown (this happens quickly, about 30 seconds per side), carefully flipping with tongs. Drain and cool on paper towels.

Whisk powdered sugar, buttermilk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm donuts and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Best served fresh.

Quick tip! Use a leftover donut hole to test the oil's temperature before frying the donuts. The dough should immediately sizzle.

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DIY Fall Wreath

make this one of a kind Autumn wreath

I love a good seasonal wreath on my front door, but like many of you I don't have $40+ dollars to spend each season! So when I spotted a lonely looking $6 pinecone wreath at the thrift store a few weeks ago, I knew it just needed a little sprucing up to make it look fresh and add a natural touch.

Scroll down below for directions on how to update your own wreath!   

Spotted at my local Habitat Restore. It looked so lonely with the evergreen-style wreaths! It was technically $8, but I had a 20% coupon...because I'm cheap like that.

Spotted at my local Habitat Restore. It looked so lonely with the evergreen-style wreaths! It was technically $8, but I had a 20% coupon...because I'm cheap like that.

Upcycled Autumn Wreath


Pinecone style wreath

Hot glue gun (affiliate link)

Dried sweetgum balls (if you don't have these locally, they can be found on Etsy)

A few small, natural pinecones

Thin, twig style branches

3-4" thick burlap ribbon

thrifted wreath (before)

Step 1:

Remove old ribbons or bows.

cut off old ribbon

Step 2:

Gather sweet gum balls, and spot empty spots in your wreath to fill.

dried sweet gum balls to a wreath

Step 3:

Carefully glue sweet gum balls to wreath using hot glue gun. Apply pressure to balls for at least 10 seconds while glue sets.

glue sweet gum balls

Step 4:

Hot glue a few small natural pinecones to wreath, filling in any blank spots.

Add small pinecones with glue

Step 5:

Glue a few thin twigs to front of wreath, layering at least 2 branches. The branches add texture to the wreath.

Glue thin twigs

Step 6:

Decide how you want the wreath to hang (where the top will be) and carefully add burlap ribbon to wreath. Hang and enjoy! 

Hang with burlap

Pinecone wreaths have loads of Autumn charm, and by updating a wreath from the thrift store we keep cost down and make it a one of a kind piece. I used branches and pinecones from my mother in law's yard, and already owned the glue gun, so the only cost on this project was the $6 wreath.

I plan to keep this wreath up from October through Thanksgiving. The cheerful gold mixed with natural tones and textures makes me smile. Do you have a wreath at your house that needs a little TLC? Would love to see pictures! 

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A Round-Rug Roundup

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Do you ever have rooms that just are "almost" there but not quite? That is exactly how I feel about our breakfast area! It needs a little more "something" to feel complete. Originally we had talked about replacing the tile, but I think we will stick with a little longer (its boring but functional!) And I think a rug will do a lot to break up the grid on the floor. 

The blog was unexpectedly quiet this week. Last week I was diagnosed with bronchitis, and it knocked me out a little more than I expected. I've been bored out of my mind this week (would love recommendations for good netflix/prime shows or books!) and am ready to get the creative juices going again.

So...Back to rugs. I'm looking for a lot of texture, so jute comes to mind. But am also attracted to grey+white. Any thoughts on what would do best in a kitchen area? And I don't want the rug to scratch my kiddos feet while they eat breakfast! 

Scroll down for 6 of my favorite rugs, and click an image for a full description!

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That Time I Felt Cool In NYC (BHG Stylemakers 2016)

Last week I was invited to attend Better Homes and Garden's Stylemaker event in New York City! I had dreamed of attending for a few years, and am still shocked it all worked out. Day to day my life isn't super glamorous. I've attended two blogging conferences, and I try to attend local blogger events once a month, but otherwise I live in a bit of a bubble working from home all day. I also felt a bit out of my league, as the other bloggers who attended have HUGE followings. Insecurity happens to all of us from time to time, right??

One of the reasons I loved the BHG event is it is focused on home&garden bloggers. Meaning we were either recipe, home design, or DIY bloggers (or a mix). It gave us instant connection, and we all felt comfortable shooting Instagram Stories at a moment's notice!

I brought my husband with me to New York (thank you Grandma for watching the kiddos!) The first night we ate at Bocca, an Italian restaurant, with 8 other bloggers and then hopped in a taxi to Melissa Bahen's book signing of her new book Scandinavian Gatherings, which is a gorgeous by the way and definitely worth checking out!

Thursday at the Gramercy Park Hotel

Thursday I walked down a few blocks from my hotel on 28th to Gramercy Park Hotel for the BHG Stylemaker event. The decor was on point with a Crate&Barrel lounge and vintage typewriters and accessories mixed in with the food buffet.

photo credit: David Keith.

photo credit: David Keith.

The event included about 80 bloggers and BHG editors. We listened to some amazing speakers, including keynotes Grace Bonney and Padma Lakshmi, both of whom recently launched new books.

Grace (founder of Design Sponge) just released In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs. Not only is the content in her hardcover book inspirational from a visual standpoint, but it also reads  like a giant pep talk to us creative types. 

Padma just released this month The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs: An Essential Guide to the Flavors of the World. The photography throughout the hardcover book is beautiful, and reading through it makes me realize just how limited I was being with my spices. I'd definitely recommend her book as a kitchen staple.

Southern blogging friends Sonya Barker of At Home with the Barkers and Jamie Lott of Southern Revivals. photo credit: David Keith.

Southern blogging friends Sonya Barker of At Home with the Barkers and Jamie Lott of Southern Revivalsphoto credit: David Keith.

The day included break out sessions and discussions on creativity. Some random notes I jotted down: play to strengths, have a consistent POW and aesthetic. Success = engagement from readers. For new products look for high demand/low competitors. 

Throughout the day we enjoyed breakfast, lunch, and cocktails with drinks and snacks provided by Dunkin Donuts, Triscuit, and thinkThin.

I snuck my husband Lee into the event for a few minutes (I got permission!) photo credit: David Keith.

I snuck my husband Lee into the event for a few minutes (I got permission!) photo credit: David Keith.

Friday in Soho

On Friday one of the sponsors for the event, Crate&Barrel, hosted a brunch with the BHG editors and bloggers. Also noteworthy (ha!) I caught my first taxi solo to the event. I was proud of myself!

Back to the event....Woody Woodard, president of Crate&Barrel, and BHG editor Eugenia Santiesteban Soto spoke on trends and the importance of timing when introducing new style ideas to an audience. After the talk we shopped around the store.  

Brunch at Crate&Barrel. photo credit: David Keith.

Brunch at Crate&Barrel. photo credit: David Keith.

photo credit: David Keith. With PJ Feinstein of A Girl Named PJ, and Lindsay Ponta of Shrimp Salad Circus

photo credit: David Keith. With PJ Feinstein of A Girl Named PJ, and Lindsay Ponta of Shrimp Salad Circus

After the Crate&Barrel event I headed with a few friends down the street to Michele Varian: a beautiful store with a mix of vintage and new home decor. Definitely go when you are in Soho!

Saturday is for Thrift Store Shopping

Not going to lie, Friday afternoon/evening I crashed and binged on HGTV + Food Network. But Saturday morning I was ready for more adventure and my husband and I discovered 4 thrift stores on the same street! If you are in Manhattan near Gramercy Park be sure to check out E. 23rd Street for Salvation Army, Goodwill, City Opera Thrift Shop, and Housing Works Thrift Shop. 

I didn't have much room in my luggage, but I scored a cute scarf and several books for 10 cents each!

And just for fun, a clip from Instagram Stories (follow along on Instagram for more fun video clips and future thrift store tours!)

Whew, if you made it through that whole post. High five!! Thanks so much for reading and supporting Tag&Tibby!!