Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Breakfast Treats and a Giveaway

Well so much for Spring, it snowed here yesterday and we have more to come later this week! Yuck!!!
No matter what time of year it is I am always up for anything with pumpkin or apple, to me they are not just for Fall. So with the snow falling yesterday I decided to warm up and make some baked donuts and a warm cocktail to go along with them.
The great folks from Simply Orange sent me some coupons to purchase one of their juices and to give a couple away to my readers, more on that later.
Simple Orange has different varieties of juices such as, orange, apple, grapefruit, pineapple and mango just to name a few. They are certified by the American Heart Association, gently pasteurized, not from concentrate and  loaded with vitamin C.
So I decided to try the Simply Apple which is 100 % pure pressed.  I loved it because it actually tasted like a real apples, not sweetened. Some of the juices I use to buy for the girls were loaded with added sugars which is why I stopped buying them. This is something I would buy and feel good about! So after searching their website I had to give their  Hot Apple Pie Cocktail a try, visit their website for the recipe.
Just warm up some a couple cups of Simply Apple with a few cinnamon sticks, lemon juice, vanilla extract, allspice and  cardamom  in a saucepan for a couple of minutes. Add some apple schnapps (optional), pour into mugs and top with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.
Holy yum!!! It tastes exactly like hot apple pie only better!
I found the perfect match to go with this, Baked Apple Cider Donuts from Tasty Kitchen. (Click the link for the recipe)
I substituted apple cider for Simple Apple juice and it worked perfectly.
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl,
then the wet ingredients in another bowl.
Gently combine the dry ingredients into the wet.
Fill a mini muffin pan that has been buttered/sugared with the batter half way.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Brush the donut holes with butter and shake in a bag filled with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
These are so tasty, love the little bites and of course the warm apple flavor from the juice!

I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold, snowy Spring morning!
Now for the giveaway for two lucky readers!
The nice folks at Simply Orange have given me two coupons for one free 59 fl. oz  Simply Orange, Simply Apple or Simply Grapefruit to giveaway to two lucky readers!
To enter this giveaway all you  have to do is:
  • Visit Simply Orange and let me know which juice you’d like to try!
  • Follow my blog via GFC
This giveaway will end on Wednesday, March 30th at 9pm. I will pick two winners and notify you by email, you will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
Good Luck!!!

*Disclosure: Simply Orange provided me with coupons. The views and statements are completely my own.


  1. Simply Orange is the only OJ we buy. Love it. The lemonade is really good too. I'd like to try the Orange Mango - not sure I've seen that one on the shelves.

  2. Those little donut bites look delicious! I used to love snacking on cider donuts after apple picking as a kid. And I'm a huge fan of Simply Orange-- great after long runs. :)

  3. Oh that sounds absolutely DELISH!
    I'd love to try their Simply Apple... and the Simply Limeaid sounds great too!
    I do follow you...

  4. I'd like to try the Simply Grapefruit.
    I follow via GFc

  5. I'm a gfc follower and I'd try simply apple.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  6. I'd like to try the simple limeade, yum! And I follow.

  7. I'd love to try the grapefruit because I think it would be great with prosecco for a brunch cocktail!

  8. This is such a creative way to make baked doughnuts. I bet they were great. Apple juice is one of those things that always tastes good.

  9. This is great - the OJ is the only juice my fiance will drink and we always have to have some in the fridge! :)

  10. Their OJ is so delicous but we have not had their AJ so like to try their apple juice
    follow blog jelaws5

  11. Your recipes sound AWESOME! I would love to try the simply apple - had no idea they even made it!

  12. I already follow you at GF. Keep up the great sharing!

  13. Yum!!!

    I'm your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday!!


  14. Great recipe-they look delicious!
    I'm a new Follower form the Wed. Hop. Stop by Bocci's Beefs when you get a chance-we'd love to have ya as an official Follower and give us a "Like" on our Facebook page if you will:-)

    Thanks so much!

  15. Thanks GFC follower.

    Come visit soon

    brosius at tds dot net

  16. What a scrumptious looking treat! I'm following you from the hop (I just LOVE food blogs)! Please follow me back when you get a chance, Thanks! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  17. LOVE your blog...congrats on being featured this week and I'm your newest follower :)

  18. Hi, I'm your newest follower! That looks delicious. I hope to see you around :) http://www.memoirs-of-2-wicked-chefs.blogspot.com/

  19. Yum! we love Simply Orange and Simply Apple too! Please enter me!

    I'm a new follower here from the Wednesday hop! I would love a visit back at my blog, Mom Always Finds Out, when you get a chance. Thanks!


  20. Stopping by to say hi from Wednesday blog hop
    Such a CUTE idea!

  21. I have to try this recipe and that said, I would love to try the apple juice! Found you on Welcome Wednesday and am now following via gfc :)

  22. I would love to try simply apple!
    I follow via gfc suelee1998 @ gmail.com

    I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you please follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
    thank you :)

  23. I'd like to try the Simply Apple, the Orange is wonderful so I'm sure the Apple would be too!

    I follow you via GFC and am visiting from the Welcome Wednesday Hop too!

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

  24. That cocktail sounds great!!I am now following and would love for you to return the favor! Thanks! Homeschooling by the Yard

  25. Congrats on being a Guest Host! I am a new follower, would love to have you follow back at creativesouthernhome.blogspot.com

  26. I have always wanted to try the Simply Lemonade. I follow also. I really am going to have to try those donuts!

  27. I want the simply orange :0)

  28. New follower from the Hop you can follow me back at

  29. Following from Take It From Me "Welcome Wednesday" Blog Hop. Wow, love the sound of the Hot Apple Pie Cider and Baked Apple Donut Holes recipes you graciously shared with us. I can't wait to try these out!

    ~Cathy Kennedy, Children's Author
    The Tale of Ole Green Eyes

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  30. I would like to try the simply apple as we already buy the simply orange juice and it is so good. The donut recipe looks delicious. I will definitely have to try it.

  31. Good morning! New follower from Welcome Wednesday Hop. Holy Moley those little donuts look yummy! And the cider....I have to try that! Drop on by if you get the chance, thanks!


  32. I'm a new follower from Welcome Wednesday. Those donuts look amazing! I may be making those this weekend. Yum!

    Have a great day!

    Adelaide@Norwegian Phoenix

  33. Good morning, I am stopping by and following on the Take it From Me blog hop, congrats on being "in the spotlight" :) I love the doughnuts, they look so simple to make which is great! Apple juice is one of the only ones I can drink and I love it so I look forward to trying the Apple Pie cocktail with the baked goodies. Thanks for sharing, have a great week.

  34. Those muffins look so yummy! Going to make my family some this weekend!

    I'm a new follower, over from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop.

    Hope you can stop by sometime and return the follow.

    Have a great Wednesday!

  35. I'd like to try the Simply Orange. Thanks!

  36. Following you from the Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you will follow me back. Have a great day!

  37. HI, following from Welcome Wed hop. Congrats on being featured! I was a few weeeks ago and its great. I love SImply Orange! HAve never tried the orange mango, but that sounds good! HAve a great day!

  38. Simply Apple...because I've simply tried the others and love them. =)

  39. New follower via blog hop. Hope you will follow me too @ http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-290-blog-hops.html

  40. I'd like to try Simple limeade

  41. Looks yummy!!!! I am now a follower and would appreciate the follow back!!

  42. the limeade is awesome. i am making your donut holes tomorrow. delicious. try some of my recipes too if you have a chance. here's one for guilt-free tacos: http://homesandbabies.blogspot.com/2011/03/guilt-free-tacos.html

  43. I'm a new follower from Welcome Wednesday. I can't wait to try the donuts...yum yum!!!


  44. Hi Kristy! It snowed here today too - what happened to spring! I mean really! haha

    I'm a new follower of yours via the Welcome Wednesday blog hop. :O)

    ~ www.billiemonster.com ~

  45. I'm your newest follower from the Welcome Wednesday hop. I 'm glad I stopped by, the baked cider donuts look amazing. Can't wait to try them.

  46. would love to try the lemonade

  47. follow you via GFC

  48. I'd love to try the Simply Grapefruit! We've been receiving grapefruit in our weekly CSA produce box for the past couple of weeks - so delicious!

  49. I already follow you via Google Reader.

  50. yummy food...i want to try making that one...hahaha

    btw I'm your newest follower hope you could drop by and followed back


  51. I love the Simply Grapefruit juice and the OJ, but now you've really made me crave the apple juice! Especially for these donuts :)

  52. I'd like to try the Lemonade.

  53. We are a Simply Grapefruit family. It is the best and only grapefruit allowed in the house.

  54. Omigosh, those apple cider doughnuts look to die for!! I have never seen a recipe like this and can't wait to try it! Will be making those for my daughter's next sleepover! thanks!