Happy birthday, Krispy Kreme!

It’s Krispy Kreme’s 77th birthday! I’d never miss a chance to celebrate a birthday, especially the birthday of my favorite doughnut shop.

I have loved Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts since I was little. Watching the doughnuts krisp (lol- get it?) up on the conveyer belt always had me captivated. My favorite part was watching the freshly fried treats travel under the glaze waterfall… drooling! So this morning I had to get up bright and early to pick up a dozen doughnuts and get a dozen glazed doughnuts for 77 cents. I wanted to make sure I got there when the “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign was still on.

Picture from my instagram: @stephmusser

Picture from my instagram: @stephmusser

I’ll break down the dozen we ordered:

4 Chocolate Iced Glazed (my brother’s favorite)
1 Glazed Raspberry Filled (my mother’s favorite)
1 Maple Iced Glazed (my favorite)
1 Chocolate Iced Custard Filled (my dad’s favorite)
2 Glazed Chocolate Cake
1 Glazed Blueberry Cake
2 Birthday Cake Batter (limited time! Also, very delicious!)

Doughnuts and coffee on a sunshiney-turned-rainy morning is the perfect way to start the day in my book.

Happy birthday, Krispy Kreme! Here’s to many more!


x. Steph

J.Crew Factory Sale!

Today has already been an awesome day with Krispy Kreme’s birthday, and now J.Crew Factory is having a 50% off sale for their clearance with the code “SALETIME”! Of course I had to take advantage.

Here’s what ended up in my shopping cart:

Crystal Flower Stud Earrings

Flying Jeweled Necklace

Short-Sleeve Sweater in Stripe

Fatigue Jacket


Have you shopped the J.Crew Factory Clearance Sale? Share what you find!

x. Steph


With all of my free time this summer, I have decided to take up cooking. One night a week I make dinner for my family and tonight’s meal was mostaccioli (wow, that’s a hard word to spell!) and homemade meatballs. I completely forgot to take pictures because I was working with small counter space. Our counters were filled with things, so I kept cleaning and re-cleaning the small space I had to work with.

However I made the best meatballs OF MY LIFE!!!! Granted they are the only meatballs I have ever made in my life, but my mom said she liked them and she doesn’t like meatballs. I have my dear friend (I wish) Anne Burrell to thank for the amazing recipe, which you can find here. I didn’t have time to go searching for fresh ground veal because you can only find frozen here in Iowa, so I ended up using a pound of ground pork. I also used a Vidalia onion, which is a sweeter type of onion. OH MY GOSH!! Talk about sweet and savory and juicy and salty– It was a party of flavor in my mouth. I will definitely be tucking this bad-boy recipe away for safe keeping. 

For the mostaccioli, I used my mom’s recipe. Now I will share it with you! 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Boil your pasta (I use mostaccioli noodles but penne works well too!) *I also salt my water generously when it reaches boiling before I put my pasta in– NEVER STICKS!*

Choose your preferred marinara sauce (I used Ragu tonight.)

Grate a bunch of mozzarella cheese and a bit of Parmigiano-Reggiano (or whatever cheeses get you going- to taste)

Combine cheese and sauce in a 9×13 baking pan and add drained pasta noodles

Mix it all together and cover with aluminum foil

Bake for about 20 minutes or until bubbly. 


You can also make a meat or veggie version, in which case you would add your browned meat or veggies in with the sauce and cheese and pasta. 

Meatballs are one of my favorite things in this world, and I’m so glad the recipe allowed for leftovers. Hello, meatball sub.

x. Steph

P.S. Next time I promise to take a picture!

Lessons from a Homemaker: My Summer with No Job, No Internship and No Clue

Recently I’ve found myself throwing a pity party for one. I was supposed to go to Beijing, China this summer for an intensive language program; however, I found out (somewhat recently) it was going to be way more expensive than I originally thought. In fact it was going to be double what I had planned (and what the program had stated.) So no China. But, whatever, I’m not bitter.

Instead I find myself spending the summer entering my senior year of college living at home with my parents. And because I found out pretty late in May that I was no longer studying abroad this summer, I do not have an internship. Also, despite my applying to various part-time and seasonal positions, I do not have a job. What’s a girl to do?

I fill my days with hot yoga and barre, walking with my mom in the morning, and now, blogging. I guess you could say my days are pretty open. My mom has definitely taken advantage of that. So far I’ve done a lot of painting, yard work, pool maintenance and posting to ebay. (Hey, a girl’s gotta make money somehow.) I thought these were just projects my mom wanted to get done and figured she could use me as free labor. However today I had an epiphany.

My mom has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 22 and a half years and only in the past 5 years has she begun working a part-time job. My mother has dedicated roughly half her life to making sure my brother, sister and I had everything we needed when we left for school, bringing items up we had forgotten, packing lunches, helping my sister and I practice our dances, cheering on my brother during his games, nursing us when we were sick, and the list could go on for ages. I have taken it all for granted. My mom doesn’t want to use me as free labor; she wants to spend time with me because she knows (and I’m just now realizing) this is likely my last summer home. The chances are (hopefully, for my future’s sake) I won’t be home next summer to help my mom stain the deck, to go on walks with her, to spend time watching the Food Network with her.

From now on I am going to try to cherish every moment, to get the most out of this summer of motherly comfort before I am tossed into the real world of post-grad. Thus begins my Lessons from a Homemaker series.


Enjoy, and call your mom after.

x. Steph

Donut Heaven

In case it wasn’t clear enough from the name of my blog, I LOVE DONUTS! I don’t necessarily remember when this obsession began, but I do know that I have always had a soft spot for these sugary, doughy treats. Today a friend of mine posted this link on my Facebook wall. This article had me drooling! 

Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think!