Well, I took baby to see the doctor today and was told she once again has bronchitis. She only recovered from bronchitis a few weeks ago, but because the time between infections was too short she is really sick again. Now. I know that kids get sick when they are in school and all that stuff but I must say something here….I cannot for the life of me understand why parents insist on bringing sick kids to school. They know their child is sick. It’s not a secret or hard to see. It’s a parent who needs to go to work. I totally get that. However, by not arranging for their sick child to stay home and get better they are making countless kids, other parents, other siblings and teachers sick. Now many parents have this problem instead of the few.
Please excuse me here…I was volunteering a few days ago and was working with a clearly feverish child who looked as though he would fall over any minute. He should never have been sent to school. It was early in the morning…his parents knew he was in that condition and sent him anyway. How many kids are sick now? I can’t tell you how much I wish we lived in society where a parent could call an employer and in good faith say please excuse my absence but my child is ill and I must look after them. We don’t respect the importance of family anymore. How did we get here?
What is more important than family? Nothing that I can think of. How much better and more loyal would an employee be if they worked for a company that treated them with the respect to know when they need to be home. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home Mom. I never ever send my kids to school sick. I am aware that is a privilege. I wish being kind and respectful was the norm. No parent should be forced to send her terribly sick child to school just to be able to keep their job. Shame on us for tolerating a society that holds family in such low regard.
The first thing anyone who knows me would tell you is that I am a huge supporter of personal responsibility. HUGE! I have more objections to where we are as a society than I will ever mention on this blog. However, I think that a parent being expected to ignore their own child’s well-being just to hang on to a job is obscene.
Now, I’m upset and need a doughnut!!! I hope beyond words that I have not offended anyone. That would never be my goal. I see the problem and just have not idea how to solve it. I find it terribly frustrating.
Let’s make some doughnuts….we have earned them haven’t we? I think we have.
Homemade Buttermilk Cake Doughnuts ~ Tamatha Mavraides
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
vegetable shortening for frying
confectioners sugar for dusting
cinnamon if desired
Here we go….
In the work bowl of your standing mixer beat together the egg and the sugar.
Next add the butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Mix well to combine.
Add the vanilla to the buttermilk. Add the buttermilk to the work bowl.
Next add the flour. Start with 3 cups and add a little extra if you need it. The dough should be a bit stiff not really soft.
Cover the dough and rest it in the fridge for 2 hours up to over night.
When you are ready to make the doughnuts, heat the shortening to 375 degrees.
Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough out to about 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut the doughnuts using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cutters one larger than the other.
Fry the doughnuts until they float and are nicely browned on all sides. Drain them on a rack layered with paper towels.
When the doughnuts are cooked dredge them in powdered sugar or add cinnamon and make cinnamon sugar doughnuts.
Get yourself a cup of coffee, tea or cold milk and have at it! These make even a sick baby happy. That’s saying something because she is quite the cranky-puss right now. She has had a fever of 102 for 3 days. I NEED this doughnut.