byrd food: baked greek yogurt donuts

baked greek yogurt donuts

Is it “doughnut” or “donut”?

I found myself pondering that question this week more times than I would like to admit. And then I remembered — Google.

To make a long story short, both are correct. The original spelling is “doughnut” but the shortened version was introduced approximately 100 years later and stuck. I find it really funny that someone just introduced a shortened version of a word and BAM it’s part of the English language. Like, way funnier than it actually is. I blame sleep deprivation.

I read that “donut” is really only a recognized spelling in America. So that’s the spelling that I decided to go with. Because I’m an American.

baked greek yogurt donuts

I came across this recipe on Pinterest awhile ago and decided that these little donuts had to be made for Alex’s birthday.

I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the pan. I do not (or is it donut…hahaha) own a donut pan nor do I think I ever will unless we are blessed someday with a gigantic kitchen filled with lots and lots of storage space. Instead, I borrowed a mini bundt cake pan from my auntie. They still turned out great!

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1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

dash of nutmeg

1 egg

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup milk

2/3 cup plain greek yogurt

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

for the topping:

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1/3 cup milk


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients. Combine the two, slowly stirring the wet mixture into the dry.

Grease your baking dish and fill each part about 3/4 full. Place into oven and bake about nine minutes. When done, transfer donuts to baking rack and allow to cool.

To make the topping, warm the milk in the microwave (for about 90 seconds) and then add chocolate chips. Let bowl sit for a few minutes and then stir until smooth.

Dip your cooled donuts into the chocolate mixture, dust with sprinkles and enjoy.

greek yogurt baked donuts

I’m not really a donut person, but I did have to try one of these and was really happy with it! Because they are baked instead of fried, they didn’t sit heavy in my belly (yep, belly) and I think that the greek yogurt kept them nice and moist.

These were super simple to make and I am already thinking of tweaks I want to make for next time. Pumpkin-spice with a caramel drizzle? White chocolate frosting with Christmas tree sprinkles? What kind of donuts do you want to see next?!

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baby’s first hurricane

Well folks, Lyla survived her first hurricane. [applause]

hurricane ana

It really wasn’t too exciting. Hurricane Ana decided to play nice and turn south of Hawaii before hitting and causing too much damage. (thanks, Ana) Instead, she just left us with some rain.

Lots and lots of rain.

All that rain made for an incredibly cozy weekend. We stayed inside, watched movies and played with girl. When there was a break from the heavy rain, we went into the backyard for some pictures. Everyone knows mama loves a good photoshoot!

dad, baby dog rain

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We had big plans to take Lyla to the Honolulu Zoo on Saturday which we had to postpone. You can see how she felt about that…

baby daddy rain

* I didn’t teach her that

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hawaii eats | kailua town pub & grill

The Kailua Town Pub & Grill has been on my radar for a while now. Back in August, our sweet friends Beth and Tyler were in town from California and we had planned to spend an afternoon wine tasting together in Kailua. We arrived a little too early for our reservation so we decided to pop into the cute little pub next door and grab a drink while we waited.

Kailua Town Pub & Grill

We took a seat in the bar area and I almost immediately fell in love with the place. The interior was dark but comfortable. There were plenty of TVs around to keep my husband happy on a Sunday afternoon (hello, football) without me feeling like we were at a straight up sports bar. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. There was a large selection of beers on tap, including some of my local favorites. We only had time for drinks, but all of the food that was being brought out around us looked and smelled amazing so Alex & I vowed to come back.

kailua town pub & grill

Fast forward a few months. I have started dancing hula and my class is held on Wednesday nights in Kailua. Right next to the pub. Perfect, yea?!

We decided to check it out this week with some of our family and friends (aka Team Sharkbait)

kailua town pub & grill menu

We had a bigger group this time, including baby girl, so we took a seat on the “grill” side. The atmosphere was still the same as what we experienced in the bar — dark, comfortable and with ample TV screens.

kailua pub fish and chips

Alex and I decided to split the English Fish and Chips  — Samuel Adams draught beer battered fish served with Island fries, malt vinegar and tartar sauce ($10.95) — and were very happy. The fish was perfectly cooked with a nice, light batter. I’m not sure that there was anything that made the fries “island” fries except for the fact that they were served on an island?! That’s ok, they were still good.

I had a glass (ok, two) of Widmer Hefeweizen and Alex had a Rogue Dead Guy Ale .

kailua pub and grill

At our table were a few more orders of the fish & chips, a pizza, salmon and a burger with all the fixin’s. We all left with happy bellies. And [alert: sappy mom moment ahead] I left with a happy heart because I got to stare at these two faces the whole time…

kailua pub and grill

Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves. We plan on visiting again!

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Today, we woke up feeling refreshed after Lyla slept a full six-hour stretch.

Today, we took a nice walk around our new neighborhood with Rocco.

Today, we sipped fancy strawberry white chocolate coffee and facetimed with a cousin doing God’s work in Haiti.

Today, we made one last trip to the little blue house.

Today, we loaded up the truck with a big load of shit stuff for the dump.

Today, we (ok, just me) shed a few more tears as we did our final walkthrough.

Today, we turned in our keys.

aloha, little blue house

Today, we did a happy dance because we are finally done making trips between Ewa and Kahala.

Today, we came home to a sweet, smiley little girl.

Today, we are unpacking and turning our new place into a home.

Today, we are grateful for the blessings in our life.

Today, we start our new adventure.

the byrds



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two days

Just two days left in my countdown to “goodbye”.

There are more than two things left that I will miss about the little blue house, like our family walks around the neighborhood and our beach that was only steps away from our front door. But today I decided to focus on one of the most important parts of our home. The people who lived inside of it.

For a long time, the little blue house was the “Byrd/Behm Hut” where me, Alex (the Byrds) and my cousin Addie (the Behm) all lived. Oh, and Rocco too 😉

We decorated, we laughed, we cooked, and we ate on repeat. We were an awesome four-some and I can’t imagine our little blue house any other way.

byrds, behm, rocco

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, Addie is out on an epic adventure now. We miss her (especially Rocco) and hope she is having the best time.  Now that she is gone, it seems only fair that we move on from the little blue house since it was the people that made that house special.

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three days

I am exhausted.

We spent our entire weekend (plus Friday) moving into our new place. As I’m sure you know, moving takes forrreeevvvveerrrr. It takes even longer when you have a baby to entertain. Thankfully, we had lots of extra helping hands to help the move go smoothly.

Technically, the little blue house is still ours for three more days. (which is good because the dishwasher and fridge are still full)

Our new place is coming along well. It’s quaint and charming. I can’t wait to fill it up with memories.

As Alex and I drove away tonight, we shared with each other some of our favorite memories from our house on Erne. Even though we had more life there without Lyla than with, we realized that our favorite memories revolved around her.

So it’s only fitting that I share with you today her nursery. Except, I’m pressed for time because of the move so today you will only get small pieces of the room. The way that it looked this morning before we made another trip to the new place. The quick pictures I could grab on my phone.


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When I think about it, everything in her nursery is coming to the new house.

Like her little white crib. And the rocking chair that Alex made for us. The basket that is over-flowing with stuffed animals. The itty-bitty clothes hanging in the closet. The dream-catcher hanging in the middle of the room. Her books.

Those four walls hold so much love. Not just from us, or from the time we spent in there reading books before bedtime. But the love from our family and friends who helped us welcome our  sweet baby girl.

All of her things are coming with us. So is the love. And I am so thankful for that.

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four days

It’s hard to believe we only have four more days to call the little blue house ours.

Four more sunrises.

sunrise ewa beach

And four more sunsets.

sunset ewa beach

The community we live in is in the perfect spot to catch both the sunrises and sunsets. Pretty lucky, huh? Photos never even come close to doing them justice.

I’ll miss admiring the painted skies while walking Rocco around the lagoon. And waking up extra early on Christmas morning to sit on the beach and watch the sunrise with Addie.

But the good news is, the sun rises and the sun sets no matter where we are and little blue house or not, I plan on getting out there and enjoying them.

Life is good.

*PC: my cousin, Addie, who is on an adventure of a lifetime right now

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