My son is a late bloomer in the world of language, but he’s finally coming into his speech. This means I use every opportunity to make him use his words. This summer we had a ton of time to play word games, and with the help of his speech therapist he has really flourished and transformed into a talking machine. Every time he uses full sentences or is super expressive with letting us know exactly what he’s thinking, I like to praise him and let him know how proud we are of his progress. I usually do it with a high-five, a load of kisses on the cheek, or I’ll tell him something like, “You’re doing so good Maxie.” He also has a serious appetite for a wide variety of snacks and sweets, so sometimes I use these favored snacks as a reward. It’s basically the best negotiating tool I have, especially now that he is back at school .
Yesterday morning as I walked him to his class, I asked him a handful of questions to see how much he would be willing to divulge on our stroll. He went down the list of the new friends he had in class and the names of his teachers. I told him, “If you do well at school today, and use all your words throughout the day, I will make you your favorite donut pops when you get home.” His little eyes smiled, and he said, “Okay Mommy, I’ll use my words.”
At the end of the day when I picked my little guy up from school, his teacher gave me a full report of how talkative he was during the day. She said it was the most she had ever heard him speak. As a parent whose child has speech delay, this made my heart melt. I will bribe him with donuts every day if it means he is going to excel and keep progressing. For him, in his 3-year-old world, talking leads to donuts, and that leads to pure goodness!
Ingredients for Orange Buttermilk Donut Pops:
- 1/2 – cup sugar
- 1 – egg
- 1/4 – cup buttermilk
- 1/4 – cup Minute Maid orange juice
- 1 – teaspoon vanilla
- 1 3/4 – cups flour
- 1 – teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 – teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 – cups vegetable oil
- 1/2 – cup sugar
- 1 – tablespoon cinnamon
- In a mixer add sugar, egg, buttermilk, vanilla and Minute Maid orange juice. Mix to completely dissolve sugar around 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl add flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix to combine.
- Pour flour mixture into wet mixture.
- Mix until barely incorporated.
- Place mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- In a small sauce pan with a candy thermometer attached to the side fill with oil and place over a low medium flame. Allow the oil to reach 375 degrees and get hot.
- With an teaspoon ice cream scooper, scoop out dough.
- Drop dough into oil and allow to boil in oil for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from hot oil and allow to drain on a paper towel.
- In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon.
- Shower donut holes with sugar cinnamon mixture then insert a stick into the center of each donut.
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