One Year + Apple Beignets

Feeling thankful. It’s what I’ve been trying to capture, sitting here, writing, deleting, writing, deleting, re-writing, and more deleting, all morning. A mix of stories, anecdotes, tales of our adventures. Nothing is flowing the way I want. It seems it should be simple, “Hey, everyone!! It’s SCM’s first birthday!! Thanks for coming along with us this past year!” And yes, it is…. but it isn’t!!

SCM turned one this past weekend. A year of posts, stories, recipes and photos. A year of cooking classes, new faces, inspiring new clients and successes. A year of firsts, of realizations, of tears from laughter and frustration, of “Why?!?!?! %$^&#!!”, and “Oh! That’s way!” moments. A year of scribbling ideas in notebooks, of feeling daunted, incapable, of trying to figure out just what direction I want this little corner of mine to go in. It’s been a year of feeling uber focused, frazzled, and in way over my head.

It’s been a year of discovery. Of new friends from all over the world (seriously- how cool is that!!!) and of re-connecting with friends from the past (I’m so happy we’re in touch again!!!) The internet really is a crazy, amazing place. A year of planning, a year of dreaming. A year of thinking “How can I macro-fy that?” and saying to hubs “so….. how does it taste?!”

It’s been truly great. Fabulous. Amazing and wonderful. It’s been oh so much more than I anticipated…. I can’t wait to see what this next year will hold. (I do know that there are some exciting things in the works!) So, instead of re-reading this, editing and changing words around, I’m just going to press publish and let it be. I’m so grateful. Thank you, everyone, for all of your enthusiasm and comments, for your e-mails, messages and notes. It makes my day knowing you’re out there, somewhere in this amazing world, taking a few moments to stop by here. Wow. Thank you.

Now… please go and make these super yummy apple-y bites of doughy goodness. Eat them fresh and hot, sprinkled with maple sugar, or with a side of brown rice syrup, maple syrup or jam to dunk them in. Hubs dubbed these “Golden Fried Rings of Heaven” and for good reason… we polished off each and every last one in one sitting, which is a lot knowing that each apple can make 8 or more Beignetes!! A happy birthday indeed!!

This recipe makes enough that 4 people could enjoy 4 each- it really depends on how thinly you slice the apples. To conserve oil, I filled one small pot, and fried one or two apple slices at a time, but you could easily use a large pot and do more at once to save time. Also, you can save and re-use the oil. Just let cool, and strain. I store mine in the fridge after it has been used.

Karin - October 1, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Love the site so much and all the fantastic recipes!
Looking forward to more cooking classes with you and lots more amazing SCM firsts for the next year to come.
Bravo Shauna!

sandra mesquita - October 1, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Happy 1st Birthay!!
I really love your blog! I started my own this year, and honestly I think you have the best macro blog I’ve ever seen!
I think my 1st post was actually about SCM!
Hope you can take a look!

Wish you all the best, and thank you for inspiring me, and others!!


Emma - October 1, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Happy Birthday SCM! And oh WOW those look so tasty.

Sonya - October 2, 2012 - 6:07 am

Congratulations with your one year beautiful blog!
Great discoveryy for me..and now i have to try the beignets..yum!

(funny Initials are scm. (Sonja Cristine Maria)

šŸ˜‰ take care!

Angela Branon - October 2, 2012 - 11:31 am

Shauna, you have done such an amazing job with this blog. I always recommend it as a go to place for new and old macros.
A Very Happy First Birthday to you!

Cristin - October 2, 2012 - 11:45 am

Feliz cumpleaƱos to SCM!!!

Suzanne @ RollWithIt - October 2, 2012 - 7:14 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Here’s to more years of your inspirational photos and recipes! Wishing you more growth in the year to come! xoxo Suzanne

Mandy - October 2, 2012 - 10:02 pm

I love, love, love this recipe! It was so simple and we ate them up with a strawberry compote as a dip from some too ripe strawberries so we would not waste them. I added a pinch of sea salt to the recipe and lightly floured the apple rings to help the batter stick. We had fun making them too!

Shauna - October 4, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Karin! Thank-you for all your positivity this year and for being such a SCM champion!! We are so excited for dinner on the 27th. Can’t wait!! And, of course, we can’t wait to see you in our classes. Looking forward to Desserts. xo

Sandra- Aww! That is so nice to hear! Yes- I see you posted about the rice pudding- thanks!! I’ll definitely be stopping by your blog regularly! Keep in touch. Perhaps we could do a class together in Portugal?! How fun!!

Emma- Thank you!! And yes- they are really good… definitely only a once or twice a year treat!!

Sonja- Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Let me know how the beignets turn out- hope you like them!

Angela- So nice to hear from you- I’m so happy that you stop by here regularly and pass it along. Thank you!!!

Cristina- Thank you!! So nice to meet you this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Suzanne- Big smiles. Yes- it is definitely going to be an exciting year ahead! I’m thrilled you love the photos. It has turned out to be an amazing creative outlet for me. Thanks!!!

Mandy- Ooh yummy. Love the idea of serving them with strawberry compote. So deluxe!! Happy you and your hubby had fun making them together- that’s the best!! xo

sandra - October 8, 2012 - 11:55 am

Hi Shauna!
That you would be really nice!I’ll definitely keep on touch! :)
All the best!

Janine Atkinson - October 14, 2012 - 6:03 pm

I am so proud of you Shauna. You are absolutely one of my biggest heroes, and I am consistently amazed by your recipes and photos and website, so much so I recommend to literally everyone I come across that need a good, straight forward website for macro recipes. People literally come back drooling and say, Okay, I want that! Keep it up, Rock star. I love you! <3

Carmen - February 18, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Omigod I just made these with maple syrup drizzled over top, insane, they reminded me of something you would get at the country fair, but so much better
Thank you

Blaine Arin @ Feel-good Food - November 24, 2013 - 3:08 pm

It’s been such fun following you in your “little corner” of the web.

Happy birthday to your lovely blog! x Blaine

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