Delayed Gratification


Wikipedia says delayed gratification means “the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward”. Who knew Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, Farmer Boy, would inspire mom to teach delayed gratification to her boys. It began in Chapter 7, “All day long Mother had been baking, and when Almonzo went into the kitchen for the milk pails, she was still frying doughnuts. The place was full of their hot, brown smell, and the wheaty smell of new bread, the spicy smell of cakes, and the syrupy smell of pies.” Lance I and both looked at each other. We both had the same idea. This book was making us hungry and took us right to Pioneer Woman’s homemade doughnut recipe. It was a Thursday evening and I quickly scanned the ingredient list. I always assume too quickly I have everything I need…always. When will I learn? I was missing a very important ingredient…yeast. I used our last bit up for pizza making that we brought over from the states. Making our dough would have to wait until I went boodschappen (grocery shopping) for active dry yeast. We then planned to make the dough Friday and let it rise overnight. The baking was delayed again and moved back to Saturday because I could not find active dry yeast in the store. Thankful for a new local friend, Annemarie, we were guided to a working windmill here in the Netherlands to gather our secret ingredient for homemade doughnuts.


Our trip to get active dry yeast turned into a simple, but yet fascinating learning experience for the kids.


We climbed to the top and learned about windmills and how they work. Check out these wooden gears!


There we found all types of flour from rye, to wheat, to regular, to spelt, and to our much needed active dry yeast.


This is the part where I step back and just take photos. I let my husband do the teaching in explaining how things work.


I love how the kids were extremely interested by such simplicity.



Now, we have our flour, yeast, and perseverance…everything we need to continue on and make those doughnuts we have been craving since Chapter 7 in Farmer Boy.


On de Pegstukken 0pen elke zaterdag 9-12urr

De Pegstukken 27; Schijndel, The Netherlands


 Back to Pioneer Woman’s Homemade Glazed Doughnuts

After letting the dough rise Saturday night, we got to roll and cut out doughnut shapes after mass on Sunday.


 Then we got to patiently wait 2 more hours for the dough to rise for frying.


 This cute little thing eagerly volunteered to be our recipe holder.


 Good things come to those who wait…patiently.


Our later reward…a classic book, a dutch windmill, a “to die for” recipe, and time together brought us to this moment of delayed gratification. We walked away with so much more than just a good doughnut to eat.


  1. I just love everything about this post, Jessica! That is the best way to gather ingredients and I wish my children could have the same opportunity. Thank you for sharing your lesson about delayed gratification.

  2. Great story, just read it and so well put together. Love to all of you.

  3. Cecilia says:

    I’m hungry!!!!

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