Donut Muffins and Fruit

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Balance:  If you’re going to eat something called donut muffins for breakfast, at least pair it with a big bowl of fruit.  🙂


This recipe for Donut Muffins from Heather turned out really well.  I think I tinkered with the original recipe too much (flax egg for real egg; applesauce for coconut oil), but it was still yummy.  And yes, it did kind of taste like a donut hole.


Mmm. Fruit is so delicious. I’m loving all the citrus in the stores lately.


I’ve got a busy (but fun) day planned, and I might get back editor comments on the first draft of my second Operation Beautiful book today, too. 


I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my awesome editor (it’s her birthday today!) is going to say, “Wow, that was awesomely perfect just the way it is.  Please edit the following three paragraphs and get back to me.  Actually, let’s just send it to press as-is!” and not, “Wow, that totally and completely sucked. You wasted 2.5 months and hundreds of hours of your life.  Please rewrite the whole thing.” 

Funny Apology Ecard: Sorry I didn't like your screenplay, novel, or short story.

Writing is a troublesome occupation.  You never quite get over the sneaking suspicion that your work is actually crap.  🙂



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 1, 2011, 9:23 am

    haha I’m SURE you did awesome on your first draft of the book – you’re practically a pro by now!

    And donut holes for breakfast? YES PLEASE!

  • Ann @ Day by Day March 1, 2011, 9:23 am

    Happy Birthday to your editor!! Surely it’s less scary this time, since you’re already a successful published author. Those mini donuts look great. I need to make those, since my Mom hinted yesterday that the oatmeal day after day on my blog is getting monotonous. Thanks, Mom.

  • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love March 1, 2011, 9:23 am

    I’m sure she won’t say to rewrite the whole thing 😉 Those donut muffins looks delicious!!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe March 1, 2011, 9:24 am

    I’m sure it’ll be great, you’ve done this before so you know what to write.

    Also, OMG donut muffins!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 1, 2011, 9:27 am

    Those donut muffins look amazing.

    Caitlin your work isn’t crap! Write “I’m a good writer” on a post it and put it on your computer. 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 1, 2011, 9:31 am

    We were just talking about how being your own boss is really not being your own boss. You ALWAYS have someone else who tells you what to do. I hope the edits come back simple, at the very least! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 1, 2011, 9:31 am

    Writing has always been my forte, but every time I hand in a paper I secretly think that it’s going to get an F. Sounds like we both need to have a little more faith in our skills 🙂

  • Ali @ Ali Runs March 1, 2011, 9:35 am

    Good luck!! Hope you get back awesome review from your editor and have no changes that need to be made 🙂

  • DadHTP March 1, 2011, 9:35 am

    “You never quite get over the sneaking suspicion that your work is actually crap.”

    Fat Talk.

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:41 am

      Writing Fat Talk!

      • Sarah March 2, 2011, 5:08 pm

        I love that your dad called you on this! Go Dad HTP!!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef March 1, 2011, 9:36 am

    mmmm yum. we used to make those muffins for french culture day in french class. french culture day happened many days a semester, usually by twisting our teacher’s arm. 🙂 why these muffins have anything to do with france, i don’t know, but they are yummy!

  • Jillian@ Reshape Your Life March 1, 2011, 9:38 am

    I definitely need some fruit in my life! Although some donut muffins might also need to make an appearance.

    Good luck with the review! I’m sure you did awesome!

    ^and touche DadHTP! good catch!

  • PB Addict March 1, 2011, 9:43 am

    Those donut muffins look so good. I feel like I must make them now.

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 1, 2011, 9:49 am

    Let’s bet the editor come back with some thing a little in between those two scenarios. Preferably closer to the first one. 😉

  • Lisa March 1, 2011, 9:50 am

    Hi there, I just found your blog and excited to keep reading. I live just outside of Charlotte, moved here this past July from Boston. I’m needing to get back onto track with a healthy life style now that I’m over the excitement of sweet tea and hush puppies! Is there a way to subscribe to your blog? I didn’t see it on here?
    Thanks for being healthy!

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:51 am


      Thanks for being awesomesauce!

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food March 1, 2011, 9:53 am

    The donut muffins look SO good! I gotta make those 🙂

  • Cindy Robinson March 1, 2011, 10:01 am

    Awe, I’m sure they will love the book! Congratulations on making it this far 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 1, 2011, 10:03 am

    Balance: Your editor will probably say something somewhere in the middle of those two scenarios. 🙂

  • Kara March 1, 2011, 10:04 am

    I had those same fears with my masters thesis. Every time my advisor looked at it, he’d have some sweeping suggestions and I was never sure if I “got it” by the final version.

    I think the writing process is one of the hardest! Hopefully you get the edits soon so you don’t have to worry about it much longer!

  • Runeatrepeat March 1, 2011, 10:08 am

    Every time I write something and then re-read it I want to re-write it, but sometimes the first way you wrote it is really how you meant to say it 🙂
    Or at least that’s what I tell myself so I stop editing…

  • gabriella @ embracement March 1, 2011, 10:10 am

    I’m sure your editor will love most of what you wrote. I say most because while I’m sure it is all great, I guess we can’t be perfect. Being in a writing heavy major I hate waiting to get papers back. As good as I felt about the paper, I always knew there would be something I missed that could be the different between an A and B. As an overachiever, that’s still a hard concept for me to accept.

  • Little Bookworm March 1, 2011, 10:10 am

    Those Donut Muffins sound interesting. I am sure your editor will love the book!

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 1, 2011, 10:12 am

    I’m sure your book will be fine. There will be edits, but it will be OK. I completely agree that writing (and submitting said writing for critical eyes to read) is one of the most vulnerable activities one can engage in. Every time someone reads my stuff, I feel myself breaking down into a insecure, teenager whose life hangs in the balance based on this one review!!! Aahh! It sucks. But, I usually try to shake it off and get back to work. Also, I feel like the process of writing and editing really never ends. I think I could literally edit a body of work, scouring the details forever. But, at some point you have to put the pencil down/push the keyboard away and say…I’m satisfied with this. Good luck!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 1, 2011, 10:16 am

    Yum – healthy donut holes! And I’m sure your book edits won’t be as horrible as you think! You’re a pro now!

  • Ashley March 1, 2011, 10:16 am

    Oh I’m sure she won’t say that! Good luck! Donut muffins sound really good right now, but I tend to over tink with recipes too.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 1, 2011, 10:22 am

    Pish, don’t worry… she’s not going to say that it’s crap! I think she’s going to say that it was epic. 😉

  • Heidi March 1, 2011, 10:22 am

    Haha I’m totally suffering from the last sentence right now since I just started my own blog. LOL. We’ll get through it! You’ll do awesome! Anywho, the donut muffins look yummy 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 1, 2011, 10:28 am

    Donut muffins- brilliant.

    I’m sure you’ll get great edit feedback, after all, you’ve done this before, so now you’re a pro!

  • Camille March 1, 2011, 10:28 am

    Your first draft is going to be amazing! She is going to say that you are the Hemingway of inspirational books. I know it.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans March 1, 2011, 10:39 am

    I have done a little bit of freelance and have always hated the process of waiting for the editor. I had re-writes (I get terribly insulted even though I shouldn’t) and like you I want them to love it as is!!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 1, 2011, 10:42 am

    Totally know what you mean. In a couple of weeks (hopefully more like end of next week), I’m going to be submitting my dissertation draft in its entirety to my chair. I’m sure I’m gonna be hoping for the “let’s take it as is” outcome!!

    Good luck!

  • Amber K March 1, 2011, 10:48 am

    Wow, the donut muffins look amazing.

    I’m sure the writing you have done is good. I mean, you have lots of practice since you do it every day 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 1, 2011, 10:48 am

    hahha someecards is the best. I love them. I will sometimes browse and just send off the silliness to my friends.

    Good luck on your first draft!

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 1, 2011, 10:49 am

    I want donut holes yum! You are such an inspiration with your books. I’m sure you’ll get awesome feedback!

  • Kacy March 1, 2011, 10:50 am

    That is very true about writing, haha! I think it’s so awesome how you’ve gone for it though and put your work out there. Mine just sits around never seen by human eyes because I’m too scurred.

  • lauren March 1, 2011, 10:51 am

    These have been on my list of things to make since Pioneer Woman posted them! Glad to see they stood up to some substitutions, I’m always doing that!

  • Rochel March 1, 2011, 10:57 am

    I am 100% positive that none of your writing ever sucks.

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 1:07 pm

      Thanks Rochel!

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine March 1, 2011, 10:58 am

    Donut muffins? Yes please! I must try these!

    I’m sure your editors will love your draft!! You worked so hard and we can’t wait for it to be out already!

  • Jen March 1, 2011, 11:00 am

    Whenever I make muffins, I end up playing “Muffin Man” by Frank Zappa and singing along 🙂

    I’m terribly insecure about my writing too, even though I’m an editor myself (of graduate theses and dissertations).

  • Caitlin @ TPL March 1, 2011, 11:08 am

    Those muffins look amazing, good luck on your book!! Can’t wait to hear how everything goes!

  • Jeni @ stepping out March 1, 2011, 11:10 am

    Oh wow! I would love to try those donut muffins.
    I know exactly what you feel about the writing. When I had to write my senior history paper I always dreaded when he would come back and tell us everything we did wrong. (A guarantee.) I just hope he’s not my advisor for my Masters Thesis. 😀

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist March 1, 2011, 11:13 am

    I’m sure you’ll get it back with minimal revisions. 😉

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 1, 2011, 11:13 am

    Aren’t Someecards the best?

    Crossing my fingers for you that the editing is kept to a minimum!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence March 1, 2011, 11:15 am

    Good luck with the editing! I’m sure it will be great:)

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 1, 2011, 11:24 am

    Aw. I know you know this… but if they thought you were crap, they totally wouldn’t have signed you a book deal!!! (And a second book DEAL–and a THIRD!– …at that…!) You’re going to rock it. Don’t you worry! Now make sure to take some time and enjoy this gorgeous spring March (!!!!) day 🙂

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  • bakingnbooks March 1, 2011, 11:37 am

    Happy B-Day to the Editor! Does that get me brownie points to sign me on 🙂

    Ah, but someone else’s crap is someone else’s gold right? That’s why we are able to have shows like CNN and Jersey Show of opposite tastes but MASS popularity!

    I want those donuts!

  • Lauren March 1, 2011, 11:43 am

    Aww, don’t worry, it will be a hit! 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 1, 2011, 11:48 am

    Your writing will be awesome 🙂 And I’m sure those muffins are too!

  • Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) March 1, 2011, 11:56 am

    By day, I’m an editor/assistant director in a communications/marketing department. Giving feedback is never easy. And you’re right about the sneaking suspicion…when I do have to actually produce written material, I’m sure people are wondering how I ever got my job. 😉

  • shop run rest March 1, 2011, 11:58 am

    I am a writer too, and I know just what you mean about always having the lingering doubts about whether or not what you did is good or actually terrible!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 1, 2011, 11:58 am

    You are exactly right. You never get over that feeling that your writing sucks, and honestly? You don’t want to. It keeps you trying, keeps you working. I’ve been writing… forever. (I had a typewriter when I was four years old even though I couldn’t read!) No matter how long I do it, I never really feel like I’m that good. When someone remarks on my writing, I am surprised every single time. That’s good, I think.

    All that said, I think you’re great!

  • kristin March 1, 2011, 12:28 pm

    your work is NOT crap. i feel like that is ‘writing fat talk’ or something 🙂

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 1:06 pm

      haha it is, it is.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic March 1, 2011, 12:29 pm

    haha, i do a different kind of writing because I’m in academia, but I can still totally relate! I always hold my breath a little whenever I see I’ve got some reviewer comments in my in-box from the latest manuscript!

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 1, 2011, 12:47 pm

    I think you should send your editor some donut muffins or deliver some of your grilled banana french toast. That way she’ll be too busy to overload you with edits. Though, I sincerely doubt your work is EVER crap, Caitlin. 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 1, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Ooh nice catch by your dad in the comments above. He’s right! 😉 I’m sure your editor is going to have tons of good things to say about your draft!

  • Shari March 1, 2011, 12:53 pm

    You know, I think being a writer puts you in one of the most vulnerable positions possible. You put your heart and soul into your work, you live it and breathe it, and then, at some point, you have to turn it loose for others to judge. And because it’s such an innate part of who we are, because we put our heart and soul into it, because it means so much to us, hearing what others think can be the most nerve-wracking process. Our books are our babies. We want people to embrace them. I’m not where you are yet – still querying agents – but I think that feeling is universal among all writers. At the end of the day, though, if you connect with your work, if it fills you with inspiration and hope, that’s what matters.

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 1:03 pm

      Ugh I AGREE.

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 1, 2011, 1:19 pm

    I totally agree! If you are going to have a donut muffin, have fruit!!! I LOVE FRUIT! What’s your favorite fruit?


  • Kira March 1, 2011, 1:23 pm

    Good luck! I’m sure that they will love the book just the way it is.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 1, 2011, 2:31 pm

    She won’t say that-I bet it rocks 🙂 P.s. those donut muffins do look marvelous!!

  • Gina March 1, 2011, 4:52 pm

    HA! I made those donut muffins last night too! They were awesome crumbled over yogurt and berries this morning!

  • JenATX March 1, 2011, 8:22 pm

    Fruit IS so good 🙂 mmmmmmmm
    & turing in a written work is nerve-racking. i’ve never done it professionally, but turning in something in for a grade leaves me thinking over everything I wrote & whether it was utterly stupid haha. good luck w/ the editor 😉

  • Jolene ( March 1, 2011, 11:56 pm

    I like your new picture on the side of your page!!

  • March 2, 2011, 5:17 am

    Absolutely true what you said about writing, sometimes (often) it can be frustrating. However, as you often write here yourself, BANISH the NEGATIVE THOUGHTS!! As you wrote recently, ‘replace the voices in your head.’ Write yourself a new soundtrack – you worked hard, you know your audience, you know your subject and you have PASSION!

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