Today (Tuesday, November 5th) is National Donut Day, and you may find some deals around East Texas.  Or, you can impress your family by making your own, with the easiest recipe ever.  

There are two National Donut Days each year (June and November), and we're not sure why that little piece of frosted bread gets two days of honor and celebration.  But there's no need to sweat the small stuff, really.  We should just put our heads down and make the most of another donut day while we have the opportunity.

On this National Donut Day, we'll probably be able to find some discounts and deals around the Treasure Valley, or we could stay home and whip out a few donuts of our own in about fifteen minutes.

My mom used to make this recipe when I was a kid, and the process gets a little messy but that adds to the fun.  These little donuts are really tasty, and you can add just about any topping you want to make them your own.

Easy Doughnuts from Real Simple

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 8-count package large refrigerated biscuits

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-- Heat 1/2 cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

--  Cut a hole in each biscuit using a shot glass or something else that size, and save the holes.

-- Touch an edge of doughnut dough to the oil and if it's hot enough it will start to bubble.  Drop four doughnuts and holes in the skillet and cook them until they're golden brown, which will be 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Let them cool and drain on a wire rack or paper towel–lined plate.  Keep going until all the doughnuts and holes are done.

--  In a large bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon, and then toss the warm doughnuts in the mixture.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

If you don't like the cinnamon and sugar idea you could glaze them or frost them, and even top them with nuts, sprinkles, marshmallows, chocolate chips, or even leftover Halloween candy.  The cinnamon sugar ones are soft with just the right amount of sweetness, but these gems could easily be leveled up with some extra chunks too.

So, is it "doughnut" or "donut?" The short answer is, no one really knows.  The buzz about the first "doughnut" started in the 1800s and the "gh" was part of it.  It does make sense since it is a creation made of "dough."  But cookies are also made from dough, and we don't call them "doughkies."  At some point, the word was shortened to "donut" and that seems to be the way most East Texas shops post it these days.

If you put your recipe success or failure on social media, use #NationalDoughnutDay and include the "gh."  Either way, today you've got a good excuse to eat one.