No donuts at The Donut Mill, but Joanie’s picks up the slack

When you go to a place called The Donut Mill, I think it’s reasonable to expect donuts.

We woke up with a hankerin’ for donuts, and since good donuts are scarce in the COS, we bundled up and headed on out to Woodland Park for a sugar fix. On the way, we debated whether they were open. It was a Sunday, after all, and local businesses are notorious for being closed at all the wrong times.

The Donut Mill was open, though. Excellent. The Donut Mill doesn’t hate money. But wait. What’s this? Did I hear correctly? “Out of donuts”? It’s true. At 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning, The Donut Mill is out of donuts.

Looked like they had plenty of biscuits and gravy, though. But they’re not The Biscuits and Gravy Mill. Or The Ice Cream Mill. What gives?

So we left disappointed — until we passed Joanie’s Deli. Joanie’s is open daily. Every day. And the food selection was incredible. After a lot of deliberation, we settled on a sesame seed bagel with cream cheese for Adrienne, while I had a cherry-cheese croissant/danish. Hard decision, because everything looked so good.

Joanie’s does everything right:

  • They accept credit cards.
  • They’re open every day at consistent hours.
  • They have an easy-to-navigate and informative website.
  • Customer service was outstanding. The woman who took our order was very pleasant — and not just to me because I’m so handsome. She was that way with everyone she dealt with.
  • Clean, attractive, comfortable dining area.
  • The food. A great variety, and while we had only a small item each, they were delicious, and it’s hard to imagine the rest of Joanie’s fare being any less.

So The Donut Mill was a disappointment, but thanks to Joanie’s, it wasn’t a wasted trip.

The deli case and menu board at Joanie's Deli in Woodland Park, Colorado.

Joanie's has it all. Breakfast, lunch, desserts. Glad we stumbled onto it.

Joanie's Deli in Woodland Park, Colorado

I had the cherry-cheese danish, and Adrienne just had a bagel. But we'll be back.

Joanie's Deli in Woodland Park, Colorado

Joanie's Deli is just down the street from The Donut Mill, which was inexplicably out of donuts.

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Misc. Colorado Springs Things

I meant to write about the two weeks The Dange had off but we didn’t wind up doing all that much. It rained a lot of the time. We spent some time doing things around the house, working on planting the deck, eating, drinking, cooking, hanging out with the cats, and going for bike rides. Now that we live downtown we ride all over the place. On Sundays we ride to Starbucks and read the New York Times and drink coffee like people who live in a normal city…:) There are also TONS of trails, bike paths, alleys, and even just plain bike lanes here so it’s really fun to just hop on the bikes and go. The weather, as usual, is insane. Snow, wind, hail, rain, sunshine- practically all in the same day. Anyhow I think I’ve posted some of these pictures before, I can’t remember (they’re not all from the “stay-cation”).

Bike rides!

Cool retro dry cleaners by the house.

One day we rode our bikes to an oldey timey hanburger stand which was delish. There’s a bike path that goes all the way thru the city, passing by both our place and the stand…:)

DMs bday lunch at Steuben’s in Denver. it’s trying to be sorta retro 50s and I guess it’s doing a decent job.

Peach cobbler!

I had green beans, mashed potatoes and an iceberg wedge with blue cheese, yummy. DM had fried chicken. I’m not sure why I don’t have a picture of it!

One of my masterpiece pizzas. Tomato sauce and ricotta.

Carmelized onions, asparagus and cheese. It looks weird but it was super good. Even The Dange liked it.

DM at Smashburger. It’s a new burger place here in COS that everyone seems to love. DM eating some chili with an ice cream spoon because they were out of regular spoons, WTF?

He ordered some kind of fancy burger with BBQ sauce that they mistakenly left off, and fride onions. MMMM.

They have two almost identical burgers on their menu, both pretty basic. They gave me the wrong one but I didn’t notice till I was at least halfway thru. Still, it was pretty tasty but a little too salty. I enjoyed it more than DM did. The fries were some kind of fancy garlic rosemary fries and were just ok.

Ordered a chocolate malt and got a chocolate shake. The service wasn’t very good and it was extra lame because there were only like 2 other tables in there. Still, the shake was good!

They also have pretty cool decor.

Another pizza, carmelized onions, cheese. Then after it’s cooked, salad mix with hummus drizzled on top.

Plain cheese pizza.

Cookie Puss lounging.

The Colorado Springs Eddie (but fatter than the real Eddie) at Tony’s bar downtown Colorado Springs!

DM in Tony’s. We have a love/hate relationship with this bar. We love it cuz it’s really nearby, just a couple blocks so we can walk. They have really good bar food, they’re always open. But the service sucks and it’s always full of annoying college students. There’s Colorado Springs Eddie in the background again.

Doing the aformentioned walking to Tony’s! It’s so close we can even walk there in a blizzard.

Homemade biscuits and gravy. I don’t eat pork anymore so no sausage gravy. I made this out of chicken drippings. It was really good.

Cookie Puss and PJ. I can’t believe how huge Cookie Puss is now. You may remember the pics I posted when he was a kitten and how he was so tiny compared to PJ. He is almost 18 pounds now and PJ is only about 8. PJ has chronic renal failure (he’s 15 years old) and doesn’t have a very good prognosis. But he’s hanging on and enjoying life as a cat. We have to give him subcutaneous fluids twice a day and a bunch of other medications but all in all it only takes about 5 minutes per day to do and he’s pretty good about it.

I don’t know what this was all about. We were probably drunk.

The red floor. It took 5 coats of paint and I still have more to do. Gotta sand it down one more time, put on another coat or two of the red, then some kind of polyeurathane or something.

Us in Boulder. I had to wear the hippy clothes so I could fit in.

I made this last night. Mexican chili soup with fried tortilla strips, Mexican cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and avocado.

Also made chicken tacos with all the fixin’s. That’s a caipirinha in the background. My current fave.

Fatburger. We’re trying to find the best burgers in town so we’ve been going to a lot of different places in a lot of different categories. We’re going to post it on our food blog at when we’re done. I am ashamed to say we haven’t updated it in AGES.

Fatburger is Fatburger, we have them all over LA. I remember them being better than the one I had the other day. Still, it was good. I think I liked Smashburger’s better, tho. DM likes the Fatburger better.

Their shake wasn’t nearly as good as Smashburger’s.

Wade’s cafe in Colorado Springs. They’re known for their pancakes and they win Best Pancakes all over the place all the time. It was packed and we actually had to wait which never happens here. I was not impressed with my huevos rancheros.

DM liked his breakfast and the pancakes WERE really good. Still, not as good as the REAL best pancakes in town which are to be had at Maggie Mae’s.

DM is now into fly fishing. He took a class and got all the gear. He even caught some fish!

I guess after that lame huevos rancheros I decided to make my own. I honestly don’t remember this at all.

Here’s DM practicing casting. And getting the line stuck in the tree. Not the best place to practice, Dange! Note the junkyard chic we have going on in our back yard.

Cookie Puss!


They are always stalking the squirrels, who are really quite bold. Yesterday I let them out and suddenly Cookie Puss lunged toward the chair where I didn’t realize, was a little squirrel! They never come down onto the deck itself. He tried to catch it, it scooted away, right toward PJ! Who tried to get it, and it went back toward Cookie. OMG It was horrible. I thought for sure one of them was going to catch it and hurt the little guy. Not to mention getting rabies or some such shit. I managed to pick both the cats up and put them in the house and the little squirrel jumped the fence and into the tree.

All wound up and being fierce.

PJ is constantly going over the fence and into the backyard. It’s not really a backyard, it’s more like a parking lot. Anyhow he’s not supposed to be over there but he does it anyway. For someone on his last legs, he’s extremely fiesty. He does have a bad day here and there but most of the time, this is his M.O.

Here are some pics of the various weather on the deck

That plastic is there because it hails a lot here. Including yesterday. I had been meaning to make a more permanent structure for hail protection but hadn’t gotten around to it. Yesterday out of nowhere it started pouring down hail. I bought this plastic awhile ago and had DM drag it out for me then we went out in the hard rain and hail and covered everything. We were only out there like two minutes but were completely soaked all the way thru our clothes. It was insane. Today I went out and covered them at the first sign of thunder. Sheesh.

The following are various seedlings and plantings. You’re not really supposed to plant tomatoes till this weekend but I did it the first week in May. Luckily we didn’t have any snow and they’re doing pretty well now. I’ll keep taking pics as the summer goes on. I’m trying to do everything by seeds this year, so we’ll see. It’s a pretty short growing season here, so…

Ok so that’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed the pictures of my Oh So Exciting Life!

Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Branson, and Rt 66, MO

In early September we went to see Motorhead in convert in Denver. It was pretty good but I have no pictures. We also ate awesome fried chicken in Denver but I have no pictures.

Then we went to Missouri and I have pictures!

Mmmm BBQ in Kansas City. I think it was called LC’s.

The St. Louis Arch

The view from our hotel room

Dangermike and his daughter at The Pinup Bowl. I love bowling even tho I suck at it.

Crazy ice cream goodies. The root beer floats LOOK good but they were kind of a pain in the butt to eat. Oh well. It was a famous St. Louis place called Fitz’s.

The next day we went on a quest for the best donuts on earth. Apparently they’re located in St. Louis. We went to 2 places that were closed. Wha? This sign cracked me up. What kind of ridiculous hours are these?

This place-World’s Fair Donuts- WAS open.

Yummmmy, they probably were the best donuts on earth. The owner gave us a couple free ones since we had come so far. We didn’t actually ORDER this many (altho we did eat them all).

Courtesy Diner- funny name, basic, but good cheeseburgers.

Chili Mac’s Diner in downtown St. Louis. Typical greasy spoon place. Totally delicious. DM also enjoyed a Starbucks that he got along the way (we walked from the hotel).

After St. Louis we went down to Springfield where I picked up a few things here:

Breakfast of sweet potato hash browns, french toast, and scrambled eggs at one of DM’s old haunts.

Since I’m a huge Rt. 66 fan and there’s a good portion of it in MO, we wandered it a little. Cool old sign for a hamburger joint and an Arby’s sign- DM is convinced this is a really OLD Arby’s sign and that they don’t look like this anymore. Huh? They look exactly like this still. ANYHOW. Then Steak and Shake. But not just ANY Steak and Shake- the original, back up in Springfield. Awesome.

Steak and Shake meal. Yummy. That soup was really good and I scarfed most of it before remembering to take a picture.

The next day we went to Bass Pro Shops (crazy place) and then had lunch at Buck-ing-Hams. LOL. Their sign is of a cowboy riding a pig and the pig is bucking. It was ok. The KC place was better.

Lake Taneycomo near Branson, DMs childhood lake. He lived right on it and had the full on Tom Sawyer childhood.

Blackberry cobbler at some old person place in Branson. I like old people food. I think it was called The Farmhouse.

More Rt. 66 stuff.

More Branson (sorry these are all out of order)

Finally, Rt 66 again.