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Donuts Make Your Brown Eyes Blue
—Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 9:54 pm—

Mary whipping up donut batter

Actually, we always thought Crystal Gayle was singing about “donuts” when she performed the song “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”

That’s what they call a mondegreen – when you mishear or misinterpret a phrase in poem or lyric in a song.  Gayle’s “Don’t it” DOES kind of sound a lot like “Donut.” And this blog post is about those tasty crullers you’ll find everywhere in the world from Japan (filled with bean paste) to Finland (covered with vanilla sauce).

Atrium's Healthy "Baked" donut

But before I get to the Atrium’s new donut recipe, let’s talk a little about the Death of Lady Mondegreen.

The term mondegreen was originally coined by author Sylvia Wright, and has come to be quite widely used. As a child, Wright heard the lyrics of The Bonny Earl of Murray (a Scottish ballad) as:

Ye highlands and ye lowlands
Oh where hae you been?
Thou hae slay the Earl of Murray
And Lady Mondegreen

It eventually transpired that Lady Mondegreen existed only in the mind of Sylvia Wright, for the actual lyrics said that they “slay the Earl of Murray and laid him on the green.” And to this day Lady Mondegreen lives on in our mishearings.

Back to our donuts. After a little trial and error, we’ve started serving our guests freshly baked (they’re healthier we think), with pure chocolate and maple toppings, along with a selection of sprinkles you can add yourself.

If not blue, the donuts are sure to put a little sparkle in your eyes.

For a copy of our recipe, email us at Better yet, let us know you’re a donut lover during your next stay with us and we’ll make sure we put them them on the breakfast menu.