Saturday March 31, 2012 | 05:36 AM

My family was first introduced to Tony's Donuts at the Cumberland Fair several years ago. They are sold in the 4-H food booth and have been our favorite breakfast (or anytime) treat after animal chores and 4-H shows during the fair.

So when I was trying to find a way to thank my 4-H sheep farm friends who have been  helping my daughter all week with her animals, I thought of Tony's. Most every 4-H family we know who goes to the Cumberland Fair likes those doughnuts.

I texted my girls to ask them what flavors to pick up for our friends and the girls put in their own orders.

My oldest daughter has a serious sweet tooth (it's a genetics thing she simply had no chance of escaping) and is not too discriminating with desserts. She likes them all. So it was no surprise to me to have received this text from her.

"Get a pastry that we have never gotten before if it looks good."

The problem with that request is that we've pretty much tried the majority of Tony's selections – creme horns, turnovers, eclairs, puffs, lemon squares, etc. I settled on the French toast apple boat for her (I could be wrong about the precise name but it included "French Toast" and "apple"). But I also picked up a couple of our family favorite standbys – molasses and chocolate donuts and crullers.

I bought a couple of dozen doughnuts for our friends and figured when I got home I'd snap a quick picture of the selections I picked out for my family for this post (pictures are always good to add to a blog post don't you know).

But my farm friends were already at my house when I pulled in to my driveway so I was distracted from the sweets. A couple of hours later, and thank you gifts doled out to friends, I realized I never did get that blog picture of my own family's selections. By then though, I was out of luck.

"Well, you can take a picture of this," my youngest daughter said of the last remaining bite of the half dozen items I had purchased from the shop.

I guess if readers of my blog want to see the tasty treats and doughnuts at Tony's, you're just going to have to go there yourself. My family doesn't want to share.

About the Author

Wendy Almeida has been writing about enjoying the outdoors with kids in her monthly Kid Tracks Outdoors column for the Maine Sunday Telegram for 10 years. Her kids have grown up exploring the trails of Maine on foot, skis and bikes as well as through the geocache and EarthCache games. The family has found treasures of all sorts while out on the trail and the journey continues to be as much fun now that the kids are teenagers as it was when they were preschoolers.

On Twitter and Instagram at @wea1021.

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