Dec 302011
 

eggnog1 Blissfully Delicious Eggnog

This is our favorite Blissfully Declicious Eggnog Recipe and often have one each on New Year’s Eve. This recipe makes 2 drinks:

1 oz Amaretto almond liqueur, 1 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur, 1 oz vodka, 10 oz eggnog, served with big dallops of whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate on top.  (Optional: a very light sprinkle of nutmeg on top).  For my tastes I sometimes make the drink with a little added milk or light cream (about 2/3 eggnog to 1/3 cream).

A bit of Eggnog History:  Eggnog, or egg flip, was brought to the US from Britain in the 18th century. It may have had an ancestor in the medieval posset, which is hot milk mixed with spiced wine or ale.In 1827 British writer Richard Cook published Oxford Night Caps, in which he lists all kinds of possets and eggnogs. The posset which he calls Rum Booze can also be called Egg Flip.

Kahlua Cinnamon Spice is the classic Kahlua coffee base with added cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar. It sounds lovely, and definitely something I’d like try in our eggnog recipe.

Here is an eggnog recipe that uses it for a large batch (makes 8 4-oz portions, easily doubled or tripled for a holiday punch bowl):  Kahlua Cinnamon Spice Holiday Eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 oz  granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly-grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 oz Martell VSOP cognac
  • 2 oz Kahlua Cinnamon Spice liqueur
  • 4 oz Jameson Irish whiskey
  • 12 oz whole milk
  • 8 oz heavy cream

Preparation:  Blender (or mixer fitted with a whip attachment) – blend the eggs for 1 minute; add sugar and spices and blend together (about 30 seconds); slowly add the cognac, Kahlua and Jameson, blend another 30 seconds; add the milk and cream and blend 1 minute more. Cover and refrigerate.  Can be made a day ahead of time to allow the flavors to combine.  Serving size 4 oz; optional: grate fresh nutmeg or cinnamon over the top.

Eggnog Kahlua Shake -here is another eggnog recipe that uses Kahlua and Eggnog to make a milkshake like drink (yummy). Serves 1 to 2

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz) Kahlua, 2 oz half-and-half (or combination of milk and cream or just milk), 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teapoon simple syrup*, 1 fresh egg  or (use equivalent amount of Egg Beaters), 3 heaping tablespoons crushed ice.  Blend together until ice is crushed to small chips.  Optional: dallop of whipped cream on top.

(*You can use bar syrup but making your own simple syrup tastes better and is fairly easy – use a 1:1 sugar-water ratio (e.g., 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water) in a saucepan, heat up the water and dissolve the sugar in it; cook untill it’s a little syrupy; store covered in the refrigerator.)

What is your favorite holiday drink?

Wishing everyone a joyous, healthy New Year filled with blessings, Lady Rose

 

Dec 292011
 

13 Goals 2012 13 New Year Goals

I don’t do New Year resolutions any more, but I do like to plan ahead and set a few manageable goals for the year ahead.  My overall theme for the year is going to be ORGANIZE.

This is a goal I’ve had for decades and it is a bit of an overwhelming task.  Ten years ago we moved from a big house with a huge basement, attic, and big gargage with attached building into a house with no basement, no attic, no storage shed, and only a small gargage.  We had to leave a lot of stuff behind because we simply ran out of space and I have never really recovered from having boxes and stuff jammed every where from floor to ceiling by the movers.  I’ve made a huge dent over the years, but much more needs to be done.  I work full time and my health was poor and my pain levels were extremely high back then and I weighed over 300 lbs.  However, since I lost over 170 lbs and reached my goal weight of 135 lbs in Jan. 2010 I have been able to get a lot more done and I plan to continue making progress in the year ahead.  I am not going try for perfection, or set goals that are just to big to actually achieve or set deadlines for myself that are going to cause stress.

Here are a few things I’d like to accomplish next year:

  1. Strength and Rebirth Circle of Trees Spring Retreat (present two workshops (April)
  2. Woman I Am Circle of Trees Fall Retreat (present two workshops) (Oct.)
  3. Finish Qi Gong Therapist class take home exam
  4. 2nd level Qi Gong Healing class (Oct. – 1 week in CT)
  5. Family summer vacation (to celebrate my daughter, Angelgirl’s 16th birthday in May)
  6. Visit with my best friend Mama Kelly at least twice (or more next year) – but since that is based on her schedule, I’ll settle for at least getting to visit once
  7. Record a review of at least 12 tarot decks and post the videos
  8. Finishing getting wedding video copied to computer and uploaded to youtube and then posted on blog
  9. Copy China video to dvd, uploaded to you tube and then posted
  10. Paint and organize my daughter’s room (she wants to change from pink to green with brown trim; one of her Christmas presents was a new bedding set and new sheets in green and brown)
  11. Organize and inventory crystals and semi-precious stones and create a few craft projects to sell
  12. Sort and organize the 6 tall bookshelves in fireplace room and organize the bedroom (clear excess junk, sort all clothes, get a bookshelf, baskets, and storage containers to organize stuff in)

What are your goals for 2012?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Related Post: Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas (includes tips for setting resolutions and goals)

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Dec 282011
 

Tree2011 183x300 Highlights Christmas 2011

What we like best about this time of year is building happy memories and being with family and friends (like the Christmas Oatmeal Boxes Grandmom used to put together or the Mrs. Weasly Sweater I made for my best friend for Christmas 2007). We were fortunate to have the opportunity to be with our family, share lots of smiles, give out a few surprises and create some wonderful memories.

XmasFavThings2011 Highlights Christmas 2011

Christmas morning the three of us, Teacherman, Angelgirl, and Me, had a lot of smiles and Santa was very good to us.  We take our time and open gifts slowly, sip coffee (Angelgirl sips hot cocoa) and wear a Christmas hat on our heads.

By noontime we headed out to make the rounds and visited my sisters (who live across the street from each other). First on the left side of the street we brought Mom along and gave gifts to my niece and two nephews. Then crossed the street to visit with my other sister,  (my mom lives there too), and my brother (who arrived a bit later about mid-afternoon).  We called my other brother, who is in a nursing home in Arkansas, to wish him a Merry Christmas.  He really enjoyed the Christmas package we sent him (it included a Christmas Oatmeal Box).

Mom was spoiled with a huge stocking and lots of packages to open – from little gifts and treats to big surprises.  I think this was her biggest Christmas ever.  Her big gifts included a cd player and a notebook (computer).

I usually get my nieces and nephews gift cards, but like to present them each year in a unique way but putting together a “themed” gift bag or basket.  This year theme was baking – I got my brother and sisters the Big top Cupcake Highlights Christmas 2011 with a couple of cake mixes, icings, and cake decorating sprinkles, and cookie cutter set.

However for my one niece and nephew instead of gift cards, they had a “Cake Boss” Christmas Extravaganza – they LOVE the Cake Boss.  I got them Buddy’s two cookbooks, Buddy Valastro Talking Bobblehead Highlights Christmas 2011, and Cake Boss mixing bowl set.  But the biggest gift (that earned us the honor of being the world’s best aunt and uncle) are tickets to see the Cake Boss Live Show (March 16th in Trenton, NJ) – they are VIP tickets so there is a meet and greet after the show.

Xmas 2011 Presents Galore Highlights Christmas 2011

I’m so looking forward to seeing the smiles when we get to meet the Cake Boss in March – it is going to be a memory for a lifetime.

Dec 262011
 

Yule 20111 Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas

Our Fireplace – Decorated for the Holidays

Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas – Yule – Winter Solstice.  The time between Christmas and New Year’s we are fortunate to have the time off from work and school to be together.  We will be visiting with friends, going to see a movie, and enjoying other fun things together.   I am also using this time to clear away the old, plan ahead for the future, and energize my motivation for continuing to improve my inner landscape and future spiritual goals.

The days following the Winter Solstice (Yule, Christmas), the longest night, are an inbetween time, filled with centuries of traditions and magic from many cultures and religions, a time that is not a time (out of the ordinary, existing outside the day to day rules and routine).  In ancient Babylon, these days were seen as the time of a struggle between chaos and order, with chaos trying to take back over the world and many traditions for this time of year are associated with driving away evil spirits for the start of the new year.

The origin and counting of the Twelve Days “is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures.  in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.”

No matter which days one decides are best for celebrating the 12 days of Yule it is an good time for reflection, gaining wisdom from the previous year and setting goals and magical intentions for the upcoming new year.

Rather than making “resoultions” that if not met by year’s end or are abandoned within a few weeks of the new year’s start which can lead to giving up, guilt and negative feelings of self worth, I will be focusing on small, doable steps that are part of a broader overall plan. I will also allow myself to be flexible, realistic, and adapt as life unfolds and circumstances warrant.

What I will be doing during the 12 days of Yule:

An overall life review – what have I neglected, are there goals I need to discard or new ones I want to add; what habits and practices are positive and life affirming for myself and family, which ones need to be discarded, added or tweaked.  Followed by a simple new year’s eve ritual to give thanks for the previous year (embracing the mistakes, the ups and downs, both the good and bad times, releasing the old hurts, stress, negativity) and blessings for the new year (clearing the way for a fresh new year and welcoming the new lessons to be learned, the good and the bad times, opening heart, mind and spirit to wisdom and love).

Setting a focus for 2012 – to add meaning and overall purpose for the upcoming new year, I will be focusing on a theme for the year and settting an overall flexible plan that is on going to manifest my overall them and positive steps forward. I will kee my plans reasonable, with doable small steps for the upcoming year, and visualize and set forth intentions, followed by real world activity to manifest my goals.

My overall theme for this year is organizing – this has been my goal for decades, and in the past I’d always feel bad that I didn’t “finish” getting my entire house done and my life organized.  But realistically in the past my health and pain levels and lack of time (since I work full time and other life demands that require my time) made it impossible to get the entire house and my life organized to perfection, so I was setting myself up for failure.   This year my health is much better and since losing over 170 lbs my pain levels are very low.  However time constraints and the massive amount of organizing that needs to be done are still obstacles.  But rather than set a goal of getting the entire house done I will set as my goal to consistently work on  much smaller tasks that I can achieve, such as a bookshelf at a time or a few boxes sorted each month, etc.  Each small accomplishment will one more step to the larger goa, and I can feel positive about each one along the way without beating myself up if the house isn’t “perfect” and completely organized within a self-imposed deadline.

Tips For Resolutions and Goals:  keep goals simple and doable (break down big goals into smaller tasks); make sure your goals are realistic within the time frame you’ve set  (i.e. don’t set a goal like save a $10,000 dollars in a year if your expenses and debt are overwhelming – instead set a goal of paying down debt and creating a budget; don’t set a goal of building a website in a year when you don’t know anything about computers – instead set a goal of taking a computer class); don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals and tasks; create categories to organize your goals (i.e. self improvement, home, work, family, spiritual, community, etc.) with only one or just a few goals in each category; be gentle with yourself and adjust your timetable as needed. Build in positive feedback and rewards for yourself along the way.  For example to help change your inner landscape and clear away inner obstacles create daily positive affirmations, inspirational music to listen to, inspirational amd empowering books to read.  Create positive feedback in the physical world, for example take a big positive step to start off the year that will create a positive environment for smaller changes to continue reaching an overall goal; create a symbol of your goal that you see daily; give yourself positive rewards along the way as you complete tasks.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year filled with bright blessings, Lady Rose

Dec 242011
 

Holda Holda the Yuletide Goddess

Holda

As with many ancient goddesses, Holda is complex. Also called Hulde and Frau  Holle, she goes by a variety of names and takes different forms, depending on  locale and culture. In her form as a beneficent and noble White Lady, Holda is  beautiful and stately, with long, flowing golden hair, which shines with  sunlight as she combs it. She wears a white gown covered with a magical white  goose down cape. At Yuletide, she travels the world in a carriage and bestows  good health, good fortune, and other gifts to humans that honor  her. She not only is connected with Winter Solstice itself, but also with the holiday season that continues many of its customs, the 12 days of  Christmas–from December 25 through January 6.

Wishing everyone a safe, joyful, healthy and blissful holiday blessings, Lady Rose

 

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