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 072011
 

xmascandles 1 The Christmas Oatmeal Box

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One of the blessings of the holidays is enjoying family traditions. When I was growing up with my two brothers and two sisters our grandmother made us “Christmas Oatmeal Boxes” as an alternative to the usual Christmas stockings and the memories of those silly boxes still makes me smile.  They were filled with little toys and candy (one regular item was the Swiss Colony Xmas mouse with a red hat – we loved it and we used ours to make shaved chocolate on our New Year’s eggnog).  As we all grew up we still enjoyed our Oatmeal Boxes, and as we got married Grandmom even made up one for our spouses.  Sometimes a special friend or two, if they had been around for many years, would be surprised by also receiving one of Grandmom’s Oatmeal Boxes. It was always considered a special honor to be included in the family tradition.   Grandmom spent all year eating oatmeal for every breakfast and decorating the boxes with contact paper and yarn to make the handle for the lid.   She poured over catalogs to find silly things to put in them (like silly shaped pencil sharperners (I still have one shaped like an old fashioned sewing machine), funny toilet paper, and toothbrushes with “boobies” for bristles for the boys).  Some years she would have a “theme.”   I remember one year she gave all the men plastic cave man clubs (fully wrapped and with a  bow – just looking at the packages cracked us up) and in everyone’s oatmeal box we had windup dinosaurs.  We spent hours laughing and giggling on the kitchen floor having races with our dinosaurs.  Even though we were now in our 30s and 40s we were able to enjoy a little Christmas as if we were only five again, thanks to the love that our Grandmom shared with us through her Christmas Oatmeal Boxes.

While clearing out some things from the garage a few months ago I found an old oatmeal box.   It was a bit dusty and beat up – but filled with memories.  I knew just what I wanted to do with it.  My brother, C.S. is in a nursing home in Arkansas (he is blind and lost both his leg from diabetes).  I send him a little care package of sugar free goodies each month.  For xmas I like to send a bigger package with a couple of xmas gifts.  This year my brother will be getting a Christmas Oatmeal box.  It won’t have the same “flair” Grandmom’s used to have, but it will still contain the memories and love.   I packed it with a comb (that was a standard Grandmom addition), fingerless gloves and crocheted cap (he is always getting cold), a few sugar free goodies (life savers and gum), and a tshirt that says “for a good time insert coin here,” (I found the tshirt on sale for $5 a month ago and knew right away it would be a perfect silly gift for the oatmeal box).

Family traditions and the love and memories they carry with them last a lifetime.  I feel truly blessed to have the memory of Grandmom’s Christmas Oatmeal Boxes and so glad I am able to be able to share that memory with my brother this year.

What is your favoriate family tradition?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Nov 242011
 

Thanksgiving2007 1 300x225 A Wonderful Family Thanksgiving

13 photos from my favorite Thanksgiving family get together, November 2007.  We rented a house on the beach with two 3-bedroom apartments, so we had plenty of room to invite the whole family down to spend a couple of nights and two kitchens to cook in.

The turkey, the beach, and the full moon = a perfect vacation! And one of the most awesome Thanksgiving get togethers we have ever had, with lots of wonderful memories for everyone in our family.

The house we rented was right on the ocean, we arrived on Wed. and stayed through to Sunday, it has a big apartment on the second floor (where we stayed with a deck facing the ocean), and a big apartment on the first floor with a big porch facing the ocean (where most of the family stayed). My family joined us for two nights and we enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing, awesome Thanksgiving together. My hubby is a great cook and the turkey came out perfect (and everything else too). We did a lot of prep work at home first, so the morning of Thanksgiving we bascially just had to put a few things together put the turkey in the oven (and a ham in the other oven downstairs) and enjoy our time together with the family and watch the kids playing on the beach. Dinner time we all helped setting the table and setting out the awesome feast, shared our thoughts on what we were thankful for, enjoyed each other’s company and the spectacular ocean view as we leisurely ate dinner. The weather for the whole weekend was awesome; who would have believed that in Nov. we could be running around the beach with just a light jacket on here in New Jersey. At night the full moon was shining over the water and created a magical, relaxing sight. Sunrises were equally beautiful and inspiring.

The kids got to play on the beach, collect shells, do arts and crafts (I had brought some kits for them), make xmas candy (my sister brought an easy kit for them). Friday my sisters and I got to visit a local Christmas shop and oooh and ahhhh over all the awesome decorations. Some of us went for a nice walk through part of the bird sanctuary along the beach that is a short distance down the road from the beach house.

Thanksgiving2007 2 A Wonderful Family Thanksgiving

The weather was so nice that the kids could play on the beach and we sat on the porch watching the waves while the turkey was roasting. The view on the beach was awesome and the full moon at night added just the perfect magical touch.

Thanksgiving2007 3 A Wonderful Family Thanksgiving

 

I really hope that we can rent the beach house again for a future Thanksgiving.  It was one of the most relaxing, no drama, Thanksgiving holidays we have ever had when the whole family was together.

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This year it will be just the three of us today for a small Thanksgiving Feast. We will be getting some work done around the house – there is lot to organize and rearrange in the tv room. We got new furniture for that room yesterday so I want to start uncluttering the room and deep cleaning (including six bookshelves in desperate need of sorting and dusting) We will be getting together with the family on Saturday over at my sister’s house to celebrate with the extended family – my mom, my sister and her husband and 2 kids, and my brother (who is sick with the flu but hopefully will be feeling better by Saturday) and his son. My other sister isn’t speaking to her or avoiding every one else in the family (long story and not worth telling). Since she is living right across the street we will pop in for a quick visit to drop off some homemade turkey soup that Teacherman plans on making Friday with our leftovers. My other brother is in a nursing home in Arkansas, he is blind and lost both legs because of diabetes. I will be sending out his monthly care package (sugar-free treats and a cd of music) this weekend.  I’m looking forward to a peaceful four days off work enjoying time with my hubby and daughter, and a nice visit with the extended family.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories?  Wishing everyone a joyful, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving, Lady Rose

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