I try always to stay positive, but at times in the last year, that has not been easy. So much loss and sadness for so many families. I pray that 2021 is a better year; a time of healing, both from Coronavirus, and as a nation.
I want to share a few of our Christmas memories. Once again, my husband and I hunkered down and enjoyed the best of the holiday. We did a lot of eating, listened to Christmas music non-stop, and enjoyed a huge fire every day during the season.
|Our cat, JoJo enjoyed those fires, too!|
First I want to start with one of my favorite holiday treats...
Growing up, we made homemade eggnog every Christmas. It's easy to make and tastes quite different from what you buy in the store. It actually tastes like...EGGNOG!
|This is not in the dietetic category, but it IS the holidays!|
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla
More nutmeg for topping
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg and salt. Stir often until the mixture reaches a bare simmer.
Add a big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat, adding big spoonfuls of the hot liquid one at a time to temper the eggs.
Once most of the hot milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the saucepan on the stove.
Whisk constantly for just a few minutes until the mixture is just slightly thickened (or until it reaches 160 degrees). It will continue to thicken as it cools.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour the eggnog into a pitcher or other container and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled.
Serve with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.
Store in the fridge for up to one week, but bet it won't last that long!
|Many enjoy eggnog with a little rum. I prefer bourbon.|
|It was a hit with my husband, Jerry!|
|Deviled Eggs and Polish ring always appeared at Christmas Eve growing up.|
We would not have had smoked salmon with mascarpone cheese garnished with green olives!
|The traditional Peppermint Stick Ice Cream.|
|JoJo enjoys doing jig saw puzzles. So does his Mama!|
|Christmas morning sunrise.|