Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Requested eggnog recipe... and a few pics

Home-made Eggnog

Mama H's Home-made Eggnog

Eggs 3
Sugar 1/2 cup
Milk 2 cups
Cream (evap milk) 1 cup

Separate yolks and whites
Beat egg yolks with sugar until creamy
Heat milk and cream until very hot, but not boiling
Add a little egg yolk mixture to hot milk gradually, stir carefully, then add rest.

Beat egg whites with a little sugar (to taste)
When stiff, add to egg yolk/milk mixture
Can add a sprinkle of nutmeg and a little whiskey now or can add these after pouring into tall cup or flute.

Makes about 4 - 6 cups depending on size of cup or flute.

Excellent when cold also!

OK! We're finally above freezing today! Hurray! Of course it will go down below tonight and probably tomorrow, but at least it's better during the days... and the sun was out!

I've kept myself busy with projects... including making a flannel pillowcase for the ferals' box.  My daughter-in-law had given me this flannel cat fabric a while back and when I was working on my cousin's sofa pillows today, I thought... why not use that for the ferals' box... might make it a little warmer?

flannel pillowcase

As for the other projects, I'm still working on those...

sofa pillow - not quilted yet

3 of 4 cheeky chickens sculptured in clay

I have to tell you a funny story... actually not that funny.... you probably had to be there. Before we got up this morning, I was telling DH about the strange dream I had just had. It involved many of my family and a few friends and really had no 'plot' as such... I just saw many people (some not with us anymore and some who are) all milling around looking at old photographs. One of the photos made me teary and the next thing I knew my mom and I were in St. Louis Cathedral (which is the cathedral in Jackson Square in the French Quarter). Telling DH the story I said, ... "as we walked in, I noticed that Julie was there".  As I said this, DH exclaimed, "The cat!!"... and I burst out laughing... couldn't stop... had tears running down my face. "No... not the cat! My sister's best friend."  Not that funny a story I know, but it's been a long time since I've had such a good laugh so early in the morning... and I kept picturing the cat in the cathedral.

Oh, another surprise I had later in the day - we took down the Christmas tree and all the Christmassy stuff in the den. I left the rest up in the front room as I figured that if we're stuck in the house by the fireplace all week due to the weather , I'd like to enjoy the coziness of Christmas a bit longer.  Well, later when I was working on something in our computer room, I turned around to find this.

Tux had climbed into one of the wreaths we'd taken down

Wouldn't that make a good Christmas card? (maybe next year...)
I laughed, took a picture, and went back to what I was doing. Later, I found him asleep in the wreath.

Tux asleep

Cats are so funny. What would we do without them?


  1. Yes, cats are sure great companions. I love the sleeping cat in the wreath. :-)

    1. One of the great things about cats (and kids!)... they make you laugh.

  2. As they say, "Laughter is the best medicine." The cat and the wreath would make a wonderful Christmas card. I have a fairly large file of photos of our tux cat, which sadly is no longer with us. I really think he loved for me to take his picture.

    1. I may have to think about using that picture for a Christmas card next year. We too have tons of pics of our cats... and grandkids.

  3. We store our Christmas tree, etc in the shed. Laura went to the shed to retrieve the boxes and the shed lock is frozen. The cat keeps his tree a few more days.

    1. The cat lucked out... and got to enjoy his tree a few more days!

  4. We still have our Christmas tree up. Maybe when the weather gets warmer I'll be more ambitious. Tux in a wreath would make a good creative card, especially when the receiver realizes that it's Tux.

    1. Good for you, John. I think we should enjoy Christmas for as long as possible. Luckily our trees which we usually put up the day after Thanksgiving have lasted really well without losing their needles. This one could have stayed up even longer.

  5. Rian, I am just seeing this. Thank you so much for posting the eggnog recipe. I really want to try it. My first thought when I saw Tux in the wreath, was, you've got to use that for your Christmas cards next year. It is perfect! I can see why that comment "the cat"! made you laugh. I do love a good laugh and it's usually a comment from my husband that get me started.

    1. Let me know if you try the eggnog. I think you'll like it. We put about a tablespoon of bourbon in over the egg whites right before we ladle it out... then add about a teaspoon more on top in the glass. As for the cat comment that made me laugh, I hadn't had a good belly laugh like that in a long time.


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