Homemade Egg Nog – Recipe #blogmas2015 Day Five!

Creamy goodness that will knock you on your butt.

Creamy goodness that will knock you on your butt.

How about a recipe?

I love eggnog.  Once December comes, you’ll often find me enjoying a nip of nog after work as supper is made or on the weekend relaxing.  It’s part of Christmas for me.  Usually in these instances though, I just buy a carton from the store and add a bit of my own “Christmas Cheer” to it.  I particularly enjoy a splash of spiced rum in mine.

For special occasions though, when I am entertaining a group (of adults – this stuff is for grown ups only), I like to pull out this recipe and whip it up.  So in the spirit of blogmas, I’m passing this recipe on to you.  Please keep in mind that this recipe will fill a punch bowl, so cut back accordingly if needed.  Though I can’t imagine why you would want to.

A reminder – this is best served chilled on the day it’s made.  Use the freshest eggs available to you.  This recipe is modified from an old “Company’s Coming” cookbook I believe.

Ingredients

12 of the freshest eggs you can find

1 cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups whipping cream (I never said this was good for you)

1 tbsp vanilla

7 cups cold milk

2 cups light rum

1 cup whiskey – I normally eliminate the whiskey and light rum and add 3 cups of spiced rum instead.

Sprinkle of nutmeg

Directions

Beat egg whites in a large clean bowl until they start getting thick.  Add the 1 cup of sugar.  Beat until they are thick.  I like to use an electric mixer for this step.

Whip those whites and sugar

Whip those whites and sugar!

In a second (very) large bowl, preferably one that has a lid, beat the egg yolks and salt until thick.

yolks

Beat those yolks baby!

Add the whipped egg whites to the whipped egg yolks.  Beat until they are completely incorporated and the mixture is thick.

Whites and yolks together.

Whites and yolks together.

In a third large bowl – there are a lot of dishes to clean up in this recipe – beat your whipping cream until it starts to thicken.  Add the 2 tbsp of sugar and the vanilla.  Beat that until it gets very thick.

whipped creamy goodness

whipped creamy goodness

Add your whipped cream to your egg mixture.  Do this slowly a bit at a time, stirring after each addition.

mixing

Add your milk, and your rum and whiskey (or just spiced rum – how I like it!), beat continually.

milk

milk

Oh my! There's the rum!

Oh my! There’s the rum!

Store this chilled with a lid on until you are ready to use it.  Serve in a punch bowl with a sprinkle of nutmeg.  If you don’t have a punch bowl, a large pitcher will do.  When you take it out of the fridge before transferring to the punch bowl, it’s best to beat it again, as the whipped portion will separate and rise to the top as it sits.  Refrigerate any unused portions (ha ha – as if!) for a couple of days at most.

Store bought egg nog will aways be second best after experiencing this!

Store bought egg nog will aways be second best after experiencing this!

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How Important is a White Christmas? #blogmas2015 Day One!

A white Christmas?  Or green instead?

A white Christmas? Or green instead?

Gosh I love the Christmas season.  I’m curled up in bed with Nicholas right now watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  I don’t think I’ve missed a year watching this….well, ever!
Just sitting here watching this thinking to myself about the weather and how mild it’s been so far this winter.  Here we sit on the 1st of December and we’ve only really had two snowfalls so far.  The accumulation with both was gone within a few days.  Living in Southwestern Ontario, we tend to get a really mixed bag with our winters.  Some are mild, with not much snow at all, some are insanely cold (-40 degrees Celsius for days on end) with metres of snow that piles up and doesn’t leave for months on end.  And everything in between.

I’m just going to say it – I really love winter.  I get excited when the snow falls, especially during the month of December.  I, like many others start to get a little sick of it when it gets to be February or March, but mostly I embrace it.  I live in Canada!  Some Canadians really need to just get over the fact that it snows here in the winter.  It kind of goes with the territory.  I am fortunate that I live less than a kilometre from work, so I don’t have to drive to work in it.  Joe works about a half an hour’s drive from home, and he hates the snow.  I sympathize, but I still love it!

To me, Christmas just isn’t the same without some of the white stuff.  Our family spent the Christmases of 1996 and 1997 on the beach in the Dominican Republic.  They were great holidays, lots of fun, but it almost seemed like Christmas came and went that year and we missed it.  The resorts had lights up, and served  big meals, sang the songs, and Christmas was in the air, but Christmas lights on palm trees just isn’t the same.

So forgive me if I get a little excited when it snows.  And forgive me for saying – I really hope we have a white Christmas this year…..and every other year too!

What about you?

I’m doing #blogmas2015

Christmas is a comin...

Christmas is a comin…

I think I’m going to do Blogmas this year.  What is Blogmas you ask?  Allow me to explain.  You may know this about me, you may not:  I am a YouTube junkie.  Vlogmas, is a YouTube thing started about 4 years ago by Ingrid Nilsen, who just happens to be the first channel I stumbled upon that fuelled my whole addiction.  Basically it’s daily vlogging in December, every day up until Christmas.  Several vloggers do it, some of my favourites being Zoe Sugg, Tanya Burr, and Sprinkle of Glitter, among several others.

Luckily for you, I don’t have a YouTube channel.

Instead, I have this space, so I thought I might do Blogmas instead.  It’s basically a print spinoff of Vlogmas, where I will post content to this blog every day in December, up until Christmas.  It could be anything really – a Christmas recipe, a Christmas book review, a DIY, a Christmas Party smoky eye look, an update on how my Christmas season is going, or even just a few lines complaining about how much there is to do and how little time there is to do it.  Just a little bit of Christmas, a little bit of what’s going on in my life, every day in December.

I could say that there is lots of cool stuff to come, and I do have a few ideas, but to be perfectly honest, I just thought of doing this earlier today, so I’m kind of flying by the seat of my pants.

So December starts tomorrow (can you believe it???).

See you then!