The other night, I got a holiday hankering for some eggnog. Sadly, I was already in my pajamas.
It was nearly 6pm, after all.
Instead of falling into a noggless funk, I decided to try working a little kitchen magic.
Eureka! Behold my made-at-home-without-ingredients-I-can’t-pronounce-glass-of-goodness:
Since I was already in the kitchen, and feeling festive, I also whipped up some travel mugs of cocoa (with eggnog mixed in) and some salted olive oil popcorn (made in the Whirley Pop sent to me for Christmas a couple of years ago. Best gift ever.)
(Okay, maybe not the best ever… but still pretty great.)
I packed up the treats and we bundled up in slippers and robes. Then we drove over and picked up Grandma for an impromptu pajama-clad drive to see Christmas lights. There is a neighborhood near us that decorates like crazy! Each street has a different theme: stockings, Christmas cards, cartoon characters…
My favorite house was totally dark, no decorations or lights anywhere with the exception of this:
That is totally how I would do it. Minimal effort, maximum impact.
Just like homemade eggnog…
- 6 eggs (farm fresh if you can get them)
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 T sugar
- 1 T vanilla
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- Place eggs, milk, cream and sugar in blender. Blend on high until slightly thickened and frothy.
- Add vanilla and nutmeg; blend well.
- Chill until serving.
One thought: I’m planning on trying this again, but substituting honey and/or real maple syrup for the sugar. It won’t be a traditional flavor, but I think it will be good. Also planned: putting my ice-cream maker to work on the next batch. Stay tuned.