Thursday, December 21, 2017

Home Made Eggnog

I am sooooooooo excited to share this with you!

Home Made Eggnog y'all!

Rich aaaaand thick...  this stuff is good!

My Dad and I are the only ones in our family that like eggnog, so I guess that's why I have only been exposed to the stuff you buy in a carton.  Now, don't get me wrong, the stuff in the carton is good, but I was curious...

...curious to know what homemade eggnog tasted like.  So I looked up some recipes, found ones that were fairly simple to make, tweaked just a tad, and BAM!  Homemade egg not is good   great   fabulous   OUTSTANDING!

Our ladies (also known as chickens to some people) have finally started laying eggs again, so I thank them for their part in this recipe.

Although not necessary, I used fresh nutmeg for this and may I just smells amazing!

Because this recipe makes one quart, of course I put it in a mason jar.  Ahem, this will make a neat little gift. ;-)

Home Made Eggnog
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together.
2.  In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine the milk, cream, and nutmeg.  Stirring often, bring the mixture to a simmer.  Do not boil.
3.  Mix a big spoonful of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture.  Repeat a couple more times to  temper the eggs.
4.  Once tempered, pour the egg mixture into the the milk mixture that is left in the saucepan.
5.  Continually whisk for a few minutes, heating through. 
6.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
7.  Pour the eggnog into a covered container and refrigerate until chilled.  It will thicken as it cools.
8.  Serve with a sprinkling of nutmeg on top, if desired.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Mantel 2017

And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

Although my Christmas mantle is simple this year, there is exciting news...

I hung Christmas stockings on the mantel for the first time...

...and they haven't caught fire yet!

Even without a fire, it is a cozy little spot that we all enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Planning With Chickens

Although just a dusting, the snow seemed to make everything more beautiful!  I don't think the little chickens shared my enthusiasm though.  Just look at them talking about 'that white stuff'.  Funny girls!

Before the snow fell this year, we did some preparation for our flock.  Click HERE to read my article at Community Chickens.
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