New Years Holiday Baking: Eggnog & Cookies!

Children really are adorable…but sometimes trying to figure out what they are trying to tell/ask you is so complicated….and then, just plain hilarious.

Heidi just came to me and said, “Mom I’m so sinky.” Of course, I respond, “You’re stinky? Do you need a bath?”

She says, “No,mom, I’m sinky.”

Me…”You’re sinking?”

“No, I need a sink,” which is how she pronounces DRINK.

“Oh, you’re thirsty….” LOL.

Last night we busied ourselves making gingerbread and sugar cookie dough. Our cookies may not look as pretty, but they taste delicious and I would recommend the recipes above!

A hint…before refrigerating your dough, divide it and put it in freezer size ziploc bags and roll it out in the bag…the kids can help, it stacks well, and is ready to go when you are – plus it cuts down on flour mess.

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Today we did the cutting and baking….

A little eggnog break (see recipe below)…
Drinking Eggnog

…and the decorating…whew, an all day project.
Decorating cookies

Voila!
Holiday Cookies

We also made Holiday Eggnog. It’s delicious. I would say it is more milknog, than eggnog, but man, it’s good nog and you’ll have to spike it to your liking, as the recipe is kid (and breastfeeding/preggo mama) friendly!

Holiday Eggnog

3 large eggs

1 – 1.5 cups sugar (depends on your level of sweet need)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 quarts milk

2 tablespoons vanilla

2 cups heavy whipping cream

Ground nutmeg and/or cinnamon to taste

In heavy 4-quart saucepan, with wire whisk, beat eggs, sugar and salt until blended. Gradually stir in one quart of milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon well (about 25 minutes) mixture  should be about 170  – 175 F, but do not boil or it will curdle. Pour this mixture into a large bowl; stir in vanilla, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon (or both) and the remaining 1 quart of milk. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 3 hours.

To serve, in small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. With wire whisk, gently fold whipped cream into milk mixture.

Pour eggnog until chilled 5-quart punch bowl; sprinkle with ground nutmeg or cinnamon.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!
~ Abbie & family

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