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Homemade Cooked (non-alcoholic) Eggnog

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I really like eggnog, but I am also really picky about my eggnog. The problem lies in the Nutmeg – I’m not really a fan of the flavor. A little goes a long way with me.

This year I decided to make my own eggnog so that I could have control over the nutmeg.

There are several ways eggnog can be made and served, from use of raw eggs and whipping up the whites to fold into the mixture for a more frothy version, to the cooked thin custard types. Of course, my preference is the cooked custard type.

I made a batch today so that we can have it as a treat for our New Years Eve family meal.

Click here to find out how to make your own Eggnog

DIY Christmas Ornaments

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A couple of Christmas’ ago I posted some Christmas ornaments I made for my tree. It is an on going project still!

Anyway, I decided to add some pearls to some of the existing ornaments last year to make them better, (I think I unearthed a bag buried in my craft and sewing pile and found the pearl garland from years ago and decided to put them to good use.)

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That got me in the mood to add some more ornaments to my collection and found some DIY paper molded ornaments at Hobby Lobby. I just cut my fabric and the trim and glued them on with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  Very simple! But in my usual fashion, I don’t think that I posted them, so I thought I should do so now.

I must admit, I have an ulterior motive in that I noticed that several people are pinning the ornaments on Pinterest and I wanted to make sure that my newest additions were included.

So here they are,  I really like these and they were fun to make. I think I will make more this year. I only made these four last year.

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Remember our “Christmas in July” post?

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Back in July we posted some Christmas ideas, in my case – changing to a new theme entirely,
and in Amy’s case – adding some fun new things this year. You can see our post of ideas here . . .

 And then it was never mentioned again . . . until now!

The problem was I knew exactly what I wanted. And at the same time I was stumped as to what exactly I wanted.

It’s confusing I know, but this is how my mind functions 🙂

 It took me quite some time to pull my thoughts and ideas into something I could visualize and then carry out. This, at times, is quick and easy and other times can be a slow and frustrating process for me. Needless to say this was one of those slow arduous processes.

I have finally completed some decorations that I can show you. I will post more as I get them done – don’t be surprised if it’s after Christmas and well into next year. I went into this knowing it was going to be a gradual change over the next couple of Christmases as my time is quite limited!

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Pumpkin Chili! Pumpkin really is versatile :)

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As Amy explained yesterday, I was having some difficulty finding canned pumpkin. I finally found some in a small local grocery store because I couldn’t find any in the big, main local grocery stores, or Wal-Mart, so thank you Sunflower Market! You saved my behind in blogland!

Apparently Starbucks and Einstien Brothers have the monopoly on purchasing canned pumpkin before October!

Amy actually found this recipe and pinned it for me on pinterest. What a great friend she is to have created a board just for me! I thought it sounded promising and wanted to try it out. I made it for dinner last night (just couldn’t get it posted until now) and I am here to tell you that it was very delicious. Not a strong pumpkin taste at all, very subtle. I am also including a recipe for Creamed Corn Cornbread.

So click on the picture below and try out the recipe!