Love to Sip on Eggnog

One of my favorite traditions over the holidays is a party that serves eggnog. Usually I can count on my good friend Lindsay to have eggnog at her party, but she has been having medical troubles this year and I’m not sure she is up for hosting her annual holiday party. I hope she feels better and enjoys the holidays, whether she hosts her party or not. She is a dear friend and I don’t like to think of her being ill.

In better times, I love the many parties and events that happen in my family and with my friends between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And I can count on at least one of those parties having a big punch bowl with home made, fully loaded eggnog. Lindsay uses an old family recipe and even grates the nutmeg herself. I have to admit that I have never had nutmeg and a grater in my hand. I don’t think I even know what raw or whole nutmeg looks like! I just buy ground nutmeg at the grocery store in the spices aisle. But Lindsay knows all about it and she says it makes a huge difference in the intensity of the flavor. I must say that she is right – Lindsay’s eggnog is the best I’ve ever had!

 

Holiday Countdown Panic

Today I am in a bit of a panic. Christmas is only 10 days away and the countdown to all the holiday parties and gift giving is underway. This weekend is dedicated to decorating the Christmas tree with my sister Wendy and her two wonderful kids, and then going back to her house and decorating her tree, too.

We found a great place to buy our fresh Christmas trees – at one of the high schools that are letting the Boy Scouts sell trees in their parking lot. The trees are reasonably priced and they even flock them for you if you like the white trees instead of the natural green. Wendy and I both like the green, so flocking is not an issue for us, but evidently it is a big deal to a lot of people around here.

After we get the trees up, we will be exhausted, so we will probably order a pizza and just chill out in Wendy’s living room and watch some Christmas movies with the kids.

Next weekend is our company Christmas party. We will be having a sit down dinner and dance with a live band at the country club in Brentwood. I can’t wait to go and have a nice evening with everyone from work. But that means next weekend will be busy with the party and no time for any other shopping or baking or anything. So I have to get everything done this weekend and next week. After all, Christmas is only 10 days away!