TWC is done with the shopping and about to whip out a batch of Leo's egg nog. Recipe to follow.
Considering that we've been assured that this recession borders on the dregs of 1933, I have seen nothing short of relentless cheerfulism (I made that word up) this holiday season. There has been no shortage of big smiles, from proprietors, clerks, and customers alike.
I kept count: Hundreds wished me a Merry Christmas (even the ordinarily indifferent). At a distant second, I heard scores of Happy Holiday greetings. At least a dozen people encouraged me to Have a Good One. A half dozen others wished that I'd Have a Nice Day. One long-haired, surfer-lookin'-guy grinned and said, Have a Nice One, Gramps. An old biker-lookin' guy nodded; Have a Good One, Broh. Happy Kwanza? Nope. Happy Hanukkah? Only my Jewish friends. There was also a Watch Out For the Wall from the chick at BevMo, who assured me that nobody had Christmas Eve off and that by noon the lines would stretch to the beer section at the back of the store. And, Lordy, what is up with the inordinate amount of cleavage, complementing all the warm smiles? This is why they hate us; for our beautiful women.
Have you noticed that there are some people whose smile lights up a room? Three of the four Santa Snells have megawatt smiles. Not moi, but I'm good at drinking wine.
I'm ordinarily a glass-half-empy kind of guy, but not today.
- 6 eggs
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 pint milk
- 1 pint brandy
- 1 ounce dark rum
- 3/4 cup sugar
- separate eggs, beat whites until stiff
- add 1/4 cup sugar, beat until well mixed
- beat egg yolks until creamy
- add 1/2 cup sugar and beat until well mixed
- add milk, heavy cream, brandy and rum to egg yolks. Mix well. Then add egg whites and mix well.
Drink and be Merry!
Warmest wishes to y'all.
UPDATE: Leo's egg nog is muy bueno. My only deviation from the recipe was to add fresh nutmeg to the mix and as a garnish. I also made some NA egg nog for the kids, substituting an equal portion of cream and milk to sub out for the booze.
This egg nog is stout, lightweights should cut back on the alcohol somewhat.