Wednesday, December 2, 2009
A Cozy Cup of Christmas Cheer- Eggnog for One
The holidays are in full swing around here. The week of Thanksgiving is a wild ride. My birthday fell right after Thanksgiving this year. Combine that with my boys being home, shopping specials and an ornament exchange party, and I am pooped. Yesterday, I got the newsletter sent out, and was in a mad rush to finish up several of those recipes. No time to decorate yet, and not much blogging. We did still eat, but nothing photo worthy--leftovers and lots of Multiply Meals from the freezer. Thankful to have those, but now I need to get back on schedule as the freezer is looking rather bare.
Since I have been absent, I am going to tell you today about another holiday drink I made up to feature in the newsletter. I love specialty drinks this time of year. They easily take the place of more fattening desserts or snacks. We even have light snow in the forecast for today. It already sounds good to make a hot drink and curl up under a blanket. I hope it does snow, maybe I will be inspired to get the house all decorated for Christmas. At the very least, I will get all our Christmas mugs down from the tops of the cabinet so we can enjoy one of the Cozy Cups of Cheer.
The first recipe is for an individual egg nog flavored drink. Even though I do have a recipe for a real eggnog--cooked variety--this is a mock version, just enough for one. That is fine if you happen to be the only one in the family who likes eggnog.
Egg Nog for One
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup cream
2 teaspoons Instant Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon rum flavoring
A generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
Sweetener to taste
Whipped cream for topping
Stir cream and water into a mug. Add in pudding mix and stir well. Let thicken a bit for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients, sweetening to taste with sugar substitute. Heat in microwave until hot, or chill to serve cold.
Hot, this is similar to a hot buttered rum. Cold, it is a more traditional nog. It is cold and wet here today, so I am opting for hot!