The weather was perfect the whole time we were there. The days were sunny and breezy and the nights had a little chill. Saturday night I whipped up some homemade hot eggnog.
My Homemade Spiced (and Spiked) Hot Eggnog
2 cups half & half
1 cup whole milk
4 large (fresh) eggs
1/2 cup good quality sugar
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
dash ground cloves
Let the eggs sit out until about room temperature.Warm the half & half, milk, and sugar over medium heat, stirring periodically, until it starts to froth. Meanwhile, in a blender, whip the eggs on high until they become a creamy yellow. Remove the milk from heat and put a lid on it. With the blender running on low, slowly pour the milk mixture through the lid into the eggs. You want to use the lid so that it just slowly drips in. Once about half of the milk mixture has been added, you can pour the rest in a little faster. Add your spices and vanilla and puree until evenly mixed. You can add a little bourbon to it if you want it spiked. It's really good either way. If you have leftovers, make sure you refrigerate it promptly. It makes a really good cold eggnog also.
Serves about 6
On Sunday, we went down to Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge. Since it was one of our warmest days in months, the alligators were out sunning. Everywhere. I've never seen so many alligators in my life. There were varieties of ducks and water birds too. It was a beautiful drive through farm lands to and from the refuge.
There are few better things in life than beautiful places, good food, and friends.
"When we return to the root, we gain the meaning"
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