2019: J… A to Z Italian Famiglia Foods and Memories: Jeanne’s Christmas Eggnog
I’m back for “year 4” of the A to Z… April Challenge!
My first year of this challenge had me racking my brain for a writing topic… especially as I didn’t quite understand the process. But finally I came up with 2016: Southern Foods and Memories. They said write what you know… and being a girl born in the South… well this was what I knew. 2017: Conversations with Mama was a somewhat easy one for me as I’d journaled our conversations for years so I researched some of my favorite topics to write on. 2018: All About Nancy Drew has been my favorite topic so far, and I don’t know if I’ll ever come up with another to equal it. It literally had me researching every day for over six months… researching, reading and perfecting every post. I was totally consumed with Nancy Drew for months… and still am! I didn’t want to “not” participate this year, but I was drawing a blank. Finally, mid February, I came up with writing on my husband’s Italian family foods and memories. I did my Southern foods the first year, so it was time to finally give his family their due! I’m also participating in the yearly 52 Ancestors 52 Stories this year… I am really feeling over-extended this month. April is a tough month for me, as we usually are traveling to my mother’s and my son in Florida… but somehow I’ll manage!
I think I can safely say that before marrying into an Italian family, I had never eaten any of the foods I’m blogging on this month… such an underprivileged child I was! Growing up in the South where we ate fried chicken, okra, black-eyed peas, butter beans, mashed potatoes, creamed style corn and southern biscuits! Oh My…!
Jeanne’s Christmas Eggnog
Our Favorite Family Holiday Eggnog!
I never tasted homemade eggnog until one Christmas in 2002…. at work! It was brought in to us… and needless to say… we quite loved it… made work much more fun that day! Of course, I immediately wanted the recipe, but there was no recipe. Why is there always “no recipe”?
After listening several times of how she made it, and asking countless questions… I finally created a recipe to share with my family. Naturally when you don’t have exact ingredients, you have to experiment… taste… and repeat until you’re happy with the results. We had always bought eggnog every Christmas, but now we have a new family recipe… no more bought!
If serving in a punch bowl, you can float
whipped crème on top and sprinkle with a
little nutmeg or cinnamon.
Once you have homemade eggnog,
you’ll never go back –
especially after adding the nog!
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