Wishing all our readers a happy and healthy holiday. Whether you are with loved ones or not, celebrating or not, it's a stressful time of year. So I hope you can take a moment to sit down, relax and drop a note about your holiday doings or not-doings or whatever is on your mind.
My own holiday is being spent with extended family. I made my yearly eggnog which seemed extra delicious this year. My sister described it as "like drinking ice cream" to which I added, "but with liquor." You can make it in time for New Year's. Here's the recipe which I got from a dear friend:
1 qt milk
1 qt Half and Half
1/2 pint whipping cream
1 1/2 cups bourbon
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup rum (light)
1-2 tsps nutmeg
1 1/2 cups sugar
beat egg whites with cream until fluffy (chill mixing bowl and beaters before whipping)
mix egg yolks and sugar until very smooth
add half and half and milk into egg yolk and sugar mixture
nutmeg to taste
add very slowly bourbon, rum and brandy
fold in egg white mixture into other mixture
put in glass jar and refrigerate
ferment 5 days (I think you can ferment longer)
gently agitate mixture once a day
It's going to be a difficult and an important year ahead. But for now, from all of us to all of you, Cheers!
I’ve been able to travel home and to see immediate family, but it’s pretty much been a quiet holiday before going back to work.
I hope for everyone that 2022 brings vaccination to enough people that we can get to the other side of this pandemic.
Glad to hear that the Covid flurry seems to be winding itself up.
Fortunately, my entire family has been vaccinated and boosted. But in the last 3 weeks, 2 of my sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 3 grandchildren tested positive for COVID. It was gift-exchange by ZOOM, and it seems that all turned out pretty well. All seem to be on the mend, too.
I hope that all the ’Hounds had as fine a Holiday season!
I am pleased to report that the people in my quarter continued to behave very responsibly; they’d never stopped wearing masks and avoiding crowds. There was a huge rush on the testing sites on Thursday and Friday “just in case” and those that came up positive went into quarantine. I’ve made a (sometimes rather vocal) point of avoiding the reckless sort over the past two years, but was appalled to have to start avoiding a dear Anglo-American friend: upon learning that her house guest had been exposed to a close relative with COVID, she did not feel the need to self-isolate. They even went several times to restaurants. We were lucky that she’d told us about the situation (not realising its implications) and nobody accepted her invitation to a dinner party. Only goes to show that even the most well-informed/well-intentioned of people can fall prey to the temptation to believe what they want to believe.
Next critical period will be New Year’s Eve and I plan to spend it much like I did Xmas.
Happy New Year to all of you and yours.
But it was happy enough- I got a lot of rest, spoiled myself with some Italian food I ordered from a pretty high-end place, found a show I hadn’t seen in years (and missed) called Dan Vs. on Tubi. That’s mine, how about all yours?