Happy New Year!

I wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Love yourself, love your family, love your friends, and be kind to everyone including YOU!

Thank you for taking the time to follow me.

 

 

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Follow your Dream, and Catch it!

“Don’t just chase your dream, I want you to catch it!”

I heard that line in a movie and it spoke to me the first time I heard it, a year ago. Then I watched the DVD last night and it spoke to me again.

I knew I had to do this!

I knew it because I have been getting messages in other ways too. Okay, I am listening.

And I am acting on it!

I dug out my bin of writing. My folders, notebooks, scribbled notes, my manuscripts of children’s picture book series.

I was inspired to write many years ago after my first grandchild was born; he’s a freshman in high school now, O.M.G.

And I have 3 more grandkids now!

So I started writing. My husband sort of laughed at the idea, was not supportive at all and pretty much poo poo’d it. He told me I’d never get published.

I wrote anyway.

And I didn’t get published.

We then divorced, I moved back to my hometown, I started dating, and both my parents died within a few short months of each other. This all happened in less than a year.

I gave up my dream. I lost my muse. I lost my imagination. I was just lost. So I packed all my writings in a bin, and pushed them to the back of my closet.

Over the years I would occasionally scribble a note on my to-do list to pull out that bin, but I never did. I kept thinking about the discouraging words the ex would say to me. I remembered all the rejection letters.

One letter is still vivid; they told me that my manuscript resembled a movie that was at the time, quite popular. I never saw the movie and had no idea what it was about. I thought that was why everyone else rejected it too.

I really was devastated. I mean, why would a dream be given to me and placed in my heart if it was not to happen.

But lately, I have been getting messages, little pokes and nudges that I need to try again. I pulled the bin out, spread out all my manuscripts and left the inspiration flow through me.

Last night I was snuggled on the sofa and I decided to watch a movie (I’m a homebody and slightly boring). When I watched that DVD last night and heard that line again, I knew.

This is real.

I am going in this with a heart filled with hope. Follow your dreams. And catch it!

Eggnog French Toast

I hope you have been enjoying the holidays, giving thanks for family and friends and loving them with all of your heart.

Did you serve eggnog? Any leftover eggnog? If you tried this recipe for Mudslide Eggnog, you might not have any leftover!! But I did so I used it to make French toast. You can also use it in your pancake recipe but for today, I made French toast. And it was very yummy!

 

Since it was only me I was feeding, this was just for 3 thick slices of bread. I used ½ cup of the eggnog, 1 egg and just enough milk to thin out the batter a little, maybe about 2 tablespoons. I also added ground cinnamon and nutmeg, I didn’t measure the spices but maybe about ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of the nutmeg. You can adjust the spices to your preference, or even omit but when you drink eggnog, there is usually at least nutmeg sprinkled on the top.

With the thicker slice of bread, mine was probably about ¾”, it will soak up more of the batter. A thinner slice would not need as much so you need to think about that when you are using and adjusting this recipe. I also like to let the bread sit in the batter for a few seconds so that it absorbs the batter through to the center of the bread. Softer bread won’t take long to absorb the batter, denser bread would take a few seconds more.

I like to cook the bread in a fry pan, some of you probably would rather bake them and that’s fine. I just prefer the pan method. I use a medium low heat and flip the toast several times to guarantee that it will be cooked through.

Now, the syrup. Use your favorite but don’t smother the toast with syrup or you will miss out on the eggnog benefit! Maybe you don’t use syrup at all, and that is fine. Personally, I do not like to sprinkle powdered sugar on my French toast, especially for this recipe.

So if you want to give this a try, just remember to balance out the thickness of your bread for the batter and double, triple, quadruple, etc the recipe as needed.

Eggnog French Toast

Serves 1, making 3 thick slices of toast

½ cup eggnog

1 egg

1-2 T milk

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Heat frying pan on medium low heat, grease pan if needed.

In a flatter mixing bowl that will allow you enough room to dip the bread, add the eggnog, egg, and spices. Mix with a fork. Add milk to think out the batter if needed.

Dip one slice of bread at a time, making sure the bread has thoroughly absorbed the batter but not to the point where is falls apart.

Place in fry pan and toast on each side, flipping several times to ensure it is cooked through.

Serve with your favorite syrup, fruit, etc.

Mudslide Eggnog

Have you ever had a Mudslide Eggnog? I can promise you that you might want to give it a try before you say “no way”. I served it to a few of my friends that wrinkled their nose at the mention of it, but after they had a sip of mine I made one for them also!

Recipe is easy, 1 part vodka, 1 part Kahlua, 2 parts eggnog. Pour over some ice in a shaker or mason jar, shake and strain from the ice into a martini glass that is lightly drizzled with chocolate syrup.

Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of ground nutmeg. Enjoy!