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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thank A Soldier ~ Home At Loretta's ~ Egg Nog

Good 41º morning. We hit a glorious 52º yesterday! Nice. Most snow everywhere is now melted.

Good short video.... get out the Kleenex.... thinking of all those servicemen and women who are away from their families .... God Bless them all! And, to everyone who has put on a uniform and served... Thank you! ox



Historically this date...
1818 – The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
1865 – The Ku Klux Klan is formed.
1943 – World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander.
1968 – Apollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.
2000 – The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is murdered during the robbery.

And births this date include...
1809Kit Carson, American frontiersman (d. 1868)
....boy, he looks like a cranky old man!
1905Howard Hughes, American film producer and inventor (d. 1976)

1922Ava Gardner, American actress (d. 1990)

1923 – George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)

1971 – Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer

1974 – Ryan Seacrest, American television host

Yesterday afternoon I went out to Loretta Oddo's home. She is Joe Kirk's mother-in-law... Jo Ann's mom. She has her house decorated unbelievable for Christmas. Her bathroom has more decorations than most homes!!! Just lovely. And she has a full size Santa by the front door...who dances!
Loretta and Dee with Santa...
And a little one who shows off his backside!
We had all sorts of goodies to eat. She even gave each of us a holiday decorated wine glass to bring home!
Joe and Jo Ann's Bella was so sweet... Here she's trying to charm Dee out of a piece of cheese...

Good time catching up with Joe and Jo Ann, since they moved to the coast... and Dee and Dale. Unfortunately the whole gang couldn't be there. We'll plan another get-together after the holidays.
Home and football...

All I know. Happy Christmas Eve. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 24th

National Egg Nog Day comes but once a year.  It celebrates a special, traditional holiday drink. It is consumed with or without Rum. The timing couldn't be any better-- the day before Christmas--- Christmas Eve!
(Actually the BEST egg nog is made by my high school BFF, Sandy Todoran Beck.... Her's is AWESOME!)
Egg Nog is a seasonal holiday drink. It appears just before Thanksgiving, and is enjoyed by many at the Thanksgiving meal. Consumption then takes a break until the December holidays are in full swing.  Consumption of egg nog peaks on Christmas Eve. By the New Year, it is no longer available in stores. If you want eggnog after New Year's you will likely have to make it yourself.  No one seems to know who created National Egg Nog Day. But, egg nog lovers are ecstatic that this day exists. It's loaded with stuff that tastes really good. It's loaded with stuff that's not good for you. Egg Nog afficienados will tell you that its mmmmm delicious! The Correct Spelling: This holiday drink is spelled "Egg Nog" and "Eggnog", about equally. The carton in the store spells it "Egg Nog". Which is correct? It depends upon how much rum is in your Egg Nog! ... bottoms up! 

Old English Eggnog:
6 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 quarts light cream
1 pint cognac
1 cup light rum
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
cinnamon or nutmeg

Separate egg yolks and whites. Refrigerate whites. In large bowl beat yolks well. Gradually add granulated sugar, besting until well mixed and light. Add cream, stirring until well mixed. Slowly stir in Cognac and Rum. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours. About 1 hour prior to serving beat egg whites until foamy..gradually adding in confectioner's sugar, beating well til soft peaks form. Gently fold whites into eggnog. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of each serving ..... or grate a little fresh nutmeg on top.