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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fog ~ Jingle Bells ~ Hush Puppies ~ Maddie ~ Omaha Order ~ Egg Nog Day

Good 35.6º NO fog, high dark clouds morning. Rain predicted for today and tonight. Poor Santa! Get the hot chocolate and plate of cookies ready for him! 

Boy, yesterday morning when the fog came in, it really was dense!!

Finally the fog lifted somewhat about 10:30 and then we got some sun about 11:30.... when it warmed to 40º and finally to 50º.

Jingle Bells

is one of the most popular Christmas songs ever written. Except......... it's not a Christmas song! It was written to celebrate Thanksgiving. In 1850 James Lord Pierpont was hanging out in a tavern in Medford Massachusetts, when he was inspired by Medford's famous sleigh races to write a tune called "One Horse Open Sleigh"

for a children's Thanksgiving play. Everyone loved it so much that it became incorporated into Christmas. James Lord Pierpont was the uncle of banker John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J.P. Morgan.

A favorite Southern food is Hush Puppies. They are generally deep fried with about 3 cups of oil. I like healthier so here is a baked recipe.
Baked Hush Puppies

Vegetable oil, butter, or cooking spray
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1/8 t. black pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 T. butter, melted
**my addition: 1/4 cup bacon bits
1. Preheat oven to 450º
2. Lightly grease or spray 24 cup mini muffin pan
3. Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt and pepper
4. In separate bowl mix onion, milk, eggs, melted butter (and bacon bits)
5. Fold egg mixture into the flour mixture until the flour mixture is just moistened
6. Spoon 1 T. of batter into each mini muffin cup.
7. Bake 10 minutes, or until puppies are firm to the touch and golden brown around the edges.
The origin of Hush Puppies... had to do with throwing them to the dogs to keep them quiet!
I had sent a box of goodies to Aaron (my step-son, Jerry's boy), Marie, and Maddie. Aaron posted these pictures on my FB page of Maddie diving into getting the box open! So cute...ox

I received my Omaha Steaks order...YUMMMM...
4 lobster tail halves....

sole almondine...

breaded veal patties.....

top sirloin steaks....

Like Schwans, all their foods are great.

Historically this date...

1818 – The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus inOberndorf, Austria.

1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.

1851 – Library of Congress burns.

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...
1809 – Kit Carson, American frontiersman (d. 1868)
....boy, he looks like a cranky old man!

1905 – Howard Hughes, American film producer and inventor (d. 1976)

1922 – Ava 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

Later dinner was an Omaha sirloin steak, cooked in the Air Fryer.... 13 minutes @ 370º drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with Lawry's Garlic Salt, some Schwans green beans and rice pilaf. SUPER GOOD! Then a piece of Schwans key lime pie (to die for!) .....

Chair, wine, TV....  Blue Bloods, NCIS Los Angeles, S.W.A.T. and news ....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Christmas Eve. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Egg Nog Day

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!
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!

How to Make Holiday Eggnog
Eggnog is readily available in stores. Not many people make it from scratch anymore.
During the holidays, light rum and often cognac is added, to make it a seasonal alcoholic beverage.
It's easy to make holiday eggnog. Here's an old time Eggnog recipe you'll certainly enjoy. See Grandpa's Old English Eggnog Recipe.