Sunday, December 19, 2010

Be Jolly by Golly Blogfest!

Be Jolly by Golly Blogfest
No, this blogfest post doesn't have anything to do with writing, but it's a fun way to meet friends in the writerly community. And that's what blogging's all about, right? Relationships, not the number of followers or comments we get. So go out and enjoy! You just might pick up some cool new recipes for the holidays while you're at it.

[Yes, I'm posting tonight since I'm west coast USA and don't want to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to have my blog ready for you earlier time zoners!]

To view the itinerary for your Blogfest journey, visit UNEDITED.

FAVORITE DECORATIONS























Here are cyberpictures of our tree! Topped with a radiantly glowing angel, decorated with our favorite baubles. Ornaments include cinnamon "cookie" shapes that smell SO good, little wooden dolls, shiny spheres of color, doggies hanging in stockings. Made alive with pinpoint lights in green, gold, and blue.

FAVORITE HOLIDAY
TREAT
When I was growing up, our special breakfast was French toast drizzled with a syrup affectionately called "white syrup." This is an uber-sweet, to-heck-with-calories kind of treat. Kids adore it. Disclaimer: this does have raw eggs in it.

Instructions
--approx. 1/2 to 2/3 cup of granulated white sugar
(regular sugar, not powdered)
--1 large egg

Take one egg, beat it with a beater or mixer until good and frothy. Veeeeerrrrry gradually, add white sugar until it's somewhat thick (able to run off a spoon). It's good to add in some sugar, beat for 30 seconds, then trickle some more in. Once it's the right consistency, keep beating for 2 or more minutes longer, until the sugar melts and is not so gritty (careful--too much sugar can also make it gritty).

It might also be possible to add a touch of red or green food coloring for a more Christmas-like look, but I haven't tried that. Enjoy!

FAVORITE HOLIDAY DRINK
My fave holiday drink is non-alcoholic eggnog. Since I'm sensitive to dairy and eggs, I appreciate that some health foodie stores even carry Silk soynog that HAS NO MILK OR EGGS. Scary, no? Actually, it's quite delish, and lower in fat than the real thing. (Hey. Stop rolling your eyes out there.)

Having said that, here's my recipe for regular, REAL eggnog:
1. Get in car and drive to store
2. Go to milk section of store
3. Nab a carton of eggnog
4. Purchase eggnog and drive home
5. Pour yourself and your loved ones a tall cold glass
6. YUM!

FAVORITE REASON for the SEASON

Of course Christmas isn't just about gifts, treats, and decorations. With extreme gratitude, this December holiday is dedicated to God, who showed His love for us by sending his Son to become born of a human mother, and to live and die for us as Jesus Christ. This is the Greatest Gift Ever Given!

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY

And now, click for your holiday listening enjoyment: THE CHRISTMAS CAT SONG.

This used to be part of my Christmas tradition with my daughters, playing an audio tape of these kittens meowing and cat-erwauling a wide variety of Christmas songs. Too funny! I still have the tape, but my husband is not amused. LOL Maybe because he's a dog person rather than a cat person?

Merry Christmas, everyone!

HOW ABOUT YOU…
Do you have any wacky or unusual Christmas traditions?
Do you think cats should be allowed to "sing" Christmas songs?
Do you adore or loathe eggnog--and have you ever tried soynog?

63 comments:

  1. hahahahhHAAHAHHAHa!!!!
    i adore your egg nog recipe!
    :)
    merry christmas carol! :)

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  2. Merry Christmas, Carol! I think cats should be allowed to sing any song anytime. Also, they should be allowed to dance when the mood strikes -- my cat, Claude, likes to dance for his dinner. His sister, Chloe, is pretty good at singing the Meow Mix song. As for eggnog -- not a fan. I love hot chocolate, though!

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  3. AHAHAHAHA! Your eggnog recipe is PERFECT!

    And cats should be allowed to sing *anything.* :)

    Merry Christmas, Carol!

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  4. I love French Toast so that white syrupy stuff looks awesome.

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  5. Your tree is very beautiful. I loved the French toast - I could smell it from here ;) - so many memories from one little picture.
    Happy Christmas to you.

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  6. Egg Nog is the best!
    Not much into singing cats I must admit. They sound a lot like me.

    Merry Christmas.

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  7. Silk nog just made me laugh. Totally makes sense for those who can't stomach dairy, but caught me completely off guard and I literally laughed out loud at work!

    Merry Christmas, Carol! (No, I didn't plan that pun, but I'm leaving it anyway)

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  8. French toast... yum! Adn your tree is beautiful! Merry Christmas!!!

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  9. I love eggnog, and we use the same recipe!! Great kitty picture. :-)

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  10. I think I might just about be able to manage your eggnog recipe! LOL! That is one dangerous looking cat. Has she be tippling the eggnog?

    Have a wonderful Christmas

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  11. Okay, that cat picture cracked me up.

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  12. I'll definitely be trying that syrup. Yum. You have a lovely tree. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  13. That french toast looks amazing! I love the cat sing along. I shall play it for my husband and see if he is equally amused.

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  14. Merry Christmas Carol!!! And I'm going to use that eggnog recipe - superb! ;)

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  15. Ha! Love it! Beautiful decorations!!!
    Merry Christmas!!

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  16. Today has been very trying! So many great snacks and treats! Great eggnog recipe!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

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  17. no wacky Christmas traditions here, but I am SO trying that silk egg nog! I can't do dairy either, so that sounds right up my alley, thanks!

    Merry Christmas!

    P.S.
    no, cats should not sing. ;p

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  18. Haha, your eggnog recipe is just perfect!

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  19. Merry Christmas Carol! You have the perfect name for this holiday season :-) I love how fat your tree is. Just wonderful. And where can I get scented cookie ornaments?! That's very fun. No, I don't think cats should sing! hahaha

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  20. Soynog?!? What will they think of next? Merry Christmas!

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  21. Yum! French toast! I love french toast. And I love your tree :)

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  22. LOL love your eggnog recipe!

    Merry Christmas!

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  23. Beautiful tree! I love, love, love the smell of cinnamon. Great recipes, I especially enjoyed your recipe for eggnog. ;)

    Merry Christmas!

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  24. PURRfect eggnog recipe. Something I'll have to try some time now I've settled this side of the Atlantic (not such a big thing in the UK).

    Thanks for dropping by my blog BTW.

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  25. Hi Carol... I'm a cat, so eggnog without alcohol is one of my favorite Christmas drinks. However, cats are not too crazy about soy, so I would never try the soynog.

    If I have a weird Christmas tradition? Yes, I eat the Christmas tree. Somehow, humans think that's weird.

    And are cats allowed to sing Christmas songs? You bet they are. I'd need kitty prozac if that wasn't the case.

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  26. We're of the same opinion on the eggnog front, aren't we?! Love it!!! =D

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  27. Thanks for this lovely post, Carol. I love soy, so I'll probably be crazy about soynog. Great suggestion!

    The Christmas Cat Song is one of my favorites too. I love it when cats dedicate themselves to singing (as long as it is not my own cat).

    I hope that my cat Avalon isn't bothering you with his comments. Since he has his own online cat cartoon and since his appearance in the horror movie The Strangers Outside, he thinks he's the star of the new millennium. Please be patient with him.

    Merry Christmas!

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  28. great recipes and i really like your tree very pretty!

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  29. Beautiful tree! And I am in a little bit of awe at the french toast/white syrup breakfast. I have to give that a try!

    Merry Christmas!

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  30. I love the cat picture; it's too cute. And yeah...the french toast recipe - I want that NOW!

    As far as your eggnog recipe - I use it all the time. =)

    Happy holidays!

    Shannon

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  31. The tree looks absolutely beautiful and now I could really go for some french toast! Merry Christmas!

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  32. Great recipes! My family loves french toast, I'll have to try that one!

    Merry Christmas!

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  33. Ohmygod I thought we were the only ones who put a Santa Clause instead of a star on top of the christmas tree! Well, we usually do, but now our old Santa Clause is stuffed somewhere deep in Storage Land, so we were forced to use alternate methods of tree-topping this year.
    Thanks so much for the lovely comment and have a great christmas, too!

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  34. Love your egg nog recipe! I am intrigued by the "white syrup" and might have to try that one...

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  35. I love the pic of the Christmas carolling cat - so cute! But, I could see your husband's point... :) (after listening for awhile, of course...) And I have the exact same eggnog recipe! Crazy! Happy Holidays to you!

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  36. Ooh, that egg nog recipe is my kind of recipe. :) And I love the reason for the season. Merry Christmas!

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  37. Never tried soy nog, but I detest egg nog so I'm not sure I'd like it. I love your nice simple recipe for it, too. :-)

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  38. Yes, yes, yes, cats should be allowed to sing carols! I both like and hate eggnog. I think it depends on the day.

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  39. Lovely decorations and LOL on the cat song!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  40. Silk nog. I haven't seen that in our market, I'll have to try Wegmans. Thanks for the idea.

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  41. That french toast looks so mouthwatering!!! And I love your pics!

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  42. Yum! Your french toast looks scrumptious!

    Happy holidays!

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  43. Nice festive Christmas tree :-) The idea of eggnog still kinda freaks me out a bit! As far as I know people in South Africa don't do it so much...

    Happy Christmas!

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  44. LMAO at the recipe for eggnog and the cat. Thank you for sharing your Christmas with us. Merry Christmas! :D

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  45. I'm trying to go vegan again so I have to try the Silk Nog! I'm looking for it at the store this week! We do joke gifts each year for one of the family members. This year it's my little bro. He'll be opening truly horrible gifts while we enjoy our real ones...then we'll bring out his real gifts later in the afternoon when he's convinced his first gifts weren't really a joke! Have a Merry Christmas!!

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  46. I love your reason for the season! Thanks for sharing your holiday highlights. Have a great week and a Merry Christmas.

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  47. "Relationships, not the number of followers or comments we get." <-- EXACTLY!

    That french toast looks to die for!

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  48. Your recipe for "real" eggnog, that wins hands down. Happy Holidays!

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  49. Hahaha! Love your eggnog recipe! That's my kind of cooking!

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  50. Your decorations look wonderful! LOL You recipe for eggnog is what I use/do! :) Merry Christmas!

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  51. I love how you described making the eggnog! Love the decorations. Merry Christmas!

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  52. Your tree is beautiful and that french toast looks soooo good. Yum.

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  53. The french toast sounds delicious and your eggnog recipe is funny! Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures of your tree. So lovely!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  54. Yummy french toast!!!! And I love your tree :)

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  55. Believe it or not I've actually been looking to see if the Almond Milk people would put out an egg nog. I love, love, love, almond milk and would be thrilled to have it! Great fun post!

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  56. Merry Christmas to you! And thanks for sharing your photos and recipes with us. My favorite holiday tradition is probably when I was young and my family would pick Secret Santas and leave small gifts on that person's pillow throughout the month of December.

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  57. I love French toast! I'm making a French toast casserole for Christmas morning!

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  58. It's taking awhile, but I am trying to get to as many of the bloggers who participated in this fest as possible. Thanks for your comments on my blog.

    That eggnog looks soooo yummy. I love eggnog and to think I can get it without eggs is great. Also, a cold is in the house and milk isn't good for that.

    So glad you mentioned Jesus, our Savior.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  59. Your eggnog sounds like the greatest!!!!

    I do have some unusual family traditions. We celebrate on christmas eve for one and two we do a piepull. It's kind of hard to explain but its my favorite part of christmas.

    Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

    Merry Christmas!

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  60. Wow! I love your Reason for the Season ornament, and the cat Christmas music sounds hysterical! Thanks for sharing a bit of your wonderful Christmas!

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  61. Great tree and decorations.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family.

    Michael

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  62. I love your tree! Each year my daughter and I pick out two ornaments, one for her and one for me. When she leaves home she'll have a nice collection of ornaments for her first tree.

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