Only a few days till Christmas. Our house is surrounded by lots of snow, the lights are up, and the blow-up Tigger is waving happily as he comes out of his blow-up Christmas tree... (Our boys love it!) Our tree is up, and I have Christmas music blaring as much as I can. Right now I'm listening to a rocking version of the Carol of the Bells by David Crowder. Rockin'!!!! (it's very therapeutic to rock out to Christmas carols you know....)
And I am slowly thinking about Christmas goodies.
I don't like to rush the whole baking thing....I don't want any extra "gifts" attached to my thighs and stomach this year. I like to wait to bake....and then let everyone else eat it up! But my LIST is up on the fridge. I'm trying a new gingerbread cookies recipe as we speak, Monkey Munch will be made in a few days, David's cookies - though I'm on the look out for cherry flavoring....eeeek., maple fudge, almond roca....and I think this year....Candied Orange Peel. I think I may be the only one who will eat it though...but I am okay with that. :)
Anyways, one neat thing my husband David and I are doing this year is watching Christmas movies each night whilst snacking on lovely cheeses and sipping on wines...or hot toddys. We've watched movies like "White Christmas", "Christmas in Connecticut", "Holiday Inn", "Home Alone", and last night's was "A Christmas Carol - with Patrick Stewarat... HIGHLY recommend!!!"
But tonight, I have a new drink to try. Hot Buttered Rum. You can buy the mixes at stores, but why not try it with REAL BUTTER!!! So we are.
Here's how. Go pop some popcorn, Catch a Bing C. flick, and sip on this.
Hot Buttered Rum
adapted from: A Thousand Threads
What You Need:
3/4 cup of softened butter ( I used salted...you can use unsalted)
2 cups of light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp of ground cloves
1 tsp vanilla extract
Rum (dark or spiced)
boiling water or apple cider
What to do:
1. Cream together butter, sugar, spices, and vanilla. Roll into a cylinder and wrap in parchment paper.
3. When ready to make, cut of 2 tablespoons of butter mixture and place in a small mug. Add 1-2 oz of rum and then top off cup with boiling water. Stir and serve immediately!