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With all the Christmas baking, you cannot do without eggnog cream cheese icing-I put these on my gingerbread bars, but you could put it on vanilla cupcakes, gingerbread balls, on a spoon and eat it…(what, too extreme?)
One thing I’ve struggled with the whole “cream cheese icing” issue is the thickness of it-even after following multiple recipes and doing many variations of my own, the icing seemed to just flop.
With this recipe(and my many tweaks), I think I’ve started getting the hang of it-refrigeration still needed though!
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1.5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup quality thick eggnog(no low fat stuff!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp spiced rum
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- Beat butter with a mixer until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping mixer and sides of bowl with a spatula.
- On low, mix in the cream cheese, sugar, eggnog, vanilla, rum, cinnamon, and nutmeg until smooth and blended.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and place in fridge for 1.5 hours.
If you’re finding the icing still too thin, add butter and a bit of cream cheese until the preferred consistency.
“Tis the season to…eat your face off and drink too much and go to too many parties…”
Okay okay, I know that’s not how the song goes. But seriously, this year I felt like there were more parties than ever. Not only did we do our own “family Christmas” with our close group of friends, but with husband’s work party, another friend’s annual holiday blow out, and a guest invite to another party all in the same week, that made for FOUR parties in the week alone!
My liver hurts. My tummy has indigestion. And I was being discretionary in my intake. Seriously!
To husband’s Christmas party, there were a couple key points:
- I was probably meeting many of his coworkers and higher-ups for the first time. Gotta keep it classy and appropriate.
- I was going to meet many coworkers who knew me by reputation(BACK STORY: I send all my baking I do during the week to his workplace to be eaten-I love to bake and cook but damned if I’m going to gain the calories!)
So…be lookin’ fabulous and classy was the goal.
I had recently bought this maroon fit-and-flare dress on sale at H&M, but had no idea how to wear it. I figured, can’t go wrong with an accent waist bow belt, and for fun, a gold spike necklace and dot tights with-YUP-black platforms(I get my wear out of this pair-I can’t find them anywhere else!)
To “luxe” up the outfit, I trotted out my most recent deal-a Marc by Marc Jacobs leather clutch from the shopping excursion with the girls to Holt Renfrew. SCORE!
The best thing about this outfit, is it’s totally covered so there’s no question I’m the wife of someone, and not just someone who is hired for the night, and if you need to wear shapewear to hold you in there’s nothing to give it away! I didn’t, but just saying…
Maroon fit/flare dress (H&M)
Dot tights(Joe Fresh)
Gold spike necklace(Stella and Dot)
Marc Jacobs clutch(Holt Renfrew)
Black platform boots(Winners)
Hey girl/I got somethin’ real important to give you/So just sit down and listen
So, anyone who knows my husband and me know that we love to get dressed up. Not only dressed up, but sometimes over what is expected, and with good humour.
There’s this past Halloween, when we went as Leeloo and Zorg, from the film The Fifth Element.
There’s last Halloween, when we went as Calvin and Hobbes, from the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”.
We get dressed up for theme parties(like the pink birthday party for a girlfriend of ours).
So of course, our annual Christmas gathering of friends, lovingly called our “family dinner” friends is no exception.
The only description was to dress “Christmas-y”, which we assume is green/white/red, sparkly, gold, tinsel, and a variety of other images come to mind.
Now, as I had the day off on Sunday, I had a lightbulb moment: what about dressing myself and the husband up as The Lonely Island’s “Junk in a Box”(not the real title, but keeping it PG)?
It was easy to put the outfit together: I went to Dollarama/Dollar Tree, and bought two medium sized-decorated gift boxes, some gold ribbon, some red and gold bows, and some curled ribbons.
- Cut two vertical holes using an Exacto knife in the bottom of the box the width of the belt you plan to wear. The holes should be nearer to the top of the box(so it rests on your “junk”) and about 4 inches apart.
- String your belt into the first hole, reach into the box and pull the end out through the other hole. Leave ends of belt outside of the box.
- I already had wrapping paper at home, and so I wrapped the front of husband’s box lid(his box needed some contrast color) and the back box section of mine, and taped the wrapping paper down.
- Using a glue gun, I artfully glued the ribbon around the box to make it look pretty, as well as keep the lid on the box. You could glue the lid onto the box too if you’d like. Make sure you glue around your belt if you want to reuse your belt.
- Glue the ribbon and bows onto the box however you’d like.
- Belt your box around your waist after you get dressed.
Hopefully you have the following to complete the outfit: a black blazer, colored T shirt or collared shirt, dress pants, a heavy gold necklace(pimp style). Additions could be white sport socks and black dress shoes.
NOTE: This can be unwieldy to move around in; remember to adjust for space and for sitting down!
Now you’re The Lonely Island’s video “Junk in a Box”!
Watch the video here for inspiration!
Want a super light salad to go along with my pulled pork recipe, or just to eat on its own?
I admit: I wasn’t a fan of coleslaw. My whole life, the word “coleslaw” conjured up images of church potlucks and outdoor picnics, where the “coleslaw” was an over-creamy mess, usually additionally spoiled with pineapple. Seriously. Pineapple? Or the coleslaw one would see in grocery stores or restaurants, made in bulk and only to serve to fulfill the check list of “side”. Barf.
It wasn’t until I got together with my husband that he made the best coleslaw I’ve ever had. Light, tangy, crunchy-I could eat that coleslaw all day.
Here’s a variation of the basic coleslaw-with apples and dried cranberries: enjoy!
- 2 bags-coleslaw salad mix(you can make your own out of cabbage, carrots, and lettuce but I love convenience)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3/4 red onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1.5 red apples, cored and chopped
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. honey mustard
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 0.5 cup mayonnaise
- Mix salad mix and veggies, cranberries, and apples all together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Whip cider vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, mayonnaise. Mix together with salad, and chill for about 30 minutes in fridge.