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Rummy Yummy Eggnog Muffins for Ruth.

 I love trying new recipes. I get excited to see if it’s worked, if it needs tweaking or if it is even worth making again. I made this one from the book ‘Mostly Muffins’ by Jean Pare in the Company’s Coming series…instant favorites! You can taste the rum and eggnog but it’s not overpowering. So here you go Ruth, I hope you like them as much as I did. 

 

Rummy Eggnog Muffins  

All-purpose flour            2 cups

Brown Sugar                     2/3 cups 

Baking powder                1 tbsp.

Salt                                      1/2 tsp.

Ground Nutmeg            1/2 tsp.

Ground Cinnamon        1/4 tsp. 

Large Egg                         1

Eggnog                             3/4 cup

Dark rum                        1/2 cup

Butter                              1/3 cup

Topping:

Butter, melted              1  tsp. 

Finely crushed gingersnaps     1/4 cup   

*I didn’ t do the topping like this. I used 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, enough flour to make it into crumbs and a bunch of Nutmeg to make it spicy*

Measure first 6 ingredients into large bowl. Stir. Make a well in centre.

Combine next 4 ingredients in small bowl. Add to well. Stir until just moistened. Fill 12 muffin cups 3/4 full.

Topping: Stir butter into gingersnap crumbs in small bowl. Sprinkle on batter.

Bake in 375 oven for 18 to 20 minutes *mine were perfect at 22 minutes* until wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing to eat. ENJOY!

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Sleepy Holiday.

One. I’m really tired today.
Two. I think I might need a vat of coffee and a nap.
Three. James is on holiday’s starting today.
Four. We are heading out to New Bothwell to look at cheese and then to Niverville to meet James boss.
Five. I made Rum and Egg Nog muffins this morning.
Six. I need to finish making Christmas gifts at some point…preferably before Christmas.

Seven. This is what I actually want for Christmas. A Netbook.

Eight. Check out this music. It rocks.

Nine. I’m gonna go and get a coffee now.

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Praise.

I’m not a big fan of worship music. Actually I should clarify, I’m not a big fan of recorded worship music. There are a few singer’s that I like, but in general I am usually listening to secular music or christian singers that sing about things other than their faith. I’m not too sure why I’m like this, it could have to do with being forced to listen to worship music (kid’s praise) exclusively while I was growing up, or it could be that I appreciate good musicians (okay, okay, that was a bit mean…but c’mon, you all know what I’m talking about. you just can’t find a christian Tom Waits or Matt Good), whatever the reason I’ve steered away from buying the cd’s and listening to CHVN. *Side Note: I love worship at our church on the other hand, I can’t get enough of it. The songs are well planned, the leaders are very gifted and it just seems to have an organic quality about it…it’s not a big production. I like that. * I was recently talking to someone about joy, praise and thankfulness of the North American Christian and they brought up a good (although obvious) point…we just don’t do it enough. We are so quick to complain and petition God for the things that can improve in our lives.The majority of the time we seem to forget to just praise God and be thankful. I really took this to heart. It has caused me to examine my day and my prayers; what can I thank God for, who else can I be praying for, how can I incorporate worship into my daily activities? With this at the forefront of my mind I’ve gone about the past few weeks trying to shift my thinking from me to him. The other day I was having a cranky moment few hours when these thoughts popped back up and I decided to put a Chris Tomlin CD on (one of the most seldom played cd’s that I own) and switch gears. Within moments I felt better, lifting his name instead of going over my complaints and stresses again and again. Rhys happened to be sitting at the kitchen table playing with some play foam when he asked me what music was playing. I told him that it was music about God. He answered, “I like music about Jesus because that means I get ALL of the foam!” I looked over to see that Amelia had a miniscule piece of foam and Rhys had the rest. While Rhys might not really get worship music yet, I feel as though I’m beginning to see it in a new light and I’m happy for this. Don’t get me wrong, I listened to way too much Amy Grant growing up to go out and buy a whole catalogue of Christian CD’s…but maybe I’ll give some of the dust-covered ones on my bookshelf a second chance. I thought that I’d share a song that I’ve been loving since I’ve given my Chris Tomlin CD another shot.

And this is one that we sing at church that I’ve come to love (and it just so happens to be a Chris Tomlin song).

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No rum needed.

Who needs rum and egg nog to get into the Christmas spirit when you have 1930’s Christmas cartoon’s?

Happy one week until Christmas! Enjoy.

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Photo’s of the day.

{Ah, isn’t it soooo nice to kick the kids outside so that I can clean without going on a murderous rampage in peace and quiet!}

{I either get goofy or cranky when I’m bored…I wonder which one this was.}

{Amelia was supposed to be having a nap and Rhys was supposed to be leaving her alone. They decided to dress up as Santa Claus instead…even though I keep telling Rhys that Santa isn’t real he keeps insisting that Santa is, in fact, real because he (rhys) is Santa! Goofy children. It was hard to be mad when they came around the corner clearly in cahoots.}

 

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I need a bigger shopping cart.

I made a Chicken Pot Pie last night, it was delish. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but there are a few things that I do well and one of them is making a pie crust. I made it in a 9×13 glass baking dish and when it was all flaky and filled with warm Chicken Pot Pie goodness I cut it up into 12 squares. The kids each had a piece. Amelia decided to drown her piece with some water half way through and Rhys ate all of his minus the chicken. I had two pieces, which is fairly odd for me. Dinner has to be REALLY good for me to have a second helping since food and my stomach don’t get along on the best of days. The pie was really good though, so I did have a second helping. That leaves eight pieces. Did I forget to mention someone? Hmmmm. Oh, yeah…James. James ate the rest. James. ate. the. rest. Now I understand that my husband is a large man and that it probably does take a substantial amount of food to fill up a 6 ‘4″ human, but really!??! Eight freekin’ pieces for dinner? That was followed up by pop and popcorn while we watched a movie! He wasn’t even full after the EIGHTH PIECE! Now, before you think I’m overreacting slightly I’ll get to the part where I start to get concerned…and it’s not really about James. I’ve known for many years that man can pack it back (he can eat over 30 perogies if he wants) but the part where my brain starts to hurt is that my kids are going to grow into mini-james soon. Rhys is in the 90th percentile for height and Amelia (at the ripe ol’ age of two and a half) is in the 105th! Rhys WILL BE over 6 feet and Amelia has a very likely possibility that she could get there as well. My kids are giant already…and they’ve only just started. My concern is that in a few years I’m going to have to make TWO Chicken Pot Pies, a substantial side dish, a large salad, a dessert, and put out a whole jug of milk (and we’re already buying 6-8 jugs a month) just for ONE DINNER! That’s basically all of the groceries in my fridge used up for one meal. And then what happens if they bring a friend over? Or if we have company over? “Sorry, you guys can only come over for water because I have gargantuan children and a yeti for a husband.” I already make two large pizza’s when we have a pizza night. Am I going to have to make 3 or 4 in a few years???  I think that I’m going to need a bigger shopping cart pretty soon.

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