Friday, November 16, 2012

A Little Nog with Your Cheesecake?

So there I was, shopping alone, midday (which incidentally doesn't happen often) when I sauntered around a corner nearly knocking into a huge display of canned goods.
Pretty sure I was in the zone.
You know, the "what are we having for dinner million thoughts in your head" zone?
I'm not the only one
Tell me I'm not the only one!

Composing myself,  I looked up and there, in front of my eyes was EGG NOG.
Oh lordy.
Tis the season.
The creamy, eggy, sweet and nutmegy season.
I love this time of year.
Why do they only sell egg nog in the fall/winter?  I mean eggs are sold year round?!
I think we should start a protest.

What do you think happened next?
Oh, you're so wrong, I didn't walk away.  That thought briefly crossed my mind because I can and have made my own nog
But it was there.
GLARING at me.
How could I resist?

I brought it home and clearly labeled it "MOM'S" (meaning if you even THINK about touching this I will hunt you down and torture you as only a mom can do)
I poured myself a drink and I knew the rest was only to be used for this:

Cheesecake + Egg Nog = LOVE

Using this shortbread cookies recipe I added freshly grated nutmeg into the mix for a more festive flare and then crushed them all up so that I could have a shortbread crust.
(ya crazy right....make cookies to use them as crust - THE ZONE)
You could certainly use graham crackers or other cookies if you desire.

The recipe was inspired by a recipe found on Martha Stewart's website (pfft of course it was)
Trust me, if you love cheesecake and you have a fondness for the nog this is the perfect dessert for you!

I'm Listening to:  Cough Syrup - Young the Giant
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Things I am Thankful For - Giveaway

I don't need a holiday to remind myself of all the wonderful things in my life and I am sure you don't either but the extra day off is awesome isn't it?

Sometimes things that happen in life which seem to be the WORST in the world (at the time) end up being the most remarkable gifts and you realize you are so thankful it happened the way it did - I said sometimes.

You wanna know what I'm thankful for?

My parents.
Even though they were hard nosed while I was growing up and I thought I hated them with every fiber in me, that was my teenagerism talking and really, they were awesome.  They loved me, they disciplined me, they tried to teach me real honest values and I am pretty sure they did a fantastic job because now my son is pretty darned good too.

I wake up each morning. 
I might not like getting up, I may have aches and pains and internal struggles but I'm alive, I get to see my Mr. and son, I get to talk to my friends and loved ones.

For my husband. 
Many moons ago he accepted not only me but my son into his life, he became the father my son never had (or rarely had I should say).  He always tries to impress me, support me, pick me up when I am down.  He pretty much is my rock.  I love him for who he is even with his movember 'stache.

My senses.  ALL of them. 
I have a friend who lost her sense of smell and taste after a terrible accident that she wasn't expected to recover from and I am reminded every time I see her just how lucky I am to still have those (and the others too).  I couldn't imagine trying to remember what things tasted or smelled like!  PS Sarah I love you and when I eat beans I'm glad you cant smell :)

That brings me to my friends. 
I am SO thankful to have a handful of really really good friends who surround me.  Without them I'm not sure I could have survived getting married as calmly as I did ;)
They helped me through some tough times and I hope they can say the same for me because I would do anything for them!

I am also extremely grateful for the friendships I have gained through the online blogging community!
Of course we talk about food, we help each other find recipes, we encourage, we support, we discuss, give tips and ideas but we also become much more than just "online friends".  We talk about our lives, we know what our kids (should we have any) look like or what their names are, we know what's coming up next in their lives, vacation plans etc.  Just because I may have never met any of them in person (YET) it doesn't matter.
They've got my back and I them!  Which incidentally brings me to my dear friend Carrie from Carrie's Experimental Kitchen.
She has officially created a cookbook, a real life cookbook!!

I am THRILLED for her!  Its one of my dreams to have one someday and to know someone personally who has had a published book is invigorating for me.
I ordered one. 
She signed it (you know, for when she's super famous and I really need to remind her who I am teehee).
I received it....and LOVE IT!
Beautiful photos, wonderful dishes inspired by the Mediteranian.  A fantastic addition to my collection and I have already started taking notes.

Carrie has graciously offered to send one of YOU her new cookbook.
Trust me, its fantastic, you want need it!!

So in order to win your very own copy of this cookbook you simply need to tell me:

What you are most thankful for?

Thats it!  Wait, that's not should leave your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.
This is open to the residents of the United States of America as well as Canada.  (sorry international friends!)
Once completed the winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize and send mailing details.  Should we not hear back a new winner will be selected.

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