Eggnog Pancakes

Add a little festive to your next breakfast. Begin with a basic pancake recipe, pour in some eggnog and call it a holiday! For some more fun, kick up your syrup with some fresh cranberries. Boy, if Santa knew this was on the menu for Christmas breakfast he wouldn’t be returning to the North Pole so quickly.

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Eggnog Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6-12
 
Start your day with these yummy festive pancakes. If Santa knew you were making these on Christmas morning he would stay for breakfast.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. In separate bowl, mix the eggnog, eggs, and sugar.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until the batter is evenly moistened. (Note, the batter will not be smooth and that's okay).
  3. While the batter rests, heat a griddle over medium heat. Butter pan and then when the pan is heated, four the batter onto the cooking surface. Use the spoon to gently spread the thick batter.
  4. Flip the pancakes when they're covered in bubbles and the underside is nicely browned. Cook the other side for about half as long. Serve immediately with syrup.
Notes
Cranberry syrup: Depending how many pancakes you make, this syrup can be adjusted. I used 1 cup of cranberries with 2 tablespoons sugar and two tablespoons of cranberry juice and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. This is such an easy recipe you can adjust it for taste. I also added regular syrup to my servings.

Pancake yield: It depends how big you make them.

 

Finding the right Christmas gift

I love buying and giving gifts. I kind of think I’m pretty good at finding just the right thing for the right person (or Shih Tzu). Maybe that’s because I’m a shopper (I did major in Fashion Buying) and I love a good hunt. There was a pair of boots I wanted to replace last year and I scoured the internet for days until I found them. Score! But, this post isn’t about my super shopping powers, it’s about giving a perfect gift.

A friend of mine is one of those gals who is doing a bizillion things at the same time while her mind is racing with another bizillion things she should be doing. Living like this 24/7 can be overwhelming and stressful. She doesn’t have any hobbies, she doesn’t take time to read and she doesn’t exercise (all those three things I regularly engage in) so she has no type of stress relief.

Just before Christmas of last year she was very excited because her son got engaged. She was envisioning the wedding, the reception and yes, grandchildren. 🙂 It seemed like that was all she could think about and she mentioned that she should pick up her crocheting again so she could make things for a baby. Yeah, she was getting a little ahead of herself because the wedding isn’t happening until next August and this was at the end of 2014. However, since I was listening (and that’s one of the secrets to giving the perfect gift) I knew exactly what to give her for Christmas.

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I went to Lions Yarns website and found a beginner pattern for a hat and scarf set and I printed it out. Then I purchased the yarn that was recommended along with all of the tools the pattern required so that when I gave my friend her gift it would be one complete kit, all she had to do was crochet.

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My friend loved gift last year. She was so happy and so surprised. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about? The surprise? It doesn’t matter how much something costs because the true meaning of Christmas isn’t about a price tag. Right now I’m putting together the her gift for this year and I’m sure she’s going to love it too. So, what about? What’s your awesome gift giving story?

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Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful day here and in a few minutes the pups and I are heading out for a walk. They could use a little exercise. Right?

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I’ve started putting out the Christmas decorations. I love this polar bear I picked up on an annual day hiking trip to Kent, Connecticut. Each October a friend and I head up to Kent to hike, have lunch and do a little shopping.

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After I finish decorating and we come back from our walk, I’ll be working on my manuscript revision. What are you up today?

A cozy Christmas for all

Christmas is fast approaching and I’m reaching for Christmas novels to read.  How about you? I love a good Christmas book.  All the yuletide, festive, merriment with a heaping dash of murder and mystery. Fun stuff!Ho!Ho!Ho! Today I’m sharing four books I think you’ll enjoy.

ChasingTinsel
Two years after she was accused of fraud, Miranda Vaughn is finally back to work. But instead of returning to her highly paid position as an investment banker, she’s selling discount make-up at Prospect Point Mall to make a little extra holiday cash. It’s not a great job, but Miranda wants to make this Christmas special for the people who stood by her during her trial and in the aftermath of her acquittal. Plus, keeping herself busy with work keeps her from thinking about her looming birthday. Or thinking about Jake Barnes, the federal agent who saved her life and then disappeared without a trace.

But strange things are afoot at Prospect Point, from the shady elves with the neck tattoos to the shadowy figures she sees in the parking garage. Is trouble following Miranda—again? And is that really Jake she keeps seeing in the holiday crowd, or is it just her mind, and heart, playing tricks on her?

CandyCaneCupcakeKiller

‘Tis the season in Weatherford, Texas, and everyone in town is gearing up for the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the town square, where Phyllis Newsom will be serving her much-anticipated candy cane cupcakes. Local rancher Barney McCrory manages to charm one away from her before the ceremony begins. But unfortunately, when the minty confection is finished, so is he.

This isn’t the first time someone has dropped dead after eating one of Phyllis’s treats. But when the paramedics determine the rancher was shot, suspicion swiftly falls on McCrory’s daughter and her husband—who both stand to reap some sweet rewards from his death. Though Phyllis doesn’t want to get mixed up in another murder investigation, something about this case doesn’t sit right with her. With a little help from a tabloid TV news crew, Phyllis must unwrap the truth and restore good cheer to Weatherford before it’s too late…

 

nightingalebeforechristmas

As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house—each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake. Then the rooms start to be sabotaged, and an unfortunate designer turns up dead—making Mother a prime suspect. Can Meg catch the real killer in time to save Mother the indignity of arrest?

The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed series that mystery readers have come to love. Cozies make excellent stocking-stuffers, and The Nightingale Before Christmas is guaranteed to put the “ho ho hos” into the holidays for the legions of fans hungry for another Christmas book featuring Meg Langslow. Donna has won many awards for this very popular series, and continues to come up with new hilarious adventures for her endearing heroine. The novel is full of superb screwball comedy as well as Donna’s trademark crisp plotting, not to mention bushels of holiday cheer–it wouldn’t be the most wonderful time of the year without it.

 

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A huge collection of heartwarming, brain-puzzling, and character-driven traditional mysteries that’ll keep you entertained for hours. (At 213,000 words, this is 627 pages of reading material!) Plus, you can email to get a FREE Bonus File with recipes and holiday craft ideas. Celebrate the holidays with stories by these thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors: Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Jill Thames, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent.

Happy cozy reading!