I’ve been on a real egg nog kick this week! Although I’m not the biggest fan of drinking eggnog, I really love eggnog flavored sweets. Yesterday I blogged about the eggnog pound cake I make every year for Christmas. The other eggnog recipe we have come to thoroughly enjoy in our home this time of year are delicious eggnog waffles. I’m including this recipe that is large enough to make for a crowd. I love this because if you are hosting family or friends at your home for the holidays and need something simple but festive for breakfast or brunch…look no further! I will usually make this much for just my little family of four. It’s great to refrigerate or freeze the left overs for my boys to have for the next couple of days or at a later time. These waffles are simple and will certainly impress your guests.
This recipe makes twenty 4-inch waffles
4 C All-purpose flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
1 Teaspoon Baking soda
3 1/2 C Egg nog
2/3 C Vegetable oil
4 Large eggs
Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well blended and smooth in texture. Let your batter sit for at least 5 minutes before using. Prepare your waffle maker (I use setting 4 on mine).
Pour 1 1/2 cups of batter onto preheated waffle maker and spread batter evenly over the grid. Allow batter to bubble for about 10 seconds, then cover the lid and wait for your waffles to be ready. (My waffle maker will display a green light when waffles are finished). Carefully remove waffles when ready and repeat until batter is gone.
Serve immediately or freeze to use at a later date.
Suggested toppings: maple syrup, fruit syrups, cinnamon butter, fresh berries, chopped nuts, powdered sugar, whip cream, egg nog ice cream
Christmas is just around the corner and I’m getting all my favorite holiday recipes out of hibernation, I’m making my grocery list and checking it twice! It wouldn’t be as delicious without our traditional eggnog pound cake to spice up our Christmas morning family brunch. This cake is simple but elegant, with all the amazing spices that we come to love this time of year. It makes the kitchen smell just like the holiday season should smell! I love having this pound cake on hand to share with a friend over a cup of coffee or snack on while wrapping Christmas gifts. You can make it in advance and freeze it. Consider adding this to your holiday menu this year, you will not be disappointed!
1 1/4 C butter, softened
3 C sugar
6 Large eggs
3 C Cake flour
3/4 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 C Eggnog (I may add a bit more)
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Allspice
1/2 tsp. Ground cloves
Icing: 1 C powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla extract
Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
Beat butter at medium speed about 2 minutes or until creamy, gradually add sugar while beating 5 to 7 more minutes. Add eggs one at a time to creamy mixture.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with 1/2 C of eggnog. Beat at low speed and stir in vanilla. Add spices to mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes or until wooden spoon appears clean. Cool on wire rack.
Place cake on a cake plate and dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with icing.
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one,the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him,she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
What could have possibly been going through Mary’s mind during such an unplanned interruption by an angel with a very non conventional holy birth announcement? First off, the Bible tells us she was “troubled”. As we read the text, it also goes on to tell us that Mary’s final response in verse 38 is: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your ‘word’”.
This story is amazing to me, how can in just 12 short verses we see Mary go from “troubled” to being seemingly fine with this whole scenario. Who was Mary? This very young lady was ready to jump into this new adventure with both feet, with complete obedience and trust. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Mary. The Angel Gabriel uses phrases like “Highly favored one,” “the Lord is with you” and “Blessed are you among women”. But why? What is special about Mary? What it does tell us is that she is a virgin betrothed to marry Joseph and she lived in Nazareth. That is really not much information. It doesn’t say anything of her coming from a wealthy family, being of royal decent, wise beyond her years, beautiful in appearance…what we do know of her is relatively underwhelming. But God, in His divine wisdom, met this precious young girl right where she was and had a plan for her life.
This is encouraging.
It is encouraging because I don’t have earthly riches, as far as I know there is no royalty in my family heritage, I went to Bible College for a bit but I’m certainly no theologian. It encourages me because Jesus died on a cross to meet me right where I am, no strings attached. He not only died for me and granted me access to the Father and Eternal life in Heaven but has entrusted me to do His will while here on earth.
I have to pause when I think of this virgin teenage Mary and her willingness to be obedient to her God that sent His angel with, in my opinion, an overwhelming calling. A calling to give birth to the Son of God. A calling to love and to nurture Him, to kiss his boo boos, to patiently instruct and correct Him at times. To watch Him grow into a man and perform miracles, to spread a message of hope and forgiveness to all people. And finally to watch her beautiful baby boy be tortured then nailed to a cross while bearing the sin of all mankind as he slowly slipped into eternity in front of her eyes. I don’t know that there is anyone worthy or could have ever been ready for such a task. There wasn’t anything extravagant about Mary’s background, but she was willing and obedient to trust that God knew what He was doing.
If our young ordinary friend Mary can say, “Yes” to this Heavenly calling in 12 short verses, I can certainly say, “Yes” to the calling Christ has set before me in my journey. I can certainly trust that He knows what He is doing and absolutely have confidence that my future is secure in Him. I feel certain that Mary wept many tears and faced unimaginable obstacles along her journey that only she could traverse, yet she was still obedient and stayed the course. Are we willing to be servants of the Most High and just as Mary declared: “Let it be,” as we start this new year?
The following is an email my dad sent out in January of 2015. This would have been right in the middle of his ALS journey. He underwent a very invasive surgery a couple months prior to this email to insert a trachea tube in his throat. He was in the hospital for about three weeks following that procedure with tremendous difficulty adapting to it, yet he maintained a thankful and tender attitude toward God. If you are facing difficult circumstances, please read the following and let God speak to your heart as you enter this Christmas season…
Greetings to all of you. My prayer is that you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year. God is faithful and His mercy and love are new every morning.
Recently my brother-in-law, Tom, who is battling lung cancer, gave me a saying that I thought was very good. It’s title was “What Cancer Cannot Do.” In my case I would like to substitute the word cancer and replace it with ALS. You can do the same thing with what you are struggling with.
WHAT ALS CANNOT DO…
ALS cannot cripple love
ALS cannot shatter hope
ALS cannot corrode faith
ALS cannot destroy peace
ALS cannot kill friendship
ALS cannot suppress memories
ALS cannot silence courage
ALS cannot steal eternal life
ALS cannot conquer the spirit
Like I say, you can substitute any sickness or struggle you are going through.
In October, I had a trachea tube installed. It’s purpose is to connect to a ventilator while I am sleeping at night. The trachea tube was a real challenge for the first eight weeks, but now I have adapted fairly well. I do rest better with the vent at night and wake up more refreshed. Vickie and I continue to keep our eyes on Jesus and walk day by day with Him.
“His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” Psalm 147:10-11
We are not going to let ALS rob us of our peace and hope. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. It really means a lot t us knowing you are praying. God is faithful.
One of the best memories of our families Disney World trips over the years has to be taking our boys to “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” at the Magic Kingdom park. We have done it a couple of times and it is phenomenal. This is a special ticketed event and runs on select evenings throughout the holiday season. There are several special event entertainment options, character meet and greets and food and merchandise that can only be purchased at MVMCP. The tickets start at $99 per person, see Disney’s website for event dates and complete ticket information. As I mentioned in earlier blogs about the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween event, you are able to enter the park starting at 4:00 p.m. even though the official party does not start until 7:00. I recommend doing this so you can get some of your favorite rides out of the way (most rides are running during the event as well) and enjoy the park while you still have some daylight.
Top 4 MVMCP Exclusive Shows and Entertainment:
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a castle stage show that runs four times throughout the evening which includes Mickey and many of his friends, check your event brochure for showtimes.
A Frozen Holiday Wish: the spectacular lighting of the castle is performed at 8:15.
Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade: catch the early parade at 8:30 or wait for the crowds to thin out and see the later parade at 11:00, but don’t miss this.
Holiday Wishes Fireworks Show: this is a 360 degree show around the castle which uses the former “Wishes” theme hosted by Jiminy Cricket and is set to all the favorite holiday classics. This is one you definitely won’t want to miss, there is only one show at 10:00.
Best in Food during the MVMCP!
Complimentary Food Items can be found throughout the park during MVMCP. Just look for the large inflatable peppermint sticks at each participating location or check your park map to find the “all you can eat” treat stations. Here is a list of all the delicious complimentary holiday drinks and foods:
Red Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie on Main Street
Assorted Cookies throughout park: Chocolate Chip, Molasses, Sugar and Peppermint Chip
Food allergy options as well
If you are still hungry, there are plenty of party exclusive foods and sugary treats on the menu to help you get into the holiday spirit at several of Magic Kingdom’s popular restaurants:
Main Street Bakery:
Chocolate Yule Log with MVMCP candy on top
Mickey’s Ornament Gingerbread Cookie
Holiday burger with cheese, stuffing, turkey and cranberry sauce on a burger with Texas toast and fries. I have not had this, but I’ve heard it’s actually quite good.
Santa Clause Dessert: fondant toy bag with cinnamon spiced cake inside
Red Velvet Waffles Sundae
Scrooge Mc Duck Eggnog Custard Dessert
See Disney’s website for dining plans, dessert and fireworks party reservations or Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party Buffet from 9:30 – 12:30 with reserved viewing area for parade.
MVMCP Disney Character Experiences:
All the delightful Disney characters will be available during the celebration dressed up in their holiday attire. Don’t miss an exclusive meet and greet with Jack Skelington dressed up like Sandy Claws accompanied by Sally for the first time. This is a very popular meet and greet so get in line early for this one if you want to meet these beloved characters! Don’t forget Scrooge Mc Duck and all of The Seven Dwarfs will be on hand for the perfect holiday picture.
Some of the Specialty MVMCP Merchandise:
Alex and Ani Bracelets
Holiday event T-shirts
Holiday event Magic bands
Last but not least: Enjoy some Florida snow on Main Street and meet Santa clause in the Candy Cane Garden close to guest services, you will also see him in the parade.
There is so much more to see and do…If you are thinking about going to this magical event…get your tickets now before it’s sold out! You will not regret it, there is no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than at Magic Kingdom with Mickey Mouse and all his friends for a heartwarming experience with your family and friends! Check out disneyworld.disney.go.com for all the details you will need to plan your fabulous time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!