Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2012 by

I want to wish you all a truly merry Christmas.

I hope you will take the day to be with friends and family, eat wonderful cookies, drink awesome eggnog, and spread the Christmas cheer around.

This has been a rough year for some out there, so this Christmas, kiss the kids, hug the adults, snuggle with the animals and remember the good things in your life.  Think of the great things you have in your life and give to others who need a little help when you can.

 

Merry Christmas

 

Thank you for all your support of TrulySimple.  I appreciate all the great feedback and input and hope you will join me next year in making this world a better place one simple step at a time.

Ben…

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Puerto Rican Eggnog

Dec 16, 2012 by

**CAUTION**

**ADULTS ONLY**

**PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK**

**UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU CONSUME THIS BEVERAGE AND OPERATE A VEHICLE OF ANY KIND**

**DRINK RESPONSIBLY**

OK, with those disclaimers out of the way, this is a very good holiday eggnog recipe that is always a hit at parties, but in addition to all the warnings above, be careful with this one. This drink is sneaky.  It looks delicious, it tastes sweet and smooth, but it will absolutely get you drunk from the first sip. I am not a big drinker, but this will get you there quickly.

Have fun, but drink responsibly.  Here’s how you make it.  Super simple.

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This is what you will need:

  • 8 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 3 cans of evaporated milk
  • 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of water
  • 6 Large egg yolks
  • 3 cups of white rum

This makes a big ~4 quart big party batch size.  You can cut it in half for a small party size.

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Boil the water and cinnamon sticks in a 2-quart pan. You want to reduce the temperature to Medium after it has started boiling.

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It will continue boiling and once it’s down to one cup of liquid, you can remove heat and the cinnamon sticks. Then let it cool to room temperature.

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In a 3-quart pan, mix the egg yolk and evaporated milk with a whisk at LOW temperature. Make sure to be constantly stirring it for about 10 minutes until it thickens (you can check with a spoon, once the spoon is coated, then it’s good to go). Make sure it doesn’t boil!!! Then put it aside and let it cool slightly.

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Once the cinnamon/water mixture is cool enough, add the coconut milk and mix it well.

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Then take that mixture and add it to the egg/milk mixture and mix well.

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Then you can add the condensed milk

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Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon now.

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Stir it up for fun patterns

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You get this awesome freckled texture to it.

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Now its time to add the rum.  Lots of rum.

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Mix it all together and put it in a contain to chill in the fridge.  I just bought this container.  I thought it was awesome until I realized its too tall to fit on any shelf in my fridge.  Its is decidedly less cool now.

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Serve chilled and enjoy

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This stuff is so awesome and so tasty and will make the Christmas party just that much more merry.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and all of that from me to you.

Ben…

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A tomato creme vegetable soup and an appetizer

Dec 24, 2011 by

I haven’t posted a recipe in a little while, so here are 2 for you.  I’ve actually been cooking a lot, just not found the time to post them.

Since the weather is a little colder, its time for a nice soup and I found an awesome recipe for some bacon wrapped potato appetizer things.  And anything wrapped in bacon is awesome, so I had to try them.

We just recently had our Christmas party with friends since my wife has to work in the ER on Christmas.   We cooked and baked for a whole day and made tons of great food.

Lets start off with the appetizer.

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Yes, they look that amazing and EVERYONE said they tasted even better.  Plus they are ridiculously easy to make, so that’s nice too.

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TSA #5 – Celebrate Christmas

Dec 22, 2011 by

Or Chunakah… or whatever.  Just celebrate something.

Here’s my whole thoughts on Christmas.

I like Christmas.  I like that we as a people take some time out of the year to celebrate something.  I like that we take time out of our schedule to get together with friends and family with good food and drink.  I like that we buy each other presents.   I’m not a big fan of the over-commercialization of Christmas, but just the idea that “hey, you surprise me with something nice that I’ll like, and I’ll do the same for you” is a great idea.  Now if we can just focus it a little bit more on some nice gifts that are handmade or homemade that would be nice.  But we can work on that…

I like that we have special music that we break out once a year and listen to as we decorate our trees and houses with lights and such.  And eggnog!  Who doesn’t love eggnog?

The idea is to celebrate.  And I don’t really care what you celebrate.  Baby Jesus, 8 days of oil, the flying spaghetti monster, whatever it may be, just put some cheerful music on, make some good food, and celebrate it with family and friends.  Let yourself celebrate the year that has been and to the hope of a new year and new opportunities for awesome new experiences.

Not everyone takes this time of year to celebrate.  Don’t be one of those people.

And if you are not in the mood?  Make yourself get in the mood.  Go spend 20 bucks on a tree and a few bucks for lights.  Decorate that tree while you watch a  great Christmas movie like Miracle on 34th Street or Die Hard and tell me if that isn’t a better feeling than “not in the mood”.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week and all through Christmas is to celebrate as hard as you can and make it the best Christmas you’ve ever had.

I wish you all a truly merry Christmas and I hope you pull out all the stops to make it the best one ever.

Ben…

Yes that is me in all my 3rd grade glory

 

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 – Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 – Go do something fun
TSA#3 – Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 – Learn something new

 

 

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1-A-Week: Week 49: Old Christmas junk

Dec 9, 2011 by

As I get the Christmas decorations down from the attic I get to find all of these treasures and orphaned pieces.

Some lights work, some don’t.  Some pieces that were once a set are now all alone.  And so out they go to some lucky soul on Ebay.  They will add nicely to their collection I’m sure.  So I add to that persons joy and get it out of my house.  Happy bidding and Merry Christmas!

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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