I know…Christmas is over. And I know…eggnog can be kind of controversial. It seems you either love it or you hate it. But here, we love it. I’ve made it several times since Christmas because we enjoy it so much. Over the past few years, I’ve tried to perfect my recipe, and I think I’ve finally got it just the way I want it.
4 cups milk
10 whole cloves (more if you like the taste of cloves as much as I do!)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
Combine milk, cloves, 1 tsp. vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Raise heat and slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until fluffy. Slowly whisk hot milk mixture into the eggs. Pour back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about 1 hour.
Stir in cream, 2 tsp. vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight.
This isn’t about books about Lego, although we certainly have plenty of those:
But about books made out of Lego. They’ve been making books for a while now, including a Lego Ideas pop-up book (which we don’t have), and some cute free-with-purchase sets that we’ve collected over the years:
The newest addition to the Lego books family is the Hogwarts Moments collection, which is a set of four, each featuring a different Hogwarts class/house (plus another cute free-with-purchase, the Monster Book of Monsters):
I had foolishly hoped to have these sets for the children on Epiphany, but that was unrealistic on pretty much every level (although, under normal circumstances in a regular year, it was not out of the realm of possibility). The sets finally arrived yesterday, and they had fun building them in the afternoon.
The way each set unfolds for play is pretty incredible, and they were able to pack a huge number of details into a small space.
I really love how clever these sets are, and I’m curious to see if they create more like them in the future!
I guess once I finally tried a Miss Candyfloss dress, it was inevitable that I would want another. I tried to resist the Tamrika Sand dress, which backfired on me when it sold out on both Unique Vintage’s and Miss Candyfloss’s websites and I was filled with regrets. I was finally able to find it through a French online store, Boho-Chic Clothing, and ironically, even with international shipping, I was able to order for a little less than I would paid at Unique Vintage.
The thing that immediately caught my eye about this dress was the tweed skirt and lapels. That little bit of texture adds so much to the dress!
I toned down my usual accessories, because I couldn’t figure out how to make a bangle stack work with these sleeves. I did add my Slothertons brooch pair from Erstwilder, a beaded necklace, and a pair of gloves, though.
There’s something about this look that reminds me of the Army uniforms in White Christmas!
I haven’t quite figured out my perfect Miss Candyfloss size. The first Tamrika dress I ordered fits really well; this one is a little on the large side, especially in the arms, which is very unusual for me. I’m hoping to have it tailored in the future, but even if I don’t, it’s still a beautiful dress, and I’m glad I didn’t let this one get away!
Hymn of the Week–“As with Gladness Men of Old” (Lutheran Service Book #397)
I’m beginning to think that taking such an extended Christmas break was a bad idea, because it was really hard to get back into a routine this week!
Turkey and Bunny graphed with the second derivative in calculus. They started a chapter on the structure of the brain in advanced biology. We picked up our reading of A Tale of Two Cities. Their study of US culture and geography focused on how different areas of the (not yet) country responded to the American Revolution.
Ladybug reviewed factoring in algebra. We started our 8th grade study of the US Constitution. We read about the Easter Uprising and the Treaty of Versailles in history. In science, she learned about speed and velocity. We continued our study of Treasure Island.
Chickadee multiplied money in math. She started a chapter about bats in science. We started reading A Bear Called Paddington. Her cursive handwriting has become extraordinarily neat!
We’re about halfway through the school year now, which is a struggle for me on several levels, starting with this period through the end of February is always a challenge for me, and more so now that we’re so limited in out-of-the-house activities. This certainly isn’t the way I wanted the last half of the last year Turkey and Bunny are homeschooled to go, but we’re going to make the best of it!
We took our first walk since last year today. Honestly, the weather has been mild enough that we could have been out more often, but it’s been hard to find enough motivation for both school and walking, but now that we’ve done it once, hopefully we’ll make it a regular part of our day again!
I often take a look back at the holiday baking I did from Thanksgiving through Epiphany; this year, I thought it would be fun to look back at all of the holiday meals and treats we’ve enjoyed, starting with Thanksgiving dinner:
We had our pick out dinner on Christmas Day this time:
And our fancy Christmas dinner on the Sunday after Christmas:
Of course we had our traditional New Year’s Eve hot chocolate bar:
And a special New Year’s Day dinner to start the new year right:
And finally, our Ryan’s Birthday/Epiphany feast:
On to the baking. There were pies for Thanksgiving:
And several cakes throughout the season, for St. Nicholas Day, Santa Lucia Day, Jesus’ Birthday, the fancy Christmas dinner, and New Year’s Day:
We baked so many Christmas cookies!
And an obligatory “other” section, for things like lussekattes, coffee cake, and even some special holiday beverages:
I put in a little extra effort this year, to make up for the fact that we couldn’t go anywhere or do most of our normal Christmas activities. In the end, I think we’ll have a lot of delicious memories from this holiday season!
Back during the summer of 2020, (which seems like a lifetime ago), when I was planning curriculum for this school year, I decided that Ladybug would study the US Constitution during the second half of 8th grade. Sure, we could have done it in the first half of the school year instead, but I also had planned our special unit on elections (also so very timely), which took up a lot of our bonus time in the fall, so it made sense to wait. So, today we started back to school after our extended Christmas vacation, and also began our Constitution studies. If only I had known then how timely these lessons would be now, I might not have been so eager to get to it! It’s hard to know what to address first when there are so many current events-related applications of the Constitution to discuss…we’ll certainly have a lot to talk about in the coming weeks!