This time of year there are three things that I can’t just live without!! They are must have staple items in our home at Christmas time. I haven’t seen these items in Brazil so I have to be creative!
What are these three items you ask?
Apple Cider, Egg Nog and Hot Chocolate of course.
You see my favorite thing to do in the evening is to snuggle up nice and cozy with a mug of something and enjoy the Christmas lights, a good movie on TV or Christmas music playing and just enjoy this special time of year. These are things I am wanting more than ever here in Brazil, just a taste of home and the holidays…well at least until we get home a few days before Christmas. So off I went looking!
I picked up some Apple nectar and orange and spices and simmered it awhile on the stove. It smelled so good and the result…delicious apple cider!
This one was a bit trickier. I had to find a recipe for the homemade kind. No cartons of egg nog in the stores here. Then I had to tweak it a bit to the right taste with just the right amount of sugar and spices. It turned out not too bad. Maybe a bit lighter than normal but if I used cream instead of whole milk it would taste richer. Although the light version is probably better with less calories. At least I can have egg nog in Brazil.
This should be the easiest one. But again no hot chocolate mixes that look familiar. I finally decided on one that looked good, a combination of milk and white chocolate. I boiled water stirred a few tablespoons of the mix in and added whole milk. Very good!
Next time I may even add a little Tim Horton’s coffee to make a mocha coffee.
It’s the little things that really matter. So now most evenings I will be simmering a pot of water, orange peel, cinnamon and spices on the stove to make my apartment smell nice and sippin’ on a mug of hot apple cider. Tis’ the season!
Hope you take the time from this busy season to enjoy the little things…