Popcorn Strings, Paper Chains and Eggnog

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Precious pic and layout…. Thanks Rach!!!!!

Ahhhhhhhh!  The Cookie Exchange!

Two years ago, some friends and I from Sports Authority started an annual tradition.  A cookie exchange, where we could gather just us girls, eat, drink & be merry… and go home with dozens of cookies for all the parties to come.  In the past we’ve had Mandelbrots (I *think* that’s how it’s spelled), Buckeyes (to die for), chocolate chip (my sis’ specialty), red and white twisted candy-cane sugar cookies, ginger cookies coated in superfine sugar (yum!) and I always make pitzelles.

This year, the tradition continued, though not one of us works at TSA anymore.  The ranks were smaller… we had a sickie and two people out of town unexpectedly.  But Jenn & Rach, the faithful, came bearing the most delicious goodies.  Jenn made scrumptious snickerdoodles… yum!  And Rach made the most addicting Biscochitos (a traditional Mexican cookie).  Her recipe is on the page… and good thing too.. I’ve been craving them ever since!  Genny (the sickie) dropped off her Cowboy Cookies early, and they were de-lish!

This year, I decided to have an impromptu craft… popcorn & cranberry strings, and paper chains.  I made homemade eggnog that we downed with delight, and we spent the evening chatting away while making patterns we learned in elementary school.  Rach did a FAB blog about this (as usual), and we all had a great time.  My favorite is the paper chain… we each worked on it, and I plan to put it on the tree every year as long as it lasts.  A little friendship chain to commemorate the night.  View the close up pic on Rach’s blog!

I promised to share the eggnog recipe, so here it is… ironically from the Southern Living holiday cook book Jenn gave me at the first cookie exchange.  I guess the chain of friendship comes full circle sometimes!

Holiday Eggnog

2 cups sugar
4 cups half-and-half
1 1/4 cups milk
6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups bourbon, divided
2 cups whipping cream, whipped

Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 160 degrees.  Stir in 3/4 cup bourbon.  Cool; cover and chill.

Combine chilled mixture and remaining 1/2 cup of bourbon in a punch bowl.  Gently stir in whipped cream; sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.  Serve immediately.  Yield: 14 cups

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4 thoughts on “Popcorn Strings, Paper Chains and Eggnog

  1. Thanks so much for dropping off the goodies the other day! I didn’t even have to read your blog to know who made the Biscochitos – I’ve never met Rachel, but I know she’s quite creative, so the decorative display of cookies along with the recipe was a dead giveaway! Hopefully next year I will be able to make it (if you’ll have me!).
    I think it’s so great that this group of friends you invited keep in touch – at least TSA was good for one thing! =)
    I hope you made it around Castle Rock okay with the snow and all!

  2. ahhh, HUGE hugs dear friend! the eggnog is GENIUS – loved it! we need to make more already – YUMMERS!!!! so glad that i’m part of this cookie exchange – it was fabulous!

    today is your BDAY – happy bday to you! HUGE hugs, rach

  3. Rich

    Just wanted to say thanks for the ‘nog recipe! We tried it and it will now replace the old one I had for all future holiday seasons. So simple and yet it really lets the taste of the liquor shine through. Can’t wait to make it again with some fruit flavored brandy!
    And Happy New Year! Hope it’s a great one for you, Rick and Henry!!

  4. Anisa

    Glad you liked the eggnog… happy to share!!!

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