Sunday, November 28, 2010

Homemade Eggnog.....

Whew! Busy Thanksgiving week with Allison and Alex visiting from Seattle.  I miss them terribly - am such a mom....

We were quite the tourists!

Downtown San Francisco tour started with lunch and a quick tour of  Chinatown and North Beach.  Not exactly sure what we ate, but it was pretty darn good! 

Then off to the Fillmore District .... After having some yummy coffee drinks at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, we headed  to the Johnathan Adler store (one of my very favorites!), and 

then down to take Allison's picture outside of the Betsey Johnson store (Allison's favorite).  Alex, of course, waited in the car....  Gorgeous sunny day!  Kids were glad to be here in CA, as Seattle was being pounded with snow and ice.  Can't honestly say that I miss that.

Over the hill and down twisty, steep Lombard street!  Don't worry, I am driving, Allison is taking the pictures. -

Then off to Pier 39 to see the sea lions, check out the holiday decorations and do a 
little window shopping at all of the shops along the pier. 

(Santa stopping off for a bite to eat on Pier 39!)

 Sea lions appeared to be pretty content lying there in the sun!  

With a final stop at Ghiradelli Square for a big bag of mixed chocolates. (we were out of our stash at home!)

Whew!  Back home to make Alex's Eggnog.  In order to make this right, you have to make a day ahead of time, be patient and let your eggnog sit overnight

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup brandy (or more!)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Place milk and evaporated milk in a large saucepan.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat - stir constantly!

Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs in a large bowl.  Gradually add hot milk to egg mixture - also stirring constantly with a whisk.  Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat until thick, about 10-12 minutes - don't forget to stir! Pour into a pitcher and stir in brandy and vanilla.  Press plastic wrap onto the surface of eggnog, and chill overnight.


Tour continues tomorrow!


Simple Daisy said...

Oh my gosh! That looks like such a fun vacation!!! I would love to get out to San Fran one of these days:)

Everything Coastal said...

And to think how lucky I am, that I actually get to live here!

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

looks like it was a great trip! :) i want the jonathan adler seahorse for my tree soo bad!

michelle said...

What a great Thanksgiving you had! I just love the sea lions, that was one of my favorite when I visited SF! And of course Ghiradelli Square! :) So glad you had a wonderful time!

Flotsam Friends said...

You guys look like you're having a wonderful time. I too so want that seahorse decoration... And a whirl through Betsey Johnson would sure get the creative juices flowing... Pruxxx

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Looks like you hit all the great spots in San Francisco!!! Thanks for the tour!!!

Shellbelle said...

Great whirlwind tour of San Francisco! I love making that twisting, winding drive on Lombard. There is ALWAYS something to do and discover in the Bay Area. I've been many, many times and never was there a dull moment. I lived in Napa for a short time, another fun place to visit.

Oh, and one year I was there for the burning of the tree in the Castro District on New Year's Eve. What a party in the streets that was! Thanks for bringing on a flood of happy memories for me today. Now, if I could only get a decent sourdough bread here in Florida, I would be a happy woman, lol.

Shellbelle said...

Oh, and when we were planning our honeymoon, way back in 1971, there was only one thing I wanted to do. Take a leisurely drive up the California coast, we live in L.A., with our final destination none other than San Francisco! Loved it! You lucky girl to live in one of the best cities in the U.S.

Rose West said...

Love San Francisco! Especially Ghirardelli's...

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