Awww, dude, eggnog is great! It's like vaguely gelatinous creme brulee only with extra sugar and much, much runnier :)
I'm not helping, am I?
1.) Random greeting cards from strangers.
2.) Three approaches to Christmas wrapping.
3.) Christmas card photos.
4.) The thoughtfulness of giving gift cards.
5.) The nastiness that is eggnog.
6.) And finally: One of my favorite storylines in the strip. Start here, and read forward to the 25th.
Also! I should note that any Sheldon Store orders made after Dec. 21st will be shipped out Dec. 28th.
According to Alton Brown, eggnog can taste good if it's made fresh (and for salmonella concerns, use pasteurized eggs). I agree though that the "eggnog" that comes out of cartons and cans is not tasty.
Home made eggnog with Bacardi Golden Rum in it is a gift from the gods.
You don't need to use pasteurized eggs as the rum takes care of all that. It "cooks" the eggs for you as it sits in the fridge overnight. For those who have cholesterol problems, you CAN use Egg-Beaters (TM) but you need to add more rum to make up for loss of taste. ;)
That stuff in the can from Borden is just gag-nasty. Here are more holiday eating tips from a friend of mine (via email):
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission..
5.. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies - Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, milkshake in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, what a ride!"
My dad is a 42 year old man, who before Christmas will be turning 43. my dad isn't really a tie and suit kinda guy. hes a mechanic. mainly the past Christmases my mom would buy his gift and put my name on it.