At the first hint of chill in the air, my thoughts turn to Christmas. My mind and heart begin to fill with visions of sugar plums indeed. My weekly menu turns decidedly toward comfort food and I begin rummaging in my brain for homemade Christmas gift ideas for my loved ones. I begin hauling out first the autumn decorations and later the Christmas, decking my halls and every other available surface. I take delight in the season, the magic, wonder and glory of it all. This blog was born from that delight. Here you will find dinner ideas, crafts, decor, stories, memories, and music. Some ideas will be entirely mine, but I will also include anything cute I come across that I think you might like to see, credit given to the creator or source. Please leave me your ideas in the comments and any other feedback you'd like to give.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Here We Come A-Wassailing!

Does anything say "Christmas Eve" better than hot wassail? OK, maybe not to everyone, but for me it certainly is the essence of Christmas Eve. My mother always made a big pot of this spicy, sweet, tangy, hot drink to be consumed Christmas Eve along with lots of delightful goodies. We drank it out of punch glasses, the swirling eddies of spices visible through the glass. The aroma alone is enough to cheer and warm the soul, but tasting and feeling it slide down truly warms from the inside out. I've had wassail made by other people, and they are all good, but none compares to the perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and tangy that my mother's recipe achieves. This is the recipe she has always made on Christmas Eve and the one I use now. Try it out. Make up a big batch for a sledding party, a caroling party, or, of course, a quiet Christmas Eve.

Mom's Wassail
1 Gallon apple cider
1 C light or dark brown sugar
1 6oz can lemonade concentrate
1 6 oz can orange juice
1 T whole cloves
1 T whole allspice
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Mix together with cloves and allspice tied in cheesecloth. Simmer covered for 20 minutes. Scoop out spices, serve with cinnamon sticks.

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