Friday, November 07, 2008

Eggnog latte

Here is a quick treat that goes perfectly with knitting on a chilly afternoon.

Commercially prepared eggnog. (I just found peppermint eggnog at my grocery store today and oh my is it yummy in a latte!)
Strong hot brewed coffee or espresso
A large microwavable mug

Fill your mug 2/3 full with eggnog (Use more if you plan to use espresso). Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds, or until it is hot but not boiling. Top off mug with coffee. Stir. Shake in some nutmeg or garnish of choice. (I really like this)

Curl up. Cup your mug in both hands and enjoy.

Breakfast Treat.

Winter has officially arrived. There is snow on the ground and a chill in the air. Oatmeal is always welcome on a cold morning, but sometimes it's nice to shake things up a little.

Here is a variation I came up with when I had some leftover streusel topping from baking muffings.

Blueberry Streusel Oatmeal

Streusel topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened.

Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

1 cup oats, regular or quick cooking
2 cups water
dash salt
2/3 cup frozen blueberries*
prepared Streusel
milk or evaporated milk

In a large microwave bowl combine oats with water. Add a dash of salt, if desired. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes, then 60% power for 5 minutes if using quick cooking oats or 7 minutes if using regular oats.

Immeditaly divide cooked oatmeal between two large bowls. Top hot cereal with approx 2 tablespoons streusel each and and divide berries between the bowls. Mix well. Top with milk or evaporated milk to taste.

*You can thaw the berries beforehand if you want, but it helps the cereal cool down faster, which is great if you have hungry impatient kids waiting for breakfast!

You will have steusel left over, but just put it in a plastic container and store in a cool place.

Serves two