I'm one of those people that starts celebrating Christmas is September. I wish I could say that I pull out my Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Rat Pack, et al Christmas CDs and dust them off and pop them in my CD player. That sounds so much more romantic. But really, it's 2011. So what I actually do is scroll through my iPhone and press play.
Sometimes technology ruins nostalgia.
I'm normally a "decorate the day after Thanksgiving" type of girl, but Jack is really obsessed with Christmas and begged to decorate the day after Halloween. I had to put my foot down. That was, even for me, just too early. So we comprimised and decided to decorate for Christmas this past Sunday while watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music and drinking eggnog.
Of course, people feel that it's just TOO early to start celebrating. "Honor Thanksgiving!" They exclaim.
So here, is my perfect way to honor the bridge between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Eggnog Pumpkin Oatmeal.
Now, if you've been reading this blog, you know how I feel about oatmeal (hate it).
But this oatmeal may have just changed me forever.
Wow. I mean, really, just wow. I don't even have words for how good this is. This is so good, I didn't even get a chance to cook it. I just kept eating it, spoonful after spoonful. I couldn't stop myself.
I was going to compare it to a Friends episode where Joey doesn't share food, but really, I talk about Friends way too much on this blog.
Deep pumpkin flavor, fragrant spices, and the taste of delicious creamy Eggnog (how do you describe egg nog's flavor? Really... I just can't do it. Everytime I try to think of adjectives to describe eggnog, all I can say is "It just tastes like eggnog". So eggnog is now a flavor adjective).
Make this. Right now. I'm not kidding.
Pumpkin Eggnog Oatmeal
1 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup Silk Vanilla almond milk (you can use skim if you'd like but I really like the flavor and consistency of Silk Almond Milk)
1/3 cup eggnog
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
Listen... in all honesty, I don't like hot oatmeal (I know, judge me if you must), so I just combine everything and just eat it. But if you want to cook it:
In a saucepan, combine oats, spices, pumpkin, eggnog, and milk. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix. Put the pan on the burner over medium-high heat.. Cook just till bubbly. Turn the burner to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring now and then. Remove the pan from heat and split into four servings, adding optional toppings. . Serve immediately.