Friday, November 20, 2009

Gingerbread and Egg Nog

Gingerbread.... Most of the immigrants to North America came from Europe... Gingerbread is traced to Europe back to the 11th century. Crusaders returning from the middle east brought back among other items a spice... ginger.. Soon after varieties of gingerbread appeared... The variations varied from sweet, dark, spicy, soft or crusty. The only common characteristic was ginger spice. The first gingerbread houses were made in Germany.. A story became very popular of Hansel and Gretel.....


Eggnog......Christmas is a time to eat, drink, and be merry, and ahhhh, yes, put on a couple extra pounds.....
A very popular drink is the eggnog... In the 17th century Europeans consumed a very strong ale of which the called "Nog". It was especially popular in Britain. The North American eggnog derived from these days. The German's had a favorite drink of " Beer Soup" which was a egg base ale. In France, they drank a drink called "Lait de Poule" a egg mixture of egg yolks, milk, sugar and spirits such as sherry, rum or brandy. In North America we took the name from German ale and changed it to what we call "Eggnog".......

ps.. The sweet little faux gingers are displayed on my dining table.....

" I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar every month" Harlan Miller

Thought of the day.......................
To be able to sit with loved ones, in a beautifully lit room with twinkling lights and know your blessings far outweight all the twinkling lights.... What a lovely thought as we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday......

4 comments:

kathy said...

GOd blesses me everyday with more things than I can name -- I
also thank you for your sweet reminders and your lovely displays -
They make my heart smile -- Kathy - ga ♥

Marilyn said...

Lovely post.....
God Bless Us Everyone....
Love,
Marilyn

Celestial Charms said...

Your gingerbread men have the sweetest scarves. Such a nice touch. Enjoy your weekend for we are all blessed.
Maureen

Sandi said...

Hi Marietta,
My mom makes gingerbread men cookies every year for Christmas and they are SO good! That is one thing we all can't wait for. We are all so blessed!!
Hugs~