The kids were off this entire week and we have spent the time playing, cooking and finishing up a few things for Thanksgiving. A wonderful family in our ward, the Wards, invited our family and another family who are missing their daddy over for a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast! And because we all had kids about the same age, after the chaos of eating, they all went downstairs to pay and the adults got to visit. Thank you for the wonderful day, Clay and Laura!!
After the Thanksgiving feast (and before the inevitable bedtime crash) we also went to a neighborhood pie fest where there was MORE to eat, lots more playing, and some more MUCH needed adult conversation. This is the pie that was my contribution...Eggnog Pie.
Bateman Family Eggnog Pie Filling
1 9" pie sell, baked and cooled
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (like Knotts)
3 Tbsp. cold water
2 cups eggnog
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup heavy cream
nutmeg for garnish
Combine the gelatin and water to soften gelatin. Warm eggnog over low heat and add gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved and the eggnog is warm. Chill until partially set. Then beat the eggnog until it is smooth and add salt, sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Mix until smooth. Beat the heavy cream in a separate bowl until still and then fold into eggnog mixture. Pour into the pie crust and garnish with nutmeg. Chill until ready to serve.
Despite all of the craziness this week, I found myself in those rare, quiet moments in awe of my many blessings. I have a wonderful family. We are strong and healthy. We live in a country where we can practice our religious views in freedom. We are protected daily by men and woman who sacrifice everything to do so. How blessed we truly are.