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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Use Those Holiday Leftovers!

Happy New Year, friends!

You know how it is -- your household is thrilled when you buy eggnog in early December, only to tire of it completely by the end of the month. Well, I didn't buy mine in early December, more like just before Christmas as it was on markdown. Anyway, I have the same problem that many of you find yourself with -- eggnog that is no longer appealing or is beginning to sour.

What to do? Use it! Use it in pancakes, waffles, cupcakes, muffins, scones, or anywhere else you would bake a sweet treat. Use one of your regular recipes and cut back on the sugar by half, add an extra 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Voila, eggnog waffles, pancakes, muffins, or scones. Nothing wasted means a gain for my family and our budget.

We're having eggnog waffles in our house this morning, continuing the celebration of the holiday season. Any leftovers will be frozen for quick breakfasts later this month.

I have lots to talk about this month. Enjoy your holiday today! I'll be back again tomorrow! Happy New Year to all!


  1. We love eggnog in our coffee!

    Midwest Girl

  2. Oh, that is a great way to use up the eggnog, Lili. I didn't buy any this year as I thought it was too expensive at almost $5 here for a small bottle. I should have thought to check Kroger when we were down that way as I see you found some inexpensively. Great deal.

  3. Pancakes and waffles sounds like the perfect place for eggnog because I don't like to drink it. We always had it growing up because my father loved it, but he was the only one in the house.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Yes, we were getting to the point of "Oh no, the eggnog is going to expire soon!", too! I'll have to file your idea away in my memory bank. Usually in our house, eggnog is an after-supper treat with dessert, but to use it up, I let the kids have it for breakfast (along with a leftover cinnamon roll--the kids loved it but I won't get an award for healthy breakfasts!). I like Midwest Girl's idea of putting it in coffee, too, but I'm the only one who would drink it that way in our house. Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing day today. That's my plan! :)

  5. Happy new year! Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to your new posts in 2020.

    - Tina

  6. So Lili what do I do with an almost whole 1/2 gallon of buttermilk that my son picked up for me on Christmas eve which expired on Christmas day. I asked for a quart and they only had that. I am using some to marinate chicken with. With my husband being a diabetic, I don't think pancakes, waffles, or biscuits are going to work.

  7. Welcome back! Happy New Year!

  8. Cheryl,
    I freeze buttermilk and it works quite well. I freeze it in half cup portions because that is the amount I use in several recipes.

  9. Hi Midwest Girl,
    Eggnog coffee sounds delicious! Great idea!

  10. Hi Belinda,
    I know what you mean. The regular price on eggnog just seems so high. I felt lucky to find some on markdown at Fred Meyer. I'm sorry it was so expensive on your area this year.

  11. Happy New Year to you, too, Live and Learn. I love eggnog myself, but rarely drink it unless I buy a non-dairy version. My family members enjoyed it, though. In addition to the waffles, I also used the tail end of the container in a pumpkin pie today. The eggnog flavor blended in well with the pumpkin custard.

  12. Happy New Year to you, too, Kris! I bet your kids loved the breakfast of cinnamon buns with eggnog! Such a festive thing to do with it! I hope you had a restful day with your family.

  13. Hi Tina,
    Happy New Year to you, too!! I hope 2020 is a good year for all of us!

  14. Hi Cheryl,
    If I were in your situation, I'd freeze the buttermilk in 1/2 cup or 1 cup amounts to use in an herb and buttermilk marinade for chicken breasts. 1 cup of buttermilk with a tablespoon of fresh herbs or 1 teaspoon of dried herbs, like rosemary, plus some salt and pepper would work for 4 chicken breasts or 6 chicken thighs, for an overnight marinade. It won't matter that it was previously frozen when using in a marinade.

  15. Hi Lona,
    Happy New Year to you, too! Thank you for the warm welcome!

  16. Ha ha, Live and Learn,
    I just saw that you already suggested freezing the buttermilk to Cheryl! What's the saying about like minds -- "great minds think alike!" But you beat me to it!

  17. Thanks ladies I will do that tomorrow. My husband would love waffles and pancakes but his numbers are so good best not to feed him those.


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