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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A New Twist on Eggnog with Alisha Paige and Ruby Vines!

Only six days left until Christmas! Welcome to A Writer's Mind's, third annual WHAT EVERY WOMAN WANTS BENEATH HER CHRISTMAS TREE BLOG EVENT. Today it's my pleasure to welcome over friend and talented author, Alisha Paige (AKA- Ruby Vines) to share some delicious holiday recipes with us. Alisha is graciously giving away READER'S CHOICE of any of her books to one lucky reader and that includes her new release, MY LITTLE TEXAS TORNADO! Leave comments and email addresses below to be entered!

Let's hear from Alisha...

Thank you, Sky for having me over for your fun Christmas Blog Event! Big hugs, sweetie!
I like to try Christmas traditions from other cultures and I was excited to find this yummy recipe for Coquito which is Latin eggnog! And boy, let me tell you, it is YUMMY!

Coquito is traditionally served in Puerto Rico; made with rum, eggs, coconut milk, coconut cream, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

2 cans coconut cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups of rum
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg


Blend it all in a blender on high and serve with ice! This is very strong but so yummy so be careful! TIP: SIP THIS BY THE FIRE AND CUDDLE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE!!
And what better to go with Coquito than Eggnog Fudge? My kids love to help me make this!

1/8 cup REAL butter
2 3/4 cups white sugar
1 cup WHOLE FAT eggnog
6 oz. white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
~ Line a 9x9-inch pan with aluminum foil; set aside.
~ In a heavy bottomed saucepan, add eggnog and sugar, bring to a rolling boil over medium to med-high heat (watch that mixture does not boil over the pot, if boiling to hard, turn down heat slightly, but continue a rapid boil), stirring constantly; boil for 2 minutes (this must be timed for exactly 2 minutes).
~ Remove from heat; stir in the marshmallows, cinnamon and pinch of nutmeg
~ Put saucepan back on stove; bring back to a rolling boil for another 6 minutes, stirring constantly, again, turn down the heat if mixture is boiling to hard.
~ NOTE: The mixture will start to turn a brown color, which is normal.
~ After boiling for the full 6 minutes; remove from heat; add the butter, vanilla chips and nuts.
~ Stir rapidly, until mixture has a glossy appearance, and the chips and butter are well mixed.
~ Pour the mixture into the prepared foil-lined pan.
~ Cool at room temperature.
~ Remove from pan lifting up sides of foil.
~ Remove the foil from the fudge; cut in small squares.
I hope you enjoy these yummy recipes with your family!
MY LITTLE TEXAS TORNADO's release day is right around the corner! COMING CHRISTMAS 2012!

Colt Daniels is a Texas rancher, known for his award winning steaks. The king rancher has known his good neighbor and vintner, Mr. Moon for years. In fact, he recommends the Moon Wines as the ideal label paired with his mouth watering steaks. When Mr. Moon dies and leaves the vineyard to his long lost niece, Savannah Moon, Colt offers to show her the ropes since the California girl is clueless, not only about Texas but about wine. Even his Southern Charm is lost on the snob who doesn't even have the decency to thank him for saving her life her first day in town.  Thing is, he ain't cut out to train someone he can't stand, even if Mr. Moon was like a grandfather to him. But there's no denying it, the Moons know how to grow 'em...wine and women. Savannah isn't a woman he can easily forget. Bitchy or not, he finds reasons to teach her about grapes, among other things. And while he's finding reasons to stomp the grapes with his new neighbor, a plan is brewing to bring the wine heiress down.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! ~ Alisha Paige/Ruby Vines

Sky here. OMG, Alisha, I'm not sure what recipe sounds better!!! DELICIOUS! I think I'll probably start with the Coquito. Ha! Might not be able to make the fudge afterward though. LOL. Better start with the fudge. And the way you make it down in Texas is SO my style! Thanks so much for sharing, sweetie. Wishing you and yours an absolutely fabulous holiday! xo



Alisha said...

Wish you were with me and we could make those Coquitos together, Sky!! Thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog!! Only six days until Christmas! Woohooo! Gotta finish my shopping! xoxoxo

Cathy McElhaney said...

Sounds interesting! Just let me say that this book, My Little Texas Tornado, is absolutely awesome! I have had the pleasure of editing it and I think it is a must read!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of funny fiction said...

Just reading the recipes added pounds to my body. Happy holidays ladies!!! ox

Sky Purington said...

Sorry I'm running late today! Alisha, might not be this Christmas but we WILL have those Coquitos together eventually! Love having you over, sweetie. Off to promo now! :-) xoxo

Alisha said...

Thanks for stopping by, Cathy! And thank you for editing my book in record time so I can release it for Christmas! Hugs!

Alisha said...

Thanks for stopping by, Vicki! I know what you mean!! I need to go do some Zumba now..lol! Hugs!

Alisha said...

Can't wait to have those Coquitos with you, Sky! Hopefully we can hook up in Vegas this summer! Woohoo!!!

bn100 said...

Thanks for the recipes.


Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Alisha, just catching up with Sky's blog, it's been somewhat hectic this end lately!

Your excerpt is great, and the recipes look absolutely fantastic!

Mary Preston said...

I've never acquired a taste for eggnog.