This is a really cute, free pattern I used last Christmas with less than a year’s experience in knitting. I had no problems and thought they turned out well – something a little different from the usual holiday decorations. Here is the link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jolly-old-elves
I used two difference sizes of yarn and needles to get two different sizes from the same pattern.
The larger elf (about 8 inches tall) was made with #4 worsted yarn and #5 circular needles.
The smaller elf (about 6 inches tall) was made with DK or sport weight yarn #3 and #3 circular needles.
I gave one to each of my daughters along with a gift card for a special Christmas morning gift.
At this time of year, we usually have some straggling leftovers and I wanted to make something for Sunday dinner that would use up two cups of dairy eggnog. I remembered a pie I had made for Christmas in 1985 from an old 1978 Southern Sideboards cookbook. I adapted it a bit, including leaving out an extra two cups of whipped cream – I felt we had indulged enough over the holidays. It’s a good dessert with a crunchy graham cracker/almond crust and a smooth creamy filling. Make the day before serving so the pie can chill at least 6 hours or overnight.
DELICIOUS NO-BAKE EGGNOG PIE
- 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup chopped almonds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tblsp. cornstarch
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 cups dairy eggnog
- 2 Tbsp. rum
- 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
- Freshly grated nutmeg for topping
TO MAKE THE CRUMB CRUST:
Combine graham cracker crumbs, ¼ cup sugar, almonds, cinnamon and melted butter in a small bowl.
Press the mixture on the bottom and sides of a buttered 10-inch pie pan (deep).* Set aside.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
In a cup, sprinkle gelatin over water to soften – set aside. Mix 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt in top of double boiler. Gradually stir in eggnog. Cook over hot, not boiling water, stirring constantly until thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in softened gelatin until dissolved. Allow filling to cool …
This has nothing to do with eggnog pie but I couldn’t resist showing you this picture. It’s not everyone who can look out the back door and see a St. Bernard dog in the snow. Our neighbor’s dog is usually looking for a shady spot or barking to get back in the house, but today he was in his glory in all that beautiful snow.
Thanksgiving is so much about family traditions – like baking pies – two of the pie tins go back to the mid-1950s…
….getting out the 1952 wedding china….
…my oldest daughter embroidered the tablecloth in the 1960s…
….having the youngest kids check out the turkey.
This tradition began in the mid-1950s with my two pre-school children posing for the movie camera, gently poking the turkey with large forks to see if it was done. It continued with another son and daughter in the 1960s and 1970s and now the youngest grandchildren are somewhat bewildered looking at the turkey. Grandson is happily contemplating turkey breast, cranberry sauce and apple pie. Granddaughter doesn’t eat anything.
We had a good Thanksgiving.