Are We There Yet…

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This past Thanksgiving was a tad bit out like the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. It seemed as if I was never going to get to make it to my parents’ house for the holiday. To get to my parent’s house you have to go over a mountain pass that at times when it’s snowing you need an all-wheel or 4 wheel drive vehicle. Normally this is not an issue as MDP owns a Subaru. Except that car had not been running for a while and he has been driving my ex’s car to get to work.

We finally saved up enough to buy the parts and for MDP to work on it. He thought he had fixed it and then two days later it started leaking oil again. Not good. After much talk, we decided to ask my parents to give us a little loan to fix the car so we could come see them for the holiday. They said yes and we took it to the mechanic Thursday night and left the keys in the drop box. MDP calls on Friday and they say there is an emergency and but they will work on it starting tomorrow and that NO PROBLEM it will totally be fixed by Wednesday.

Saturday I call, the emergency was still going, they would get to it first thing next week. Okay. I started to get nervous. I call Monday…they aren’t open on Mondays but answered the phone to assure me they would get to it first thing Tuesday. The panic meter goes up a bit and my very generous friend sensing my panic says that she looked up prices for renting an all-wheel drive and will cover the cost of that if we want. I tell her thanks but I have faith it will get done.

Tuesday MDP calls at 1 pm. They are just looking at it now because oops they forgot about the 2 cars ahead of us. But that yes for sure they would have it ready tomorrow. MDP checks at noon on Wednesday…as long as we have the parts it’s a yes, call back in an hour. Calls in an hour no answer. We discuss taking my friend up on the offer. Rental car closes at 6pm. Finally gets someone to pick up at 2pm and they say parts are coming we will have it done. Okay. MDP checks one last time at 5pm this time driving over. They say they are finishing up. Here is the bill, come back at 5:45 and we will be done. So back we go at 5:45. He says all done, let me just drive it around the block to make sure no leaks. Okay, great. 6pm comes and goes. We are supposed to get MDP’s kids at this time as well. He comes back. Oh no, still leaking and he suggests not driving it. Great. *insert Peabody freaking out just a tad.

I get ahold of my friend and see if the airport has anything (they are open until 11). They give the vague we can’t guarantee but probably answer. So we pick up the kids, go to the rental counter. Try and get the car but they want a credit card not a debit card. Which I didn’t have enough room on my credit card to rent the car. So sensing my distraught (aka me making it well known but in a calm manner) they decide they will let me put some of it on the debit card. We go down stairs to the cars and twice they tried to give us a non-all-wheel drive car. Luckily the 3rd time was a charm.

We went to my parents and had a wonderful time all thanks to my generous and wonderful friend. Whenever anything bad goes into my life I am reminded of how lucky I am in the friends I chose to surround myself with. People who lift me up and support me in ways I could not imagine.

With Thanksgiving behind us and December now upon us I of course will be rolling out the holiday baked goods. These are a festive shortbread made with eggnog. In the pictures they don’t have any glaze because I photographed them before I bit into them. They were good but didn’t have a ton of flavor so I decided to add bourbon. :) If you want it without the booze just add more eggnog (the booze free kind of course). Get ready everyone the holidays are here!

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Eggnog Shortbread Sprinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • For the cookies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used Plugra)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch flour
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup holiday colored sprinkles
  • For the optional glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP boubon (optional)
  • egg nog to thin

Instructions

  1. To make the cookies:
  2. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and powdered sugar together, mix about 3 mintues.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and nutmeg and beat 30 seconds.
  4. Add the flour and eggnog. Beat on low speed until just combined.
  5. Add the sprinkles and mix until dough comes togehter.
  6. Roll the dough up into two small logs and wrap in wax paper to keep from drying out in fridge. Place in fridge for about 2 hours.
  7. Slice 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Place onto a cookie sheet sprayed with baking spray.
  9. Place about 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes until golden brown at bottom.
  11. Add glaze if desired once cooled.
  12. To make the glaze:
  13. Mix the powdered sugar and bourbon together, adding the eggnog 1 TBSP at a time until you reach desired glaze consistency.
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Comments

  1. I’m glad that everything worked out for you. I think I would have thrown my hands up and given up at some point, but it just shows that giving up isn’t always the answer :)

  2. That’s a crazy start to your holiday! I’m so happy it all came through for you, though. Bless friends like that who will help you out. I’m lucky we moved to the same city where my mom’s parents live and that snow in southern NM is rare. Then again, we did already have some – the first time in the eight years I’ve lived here that it’s snowed in November. Maybe I should be counting my blessings that it’s back into the 50′s today. :D Good on you for holding onto your vacation to see your parents.

  3. Good grief! I’m so glad you made it an had a wonderful time. Also love that you made eggnog shortbread. I’ve seen so many different ways to use eggnog lately and I cannot get enough!

  4. Hooray for good friends! Glad you made it, and these cookies look awesome!

  5. What a stressful beginning to your holiday. I’m so glad it worked out for you and I think it speaks volumes that you have such great friends. Happy holidays Peabody!

  6. @Alice- yes it was a tad stressful but an amazing reminder of the wonderful people in my life!

  7. Wow! What an ordeal! I haven’t had a lot of luck with cars lately either–you have my sympathy! Glad you were able to see your family, though. And these cookies seem like just the thing needed to get in the holiday spirit.

  8. Phewww thank goodness for good friends and amazing family times!! So glad it all went well in the end :) . It’s the season for eggnog and these cookies are so festive!! They are so happening. Happy holidays :)

  9. Amazing friends are worth their weight in gold! I think that I’ll make these cookies for my amazing friend who when we were selling our house and buying the new one (a process I don’t understand because for both parts I had to have cash to give. SOMEONE) heard me freaking on the phone and reached over took it and put $800 on her credit card and hung up before I knew what to say.

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