Back in December 1998, a month before I was to start college in southern California, I tried Starbuck's Eggnog Lattes for the first time. I cannot explain the holiday cheer that rushes through me when I think of those steamy lattes.
There is no Starbucks on Saipan. But there are Starbucks coffee beans. So I brewed some Starbucks coffee and filled half of my mug with coffee and the other half with eggnog. Yes, that store bought canned eggnog. And you know what? It was good. I also mixed a packet of Nestle hot cocoa with about 2 ounces of hot water and then filled the rest of my mug with eggnog. And you know what? It was good. It was really good.
I don't have pictures of my eggnog coffee or eggnog cocoa. So instead, please enjoy this picture of my homemade pumpkin cheesecake with ginger cookie crust. Yeah, it's that good.
Christmas was really nice. We opened presents with my mom and my sister's family and then we went to church. James was nice enough to take the screaming 20-month old to walk around and play in the dirt with sticks so that Katelyn and I could enjoy the service. We came home and had a nice little open house for our family.