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Hi.

I absolutely love to learn and share all things about baking.  Studying from local experts, classes, or favorite bloggers.  Love, love, love it all!  It is a personal passion to find awesome baking tips and share with all other passionate bakers!  I invite you to join me on one heck of a baking journey ride.  

Homemade Eggnog & Homesteading

Homemade Eggnog & Homesteading

Homemade Eggnog

My very dear friend, Tricia,  normally gives me a delicious Rum Bundt cake for Christmas but with my recent passion in baking she felt a new Christmas treat was needed.  This year, she gave me a gift that I know will become a new tradition for me and my family.  And bonus it is also something I could bake with, homemade eggnog.  Oh MY!  Pure heaven!

After a scrumptious taster, I was quick to put this deliciousness into something yummy, Eggnog cupcakes & eggnog buttercream frosting!  The cupcakes turned out light, fluffy and full of spice.  What made my recipe extra special was this homemade eggnog!

Chicken Coop in Portland, Oregon made by the McMackin family.

Chicken Coop in Portland, Oregon made by the McMackin family.

Chickens
Chicken Eggs

Homestead Life. 

I'd like to introduce you to Tricia, her husband Ryan, and daughter Chloe.  Living just a few houses away from me in a rural town just outside of Portland, OR, they have began to turn their backyard into a full fledged homestead.  They first started with a few garden boxes and it has now developed into an expansive garden, a home built green house, and the cutest chicken coop with 12 chickens!  Yup, you guessed it chickens equal fabulous homemade eggnog.

Pictured below (clockwise):  a vegetable garden to drool over, Ryan checking in on the chickens, food compost bins (Tricia got them from Costco), and daughter Chloe looking over her future tomato seedlings.   Did I mention, bees are joining the McMackin's Spring 2017!

McMackin's vegetable gardens.

McMackin's vegetable gardens.

Chloe checks in on tomato seedlings.

Chloe checks in on tomato seedlings.

Ryan looking in on their latest egg laying girl!

Ryan looking in on their latest egg laying girl!

Compost bins from Costco

Compost bins from Costco

Rustic style

As I went to picture Tricia, her family, and the chickens, I could not help but take a few shots of her home decor as well.  Tricia has a knack to bring her rustic style both in and outdoors.  It feels comfortable and elegant all in one!  Take a look at the hanging aprons.  In someone else's home, this might just be a decoration.  But in this loving home, these aprons are often  found worn by one special woman, my friend, Tricia.

Check out the painted walls, accented with daily aprons and that stool.  So special!

Check out the painted walls, accented with daily aprons and that stool.  So special!

Rustic kitchen where the homemade eggnog happens!
Chicken Coop.  Homemade tin logo!

I hope you all enjoy this homemade eggnog recipe.  If you want to take it to another level, try it in this eggnog buttercream frosting or in eggnog cupcakes.  Trust me, if I did not have a belief that eggnog should only be had during the holiday season (quirky, I know), I would definitely make Eggnog Cupcakes all year round!  Happy Holidays!

 
Apple Pie Class @ Pacific Pie

Apple Pie Class @ Pacific Pie